People Say I’m Crazy

December 29 2017:

Just back from running a very quick errand. This song came on the radio. I turned up the volume and drove right on past the turn for our condos.

Sang as loud as I could muster and drove until it was over. Made a u-turn and headed home. That felt sooooo good! I love this song … Causes my heart to open and melt into the beauty of knowing .. xoxoxo

People say I’m crazy
Doing what I’m doing
Well, they give me all kinds of warnings
To save me from ruin
When I say that I’m okay, well they look at me kinda strange
“Surely, you’re not happy now, you no longer play the game”

People say I’m lazy
Dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice
Designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
“Don’t you miss the big time boy, you’re no longer on the ball?”

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Ah, people ask me questions
Lost in confusion
Well, I tell them there’s no problem
Only solutions
Well, they shake their heads and they look at me, as if I’ve lost my mind
I tell them there’s no hurry, I’m just sitting here doing time

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round

I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go – John Lennon

Book Musings: Peace to All Beings – Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul

January 13 2018:

Peace to All Beings – Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul

I initially put this book on hold thinking it was an easy and short children’s book that we could read before bed. When it came in, I saw that’s not what it was at all. I asked Thomas if he wanted to read it. After looking at it, he left it on the kitchen table.

One day last week, I sat at the table and was moved to pick up the book, turn to a random page and read. I did not put the book down until I had nearly read to the end of the book (from where I had randomly opened it). After that, I began at the beginning of the book.

I am a vegetarian so obviously this book speaks to me. It wasn’t only that, though. It seemed to be speaking directly to other areas of my life as well. I’m not even sure how to describe this one. So, I will pull a quote or two from it with a few more of my own words added.

“Every thought is a prayer,
Therefore, let us
Think compassion
Think love
Think peace
For all beings everywhere.
Every act is a prayer.
Therefore, let us
Be compassion
Be love
Be peace
For all beings everywhere.”

This is a powerful book about peace, compassion, and reverence for life; with references to St. Francis, Jesus, Albert Schweitzer, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr, and many others of similar persuasion. The overall theme of the book is Ahimsa.

“Each object in the world is not merely itself, but involves every other object and, in fact, is everything else.” -Avatamsaka Sutra

The words and concepts in this book spoke to my soul so deeply and powerfully. To say I loved and enjoyed it is an understatement!

Peace to All Beings Book 2018

Amelia’s Angel Visit by Lillian Darnell

**THROWBACK POST**

November 22 2013:

Lillian’s class participated in NaNoWriMo and she chose to write a collection of short stories. Reading her notebook brought “sweat” to my eyes … xoxo … Here’s one of them:

Amelia’s Angel Visit
Written: Lillian

Once upon a time, Amelia’s prince had died and Amelia was a poor queen but one night, Amelia had been visited by Amelia’s prince angel. He had said,

“Respect all other angels like you do with me.”

And so her father, stepmother, stepsisters, and their princes’ angels came along with Amelia’s prince angel and they had said,

“Keep your confidence and hopefully you will strengthen your courage.”

Then one night they stopped visiting and left Amelia alone because she had enough courage to be super-duper happy. To this day, she’ll tell you to keep confidence and you will soon build up courage to be super-duper happy.

**Update – December 19 2017: This is an example of the stories included in Lillian’s debut book, Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories. You can learn more and pre-order the book by going here … http://www.LillianDarnell.com/author …. 

Where Would You Fly Updated Cover 9.2017

Love and Beauty and Fun

December 26 2017:

Solo walk this morning. I stood next to this tree for a while. Thanks Mr. Tree. I’m blessed and grateful for your love and beauty. xoxo

 Solo Vintage Lake Walk 12.26.17
Sunset walk with Thomas. This felt so incredibly good!! Great fun throwing rocks onto the frozen lake. xoxo
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Nature Calls Us To Be With Her

**THROWBACK POST**

November 21 2015:

Day 3 of nature photo challenge … Thomas says that sometimes he doesn’t really want to go for a walk, yet he feels compelled to come along …. And he’s always glad he did. Nature does indeed call us to be with her. She soothes, inspires and refreshes us. xoxo

Thomas Hanging on Tree Vintage Lake Sunset 11.21.15

Connect with the Aches and Pains and Be Surprised

**THROWBACK POST**

November 21 2015:

So grateful for the young man I get to call my son. Lillian and I have been down with a cold. I went to bed at 6:30 last night. He came into the bedroom and told me this house just isn’t a home without me in the living room with them. Then he felt my forehead and after checking with a thermometer we saw I had a 100 degree fever. He ran and got an ice pack for me. So extremely blessed!

I had the most interesting experience during the 2 hours I was resting in the bedroom. Instead of sleeping my thoughts overflowed with a presentation on having a successful mindful business, how to be mindful with customers and clients. It was all so clear, my heart was racing, and I was pumped up to share this wonderful information. I was in front of a huge room of people speaking about this topic with many dear friends who were there to support me.

I kept thinking that I needed to get up and get it all down so I wouldn’t forget; yet my body was so achy and tired. Then I knew I wouldn’t forget it. It’s there and not going anywhere. Now. Who I am supposed to present this too?? HA!

Definitely the MOST interesting sickness I have ever experienced. I chose this time to be with and connect with the aches and pains and ickiness instead of wishing it weren’t there and pushing it away. Very interesting ….

Looking at Lights Adventures and The Romano Duo and Amazing Lunch

December 19 2017:

Just back from driving around and looking at all the lights. First a stop for fries for Lillian and a chocolate shake for Thomas.

I had my treat with me already … A lovely big, box of soft tissues so I could blow my nose every few seconds! A nasty cold hitting me just as we finished Lillian’s book …. Hmmmmmm …. At least it waited until we were finished.

What fun seeing the blow up decorations dancing in the wind! The lit trees were absolutely beautiful!! Looked like lit dancing trees! xoxo

December 21 2017:

The Romano Duo have arrived! Team TLC and The Romano Duo Reunited! xoxo

December 22 2017:

Amazing lunch today!! Even more amazing company. Thank you Carolyn R Smith. I love you and am incredibly blessed by our friendship. Thank you for listening, loving, caring, and letting me do the same for you.

Totally forgot to get a picture of us. Yet! Got lots of pictures of the fabulous food. Total foodgasm!!!!

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