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

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Photo by 59Hertz, Pixabay

Special thanks to BlissForgive on Kindspring.org for sharing this quote in a story a few days ago.  “The So-Called Black Sheep.”

If you know any homeless artists who would like their poems, photos or art featured on under1000skies, on our social media accounts and through our email list, please pass on our information. Thank you!

We’re also always gratefully accepting photos, art, poems or quotes or any Gems anyone might want to share. Special thanks today and always to everyone who has shared these so generously over the years since we began.

Have a great weekend.

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Gems 4.157

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

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Photo by Mabel Amber, Pixabay.

Special thanks today to every single person who has liked our posts, followed our blog, or left comments; to all who have contributed photos, quotes, poems, and stories; and to every single person who has helped so much over the years with ideas, inspiration, support, time and love.

I’m grateful for you, every day.

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Gems 4.155

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

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I’m especially grateful right now for the firefighters who work heroically to battle the monster fires in California.  My prayers and healing thoughts are — and will continue to be — with the 82 families in and around Paradise who lost loved ones and for the 700+ families whose loved ones are still missing.

My cousin Walter and his family lost everything in the Paradise “campfire.” Walter’s sister Joanne said that he and his wife heard a loud boom, ran out to see what it was, and suddenly they were running for their lives.  They got out and are both okay, but Walter had to be admitted to the hospital.  He’s on the mend.  Joanne started a GoFundMe campaign and support has been pouring in from all over.  Walter was overwhelmed by the response to her fundraiser, Joanne said, and by the kindness of friends and family.  Even people he never met have helped.

I have seen this response and outpouring of support since this all began all over.  It reminds me of this quote from Starman:

“You are a strange species. Not like any other. And you’d be surprised how many there are. Intelligent but savage. Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.”

Our family has lost a lot to fire.  My grandfather lost his mother and sister.   My cousins Cindy and Bonnie (Walter’s sisters) died in a fire when they were 14 and 19.  Just a few weeks before she died, Cindy and I picked daisies in a sunny field covered with their bright blooms.  It was the last beautiful memory I have of her.  Cindy and I were the same age when she died.

I am thankful every day for our firefighters, police and military who put their lives on the line for strangers.  During this week of Thanksgiving, and especially during this heartbreaking time when so many of us have lost so much to the fires in California, I wanted to share this story and my gratitude.

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Gems 4.149

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

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Photo  “Flowers, Macro 1,” Gallery/Macro Photography Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you! ♡

This is a gorgeous flower photo, but I didn’t know what kind of flower it was until I did a little research.  I found this wonderful poet just today searching for quotes about anemone, which I’m forever confusing with anemones — same word, but the flower is pluralized without the “s” and the marine creature with it.  Did you know that? I learned that today too!

It’s a delight to learn new things, and to find new poets, too, and learn their stories:

Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863–1953) and Dora Read Goodale (1866–1953) were American poets and sisters from Massachusetts. They published their first poetry as children still living at home, and were included in Edmund Clarence Stedman’s classic An American Anthology (1900).

Elaine Goodale taught at the Indian Department of Hampton Institute, started a day school on a Dakota reservation in 1886, and was appointed as Superintendent of Indian Education for the Two Dakotas by 1890. She married Dr. Charles Eastman (also known as Ohiyesa), a Santee Sioux who was the first Native American to graduate from medical school and become a physician. They lived with their growing family in the West for several years. Goodale collaborated with him in writing about his childhood and Sioux culture; his nine books were popular and made him a featured speaker on a public lecture circuit. She also continued her own writing, publishing her last book of poetry in 1930, and a biography and last novel in 1935.

Source, Wikipedia, The Goodale Sisters

Elaine Goodale Eastman and her family sound really fascinating.  Imagine publishing your first book of poetry as a child.  I didn’t publish my first book of poetry until I was a grandmother!

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Speaking of, you can find  Elanthian Love Songs – A Bard’s Tale on Amazon.  As always, 100 percent of the profits go to under1000skies website fund (coming soon).  We purchased the names “under1000skies.org” and “under1000skies.com.”  The dot-org will be for this site and the dot-com for our stationary store.   You can read more here: About Us.

Faux Pas!

We’ve stopped sending out artist kits for now because we’re looking into ways to combine volunteers with homeless artists for the day to take for camera-phone shots —  much cheaper than mailing film and developing photos.  We only ever got one roll of film back (from our friend John O.) and I lost it!  It was just after Ben disappeared. Not an excuse, but perhaps a reason.  I still have hope it will turn up, but that was not a great start.  Thankfully, John was very understanding and cool about it.

Cheap/Bulk Camera Phones?

I still love the idea of artist packs, so we’ll work on putting together a waterproof sketchbook with the notebook to include instead of a camera.  Meanwhile, if you have any ideas about how to find cheap camera phones, please let me know.

Thank you again so much Richard, Photo Sociology, for allowing us to use another one of your gorgeous macro photos today.

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Gems 4.135

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

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Photo by Mustang Joe, Pixabay

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

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