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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.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Perfect Pansy

she called to me
this lovely lady
as we were passing by

seems I am so often "passing by" lately
in my car
in my wheelchair
both pretty good vantage points for discovering drive by beauty and clicking away.

this one we stopped for, even though it was getting buggy already at that know, just before afternoon slides into evening

...time passing too.

well rosie stopped so I could record this perfect pansy image.

oh that deep, deep purple
is there anything more regal than that?

yesterday turned out fine by the way
I feel so much better
when the girls came home from school I offered my sincere apology for my inappropriate nastiness
the day before
(is it every appropriate?hmm?nope not really)
...this was met with big hugs, grins and "I love you mommy's" from my generously forgiving teenage daughters.

and gordon, well he just smiled and said "I know"

today I spent time in stillness listening to the rain
and the birds
watching the sky clear and the sun emerge.

I even managed a ride in the car (before the sky cleared up) to one of my favorite boggy spots for photos. I used to be able to walk there from the house just last summer...once again I'm reminded of the the passage of time, of changes.
I got out of the car and carefully took some photos

... I have to upload them, see if they are as lovely as I am expecting them to be
even if they aren't, it was so great to just stand still in nature, in one of my favorite places...
just me,
the birds,
and maybe some toads and chipmunks too
(hiding out I suspect).

..thank you everyone for your compassionate comments yesterday. you really helped lift me up out of that medication funk :)

This link will take you to Today's Flowers...expect
gorgeous blossoms from around the world!



  1. Clouds pass.... welcome back to sunnier skies!

  2. A beautiful pansy, a signal to beautiful times ahead. Nature heals in its own amazing ways.

  3. What a beautiful pansy. Such a simple flower captured gracefully.

    Best healing wishes to you.

  4. We live by the ocean and I am always fascinated by the being reminded of ebb and flow with the tides. And so it is with our lives and our moods. I am glad you are feeling better! No matter what alters our moods, it's always a big disconcerting. But then, it passes... the pansy is PERFECT! Much love, Silke

  5. That's a beautiful pansy. I'm glad you had a better day. I think you show great courage and anyone would be frustrated by what you have to cope with physically. I'm glad you are able to write about it as sometimes that helps.

  6. Pansies have such beautiful faces! Purple ones are my faves.

  7. The pansy is gorgeous. You know, pansy faces always remind me of Groucho Marx. Busy brows and big mustache. Yeah, I'm strange - lol!

    I'm so glad you got to spend some time in nature in one of your favorite spots. Something about being surrounded by nature is just so soothing and when you have your camera, it can be a glorious way to spend time. I bet you did get some gorgeous shots, Laura!

  8. perfect pansy indeed, I agree with Autumn Belle, nature heals.

  9. What a sumptuously rich color.

    I'm glad today is looking brighter for you. I wish you many more good days, and may they far outnumber the bad.

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  10. Hugs to you Laura - I love the pansy - they are always so cheerful. xx

  11. Hi Laura, look at this beautiful pansy, such a deep blue, just glorious. Thank you so much for sharing again with Today's Flowers, and I am so glad you are having a better day today. Here's a hug from Northern Virginia. Denise x

  12. your pansy is perfect and beautiful - like you :) they really are a favorite flower of mine. I am so sorry for your bad reaction to the latest medication. I know how hard it can be, adjusting to certain medications - having hopes that they'll do the job they claim to do, and even seem to do for others, only to have severe side effects myself. It's bad enough experiencing the side effects, but there is such a let down when they end up making things worse, rather than improving things. My thoughts are with you, I have faith in your healing, and am glad for your time in nature! peace and love to you, Karin

  13. Hi Laura
    I'm sorry to read that you are going thru a difficult time. Sounds like it's getting better... Take care, Ev

  14. The pansy is showing us a bright smile on this shot. We are surrounded with beautiful nature and people that share and care.

    Glad to know you had a wonderful time. Enjoy your week!

  15. I hope you are feeling better, and am so sorry that you have been having such a difficult time.

    The pansy is perfectly beautiful, as are you.

    May you feel safe.
    May you feel happy.
    May you feel strong.
    May you live with ease.


  16. Yours is the first pansy I've seen this season. Beautiful in its simplicity.

    I have a friend who is going through a health crisis right now and the answers are slow to be found. Would you please send a Metta blessing to my friend Juliette?

    Blessings to you Laura ~

  17. oh my goodness...we had a power outage from a brief fierce storm many thought-full/heart-full comments! Thank you everyone! Sharon I will definitely offer metta toward Juliette...

    May we all feel safe, happy, strong and experience ease...even if only for a few moments at a time...often that is enough.

  18. Both posts are lovely.

    I'm glad your daughters kissed and hugged you, and your dog loves you. I'm especially glad you titled the last post 'softedged', since you always remind me to take 'gentle steps' when I am hard on myself.

    In the blink of an eye, I can lose tough with my true nature, especially if I am feeling physically or emotionally challenged.

    You are a warrior, Laura, and I will gladly walk/move with you:)

  19. Beautifully written, Laura. You are helping me appreciate every day. After all, none of us know what the future may bring.

  20. Love your words, nature is healing indeed & I try hard to keep that feeling with me when I come inside.

  21. Nature is always a balm for my soul.
    Hope you have a peaceful day ,Laura.

  22. beautiful photo. and you have something at my place, if ya get a minute or two


  23. oh my goodness paige...thank you!!! I will post it next week and pass it on!

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by this week...I'm about to upload my skywatch post in a few minutes.

    I'm sorry I haven't been able to respond to every comment...I read and appreciate each message and each of you who has thoughtfully taken the time to write.

  24. DearLaura, everything taht u write me let me think about the life.


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