Newsletter, Video 1.18, Peace, Éowyn

I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ♡
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Photos by Skeeze, Pixabay (5.163) and Niki Flow (5.164-5.167)


GEMS 5.163

“In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing.”

-Jack Kornfield

GEMS 5.164

“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”  -Mother Teresa

GEMS 5.165

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
― Robert Lynd

GEMS 5.166

“No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.”  -Charles Kettering

GEMS 5.167

“I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.” -Aryeh Frimer

Video 1.18


This week, I created a new page called “Peace.”

What are you feeling now? If it is a feeling that does not serve you, you might enjoy reading quotes that reflect on its opposite. This practice has brought healing and equilibrium to my life. I hope it will do so for you, too.


I also added this ^ “Video 1.14 #peace” to the page which contained a week of quotes about peace.  In the months to come, I’ll be adding pages and videos for joy, hope, love, gratitude and other strong healing emotions.  It is my hope that viewing these videos and reading these quotes will help bring our bodies and minds back into balance whenever we need it.  Every strong negative emotion can be dispelled by focusing on words about the opposite.  These quotes were, to me, like whispers of encouragement from every moment of time when people just like me were feeling these same emotions.  They found a way out and another way to view things, and reading their words of wisdom was incredibly helpful for me. I used this method repeatedly, especially in the last few years when fear and despair screamed so loudly in my mind. I hope this will help you too.



New Page

For the next three weeks, from October 14th to November 3rd, I’ll be featuring milestones from the 458-mile journey from Bag End to Rivendell that Frodo and company made between September 23rd and October 20th on Middle Earth.   On October 14th, Monday, I’ll be launching a new page, “Éowyn” containing the first of these milestones.  There will be 10-12 milestone graphics featured daily on the page as well as one or two summaries featured as daily Gems.

The Journal of Samwise Gamgee

These graphics tell with words and paintings (photos) the journey through the eyes of Samwise Gamgee as told to his daughter Elanor many years after these events took place.  Elanor eventually wrote these stories down and illustrated every milestone paragraph in order to keep the journey alive forever in the hearts of Sam’s family.  Elanor made copies for the Gamgee family and relatives which were passed down through generations.  Among those to receive a copy was Dassa Fleam of Buckland, Postmistress, and Hostess of the Éowyn Challenge (aka Niki Flow).

Artists and Photographers

This has been on my heart to do for more than 13 years now, ever since I discovered the Eowyn Challenge page.  Eventually, there will be illustrated pages for every walk through Middle Earth (all 17) and the page “Éowyn” will be the anchor.

If you are here for the inspiring quotes, those will continue!  I’ll share many by Tolkien and others who love Middle Earth.  And of course, as always, I’ll be looking for the most beautiful light-filled gems (art and photos) to feature every day.    I’m so grateful for our contributing artists and photographers over the years.   If you are a photographer or artist and would like to contribute to this endeavor and be featured on under1000skies, please send me a note via our Contact page.

Kindspring Eowyn Challenge II

During these same three weeks, I’ll also be hosting the Kindspring Éowyn Challenge II on which was originally co-written with Nicole Huguenin.  There will be a Middle Earth portion and an Earth portion with a daily walking/movement challenge by Nicole.

To coincide with this challenge, this 28-day journey will be featured over 21 days without pause here on The 28 daily summaries will be the Gems, sometimes two a day, and the 109 journal pages will be on the page, Éowyn and added to as the journey unfolds.

You are most welcome, and if you would like to join us on Kindspring, here is the link:

KindSpring Eowyn Challenge II



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