Book Musings: Peace is the Way

Peace is the Way

“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” -Mahatma Gandhi

I am reading this book aloud with Thomas and Lillian. There’s so much it contains that I’d like to share, it would nearly be the entire book! It’s an incredibly powerful book. It may have been published in 2005; yet, it seems especially relevant in the present.

“Violence may be innate in human nature, but so is its opposite: love. The next stage of humanity, the leap which we are poised to take, will be guided by the force of that love.”

“You aren’t asked to be a saint, or to give up any belief. You are only asked to stop reacting out of fear, to change your allegiance from violence to peace.”

Peace Is the Way Book 10.2017

It Made a Spark Go Off in My Mind


October 21 2013:

Lillian was creating artwork yesterday … Her piece is the index card abstract art. She titled it “A Jolly Painting”.

Lillian Abstract Art 10.21.13

A few minutes later I noticed Thomas had joined her. He said “When I saw Lillian making art it made a spark go off in my mind and I had to make some too!” His are titled “The Colors Joining” and “Triangles of Color”. It was beautiful to watch the magic of inspiration! ♡

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Touching Moments Volunteering – Human Society

October 27 2017:

It was volunteer day!! Thomas is in love with Angel. She’s 15 years old and she’s in kidney failure. Her placard says she does not like to be disturbed when napping; which is all she does at this point.

But, when Thomas sat next to her she slowly stood on frail and wobbly legs and sat next to him. He wants to bring her home for cat hospice so she has a home before crossing the Rainbow Bridge. 💜😭

And then there was Molly. I sat down and was petting another cat when Molly, the black cat pictured, slowly emerged from the cat house where she was sleeping. She walked over to me, jumped in my lap, and curled up next to my chest. She’s 10 years old and is under vet care right now. Not sure what’s up with her.

She seriously kept hugging me and staring into my eyes. She even put her paw on my chin while looking up at me a couple of times. Then, she curled up in my lap. Her placard says she’s shy and takes a while to warm up to someone. Um, wow!

I radiated as much love as possible from my hands and heart to her heart. Hope it stays with her til our next visit. She was hard to put down. 😭💜

The other cat pictured is Coco. Isn’t she a beauty??

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Where Would You Fly – Illustrations

October 26 2017:

Last of the artwork sent to our Angel book designer. I’m not sure if I mentioned that the book will include Lillian Darnell‘s artwork.

This is also an example of art to be included in the Team TLC art exhibit at South Valleys Library in spring 2018. xoxo

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Hot Sauce Spices Up Life


October 19 2015:

And then there was this tree. We made gratitude lists tonight and discussed them. Thomas listed “hot sauce”. I said, “Tell us about the hot sauce Thomas.” He says, “It spices up life.” I think Thomas and Lillian both need a shirt with “Hot Sauce” on it. They sure spice up my life. Here’s to Hot Sauce!

Oh!! And his duck friends came back to hang with him. They even got out of the water to come closer. So funny as we don’t feed them.

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Black Cats Cross the Street by Lillian Darnell

Another of the poems included in the book, “Where Would You Fly” … Pre-order your book here … …. Our goal is to reach 50 books pre-ordered. We’re at 14 now. Book will arrive late November 2017 or some time in December 2017. Pre-orders receive a special gift for helping us get this book created! Thank you! xoxo

Black cats cross the street
Black bats fly across the street
White ghost scare the people
Striped candy corn gets eaten
People wear famous costumes
Happy jack-o-lanterns watch as they smile.

Happy Halloween


Lillian Darnell
Fairy Princess

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Beautiful and Grateful and Amazing Grace

October 23 2017:

Thomas and I had a beautiful walk yesterday morning. Love these beauties!

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October 25 2017:

It’s been several days since I’ve been for a walk. I was brought to joyful tears during a quick walk this morning. Joy for the love that Mother Nature so freely shares and that I felt so deeply this morning. Incredibly grateful for the Amazing Grace of Nature.

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Let Them Follow Their Curiosity


October 17 2014:

I subbed today at High Desert Montessori in lower elementary (1st-3rd grade) where they were completing the Caine’s Arcade Cardboard Box Challenge. An event arranged, organized and lead by a 3rd grader named Thomas Darnell. He approached his teacher, gathered all the information, put together fliers, and went to all the other lower el classrooms to let them know about it. And, spent a lot of time yesterday helping other kids make their creations.

Today he helped clean up the gigantic mess from all the fun. I absolutely support whatever education style is best for each child and I’m a HUGE believer in the Maria Montessori method. It works for both of my kids. One who lags a bit behind and one who is pretty far advanced.

from the below article … “A number of the innovative entrepreneurs also went to Montessori schools, where they learned to follow their curiosity,” Mr. Gregersen said. “To paraphrase the famous Apple ad campaign, innovators not only learned early on to think different, they act different (and even talk different).”

**Update** November 8 2017: Both Thomas and Lillian are homeschooled now. This is Thomas’ second year and I’ve lost count for Lillian … Our current method is unschooling, child led schooling, interest based learning … it has many names.

Thomas attended HDMS for 1st – 4th grade and it was the perfect fit for him! During his 4th grade year I sensed it was time for something different to allow him to stay connected to his soul purpose and not be distracted by conformity.

Lillian attended HDMS for 2 and 1/2 years. At that point, she made it clear that she needed something different. And, I listened …

Movie Night: Hidden Figures

October 22 2017:

Team TLC extra movie night: My choice – “Hidden Figures” – I put this on hold months ago. There were over 100 holds. Finally my turn!!

I say, “Here at NASA, we all pee the same color. What an incredibly humbling and powerful story.” The music, the women …. and the peaceful, patience of those amazing women ….. Love the one who took her case to court and won … Fine example of the heart and mind working together for good!! xoxo

Thomas says, “It was good. I liked all of it. I like the music. I liked the story.”

Lillian says, “Good, great story, my favorite part is when the ladies dance around in the kitchen, liked the music, and I 100% recommend it.”

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