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The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost

Friendship ~ Love

Friendship is a quiet walk in the park with the one you trust

Love is when you feel like you are the only two around.

Friendship is when they gaze into your eyes and you know they care.

Love is when they gaze into your eyes and it warms your heart.

Friendship is being close even when you are far apart.

Love is when you can still feel their hand on your heart when they are not near.

Friendship is hoping that they experience the very best.

Love is when you bring them the very best.

Friendship occupies your mind.

Love occupies your soul.

Friendship is knowing that you will always try to be there when in need.

Love is when you will give up everything to be at their side.

Friendship is a warm smile in the winter.

Love is a warming touch that sends a pulse through your heart.

Love is a beautiful smile to which nothing compares:

A tender laugh, which opens your heart,

A single touch that melts away your fears,

A smell that reminds you of the tenderness of heaven,

A voice that reminds you of the innocence of youth.

Friendship can survive without love.

Love cannot live without friendship.

~ Author Unknown .

Copyright (©) 2010 - 2019

Courage to Believe ~

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It takes faith to believe, it also takes courage. Courage to turn away from the way it has always been and courage to venture forth in a new direction.

It takes unwaivering belief to take off into the unknown, to dance in the rain, to walk the tightrop without a net.

It takes faith and courage to know that life can truly be whatever we choose it to be, that life can be lived without following the bluprint of what others say can and can’t be done, that life can be lived by being true to oneself and by following one’s own direction and path.

Life can be lived and should be lived through faith and by believing.

I’ve decided to expect a revelation … projecting my vision onto my world – think and it becomes.

I’m testing my resolve, I’m testing my resistance, I’m testing my vision of the world.

I’ve decided, from this day forth, to live life to the fullest, to take chances, even if I am afraid, to trust completely and without restraint. I have decided to expect the best of people and never settle for less than that, to expect dreams to come true, to quit second guessing and to follow the direction and path my life is leading me in.

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One of my favorite movies is  Under the Tuscan Sun. In this movie, there is a reference made to the Semmering Railway.

The Semmering Railway was the genius of engineer Carl Ritter von Ghega. Von Ghega began planning  the building of the railway in 1842 before any train of the time could possibly traverse such a steep grade. The railway began in Gloggnitz going over the Semmering Pass to Murzzuschlag.

It was constructed betwen 1848 and 1854,  contained 14 tunnels, 16 viaducts and involved the labor of 20,000 workers. The Semmering Railway is still a functional part of the Austrian Federal Railway.

Between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come.

~ Under The Tuscan Sun ~

“Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.”
~ Frances Meyer- Under the Tuscan Sun

Autumn In The Air ~

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As the cool winds begin to blow and the night air turns cool, I am reminded once again of the feelings of Fall. I look forward to warm crackling fires and nights spent camping under the magnificent star filled skies. The feel of a warm blanket as I snuggle down for the night. The sounds of the owl in the distance and the other noises that are so welcoming as the days grow shorter. I welcome the feelings of tranquility and satisfaction as the hot summer days wind to an end and the crisp cool air reminds me that winter is on the way.
Autumn days and cool breezes remind me of dreams that have not yet been realized.They inspire me with hope and fill my heart with wonder. One of my greatest hopes is that “I never lose this since of wonder” and that I always look to the next adventure with excitement and hope.
These pictures were taken along the Kern River in Northern California as we camped and explored along its banks. The Kern River is known for its whitewater rapids and beautiful Autumn foliage. It flows through Kernville, a very quaint, conservative relic of early California. It is wonderful tenting beside the river and waking up with the sound of the river flowing behind you.
Autumn is calling… where will it take us this time?

You open my heart with a touch of your hand,
I am consumed in a moment with love and romance.
I hear your laugh and I smile, I see your smile and I glow
Forever and always I love you so.
I find it’s the little things that come about in the feelings of the heart.
It’s the day to day moments that make us want to start.
It’s the dreams that just keep growing as we travel on our way
It’s the day to day moments we’ll miss and hope will stay.
As your smile lights a spark to the deepest embers of my soul
And each night is full of magic as you hold me in your arms
I hope to always remember the serenity I feel today
And the love I feel inside when you whisper my name.
I want to always treasure I hope to always know
The deep abiding faith and peace within my soul.
For it’s the little things that we’ll savor as each day turns into dusk
It’s the little things that we’ll treasure and will mean the most to us.
~Tammy

Another Labor Day Has Come And Gone ~

Another Labor Day has come and gone. Another whirlwind time-travel around the sun.
Such changes have come about without me even knowing when or why. Now most of our time is spent underneath the vast Nevada skies. Gone are the lazy days of California summers and lost between yesterday and today are the moments spent in the Florida sunshine. As the days get shorter and the nights get longer I am reminded that change is inevitable, growth is progress and new days are to be embraced.

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As another summer winds to a close I remember…

I remember Bavaria.

I remember the boat ride along the Rhine River with the wind blowing in my hair. I remember gazing out at the passing castles and reflecting on the beauty that was before me. I remember how much I wanted to stay in this beautiful country and savor every moment.

As Autumn approaches I am reminded of Bavaria, though she is often in my thoughts. I am reminded and as always around this time of year….. I Remember.

Lighthouses & Friendships ~

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I am fascinated with lighthouses both figuratively and literally. I am drawn to their history and also their romantic analogy. I look at them and reflect on the mariners who have relied upon them, placed their trust in them and have been saved because of them. I also look to them as a symbol, a symbol of hope and a symbol of endurance and a symbol of dependability.

I am blessed – I have friendships that are a constant in my life. They are like a beacon shining bright, leading me away from destruction and away from the rocky shores. Friendships, like lighthouses, can be perpetual and ever burning, helping us through turbulent times and shining bright with encouragement. Those who shine their light outward are rare and magnificent. They give off warmth and a glow that leads myself and others into their safety net and leads us away from the turbulent waters and rocks. They can be “an ever fixed mark” that we look to when our way is lost or has become unclear.

Florida’s coastline is still dotted with many of these lighthouse remnants of the past and they hold a special place in the hearts of many Floridians and lighthouse enthusiasts who look to them with a source of pride.

Most of the state’s 30 existing lighthouses offer photographers beautiful scenic backdrops to these lone-standing symbols of direction and hope. It seems that visiting and photographing lighthouses has become a popular hobby for many and I myself enjoy touring them whenever I get a chance.

Throughout the history of the lighthouses in the United States, they have been seen by most as a necessary obligation of both civic and personal pride. Even Southern history enthusiasts state that one of the reasons the Confederacy succeeded from the United States was the Confederacy’s opposition to most of the taxpayer-funded internal improvements; yet even the Confederacy explicitly allowed and encouraged public funds to be spent on lighthouses.

I am thankful for my friends and their love. I am thankful that our friendships have endured the years of separation and have become bouyant once again.  I am thankful for the memories of the wonderful days of youth that we are able to share together and reminisce about.

There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton

Like a lighthouse shining in the distance, our friendships have grown and flourished and brightened the landscape around us. They have brought us together into the future with a promise of more good days and good times ahead.

As we go into the future, shining brightly, bringing pieces of our past with us and promises of the future,  I am thankful and blessed to have these wonderful people and our friendships in my life.

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.                    ~ Henry David Thoreau

For all of my childhood “Plains Gang” friends. This song, more than any other,  helps me to remember “us”.

For Now and Always ~ I Love You,

Tammy

 

Ours Is A Love Song ~

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Ours is a love song that will play out through time.

Ours is a true love, one only few will find.

It’s a moment when we know,

No matter where we go,

Ours is a love song.

Finding hope and solace, in dreams of forever.

Recognizing true love, when it’s right before our eyes.

Expecting rainbows to appear to wash away the sorrow.

Knowing that always…

In its timeless replay of memories,

Ours is a love song.

Moonlight strolls along white, sandy beaches.

Drawing names in the sand and listening as the waves

Crash along the shore.

Understanding that today is not only a moment

But a lifetime …

Ours is a love song.

You share the adventures for the road that’s ahead.

You’ve helped my dreams come true

With every word that you’ve said.

By understanding the lyrics that make up my life

You seem to feel the music as we’re holding on tight.

Ours is a love song.

WONDER

W anting forever -  having only a small amount of time to explore and experience

O pen skies of Wyoming – radiating the most brilliant blues – never able to capture

N atural settings of rivers and streams – hidden deep in the Colorado Rockies

D aybreak as the sun peaks over the mountains -  amazed by true joy

E verlasting beauty  not trampled or even experienced by most

R ockie Mountain dreams of a slower world – the calm, the serenity, the awe

The Time Of Your Life~

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 Ahhh… the glory of knowing, without any wavering doubt;

Life Is Truly What We Believe It To Be.

People are ultimately good, if we look for the good; Miracles happen daily, if we only open our eyes; Love conquers evil, if we only believe.

Belief is a gift to become empowered by, it is a moment in time spent reveling in the impossible and knowing that the impossible has become reality. It is an acceptance of who we truly are and who we see ourselves becoming.

We are the culmination of all that we dream and believe ourselves to be.

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.          ~ Joan of Arc

        Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.   ~Henry David Thoreau

With belief comes recognition, recognition that our lives have a purpose and a reason for existing. It is not just a random draw; it is with purpose and dedication and perseverance that we mold our lives into what makes us happy and content. We fulfill our purpose by first recognizing and acknowledging what this entails for us.

As we strive to persevere and find love, joy and happiness; we must also realize that life is indeed fragile and that it must be respected and honored and celebrated.

Life is our most precious gift.

~ Live Life ~

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.

~Francois Muriac

To all my childhood friends: You will be in my heart forver. ~ Thank You!!

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A Man And His Boat ~

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As the sun rises on the horizon… I wonder

Where will this day lead?

What joys will I behold?

As it begins its ascent… rising higher

I pause to reflect.

A man and his boat

Looking for adventure…

Dreaming, Hoping and Enjoying.

When will we realize

That we only truly live

If we take each day and truly breathe…

Breathe in the salty smell of the sea

Breathe in the excitement of the chase

Breathe in the moments…

Experience the all.

A man and his boat

Looking ahead…

Expecting, Believing and Delighting.

Dreams and Sunsets ~

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What is it that makes us fall in love with romantic novels, beautiful love songs and sunsets over beaches?

We stop, grab our cameras or just stare into the horizon and hold our breath as we wait for the precise moment when the sun disappears into the ocean. The color hues may vary but the transcendental moment that engulfs us is a memory we lock away forever.

I can’t imagine having never seen a sunset, never witnessing the deep colors, the tranquility and the magic that is present when each day fades into dusk but more than that I cannot imagine being given the opportunity to experince life and choosing instead to not look or feel.

 Today I woke up counting my blessings.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. ~Albert Einstein

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.     ~ Helen Keller

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.    ~ Albert Einstein 

Louis Daniel Armstrong(August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971) was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. His nickname was Satchmo or Satch. He received this nickname in 1932 from magazine editor Percy Brooks who greeted him in London with “Hello Satchmo” and it stuck.

Armstrong was paid scale of $250 for his recording to make sure the orchestra got paid.

An Affair Of The Heart ~

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You gave me a moment to hold in my mind

You gave me a rainbow to hope and to find

You showed me tomorrow,  if I’d take a chance

You made me feel laughter and gave me romance

You captured my soul,  when love got its start.

I dreamed of forever…

An Affair Of The Heart.

Your love opened windows and set my mind free

I dreamed of what should be and what was meant to be.

An exceptional romantic, in the ballet of life

A heartened awakening, in the ways of our strife.

A touch and a prayer, a hope and a dream

Laughter and music, a wonderous Scheme.

Deep in my soul, a long burning fire

Forever and Always…

An Affair Of The Heart.