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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ferme ma bouche

Some mornings I wake up and just want to be silent for the day. On this one, I don’t have the luxury of turning off the world as I’ve got lots to do that includes interacting with others, so for my meditation this morning, I decided to view quiet images that I’ve captured then take an early walk

I hope to navigate a path less traveled so I can ferme ma bouche and hold onto my silence for just awhile.

Still need to share my beach trip, so…

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Sunday, April 24, 2016


a human being, 
a true human being, 
is enough to make 
the whole world rejoice. 
    - thich nhat hanh

And rejoice we will despite the total shock, disbelief and heart felt grief we are collectively and individually experiencing knowing that Prince is no longer physically living, though he will continue to live through his music, our memories. I’m just happy to have been witness to a live performance. 

I’ve been a huge Prince admirer from the moment he appeared on the scene so I am really sad about this passing, for me this one is hard to take. Maybe because I identify with his uniqueness, his shyness that changed to hypnotic authentic expression once he took the stage, his savvy style, his creative confidence, his mischievous yet so damn sexy smile. A swag that cannot, will never be imitated, it really is unbelievable that he is no longer moving amongst us. 

Like the masses, I’ve been singing and swiveling my hips as I blasted Prince in tribute. My collection of his songbook started with vinyl, graduated to cassettes, then finally to CD’s; freaked out the other day when I realized I did not have Diamonds & Pearls or Sign O the Times on CD’s so hopped online and was fortunate enough to get them! My hope is that those who are only familiar with the music that is getting repeated air time in quickly pieced together montages will take a journey through his catalog. It’s a trip you will not regret.

A true human, the universal celebration continues…only the beautiful ones can cause that to happen. Makes me wonder why it always seems to take a tragedy to unite us…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

cape escape

been trying to escape to cape may since the last time I was here…

…made it! 

more to follow, so…

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Sunday, April 17, 2016


a smile is not only free, it is also freeing - tsl

I often wonder why people are so unable/unwilling/un to smile as they pass by another human being. “Don’t cost ya nothin’,” is a short lyric sung by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson in one of their many hits. Allowing a smile to upturn the lips for just a moment as a quiet greeting has no price tag and yet it may be the currency a stranger needs to right turn their wrong turning day; it will send a cha-ching through your body that will shift your energy into a free flow that can’t be counted in dollars.

Try smiling (even if no one is around) as you’re on the move and…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

slush fun

I’m not a huge drinker though I love a good cocktail on occasion especially as the weather turns warmer. When I do indulge on a really hot day, my preference more often than not is something light, refreshing and ever so slightly sweet. I giddily consumed a delicious beverage meeting that description during a lunch date a few weeks ago; on first sip, knew I would try to make it at home. My slushy fun version is in no way, shape or vision like what I drank at the restaurant, however it does use some of the same ingredients. It's my perfect tonic for the heat ahead!

Melo Slush
2 C frozen cubed sweet watermelon
1/2 - 3/4 C sweetened lemonade (fresh, no concentrate)
2 splashes vodka

Put all ingredients in blender; blend until slushy (do not over blend or it will liquify), pour into a glass, garnish with whatever you choose if you so desire (I’ve used a slice of cucumber), pop in a straw, swig slowly to avoid a brain freeze and…

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Sunday, April 10, 2016


Yesterday, I dressed to go for a walk trusting the forecast on my weather APP which has been dead on each time I used it; a snowy rain was predicted for later in the April morning. I peeked between the blinds just after I pulled on my hat -- it was raining! Immediate disappointment washed over me as I was ready to hit the pavement for two reasons. First, I had been up for a couple of hours working on an idea that in the wee hours I had asked my Higher Powers to make clear for me. My energy was cranked up, a walk was imminent. Second, I was so not in the mood to get on the treadmill as I so was craving the stimulation of fresh air. Wanting to maintain my March undertaking of walking at least 10,000 steps 4-5 mornings a week, I stepped on and began, using the TV as a distraction. At 22 minutes, I thought I’d been walking for more than 30, so I stepped off rushing over to the window hoping the rain had subsided to maybe a sprinkle. Thankfully, it had. I hurriedly redressed, grabbed a small umbrella and out the door I went into the chill selecting an abbreviated route in order to beat the next downpour which was imminent. Halfway through, it did begin to rain, a light to medium mix that I was fine with. It stopped after awhile, the sun sort of came out, I kept it moving even taking a few pictures and was quite pleased because I had arrived at a new place of commitment with myself -- I don’t head out to walk when it’s raining, this was a first (was that a pep in my step or am I quickening my pace because in the distance the sky is a seriously threatening dark bluish gray that is heading my way?). 

At the end of my morning outings, I stop on the front steps to stretch before I go inside; a huge gust of wind urged the door shut as the sudden rush of raindrops and fat sloppy flakes poured down outside.  

Some gifts are not obviously imminent. These are the ones that are earned, the subtle rewards for going off course, understood if you…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

blossom delight

Though we are experiencing some frigid temperatures in between the warm, the flowers don’t seem to care. Thankfully and much to the delight of many, they’ve continued to blossom right on schedule. Enjoy a stroll and…

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Sunday, April 3, 2016


This spring day, I awake to a cold, crisp and breezy morning feeling accomplished and happy after a very productive March. Though the sun has yet to come up, I am bouncing with energy; going to bundle up for a brisk walk and see what the day has planned for me, so have a spectacular one and…

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ps - so, I bounded, bundled and bounced out into the breeze and my bones told my butt to get back of this moment (7:20AM), I am perched beneath a blanket, cup of tea in hand, listening to soothing sounds awaiting a later was a little too brisk, so content I am...for the moment...