Reblog: Hope

I can think of no one who inspires me more to embrace life, to find joy when I’m at my lowest, to know that when I can’t change the circumstance, I can still change my perspective. Through her example, she has taught me that even though I’ve gone through some rough times, I’ve gained more than I lost, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Read her post and see why she inspires so and notice how in both of her photos, she is absolutely gorgeous.

Magnolia Flowers for Belinda

Just because it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos for my friend Belinda at  The blossoms are now gone, but this  post helps me relive their beauty, a beauty that reminds me of Belinda. (more…)

A day in the life – when you are trapped in your body

Nothing I can say will ever match what Belinda says in this post on So just read.

For Belinda: Scenes From a Walk

For Belinda at  Some time ago she asked her followers to post pictures of where they live.  Yesterday I finally remembered to take my phone with me when I took a break from work and went for a walk.  The following photos are from part of a “Nature Trail” that runs through the development next to my office complex.  While I frequently (well, every work day) bemoan my commute from the suburbs across town to the city limits, I am grateful for this walking trail that allows me to truly escape my office environment and clear my head.  The trail is mostly concrete pavement but it circles around a few man-made ponds and through some impressive oak trees.  I’ve seen red-shouldered hawks, white egrets, fox squirrels, dragonflies (in abundance this time of year), and turtles.  The last photo is my last stretch of sidewalk before arriving back at my office which is at the end of that street.  Belinda, I hope you enjoy the photos.  Big virtual hug coming your way 🙂


Thinking of Belinda


I saw this rainbow today and thought of Belinda … For

Now that I think of it … Here’s another photo she might enjoy: the evening sky from a nearby parking lot.


Positive by choice

Belinda’s thoughts about being positive brought tears to my eyes. When I think of all she is going through and yet she has the will and capacity to remain positive. I am humbled by her example. For those of you who do not know about her struggle, here’s a link to a newspaper article about her: Belinda has Lyme Disease and is fighting for appropriate treatment so she can regain her health. Please pray for her treatment and recovery and be sure to follow her blog. She is the most generous and kindest blogger I have the honor to know.

The Seed of Light Award

seed-of-light-award1Many thanks to Jade Reyner for the lovely The Seed of Light Award.  I feel very honored to receive this from Jade, and am happy to pass it on to other bloggers who have inspired me.

To the others that I will pass this award to:  this simply is another way for me to say thank you.  There are no rules (as far as I can tell) to this award beyond passing it on, so enjoy and know how deeply you inspire me.

I suspect that both RunningFather and BusyMindThinking are well-known to those who follow my blog.  They both inspired me to write poetry, to reach and realize that some things, some ideas, some feelings are best expressed in poetic form, that a few lines can say much more a 500-page novel.

I am learning so much by following the publishing adventures and writing insights of Sarah Cradit, Shannon A Thompson and Victoria Grefer.  All three are wonderful young writers who freely share what they are learning as they follow the tortuous road of publishing (whether its traditional or self-publishing, either route seems tortuous ;))   They inspire me by their efforts and their generosity.



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