Letting Go of Time

28 Oct

Originally posted on Source of Inspiration:

Surrounded by clocks
everywhere I look.
Their numbered faces
ticking time away.
Rushing, always rushing
never enough time
everything a blur
details of life obscured.

Then one day I decided
to quit this crazy game.
Got rid of clocks, watches,
calendars, appointment books.
No more dreaded Mondays,
released-from-prison Fridays
treasured weekend.

No hours designated to sleep,
eat, play, work (which no longer
feels like work). Now, every day
is lived in the rhythms of nature,
bodily needs dictating its time.
I’ve ferreted out of my life
meaningless activities,
aimless conversations,
focusing on that which
feeds the soul
improves life
nourishes the earth.

I’ve learned to mosey
stop to watch a new
butterfly unfurl
do less, but all with care.

I do not multi-task
use the phone only
for emergencies
play whenever my
puppy invites me.

How much time is
wasted trying to
save time to do more
when doing less…

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Happy New Beginnings!

27 Oct

Originally posted on Small Changes For Life:

I absolutely love the fall, maybe it’s because I grew up in Connecticut and all the leaves looked to be on fire, there were rows and rows of pumpkins at the neighborhood farm, and as strange as it may sound, there was a “fall” scent in the air.

photo by Maria Baird

photo by Maria Baird

For me, fall is also the beginning of a new year. I know, I know, we all celebrate in January, but it’s the start of a new school year and the beginning of the holiday seasons, so to me, it’s a new beginning, a new chapter.

In this new chapter in order to move forward I feel it’s best to let go of what is not working in your life. The air is cooling, at least up here in the high dessert, and it’s gearing into winter, what a perfect moment to tuck in and take a personal inventory…

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Fall. Saturday. Pumpkins. Party.

26 Oct

I have read somewhere that reflecting on life on a regular basis is beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing.

As I lie in bed, I give thanks for the day well lived and for having this opportunity to relax and think. Hubby is watching TV downstairs and I am cuddled up with my computer in my bedroom. A warm feeling envelopes me as I write.

Today was a really good day. I was up early at 6am and started doing housework. I then called my mother and talked to her for about an hour. For those of you who know about my relationship with mom, also know that it is strenuous to say the least. But today we had a good conversation.

Apart from putting in a couple of hours for my doctoral work, I also had time to enjoy this beautiful day. For instance, I raked leaves :) wpid-20141025_143006.jpg          wpid-20141025_143328.jpg       wpid-20141025_143319.jpg

Although my hubby has a leaf blower, I chose to use a rake. My arms were aching at the end. And I even met a wooly bear (see above). He was shy, I put him into the grass.

Then, our neighbors had their annual Carve Your Own Pumpkin Party and Contest… The gist was, you come, you bring your own pumpkin, you carve it, you compete with other people. We decided to carve a clown from “It” by Steven King, and here are some photos that describe the process:

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The party itself was a lot of fun as well. I think Joelle and Quinn spent at least two weeks planning this thing – I mean, they thought of everything! Seating arrangements, tools for pumpkin carving, design ideas, snacks, drinks, heating lamps, fire pits, Halloween lights, contest prizes!

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Everything was beautiful, color coordinated and nicely arranged. When we were all done, pumpkins were places on the front stairs of their house, and all of went it to have dinner. After dinner (which consisted of hearty dishes like macaroni and cheese and chili), we all came out to judge our pumpkins:

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Our “It” clown didn’t win but we love him nonetheless :) Here is A., with our pumpkin, before and after :)

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We had an amazing time, thanks to our neighbors that hosted this unique party.  How was your Saturday night and what do you do to enjoy this beautiful time of year?

 

 

Autumn sky before the night

24 Oct

Finer Things in Life:

This Friday, let us be happy for all the beauty and all the spirit there is in the world

Originally posted on At a Moment's Glance:

Autumn sky before the night

There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono

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Practice What You Preach

19 Oct d3c3e850771ea474f978729839d307d9

As you may know, I work with myself continuously on becoming a better person: more compassionate, accepting, loving, and grateful. I try to consciously spread love around, even if the objects do not display any love towards me (rude drivers, nasty sales people, people knocking o my door to involve me in their religion, etc.). Sometimes I slip into “I just want to let those people know exactly what I think about them!!! [insert angry face here].

This morning, I had an opportunity to practice what I preach (compassion, acceptance, love, and understanding). Continue reading

Autumn

18 Oct

It has been a long time since I have walked around my lovely neighborhood. Since I started my doctoral classes this semester, I have not had ANY time for walks or any other kind of activities for the soul. I admit that my life right now consists of the following three things: my teaching job (which I absolutely love), three doctoral courses (which I also absolutely love), and taking care of the house (wait for it, which I absolutely love).

I have bailed out of our Speak to Me group meeting last night – because of my tremendously complex and huge paper. In reality, there are three papers that are due at the end of the semester: a 10 page essay on the history of American Higher Education, a 10 page literature review on affirmative action policy in college admissions, and (oh God) a 25 page faculty personnel paper… The first one is done. The other two are in progress and I feel like I am in good place with both. But: IT IS SO MUCH WORK!! :)

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An abundance of acorns keeps squirrels happy and busy

This morning I finally carved out time for my morning walk and snapped some pictures of my neighborhood as I was walking. Autumn in New Jersey is the loveliest time of year, I am certain. Such crispness of air, slow rustle of leaves, smell of burning wood, colorful decorations on my neighbors’ houses, acorns crunching under your feet, pumpkins everywhere…

I finished my walk with a hearty bowl of oatmeal with fresh apple, honey, almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Today’s walk has made me realize yet again how privileged I am. And for that, I am grateful.

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Very few cars – still early

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Our street, I love the quietness of it…

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Black bats on our mailbox :)

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Lovely foliage on neighbor’s front tlawn

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Ghosts on our property. Don’t worry, they are friendly :)

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Pumpkins and mums – what else do you need? :)

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Leaves, leaves everywhere! The minute you clean them up, it looks like before! :)

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Majestic sequoias on our street

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The sound of rustling leaves is priceless…

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Our own “national park” ;)

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Main Avenue – just love the colors!

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Our neighbor’s awesome decorations. Happy Halloween! :)

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A beautiful Victorian on Main Avenue

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The combination of fall leaves and blue sky is astounding

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LOVE their house! :) Haven’t met them yet

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An old tree stump at the intersection

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Our backyard looks so different from summer

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Red berries

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Hearty, healthy, heavenly oatmeal. perfect for any fall morning

Please share some pictures of your town in the fall, I’d love to check them out! Have a delightful weekend!

Weekend Edition – The Power of Happy Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

18 Oct

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

What if “happy” comes first?

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The pursuit of happiness.

What about just “life, liberty, and happiness?”

There is a cultural misconception that happiness is a conditional state that depends on external factors.

  • I’ll be happy when I get the right job.
  • I’ll be happy when I meet my true love.
  • I’ll be happy when I can fit into a size six.
  • I’ll be happy when I’m published.

We mistakenly assume that we must jump through all kinds of hoops in order to “earn” happiness, and we routinely trade in-the-moment happiness for a maybe-sometime-in-the-future happiness that may or may not ever materialize.

We turn “being happy” into an If-Then statement to which there is no resolution, because each time we meet the conditions we’ve set, we immediately set new conditions. We move the goal line another ten yards out (to use an uncharacteristic sports…

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