The ABCs of old scrapbooks - Jan 15, 2017

Acceptance: A new point of view:  

"Breathe easy" ~ the start of a new scrapbook and a new life, Sept, 2005

Contemplative: expressing or involving prolonged thought, as in the look on the face while reading this book pictured in "X" below. A sign to keep doing my blog this way, at least for now :)
December 2012: I love this picture of two of my favorite people

Enjoying two favorite things, reading and Kendall
Finding treasures in assortment of scrapbooks from 2001, 2005, 2012, and 2013. 
George Santayana: "In each person I catch the fleeting suggestion of something beautiful and swear eternal friendship with that."
"Home is a place where serenity and sweet dreams are connected by a flight of stairs" ~ the start of a new scrapbook Sept 1, 2005
"I/woman give birth: and this time to/ myself." ~ Alma Villanueva, again from "new" scrapbook
"...Joy - powerfully - strengthened my back. Joy - tremendously - took off the pressure. Joy - gloriously - warmed my heart. I raised like a bird from my shackles and flew peacefully over the sea of my troubles." ~ Ingrid Kiehl-Krau 1998

Letting go Lets the fun shine in
More purging revealed this gem : "My job was to figure out how to live my life in a new way."
"Nugget" from Sept 2005 O Magazine: "Loving ourselves opens us to truly knowing ourselves as part of a matrix of existence, inextricably connected to the boundlessness of life. When we keep oping past any version of who we are that is crafted by others, when we see that we are far bigger than the person that is delineated by family or cultural expectations, we realize that we are capable of so much more than we usually darn to imagine. In this spirit the poet Walt Whitman wrote, 'I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.'" from The Force of Kindness by Sharon Salzberg

"Our theory of relativity : Everyone has a link in the family chain tucked away in drawers and scrapbooks." ~ ironic in that it was a magazine clipping added to enhance the page commemorating Mom and Dad's 50th Anniversary celebration 
Purging of bits and pieces of old scrapbooks is something I never thought I'd do, but actually, it is...
Quite satisfying to see pictures of Quiet times
 Aug 21, 2001
"Relax, Refresh and reward Yourself." ~ always a good reminder
"So many people need you in so many ways, and no one can take your place. No one else can play your role. No one else knows your lines. You are uniquely created to fit in the special you-shaped space God formed in His world. Never wonder if you are needed. The fact that you are here proves it!" ~ from hugs for Women 12 Nov 2001
Thanksgiving 2001
silence honors and invites the Unknown, the Untamed, the wild, the shy, the Unfathomable — that which rarely has a chance to surface within Us" ~ Gunilla Norris
"Verve" in 2013 scrapbook near photo of getting ready for Momocon. yep! We drove to Atlanta, Georgia for the weekend for an Anime Convention
 "We are all children in the kindergarten of God." ~ Elbert Hubbard, 13 Nov 2001 calendar page
Yes, as you can see, this kid has always loved to read, and I have many, many, many photos.
Zen Proverbs on twitter: The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. — Pema Chödrön

Jan 9 thru early am 15th 2017

"Aligning with what is here is a way of practicing presence. It allows us to respond to our world with creativity and compassion." ~ Tara Brach blog post "Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable"
Be in this moment
Come back... Cooperate with the Inevitable
Discover the light and warmth og presence itself
Everything turns in circles and spirals with the cosmic heart until infinity. Everything has a vibration that spirals inward or outward .. and Everything turns together in the same direction at the same time. This vibration keeps going: it becomes born and expands or closes and destructs , only to repeat the cycle again in opposite current. Like a lotus, it opens or closes, dies and is born again. Such is also the story of the sun and moon, of me and you. " ~ Suzy Kassem
Foods for Your Brain by Matthew Kadey, R.D. ie, "natural nitrates in beets can increase blood flow to the brain, thereby improving mental performance

Grounding makes us whole - Joe Biden said so too, when thank President Obama

He is the epitome of Humility

Infinity symbol in this Image reminded me of my friend Jess. "And as the first light of the new tomorrow shined her greatest strength...blessing all with her presence on the newly birthed had won every battle even if no one had noticed...yet... " Words: Angelica Perman Intuitive Guide Image: Emily Balivet

Kristen had a very special birthday this week, but this picture was taken by Paula in August

LENTILS build your iron stores - how have I missed this for so long?

Nothing truly dies. All energy simply transforms." ~ Suzy Kassem
Obama Awards Joe Biden Presidential Medal of Freedom click here for the video
Perfect! "Pain is impermanent. Pleasure is impermanent. It's amazing when you realize impermanence and start to live with that." --overheard conversations at Kripalu ❣ Justine
"Question about" it was fun and exciting to see this subject line in my email in November, even though I am just now getting back to it.
"Rise Up and Salute the Sun" ~ Suzy Kassem

Serendipty Corner Spirals 
Urling Sylvia, a hometown friend, shared this bit of whimsy: 

Vascular Effects of Caffeine click here for more info
Why and how coffee has been helping me heal 
Xanthine : crystalline compound found in blood and urine which is an intermediate in the metabolic breakdown of nucleic acids to uric acid. source acts in the body’s cells by different mechanisms of action and on a wide range of molecular targets. source 
Zen like Talmudic saying: "...What comes from the heart, enters the heart. Mr. President, you have creeped into our heart…and you occupy it.” ~ qtd. by vice President, Joe Biden click here

Happy New Year, again... Jan 8, 2017
Art, Blog, Peace, Beauty... "Love, Peace, and Santa" by Patricia Saxton 
"Be present in all things and thankful for all things." ~ Maya Angelou
Chicken soup is, indeed, good for the soul.
Dining with the Gilmore Girls
 ~ Art by Jill Lambert 

 "Give yourself time to make a prayer that will become the prayer of your soul...Give attention to the unexpected that lives around the rim of your life. " ~ John O'Donohue Eternal Echoes

Honoring the place and space in which I find myself at this very moment.
"It's always now. It's the now that's eternal - actually." ~ David Hockney
James Joyce's epiphany was the sudden 'revelation of the whatness of a thing,' the moment in which 'the soul of the commonest object...seems to us radiant.' 
Kendall stole the best seat in the house, again: 
"Listen to the voices of longing in your soul. Listen to your hungers...Listen to your memory and to the inrush of your future, to the voices of those near you and those you have lost." ~ John O'Donohue Eternal Echoes 

"Make a prayer that is big enough for your wild soul, yet tender enough for your shy and awkward vulnerability; that has enough healing to gain the ointment of divine forgiveness for your wounds; enough truth and vigour to challenge your blindness and complacency; enough graciousness and vision to mirror your immortal beauty."  ~ John O'Donohue Eternal Echoes
Novel Matters  Nice reading spot

Q: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? A: Living in fear.” ~ David Bowie would've been 70 today. Here are his wonderful answers to the Proust Questionnaire:

"Rooted, they grip down and begin to awaken" ~ William Carlos Williams qtd. by Jean Jackson,
 April 28, 2005 Academic and Leadership Awards Ceremony. posted to Facebook by me Jan 8, 2012

Stand guard at the door of your mind.” ~ Jim Rohn

"Through our eyes, the Universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the Universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the Universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence. ~ Alan W. Watts
Video from YouTube: The Mind - Alan Watts
"Write a prayer that is worthy of the destiny to which you have been called." ~ John O'Donohue Eternal Echoes
Zest Bakery's Facebook status : "In the bakery today till the snowflakes tell us otherwise...❄️"