May 12th, 2017
I‚Äôve always loved music. Twenty years ago I wrote and sang. Now, so many years later, I find myself doing it again. In memory of my daughter who passed only three and a half months ago.
I wanted the music to make the listener feel the unreal, ethereal and disillusioning feeling of losing a child. I think I succeeded. Take a listen. I hope my daughter can hear me and know how much I miss her.
June 30th, 2015
From the dust we are made,
To the dust we return;
In the days of our lives,
Many lessons are learned;
To believe is a key,
To take risks is a cost;
To feel true joy and peace,
We must understand loss;
Life is indeed a game,
That we must play with care;
And its greatest achievement,
Is the love that we share.
June 30th, 2015
1 1/2 c. love
1 c. prayer
3/4 c. enlightenment
3/4 c. acceptance
1/2 c. peace
1/2 c. wisdom
1/3 c. understanding
1/4 c. faith
1/8 c. discernment
4 T. gratitude
3 T. fortitude
2 T. goodwill to others
dash of hope
sprinkle with abundant laughter
Mix together. Add some dreams. Toss in positivity. Allow time to process!
June 7th, 2015
I am here, child;
Take time to know Me;
All of creation
Exists to behold Me;
My essence is found
In the beauty of spring;
I sprinkled the dust
On the butterfliesí wings;
I painted the skies
With brushstrokes of blue;
I did this for Me
And I did this for you;
I made the grass green
Under your feet;
I blessed you with children,
Their kisses so sweet;
I sprinkled stars
In the darkness of night;
So you would not fear,
You would still see My light;
I admire your beauty
As you mature and grow;
Thereís so much I wish for you,
Want you to know;
Be still; hear My whisper
In the soft, blowing breeze;
ďI love you, my precious child;
Take time to know Me.Ē
May 19th, 2015
Hi! Just a short note letting you know that I started a newsletter this month. If anyone is interested in receiving my newsletter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave me your email address. I'll add you to it!
My newsletter is inspirational and motivational. I include my latest blog on it as well as an inspirational thought or saying for the month. Sometimes I will be doing giveaways as well.
If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, feel free to join me in my adventures! I look forward to getting to know you!
May 19th, 2015
I am looking outside at my yard. It is not manicured to perfection like the other yards in my neighborhood. Little yellow dots are sprinkled around in my grass. Dandelions! (Gasp!) The dreaded word of the suburban community!
I must admit I never got really bent out of shape over dandelions. I suspect itís because I have always been side tracked by multi-tasking other things and being consumed by the demands of life in general. If I have taken the time to cut the grass, I have always reasoned that Iím doing okay. It may also have just a tiny bit to do with the fact that Iím allergic to dandelions. When they are in bloom and I go outside, I sneeze and wheeze and my eyes puff up. (Good reason not to manicure my lawn, is it not?)
Recently, Iíve been thinking about weeds. They are so common and they actually have many excellent reasons for being alive. Of course, that depends on your outlook. But I choose to remain positive! Therefore, when I look at a dandelion I see many wonderful things. For one, I know they make great tea and wine, although I have never made any! They also make good salads, I hear. Never tried that either, though. Dandelions are colorful and quite cute in their own right. I have decided they are here for a reason. And prevalent for a reason.
Just as the ďweedsĒ in our lives; people we donít get along with, irritating situations that occur and annoying botherances that we must deal with day to day, dandelions teach us how to be happy among the weeds. As significant as their annoyance can be, they, along with the ďweedsĒ of life can be great teachers for us. We can be eternally irritated or complacently peaceful with the weeds surrounding us-the choice is up to us. What a wonderful thing it is to learn to be happy among the weeds! So what if thereís a field of dandelions next door? Things could definitely be much worse. I admit, if my yard was manicured to perfection, the dandelions would bother me a lot more. But that would just give me more practice at acceptance and peaceful contemplation! A changed, more positive, ďinternal outlookĒ makes every aspect of life better and brighter!
Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that weeds are quite useful. (No, that is not an excuse to ignore my lawn!) They help us to grow by being prevalent in our lives; they teach us patience and stamina! Maybe thatís why theyíre here in such high concentrations-to point us toward paths of happiness and peace. Sometimes a little altered perspectives can go a long way! And all of us could use more time to enjoy the important things in life rather than spending our excess time fighting weeds!
Next time you take a look out the window and have a nagging desire to begin grumbling, think about the positives. You may just find yourself spraying the dandelions less and enjoying them a bit more! Who knows? Anything is possible!
May 19th, 2015
Today is a day to rejoice in the colors of life; a day when I recognize the beauty of the variations of colors in the natural world. So today I will celebrate nature by sharing a recipe for Colorful Cucumber Salad.
This salad is made in a sauce; a type of marinade. Just as I love to soak in the beauty of nature, so this salad soaks in a slightly tangy but sweet sauce. It delights the taste buds just as a beautiful day delights the senses!
In this salad, I add crisp, green cucumbers which remind me of the beauty of trees and leaves. The cucumbers are the base of the salad just as trees and leaves and all things green are the base of nature! Then I add a sampling of purple cabbage and carrots; the colors of sunsets, birds and blooms. I think of the perfect touch these colors add to my natural surroundings as I mix the ingredients together. The swirling of the blending colors in my bowl reflect the beauty of nature mixing with my perspective, giving me peace and comfort.
Life is colorful. And expressive. And profound. Simple things hold great meaning in the natural world like the gift of life and breath the trees and plants offer us. And the gift of love and beauty the flowers and birds grace us with.
This recipe is a simple gift of life and love from me to my family. Feel free to give it a try and pass the love offering along!
Colorful Cucumber Salad
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 T. minced garlic ( you can use more if you like)
1/8 c. shredded carrots
1/8 c. chopped purple cabbage
3 T. rice vinegar
2 T. sugar
Mix together. Enjoy!
March 31st, 2015
We all have ideas of who we are meant to be, whether they are ideas from others close to us or ideas built on experiences and interests we hold. Most of the time it is an accumulation of all of the above.
But if we are what we believe we are, can we reach our highest potential? What if we believe there is no limit? We can keep growing and changing until we pass away from this earth!
Over the years I have come to believe that we are each put here for a specific reason. Every one of us has different talents and abilities, strengths and weaknesses. We compliment each other through the things we are and do. I believe we all have a special purpose that we grow into during our lives. But I believe that in order to find our purpose, we must keep our eyes focused Heavenward and our minds positive.
Everything around us is a sign; a marker showing us the path that we should choose. Each situation that happens to us is a potential for growth and maturity to lead us on that path.
It is my thought that we are all meant to be happy. For some, happiness is elusive because they havenít noticed the signs along the way. My hope for each one of us is that we will keep our minds open and responsive to the signals of life. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone was content and accomplishing their goals and dreams. It would be a world where pain slowly dissolves away and is replaced by peace and goodwill for all.
Take the time to enjoy the things around you; your family, your friends, the place that you live and the beautiful things that you find there. Everything is a stepping stone to a new beginning. And each of us has our own unique destination and contribution to offer!
March 13th, 2015
This blog is being written as a tribute to a family member that just suddenly passed away. He was the victim of a deadly addiction that ended up taking his life. It is hard to accept the death of a loved one, especially when it seems premature. The questions of why run through our minds. But when it comes down to fate, our days are numbered. Life is fleeting. We must enjoy it as much as possible while we are here.
We all have days of sadness and unrest. Days that we wish would never happen. Days of a death in the family or a sudden accident. Unfortunately, these days will come whether we want them to or not. It is just the way of the world.
Fortunately, these days donít last forever. Sometimes their effects do and it takes us months or even years to work through the lasting impressions they have on us.
It is important to remember that it will pass. Sadness and suffering wonít continue without end. Sometimes itís hard to remember this when we are in the midst of turmoil and agony. But every cloud does eventually have a silver lining.
We must attempt to keep a positive attitude as much as possible during these excruciating moments. For most times these moments shape us into better people if we allow them to.
Life doesnít always make sense but if we keep the proper perspective, we will come out victorious. Joy always comes like a sunrise on the horizon and hope always resurfaces to anchor our souls.
March 2nd, 2015
Interviewer: We are joining Brianna, from Yashire, for a brief interview. Tell us a little about yourself, Brianna.
Brianna: Well, Iím a teenage girl who just found herself in Yashire. Iím travelling here with some friends. Abiba and Angelos are with me.
Interviewer: For those who arenít familiar with your story, could you elaborate a bit?
Brianna: Well, Yashire is a land that Iím travelling through. Iím travelling with a bird named Abiba and a tiger named Angelos. Unfortunately, I have amnesia and I canít remember where I was before this. That is one reason why I am travelling in Yashire. I am hoping that when I complete my journey here, I will remember who I was before and where I came from.
Interviewer: So you have no idea where you were before, who you lived with or anything?
Interviewer: What exactly are you doing in Yashire?
Brianna: Well, I woke up here. I was near Libbanís castle. Libban is the keeper of Yashire. After I was here for a night, I found out that I was the chosen one who was supposed to rid evil from Yashire. I donít know why I was chosen, but I guess I was.
Interviewer: How are you expected to rid evil from Yashire?
Brianna: I am supposed to find my soulmate. Somehow that will rid evil from the land.
Interviewer: Do you have any idea who your soulmate is?
Brianna: No idea. At all. I am travelling through Yashire and receiving virtues in order to have a lasting relationship with him.
Interviewer: And how are the travels coming along?
Brianna: Okay, I guess. Iíve had some pretty scary moments and some pretty awesome moments. A lot has happened.
Interviewer: Tell me about some of those moments. What was the scariest moment you encountered?
Brianna: Hmmm. I think the moment I slayed the serpent was probably the scariest moment so far.
Interviewer: Wow! You slayed a serpent?
Brianna: Yes. I got training on how to use a dagger and several other weapons. One of Libbanís helpers trained me. It gets quite dangerous in Yashire at times.
Interviewer: Fascinating! And what was one of your happiest moments?
Brianna: I think the moment I first heard Angelos sing. His voice has a way of melting into your heart and making you feel peaceful and happy beyond words. Every time he sings, it affects me like that.
Interviewer: What do you mean, Angelos sings?
Brianna: Angelos sings the purest sounds of love. Zolan-thatís the evil wizard in the land-canít stand the sound of his singing. Neither can Zolanís workers. Angelos saves me every time with his beautiful voice!
Interviewer: Describe Angelosí voice to me.
Brianna: It sounds like a choir of thousands of angels. Itís awesome. It gives me goosebumps. Every time I hear him sing, itís like Iím hearing him for the first time.
Interviewer: Wow! Angelos sounds awesome! Iíd like to hear him sing sometime!
Brianna: Yes, it is a sound youíd never forget. He is amazing!
Interviewer: Does Angelos talk too?
Brianna: No. He only sings.
Interviewer: So you arenít able to have a conversation with Angelos. He sings instead of talking?
Brianna: Yes, but he is very expressive. He gets his point across without even having to say anything!
Interviewer: So Angelos is like a singing bodyguard! Imagine that!
Brianna: Yes, he is! I know Iím safe with Angelos at my side!
Interviewer: How does Abiba help you on your journey?
Brianna: Abiba knows Yashire very well and he helps me navigate my way through it. Plus he has a lot of friends that help us out.
Interviewer: Have you encountered a lot of evil so far?
Brianna: Yes, Iíve had my fair share of it. As I get deeper into Yashire and receive more virtues, it seems that the evil gets more intense.
Interviewer: Have you met Zolan in person?
Brianna: I havenít actually talked to him. But Iíve encountered his evil workers like the serpent that attacked me and the shadow people that hunted me.
Interviewer: Whew! Sounds scary! Serpents and shadow people?
Brianna: Yes, they are fearsome. The serpent was huge but I slayed it! Iím quite proud of myself for that one! The shadow people are fearsome too, but I did get away from them with Angelosí help. They donít enjoy being stabbed! When they outnumbered me, Angelos sang and scared them away!
Interviewer: Well, thank you, Brianna! It has been a fascinating interview! I understand that soon youíll be embarking on the next segment of your journey. Weíll keep in touch. I canít wait to hear what you have to say the next time we meet!
Stay tuned for part two of Briannaís interview!