Sunday, August 26, 2012


“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”Lao Tzu


“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”Lao Tzu

 “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”Lao Tzu

i was in a.
lao tzu.
frame of mind this morning.
it is a beautiful morning.
to walk around.
camera around my neck.
coffee cup in my hand.
in my soul.
last night.
i had the pleasure of.
my best friend.
(since the third grade.)
and her hubby's company.
it is so wonderful.
to fall into.
the familiar.
with such ease.
to let the light and love.
surround you.
to share.
love and friendship.
after all these years.
is beautiful.
to wake.
this morning.
and realize this gift.
i am grateful.
by the grace of God i am what i am.
I Corinthians 15:10
happy birthday today...
to my dad.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


s.a.t.u.r.d.a.y. night
just BE.
robin.'ve got to be willing...

Without black, no color has any depth. 
But if you mix black with everything,
 suddenly there's shadow - no, not just shadow,
 but fullness. 
You've got to be willing to mix 
black into your palette 
if you want to create something that's real.
Amy Grant

i think.
just make you happy.
when you see them.
we had to pay.
sixteen dollars.
to take this photo.
as it was on private property.
(the money was to take a self-guided tour)
of course i heard.
that after.
i snapped about a dozen photos.
my bad.
castle farms. petoskey, mi.

just BE.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


what a wonderful.
whirl-wind weekend.
it started.
friday night.
hubby and i.
started by celebrating.
our 27th wedding anniversary.
in petoskey.
were we listened to.
the awesome sounds.
of brent james and the contraband.
brent dedicated.
to us.
and we danced.
and it was lovely.
thanks brent!!!
(and tamie and bob!!!!)
next day.
we were off to manistee.
to see night ranger.
they were the band.
of brian and my youth.
we saw them many times.
at the castle.
which has been restored.
and looks nothing like it did in the 80's.
now it no longer holds concerts.
but weddings.
3 were being held that day.
then today.
we moved our daughter back to college.
lots of road time.
LOTS of memories relived.
lots of love.
here's to many more!!
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday evening.
just BE.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


brent james music
as i sit.
on the deck.
with the warmth.
of the sun.
the steam rising.
from my coffee cup.
the flag.
gently flowing.
in the breeze.
i am grateful.
that i am able to sit.
in my rocker.
and take in the beauty.
that is around me.
without fear.
i watch that flag.
and i am grateful.
for the freedom that it stands for.
and i am grateful.
for those who.
breathe in.
a moment of silence.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 this moment...

this is the center of the universe
 at this moment
 unless you're looking in another direction
 or are thinking about something
 from a long time ago,
 in which case it will wait quietly 
right here until you return

a shadow.
is a shadow.
no matter how small.
i was walking up the yard.
when i spied.
this little fungi.
the sun was shining on it so nicely.
so off to get the camera.
and assume the position.
for a ground level view.
of course,
47 pictures later...
ya gotta love digital.
anything for a shadow shot.
just BE.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


"there is only one moment in time
when it is essential to awaken.
that moment is now."
~the Buddha 
this morning.
with coffee.
 the wind chime.
as directed by the wind.
played it's melody.
the sound of a protective parent.
is evident.
i hear this sound often.
as the parents.
are not fond of the cats.
wondering too close to their nest.
this morning.
they are especially loud.
and this is why.
 as i turn around.
i see this top photo.
the baby has left the nest.
there it sat.
very still.
while momma bird continued.
her disapproval of my presence. 
i went back.
to the porch.
to watch from a non-threatening
as the new offspring.
discovers it's surroundings.
"there is only one moment in time
when it is essential to awaken.
that moment is now."
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

...shadow shot...

true friendship is
sitting together
in silence
& feeling
like it was
the best 
you've ever had.
she has been here.
in the states.
for seven months.
and today.
she leaves.
back home to canada.
what an impact she has made.
in her short stay here.
your heart is expansive.
your laughter is contagious.
your smile is gorgeous.
your spirit is beautiful.
so glad that you chose.
our little part of the world.
to hang out in for awhile.
not good-bye, my friend, just.
'til then.
love you ashley!!
just BE.