That Day We Floated Down the River in a Bamboo Raft


A very exciting experience! Hugs, Barbara

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I can still vividly remember the very cold day when we took a ride on a bamboo raft along the Nine Bend river by the side of WuYi Mountain, China.

It was raining cats and dogs when we were on the raft. The rain was whipping on us and we were shivering all over.

We picked a bad time to be on the river – we didn’t have the heart at all to appreciate the scenery on both sides of the river.

All we wanted was the raft trip to be ended as soon as possible.

The weather changed for the better in the afternoon when we climbed high up on the mountains.CIMG0287

Gazing down below, we saw four rafts on the  meandering river, an orange colored pavilion roof and steep mountains with trees on both sides.

The mist was still thick and was cascading down to the river.

It was a wet…

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Flash Movie Review: In Secret


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There are a multitude of actions and reactions that can be attributed to love. The warmth that rises up to the surface of your skin when your significant other engulfs your hand with their hand is due to love. Saddened as you look at the remnants of your love’s face outlined on their pillow while they are away on a business trip, slows your heart rate for the duration of their time away. I remember spending weeks driving around the city and suburbs, taking photographs of places we had been to that were associated with happy moments, to create a memory photo album for their birthday. Yep, due to the love I had for them. Love can overrule the mind’s practical side and make us do some things that can be embarrassing, odd or even scary. For me, I cringe when I think about the time I went to meet…

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Speaking of non-communication


I haven’t had the problem. Talk to WP support. I hope they are able to assist you. I have used them with success. Hugs, Barbara

The English Professor at Large

I have been trying, without success, to comment on several posts. I type it in, click “enter,” and “publish.”  Both register as done.  Then, when I look for my comment, there is nothing but a blank space. It’s frustrating because I want to let people know my reactions to their wonderful work. Is anyone else having this problem?  Have you ever had this problem in the past, and how do I fix it?  Help!

 

 

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Back in the U.K. – Some clown


It sounds like a fun time.

Images by T.Dashfield

Going to or coming from a party or just getting ready to do his street act, who knew?  After we arrived and dropped our stuff off at the hotel we took off – or should I say I dragged DH off – to find the double decker tour bus.  My logic was to ride this bus to get a good overview of the area we were in, decide what was good to see or not, and then make note of what to go back to later.  It was a nice, albeit chilly way (the top of that bus was breezy and I was cold!) to take a tour;  off and on privileges for 24 hours, a nice deal I say.

It was during our ride that I took my first photos in London and one of them just happened to be this clown.  Wasn’t expecting to see this at all! …

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More Threats to Peace


Save children from hell on earth. Stop the wars. Then these children won't be at risk.

Save children from hell on earth. Stop the wars. Then these children won’t be at risk.

 

 

peaceinmysoul                                                                                                                                                     Peace must be in the world

Now despite all of the efforts of peaceniks, like me there is another place of unrest.The Ukraine is in danger. It is caught between the United States and Russia. Russia has invaded the Crimean people. I heard commentators say that Putin wants to bring  Russia back its former glory. The learning curve of the human species is very low. I can only imagine how disappointed the Divine is in our terrible record.

Peace really does begin with human beings. Selfishness and greed and ego make humans dangerous. Past wars have shown that the human spirit is equally capable of extreme compassion and extreme horror. I fear that this might end up being on the horrible end of our behavior.  I, being the local idealistic rebel can’t give up on humanity but I admit it is hard. But I will keep adding my positive thoughts and energy to the Universe. I hope many of you will join me.

Years ago, I met with a spiritual teacher and other like minded people once a month for eight years. We would meditate for the entire weekend. We gathered from three states and it was a very special time. We were all there meditating when the Berlin Wall came down. During the night, at three am, we would rise and pray for the various areas in the world where there was war, genocide, famine, and innocent human suffering. It is a suggestion for people who have heavy hearts about what is happening again in the world. We need to pray for the Ukraine and other troubled spots and for a peaceful solution to this predicament.

loveandmusic                                                                                                            Our thoughts have energy and can create beauty and goodness

 

 

 

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Praise to you, O God

Let us imagine a world without color, without regal red or leafy green,

a world that bores the eye with gray.

Praise to You, O God, for all the colors in the rainbow, for

eyes that are made for seeing, and for beauty that  “is its

own excuse for being.”

Let us imagine a world without sound, a world where deathly

silence covers the earth like a shroud.

Praise to you, O God, for words that speak to our minds.

songs that lift our spirits, and all those souls who know

how to listen.

Let us imagine a world without order, where no one can predict the

length of the day or the flow of the tide. Imagine a universe where

planets leave their orbits and soar like meteors through the

heavens, and where the law of gravity is repealed at random.

Praise to You, O God, for the marvelous order of nature

from stars in the sky to particles in the atom.

Let us imagine a world without love, a world in which the human

spirit, incapable of caring, is locked in the prison of the self.

Praise to You, O, God, for the capacity to feel happiness in

another’s happiness and pain in another’s pain.

As the universe whispers of a oneness behind all that is, so the love

in the human heart calls on people everywhere to unite in pursuit

of those ideals that make us human.

As we sing of One God, we rejoice in the wonder of the universe

and pray for that day when all humanity will be one.

—Rabbi Henry Cohen

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