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

Photo “Big Ben” by Picmonkey.

”It has been said that time heals all wounds. The truth is that time does not heal anything. It merely passes. It is what we do during the passing of time that helps or hinders the healing process.”

–Jay Marshall

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New Updates

New updates on Missing Benjamin page.  Today is four years since he disappeared.  Until I can get a handle on this despair, I won’t be publishing new Gems.  Any good vibes you feel like sending my way would be appreciated.

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15:  New Cards

1:  Watercolor Painting

7:  Live Now


Buttons for Benjamin will continue until Ben comes home, but I won’t be keeping records.  This is a promise to do at least one daily act of kindness and, where appropriate, leave a Button (I had dozens made) to get the word out about my missing son. If you would like some buttons, let me know.



13:  Vital

2:  Four Years

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
This year on  ¤ ¤

This is the last Gem of the year. I am especially thankful for the number we ended with this year (221, or 2/21, my son Ben’s birthday). Thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts since he disappeared. Thank you for sharing his page and information “Missing Benjamin.” We are all grateful for everyone who has shared and reached out since Day 1 – March 2, 2016.)

Thank you for sharing a beautiful year with us. May 2020 be the best year for all of us.

Happy New Year!



Gems 5.156

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


Photo by Corn Freak, Pixabay

“Find your pack.  Love them hard.”  –Nicole Huguenin

Nicole Huguenin

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Gems 5.115

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


Photo by TheOtherKev, Pixabay

“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
-W.B. Yeats

It’s been just a bit over a year since I shared Yeats’ The Stolen Child, (Gems 4.70) but this mythical creatures week wouldn’t be the same without it.  It was that same day that I created the page, Missing BenjaminContinue reading

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Reblogging “I Will Reignite”

It’s Les Misérables week on under1000skies. I recently found the entire book for free online, an unabridged version from 1916.* I did this painting (copied from the famous stage poster) in PSP9 a few years ago.

*Can’t find that link but I did find another from 1887, same translator (Isabel Hapgood), produced on Gutenberg Press.  GP does great work.

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“The image of Cosette used for the iconic logo of the Les Misérables musical is … Dewynters creative director Russ Eglin adopted the art for the 1985 … First poster or playbill from the original 1985 London production…” -Fonts In Use

Meanwhile, this post from yesterday on Niki Flow goes out today to you, my under1000skies readers. If you follow both you’ve already read it.

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day.  Thank you, with all my heart.
♥. Niki Flow


Niki Flow

My new Gravatar icon was inspired by Wayne Dyer (“Love, Period”) and Malukah’s beautiful song Reignite.

“I will never surrender / We’ll free the Earth and sky / Crush my heart into embers / And I will reignite / I will reignite…”

Thank you, dear reader.  Thank you, for all your prayers and good thoughts for my son Benjamin and for our family since the day he disappeared (2 Mar 2016). 

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Week 3: Buttons for Benjamin

Week 3 of 52:  Buttons for Benjamin

Starting on February 28th, every week on Tuesday, there will be a special Gem here on under1000skies under a category called “Tuesday, Full of Grace.”  Ben and I were both born on a Tuesday.   I feel the grace of love intertwined always with the sadness.  I feel the grace of support and compassion from friends.  I feel the grace of peace, whenever I reach out, from the source of all Love.  So this weekly “Full of Grace” Gem will be a list of the SAoKs (small acts of kindness) the week before.  I’ll include a photo for each whenever possible.

The three-year anniversary of Benjamin’s disappearance was on March 2nd.  I believe this 365-day challenge will help me stay focused on light, love, and gratitude.  It will help me stay connected to others rather than isolating and slipping into grief.   It will also get the word out to more people about Ben’s story. On the back of every card will be the words, “Picture him home again, safe at last.”  When he was a little boy, Ben’s favorite book, which he asked me to read, again and again, was The Spooky Old Tree with the Bernstein Bears.  I loved those story times together.  The last line in the book was one he would always say with me as we finished:

“Home again, safe at last.”

Buttons for Benjamin Week 3

3/6 The Memoriam
3/7 The Mirror
3/8 The Share
3/9 The Buddy
3/10 The Postcard
3/11 The Kiss
3/12 The Text

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


Photo by Stefan Keller, Pixabay


You’re Invited

Today is my missing adult son Ben‘s 35th birthday.  As mentioned in 5.20, you’re invited to join me in kicking off  a year of SAoKs (Small Acts of Kindness) called Buttons for Benjamin.  The challenge starts today and runs for three weeks.  The link is here.  It’s hosted on  If you join, you receive one email a day and zero spam.

Every Tuesday beginning February 28th, I’ll post a special Gem called “Full of Grace” with a photo and a blurb about each of the SAoks the week before.  If the small act is a face-to-face meeting with someone new, I’ll hand out a button to get the word out about Ben.

Even if you don’t join, please send good thoughts and picture him home again, safe at last.

  Thank you.


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