peace, water, poetry

Peaceful Waters

Peaceful Waters ~  the sun fades away glowing over still waters peace fills the valley ~ This was a grand sunset over the White River where I lived briefly in 2016. Living with Steven on the lake was a wonderful opportunity to watch the sunsets as a routine to appreciate and give thanks for each…

poetry, love, roses

Love Letter to 2018 – Zeal

Love Letter to 2018 – Zeal These are my heartfelt wishes for the new year. I feel inspired to share the fruits of my quiet time spent in reflection. It helped me clarify what is important to me and what I want to manifest for 2018. I’m immensely grateful for the solitude, peace, insights, and energy that…

Christmas, lights, poetry

Merry Mashup

Merry Mashup ~ a tangle of glories wrapped in silly stories you better be nice Santa knows your vice ~ tots wrangling for toys glittering dolls for boys construction sets for girls the genders have twirls ~ a time for inclusion beyond the illusion underneath the stories masks and glories ~ let the Christmas spirit…

healing, peace, bridges

Building Bridges of Compassion

Be a blessing to others by building bridges of compassion. Children who develop strong, caring relationships with all the people and living things around them will be more grounded and ultimately more prepared to function in, and meaningfully contribute to, an increasingly complex society. – Mark Sorensen  These are simple, yet profound ideas. The world has…

remarkable kids, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 330

This week Awesome Stories brings you dancing to freedom, tree communication, remarkable kids, and a legacy of reform. Dancing to Freedom This is a remarkable story of perseverance. Refugee Ahmad Joudeh uses dance to create messages of peace. He has persevered beyond what most of us can imagine. Dancing is taboo in his native country…

eco-friendly hardware, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 328

This week Awesome Stories brings you solutions to create better buildings that protect our precious planet like bio-concrete, eco-friendly hardware, solar smiles and slowing down. Bio-Concrete Henk Jonkers, of the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, has come up with a new concrete that heals itself with bacteria. Concrete is a very alkaline, dry, harsh…

Iowa Aurora, Mike Hollingstead

Awesome Stories 325

This week Awesome Stories brings you cultural awareness, solar biogas,  auroral magic, and ocean cleanup. Reading Around the World I love the message from Ann Morgan about opening our minds and life by reading books from around the world. She realized that her life view was rather limited by only reading books from the UK…

poetry, zen, haiku

Zen Gardens

Zen Gardens ~ maple tree and stones beauty found in the simple the power of Zen ~   I’ve always like the simplicity of Zen gardens. They often make use of rocks with only a few plants as highlights. On a walk in the neighborhood, I found a Zen garden that I attempted to capture with…