gift economy, service

The Path of Service

The path of service seems to be calling.  My mother’s health continues to decline and I want to help her. I’ve offered to move back to the Northern Virginia and help her take care of the house, daily living, yard work, etc. The challenge for me is how to support myself in a very expense…

owls, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you joy, mystery, inspired leadership, and owls. Reclaim Your Joy This is another touching post by Rachel Macy Stafford filled with authenticity and vulnerability. In this post on parenting, she talks about losing her joy and seeing the impact on her family. When her husband reflected that she was never happy…

lillies, love, poetry

Lovely Lilies

Lovely Lilies ~ bright luscious lilies sentinels in the garden calling to my heart ~ I dedicate this post to my mother who instilled a love of nature and gardens. Happy Mother’s Day!  

Savy Sentinels

Savy Sentinels ~ the hunt has begun stillness as the master’s tool bounty the reward ~ I love watching herons. Sometimes they won’t let me get near, but other times they seem so intent on their own hunt that they allow me closer access for taking photos. Thankfully, this one cooperated with me on my bike…

Bahá’í Temple, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you compassionate teaching, passionate service, inspired architecture, and inspired writing. Hugging Porcupines We have a brief opportunity to do the one thing – the RIGHT thing – to change the course of their life in a positive way. ~ Rob Miller Rob Miller, a teacher in Oklahoma wrote this touching…

Raging Rivers, poetry

Raging Rivers

Raging Rivers ~ raging rivers flow bursting with latent power will not be tamed ~ We’ve experienced record-setting levels of rain over the last week, dumping about 9″ of rain in 24 hours over much of NW Arkansas and SW Missouri. This photo was taken at Tanyard Creek, usually a mellow stream. Rivers, creeks, and…

poetry, Awesome Stories

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This week brings you healing poems, musical mayhem, solar breakthrough, and true service. Healing Poems This is a fun and soulful children’s book called This Is A Poem that Heals Fish written by Jean-Pierre Simeón and translated to English by Enchanted Lion Books. This Daily Good article offers a sweet sampling of the book, illustrations and fanciful way…

mountains, poetry,

Mountain Melodies

Mountain Melodies ~ lush valley vistas earth and sky harmonizing mountain melodies ~ #NaPoWriMo day 27 ~ I took this photo at Devil’s Den State Park, named for its cave system. This photo is from the top of Yellow Rock, one of the many limestone formations that surround the lush valley divided by Lee Creek.…