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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 - 2017

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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Desert Blooms ~

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I’ve been fascinated with the Western skies and the Western deserts for as long as I can remember. The thought of them summon up romantic notions and nostalgic memories in my mind. The sense of God’s hand painting a canvas over the horizon at sunset with the colors of red and orange engulfing the mind gives me a feeling of serenity and hope and peace.

This year on a trip through the Mojave Desert I witnessed, what is being called, a once in a lifetime phenomenon. Looking out the car window as we rode across the desert I began to notice that the Joshua Trees were all in full bloom. Not just one or two as I had seen in the past but most all of them were covered in white clusters of flowers.

We were driving on I-15 North, near  Joshua Tree National Park, on a trip from California to Wyoming.

  The Joshua trees are native to the Mojave Desert and grow exclusively in the Southwestern United States. The name Joshua tree was given by a party of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave desert on their way West in the mid 19th century. It is said that these trees reminded them of a biblical story about Joshua reaching his arms to the sky in prayer and they thus considered this as a spiritual sign of welcome to this land.

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To many the Joshua tree has become a symbol of the pioneering spirit and strength of the people of the American West.

To me, seeing the Joshua trees in bloom reminded me of the many blessings in my life. It reminded me to always remember to say  THANK YOU for all that I am fortunate enough to have received.

~  Life is indeed Good ~

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Gun Control ~

Gun violence in our society has reached monumental proportions over the last decade. It seems that we are constantly hearing of some act of unfathomable violence that seems to grow in intensity with each occurrence. We begin to wonder how it is possible to protect the ones we love from this epidemic of mass murder.

In today’s world, people need to make sense of the unthinkable. They need to find a way to make the unthinkable and unjustifiable processable in their minds and livable in their daily world. They need to find a way to feel they are making a difference against the evil that they see on the news, in the newspapers and in the world.

They ask themselves “How can we get rid of the guns that are causing this problem?”

They may feel that if they can help regulate and pass laws, they will have taken part in stopping the evil that exists in our world.

We, as God fearing people, wonder how it is possible for people to kill or even attempt to harm the weakest and most innocent? What can we, as a people, do to stop this violence? We wonder what evil possesses a person’s soul to allow them to harm the most innocent and most cherished. How is it even possible for so much evil to exist?

It may seem to some as if there is no way to prevent this violence without taking a few of our personal liberties away. How is it possible for us to do our part to curtail and to help to do away with this evil; this evil that threatens even the most sacred of places in this chaotic world we now live in?

Maybe it makes perfect sense that if the means of this mass violence is done away with, even for law abiding citizens; this world will be a safer and more peaceful place.

Humm….

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Maybe the question that should be asked is: Are we reacting emotionally to this gun violence problem and not seeing the accurate, logical, true solutions that could be enacted instead of a “seem to fix but actually does nothing of value law” that our elected officials seem determined to jam down our throats?

Maybe instead there are a few things, after the fact, which we as a society can do to reduce this violence. Maybe, just maybe, the answer to this gun violence problem is in regard to “the persons committing the acts” instead of “the means of the act”.

Maybe we can quit glorifying the monsters who are committing these crimes of violence, for attention, used to shock and mortify society by not giving them the one thing they all seem to crave – notoriety and infamy. These people, in their own warped and insane minds, want to be remembered and discussed for the evil they are and the evil they commit.

Just a thought, but what about never mentioning their name in the press or showing their face but instead referring to them as John Doe? Why not take from them their most treasured thing (infamy), as they have taken from us (our children)?

Maybe, just maybe, we should allow law abiding citizens the right to bear arms in schools. Think how quickly these acts of terror could have been averted or avoided if every teacher was armed with a gun themselves. Ex: A gunman walks in and begins shooting. He is immediately shot himself. End of story – no accolades for the gunman, no dead children, no notoriety. Case closed.

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If this seems too extreme to some, think how extreme is it to take guns away from law abiding citizens and thinking that criminals will not find a way to break the law and obtain guns themselves. Never has this case scenario been proven.

What has been proven, however, is that communities which allow or require citizens to have guns actually deter criminal actions and violence. I, for one, would rather have my child or grandchild in a school with armed guards, in a community that requires its citizens to be armed; than in a school where my child or grandchild is a sitting duck for any raving lunatic, craving attention… but that is just me.

Our Second Amendment, part of our Bill of Rights, guarantees a number of personal freedoms. It limits the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, reserves some powers for the states and the public and guarantees us, as citizens, the right to bear arms. It guarantees us, as Americans, the right to protect ourselves by force from individuals who may try to harm us. Mainly our Second Amendment guarantees us protection from our own government.

The Second Amendment is the very essence of what makes us unique and free.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.  -Ben Franklin

 The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.  - Thomas Jefferson

The great object is that every man be armed. - Patrick Henry

A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.  – George Washington

 Our Constitution and Bill of Rights was written by men of vision who knew and understood that if we lose our freedoms and liberties we lose our chance to protect ourselves and our way of life. It is our right and responsibility as Americans to distinguish the difference between rhetoric to inflame and arouse our emotions and actual fact. It is up to us individually to search for the truth and to make rational, logical decisions on gun control. It is our right to embrace the freedoms we possess because if we aren’t able to protect our freedoms, we aren’t actually free.

  Gun control is just that….CONTROL.

Who are you letting control your life?

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Springtime Smiles ~

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As Winter passes by and Spring begins to arrive,  I smile.

I smile with anticipation and excitement looking forward to a season of new beginnings.

I smile as each new day is a chance to experience and re-experince all the pleasures of life.

I smile because I am blessed…

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With Springtime comes the exhileration of warm breezes, the scents of jasmine and orange blossoms drifting in through open windows and all of my scenses are awakened in anticipation for what is in store.

I am  dazzled by the beautiful colors of each new bloom,  bursting forth with life and beauty.

I become engrossed in this beautiful place we call home and realize that life is indeed a gift to be treasured and revered.

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As April glides by, with May on the cusp,  I am once again amazed at how time seems to fly. Winter is coming to an end and life is renewing itself once more. What an amazing opportunity we have to simply give thanks and enjoy this miracle that is before us.

With the miracle of new birth and new beginnings comes an expectancy for love and laughter and happiness. With this comes a desire to experince and appreciate all that life has in store and I for one am happy to be a part of such a beautiful moment.

 Spring is here and with it comes hope.

Hope is a good thing…maybe even the best thing. ~ Shawshank Redemption

 Springtime is a time to rejoice in the moment and a time to dream of the future.

With Springtime comes a new appreciation for the wonder of life itself.

With Springtime comes the smell of a new adventure on the horizon.

With Springtime comes the freedom of the open road.

With Springtime comes a chance to start again and to realize what freedom truly means.

It is Springtime and I smile.

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The Fairytale ~

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Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale of all.
~ Hans Christian Andersen

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.       ~ Albert Einstein 

I grew up believing in fairytales. I grew up believing in happily ever after and the kind of romance that all of these stories contained. I believed that our lives could be all that we could imagine and more. I believed life was a treasure and a gift and this lifetime was meant for exploring and experincing and enjoying.

As I grew older and began to take notice, I realized that few people I knew seemed to have this kind of zest for life and heartfelt love for each other. I began a search, even at a young age, to discover why…

Why is it that over time the loves that seem so sure, so complete, allow themselves to fall by the wayside and become just an existence without the magic?

Is it just human nature that drives us to push away the ones we love the most? Is it as a kind of protectant for our souls or a way to change the one we are with into who we wish they would become?

I’ve come to realize that for most people their lives become their work and their obligations. They have  “learned the art of compromise” for their values, their way of life and their soul. They give up who they are to fullfill what others believe them to be in order to conform to what the world sees as “normal or sane” behavior.

To thine own self be true. ~ Shakespeare

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.     ~ Albert Einstein

I wonder how we can be true to ourselves without hurting the ones we love;  how can we break away from the conformity of the world without it being in a brash and caotic way and without it ending up hurting ourselves and others along the way?

I ask myself if it is possible to live the fairytale, to take each day and form it into the stories we want remembered long after we are gone. Is it possible to be brave enough to trust and believe that it all will work out and there will be not only a happy ending but a happy here and now and always?

Maybe each person’s life becomes what they choose to believe it will become.

Maybe each of us has the chance to live out our own fairytale if we choose to believe.

Maybe just maybe;

For those of us who believe in the fairytale, the story continues…

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. ~ Victor Hugo

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The Masterpiece ~

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I’ve come to realize that we are the choices we make in life. We are the end result of each and every decision that we make along the way. As each day unfolds before us, we are given the opportunity to write our own one act play or to design a masterpiece.

When our days here come to an end we must remember that “what we leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others. ~ Pericles”

All that is left in the end are the memories we’ve made and the memories others have of our lives. Our lives will live on in their hearts and in the stories they tell.

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.   ~ Horace

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.   ~ James Dean

There are people we meet in life that bring us out of ourselves, they help us to realize that life truly is a treasure that is meant to be savored and enjoyed. These people approach life in a way that make us stand up and take notice. They give pieces of themseves to us and by knowing them we strive to be better people ourselves. These are the ones that design the masterpieces. These are the ones that we always remember, the ones that even years after they are gone, bring a smile to our face and a twinkle to our eyes. These are the ones that inspire us to live our lives in a way that will touch others. These are the ones that have a piece in our individual masterpieces.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  ~ Maya Angelou

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.                                                                                                            ~ Dr Seuss

 Remember your blessings,

Count them every day.

Cherish the moments

Before they fade away.

Believe in the miracle

Each life has in store,

 Search for the miracles

Always strive for more.

Dream of tomorrow

Enjoy life today.

Rejoice in the choices

We’ve made along the way.

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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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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

  I spent the past weekend revisiting the hometown I grew up in, seeing old friends and replaying past escapades of our youth.

What a true joy to find that the friendships of youth can ultimately stand the tests of time and can help us to remember and believe in the dreams we had for our future. What a wonderful way to look back on the past with those who knew us long before we became the adults we are today.

How marvelous to look back to a time when it seemed life was simple and sweet and pure.

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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Rainy Night in Georgia ~

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As the rain falls gently down in Southern California,  I am reminded of Georgia and the days spent there when I was younger. I am reminded of a moment in time, a short span, an epiphany. A moment that holds precious memories  and remembrances of dreams for the future. Dreams that will never fade and will always form the nucleus of my soul. 

As I remember,  I am thankful… 

 Thankful that I was  fortunate enough to  spend a large part of my childhood in a beautiful small town in Georgia. Thankful that I had friends to learn and grow with. Thankful for the memories of a simpler and more innocent time.                                    

 Listening to Conway is a wonderful reminder.

Those red dirt roads

Take me back in time

They fill my senses with wonder

And engulf my mind.

 

I dream of a moment

A time in the past

A day full of laughter

That flew by too fast.

 

I know in an instant

Things will never be the same

Replays of the moments

Memories of the mistakes.

 

One moment the footprints

Are visibly clear

The next they are but shadows

And have all disappeared.

 

The Hurts and the Triumphs

Are but one and the same

While the Moments and Memories

Are all that remain.

 

As you walk with me

Down the roads of our life

Dream and hold me

As it replays in my mind.

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Little Things ~

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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

For ever 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 savour

As each day turns into dusk

It’s the little things that we’ll treasure

And will mean the most to us.

I love you, Kurt, and am happy to be a part of your world.

“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; We can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.”    

~ Richard Bach                                        

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