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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wonder-Filled Life


everything’s changing
look out and up down and see
this wonder-filled life




equanimity
one frond living and dying
both/and always so



Today is Shemini Atzeret, a time when God asks us to stay close, to linger. Tomorrow, Simchat Torah, we will roll out the whole Torah, read the last letter and the first, lamed-vet... togther they spell lev, heart. Every ending is a beginning, love is eternal, and the memories of those who have passed on and those to be born linger and awaken us to the sorrows and joys that fill our brief stay on this earth. Anne Lockard, a friend, fellow blogger and grace-filled soul passed on this morning, her memory will always be a blessing. I am a better person because she touched my heart, because we talked openly about death, about life, about Mystery, about kindness, about the things that mattered most the few times we spoke on the phone and through many, many emails. Anne was one of the first women to write to me and say YES I want to be part of The Healing Womb, and Anne, you always will be. Thank you dear heart for your friendship, your inspiration, your courage. You are and have always been a shining star.



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57 comments:

  1. your photos are quite lovely Laura!

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  2. Great photos for SWF and very interesting post to read,Laura!Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Beautiful pictures of a lovely season!

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  4. Laura, these are beautiful images! The sky and leaves are both looking lovely. Sorry about your friend passing, my prayers go out to her family!

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  5. What beautiful photos. And I learned something new about the Torah today.

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  6. Beautiful thoughts. Your last two photos are delightful.

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  7. Beautiful blue, blue sky shots for SWF ~ carol ^_^

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  8. Beautifully simple, and simply beautiful, Laura!

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  9. What a great tribute to your friend.

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  10. I love the colorful leaves against the blue sky.

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  11. The heavens will have more light tonight because your friend is there. Beautiful, Laura.

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  12. I imagine Anne enjoying your beautiful photos and the lovely words you write as tribute. My condolences dear Laura.

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  13. Fabulous shots - you've really caught the beauty of the new season.

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  14. Those leaves against that blue are gorgeous!

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  15. Beautiful autumn leaves. Enjoy your weekend.

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  16. {{ changing changing changing = Life,
    yes ?

    wonderful heart*felt tribute to your friend.
    yes
    fortunate you
    to have known her ... }}

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  17. My deep sympathies and condolences on the death of your dear friend. may she find eternal rest.

    Lovely post, nonetheless.

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  18. Love that beatiful blue sky Laura!

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  19. Sorry for your loss and such a beautiful memorial to her and how she touched your life.

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  20. Condolences. Lovely words and photos here as always Laura.

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  21. Every ending a beginning... so comforting... so hard to believe! Thank you for your wonderful post today!

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  22. What a tender and beautiful post, Laura.
    Sending love and light to you, and to your friend's spirit as she leaves this life behind. Peace.

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  23. What a tender and beautiful post, Laura.
    Sending love and light to you, and to your friend's spirit as she leaves this life behind. Peace.

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  24. beautiful, laura. hope you are keeping well sweet lady? sue (greenwhisper)

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  25. Dear Laura,
    You and your dear friend Anne are kissed by angels. I'm sure you know that!
    Your photos are very beautiful!!! I like the last two very much!
    Have a wonderful weekend full of sunshine,
    Katrin

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  26. an insightful haiku ~ and lovely photography ~ carol ^_^

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  27. I feel for you, the loss of your friend, find peace in the memory of your friendship. x

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  28. LOVE your pics & your blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)

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  29. I am so sorry Laura for the loss of your friend, but I am glad that your friendship brought so much to both of you. Your pictures, as always, perfectly illustrate your beautiful words. Your posts always stay with me for a long time. And I am so glad about that. Thank you.

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  30. Lovely photos of the fall colored leaves against the blue, blue sky!
    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend who meant so much to you.
    Thank you for visiting me.

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  31. loving the blue sky to frame the leaves and the sun glints. bless you...

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  32. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Anne. She sounds such a lovely person and will be greatly missed.
    Beautiful photos and haikus!

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  33. I am so sorry to hear you have lost a friend. Your photograph of the leaf with the star burst is a beautiful tribute.

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  34. Hi! Nice photo series of leaves. Mother nature is truely wonderful.

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  35. lovely views. i love fall leaves so calming & peaceful. ( :

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  36. I love these photos Laura, especially the sunlight shining through the leaves.

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  37. Sorry to hear about your loss.

    Beautiful images!

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  38. Sad to know your friend's passing, may she rested in peace.
    Love your photos and words, Laura -so inspiring.
    Thanks for your visit :)

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  39. Beautiful find the leafs to take the shots..nice post.

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  40. Great shots - I really like the leaves against the sky

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  41. A beautiful honorining to our circle sister. Thinking of you this beautiful autumn morn... xo

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  42. Just love the interplay of light, shadow and leaves - I can almost hear them rustling as they dance in and out of the sunlight! Those first two are especially beautiful.

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  43. I am simply "Wonderstruck," which happens to be the name of the Bible study I'm doing at church. Love how you captured the light and details.

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  44. luv those leaves, thanks for your sharing

    much love...

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  45. Fall is just beginning to show her color in my neck of the woods. I visited Anne's blog ~ her positive attitude radiated with every post. I'm sorry to hear of her passing. You are in my thoughts, Laura.

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  46. Yes, delicious pictures, very beautiful colors in the leaves, delicious Fall!

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  47. So very true that as we look around in nature we can always see everything changing…nothing stays the same for long. Nature is always in process. And as far as life and death, they are indeed partners. Neither can exist alone. Where one is, the other will follow. So sorry for the loss of your friend.

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  48. Anne changed my life in so many ways and I will miss her a lot! She taught me so much about living and dying. But most of all I will miss her sense of humor and her wonderful laugh! Much love, Silke

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  49. Lovely. Beyond that, I have no words.

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  50. Laura...this is a beautiful wonderful share...such gorgeous colors and shows us how nature changes for our eyes to enjoy. And the scents added, I can almost smell the outdoors through your awesome photos!!

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  51. I love all your leaves shots! They are just so very very beautiful!

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  52. I'm so sorry - but the "dance" was wonderful! Look what you created together... so many people never dance... how sad for them. Hugs.

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