D iz for Different on Special Needs Book Review


February 24 2013:

Hope and Guidance to Parents of Children with Special Needs: Interview with Camilla Downs Thank you so much for introducing your book, D iz for Different: One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance in a guest post for our Special Needs Book Review site! Friends read about this mom-author and about her book >>




Paper Towels in the Dishwasher and Dinner Outside and Alchemist

March 12 2017:

“The paper towels are in the dishwasher … along with the light bulbs.” – Me to Thomas yesterday as he was helping to clean. What you use the dishwasher for when you don’t use it and have extremely limited storage space. xoxo


We got to enjoy our first dinner outside today! Fist bump toast for that! Wahoo!

Busy, busy day of working on blogs and then more purging and organizing. About seven years of downsizing, purging, and simplifying and I still find more to throw out or pass on.

Space …. feels so good when it’s clear and not cluttered. Here’s a fun and sparkly picture I took a few weeks ago of a wee icicle shifting back into liquid. The Shift! xoxo

Melting Icicles from 2.22.17 for 3.11.17 Post

March 15 2017:

Come by and see Thomas and I tonight at Achemist Theatre! We’ll have a table with Biggest Little Photographer and D iz for Different!! Can’t wait to hear tonight’s message and the GREAT music! xoxo

Team TLC and Biggest Little and D iz for Different March 2017

March 18 2017:

Just home from Alchemist Salon for Giants [discussion group] …. Thank you Matthew McDowell and Jessica Levity Daylover of Alchemist Theatre (including ALL of the Alchemist chiefs). I am deeply grateful for the space, synchronicity, events, and discussions over these past three months.

I was moved in December 2016 to have as my 2017 theme, “The Shift”. I knew not what this entailed. Yet, I agreed to it, signed up, and jumped in with all my heart.

It has definitely not been easy, nor fun, yet the freedom from the past, and from anxiety and fear, is worth every freaking second! There is so much shift happening on so many levels and I am beyond thankful that part of the shift involves all of you. So much love …. xoxo

Camilla's 2017 Vision Board 1.14.17

Thomas and Camilla March 2017 Date Day

March 13 2017:

Field trip turned into Thomas and Camilla March 2017 Date Day.

First stop was for Thomas to say goodbye to Meg and Buttercup before they leave for their next adventure. Thank you Barbara Richmond Chastain for having us over for one last rendezvous.

It was sooo good seeing you Fran Melino!! Thanks for the hugs! And, wonderful seeing you too Melinda Bourke Blackwell!!! Can’t wait to visit your property! Thanks for your hugs too! Part 1

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Second stop: Little Washoe Lake –

We stayed for nearly an hour as Thomas foraged for large sticks and limbs to launch. Yes. You can get in the water Thomas. Pants and all. Have FUN!

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Finding a piece of lime green beach glass in the sand is just like finding a four leaf clover, isn’t it?

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Last stop: Vegan root beer float with coconut bliss ice cream. Thanks Great Full Gardens South Meadows Reno for such yummy love filled treats.

Thomas and Camilla Date Day March Root Beer Float 3.13.17 #16

A Lost Art to We by Camilla Downs

March 11 2017:

Pink Fuzzy Tree Bloom 2017

“The one supporting the many,
The many supporting the one,
This interdependent relationship you share
A lost art to we.

It’s clear to see,
The disconnect coming forth,
When the wild is taken from you,
Mirrored in the forests
Of the society of we.

Oh Mother, what a sweet
And beautiful teacher you Be.”

~2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

Happy Birthday to Camilla

February 26, 2017 … Happy Birthday Camilla!!

Happy Birthday to me! Team TLC enjoyed a late breakfast.

Courageous Cappuccino and Vegan Hash for me. Breakfast sandwich for Thomas and Liege Waffle for Lillian. And for desert for all of us …… Raw and Vegan Triple Chocolate cake …. So incredibly delicious!

Thank you Great Full Gardens South Meadows Reno for the birthday discount, the amazing, loving environment, and delicious food! Love does indeed live here!

Courageous Cappuccino Grateful Gardens 2.26.17 #1 Love Lives Here Grateful Gardens 2.26.17 #2 Vegan Triple Chocolate Grateful Gardens 2.26.17 #3

“How do you freeze a bubble?” –Thomas … He still continues to ask some amazing questions. I have no idea the answer to this one!!

He sang “Happy Birthday” to me first thing this morning. He also created a huge hidden happy face and happy-birthday-playing-notes on mine craft!

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Birthday dinner! Baked potato medallions, sautéed portobello mushrooms with sweet onion, and arugula, beet, and cucumber salad. And for dessert … fresh mango! Yum!! xoxo

Birthday Dinner 2.26.17

Beautiful animated birthday message Lillian made for me using Scratch programming. Look at that beautiful blue and green cake!!! Aqua is my favorite color. Followed by any variations of blue and green. xoxo

Birthday Present from Lillian 2.26.17

Happy Birthday to Baby Camilla! WoW! I’ve lived so many lives since these pictures!! I began my love affair with chocolate at a very early age!

All the adventures, experiences, joy, love, laughter, sadness, hurt, and uncomfortable moments ….. Lifetimes of LEARNING!! ….. Learning and heading back Home …

Here’s to the beginning of the 47th year of learning. I’m all in. I’m not turning back. This is the year of The Shift … xoxo

Momma and Me Camilla Collage as Baby

Book Review: Love Thyself – The Message from Water III

February 11 2017:

Love Thyself – The Message from Water III

“To love yourself is to love and thank all of existence …. ”

Such a beautiful book. We all LOVE this one!

… from the book … “First you must shine with positive, high-spirited vibrations, and be full of love. In order to do that, I think it’s important to love, thank, and respect yourself. If that’s the case then each of those vibrations will be sent out into the world and the cosmos, and the great symphony of that harmonic vibration will wrap our planet in waves of love … ”

Love Thyself - The Message from Water III Book

Unexpected Side Effect and Rancho San Rafael and Wilbur May Center

February 6 2017:

An unexpected and wonderful side effect of Thomas’ book, Biggest Little Photographer, is renewed interest in my book published in 2012, D iz for Different. It was a great day to mail one to California. YaY!!!

Mailing D iz for Different 2.6.17

February 8 2017:

Got a new order of books! Now’s the time to get your copy if you’ve been meaning to order!

…. Plus, Biggest Little Photographer coming soon to The Wilbur May Center Gift Shop …. The order was placed this morning to coincide with the awesome Biggest Little Photographer exhibit currently being created for the Rancho San Rafael Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center will also host Thomas and I for a few public discussions about the book as the exhibit will run through April 2017. Plus, plus a private discussion about the book for children at The Children’s Cabinet. And perhaps planning a way for books to be donated to Children’s Cabinet too! Wonderful and heartwarming ….. xoxo

Biggest p8 - d

February 8 2017:

Biggest Little Photographer is on his way to the capitol building in Carson City!! I was contacted last week and the gift store manager wants to see the book. Yay! Hope she likes it!!! xoxo

Biggest Little Book to Capitol Gift Shop 2.8.17

Do You Row Your Own Boat


February 13 2013:

Wherever you go, Whatever you have … There YOU are.

True and lasting happyness is yours when you understand that:

being happy or not being happy comes from the thoughts you are thinking about a situation or person,

when you accept and be at peace with where you are, love yourself,

know you have a purpose here,

release that which you cannot control,

and row your OWN boat gently down the stream ….

You Are Here in Sand 2.13.13

Why I Journal Write and Meditate

Meditating and Asking

This morning during meditation and prayer, I expressed that I was ready to release certain aspects of my life. As I was ready to face whatever needed to arise and be embraced.

During journal writing, I asked, “What am I to focus my attention on today?” Basically, the answer that came forth was to focus on being present in each moment. [ 598 more words ]

Why I Meditate and Journal Write