Gems 5.35

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

5.35

Photo by Cord X.  Used with permission.  Thank you!

 

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Gems 5.25

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

5.25

Photo by one of our top contributors and one of our very favorite photographer-poets, Cord X.  Used with permission.  Thank you so much! ♡

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Gems 4.166

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

4.166

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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Gems 4.165

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

4.165

Painting by Jonny Linder, Pixabay

“I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real.”  –Edgar Mitchell, USN, Apollo 14 Astronaut

 

I Want to Believe

I wasn’t looking for the opposite of “we are alone in the universe.” I found this quote by accident today.   I was surprised to learn that the person saying this was a United States Navy Astronaut and the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14.   I found the interview above, which is a clip of a longer interview.  I used to love the TV show “X-Files,” but I was also content with not knowing.  Now, though — hmm!  What do you think?

I found my way to Mitchell’s quote while searching for the perfect quote to highlight one of our artists’ photos of a flower which I also need to identify.  Still haven’t found either answer. Actually, maybe you can help with that. =)

Two Questions

  1.  Can you identify this flower?
  2. Can you think of an inspirational quote that would go well with this photo?
Cord X

Photo Copyright Cord X. Used with permission.  Thank you!

Formerly-Homeless Creatives

In the past year, both our top contributing, formerly-homeless creatives Cord X and John have found shelter and work and are safe.   I’m so grateful and filled with joy when I think of this.  Shelter and safety are essential to just normal, everyday function.  For years, these two fine men not only functioned without it but contributed beautiful creations to share with us here.

Thank you so much Johnny and Cord!

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serving and connecting
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♥ Gems: A Thank-You Note ♥

Who Inspires You to Be Your Best Self?

Our homeless artists inspire me every day.  Johnny O has been on the street for 20 years, and he has never given up. He constantly focuses on helping others, on improving his life and on giving to the world with his uplifting and inspiring poetry.

Cord is a very gentle soul whose quiet presence and comments on Simbi made me feel so welcome there when I joined. He was homeless for a long time, but he keeps a gorgeous poetry blog that blew me away first time (and every time) I read it.  He’s so talented. He also takes some of the most stunning photos I’ve ever seen.

I was homeless as a teen in 1974 (a runaway for a week) and again in 1997 when I lost literally everything.  Both times, I met some really cool people who live in the cracks between everyone else’s reality. These are my people — the ones I feel most comfortable with.  I guess that’s because, in my own way, I live in the fringes too, made “homeless” in this world by my own demons. I live in shelter, in comfort, with abundance and with as much support as I could possibly need. Yet both these kind souls have never judged me and have been really supportive about under1000skies.

The irony of an agoraphobic trying to help the homeless is not lost on me. I hope some day it will be a really cool part of the story of how I overcame this thing; about how under1000skies thrived; and about how, together, we connected and helped homeless artists around the world.

Who inspires you to be your best self?

Posted on KindSpring here:   300 Days of Gratitude Day 13:  Who Inspires You to Be Your Best Self?  

300K+(VI) – 12: INSPIRATION

 

Gems 4.59

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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Photo Copyright © Cord X. 2018. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Thank you!

 

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