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blooming desire

photo-Shirley Keen

Put Makoto even into small things. Don’t let things go with, “oh well”. You will have a different outcome if you put Makoto

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Makoto =Sincerity

today 19th.

Holiday wishes, magical scenery, toy trains that can be ridden, candy canes and white sparkling snow everywhere. In a virtual world there is no limit to the visual wonders that are presented to us to explore and delight in. The artist has no boundaries.. the weather conditions don’t deter his/her creativity. As a member of the virtual community I and millions of other creative souls get to wander and enjoy all the magic of someone else’s imagination and creative talents. A reminder to one and all…. there is always another human behind the avatar. Be kind, share a smile… especially to new comers who likely are completely baffled by the “world” they are experiencing.

Put your heart into your words. do you tend to speak in just a matter of fact tone? It is important to put your heart into your words.

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There is something special about a smile that reaches the eyes… When you pass someone and they catch your eye, smile and say…”hi.. have a good day”…. or simply smile, nod and say “good morning/good day” It goes a long way… it can brighten a day.

Raising money for charity.. everyone always joins in…This event was Relay for Life.. there are a lot of cancer survivors who pay back… join us in a good cause. there are many people who at this time of year need an extra bit of cheer. Just because you see a happy exterior does not mean there is not a heart needing a hug … Sometimes the only company someone gets is sharing time with someone else that is “house bound”, alone, without family, or simply… on his/her own, over the festive season.

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

we have to “Let go” to begin again.

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Friday in October

photo by augustdog 2013

Fall is such a special time of year, we all have different memories about this time of year. For me it is wandering the various back roads in “anywhere” I can get to. I thought this was a happy picture, hope it brings a smile to your day.

Think of the timing before you say “but…” When stating your opinion, make sure you are being respectful of others’ opinions. Be mindful of this when you speak.

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Let’s try to make Happiness contagious… smile a lot today…

Oyashikiri

Monday

When you face difficulties start with anything you can do. When you are able to grasp the situation, you will surely be able to notice something that you can do.

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I opened a magazine the other day… the bold letters splashed across the top of the page shouted at me LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE. It was followed by the quote ” To feel and think, and learn, learn always surely that is being alive and young in the real sense” Freya Stark I stared at the page and reflected on the words that were catching my attention.

I had just replied to a friend who had sent me message asking if all was Ok. I write another blog that covers the lifestyle, art, performers and entertainment in a virtual world. I have been doing that off and on in the Second life (virtual international platform) since 2007. With the networking, researching, photography, writing, publishing etc. 20- 30 hour a week and sometimes even more had to be dedicated to getting the posts out on time. We are now in 2022 and life has changed for me… In the last many years I lost my Mother, my husband along with his parents, several of my long time close friends, and the list goes on. My Father passed away when I was 10.. I miss him to this day…

Change is ever present and will always be. where do we get our inspiration,& motivation when we are no longer experiencing the pain of loss and the challenges of “new beginnings” for the first time, but find the sameness in the “opportunities” placed before us. Yes, when you recognize the “moment” but the “terrain” is different. The season is changing. I am checking to see if my gratitude meter is still working as it should, or does it need to be fine tuned. How about you…. Today is the start of another week.. you ready?

Did I mention that .. la vie est belle ( life is beautiful).. it truly is… it is just that there are days/moment when it is interrupted by a commercial(s) – and we can’t fast forward.

Till soon

Tuesday – 12th.

Good morning everyone, these were the colourful blooms outside the window of the social room at the church yesterday. The lovely pink flowers on the left were the subject of much conversation. No one remembers planting them, or seeing them before. In fact, everyone present remembered t hem as being an orange before? So dear readers… do these flowers have a habit of changing colours as they make their way through the growing cycle? I know that many of you are plants wonders….thoughts?

When you face difficulties, start with anything you can do. When you are able to grasp the situation, you will surely be able to notice something that you can do.

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I am reminding everyone early, that on August 1st. we will be celebrating Founders’ Day (Kyososai), watch for announcements. Service is usually at 10 a.m. through this ceremony we rededicate ourselves to the teachings of PL (Perfect Liberty) and the realization of World Peace.

PL Precept # 1 Life is Art

Oyashikiri

Lost Sunday on Monday

photo Shirley Keen, NZ

Where do days go that get lost? How come today is another day, yesterday was Sunday, did I miss it? I think not. It was a busy day, one of those days where it begins at 5:20 a.m. give or take… and the next thing you now its after 9 pm and you are tired, and ready for bed. Let me see, a friend got married Saturday evening, a lovely ceremony, I did the photos, posted them, and then.. yes, I got to bed at a reasonable hour, why did my day Sunday start so early? Guess I just won’t know where the day went, after all, it is time now to focus on today.

Babble, babble, chatter, a fleeting memory and then poof … its been replaced by some other idea/thought… pause.. review yesterday’s lesson …

It’s easier to adapt to something when we find it interesting. No matter how enjoyable a situation is, a slight change in our attitude can make it boring. let’s face any situation with curiosity and enthusiasm.

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Today is July 11., in PL (Perfect Liberty) the 11 th of every month is when we express our gratitude for the love and virtues of our ancestors and ask for their protection and guidance so we can continue to live the PL Way.

You can be with God by having a prayerful mind. Let’s pray for World Peace. We are all one big family. Let’s start by praying for the happiness of those around u.s

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I am forever grateful for all of you who share with me over the days, months and yes even years. Whether it is with your waves, hello/greetings, or the time you take to share your wonderful thoughts/experiences. Life is richer when we share, when we care about others, and when we grow in appreciation of the world around us and all that it has to offer.

“In the infinity of life, where I am, all is perfect, whole and complete.” Be open to the abundant flow of prosperity that the Universe offers. “My good comes from everywhere and everyone. All is well in my world” (Louise L. Hay)

NZ -Shirley Keen

Have a wonderful start to a new week.

anyone remember

remember this plant?

Good morning.. everytime I see this little beauty I try to recall its name??? and the story about it. It is an old timer been around for ages.. Can anyone remember what it is called or what it was used for? It is a plant found along country roads..at least here, it is not a plant that is cultivated…

Have a joyful day by being a little more creative. you will enjoy your day more by adding a little creativity to your daily activites.

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Oyashikiri

I have a few doors from one of my recent drives. Not spectactular, but they have purpose and being a door, they always need to be “admired”… these are solid.. and very useful in their purpose. They are on a main street, and I felt they commanded authority. =^_^=

For more doors, visit Thursday doors, on Dan’s site… https://nofacilities.com/2022/06/16/squires-tavern/

From Dan’s site you can visit the world of doors as captured by fellow door lovers from all over the world.

June 6

surprise and horror – it happens!!

Eyes wide and staring – mouth open in horror – what happened to the rest of me !!!!

Don’t let circumstances sway your decision. It does not help to overthink things. Sometimes we just need to make up our minds and move forward.

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I’ve collected bits and pieces of this wonderful big old tree that was downed during the storm. I’m using some of the pieces in the storm art . (mixed media) I’m working on… so far.. I’m experimenting.. this tree had a long life, it was home to many many wildlife, insects, fungi, it will be missed.

….. when nothing is sure, everything is possible …..

Till Soon

survival

These little gems are delighting the viewers by peaking up along the trails between all the many shades and hues of greens/browns/grays that are in view as I amble along the trail looking for wood to carve. I am searching out smaller pieces of wood that I can use on the “storm art ” I am visualizing and want to put on canvas.

After the storm there are twigs, branches, all kinds of debris to sort through.. the need is to slow my pace and explore each side of the trail as I make my way slowly along. Everyday I walk (sometimes the same trail) and every day it is always different.

***** Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful ****

Take action without thinking too hard. No matter how hard you try to foresee the future, you really don’t know how things will turn out. Do your best and see how it plays out.

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**** Dwell in possibility****

a quiet corner

silent and still*

Be a messenger of Peace. Always think “for the sake of others and society” and express yourself for the happiness of all people

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In PL, this the 1st of every month is the ceremony “Day of Peace” we pray for world peace and dedicate ourselves to live as peaceful human beings in our own worlds which includes our home,school,work and community.

I call these new expressions. storm art … my mind is having a hard time settling down.. the small slivers of wood I’ve gathered from fallen trees I’m combining with acrylic paint to produce dimensional Storm Art expressions.. It is helping me to chill. There are three pieces in the one on the left.. … you can see the others in the second one betterI included shavings in the second one.. I’ll explore and try different methods. you can see the wood chips I’m playing with lying against the base of the small canvas’s. 5×7

Thank you all for your kind words, and the thoughtful messages.. I appreciate you .. each and everyone of you… It may take me awhile to regroup and find my footing.. but I will.

Oyashikiri

*Silent and Still

This little nook is a special place for me, I had the log moved from a creek that runs through the woodland. A friend helped me get it to where I wanted it.. ( a fellow photographer who reached out when I first started to go into this particular spot.. you meet the nicest people when you wander and “live” in the woods.)

It was for me to sit on when I was with the birds during the late fall and winter season…. it ended up being used by visitors to put seed on for the birds as well as a place to park to get pictures of the birds and animals feeding.

Simple it has a purpose.. I found the other day that in the silent stillness of the forest (it is still closed off due to possible dangers of more falling branches/ trees) it was welcoming. It drew me over .. I sat a spell and listend to the gentle sound of a light rain on the world around me…. the buzzing of the skeetos that were checking me out were part of the moment. In the distance I heard a bird or two, but it was otherwise quiet.

There is an anticipation, but of/for what?

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