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Our first Newsletter, 1.1

The first newsletter (1.1) was published on June 15, 2019. By 1.4, I added the first video. On December 31, 2019, I published a year of Gems. By January 11, 2020, I started themes. The first theme was “Solace.”

Between Newsletter Video 2.22 (July 4, 2020) and 2.24 (July 18, 2020) I skipped a number (2.23). Since I did a series of J.R.R. Tolkien quotes during our Annual Kindspring Eowyn Challenge, I will be creating a video with the JRR theme and label it 2.23.

There are two one-day themes (Friday and May the Fourth).

Gems will begin again on Monday. The theme for the next two weeks will be “Intuition.” Then, beginning on September 20 until October 8, the theme will be “Journey.” This is to honor the Fourth Annual 21-Day KindSpring Eowyn Challenge (beginning September 23, 2021). It will once again follow the journey of Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry from The Shire to Rivendell. The Journal of Samwise Gamgee (“illustrated” by his daughter Elanor) for all 28 days of that journey is here (Bag End to Rivendell).

In December 2021, the journey will begin again with a new challenge, Rivendell to Rauros Falls. This will include new pages from Sam’s Journal and new illustrations by Elanor. If you would like to join these journeys, please let me know. You are also welcome to use Samwise’s Journal (my fanfic) for your own Eowyn Challenge group. A link back isn’t necessary but I would appreciate a citing.

In the days to come, I’ll be adding theme pages to under1000skies like Peace which will include every Gem for that theme. This will be the bones for the online version of the book The Power of Color and Opposites. This is one of the ways I went from being a crazed, fear-tossed maniac after Ben disappeared especially to a person who can (most of the time) welcome one beautiful day at a time and can allow the grief or fear or despair to come and then let it pass. Quotes helped me immeasurably and I hope they will help you too.

In reverse order, these are all the Newsletters and (beginning with 1.4) Videos for I will be making a subject list soon. In the meantime, if you want to find a specific subject to look for quotes, just use control-F on this page. And if you have an idea for a theme we haven’t covered yet, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

I will see you on Monday!

♥. Niki Flow

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High Note / Gems 7.80
Today I’m grateful for TC’s friend’s idea to end the conversation on a high note. (Gems 7.80).  I’m going to give this a go. My mom and I sometimes end our daily phone conversations with prayer. That’s been a high note and anecdote to fear and sadness. Truthfully, though, I’m still flummoxed about prayer, personally.

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Gems 5.221

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
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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!



under1000skies Newsletter 1.4

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Introducing something new – our first under100skies video.  I will be making one for every week since 1.1, and then one for every artist, and then one for every beautiful opposite of anything negative in our lives. (See The Power of  Color and Opposites for more information.)  I hope you enjoy this first offering, created with love.


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Gems 5.51

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Yesterday I learned that Netflix has one of my favorite movies available, I Am Legend.  I hadn’t seen it in a very long time, and it was just as powerful this viewing.  If you know the movie, you know that Will Smith is a virologist trying to solve a world pandemic in New York City, ground zero.  It is an incredible, terrifying movie, and Smith is, as always, masterful.

As he said these words later in the movie, I felt something shift in me.

He (Bob Marley) had this idea, it was kind of a virologist idea, he believed he could cure racism and hate, literally cure it by injecting music and love into people’s lives.

One day he was scheduled to perform at a peace concert, gunmen came to his house and shot him down.

Two days later he walked out on the stage and sang.  Somebody asked him why.  He said the people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off.  How can I?

Light up the darkness.

This site, under1000skies, started as a place to store my photos.  Then it became the answer to a challenge to “do something about (homelessness)” from an author on Twitter.  It was a small thing, but I envisioned a place to spotlight the beautiful creations of homeless creatives.  I had hoped to bring homeless artists together from all over the world.  In the five years since we began, we have had two contributors, Johnny O., and Cord X.  Happily, both now have homes.  I’m very grateful for their photos and poetry contributions.

But lately, I felt as if I had failed.  I hadn’t found more creatives, so for the past year or so, I was finding photos on Pixabay or sharing my own and combining these with quotes I loved.  It just seemed like I was propping up something that was winding down.  But I was wrong.

When I made it my life aspiration to create 10,000 graphics, it was for exactly this reason.  I wanted to pour love into the world, one beautiful tiny gem at a time.  These are small things but done with great love.  Even a candle can be a brilliant light in the darkness.  Somewhere along the way, I forgot that.

So now, under1000skies has changed again.  It’s about pouring love, one day, one little quote at a time, into the world.  Forgive me for losing my way and forgetting.  I’m back.

Light up the darkness.

Gems 5.27

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤


Painting “Shaman” by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law,

Created in honor of Pinktoes’ “Pink-Themed Song Contest”

I found a Pink Love Potion.
I bravely took a drink.
I never had the notion
It would turn my blonde hair

I tried another sip —
Aye brave I be, not wise.
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