Gems 4.96

I hope you’re having a beautiful Friday. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem. The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased by going to The creator of this video is R Smittenaar. This video can be downloaded at: Visuals taken from: HOME, Earth and Baraka

Please forgive the lateness of this Gem.  The time/stamina I had today went to something that is deeply touching my heart:   Updates from Texas.  The chant came from a friend on KindSpring who is grieving the loss of a sister. I needed a way to let go of the anxiety that was building since I began writing this morning.  It really helped. It’s a beautiful chant.

Some news…


Next Monday we’ll feature our homeless artists, JohnnyO and Cord X’s beautiful creations in a Gallery Slide Show.  We’ll be taking the rest of July off except for any Spotlight Saturday interviews we might be able to line up.


August and ongoing, our theme will always be about the homeless and the struggle of homelessness.   We’ll use quotes, share news and feature those serving the homeless (more Spotlight Saturdays).

The exception to that is:


The 2nd Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge

Beginning on Hobbit Day (September 22nd) we’ll begin a new KindSpring Eowyn Challenge:  Walking through Earth and Middle EarthAll are welcome! All photos used will be original artwork, photos or those gifted for the limited use of the challenge.  I’ll supply the link to the challenge once it’s set up and ready.  I’ll also be continuing The Journal of Samwise Gamgee.  Since we didn’t finish that here due  to some technical problems in 2015, we’ll do the same walk as the first one:  Bag End to Rivendell with Frodo and Company.

5 thoughts on “Gems 4.96

  1. Pingback: Gems 4.96 — under1000skies | The Oregon Influence

    • Jane, I meant to respond to this before. I now have the WordPress app and will get notifications. How are you? I’m on my phone at my mom’s. Forgot my charger. Laptop has a wonky mouse. So I’ve missed reading you. I hope to catch up soon. Hugs and love across the miles, 💕🙏😊 Niki

      • I’m well, thanks. I haven’t been keeping with my reading, either. For years I was so tangled up in the addictions of my two younger children that I only functioned well online. Now that they’re in recovery, I’ve got my life back, and I keep running out of time, but I think of you. I pray in my own way, and I send my love 🙂 xx

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