The Path of the Heart by Camilla Downs

November 17 2018:

The Path of the Heart

The path back home
seems littered with
suffering and struggle.

What is this insane
ability to cause
one self such suffering?

Suffering by way of the
thoughts that dart
here and there,
at times stabbing
the soul as if they
were a cold, sharp knife.

When one golden day
the tides of change
bring ….

Poetry and Photography: The Path of the Heart

Book Musings: A Passion for Elephants

November 17 2018:

A Passion for Elephants – A Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss

In this fun book we learned about Cynthia Moss who was born in 1940. She has spent the past 41 years living with and studying the elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

In 1972 she established the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Amboseli National Park with Harvey Croze; which is 150 square miles of protected land in southern Kenya.

Great to learn about Cynthia Moss. We enjoyed this one too!

Another Fear Walked Into – The Shower

November 17 2018:

She took a shower last night! At 17 years old, she finally leaned into her worries and fears of taking a shower. Yes! A wonderful and new first for Lillian with a bit of help from grandma Patty!


(Photo from September 2016 – Another first of “getting air” for a photo)

Thank goodness that in The Romano Duo’s new place, they’ve got one of those extra large walk in showers. Lots of room to stay away from the wrath of the shower head! HA! YAY Lillian!!

Shared with Lillian’s permission. 🎉🤩😍🎉

Submitting Poems and I Was Born To

November 16 2018:

Another “planting of the seed” that I’ve planted and will move on … As it takes them up to 6 months to read the poems and only after that do you find out if they accept any of them. At least I did it!! Took forever to go through the poems and narrow down to four!!

And, a little fun …

“I was born to be a beautiful sunset walk with y’all and I love you dearly.”

Just had to do this … Type “I was born” and let the predictive feature write the rest. Haha!

Sometimes I See People Staring At Me

November 12 2018:

“Sometimes I see people staring at me. I can see in their eyes that it’s a ‘you’re crazy’ look.” – Lillian …

I asked her if this bothers her? Yes, it does. …. (I told her they must be staring because she is so beautiful … 😍😃)

In the past when I’ve noticed others staring at Lillian, I ask them if I can help them and ask if they have any questions or if they are curious about Lillian. I also let them know it’s unsettling for another to be stared at by someone.

I will be kind. Yet, I am human and I am also Lillian’s mom and protector. I do have my limits. I told Lillian to let me know the next time it happens so that I can “help” the one staring.

People stare at me often too. I have no idea why. I have finally reached a point where I can mostly not be bothered by others actions and words. Yet, I also just don’t give a pluck. 😂🤣😜And, there again, maybe I have lettuce in my teeth or my clothes are on inside out … Hahaha!! xoxo

I posted this on facebook on November 12th and thought I’d share some of my response to friend’s comments ….

I’m sure most people don’t even realize they are doing it. Yet, it digs at one’s heart when one’s offspring is bothered by it enough to say something … more than once. I also told her that she could ask them why they are staring if she felt like it.

I have had a child ask me “What’s wrong with her?”, so since they were a child, I was able to explain it all to them. However, having an adult say that would most likely put me past my limit! I’m so crazy myself, and having a wild imagination, I would have them thinking they need to seek another planet on which to live … xoxo … And, then again, I may just start dancing. That would really freak em out.

Thomas asks me sometimes why I’m staring at him. I’m not. I’m just deep in thought and looking in his direction. I think for the most part this is what is happening. Except for the occasional times when one can sense from the energy of the other; that they are being judgmental or having negative thoughts.

I have to say that my split second initial response is a firm-smart-ass-full-of-profanity’s-tell-them- off comment. Yet, I know this gets society no where having this response. So, I tell them what I think, yet, in the kindest way possible.

I get lost in thought at times and I’m sure it seems as if I’m staring at someone when I’m actually just dazed and confused!! HA!

Thankfully, no one has been rude to her, except for when she used to be in public school. Fortunately, I don’t think it bothers her as much as it could. Perhaps it has helped a bit when she or Thomas tell me I’m weird or crazy and I respond with, “Thank you. Thank you for noticing!” HeeHeeHee!

Where Would You Fly Flew to Barnes & Noble in Reno Nevada

November 10 2018:

Where Would You Fly flew to Barnes & Noble!! 💙🧚🏼‍♂️ 🧚🏼‍♂️ 💚  And Lillian and I joined the fun! 💙🧚🏼‍♂️🧚🏼‍♂️💚

Want your own copy of “Where Would You Fly”? Go here! xoxo

Wonderful and Inspiring and Breezy and Colorful and Wispy and Beautiful and Mild and Peace and Knowing and Comfort

November 4 2018:

Wonderfully inspiring and breezy walk this afternoon. The letting go is almost complete with these three trees. 🌲 🌳 💚

Beautiful bright orange and hot pink sunset tonight. Love the wispy clouds. 💞🧡💛

November 6 2018:

Afternoon walk. Incredibly beautiful and mild weather. 💚💚💚

November 8 2018:

This mornings walk …. Deep beauty, peace, knowing, and comfort. Nature is one of the greatest gifts …. 💚🌏💙

Movie Musings: It Happened on Fifth Avenue

November 10 2018:

Team TLC movie night: Thomas’ choice: “It Happened on Fifth Avenue” – This has become a November/December tradition for us. We’ve been watching it for many Holiday seasons now.

Thomas says, “I liked it a lot. More than usual.”

Lillian says, “Good for Christmas, my favorite character is Trudy, my favorite scene is when they’re all singing around the tree, and I liked the music.”

I say, “A philosophizing hobo who brings the Christmas spirit to anyone he befriends. Heartwarming story. Just love watching it.”