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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.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Morning Palette

Soft glow of sun on snowy forest 
Dark branches dressed in winter's white 
Gentle curve of trees in sensual
Limbs reaching, embracing as they sway
An intimate wooded waltz I am privileged to
My heart beats in threes to music they
This limited palette cannot restrain my
Nor my joy as I revel in this scene beyond my

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A few weeks ago I wanted to post my friend Toni Bernhard's link to an NPR interview, but it was postponed. Please take time today to listen to her beautiful wholehearted essay about Learning to Live a Full Life with Chronic Illness, as she reads it on NPR's Morning Edition  (This actually aired yesterday, but I didn't have the link until later in the day). 

Thank you Toni for being a light for all of us, as we learn to accept life's complicated dance with dignity and grace ♥ You have made your life a blessing, and it is an honor to call you friend. 


  1. So gentle... "An intimate wooded waltz" ... beautiful imagery...

  2. So glad your muse visited you this morning! :0 We're experiencing our own snow (or rather ice) storm here in Texas - big doings (or rather un-doings of our regular schedule which is lovely!). A half inch of ice can be as messy as a foot of snow here in Dallas, so we'll be snuggled up inside all day!

  3. I love how snow lights up the dark woods and how your poetry lights up my day, Laura.

    Lovely shots!

  4. Very beautiful...your gentle words bring me peace today.

  5. What a beautiful poem Laura, and a very positive attitude towards what is seeming to be an endless winter.

  6. Beautiful the images
    beautiful the poem
    thinking of you
    take care....

  7. Beautiful poem on the wonder things of winter and how they fit into your heart.

    Fabulous photos, I click on them, so I could get the "big" picture.

    Remembering you!


  8. Lovely. I'm catching up here, and loving these images and words... especially liked the words about choosing to react, or to respond with compassion for human frailty... being Irish, I tend to be a reactor. Not always the best choice : )

  9. Laura it feels like a winters walk through a silent wood. Loved it

  10. ah but its painted in vivid brush strokes from that limited pallete...this had a soothing feel to it...nice one shot

  11. Very well done; inviting the imagination to dream through the natural imagery.

  12. What a lovely poem for the beautiful picture :)

  13. Beautiful took me out there, in all that whiteness, and revived my heart.

    Lovely poem....and such a gentle one.

    Lady Nyo

  14. Beautiful pics! Sorry I haven't been by in a couple of weeks. My son is deployed to Egypt since May and with the latest uprising my nerves have been shot and it's affected my chronic fatigue and fibro. Glad you're getting off the one med and going to look at others. You're in my daily prayers.

  15. A beautiful depiction of the warm embrace we get from the intimacy of the snowy forest observed with appreciative eyes.

  16. Beautiful, Laura, both the photos and your words to accompany them. Seems we both decided to pay homage to the weather this week.

    Thanks for stopping in at my place.

  17. What a lovely way to describe the beauty you see. Nice to read your words, so full of spirit.

  18. Despite all the troubles winter can cause it can be a very peaceful and beautiful time, as both your words and photos can attest to :-)

  19. Beautiful words to go with beautiful photo's...I will have to check this out later in the week when I am not working. Hope you are doig well...((((Laura)))

  20. Aaahh,... refreshing and beautiful!! You made the crispness in the air almost tangible ... ohhhhh how I love winters!!!!

  21. You still have so much snow, love the last image, where you can see the brown leaves on the tree against the white snow...
    Lovely poem as well dear Laura.
    Have a happy midweek,

  22. I love the poem like the photos,I wish you a very nice winter :)
    Greetings from...far away!!

  23. wonderfully written poem for a wonderful image...very well captured...pete

  24. i love your
    soft glow
    words & pictures.

  25. What beautiful writing!

    My word verification: iciest. Can you believe that?

  26. "sensual silence" <--I really like this. And the rest of the poem...

  27. Wonderful images and I like the form, the one word by itself repeated is powerful.

  28. I sense a perfect harmony between the snow, the trees, the sky, the silence, and your heart.

  29. Stunning images... serene... nice way to help ease into the balance you are describing, offering to those who visit here.

  30. A natures waltz... so beautiful. loved the music within the verse...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

  31. Relatable and seasonal-effective, smile-causing.


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