Sunday, October 28, 2012


Definition of CHEER

a obsolete : face
b archaic : facial expression
: state of mind or heart : spirit cheer
 — Matthew 9:2(Authorized Version)>
: lightness of mind and feeling : animationgaiety
: hospitable entertainment : welcome
: food and drink for a feast : fare
: something that gladdens cheer
: a shout of applause or encouragement

i was looking.
at one of my inspirational books.
and i came across.
a word.
that resonated with me.
i have.
my favorite definitions.
of cheer.
and my thoughts today.
tho life.
will try to weave other words.
into your makeup.
your tapestry.
the beautiful thing is.
pick up your needle and thread.
and start.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

...allow the smile to travel...

imagine you're smiling,
without moving your lips.
in china a similar approach is said to activate tan tien,
the energy store just below the navel.
allow the smile to travel  
within you and sit in your abdomen,
radiating warmth through your being.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment

has fallen.
it is such a short season.
stepped out gently.
into the 36 degree morning.
to breathe.
coolness into my lungs.
to catch the frost.
(and shadows).
in one still frame.
hold on fall...
just a little bit longer.
just BE.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


don’t run after your thoughts.
 find joy and peace in this very moment.
 ~Thich Nhat Hanh

the goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer. ~Anonymous

simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.

how is it.
that these webs.
are just, overnight.
thrown about like.
the silver icicles on a.
Christmas tree.
i get the webs.
just not the random strands.
just one of those "moments"
that makes my heart smile.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

...reflecting on your blessings...

"the practice of gratitude becomes more valuable during
very difficulty times because it fosters optimism
and serves as an antidote to worry.
it's hard to be anxious, after all,
when reflecting on your blessings. 
it can even work in situation that seem,
at first, to offer us nothing but unhappiness." ...
"ultimately, when you are real, it's even possible to 
feel gratitude for the progress that effort and fate have
allowed you to make toward a self-designed life.
this kind of gratitude means you can move forward knowing
you didn't waste your time here on earth bound to
someone else's notions of what is good and valuable and important.
you will be able to live without regrets."
~the velveteen principles
a guide to becoming real

i love this book.
such wisdom and inspiration.
based upon a children's book.
no sun.
as with many days previous.
it shown briefly.
and left quickly before i could get my camera.
promises sun and warmth.
the temp right 47.
despite that.
i have the window open.
i hear a robin.
it is well.
with my soul.
just BE.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


mom's porch sale... 

rainy Sunday... 

from simple abundance
a daybook of comfort and joy

in this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes...
from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
~salman rushdie

is there a woman alive who doesn't suffer from stress?
if there is, seek her out,
ask her to share her wisdom. when you find her,
i'd be willing to bet she'll offer the following suggestions:

cultivate gratitude.
carve out an hour a day for solitude.
begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, reflection.
keep it simple
keep your house picked up.
don't overschedule.
strive for realistic deadlines.
never make a promise you can't keep.
allow an extra half hour for everything you do.
create quiet surroundings at home and at work.
go to bed at nine o'clock twice a week.
always carry something interesting to read.
breathe-deeply and often.
move-walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy.
drink pure spring water. lots of it.
eat only when hungry.
if it's not delicious, don't eat it.
be instead of do.
set aside one day a week for rest and renewal.
laugh more often.
luxuriate in your senses.
always opt for comfort.
if you don't love it, live without it.
let mother nature nurture.
don't answer the telephone during dinner.
stop trying to please everybody.
start pleasing yourself.
stay away from negative people.
don't squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion.
nurture friendships.
don't be afraid of your passion.
approach problems as challenges.
honor your aspirations.
savor beauty.
create boundaries.
for every "yes" let there be a "no."
don't worry, be happy.
remember, happiness is a living emotion.
exchange security for serenity.
care for your soul.
cherish your dreams.
express love everyday.
search for your authentic self until you find her.

i love how you find something.
when you need to hear it the most.
i love you son.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


be open to different viewpoints,
and change your mind
if you see new truth in a situation.
this is wisdom
not fickleness.
1,001 ways to live in the moment
just BE.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


never underestimate the potential
and power
of the human spirit.

i thank you.
so much.
for your kind words.
i needed them.
i sat as tears rolled down my face.
reading them.
and gaining the strength.
that i know is inside me.
getting back into.
occupational therapy.
laying my hands on people.
i don't know.
allows them to feel safe.
and allows them to open up.
there are many bad things.
out there that happen to people. 
Plato said, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” 
if you have been with me.
for any length of time.
you know.
that i choose to just BE.
i choose to be happy.
shame on you  punk for making our son's world hell.
you won't for long.
because he has the power and potential.
in his spirit.
and i pray.
you will find yours.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.