Monday, April 25, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


This is what it looked like while we were having dinner and into the evening.
Springtime in the Rockies!
We were hoping for green but we are getting white.
This has happened the last two nights,
then it clears up and the big, fat, moon comes out and shines on all the whiteness,
it is stunning, but not green!
The sun did shine today, there is hope!
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields.
Watch, now,
 as I start the day in happiness,
in kindness.
mary oliver

The Power of Words

May this video remind you to choose your words thoughtfully
and reap the benefits of that practice!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Advanced Style


Picture in your mind the most incredible thing designed 
by mankind that you have ever seen. Perhaps the Empire 
State Building, the Shuttle built by the technicians at NASA, 
The Golden Gate Bridge or even the intricate detailing in a 
painting you've seen.

What name comes to mind when I say the words "creative genius?"

Who do you think of when I mention God-like compassion, 
caring and loving?
What author's name do you think of when I mention "poetry,"
"drama," "mystery," "fiction," and "comedy?"

What do you see when I say "strength," and "stamina?"

Finally "winner," "successful," or "role model?"

I'll bet you a Kids Meal at McDonald's (wha?!?) you never saw yourself 
in any of those images. And yet...

Look at your hands. 
Are they not the same as the hands of the skillful artist, architect, mason, or technician?

If you were to x-ray your skull, would you not find the same brain matter that takes up the space between the ears of Einstein, Plato, and Disney?

Hold your hand to your chest. Can you feel the beat of a 
heart capable of paining for the homeless and starving? 
Have you not the same heart that beat in the chest of Jesus, 
Gandhi, Mohamed or the thousands of missionaries around 
the world?

Look at your fingers. Are they not like the fingers of Frost, Churchill, Stevens, Wilder and King that held tightly the pens 
that wrote the words that shaped the world?

Look at your feet. Show me the difference between yours and gold medalists of the Olympics or the rescuers who carried the people out of the rubble in Japan's tragic earthquake/tsunami.

Finally. Close your eyes as you stand in front of a mirror and 
picture in your mind that man or woman who you think of as a 
success, a winner and role model. Open your eyes and explain 
to me the difference between you and that person.

There is no difference...except in how you perceive yourself.

You have the mind, the hands, the feet, the fingers, the heart to be exactly what you want to be. The only thing that is stopping you is the person you see in the mirror.

You have all that it takes.

I got this in an e-mail from a co-worker today and found it worth sharing! Wow!
I love it when the office e-mails are like this!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rowan Own Side Now

 This video is really wonderful!  I just can't get enough of it lately!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Well, the sun was VERY bright, not that anyone is complainin', so the fotos isn't that great, but it does provide some insight as to how spring is coming along in our neck of Montana. SLOWLY. That is OK, we need the snow to come off slowly to make our summer world wonderful and green and to make the huckleberries BIG and bountiful! As you can imagine, a wee bit of snow got in my shoes on this hike. My house is on the other side of the.... well there is a saddle there that you cannot see, but as that mountain dips on the left, well we are on the other side of that. Nice neighborhood, eh?!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Love Amongst the Squalor

 Dirty snow banks
 Burning off the shaggy grass
 Stacks of debris for bon fires
And a glimmer of dazzling color amidst it all.
There are little promises that soon there will be GREEN all around us,
some buds on the lilac trees, and shoots of daffodils and poppy stems.....
Our wolrd is awakening after a long winter!