Message summary: To make an adventure truly enjoyable, pre-planning is a must for those who have to watch what they eat and drink.
A day doesn’t go by when you don’t hear about someone who has a physical condition that limits what he or she can do or eat. Adventuring adds a new level of challenge when we have to consider and make allowance for this. Continue reading “Adventuring with Challenges”
In an earlier epistle I commented that sometimes a picture could be enhanced by words. I then blithely went on to talk about how to make a picture or combination of pictures speak for themselves without words.
Recently I read an article that repeated the saying “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” and I had an “ah-ha!” moment. And that thought was…”sometimes, not all the time, a picture is literally worth a 1,000 word essay”! Whether the essay is an explanation of its environment and setting, or the feelings and emotions felt and depicted in and through the image, there are times when words will add another layer of color and hue to it.
National Geographic gets this. Guess it was time for me to understand this applies to my personal collection of snapshots. Continue reading “A Picture is Worth…. Part 2”
I was browsing through some photos on one of our home computers when I ran across this photograph. In of itself, it is an okay photo however two thoughts percolated through my mind but could be summarized by “it’s always good to have company no matter how deep the water.” Continue reading “Oh Cay…”
…are only golden when you have a choice. For those of us who for one reason or another have managed to have our hearing damaged, silence is a bittersweet concept. Continue reading “The Sounds of Silence…”
Dedicated to all of us, for we all suffer the pain of loss and our internal stories of regret.
A time of joy and cake
A time of presents
more for the adults
than the children
who are entranced by boxes, crinkly paper, balloons, ribbons and sounds
A time to remember and celebrate
From the first smiles to out loud giggles
From rolling and crawling to the first faltering steps to running at breakneck speeds
But then time slips by...
And the past becomes a shadow
Hugs that are but memories
Snuggles that are missed
Laughter and wonder that have faded
Photographs, videos, doodles, drawings, writings and cards are our time capsules
Snippets of moments
some beautiful, some enchanting, some upsetting
Providing ways to observe the changes
and take note of who this person is becoming
Messages from tiny scratchings on various media to live video and artwork drawn with care
giving us a clue into the heart, mind and soul of others
And a memory, song, place, smell, and story can catapult us back...
to where we can experience and re-live how we felt
the joys we felt
the smiles we shared
the hearts that were joined in an unending symphony of gratitude
Here's to dreams -- fulfilled and unfulfilled
to joy and wonder -- experienced and shared
And as we remember our grief amid the whirlwind of loss
may friends surround us
hear and listen to us
So that they too may know who once walked this world
who once discovered a smile in the simplest of things
who once shared a secret or message shining light into even the darkest crags
And with that... help ease the loss
Quell the regrets
And focus on the blessings and lessons imparted by their presence in our life
Although it can be applied to anyone who has experienced a personal loss, this article helps those who have lost a child express themselves and aids others in understanding their loss. Whether mother, father, son, daughter, family or friend, grief strikes us where we are most vulnerable.
Please read with care…and understanding. Give a hug to those who are close and to those who have lost…
Mother’s Day Manifesto For Grieving Mothers by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore
Do you have a route you frequently drive or walk? An example would be the commute to work. You acknowledge where you are going, jump into your car, shut the doors, buckle the seat belt, turn on the car, put it into drive or reverse depending on how you parked the day before, then start on your journey. You know your destination or at least may have a clue on how to get there with the assistance of a GPS, a memorized route or written down instructions. You proceed down the highways and side streets based on the location of your destination, and before you know it you are either at your destination or snarled in traffic waiting to move forward to your final goal.
Continue reading “Exit Signs”
In railing against the ebb and flow of modern crazy-busy schedules, sometimes it is time to put our feet up (for those who are able) to sit and ponder. The immediate visual, as this is written, is to look down at our shoes, sneakers, flip-flops, boot et al and imagine them perched nicely upon a rail…deck, fence, porch, or guard rails made of wood, plastic or metal.
Continue reading “Shoes On A Rail with a Twist”
Our lives are a kaleidoscope of memories, thoughts, experiences and built-in instinct. And of all of those only instinct might actually be shared between people. Continue reading “Kaleidoscopic Memory”
Being one who has been blessed by home and hearth, waking up to a snow-covered world is wondrous. The stillness engendered by the blanket of white is refreshing to normal cacophony of sounds we generate every minute of every day. Living in the south, where snow is an unexpected guest (some consider it a welcomed guest, others a guest best seen on a postcard), the silence is even more profound. As every normal human busy-ness activity is ground to a halt.
Continue reading “Winter Blanket”