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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

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,



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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.

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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

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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!!

Plains  The Time Of Your Life~

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sail Away

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Sail Away ~ Far Into The Sea of Love.

Drift Slowly Into A Wave Of Turmoil,

Listen To The Seagulls As They Cry In Pain.

Watch As Your Life

Free To Twist And Turn With The Wind

Falls Short Of Your Dreams

And Never Quite Works Out

Like Promises Say It Will.

Careful Now ~ Don’t Give In

Like A Ship Rocked By The Winds And Waves

Each Day Will One Day Brighten

When A Harbor Of Hope Is Finally Found.

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Time, Time Ticking ~

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“ Time, time ticking. It’s ticking away.”

In the scheme of things, time is relative. It is relative to where we are and what we are doing and how we feel and what we dream and what we hope and if this happens and if this doesn’t and what if and whenever and whatever and however.

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Time seems to pass differently for each of us. It varies, depending on our age, our enjoyment of the moment and how we process “this time verses that” in our mind. Time has a way of rewriting the stories, of easing the pains and magnifying the celebrations. It has a way of healing our hearts and comforting our souls.

Scientifically, Einstein proved that time is relative to motion, not relative to individual perceptions. It has been proven in experiments that stopwatches in supersonic jets run slower that ones on the ground. Thus, it is proven that time is relative to speed.

Einstein believed that if we could build a machine that would reach the speed of light, time would theoretically stand still for the people aboard it.

Taking it one step farther, it seems possible to rewind time. Hummm…

I ask myself… What would I do differently if I could go back and do it all again?

What would be my most important goal in life? Would I treat the ones I love with admiration and respect? Would I tell the ones I love how much they mean to me on a daily basis? Would I take the time to enjoy the wonderful gifts that God has given us here on this beautiful earth?

Would I greet each day with a smile and a thank you? Would I enjoy the moments? Would I know that I am truly blessed?

Would I live my life in a way that I would not change a thing if I could go back and do it all again?

That is my hope…

Life is our most precious gift…. Live Life.

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Zwei Herzen, eine Liebe, für immer ~

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(Two Hearts One Love Forever)

I am in love with a man who has found serenity and contentment in his life.

I am thankful to have met him at this juncture and appreciate all of the wisdom he is able to share with me.

We met on a path that has proven to be unpredictable, spontaneous, and much more than I could ever have imagined it to be. We have been on this trip around the sun for over 10 years now. Years full of love, laughter, music and song.

We have embraced all that we have dreamed possible and so many many more things that we could never have foreseen or expected. We have traveled like Vagabonds from the West coast to the East Coast and many places in between.

We have dreamed together, loved together and cried together. We have seen wonders that are so full of beauty that in describing them to others, part of the luster always falls by the wayside.

Our lives are whirling by with so many momentous moments that it is hard to keep track of when we did this and when we did that.

On this juncture, we are exploring the Southwest corner of the states during the hottest months of the year….. but as always we are giving it our all and living and loving and hoping and sharing as we embrace all that is before us.

Today I’m dreaming of the ocean, dreaming of a gypsy fire, a gypsy home and a gypsy tale. A tale that embraces the whole and expects nothing in return.

Today I am dreaming of love and laughter.

Today I am embracing our love.

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