Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Looking Forward



As we get ready to close the door on 2009 and the first decade of the new millennium, I must say that I am not sorry to see them go. These have been difficult times for so many: Environmental disasters, financial crisis and war have scarred us all on some level. But, perhaps these events were necessary… shaping us in ways to make us stronger and better prepared to face an uncertain future.

Science has proven in so many ways that it no longer serves us to disrespect the Earth. I am hopeful that in this next decade, more of us will get serious about this and take the initiative to do what’s necessary to turn things around.


Being more aware of our priorities and watching how we spend/save our money are also important lessons many of us will take into 2010. Living beyond our means can have uncomfortable consequences. But sometimes it takes a crisis to realize what’s truly important… and that’s priceless!

As for the wars that have marked this past decade, I think most of us realize there can be no winners in this sort of thing, especially when so many beautiful souls have been lost for such negligible causes. We have this one planet only and so are all connected regardless of continent, country, ethnicity or any other artificial boundary that doesn’t matter. We need to find a way to coexist.

With global communications increasing, we are growing closer and closer to one another with every year. The blogasphere is just one aspect of this. I can hardly believe that I am connecting on a regular basis with people from South Africa, India, Malaysia, Israel, Poland, Italy, England, America and Iran, to name a few. It’s unbelievably wonderful!

We have the opportunity to do things in our world – and with our world - that the generations before us couldn’t even imagine. But before new ways of doing things can be embraced, the old ways need to be dismantled. That’s what I believe the past 10 years have been about (more or less). And I can’t wait to see what we do with the next 10!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Remnants



Christmas stockings,
Once hung with care,
Strewn on the floor,
Abandoned, bare.

Friends and family
In homes, far and near,
Yet memories of love
Will forever be here!

160 Sundays is a creation of Monkey Man. 
If you’d like to participate or check-out other 160s, visit him here!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Merry




Wishing you all peace and love 
this holiday season 
and the whole year through!




image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moamaria/with/2129848687/

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Joy to All


"Blessed is the season which engages 
the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie (1845-1916), 
American author, essayist and critic.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Seasonal Display



Pure splendor and luxury,


A Bergdorf Goodman fantasy …


Characters larger than life!


Bears draped in crystal,


Divas belting out disco,


While Alice surveils the night.


These are just a few of the spectacular display windows surrounding
the exterior of Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue in New York.


This was a Sunday 160 Challenge – a story told in 160 characters.
If you’d like to participate, just tell the Monkey Man.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

One World

One-by-one and all together…
The only way we’ll win this battle.
119 world leaders in Copenhagen
Can agree or not;
Ultimately,
It’s up to each of us.
Choices we make every day
Determine the future for our children.
We have the power
To make a difference on this planet…
But belief and action are required.

To read more great 55 word essays, see the G-Man 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Winter Bliss

With winter upon our doorstep, and scheduled to make its very chilly entrance next week, I thought I would feature a few lovely quotes from some well-known writers. But strangely enough, I couldn’t find very many. Perhaps, winter is not most people’s favourite season? Well, for all those who are not yet convinced of winter’s charms, let’s see if you don’t waver in your opinion even slightly after reading what these clever people had to say.
"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you...  In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." ~Ruth Stout 








"The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty.   It fell and fell, lacing day and night together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed, solemn." ~Patricia Hampl 
"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, 
and enjoy every idle hour."
 
~John Boswell
Someone painted pictures on my

Windowpane last night --
Willow trees with trailing boughs
    
And flowers, frosty white,



And lovely crystal butterflies;
 
But when the morning sun

Touched them with its golden beams,

They vanished one by one. 
~Helen Bayley Davis, Jack Frost
"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream." ~Barbara Winkler

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Crush




Uptown on a Saturday night
…2 weeks before Christmas,
An anxious mob
Swarming The City
Marking a celebrated annual tradition.

Buzzing down The Avenue
Faces upturned, cameras flashing.
Displays of beauty and opulence
Everywhere
Offering distraction from harsher realities.

Huddled in darkened corners
Unwashed and unseen
Those others, too easily forgotten,
Their needs set aside
As we favour our Holiday Season.






Thursday, December 10, 2009

One for the G-Man!




As Galen is our G-Man,
We write for him today
Keeper of Flash 55
Master of the play.

He has a way with words,
And a wicked grin,
But until recently,
Was feelin’ kinda grim.

As it’s his Birthday,
Some cheer would be nice
For the man who knows it all
Whose value’s without price.




To deliver birthday wishes or report the creation of a 55, 



A special call-out of thanks to my friend and fellow 55er 
Clean and Crazy for coordinating all the birthday wishes 
and creating the beautiful card featured here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

This Magical Life



The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. 
~ Eden Phillpotts


This image was taken from photographer/artist Angela Jayne Barnett’s beautiful site. 
I encourage anyone interested in mystical imagery to check her out!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Isis et Osiris


On godly throne
Osiris ruled
Until Set got his way,
With evil magick
Was he lured,
And down the Nile
Was laid.

Isis’ love
And magick touch
Did resurrect
Her King,
From Holy Spirit
Was conceived Horus 
The Falcon King.

Osiris, Lord
Of the Dead
O’er all souls
Presides,
Heaven or…
Underworld?
He alone decides.









Join in the fun: Compose a short story 
in 55 words and report back to the G-Man at 

Monday, November 30, 2009

On Compassion



“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” 
~ Pema Chodron

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Who are you?

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”  ~Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Opposite of Love




At what point did love 
Become obligation?
Was it when 
The romance with life 
Ended?
When the day-to-day 
Drudgery
Arrested your 
Imagination?
Growing ever more 
Resentful,
Unable to remember,
How you arrived
Here?
Your dreams
Having long since 
Fallen away,
Now ensnared
By convention or habit?
Perhaps, 
It no longer matters.

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomasrotger/3174249161/


Join in the fun: Compose a short story in 55 words 
and report back to the G-Man at 
http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/ …every Friday.

Monday, November 23, 2009

On Character



“It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
~ J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, 1999

Friday, November 20, 2009

Soul Sisters



Often,
We find each other
In unlikely ways,
Or familiar places.
It begins
With polite words,
And a spark.
Something resonates
From deep within…
This recognition
Of kindred spirits.
For a day,
Or a lifetime,
We are bonded
And transformed
By what we share
In thoughts
And feelings.
Soul sisters
Reconnected
In a world divided.





Join in the fun: Compose a short story in 55 words and report back to the G-Man at http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/ …every Friday.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Soul to Soul

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” 
~ C. G. Jung

What if you were to take what Jung wrote about here and expand upon it: consciously observing your own reaction while an exchange with someone plays out, witnessing the transformation in the moment.

And could you take this experiment a step further: completely open your energy up to that other person, in acknowledgement of him or her as an equal Divine soul. Using your heart, instead of your intellect, even for just a few moments, to feel or sense the connection between you. With whom would you feel comfortable sharing such an experience? And perhaps more importantly, who would you not feel comfortable with and why?

One of the gifts of interacting with people who are very different from us is the opportunity it presents to see ourselves reflected back in the “mirror” they are holding up. Whether we are enjoying an exchange or not, our own reactions always tell us more about ourselves than they do about the other person – if only we have the courage to really examine them.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Love Rules


“Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.”   - C. G. Jung, "On the Psychology of the Unconsciousness", 1917

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lovely Historic Kleinburg


What to do on a sunny afternoon? 
Why visit Kleinburg, of course!



There are places to meet,



and good things to eat!



Scenes from past days,



and an inn, should you stay.



Country wares...



and gardens fair.



Welcome treasures…



And treats for good measure! 



On the road, with a smile…



happy to have stayed awhile!

Join in the fun: Compose a short story in 55 words and report back to 
the G-Man at http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/ …every Friday.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Come Together


WAR
FEAR
Chaos
Despair
Disconnection
Misunderstanding

Opposing sides, so far apart. The choice between DARKNESS and LIGHT, always seems so clear… but really, who is RIGHT? And who is WRONG? When blinded by our own perspective, it’s impossible to tell. What is it REALLY all about, anyway?

Understanding
Connection
Hope
Harmony
LOVE
PEACE

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjoursoleil/2256238213/

Join in the fun: Compose a short story in 55 words
and report back to the G-Man at
http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/… every Friday.





Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dona Nobis Pacem




Is it realistic for us to hold out hope for eventual peace in a world that has been built upon so much senseless tragedy? As a society, have we grown too numb by all the violence around us to believe that this is even possible? I pray that there are enough of us who have not given up on this dream, because the first step in being able to change anything is embracing the belief that peace is possible.

It really isn’t that complicated an issue – or at least it shouldn’t be. When broken down into its simplest component, the choice for a peaceful existence begins with the individual.  If each one of us made it our personal mission to consistently act from a place of love, things such as fear, hate and war could simply not fit into the equation. But of course, this is not how it is on planet Earth… not yet.

So then, where do we go from here? We begin by taking personal responsibility on the home front: with ourselves, our families and friends, our communities and the world. We need to get involved whenever we see injustice. Write to our elected officials. Sign petitions - start petitions! Speak out. Write. Protest. Spread the Light. And BELIEVE!

Whenever we take the time to care, it has a ripple effect… and the LOVE expands exponentially. So where is the love? Right here, right now and radiating through me to you!

LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS to you all.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Personal Alchemy


Most of us go through life with the fundamental understanding that it is important to be good and moral human beings – and as a general rule, the majority follow this edict quite well. But why? Is it from a fear of God - the idea that He’s watching and deviant behaviour could lead to repercussions in the afterlife? Or is it our logical sense persuading us that anarchy would not be in any of our best interests? Or perhaps the perks a materialistic society bestows on those who go with the flow have a little something to do with our overall willingness to follow conventional norms. But could it also be an innate knowingness that the reward of becoming the best possible versions of us could result in something far greater on a spiritual level?

One of the primary purposes behind the ancient practice of alchemy was to turn lead and other base metals into gold. Likewise, an internal alchemist is someone who actively seeks out the “lead” within and aspires to transform it into spiritual gold. In the process, unfavourable personality traits that hold one back from reaching one’s full potential are excavated, analyzed, and reconfigured… not an easy thing for anyone to do!

It is my belief that none of us is here by accident, but rather by certain Divine design. And I am equally convinced that our main purpose in being a part of this Earth school is to learn from one another and to grow as spiritual beings. But there is passive learning that takes place when life happens to us, and then there is active learning, that occurs as a result of truly looking inward for the answers.

Alchemy is not a practice for anyone who prefers the shelter of his or her own illusions. It can be emotionally very difficult as the ego begins to lose its grip and the soul ascends out of the mire. As we start to take responsibility for our actions, forgiveness of others as well as ourselves is a vital part of the process. We also need to recognize that the events of our past – the good and the bad – have all presented important opportunities for learning and growth and it is never too late to salvage something positive from any of our experiences. It is only after we have truly made peace with these issues, that moving forward toward new challenges and opportunities becomes possible. That alone is motivation enough for me to do the work required; I can’t imagine anything worse than to be stuck, perpetually reliving past unpleasantness. Can you?


Friday, October 30, 2009

All Hallows Eve






On hallows eve, the veil is thin,
As the spirits prowl the street,
Looking for warmth and a place to rest…
Take care who you choose to treat!

A living body to possess,
Is all that we are seeking.
Surely, you know, everyone needs a home?
Tut tut, now, stop that shrieking!














Join in the fun: Compose a short story in 55 words and report back to the G-Man at http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/ …every Friday.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Compass

Through the fog stumbling blindly,

With only the road in front to guide me,

The regions above providing light,

Shed upon the soul’s dark night.


Chasing bread crumbs on the ground,

Truth and madness, faith unwound,

The magic I seek comes from within,

Trust the heart’s compass to draw me in.


Finding balance and staying true,

Not an easy thing to do,

Science can give us one hundred years,

But it’s God who then allays our fears.


Up above, the stars so right,

Memories of other worlds shine bright.

The key to clearing the mists below,

Through our own essence, ebb and flow.

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozrkclckr/2059742282/