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When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Arriving at THIS very moment

Skywatch Friday

Please stop by SkyWatch Friday to view amazing sky photos from around the world.
*I'm posting this skywatch post a bit early as tomorrow will be all about finishing up holiday preparations here at home and packing...we will be traveling on Friday to PA to be with family for Pesach! This sunset is from last weekend...such a surprisingly warm and beautiful day for mid March in NH!!!

The most subtle beautiful changes can happen over a lifetime, or in moments.
...and in truth, what is a lifetime but a garland of moments?

Some of the most, memorable are brief in length but become the nourishment that sustains us, tapping on our hearts again and again. These tiny precious snapshots visit like ghosts, whispering "Feel me completely in all your flesh and deep inside your bones."

Close up of a portable altar, a birthday gift created for me
by artist, author, SoulCollage Facilitator/Trainer and my dear friend, Anne Marie Bennett

As I write to you I am grateful for the subtle, beautiful changes that have happened to me on my life's journey so far. This includes the people and animals I love and who have loved me in return, the difficult passages and glimpses of grace that both simple joys and challenges have revealed to me.

It is a Jewish practice to say the shehekianu prayer at holidays and times of great celebration. The turning of a year, not just a holiday New Year, but a personal transition is surely significant. I am 45 today. Happy Birthday to my sweet Mother Sally who birthed me and raised me. I love you so much Mom. And Happy Birthday to Me, for continuously re-birthing myself.

Baruch ata Adonai Elohenu, Melekh ha’olam, shehekianu,
v’kimanu, v’higianu lazman hazeh.

Praised are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all the Worlds,
who has sustained us (me), protected us (me), and brought us (ME) to this very moment.

Chag Sameach to all my Jewish friends and family!


  1. Happy Birthday, Laura! Wishing you lots of fun and joy on your special day. Plus an early wish for Passover blessings to you and your family!

  2. Happy Birthday! Have as fabulous a day as you can & happy Passover, too :)

  3. Hey! Happy Birthday! That's fabulous. Another spring baby. I hope your day is filled with wonderful surprises and your year with abundance and the fulfillment of your deepest desires.


  4. Happy Birth Day! How divine to have a birthday at the beginning of spring. Enjoy the celebration of Passover with your family. Safe travels.

  5. Happy, happy birthday, dear heart! If you could hear me through the computer, I would sing it to you in Hebrew!!!!(Our family loves to do that wherever we are! Oh, the funny looks we sometimes get!) I just recited the shehekianu in your honor. YOU have been such a quiet blessing in my life. Your words and your wisdom have provided me with both comfort and inspiration. I am so grateful for our connection. Thank you for always lending your love and support.

    I love that you also wished your mom a Happy Birth Day, too! I always tell my girls that their birthdays are my birth days, too, because we went through them together!

    May the coming year bring you much improved health, happiness and simchas! YOU are such a gift to this world and I am so glad to know you.

    HUGS and LOVE,

  6. for you on your special day Laura, a blessing from John ODonohue

    Blessed be the mind that dreamed the day
    the blueprint of your life would begin to glow on earth,
    illuminating all the faces and voices
    that would arrive to invite
    your soul to growth. . . .

    On this echoing-day of your birth,
    may you open the gift of solitude
    in order to receive your soul
    enter the generosity of silence
    to hear your hidden heart
    know the serenity of stillness
    to be enfolded anew
    by the miracle of your being.

  7. Those pictures are beautiful, and your words - as usual - are beautiful. Happy Birthday!

    I love the idea that we are constantly rebirthing ourselves. Gosh, in the past year I feel as though I've done this a dozen times.

    I hope Friday is a spectacular time for you; and look forward to reading more next week.

  8. Once again, another poetic contemplative post from you. Such stunning shots as well, perfectly complementing your words. The last picture speaks volumes to me and supports so poignantly the sentiment in your writing.
    I wanted to tell you that I too love and participate in the Earth Hour movement that you link to on your sidebar.;)

  9. Oh and Happy Birthday!! Totally forgot to write that as I was so consumed be the impressions.;)

  10. Thank you so much everyone for the heartfelt birthday wishes!!! between my blog and facebook page I've received more birthday blessings than ever before in my life! How can the year to come be anything but wonderful with all the loving energy poured into the very beginning of it?

    gentle steps dear ones,

  11. Have a wonderful time with your family. I was 45 on my birthday a couple of weeks ago, as well. I kind of like it. :) Much love to you.

  12. Happy Birthday, Laura! I appreciate your perspective: it helps me be peaceful, and I love your gorgeous pictures. Be well.

  13. Such a beautiful post and your words are so poignant. Your blog is very touching, I will be back!
    Happy birthday and smiles

  14. Hello Laura.

    How are u, dearest?
    Thank u very much for your vsiit, comment and suport.
    thanks for the shots and texts at your blog
    have a nice weekend

  15. A blessed Passover to you and to your family.
    Gorgeous skies!

  16. And Happy happy birthday as well. Cheers and all the best.

  17. May your holiday be blessed adn beautiful. Wishing you the best. God bless.

  18. Happy Birthda to you and good Pesach with your family. The seders we had with my husband's aunt were a special part of our lives together and I miss them and her.

  19. Very nice sunset shots.
    Good captures.

  20. Laura,
    I send you wishes for a new year that feels perfect to you.
    Your photos are lovely, sunsets and rises have the power to bring us into the present moment and feel the vast potential in this gift called life.

  21. Happy Birthday and I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Beautiful photographs of the colorful sky through the trees and beautiful words too.

  22. The sky woven in amongst the branches... so lovely.

  23. If I have the timing right, your birthday was recently? Many happy returns. And the quote in your last shot is wonderful.

  24. Happy birthday!! I loved reading your post today and believe, with you, that life is 'a garland of moments.' Thank you for sharing your view of the skies. Enjoy your holiday too.

  25. Lovely photos, so full of hope.

  26. Chag Sameach, Laura, and happy birthday. Travel safely and have a great holiday.

    Your skywatch photos are lovely. The deepening of the colors between the two exudes peace and rest.

  27. Happy Birthday!
    Very cool and fabulous shots.

  28. Happy belated birthday! And have a good holiday.
    Beautiful photos and I LOVE the portable altar!
    Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my blog.

  29. Happy birthday! Lovely silhouettes and colors in those photos.

  30. Must have been a spectacular sunset to turn the sky such lovely shades of pink! I love the sillouette of the trees and branches. Nice capture! Oh and thanks for the sweet comment on my sunrise pics today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  31. Happy birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful visit wherever you may go. Your sky is lovely. It really transitioned from blue to pink and the tree is so intricate! Perfect timing to capture it before it fills up with leaves.

  32. Happy Birthday Laura, and may you have a blessed Passover.

    Your skies and words are full of beauty and joy. The colors bring some inspiration to enjoy life!

    Happy celebration wand trip with the family!

  33. Stunning! Love both images.
    Happy Birthday to you and to your Mom.

    Have a wonderful and safe trip.

  34. Happy birthday and y0u g0t a very awes0me blog...

  35. Happy birthday Laura! wishing you all the best! and safe trip too! :) what a good way to celebrate another year in your life :)

  36. Happy Birthday!:-)
    Great pictures and color!
    wish you a happy and blessed easter.

  37. A very Happy Birthday to you

    and these photos are really good

    just looks like mesh of the nature

  38. The second photo with the silhouetted branches against the hot pink sky is absolutely favorite!

  39. Happy Freedom From the Barbed Wire Fence of Branches into the Sunset Sky. Happy Birthday. You free yourself a little more with each post.

  40. I love the pink sky and tree branches always look so delicate against the blue. Warmest blessings for your birthday and the passover. My daughter's birthday was on Thursday - all the special people must have been born at this time. xx

  41. I love the sky pictures! They're beautiful, like you, my dear friend. Happy, happy birthday!

  42. Happy Birthday, and thank you for such a lovely Skywatch post in words and pictures. My daughter has a March birthday - every year her birthday and the start of Spring get rolled up together in one welling up of joy.

    I'm finding it so interesting reading about your faith through your blog. I am very ignorant of the Jewish faith, and it is very seldom in evidence in Scotland, so to have it explained through someone living it feels very real and quite a privilege.

  43. Happy Belated Birthday! :) Thank you so much for your sweet words over at my blog. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit.

    You have such a lovely blog. I look forward to following.

    Happy Monday. :)


  44. hello. I have been out of town teaching a workshop and am slowly getting back to the blog world.
    Happy Belated Birthday-- you have some beautiful images and poetry here.
    Hope you have a wonderful trip and visit with your family and friends.

  45. A Beautiful Design, Combining the Branches and the SKY!

    Pixellicious Photos

  46. Those colors are gorrrrgeous! Wow-just simply breathtaking. Thanks for sharing!


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