To recap: It begs the question, have you ever wondered just how much the Universe is capable of conspiring to make something happen…to make something come true? To bring two people together… Part Three continued the story of a girl, and her journey to happiness. She’ll again be typed in this color and she’ll be known simply as the girl.… Continue reading The Story of a Girl (Part Four)
To recap: It begs the question, have you ever wondered just how much the Universe is capable of conspiring to make something happen…to make something come true? To bring two people together… Part Two continued the story of a girl, and her journey to happiness. She’ll again be typed in this color and she’ll be known simply as the girl. As… Continue reading The Story of a Girl (Part Three)
To recap: It begs the question, have you ever wondered just how much the Universe is capable of conspiring to make something happen…to make something come true? To bring two people together… Part One began the story of a girl, and her journey to happiness. She’ll again be typed in this color and she’ll be… Continue reading The Story of a Girl (Part Two)
Have you ever wondered just how much the Universe is capable of conspiring to make something happen…to make something come true? To bring two people together… When you’re chalking things up to the Universe, do you include the good, bad and everything in between? Must you? Do you need to experience the bad, to get… Continue reading The Story of a Girl (Part One)
To spend the rest of our lives With each other The rest of our days Like two lovers Forever yeah, forever… But how does this happen? How does a relationship evolve into a marriage that withstands the tests of time and seems, to anyone observing it, to have been destiny? I’m certain of only one… Continue reading You & Me We Are Destined You’ll Agree
How well does anybody know anybody? What's TMI***? There is definitely such a thing! Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. – Daniel J. Boorstin I've shied away from writing here in what I've come to see as the dreaded (by some) listicle form. Listicle: a listicle is a short-form of writing that uses… Continue reading You Don’t Know Me
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. – Abraham Maslow I find this quote to be potentially quite deceptive, depending on how it’s perceived. It spoke to me in such a positive light when I first read it,… Continue reading Someone Told Me Not to Cry
When certain words stay with us it's natural and easy to wonder or question why? What about them rang so true, hit so close to home, touched us so deeply? Hi there! I'm currently at work on a piece, a follow-up to last week's piece on happiness....on unhappiness. And also a one or two… Continue reading Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered am I
…And you will be happy, too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fznw-AGoENo Preface Sometimes I chalk energy and having lots of it, up to things like; adrenalin, a good night’s sleep, cardio, eating lots of nutrient-rich foods, spending time outdoors in the sunshine…because they are all proven. But happiness can bring energy up, and conversely unhappiness can bring energy… Continue reading Make Just One Someone Happy
I just returned from a short trip to the Outer Banks, aka OBX...barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. The sunrises and sunsets are incredible. Here's one of my sunrises this week: — Raina K Morton October 16 2014 *Lyrics by James Taylor - "Carolina In My Mind"
…won't you carry it in? In your head, in your mouth, in your soul. Do you ever feel like that? It’s been my experience that people tend to belong in one of two camps; Mountains or Beach. However, I’ve met lovers of both. There are certainly many reasons to love both. It may directly… Continue reading The Ocean Breathes Salty
...Who said that every wish, Would be heard and answered, When wished on the morning star — Kermit the Frog Ah, making a wish. I've always been a big believer in the power of wishing! I guess you could call it the power of positive thinking, if that’s not trademarked? I also practice attributing… Continue reading Every Wish
Someone asked me how it feels having become the mother of a twenty-three year old today. How does it feel? Let’s see…it feels weird. I remember being twenty-three myself and it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. So it also reminds me about my own aging, of course. That does, and my knees… Continue reading May Good Luck Go With You, And Happiness Too
What if your life changed in a mere second? Or in just a few precious minutes? What if much of the life you knew was gone? How would you look at yourself? Would you blame someone or something? Would you blame yourself? Would you hide from the world? Would you hate yourself? Would you hate… Continue reading I’ve Got Some Questions
'Coz I'm So Tired [a kind of poem] I'm tired of the way my face still feels numb, and of how every little hair that brushes it tickles it beyond my capacity to ignore I'm tired of the way my hand clamps up when I'm trying to do something crucial, at the very… Continue reading ‘Coz I’m So Tired
As parents, one of our main goals is, [among the many, many goals], to keep our children safe. To raise and take care of them from before they’re born, until they are full-grown and thriving. Fresh in my mind are the journeys of three different sets of parents [all are people I do not… Continue reading It Seems Night Endlessly Begins & Ends
Being in high school in 1988 meant, yep, I was an 80's Girl! I believe this photo says it all? Not the Punk Eighties, the later years, closing in on the Nineties by this time...but still Eighties. Before deciding to blog about it, I was just visually dissecting it. How many things can I find… Continue reading …An 80’s Girl
Sunday was ‘National Grandparents Day’. The general public may or may not be aware of this. I can’t honestly say that I remember it every year, or even most years, and I’m fairly certain I only ever knew about it at all because of a few teachers who had their class celebrate it when… Continue reading I Can Smile at the Old Days
No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. — Mary Kay Ash Life is generally a pretty busy balancing act of daily living. Sometimes things that are important to us, I mean really meaningful and precious aspects of our lives, can get pushed out of the… Continue reading Love Takes Time…
[Each photo can be enlarged by clicking on it] Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees. — Rumi Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it. — Rumi The moment I first heard love I gave… Continue reading Rumi’s Words…by the Sea
I gave myself a pep-talk the other day; a look-me-in-the-eye, in-my-face kind of pep-talk. I think I need to do that more often. Most of us probably could use them more often. Sometimes I suddenly think about the fact that I am me, and it kind of hits me right then…I am me…all the… Continue reading The Human Tragedy Consists in the Necessity of Living with the Consequences
Have you ever practiced turning people into trees? This is the most profound and succinctly put idea or teaching that I've read in a long time, and I like to read a fair bit of this type of thinking. This was Ram Dass speaking about self judgement. His name sounds as if he was possibly a 13th-Century… Continue reading When Life is Hard You Have to Change
…Who'd give the world to stop the clock, and turn back the hands of time. — Merle Haggard Everyone has family, right? It’s a thread that ties you to another person or group of people that you don’t even necessarily know, have possibly never even met…but...they’re family! It means somewhere along the way someone you’re… Continue reading There’s Got to be Some Folks Around With Memories Just Like Mine
Don't let your life pass you by…Weep not for the memories… I have been remiss; I missed posting a blog last Tuesday, and believe me I felt kind of awful about it. I didn’t forget, not at all, but as I mentioned I’ve been traveling and spending as much time with family as possible. And,… Continue reading I Will Remember You, Will You Remember Me?
I’m sitting here lakeside today, our last full day here at the “compound”. My husband and much of his immediate family are scattered around enjoying this beautiful summer day. In a couple of cases there are three generations present. Currently two nephews, a niece and her friend are out playing together in the paddle… Continue reading In the Summertime When the Weather is Hot
Jukebox plays… You know those movies and episodes of television shows set in little seaside enclaves, filled with beach rentals, sand sculptures, clam bakes and ice cream stands, right? Places like Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Myrtle Beach and Old Orchard. The idea is such an archetypal part of a classic American summer. I’m sure it’s not… Continue reading Long Hot Days, Cool Sea Haze
All day long, she feeds & protects her "new" babies... The second "family" we've had in our little birdhouse this summer!
According to the website dreammoods.com, “to dream that you've lost your wallet indicates that you’re possibly losing touch with your true identity. You are experiencing some anxiety over changes and uncertainties happening in your life.” Actually misplacing or losing your wallet is to actually lose your identity…well, at least your ID, and has been known… Continue reading I Left My Wallet…in El Segundo
Six snaps within minutes of each other yesterday!
You know when people say, “Hey…so, what’s your story?" We all have a story. That’s undeniable. Usually this question means, “What’s going on with you right now?” Unless, perhaps you've just happened to find yourself in a crazy situation straight out of a movie and you need to detail your character history or establish an… Continue reading What’s Your Story Morning Glory?
Caught a hummingbird grabbing some breakfast out in the garden this morning!
Writers!!! Check this out (& please share): My dazzling friend, author Katrina Kittle, is venturing into something new and offering her first ever online class (on character development)! Katrina Kittle's online class"The Fiction Writer's Toolbox: Character" is scheduled for Thursday, July 10 from 7-8pm EST. It's just $20! A class on dialogue is scheduled for… Continue reading Katrina Kittle’s online class”The Fiction Writer’s Toolbox: Character”
Far off views of the rain from summer squalls pouring down onto the Blue Ridge Mtns, simultaneously mists rise up from the around the mtns in Shenandoah National Park forest, at sunset...
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ― Philo of Alexandria It’s not too difficult to hurt me; I’m a pretty easy target. I don’t have a proverbial thick skin. I let things get to me, as if they got right inside and into my heart. I wear my feelings on… Continue reading What the World Needs Now…
A lovely 'Canadian Flag' bench. I want one here in my VA garden... — In the Village of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia 2009
Where Land & Sea...Farming & Fishing...meet Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
A piece of sea glass..just waiting for me to collect it! Pugwash, Nova Scotia
Heather Beach in Nova Scotia...
Upper Economy, Nova Scotia A lovely view from a gorgeous perch...just made travel plans! NS we'll see you in one month!!
Let me start off by saying definitively…this is neither an attack, nor a defensive. It is merely an attempt to describe something that I truly believe is done with good intentions. Recently I've read a couple of perspective pieces by you young, harried, stressed-out and overtired mommies, that specifically spoke about having older mothers, whose… Continue reading Good Intentions …or… In Defense of Mothers with Grown Children Who Make “Those Comments”