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Random compliments

02/21/2017

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ~Mark Twain


“People wonder why I give so many compliments out to strangers. I’m not being fake and I’m not looking for people to like me. But if I pass someone and I like something, I say it. “Love those shoes!” or “Great hair!” or “Wow your eyes are beautiful!” . . . Why? . Because life is hard and this world can be a sh!++y place and people are mean. You never know how much those few words mean to someone, you never know what hell they may be going through; and when you put positivity out there into the universe YOU yourself become a happier person. It’s hard to be nice and be miserable yourself. It’ll reflect from the outside in. I’m telling you . . . random compliment giving will change your life; and maybe someone else’s too.” ~J.S. Weatherhead

Compliment people. Magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses.

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Watch our words

02/20/2017

“Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.” ~Desmond Tutu

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We toss them around like they are nothingness… invisible air out of our mouths or thoughts from fingertips. We say we’re just being funny, sarcastic or ‘venting’ but words are things that carry energy and weight. Maya Angelou said they get into the fabric of our lives, our curtains and our clothing. Into our very being. We lighten our hearts and the world around us when we share words that help and don’t harm. Let’s scatter kindness with our powerful everyday words.

Just sit and read

02/18/2017

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

~Neil Gaiman

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

~Jane Austen

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“I can’t imagine someone really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

~C.S. Lewis

“I’ve lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”

~George R.R. Martin

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People collect all manner of antique items. Dishes, paintings, furniture. I collect old poetry books. It matters not if they are tattered, if a page here or there is stained or missing. To discover an old, overlooked book of old-fashioned rhyming poetry in some obscure second hand bookstore or hidden thrift shop is a wonderful thrill for me! As I gently blow away the dust and carefully peruse the old pages, my heart fills with joy. I have this sensation of rediscovering something important. There’s a part of my heart that whispers to the book and its poet. . . “I found you. I love you. You are not forgotten.”

gs-antique-poetryMy little collection of vintage poetry is, as you can see, a rather motley looking crew of old volumes. These well worn books are not only for display but also for reading and enjoying (albeit carefully). It’s part of my pleasure to keep them from being forgotten. Here is a glimpse into one of my oldest poetry books.

wilcox-1921-bookElla Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) was born in Johnstown, Wisconsin and her poetry was being published by the time she graduated from high school. Very popular, her poems were often written in plain, rhyming verse.

My book of hers is “Poems of Pleasure” originally published in 1888. This small, soft, leather-bound book of 127 pages has a gilded design and lettering on the cover, but inside it is undated (perhaps the page is missing) however it was a gift to someone in 1921 according to the faint inscription. Regardless of its flaws and wear, and all the hands and hearts it has passed through, this beloved book now resides in my collection of very old, and deeply cherished, poetry books.
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“I Will Be Worthy Of It”

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“Love Much” (and the start of “In The Long Run”)


To poets and lovers of poetry everywhere, may you always be remembered.
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[2017 © All images are mine. Click on bottom gallery to open and view.]

Like a dog loves

02/18/2017

“I want to love like a dog, with unabashed devotion and complete lack of concern about what people do for a living, how much money they have, or how much they weigh.” ~Oprah Winfrey

“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” ~Mark Twain

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[Photos are not mine; found on Pinterest without original source. Notify me if you know the name of any of these photographers. Click on images to open.]

“Bless the house in which you wake, and the people who also sleep there. Bless your city and your country and your world. Bless everyone you will meet today. Bless everyone else who is driving along the freeway with you. Ask that your mind be filled with light, that you might be a channel for God’s love. You cannot do this regularly in a committed way and feel like your life has no purpose. When you give love you will feel love.” ~Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace

“Love is my gift to the world. I fill myself with love, and I send that love out into the world.” ~Wayne W. Dyer

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[Images: blog.landofnod.com; laceandlocks.com; facebook.com/IncredibleJoy]

Look for stars

02/15/2017

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Our prime purpose

02/14/2017

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~Dalai Lama
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“If you meet someone whose soul is not aligned with yours, send them love and move along.” ~Wayne W. Dyer

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[hand lettering artwork source]