Shine the Divine:

Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

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.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Savoring the Last Jewels of Summer

I am sorry to see summer go, this is true. School has started. The rush of weekday mornings has begun and so the last long summer weekend felt like a gift. Wait is it Tuesday already??? I'm praying this year will be filled with small blessings and good health for my family and for you and your loved ones too.

a cooling breeze hitches a ride on the tail of soft morning light
blossoming slightly with the next breath of wind
a day of quietude
jumbled dishes... a satisfied grin
toes meet beneath the dinner table...
summer freedom soon to be concealed snugly in warm woolen socks
evening approaches as gently as the morning's breeze...
a sweet shabbat at home with my family...peaceful and easy
sunday did not have the same quiet feeling...
it was relaxed but the energy was more charged

meandering through the orchard with intention...
(is that still meandering?)
greeted by an endless expanse of sky above...
searching for something sweet
not apples...(though they'd be perfect for Rosh Hashanah)

our quest was for the last of summer's tiny jewels
sticky stained fingers
two teenage girls eager to bake combined with
sugar, flour, cornstarch, oatmeal, butter

voila'...a riot of color and flavor (over ice cream)...
savoring the last jewels of summer

an abundance of gratitude for summer's simple pleasures and dear, dear friends
(thank you Muncie and Barbara)
I'll be away from blogging from Wednesday afternoon through next Monday. We are traveling again, this time to be with our Philadelphia relatives for Rosh Hashanah.
to my Jewish friends: L'Shanah Tova
to everyone gentle steps



  1. May you and your family have a blessed new year, Laura!

  2. Beautiful images - thank you for sharing.
    A safe trip for you is wished.
    Blessings sent to you :)

  3. Wishing you and your family a blessed new year.
    Lovely images :)

  4. What a beautiful post. I love all of the photos and reflections. Enjoy your blogging break and time with your family.

  5. Your images are so uplifting, Laura. A feeling of contented calm. Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year.

  6. this post is filled with peace...thank you. the perfect way to start my day. xox

  7. I'm happy to have found this blog, thank you!

  8. Thank you everyone for your warm wishes.

  9. such beautiful photos Laura, that tell stories of life, love, family, nature and the appreciation of all. safe travels, and blessings to you and your family over these holidays, xox

  10. Hi Laura,

    I'm so happy you found me so I could find you. What a gorgeous and spirit filling blog this is. I feel so blessed to be here and look forward to returning.

  11. We had these clouds in Maine today. Some brought sunshine and some brought showers. It can be a relief when nature mirrors life... Your end-of-summer images are wonderful! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy new year, Laura.

  12. Such lovely words. Such lovely photos to capture lovely feelings. (I love the bare feet under the table.) And berries! I do love berries.

    A blessed new year to you and yours.

  13. Laura,
    you evoke such peace with your photos and words.
    this is a gift...
    thank you.

    and my daughter ( one of them:) ) is taking an elective in Judaism at UMASS this semester and of course didn't have class on for Rosh Hashanah... and I thought of you... how your kind and giving spirit has weaved into my heart.

    I hope you are having a wonderful day of gentle and good healing.
    And I am trying to decide which direction to take this writing venture that I have begun. I appreciate your support and encouragement very much.


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