APAC, prison reform, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you humane prison reform. Compassionate Prisons Brazil has the third largest prison population in the world, behind only the US and China, with a long history of violence, and a shocking 70% recidivism rate. Valdeci Ferreira was inspired to help during a prison visit in the 1980s. He was shocked at how…

poetry

Be Free

Be Free ~ art as a touchstone stirring life’s hidden treasures open heart be free ~ As my blog name suggests, I love freedom and this painting by Vera Komnig speaks to my heart. It radiates freedom in its vibrant colors, expansive feeling, and sense of wild dancing. Vera calls this piece Be Free, Dream…

muse, inspiration, poetry

Buttercup Baby

Buttercup Baby ~ late summer flowers fill me up with peace and love buttercup baby ~ I don’t know why, but the song and words popped into my head as the title for this post. Here is the original hit song, Build Me Up Buttercup, from the Foundations that was still popular even 8 years…

puffy clouds, blog stats

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This week Awesome Stories celebrates 4000 subscribers to my blog. Hurray for 4016 subscribers! Truthfully, I don’t spend much time or energy worrying about my blog stats. I do want to take this opportunity to mention how grateful I am that my blog continues to grow and reach more people. Ever since starting the blog,…

nature elements, poetry

Elementals #6

Elementals #6 ~ tiny villages share bark, moss, fungi, water  synergistic life ~ I love to see these tiny patches of life thriving on the bark of a tree. Its amazing to me how the bark, moss, and fungi synergistically thrive with each other. Each one contributing to the whole, and taking only what is…

Columbines, poetry, Colorado

Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High ~ fields of columbines light up the mountain valley trails of happiness ~ This is another beautiful image from my friend Gayle Fetik. She travels routinely to Colorado, posting photos and stirring up my longing to return to the beauty of Colorado. John Denver immortalized the beauty of Colorado in his classic…

Brad's Tips, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you some homegrown wisdom. I actually created these tips over 25 years ago. Although I know many of these ideas, I don’t live them as well as I would like to. Which reminds me that although many of us have lots of good ideas and information, our real transformation only…

Janet Reed Wright

Dancing Storks

Dancing Storks ~  long legs for wading graceful elegant lovers let the dance begin  ~ I love the fluidity of this painting by Janet Weight Reed. The two storks seem to be engaged in a joyful dance of courtship. Janet has a gift for using watercolors to convey movement, emotion, and form with a simplicity…

The Beatles, Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever ~ I hopped in my Yellow Submarine to visit Penny Lane and the Beatles. Some of us have never lost the belief that after a Hard Days Night, All You Need is Love. I walked over to Sgt. Pepper and asked him to Let It Be. But Hey, Jude wasn’t falling for…