Gems 5.34

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

5.34

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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.

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Gems 4.166

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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 4.158

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Gems 4.158

Photo by Free-Photos, Pixabay

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homeless creatives.

Gems 3.72

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Life Freedom Choice Kevyn Aucoin Gems 372

Journey Notes

The theme for July is “freedom.”   If you have a favorite quote about freedom, please let us know.

Your Creativity

As always, we would love to feature your creative visions! If you would like to contribute photos, art work, short poems/stories, quotes, time, etc., please see our “About Us” page for details.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day of your journey through life,

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Gems 3.57

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silence J Francis leaves

Photo “Back Yard Mystery*” by Niki Flow.

 

Botany Question!

Check it out! I just found the coolest botany site. I uploaded ^ this photo and they identified my plant. How awesome is that? So now I’m going to do like I promised and share their site all over because I have been bugging everyone about this plant! 😀

So this is the site:
https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/plantshare/questions/all/2017/#q1342

And this is what they said:

Answer
Dear jazztizz, your plant looks like a species of Ampelopsis (peppervine). In our part of the world, Amur peppervine (Ampelopsis glandulosa) is the most common species with lobed leaves. Best wishes.

About J. (John) Francis, Planet Walker.”

Journey Notes

Special thanks to Ann C. for today’s quote.  The theme for June is “silence,” “listening,” “stillness,” and “sacred space.”   If you have a favorite quote about any or all of those, please let us know!

Your Creativity

As always, we would love to feature your creative visions! If you would like to contribute photos, art work, short poems/stories, quotes, time, etc., please see our “About Us” page for details.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day of your journey through life,

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   serving and connecting
   homeless creatives.

Gems 3.55

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

silent listen brendel gems 3 5 5

Photo by M. Nota, FreeImages.com

About Alfred Brendel:

Alfred Brendel’s place among the greatest musicians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is assured. Renowned for his masterly interpretations of the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Liszt, he is one of the indisputable authorities in musical life today and one of the very few living pianists whose name alone guaranteed a sell-out anywhere in the world he chooses to play.

from AlfredBrendel.com

Journey Notes

Special thanks to Ann C. for today’s quote.  The theme for June will be “silence,” “listening,” “stillness,” and “sacred space.”   If you have a favorite quote about any or all of those, please let us know!

Your Creativity

As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  If you would like to contribute photos, art work, short poems/stories, quotes, time, etc., please see our “About Us” page for details.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day of your journey through life,

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

Spotlight Saturday 1.0 | under1000skies

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Today we are happy and excited to tell you about the start of something new:

¤ Spotlight Saturday ¤

"Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all." Emily Dickinson

SHOWER-UP NASHVILLE

The spotlight today is on ShowerUp Nashville, a beautiful service started by Paul Anthony Schmitz.   I  got a chance to talk to Paul this morning and his excitement and love just pours through his words.   I’ve been following his feed on Instagram for a few months, and I have been so inspired by all the great work ShowerUp is doing!

ShowerUp Collage

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Gems 3.50

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

BJ's Clouds2

 Journey Notes

Special thanks to Mike Downs for contributing today’s photo.  The theme for June will be “silence,” “listening,” “stillness,” and “sacred space.”   If you have a favorite quote about any or all of those, please let us know!

Your Creativity

As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  If you would like to contribute photos, art work, short poems/stories, quotes, time, etc., please see our “About Us” page for details.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.  .

May you find joy every day of your journey through life,

♡. under1000skies

☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
 We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.