Dear Friends, It's a truly beautiful morning. I am on the terrace with the sun's heat on my shoulders. Directly in front of me, I witness the bouncy joy of a small bird as it flits from flower to flower. Its flight pattern invites me to feast on the endless sky that is covered with … Continue reading Dust
Dear Friends, I am greeting a very quiet morning. There is a gentle breeze brushing past me. The sky is a light-blue canvas filled with puffball-white scattering clouds. My eyes are taking in the vivid shades of green that comprise the juicy grass below that the birds pluck for seeds. On the colorful flowering lantana … Continue reading An Apple Pie Story
Dear Friends, Good morning to you on a quiet Sunday in Atenas. I stood on the terrace for a few minutes earlier, gazing at the panoramic vista before me. I am filled with gratitude for the permanence of Nature's bounty in my town and for my ability to appreciate it. Stretch and breathe. Free your … Continue reading The Commitment to a Cheerful Attitude
Dear Friends, The morning is silent. I am becoming accustomed to the stillness that is interrupted only by the intermittent breezes that move the branches on the nearby trees. If I look closely, I can spot the tenacious squirrels expertly leaping from tree to tree. These inquisitive and persistent animals have learned to circumvent obstacles … Continue reading Nature Repeats its Story
Dear Friends, I am greeted this morning by a pale blue sky, cool air sweeping past every few seconds and the tranquility of a noiseless neighborhood at this early hour. It is a perfect time to breathe while I move my body in gratitude for all that I behold. I invite you to join me … Continue reading Returning to Calm
Dear Friends, The fragrance that surrounds me awakens me to the morning without the need for an alarm clock. I rise slowly, aware that there are burdens to face, darkness to embrace as we navigate these times. I am grateful to be here, alive, able to move, to stretch, to breathe. I recognize the power … Continue reading Hope Peeks Through
Dear Friends, The morning woke me gently today. I am grateful to live in an area that is like a park. Nature makes me smile with its gift of verdant hills across the way. As I breathe in, I become present and aware of my thoughts, mostly centered this morning on our connection and responsibility … Continue reading Bouncing Back From a Temporary Setback!
Dear Friends, I woke up this morning with the sun shining brightly on my face. I had a hunch that I had slept longer than usual. Instead of gathering the mental list of things to be done today (writing, watering the plants, sweeping the porch, etc.) I kept still and listened to the random sounds … Continue reading Addressing What Really Matters
Dear Friends, I step on the terrace. My eyes rest on the mountains that silently stand in the background. Below me swarms of colorful butterflies flutter joyfully and feast on the lantana flowers rich with nectar. I enjoy watching them as they spread their wings and gather warmth from the morning sun. The lush greenery … Continue reading A Reason For Optimism
Dear Friends, A very warm, still morning greets me in Atenas today. The atmosphere is convent quiet. Nothing sings. The silence is suddenly ruptured when our neighbor and his dogs walk by for their exercise. Our dog, sensing their presence in "her" territory utters intruder alerts before sighing and returning to her usual place at … Continue reading Hoping to Bounce Back Soon!