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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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Sunday, June 7, 2015

I Heart Macro 106


for every blessing
great and small my heart expands
thankful for life’s gifts







This is our daughter getting ready for prom at home. She dressed at her friend's in MA. I have only seen Facebook photos of her in her gown. I can't share them here, but trust me when I say she looked like a movie star, just as her sister did three years ago.   




And here she is a high school graduate, with many honors!
National Honor Society
Societe Honoraire de Francais
International Thespian Society
AP Human Geography Award
AP Studio Art Award

Ann Logan Scholarship



We are proud of BOTH of our daughters; Belin recently passed EMT basic. She has one more exam to be nationally registered and will soon be joining an ambulance company to help save lives! But this week we celebrate Rosie! Here are few things about our younger daughter that these awards do not tell you: She is a beautiful, kind, loving human being, with a zest for life, and a wonderful sense of humor! Some other things you may or may not know about her unless you are long time blog follower, starting at age 14 through senior year, Rosie worked as a madricha (class assistant) with the second grade students at our synagogue. This past year, she also assisted with fourth grade and worked at the high school library after school three to four days a week. Over the years she founded the Nashua CROP Walk Youth Drama Group, She was 14 at that time and also wrote the script, directed, acted and with her fellow drama teammates educated younger children about poverty and the need for clean water, here and around the world. She helped build houses in Baltimore with Habitat for Humanity (through her high school), founded the Climbing Club at her high school (and has hiked and climbed at Acadia National Park twice on school sponsored outings.) She has been deeply involved and committed to United Synagogue Youth, elected Social Action/Tikkun Olam VP in our local USY community 2013-2014 and Regional Social Action/Tikkun Olam VP 2014-2015. We are grateful for Rosie's many mentors whose guidance, support and kindness helped her achieve her goals so far...



This autumn Rosie will be attending Leslie University, with an intention to major in Art Therapy with a Fine Art minor. She had an opportunity to volunteer for CityYear this fall and defer college for another year, but decided in the past few days that she really wants to dive into her college experience and perhaps will do a gap year there between undergrad and grad school instead. In graduate school she would like to study ChildLife, working with children and families in hospital settings. That would be great! I know that her dreams will become manifest whether they remain the same or shift over time as her sister's have and certainly her father's and mine have. Things work out in mysterious ways; as we grow older we realize the journey is the “goal” we seek, each step a blessing.



Detail from one of Rosie’s watercolor paintings, she included many studies of her hands within the body of work in her portfolio.


There is much to reflect on entering the next chapter of our lives as a family and individuals, together we step forward and apart, a dance we’ve always done, yet somehow right now it feels as though the gestures are far more sweeping, exciting, a little scary and joyful all at once.





The sunset view from our very last drive out of the school parking lot!



There is much to reflect on entering the next chapter of our lives as a family and individuals, together we step forward and apart, a dance we’ve always done, yet somehow right now it feels as though the gestures are far more sweeping, exciting, a little scary and joyful all at once.


I continue to take walks in the woods most mornings, and go to PT twice a week; my strength and balance are increasing, the pain slowly decreasing! Next week I will share some photos from a walk along the road with my husband by my side. I still haven’t ventured out alone yet beyond our yard. I feel as though soon that will be possible too.

Welcome to Week 106
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!




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.

Shine the Divine



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67 comments:

  1. Mazel Tov Rosie! I like your teeny little blue and white flowers.

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  2. Special times. Those times in the life of our family will be favorite memories for all time ~

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  3. A beautiful tribute to Rosie. You have every reason to be so proud of her. Sorry that Linky did not work out for me-- you can click on the black "Rosyfinch" square and still get to see my macros. I am learning that an iPhone is not up to the task of posting on Linky!

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  4. Oh, lovely little blooms, perfect drops, and beautiful girls. Congratulation to Rosie!

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  5. Your daughters are beautiful. I love the tiny flowers too.

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  6. your daughter is a beautiful and accomplished young woman. best of luck to her in her future dreams.

    glad you are feeling better. love your delicate flower images.

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  7. Hi! Your daughter is very beautiful. I enjoyed your small flower photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. You have wonderful daughters, good luck for Rosie. So many things already she's done...
    It must be great to have a family and other supporters and mentors (I myself had that never to realize my ideas and projects and often failed in my only own trying, but well, that's autistic - )
    Love and prayers for you, enjoy the time

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  9. Beautiful macros ! and you can be proud of your daughter !

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  10. Lovely flowers, great pictures!
    Have a lucky week, Laura!
    xxx Britta

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  11. I love this little flowers so much. Great pictures. But the drops are pretty too. The reflection looks like a watercolor picture.... stunning!
    What a wonderful time for your familiy!

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  12. Congratulations on your daughters' accomplishments, both of them. I know you are so proud! That image of the scenery in the window is a remarkable, painterly one. Very nice.

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  13. Wonderful photos, Laura! I love especially your raindrops. Wish I would manage to take photos like that...
    Congratulations to your daughter and all the family and all the best for the future!

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  14. Concratulation to your daughter, the pic of her in front of the mirror is such cool. Love Mrs Patch

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  15. Even the tiny chickweed and Veronica have amazing patterns to their petals. Congratulations to Rosie for her graduation and excelleint work, and best wishes to find the right career path, which she seems to be doing. It is heart-wrenching though joyous when our kids reach an age of independence.

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  16. Congratulation to your stunning girls! Thanks for sharing this personal photos with us!
    Sina

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  17. You have two very beautiful, loving and caring daughters. The apple does not fall far from the tree dear Laura. Sweet photos and a lovely post from a very proud mother, rightly so.

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  18. You're right, Laura. Your girls are like movie stars. :) You have every reason to be proud of them. They are beautiful and clever. Beautiful post. Have nice week!

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  19. Congratulations for your daughter!
    Your photos are amazing! My favorites are the water drops...

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  20. I love tiny, little blooms like you captured this week. Congrats to the graduate--I know you're proud!

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  21. Hello, dear Laura,
    Thank you for the nice post!
    Your daughters are beautiful!

    Sunny greetings from Germany
    Traudi

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  22. Congrat's for those two wonderful girls! Love your flower pictures.

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  23. A beautiful talented family filled with love, blessing indeed!

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  24. Wonderful pictures. Congratulation to your daughter.

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  25. Congratulations on your daughters' achievements, Laura. A lovely post.

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  26. Ah, yes, the new life journeys. Lovely photos of your pretty daughter. Excellent captures of the water drops.

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  27. How proud you must be of your beautiful daughters. Love your shots and know that this will be a new time in your family life. A time that takes some adjusting to.

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  28. You must be very proud. She's a bright light. I have graduation shots too.

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  29. Congratulations to your daughter! And such lovely photos of the flowers too.

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  30. Excellent Capture.Congratulations to your daughter.
    http://www.srikri.com/

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  31. Lovely images and flowers. Your daughter is beautiful, congrats on her graduation!

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  32. Congratulations Laura. You've raised two beautiful and giving young women. I can feel the beam of your well deserved parental pride. Glad you're feeling a little better. Love the pics. Have a great week.

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  33. I really like your daughters painting! All the best for her!
    The tiny flowers on your photos are so sweet - I especially love the blossoms of weeds.

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  34. Congrats to the grad ~ She is beautiful as is her art and smarts! Your macro shots are indeed beautiful!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  35. Very creative BW shots ~ love the 'orb' ~ very delicate looking yet strong also ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  36. PRETTY, PRETTY. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  37. Your daughters are beautiful in mind and spirit. I love your photos too - especially the B&W version of the macro shot of the tiny blossoms.

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  38. So lovely photos and flowers ! Congratulations to your daughter !
    Greetings

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  39. Congratulations to Rosie! She sounds like an amazing, beautiful and accomplished young woman. I love seeing that in young people today. It always amazes me how accomplished they have become without even really getting out on their own yet. You have done a wonderful job of raising two accomplished daughters too and you should be very proud of yourself (and your husband). xx

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  40. Congratulations to your daughter (and to you!). She sounds like a wonderful person all around and the credit goes to your family for providing the opportunities and the guidance throughout.

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  41. Love your drop pictures :-) Wonderful! And your daughter is a real beauty - i like her cat-eyes!

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  42. Wonderful accomplishments indeed and life's continuing adventures await! Great reflection shot Laura

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  43. Nice pictures, exquisite texture and color, wonderful flowers! Congratulations to this beautiful graduate!

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  44. Beautifully are the tiny flowers!
    Gorgeous pictures!!!
    Congratulations to your daughter, you can be proud of both.
    Greetings
    Kerstin

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  45. Wonderful waterdrops, dear Laura – like silver-pearls!

    Hugs, Traude

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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  46. What a beautiful daughter, and so much to be proud of!! Congratulation to you both. I like the b&w shot of her... very glamorous!

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  47. So wonderful Laura!!! Congratulations to Rosie!!! You really can be proud of your sweet daughters!
    May they realize their dreams!!!
    I'm also glad to read your words about your healing and I enjoy your beautiful, beautiful pictures once again :)
    May you all be blessed!!!
    Much love and light
    Katrin :)

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  48. You've raised some seriously AMAZING daughters there and I am so glad you are feeling well enough to really enjoy the graduation! Bless you!

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  49. Hello. Your works is Elegant.
    Greetings from Japan. ruma

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  50. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your heart and your love.

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  51. It does not surprise me that your daughters are accomplished, compassionate and giving beings.. Look at their parents and the apples didn't fall far from the trees.. Beautiful !!! hugs.. Michelle

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  52. I'm so glad you're beginning to feel better! You have a beautiful daughter (not that you need me to tell you that!) I love your flowers.

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  53. All the world in those tiny little drops of dew... all the world holding so many precious parts of this post, your beautiful daughters, marking moments of transition, your venturing out into the woods again, all blessings as your haiku says so eloquently dear Laura.

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  54. Lovely photos as always. Your daughter is a beauty. Congrats to her and honors she earned. Love those water droplets and reflections.

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  55. What lovely delicate little flowers. Congratulations on your daughter's graduation!

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  56. Gratulujem tvojej úspešnej dcére k diplomu!

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  57. You're a proud mother!
    Wonderful shots, Laura.

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  58. luv luv that sunset view through the window

    have a good weekend

    much love...

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  59. Congrats to your daughters and best wishes to you in this new phase of life. Your photos are so good!

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  60. An expanding heart can welcome the universe!

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  61. Congratulations to Rosie. She sounds like an amazing person!

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  62. I missed this beautiful post last week as we were away.... What beautiful girls and congrats to Rosie. And to her proud parents. It is a big change in the family....a new chapter. You have done a wonderful job.

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  63. Congratulations to your daughter! Lovely pictures and a beautiful haiku.

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  64. Congratulations to the graduate and her family.

    I love the tiny flowers and the poem.

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  65. Congratulations! May the blessings continue to shed light on your path...

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