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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 ¤


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


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

Newsletter, Video 1.18, Peace, Éowyn

I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ♡
This week on ¤ under1000skies.org ¤

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Photos by Skeeze, Pixabay (5.163) and Niki Flow (5.164-5.167)


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