Gems 6.97

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

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Photo by Picmonkey.

“I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge – even wisdom. Like art.”

Toni Morrison

Friday

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
¤ TGIF ¤

Monday will start again with new Gems. I didn’t want to throw off the numbers, so I thought you might enjoy a TGIF collection. Over the years I’ve accumulated several alternative meanings for TGIF.

truthful gentle inspiring fearless

Be Truthful Gentle (Inspiring) and Fearless.” -Gandhi

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too fabulous

Photographer, graphic artist unknown.

This Giraffe Is too Fabulous

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Gems 5.34

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Photographer unknown.

I was thinking as I read this quote that the opposite might be true as well.  Then again, some people do come into our lives — and, as a society, into many millions of lives — who are either a blessing or a lesson.  Both strengthen us in different ways, but I prefer the creative types (like Elvis♥) who bless us a lot more than the evil mouth-breathers — and I’m not talking about Darth. He ultimately acted with honor and was redeemed.

Have a great weekend.

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Gems 5.9

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Photo “Italy, Sicily Sea” by Pixabay

The Moon is distant from the Sea – (387)

By Emily Dickinson

The Moon is distant from the Sea –

And yet, with Amber Hands –

She leads Him – docile as a Boy –

Along appointed Sands –

He never misses a Degree –

Obedient to Her eye –

He comes just so far – toward the Town –

Just so far – goes away –

Oh, Signor, Thine, the Amber Hand –

And mine – the distant Sea –

Obedient to the least command

Thine eye impose on me –

 

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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 4.178

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Hope

Sometimes when life knocks us down, hope is the only thing we feel we have to hold onto. We hope for healing in mind, body and spirit. Hope for a better day, today. Hope for a better day, tomorrow. Hope we see things with fresh eyes when our vision has become narrow. Hope for understanding. Hope that our goals will be achieved. Hope lifts us up. Hope gives us strength to carry on and the trust that all will work out for the best. We set our sights on those hopes and work towards them with a willing heart and an open mind. Each of us has hopes for our personal lives and for the lives of those we love and cherish. Hope is powerful and we need to hold onto it with all our being. Please feel free to share, if you are so inspired.

Photo and essay by TC, KindSpring.org. Used with permission.  Thanks so much TC!  ♡ Original post is here:  Hope When Life Knocks

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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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serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 4.168

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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Photo by Sasin Tipchai generously donated to Pixabay.  Thank you! 

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.

under1000skies
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We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 4.166

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Photo “Coneflower” contributed by Cord X.  Thank you!

I loved this quote today and read a little about Theodore Roethke.  He was a poet who lived in the 20th Century.  Some of his poems were for children.   I searched but didn’t find the poem that contains this line.  So, I decided to write my own.

The idea of flowers keeping light inside their roots captured my imagination.  I think that we humans keep the light in our “roots” in our own way, too.  We keep the light in our memories.  We share the light through our creativity.

Fairy Light

 

To keep the light as flowers do

Deep in their roots to save ’til night

Then, in the garden before dawn,

Release it into fairy light;

 

To blend it gently with the dew,

To catch the first rays of the sun

That warm each blade of grass, each leaf

‘Til every drop of light is gone;

 

To watch it rise, a shimmering,

The new sun’s rays now amplify,

Then almost imperceptibly,

Release it to the waiting sky.

 

My light holds memories of you;

In outstretched hands, my heart’s bijou.

 

Niki Flow

 

Thank you Cord, for sharing this beautiful photo, today’s light-filled gem.

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