Gems 6.97

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


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

Gems 4.160

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

4.160 Benjamin

On January 8, 2016, we featured the photo above, “Gems 2.4.”  It was taken by my son Ben in Taos, NM the summer before.  We featured several of Ben’s photos that week.  That day, January 8th, Ben wrote a a comment:

benarcher on  said: Love how you’re using all these 🙂 I’m glad to see my photos actually used for something instead of just taking up space. These gems would be good on the walls
On March 2, 2016, Ben disappeared.

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Gems 3.35

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
The theme for May is “fear” and, its opposite, “love.”


Photo by Niki Flow.  Created with PicsArt.  Instagram filter “LowFi.”

Update:  May 8, 2017

There are people in my life who are brave on a daily basis.  These people remind me that I can be brave — that I always have been.

Under1000skies resumed daily posts today and will continue hopefully until I’m long gone.  This is my golden bowl, and this work is vital.

The pain, every day upon waking; the knowledge that, after 402 days, my son Benjamin Archer is still missing; — these will not be undone by hiding, numbing, or distracting.  After all, “Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”  Even the storm colors.


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Gems 2.79

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


Photo by Niki Flow.  Edited with PicsArt




What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

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