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How many heartbeats does one person have in a lifetime??

An old friend from years past got me thinking about this…heartbeats…how many have I used and how many do I have left…and how exactly will I spend them?

So…let’s say I live to be 75 (average life expectancy) …that gives me 15 more years of heartbeats at a rate 72  of beats a minute…to use…I am not going to bore you with the math.

Hmmm….it seems I have used up a good percentage of MY available heartbeats…so I had better not waste what may be remaining.

I also got wondering…how did  I spent all those past heartbeats ?

AND  SO….

Some years ago I spend numerous heartbeats … writing children’s stories/poems.  Last week when cleaning out a space in my home, I found a binder with all the creations I had long since forgotten about. In thinking about heartbeats…I thought I would share some of them here on this blog …I suppose in doing this…

 This is a way of sharing my present and past heartbeats with all of you.??

Sam…Don’t

My mom will always tell me

“No, no, you shouldn’t, don’t

I find that quite confusing

Cause normally I won’t

But when she says “don’t do that !!!”

Whatever that might be

She makes me think about it

I get confused…you see???

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When mom says please don’t do that

the first thing that I think

I really want to try that

Before I can even blink

Like when she says “don’t eat that”

before she has a clue

that thing if right inside my mouth

And I begin to chew

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When in the tub… mom always says

“Don’t splash and please no bubbles”

But splashing makes the bath such fun

Which always causes trouble

Why does mom say “Don’t touch that” ??

Cause it makes me want to try

And so I touch it quickly

And then she wonders why??

On days when it is rainy

with big  puddles on my street

Why does she yell  “No splashing Sam”

Then… I can’t control my feet

And when I crawl in bed at night

Mom says  ” Don’t suck your thumb”

But that just makes me want to

Isn’t that just  dumb?

Mom gives me straws to drink my milk

Then says “No blowing bubbles”

If she would just not say such things

I’d cause her fewer troubles

My mother always tells me

She wants me to be good

If she didn’t give such fun ideas

I’d behave…I know I could.

Written by…ME…

Sally Unrau … May 23, 2006

Thanks for sharing my heartbeats today….I hope you enjoyed the first of many kids stories.

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Before I tell you my story, I thought it would be good to first….talk about ..Freedom…..what exactly is freedom???

For the purposes of my story….the following aptly applies….

The ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions…

To be released from captivity or slavery: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned…

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         It occurred on Monday morning…I was enjoying a solo paddle on the lake…and…..as I looked ahead I could see a  rock jutting out of the water…So as not to hit it I touched it with my paddle.  To my surprise….it was not a rock but instead….a turtle…floating.  It was not moving…was he dead?…or was he just hurt…. and so with my paddle, I lifted him onto the front of my kayak.   I immediately  noticed the fishing line…. coming from it’s mouth….and it turned out the other end of the line was attached to the shore of the lake..   Poor little turtle …I’ll call him Mike…all I could think was that  he got caught on the line/hook…. and had been floating out there with no food days…so I did the only thing I could…..SET HIM FREE !!!   I know the turtle Mike,  was dead… but at least now… he could float freely into the reeds along the shore  . I was a bit sad for the little creature…but it felt good that morning to give him his freedom.

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“I’m drawn to places that beguile and inspire, sedate and stir, places where, for a few blissful moments I loosen my death grip on life, and can breathe again. It turns out these destinations have a name:

thin places.”

 Eric Weiner

It was not until a few years ago , when my sister told me about her thin place,…that  I first heard this term.

 She shared with me…a favorite beach she likes to spend time at….where wild horses can be seen running on  the sand… a location she called her thin place.

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I immediately  wondered….what is it that makes a place… thin….how does a person know if they have  ever been ….to a thin place??

Is it a place where the… spiritual…the physical ….the mental….and the natural….have  a fine line between them?..

when they are indistinguishable from one another???

Is a thin place….an actual physical location???…or is it a state of mind???

Some have said that a Thin Place… cannot be described with words.

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So that got me to wondering….have I ever found myself in a thin place?

…the first thing that came to mind was…

my kayak… paddling all alone…. on the lake or down the creek in my kayak…

Yes…I do believe that is MY thin place.

A place where I can be alone but never feel  alone….where my mind can breath and my body relax… where life as it is ….seems to disappear.

Perhaps that is why I look so forward to the end of a long cold Canadian winter… a chance to once again….return to that place…my Thin Place.

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Have you ever been there?

Have you found your….

Thin Place???

Time to be happy…… the suspects are off the streets……

 

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Time to be sad for all those affected by the Boston event….

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Thanks to all those heroes who worked so tirelessly the past week…..

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Have you found your place….next to another?

Do you both sparkle?

Do we help each other sparkle?

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This got me wondering  about sparkling….do I sparkle?

….How about you?…..have you found your place?…your constellation??

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…Do you sparkle?….do you care?

I think there are days when we all sparkle….however….I know there are days when I don’t.

Hmmmmm……

I wonder …is  there is a way to keep my  sparkle ??….

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frag·ile

easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail: a fragile ceramic container; a very fragile alliance.
vulnerably delicate, as in appearance: She has a fragile beauty.
lacking in substance or force; flimsy: a fragile excuse.

Have you ever thought about fragility…and fragile  things… like a snowflake or china bowl or maybe that  glass tea pot???…What about people??…..Have you ever met someone who seemed to be in a fragile state….or maybe it was you….have you ever  felt fragile???

Is it   true……Do others really mold our dreams and hold our hopes in their hands??….If that is true…others are vital to our lives……and if so…how carefully do we handle our relationship with them?.Is it with care… in the same way we handle  that rose bud about to open…or the fragile china bowl?….It is so easy to take for granted those closest to us….we are all guilty of that at times…..Imagine the centre of this little plate being you/me…..and all the buttons around us being family, friends and others…..by being careful with each other we are able to keep a strong connection…we are able to continue to touch each other’s hearts and be the strongest possible….

 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir

Ever thought about …..Who you are hitched to ?

 

 

 

Yes…there may come a day when our life will flash before our eyes…would ours be worth watching???

Have you ever had a moment … a moment when something caused your life to flash before you???…a moment when something  caused you to take a serious look at the years that have passed. ..how you have  spent them..something that made you wonder about the years to come and how you will spend them???…If your life flashed before you today…can you say…Yes…it was worth watching or do you think you would want to change the channel ???

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the ability to look back…and change the channel if we did not like what flashed before us???

Well…we all know that is not possible…what is past is past…However .. if our life has not been worth watching…or if our life could be a better watch…do we have the capacity to change that???…Can a person make their life…a …more worth while watch??…In the hustle and bustle of our daily routine…can a person make changes  to  their own channel???…Can we work to change  the inevitable “life flashing  before our eyes” so we will be happy with the channel our life has been on???

That got me wondering…Is it possible in looking back…  that what we see flash before our eyes …is in part …reality combined with our  perceived reality???…Is it possible that the life that might flash before us…is a mixture of…people and events and behaviors…that we have come to believe as our life…but may not have actually occurred as we remember???….Can there be memories of our lives…that  have been manufactured by others…or…redesigned by ourselves to suit our needs and attitudes ???

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  Albert Einstein

I wonder about this …as there are days I pick up an old journal I have written …and…I read and find to my surprise that…what I wrote about an event or feeling or behavior of a certain day…is very different from what I… now remember it to have been….In some cases it may have been only a few years and still…my memory has …over time… become distorted…So now I wonder about… if my life flashes before me one day…will it be my real life or my life distorted by time and the tricks my memory might have played.

So now I wonder…How  much of my life …that I remember to be my life…really is???…How much is a distortion of it???…When my life flashes before me one day…will I truly be watching my channel or might it be a bad connection somewhere…causing distortion???…

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.

Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius

Think about it….How quiet are  your waters ???…How distorted are your  perceptions???



I have been invited to take part in an internet radio series about resilience.

I suppose my next post should be about just that…resilience!!

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
Henry Ford


I am sure, like me, you have all had times when you …thought you couldn’t…and…surprise!!!!….you couldn’t….When you were young…it  might have meant getting a good grade in school…or…learning to sew…or maybe…it was getting a date…or… making it into a team or becoming cheerleader…In those days …I suppose we all had times when we couldn’t and didn’t….Why though…did  it  seem there were always those who “COULD”…I wonder if they always believed they could..and so they did…or was it that they never actually considered they couldn’t??

We all know our minds/brains… are a powerful tool…and we have all heard that we use only a teensy weesy bit if it…like the tip of the iceburg…So that makes me wonder…If we have all that unused power …just sitting beneath the water line…how do we access it???…and if we could…would it make us think more often that…. “WE CAN” ???….Or…if …more and more….we really believed we “CAN”…are we actually accessing the hidden part of the iceburg???…using more of our brains???…without even realizing???

Are there people with more of the iceberg out of water than others???…Of course…there must be!!!….Surely a rocket scientist…or a brain surgeon…uses a bit more of their brain than I do…writing stories and quilting???…Is it possible at birth …that more of an iceberg can be  above water…just naturally???…and if so…are those the people who CAN and CAN and CAN again???…

I would rather like to think that…we have the capacity to make our icebergs rise higher…that we have the ability to…if we really want to …to use more of that hidden power…So then…does that also mean that…if you think you can’t…over and over again…and so CAN’T….are you causing your iceberg to sink…your mind/brain to diminish????   Hmmm…now that is a scary thought!!!

And so…I can…I can….why  would I consider anything else???

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And now…a new year and the beginning of a new virtual collection

Ever looked for a different, interesting hotel/room???…this week I will share some with you….

….3 days left till the big morning!!!

Remember when you were a kid….and you did some serious thinking about…what you wanted for Christmas???…Making lists…cutting pictures out of catalogs…writing letters to Santa????

How about now….Do you ..ever really …seriously…think about …what you want for Christmas???…How about this year???

Today I received something that did just that…Made me think about what I really want for Christmas this year….Today I received an email …one with some very tragic news…which gave me cause to pause…and think .

You see…the email informed of a high school classmate…(whom I have not been in contact since grad in 69)…who… while on vacation with his wife…took a  serious fall hitting his head on a wall…sending him to hospital….One thing led to another…and…the outcome was a  tragic one…The email was sent  by …Keith…a fellow 69  high school grad…to a group of his us …and what followed was moving….You see…his facebook page started to fill up with comments…they kept coming in …from all of us….from all over north america….with condolences to the family…and to he who was a good friend of Tim’s….All I can say is….It was nothing short of …overwhelming!!!..No way for anyone to have to spend the holidays.

Wow…I will admit…I don’t really remember “Tim” much…however….the news of his passing… made me stop and think about life…how very precious it is…how fragile it is…and how in a split second…lives can be ended and/or changed forever…I have to say…social networking…may at times be overrated…but thanks to Face-book and Classmates…a wonderful…emotional…. reconnecting was able to occur…which I would hope…might  be comforting to  ….Tim’s family…and to Keith…a good friend of Tim’s.

So… what do you want for Christmas this year???…

Me???…well…right about now….All I want is …to be able to enjoy…. just one more Christmas season…in the comfort of  family and friends.

Check out my new visitor counters that show countries visitors are from ….I am now curious to see what shows up ..I know I have had visitors from  places other than Canada…hmmm…I’ll just have to wait and see. Calling visitors from around the globe to check in!!!!

Are you wearing a smile today????…read on…I sure am !!!  (no , that is not me)

There are times when …yes…you have to pick your battles…Through the years it has come to my attention…after trying to…that I could not fight them all.  Battles rage all around us everyday…some are real and important…others…not so important… some are perceived and are…really… only as big as we make them…and then there are those battles….that we have no choice but to fight….in hopes of being victorious over our enemy.

November is a month to remember… the battles that have been fought for our freedom…the battles that we did not have to physically engage in…the battles that someone else fought for us…Not only is it a month to remember those battles…but as well…those men and women who did the fighting for us…the men and women who…confronted our enemies…they who  chose to fight those…our… battles.

Over the past week or so…I too have been fighting a battle…No…just an imagined battle…it is not a battle that will just go away……And no…it is not one that will change the world…but it is a battle just the same….and it seems it is one I must fight….Fruit Flies!!!!  Yes, you heard me, Fruit Flies!!!! ….How can that be you may ask????…In the middle of November in Canada????….Beats me!!!…but there they are…hundreds of those tiny little pesky fellows…flying all over my house..

Could it be the bananas on my kitchen counter I wondered???…so away they went…Maybe it’s the empty beer bottles left in the sink….so…after a good washing…off they went too…But the little critters keep coming and coming…I emptied all the trash…I cleaned out under my sink…However…they remained persistent…It was a bit embarrassing when friends were over…and I was getting tired of swooshing my hand before my face in the hopes of removing at least a few from our home..

After hitting them with my hands…towels…sprays…with little change….It was finally yesterday… that I decided to wage war on these little guys…my enemies…I had had it!!!…The fruit flies were about see their demise…I had had enough!!!…I was determined to finally …fight the good fight!!!…And so…just as a  friend had encouraged me to do…I went and found the pretty little glass bug catcher I had bought a few years ago…for just this scenario…I very carefully filled the well in it…with some red wine…set it on the counter before I went to bed last night.

I woke this morning …to see what  appeared …what  might be a winning  battle…There were still a few little critters flying around the kitchen…however…inside the glass bug catcher…were numerous wine soaked bugs stuck to the glass walls…Yea!!!….And there many more still flying around inside the gadget…however…unable to escape the walls of their captor…aha!!!…

I was beginning to feel… victory was on the way…… So…I sat down to have my morning coffee… read a few pages from my book…and for the first time in days…I was able to read without even one little guy…landing on my page.

So there you have it….another battle won…another enemy zapped!!!…Small as a fruit fly may be…when one turns into hundreds…it becomes impossible to ignore…So if you ever see one of those pretty glass bug catcher gadgets…and wonder if it does anything more that look nice…think of me and my battle…and if you are thinking…hmmm…should I buy it???…DO!!!…You never know if or when you may need a battle plan like me.

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On the desk in front of me is a LOTTO 6/49 sweepstakes ticket which just made me think about the news tonight..the news of two men winning 50 million dollars!!!… What does a person do with 50 million dollars!!!!

I will admit that we have occasionally spent our money on a ticket in hopes of winning big….and I do enjoy the fleeting moments of excitement I get before I find out ..each time…that our ticket is not a winner….But…Do I really want to be rich???…Or do I just love the opportunity to think about it???…How about you???…

Oh sure…I suppose it could be nice to just go and buy a car with cash…or give away all my clothes to the thrift shop…only so I can go out and buy a new closet full of clothes…or…how about getting my teeth bleached by the dentist instead of wasting my money on those Crest White strips …those strips that I hope …each time I use them…will “whiten my smile”….but instead…they just make me drool like a little  baby…Hmmmm…..Wow…I am not very good at spending money …am I ????….I have not even put a dent into my millions!!!

Here’s a thought…if you do win millions…does that mean that you will never again have that thrill of …wondering  if… the next  ticket is a winner????….that you will never be able to save …and revel in the  anticipation of a special buy????….Will   your problems  be bigger and your circle of friends smaller???….Something to think about……

 I will admit to you….that for over the past fifteen years now… I have received and sent back my Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes forms….and am still waiting for Dave and his giant check to show up at my door….and when it does….no screaming…or jumping up and down…. like a monkey just released from it’s cage…no no…not me…I will be  ready…like the marathon runner who wipes his face and puts on a smile as he proudly  runs through the finish line as his picture is taken…so will I…smile nicely to Dave…and politely say….I’ve been waiting for you  as the camera takes my picture.

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One last collection piece of someone  painted into the background…..

  

YEA !!!  We have a name.

The name has  finally been decided on for Susan and I to use at the Christmas Craft Show we will be taking part in. 

First we thought …Highbrow…then…Saffron and Sage.  Budz  and Silver Foxes were a few names …visitors to my blog gave us.  Then came the name…FrenZies…but we finally settled on …FrenZ….so FrenZ …it will be…Short and sweet…simple…and yes…we are friends…henthforth the name  …FrenZ.!!!  Now, how appropriate is that??

And so now I am gearing up for that event…cutting and sewing and getting items ready for the sale….My mind is a reeling with ideas of items to sell and now my evenings will be spent…producing.

So there you have it…and with the finalizing of our name…we can now focus on more important things like….mass producing enough items for a 7 hour sale day…I wonder how many items a person needs to have for such a sale???  And then comes another big decision…pricing every thing !!  The big question is always…not …what is it worth…but  rather…what are people willing to pay. 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions… will they ever stop???

What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

 

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A friend and I decided to have some fun and reserve a table at a local xmas craft show in November. My book her pottery and some other interesting items we will have for sale that day…..but….we are looking for a name…a name to call us… a name we can put on our tags.

Last night we brainstormed with our husbands and good friends to see if we could come up with some interesting name/word to call ourselves that day.  We had such fun  doing that but have not come up with anything solid as of yet.  We want it to be different…even a nonsense word that sounds cool could be good.

I am tossing this out to all of you as the more ideas we get the better the chances of coming up with different names/words.  We tried taking the letters  from our first names and combining them….nothing…we tried taking the letters from our last names and combining them…nothing.  Then we went on to names of flowers.. So after covering two pages with possibilities…we had still not come up with anything. Then we thought ….herbs.  We liked one a bit …but not totally convinced.

Have you got a thought or two????   We are two women, with silver gray hair, both shortish, both are artsy and have tried all sorts , have been friends for decades, who have both lived in a variety of cities/towns ,  in our lifetimes.  We would love it if you would share any ideas you may have.

Names, names and more names…what is in a name????

Personal  Legends

I have been reading the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho which is making me think about…my… Personal Legend. I don’t remember having a personal legend when I was young…or did I ? …and has it just been long forgotten?  Or am I living my legend?

It’s [your Personal Legend]                                                                                                                                                                                                               what you have always wanted to accomplish.  Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.  At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible.  They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives.  But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.  –  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

So what might a personal legend actually be?  If you listen to children… they have dreams….dreams of being a  fireman, the president, an astronaut, a ballerina, or possibly to travel the world. Children dream that they would like to be a hocky star or a movie star or even a writer. It is true that children are not afraid to dream….but when do they stop dreaming?  and what is it that causes them to stop?

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I suppose you can say , as we get older …our dreams about our lives ….go from BIG …to …little…more realistic dreams. What is it that makes that happen? Is it because once we learn more about our personal legend, we feel it is out of our reach? Is it because other people lead us to believe our personal legend is an impossible dream? Is it because it is going to take more work than we are willing to put in? Is it fear that stops us from trying to achieve it? Is it money? Is it health? Or are these all just excuses ? Can our personal legend change? Are we allowed to change it? And if we do…is it really our legend anymore?”

“When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve.”…..The Alchemist

The book …The Alchemist…is such a wonderful read. It  made me think about my life and my Personal Legend. I believe that…In paying attention to the main character…the Shepard…you realize why having a Personal Legend is so important. It is not the Legend itself…it is …what you learn , see and live along the way to that legend that matters. It is the jouney..as they say. It is about finding yourself  in not so wonderful situations…as you try to get there….but always finding the silver lining in each time. It is about keeping your eye on what is important…to have a goal and work toward it…but not at the exclusion of everything else…and to be sure to not wear blinders as you go on your way….or you will miss so very much…possibly even an OMEN…as the shepard calls it…that might have been very  important in directing you…

Can a personal legend include small , different legends along the way?  Is my book one of those small legends?

Did/do you have a personal legend? Are you traveling toward it? If so, what have you seen, heard or learned along the way? Hav you had some difficult times…but have you looked for or found the  silver linings???

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
Oprah Winfrey

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In the wake of recent world events…

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather allowing it to master you. 

Brian Tracy

If you read my post yesterday, you will know I wrote about change…change and what an unknown happiness it can bring to a person.  So what can a person say about  change that comes through disaster?  If you watch the news you are aware that a disaster has hit Haiti and change has come to those who weren’t at all looking for it . An earthquake such as the one in Haiti, has changed the lives of thousands…and  can such  change bring happiness into anyone’s life? 

 Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance. 

– Maurice Maeterlinck

Let us all hope that the people touched by this week’s disaster can find peace, strength and sometime soon, happiness.

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A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I was thinking about change the other morning as I sat in my friend’s kitchen, writing  my next blog post  and looking out their windows .It was then I realized how refreshing the  new view was as I looked out. You may be wondering…why  write in someone else’s kitchen ? Well, a bit of a favor for friends…as they were both at work, they needed someone to be there for when  the cable guy came…so there I was. 

Anyway…Change…that is what I want to talk about.  Having a different view of the snow that morning made me wonder…if I was enjoying the change so much …why is it that we are so often afraid of change in our lives?  Is it that as we become older,  are we way too set in our ways? Or is it that we are just stubborn ? Or, is it fear…fear of the unknown?

So, who are you… when it comes to change in your  life?   Me , I will admit, I take some comfort in cosistancy…and change?.. I never really thought too much about the subject…but I do know……doing some new things for the first time has been difficult.

Starting a blog was one of them. I knew I should have one if I wanted to let people know about my book.   But if I made a blog,  who was going to read it?  And if anyone actually did check it out , what would they think of me and my ramblings?  How would I come up with subject matter time after time…and how would I make it not boring? Afraid? Yes…I would say so. Writing a blog would mean putting myself out there….it made me think of  those dreams I’ve had…..where I get to where I’m going and find myself  naked!!!  Now…Why would a person want to subject themselves to that?

However, feeling it was necessary but feeling   totally intimidated… I worked for hours and  developed …So you wanna be a writer.  As of right now my blog is only  two and one half months old…but tonight …it is at the 2,000 hit mark…and my book is not even launched yet!!!!  

Good thing I decided to step into the scary.. unknown.  Little did I know …it would be such fun.

Is there an unknown you would like to step into but are afraid? Go for it, it might just awaken the stranger in you.

And now for shoes….Of course I have a another  interesting shoe for you…..

A shoe with wings.

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