When it’s this nice…

When it’s this blue… I must. When it’s this green… I shall. When the tunnels beckon… I go forth. When water brings peace… I breathe. When life tries to throw me… I stop and rest. When it’s this nice… See you later, alligator. (Wiouwash State Trail and Black Otter Lake – July 7, 2018) AdvertisementsRead more

The Identity of Mary J

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” ~Erik Erikson~ What is your identity? Do you have a definition of who you are? Are you a unique individual with purple hair and a nose ring or a combination of your parents and life-long experiences? I’m not sure what to say about myself. I’ve been pondering my own identity of late and what that might look like in print. I’llRead more

Fifty-Five Years Later

He had a dream. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Here we are, fifty-five years later. While there have been advancements in civil rights since Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech in 1963, our country remains embroiled in the bigotry of non-acceptance. Not by all of its people and I sincerely pray notRead more

Hope for This Season

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, I have a season of hope for you. I hope that you always have a roof over your head. I hope that you always have food in your mouth. I hope that someone is watching over you. I hope your friends are numerous. I hope your family is always supportive I hope you find a piece of joy every day of your life. I hope you always have a happy song in your heart.Read more

A Plea for Redress and Respect

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” ~First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution~ Much has been debated this year regarding freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom to peaceably assemble. From Civil War statues, to the media, to football players,Read more

The Childrens’ Offer of Peace

“Did I offer peace today?” “Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~Henri Nouwen~ On September 3rd, neighbor Deb and I rode the Green Circle Trail inRead more

A Worldly Warning

In another two weeks, lightness you shall seek from bloggers around the world. It’s the second leg of the blogfest peg, “We are the World” unfurled. Join us, please (I’m asking from both knees) with a noteworthy story of good Just one little link and a written wink for someone farthest from rude. A positive tale, all glory and hail, to those who make life grand. Of those who give us a smile and afford worthwhile love, kindness and aRead more

All the People

“And the world will live as one.” John Lennon imagined. He dreamed. Nothing to kill or die for. No need for greed or hunger. All the people. Living life in peace. This post has been brought to you by John Lennon’s imagination, Pentatonix and Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday. Click HERE to see additional one-liners in the comment section. Feel free to play along by posting your own one-liner and linking your post to Linda’s.   I’m adding a plug forRead more

“We are the World” Blogfest

Social media and news in recent times has been filled with hate and negativity. Just as you cannot fight darkness, only light lamps, Hate and Negativity cannot be fought. You need to bring Love and Positivity forward instead. I bring to you the “We Are the World” Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts: Belinda Witzenhausen, Damyanti Biswas, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott, Sylvia Stein, SylviaRead more

Holiday Thanks

As 2016 draws to a close, I want to thank all of my blogging buddies, Tweeters, Instagramers, Facebookers and Googly people for being part of my world this past year. In case you don’t know, you all rock! Although my daily and main priorities lie in family, friends, faith and that lovely hobby called work, the online world has been a source of comfort, hysterical humor, important information about trains and such, beautiful photographs and the development of a fewRead more

Inside, Outside

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t…”  ~Neil Gaiman~ “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  ~ Carl Jung~ “A healthy outside starts from the inside.”  ~Robert Urich~ “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”  ~Terry Pratchett~ “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi~Read more

That’s Christmas

“I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me”   ~Pentatonix~ What is Christmas to you? Is it a holiday? A frame of mind? A spirit of peace? A love that we all find? What is Christmas to you? Time with family? Parties at work? Drinks with friends? Potlucks at church? What is Christmas to you? Blinking lights? BrightRead more