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Choice

Published August 14, 2018 by tindertender

My arms swell with an energy that feels ‘stuck’. I stretch them up over my head, slowly lowering them. There is a release from the hands, it seems as though for a moment they disappear.

I listen to the above tune, sitting quietly. I think on the word ‘beautiful’. It is one of my most favorite words. B-e-a-u-tiful … It describes what we see, smell, taste and feel. So many things are beautiful. I long to see these things and acknowledge them in the world, for if the world truly is a reflection of me, then I long to see beauty in me as well … and so I search for it, I cultivate it in my thoughts and actions, I grow a garden chuck full of it, consciously, purposefully, intentionally.

A peaceful world IS possible. It simply needs to be fostered in the minds of humanity from birth, rather than what we’ve been doing … fostering fight or flight, dominate or be dominated, use or be used. Honesty and integrity must come before immoral, lust filled behaviors, surrounding sex and/or greed of any kind. Goals that include dominance of anyone or anything should never be developed … and will topple.

Look around, remember your own self as an innocent child … before pain was introduced as abuse or neglect. It is real, it was only stripped, and replaced by something else less savory.

School … training … it’s all a farce. It is meant to proliferate more of the same. A total revamp needs be. If people do not find within themselves capacity to flip this around, to reform what they’ve been programmed with and choose another way … it will have to be done for them. Of course, this is a last resort, much better for free will to come in and make these decisions consciously, wholly.

One way or another, these destructive ways will come to an end and life will try again.

Is the choice to be a willing participant in the creation of beauty and grace, or is the choice a flat refusal of releasing that which destroys?

Live by the sword, die by the sword …
Promote hate and fear, die with hate and fear …
Insist on chaos, live with chaos at the end of time …

Loveit wins.
Be a partner to it, or not.
The choice is yours.

 

Beautiful Day ~ Unhindered

Published August 12, 2018 by tindertender

Are you going to let them ruin this beautiful day,
These boys, so new on their life journey?

This morning I decided I would be adventurous. I drove to Mt Hood! It was a beautiful day for a drive.

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I went to the lodge for lunch, ate cheese and apples and some sort of wine jam and fresh baked bread. As I was finishing up I saw a man walk in with his elderly father and young son. Immediately I stood and offered my table. You see, I had the grand view of the trees and another mountain off in the distance. It was glorious! They refused at first, seeing I still had food on my plate. I assured them I was finished, full, and ‘he’ being an elder deserved this fine seat. He wanted to share it with me while I finished, but I left them to enjoy the view and each others company.

I walked out with a smile on my face, happy that this elderly man who had trouble even walking any more would get to sit there and ponder life and relations while he looked out upon this majestic view.

As I drove along, there were so many sights that just blew me away!

I decided to drive to a lake that was several miles up a gravel road. It was so beautiful!

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I took a left a few miles along and the road climbed, becoming very rocky and pitted, I giggled as I drove. I got about 1.5 or 2 miles up and finally came to the first trail. I got out and walked along a little way, it was so quiet! No electrical wires, no sound at all. It was completely still. I got to thinking … I didn’t have a horn, or dog, or big stick or anything, and then I thought I didn’t feel like being a tasty treat for a cougar or something, so went back to the car.

On the way back down, once off the deeply pitted and bolder-y rode I came again to the relatively mildly pitted gravel road and realized I had a flat tire. That hadn’t happened in 32 years! I got out the book and was prepared to learn something new today. While I was reading the book, spare leaning against the car and jack and such all spread out, a jeep pulled up and asked me if I had it okay. I replied not really.

The man and his friend got out and changed my tire for me … BLESS THEM!! I drove the remaining 3 miles out to the main highway and stopped at the rest area gas station for air since the spare wasn’t quite full. Being Sunday, no tire companies were open so I limped the 47 miles back to town with flashers on doing 40 mph.

People were very calm about the whole thing, they just went around me. Until I got into the city, that is. All of a sudden I saw people throwing their hands in the air and jerkily steering around me, rolling their eyes.

That’s when the SUV full of boys showed up. The passenger hung out the window making arm and hand gestures at me. The other passenger in the back seat was taking video on his cell phone. I wondered what their problem was, and that’s when I realized that my flashers were still on. Boys … no interest or ability to consider what someones day may have been like or what may have happened requiring the flashers to be on.

There’s probably a video of me somewhere on social media with a post about an ‘old lady driving through town with her flashers on’.

So, no … they will not ruin this day. Shallow and ignorant behaviors do not deserve my attention, but I did want to blog about it only because their lack of consideration was so obvious. They’ll learn … some day.

PS ~ Here’s a few pics of some beautiful art at the lodge.

It was indeed a joyous day, a day to be grateful for.
And I Am …

Visuals, Hope, Life

Published August 4, 2018 by tindertender

It was so quiet at the Park this morning! Walking along I noticed the bark of one tree species in particular … it was so smooth … compared to most trees of this region!!

And the flowers, oh my …

I spent the rest of the day with co-workers at the company picnic. I won a prize in the raffle … a one night stay in a fabulous Tree House!! While this one is not the exact place I’ll stay, I am very happy to have this opportunity.

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Be Well,
Be Kind,
Release that which does not
serve the highest interest of Life.

Photo Blog ~ The Grotto

Published August 2, 2018 by tindertender

Some of the pictures are slightly blurry after crop and enlargement. The sight was beautiful and so peaceful.

The artwork is amazing! The detail in some of the faces shows the awesome skill of the person who formed these plaques.

I was stopped by a gal who asked if I were Catholic since I had attended the Daily Mass. I told her I was fascinated by all who sought the Divine …

There were tiled paintings, and fabric paintings, and wood carvings.

If you ever find yourself in the Oregon, and like the trees, and plants, and art, look up the Grotto. It’s only a $7 entry fee.

But then … you’ve pretty much seen it all here. I would have photo’d the labyrinth after walking it, but by the time I finished there were many others on it.

I hear it is beautiful in the Spring, when the flowers first bloom. There were some flowers, but mostly just the beautiful green of the trees and plants. It was so hushed and serene … I spent two and a half hours wandering around.

One thing I will say, it’s a shame that a beautiful site such as this actually has to post big signs all over the parking lot stating not to leave valuables in the car. One would think that a sacred place might be honored, respected and safe.

Veg and Flower

Published July 28, 2018 by tindertender

This morning I had a fabulous time with a friend as we walked along the river and took pics of pigeons, geese, and ducks. Getting a photo of them in flight isn’t the easiest task!

After coming home I decided to plant flowers where my garlic once was. The chamomile harvest is over, so I took the dead stems out and planted flowers in the wheelbarrow too.

My hollyhock is doing pretty good. It seems the growth of things really got a slow start this year. The tomatoes are starting to ripen. Bell peppers are not flowering. I’m beginning to wonder if I got a bad batch of seed. I heard if GMO crop seeds are harvested, and then planted, they will not reproduce. Maybe this is what is going on.

https://www.quora.com/Genetically-Modified-Organisms-GMO-Why-cant-seeds-from-GM-crops-be-reused-in-the-next-generation

          

At any rate, I am quite happy with the looks and progress of my little garden, so since it is warm and I was up at 4 a.m., I do believe it is nap time.

It seams the earth has sucked out the amped up energetics of the morning.

ZZZZzzzzz …….

Light Of Peace

Published June 29, 2018 by tindertender
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Photo by Mikael Kristenson

Sometimes the obvious is so obvious it cannot be seen. Sometimes things are so horrible the mind cannot comprehend it and there is refusal to acknowledge it.

Every person has their own pathways of living and their own abilities and maximums for being in the world.

I have vowed to be a light today. To the best of my ability I will bring smiles and positivity to this world. It is through contributions like this (and others) that things will change. It is through compassion held for each other that the darkness and sinister actions of some are brought into view.

I am grateful for those who have courage enough to assist in the cleaning up of our reality. Thank you for rousting out those that do harm and bringing an end to their spree of infectious horror.

Spa In A Forest

Published January 20, 2018 by tindertender

Today was a beautiful day. It started with an early morning drive to Washington State, via the pathway of the Columbia River Gorge. I wound up at the hot springs for a nice mineral bath and wrap. I stopped in to the local antique store and picked up a pewter pot and cream container, why, I do not know. I guess I just liked it. I drove a number of miles to the next town and picked up some unique hand cream, a few truffles, a coffee cup and some cocao, said to have more antioxidants than cocoa. Upon arriving home I napped, nearly two hours! What a way to spend a day. Below are a few pictures from my adventure. This world is amazing.

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