Veteran’s Day 2014

In memory of my USAF Veteran Dad, and for all of the Veterans and active military who courageously put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and serve our citizenship in times of peace, disaster, and need: Thank you!

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Note about the photo:
This was taken in a cemetery nearby. It is a statue that marks the grave of this family’s only son (only child!) who was killed in WWII – and it is his likeness. What a beautiful (and sad) tribute.

Remember to shake the hand of a Veteran or active-duty Military person and thank them for their service — not just today but feel free to do it on any day…

And, since it’s getting to be that time of year,  please remember service members when filling out your Christmas Card list:
Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign (Christmas Letters)
www.redcross.org/holidaymail
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day

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Art colors life

I think I must be suffering from a touch of the Spring Fever today.

I found myself going through photographs from my trip(s) to Florida and then those of flowers that I took over the summer last year.

I’ve picked out a few of the flower photos for potential paintings (one of my brother’s has been asking for photos, I may give him paintings instead.)

And I found some that will be perfect for backgrounds for posters and such.

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That is a striped and speckled rose (I don’t remember the specifics like the name – let’s just call her Rosie! hahaha!!!)

So it’s still winter, so I couldn’t stop and actually (literally) smell the roses today…

but wandering and weaving around and through the photographs brought back the memory of the sweet scents of the rose garden,

and the heat of the sun on my face,

and the vibrance of my floral surroundings.

And I realized how grateful I am to live a life colored by Art.

Thank You!

As 2013 comes to an end I want to take this time to thank you all for your support and encouragement!

You’ve all been right here with me as I have shared my journey through photographs and words over the past several months…

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my assistant (very hard at work) thanks you, too!

and I hope you stick around for many more!

May all of you be blessed with a 2014 filled with peace, prosperity and love.

Enjoy your New Years Eve, wherever and however you celebrate it!

Having said that:
Please don’t drink and drive — or let anyone else do it either!

Prevalent View

Every. Day.

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I am Thankful

I live a pretty blessed life.

Not only am I fully aware of that, I give thanks daily for it.

And for the people in my life (even the difficult ones!)

The thing I’ve noticed about gratitude in my own life is that it grows exponentially when I express it.

I can sit quietly in appreciation of someone or something (which is also important), but if I am able to tell them or express it in some way, I get to feel that gratitude resonate more deeply.

That’s why in November, I participate in the Month of Gratitude challenge. This is simply an opportunity to acknowledge things I am grateful for (I personally make it my Facebook status every day in November)

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Now, I know that gratitude has become a bit of a buzz word ~ which can kind of make it sound cliché or leave us feeling a bit desensitized by it. But… think about this: If it weren’t so powerful and if it wasn’t changing lives, people would have forgotten about it and moved onto something new.

On that subject, I had a friend express a less-than-favorable opinion to me about my “jumping on the Month of Gratitude bandwagon” (their words) and that it was “nothing more than another Facebook virus” (again, their words.)

“Good,” I said.

“I hope it’s an epidemic!”