My God is an awesome God…my portion, my strength, my all.
I begin most days with prayer and meditation during my morning workouts. The places my mind travels to while running those miles on the treadmill, set the framework for how I deal with whatever challenges I may face. Recently, the verse from scripture below spoke to me and everything that it inspired within me, is what I’ve written in this poem. May your day be filled with the things that inspire you as well.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for The Lord God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) Continue reading →
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have long admired these words; they have helped to bring me back to basic truths when I have gotten away from them. Everyone has worth and a purpose in life. I believe that we all have the responsibility to live up to what we were meant to be. May you always live in a way that honors that, no matter what the circumstances, let others see and know your best at all times.
“Miss Lucy” Peony (6/25), photograph by Chris Bartlett
What do you think of when you think of “peace?” What imagery comes to your mind? I recently went to a concert at the site where the original Woodstock Music Festival was held…the well-known “peace sign” spoke its message throughout that place. At the burial site at my grandmother’s funeral, a flock of white doves was released into the air…I remember thinking of how “peaceful” they looked as they dressed the skies with their quiet beauty. Sometimes, I think of it when the splendor of a breathtaking piece of music makes its way through my ears and into my soul, and I pause for a moment to let it serenade my heart with its melody.
Thoughts of You…let this be for whomever you need it to be.
I shared this poem, “Thoughts of You…”, with my sister Marjorie, a while back. After reading it, she asked me, “Who was that one about?” My answer:
“Hmmmm, what a question! Interesting, when I write, things just kind of come to me, I don’t always have anyone in mind, really. My words come from dormant emotions that demand to be released. It’s like, I close my eyes, deafen my ears, and let my feelings take over. They dance upon the keyboard; they make their own music. I can’t do it any other way. It’s more pure when I don’t attach anyone to what I write. That way each piece kind of has its own identity…it stands alone, apart from boundaries, not confined; free to just ‘be’. Continue reading →
“Every step forward takes you to a new place. When you are heading in the right direction, the wrong turns you took along the way don’t really matter so much, because in the end, you will get to where you were meant to be…live boldly, always with a worthwhile purpose, and enjoy the journey.”
Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go…
That old familiar song, “Over The River And Through The Woods”, popped into my head while I was out walking our dog the other day. I don’t know why I thought of a wintry song, when we have had some of the hottest days of the year so far. Perhaps I was trying to cool off subliminally. The thick summer air, the intermingling fragrances of evergreen trees, dry grass and honeysuckle, all reminded me of the summers my sister and I spent at our grandmother’s house. Being bathed in the heat and these heavy natural scents all caused me to smile and led me down the proverbial memory lane.
“The song may be out of season, but my memories of the summers spent with my grandmother never are…” Continue reading →