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.

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Kelly Mann 5k Run

Please help my friend Liliane raise funds for the 9th Annual Kelly Mann 5k Run to raise money for BRIDGES DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES INC. Click here to go directly to her donation page.

In July 2004, Kelly Mann was brutally murdered by her husband in her Nashua home, while her three children listened in a nearby room. Kelly's three young daughters; Ashley, Lauren, and Katie work with Bridges each year to put on the Kelly Mann 5k in memory of their mother. We need to join together to prevent these tragedies from happening again. You can help! Sponsor a runner/walker; participate in the event; provide a raffle prize or sponsorship. This extraordinary fundraiser will provide funding for Bridges; provide awareness in the community; allow the community to show its support in ending domestic violence AND most importantly, will help Kelly’s daughters to heal and allow them to celebrate her memory with others.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 49










approach the soft glow
velvet petals open wide
love's invitation

draw near come closer
inhale the scent of waking
present to this life



Traveling south to be with family in the Philadelphia area last weekend for Passover Seders, we were blessed with a magnolia preview, a taste of what soon will burst forth here. In this way for us, the joy of spring is doubled! 


For all of you who Do celebrate Easter, I wish for you and your beloveds a deeply holy experience, as Pesach, and counting the Omer continues to be for me and my family. 

Welcome to Week Forty-Nine of
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR

I Heart Macro offerings!


Shine the Divine


Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. 

Visit each other...
S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)

makro montag
the weekend in black and white


Our younger daughter has not been feeling 100% for a while now, and I haven’t felt comfortable sharing what I suspected but did not know. With her permission I share what follows: It seems after an appointment with her gastroenterologist on Friday that her Crohn's disease is acting up again. We are deeply grateful for the past four years of her excellent remission after being diagnosed just before her twelfth birthday and a year of getting things adjusted so she could feel well and finally grow.We are hoping that with some additional medication things will calm down even as we are waiting for more testing to give us a clearer picture of what is really happening in her belly, and praying that this is just a small setback. Being a seventeen year old adolescent, a junior in High School, looking into college, being an honor student with a full schedule of many wonderful activities and the nature of this disease have created a “perfect storm.” Like a dog chasing its tail, it is hard to say which came first, but together even many good things in a person’s life can cause tremendous stress. If you know my daughter and happen to see her, no need to ask her how she is feeling, this may actually cause her to feel more self conscious and worried. Silent prayers for healing are always welcomed though.  All this is to explain why I have not been online as much. For this reason I am extending I Heart Macro to last a full week, that way I will only post on Saturday evenings at 8pm for the time being. This means you can add your IHM link and visit one another any time through next Saturday until 7pm before the next IHM link opens. 

Thank you for your patience with me, for sharing your beautiful photos and kind comments.


70 comments:

  1. My heart is with you and your family, dear Laura.
    I am linking up with I Heart Macro for the first time today.
    Blessings!

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  2. Prayers sent, for both of you my friend ~

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  3. Best wishes to daughter - hope things can calm down.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  4. Happy easter darling !!!...love from me....xxx !

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  5. Sorry. I do not know why I can not upload my thumbnail photo correctly.

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  6. thanks for the party and I'm sending a lot of good vibes for your daughter !

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  7. Hallo Laura,
    wonderfull fotos from your Magnolia :-)

    Hugs Rivien and have a nice Eastern!

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  8. Just stunning images Laura. My younger sister (much older than your daughter) has had this condition for a number of years, it is a horrible thing but with love and detremination which I am sure your Daughter has then like her Mom, she will cope and grow wonderffvully despite the condition.. Healing is being sent to you all.

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  9. Wishing you all the best for your family, may the illness regress and go into remission.
    All the best for this festive season.

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  10. It's nice to get a double dose this year!!

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  11. From the heart - All the best for both of you! May you have a Happy Easter, too! Thank you for this lovely message and whishes and thoughts, as well! Alexa T

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  12. Ever lovely. Your photos and thoughts always are. Hope you had a fine Passover, Laura.

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  13. Beautiful pictures! Best wishes for your daughter, Thinking of you.

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  14. I understand your concern! My son was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, 11 years ago when he was a student. It is a very unpleasant condition. I pray for his health every day. All the best for your daughter . Happy Easter,dear Laura

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  15. I do hope your daughter will be feeling better soon!

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  16. Wonderful photos! I hope you have a happy easter! My thoughts and best wishes for your daughter!

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  17. gorgeous spring photos! i wish the best for you.

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  18. Beautiful photos. Hope your daughter gets better soon. Mi Sheberach and Chag Sameach!

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  19. Beautiful spring flowers. I'm still waiting for my magnolia tree to bloom.

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  20. Lovely pictures ! Hope you had a sunny Easter !

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  21. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hope your daughter will be feeling better soon.

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  22. Fabulous macros of the magnolias...such subtle color!

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  23. welcome on my blog my dear.I love magnolias very much.wonderful pics.

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  24. Hi Laura,
    thanks for visiting me! I'm a little bit too stupid, to link a picture to your site ;-)
    I love Magnolias, i love them really. I have two of them in my garden, too.
    Have a nice day ... Frauke

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  25. Fabulous macros! I would love to do one too. Great linky!

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  26. Gorgeous Laura! All these beautiful spring blooms does the heart good:)

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  27. I love magnolia trees. I wish they would bloom longer. Gorgeous series!

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  28. So wonderful to see spring has come to you with beautiful Magnolias! The rays of light around the bud are special. Sorry to hear of your daughter's health problems, I can really sympathize since I have gut problems and food allergies too.

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  29. 'Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.'

    Theodore Roosevelt

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  30. Wonderful photos, I love these wonderful flowers!

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  31. Thank you Laura for your beautiful post and for hosting the meme no matter what else is going on your world. Best wishes to your daughter and thank you to her for allowing you to share her story.

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  32. Beautiful shots of the spring blossoms.

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  33. Beautiful details! Macros are always interesting.

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  34. beautiful photos, sorry to hear about your daughter's health, hope she feels better soon

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  35. Beautiful photos of nature !

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  36. The magnolia are beautiful blooms. Lovely macro shots. Happy Earth Day!

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  37. Magnolia is stunningly beautiful!

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  38. I enjoyed your beautiful macros, and am sorry to hear of your daughter's relapse with Crohn's disease. I hope new medications or treatments will help her through this very difficult stage

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  39. Dear Laura, thank you for your wonderful photos of the magnolias! I hope, your daughter will be getting better soon, free of pain and able to enjoy her meals without to many limitations....
    All the best to you and your family!
    Yours Sarah

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  40. delightful photos documenting spring unfurling, thanks for sharing

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  41. Beautiful photos! Macro is truly a world of its own!

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  42. Lucky you to get a preview of the wonders yet to come. Magnolias are such beautiful creations.

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  43. Wow..these are beautiful and aren't we happy to see spring... Michelle from Nature Notes...

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  44. A lovely post, Nice b&w photos!
    My B&W Blog:
    http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  45. Great post, lovely B&W photos!
    My B&W Blog: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  46. Lovely photos. Hope your daughter is getting well.

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  47. Beautiful photos and post, but more importantly, my thoughts go out to your daughter.

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  48. Wonderful shots of the colorful flowers. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend. And of course all the best for your daughter.

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  49. Saying prayers for your daughter. I, also have Crohn's. So, I know this is a very trying disorder. I count myself blessed to be in remission, after surgery last spring.

    Now, let me say these photos are amazing. Gr8 macros shots! I will certainly lift your blog hop badge to add to my SWF post each week. It's nice meeting you. I am now following you on GFC & Bloglovin. Have a pictastic weekend! ~Curious as a Cathy

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  50. A lovely set of haiku, Laura.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your daughter. May God send her healing!

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  51. I so love the magnolias. They herald Spring I believe, and give such cups of hope... Thank you so for these beautiful views. My prayers and thoughts are with your sweet daughter. Much love to you!

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  52. Ah, how lovely--I've always thought of these as Tulip trees. A soft of whimsical smiling name. It is so wonderful that spring has finally come! Lovely heart, beautiful photos. ((hugs))

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  53. Sorry to hear about your daughter and hope things will improve quickly for her.Loved all the blooms. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  54. Magnolias are such a lovely spring flower... I like this species : it looks so ancient... Great reflection for the week-end, thanks for those beautiful macro on heart of flower ; they are so poetical

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  55. just went back and read your post
    i am sending light to your daughter, you and your family ~

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  56. dearest,
    thank you for being here and for sharing your mother's heart. prayers to you and yours dear friend. i am just home from traveling to california for the wedding of my dearest and oldest friend's daughter. the first of all our babies to grow up and marry. so much love being there with my now grown son and the night full of stars and promise. candles light for you and yours. xo

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  57. Sending up prayers.
    Gorgeous photos!

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  58. Adding my prayers to the rest, for your beautiful, beloved, Rosie. May she know peace and healing.

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  59. Adding my prayers to the rest, for peace and healing for your dear, beautiful girl.

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