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under1000skies Newsletter 1.8

under1000skies Newsletter 1.8

Gems 5.113
Photo by Zajcsik, Pixabay

“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.” -Miguel de Cervantes

Gems 5.114
Photo by Vane, Pixabay

“…I can o’ersway him; for he loves to hear
That unicorns may be betray’d with trees,
And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,
Lions with toils and men with flatterers;
– William Shakespeare; Julius Caesar

Gems 5.115
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 Benjamin. Continue reading →

Gems 5.116
Photo by AdamTepl, Pixabay

“I love the Rain because I am a Mermaid who lives too far from the sea.” -Seatail

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Photo by Silvarita, Pixabay

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
―J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again

 

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Photo by TC, KindSpring.org

“Often when an emergency or crisis happens, we forget to take care of ourselves. We are not functioning well, unable to sleep and overwhelmed by what life has dealt us. It is at such times the care of others comes through for us.”

from “Lovingly Nourished” by TC on KindSpring.org

 

I hope we have a beautiful weekend.

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Gems 3.10

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

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Photo © Alisa Reagan.  Used with permission.  Thank you! ♥.

“I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Journey Notes

The theme for the month of January is “journey.” Special thanks to WaY for submitting this wonderful poem from J.R.R. Tolkien.   If you have a favorite quote or poem about “journey,” or the journey of life,  please leave a comment!

May you find joy every day on your journey,

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Gems 1st Biannual Gallery Show

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Here’s some exciting news about our light-filled ¤ Gems! ¤

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OUR FIRST BIANNUAL GALLERY SHOW

You can view the Gems (and all artists) in reverse order in our new

Gallery Carousel

Thank you to everyone who has supported, followed, liked and commented our blog since our first Gems last fall.  It is with great pleasure that we announce our first Gallery Show in support of The Gems Project.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS

You can also view our Gems by specific contributing artist.  Special thanks and a big shout-out to these talented artists who have so generously shared their inspirations with us:

Ben Archer

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Chip Haldane

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Contessa Brown

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Michael Downs

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Nicole Huguenin

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Niki Flow

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If you would donate photos, art, time or currency to The Gems Project, please see our About “The Gems Project” Page. We need photographers, artists, volunteers, art and photography lovers to spread the word and, of course, donations for the Artist Packs.

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤
Bag End to Rivendell, Day 16 of 28
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The Road to Rivendell, Series Day 16/28. Photo by Niki Flow (me). =) Feel free to use it for your Eowyn Challenge group!

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 260-279*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

The Eowyn Challenge on Facebook (a safe and secret group)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eowynchallenge/

☼ Gems 1.31 ☼

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

Bag End to Rivendell, Day 15 of 28

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Oct. 7 – Day 15 (1st from Weathertop): 19 miles

(7 Oct – 15th Day from the Shire – Dawn) In the night, the Nazgûl attacked. I couldn’t find Mr. Frodo, then I heard him cry out as from far away — strange words they were! Then, when he appeared, he was bad hurt! Strider fought the cursed things off. At full light, we made our way down to the Great Road. As we crossed, we heard the Riders and ran into the brambles. We camp here tonight. Strider says Mr. Frodo’s wound came from a Morgul-blade and is cursed!

from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee by NikiFlow (DotMatrix/Kindspring.org)

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 241-260*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

☼ Gems 1.30 ☼

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

Bag End to Rivendell, Day 14 of 28

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From The Journal of Samwise Gamgee by NikiFlow (DotMatrix/Kindspring.org)

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 229-241*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

 

☼ Gems 1.28 ☼

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Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 194-211*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

 

Bag End to Rivendell
Oct. 4 – Day 12 (5th from Bree): 17 miles

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, — the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were…But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Weather Foothills, 12th Day from the Shire
Tonight we camp by a proper stream and trees.  Well, the trees are stunted alders but they sure beat the Marsh.  The moon is turning her face away and in a week or so the night will be too dark to see much at all.  (from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee*)

*Based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
http://www.kindspring.org/challenge/join/716/

☼ Gems 1.26 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day.  ♡
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Photo “Bracken Quacken” Copyright © Mike Downs 2015. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Thank you!

“Little by little, one travels far.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
Bag End to Rivendell
Miles 165-179*
*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

Gems 1.24

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡

“The Road to Rivendell” Day 8/28

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge

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Photo by Niki Flow – Appoquinimink Wildlife Area – Permission for use (in total) for your Eowyn Challenge group happily granted!

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 135-147*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡ Here’s another light-filled Gem, fifth in the series, The Road to Rivendell. 
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The Road to Rivendell, Day 5” Photo Copyright © Magdan Tania | Dreamstime Stock Photos


Bag End to Rivendell

Mile 98*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!