Newsletters and Videos

I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ♡
Here’s what’s coming on ¤ under1000skies ¤

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Our first Newsletter, 1.1

The first newsletter (1.1) was published on June 15, 2019. By 1.4, I added the first video. On December 31, 2019, I published a year of Gems. By January 11, 2020, I started themes. The first theme was “Solace.”

Between Newsletter Video 2.22 (July 4, 2020) and 2.24 (July 18, 2020) I skipped a number (2.23). Since I did a series of J.R.R. Tolkien quotes during our Annual Kindspring Eowyn Challenge, I will be creating a video with the JRR theme and label it 2.23.

There are two one-day themes (Friday and May the Fourth).

Gems will begin again on Monday. The theme for the next two weeks will be “Intuition.” Then, beginning on September 20 until October 8, the theme will be “Journey.” This is to honor the Fourth Annual 21-Day KindSpring Eowyn Challenge (beginning September 23, 2021). It will once again follow the journey of Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry from The Shire to Rivendell. The Journal of Samwise Gamgee (“illustrated” by his daughter Elanor) for all 28 days of that journey is here (Bag End to Rivendell).

In December 2021, the journey will begin again with a new challenge, Rivendell to Rauros Falls. This will include new pages from Sam’s Journal and new illustrations by Elanor. If you would like to join these journeys, please let me know. You are also welcome to use Samwise’s Journal (my fanfic) for your own Eowyn Challenge group. A link back isn’t necessary but I would appreciate a citing.

In the days to come, I’ll be adding theme pages to under1000skies like Peace which will include every Gem for that theme. This will be the bones for the online version of the book The Power of Color and Opposites. This is one of the ways I went from being a crazed, fear-tossed maniac after Ben disappeared especially to a person who can (most of the time) welcome one beautiful day at a time and can allow the grief or fear or despair to come and then let it pass. Quotes helped me immeasurably and I hope they will help you too.

In reverse order, these are all the Newsletters and (beginning with 1.4) Videos for under1000skies.org.. I will be making a subject list soon. In the meantime, if you want to find a specific subject to look for quotes, just use control-F on this page. And if you have an idea for a theme we haven’t covered yet, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

I will see you on Monday!

♥. Niki Flow

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Special Post

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High Note / Gems 7.80
Today I’m grateful for TC’s friend’s idea to end the conversation on a high note. (Gems 7.80).  I’m going to give this a go. My mom and I sometimes end our daily phone conversations with prayer. That’s been a high note and anecdote to fear and sadness. Truthfully, though, I’m still flummoxed about prayer, personally.

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Two Letters

Graphic art by Niki Flow. Song “Dear God” by Avenge Sevenfold.

A friend asked in a letter,
“How are you today?”
And I wanted to answer
the usual, “Doing well” or “I’m okay.”
But as I began to write
My fingers stopped after “I”
And all of a sudden I knew
I wasn’t going to lie.
So I poured out my heart in a letter.
By the time I got to the end
I realized I felt a bit better.
I asked myself, “Do I send?”
Nothing had changed, yet something had
I put a burden down for a time.
I started another letter.
“I loved your letter. I’m doing fine.”

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Gems 6.39

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

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Photo “Wuhan Cherry Blossom” by linjun0421, Pixabay.

We’ve sorted our IT problems and will be back on track on Monday.  Meanwhile, Nipun at ServiceSpace.org sent out a beautiful video in today’s Newsletter, a poem about these uncertain times.  I wanted to share it with you.  I hope it gives you comfort too.  I hope you and yours are well.

♥.

 

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Gems 5.173

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

5.173 Niki Flow

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  J.R.R. Tolkien

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Happy Saturday!  In case you are surprised to see a Gem today, please visit our new page ÉOWYN.  Every day for four weeks, from October 14 to November 10, we’ll be creating new pages for the journey from Bag End to Rivendell made by Frodo and companions in J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.  For the first three of these weeks, this will coincide with a walking challenge, walking through Earth and tracking miles on Middle Earth, being hosted on Kindspring.org from October 14 to November 3.  All welcome.   This began in on under1000skies in September 2015 and was meant to be at least a yearly event but life got in the way as it does sometimes.  Once this current journey and all the milestones are finished, we’ll do this at least once a year until all 18 walks through Middle Earth (17 official and one I’m winging completely) are finished. Continue reading