In Honor of Memorial Day

“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”

William Penn

The above photograph was taken of my grandfather, G. Clifford Mitchell with my mom, Connie A. (Mitchell) Marchell, on his return from surviving a ‘million dollar’ wound while serving our country at The Battle of the Bulge in World War II.  Some of you have read postings about Grandma Marge whose first husband was G. Clifford Mitchell.  This first year without Grandma with us, I planted her favorite flowers, red geraniums, at their memorial stone.  Looking around I saw volunteers with little American Flags being placed alongside a majority of the stones at Calvary Cemetery.

In honor of all the men and women who serve and have given their lives for the gift of our freedom, it is a time of deep reflection for the many sacrifices made by the bravery of those who committed to serve The United States of America.  Many families experience great challenges by being separated from their loved ones when they are called to serve their country in the military.  And some are called to make the ultimate sacrifice.  We have so very much to be indebted to these selfless individuals who believe in this great gift they provide for our country.

Let us hope that there will someday be a time where we will no longer require to fight for our freedom but to be able to cooperate and collaborate with one another.  I suppose that is what the new heaven and new earth are all about, where the lion lies down with the lamb and peace reigns supremely across the lands.

“We shall find peace.  We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”

Anton Chekhov

 

A Tofino/Loriginal Romeo Series

“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Through the inspirational, pristine and professional photographs taken by Tofino Photography, following are Loriginal Designs oil on canvas colorful painting interpretations together with Tofino Photography’s corresponding extraordinary photography.

Both the photography and the art prints are available for purchase through Tofino Photography.  Contact the link for Tofino Photography below for more details.

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Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” by ©Tofino Photography

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Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” Oil on Canvas ©Loriginal Designs

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“A Tofino Sunset Series” by ©Tofino Photography

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“A Tofino Sunset Series” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs

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“Eagle Eclipse” by ©Tofino Photography

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“Eagle Eclipse” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs

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Grandma Marge’s Greatest Gift

On this eve our Lenten Journey, I felt led to share an incredible experience that Grandma Marge gifted me the week of her passing.  The day she passed, she held my left hand very tightly as I knew she was being prepared to continue her next life.  My fraternal Grandmother Susie passed on August 15th which is celebrated as the Blessed Mother’s Assumption.  Now please keep in mind that Grandma Marge was always early for everything her entire life. Yet, this most important day of which countless rosaries and prayers were said for many throughout her life, her date of crossing over was early on August 16th.  Grandma was always someone who would share a joke and make you happy, and we laugh at her intention to celebrate her passing on the Blessed Mother’s Assumption and just missing it.  Since there are different time zones throughout the world, we still believe that she was honored to celebrate her passing on that sacred day.  Her beloved daughter, Connie (my mom) passed on Easter Sunday the year of her journey to new beginnings.  When Mom was here with us, she traveled to Medugorje and with the children visionaries which impacted her total spiritual life.

Several years ago, St. Padre Pio’s Stigmata glove was being presented for blessings at St. Cyril’s and Grandma Marge and her sister, Bobbie took me there for a continual detached retina on my left eye which I was traveling to have surgery on once again.  Aunt Bobbie held the framed glove and blessed my eye with a rose petal placed over the glove.  Since that time, my left eye has been stable!  Needless to say, St. Padre Pio is one of many Patron Saints for me!  Aunt Bobbie (whose birthday was the same day as mine) recently passed and her service was held at St. Cyril’s with a beautiful testimony to her faith.  Now the two youngest sisters, who were from a family of 11, are now celebrating!

As family arrived and preparations began, I assembled her outfit with her favorite bright pink blouse and of course, her “poppuchies” (slippers in Slovak) together with her crystal rosaries and wedding ring.  After I cleaned the wedding ring, I placed it in her rosary pouch which I held in my left hand.  Immediately, the center of the palm of my left hand puffed-out like a fast-forward movie.  It hurt and I placed ice on it, thinking that it was just a spider bite.  Then it began to enlarge and turn blue and sunk into the palm of my hand, as a heart-shaped blue stigmata.  It didn’t bleed, but the spiritual empowerment from this gift made me become a channel for Grandma to prepare things for her celebration as I was led to scripture for her readings Daniel 3:52-90 (which I read) and Philippians 1:18-23 (my cousin read).  Fr. Tim made an incredible reference to the meaning of pink symbolizing love and commented on her countless acts of mercy and kindness towards others throughout her life.  The entire week of preparations I didn’t sleep and was assembling photo albums and visiting with family to prepare the most beautiful celebration of her life with us.  It was that week when the corn stalk tassel turned pink in my backyard as well as her yellow butterfly appeared in my garden.

As I carried her rose-painted ashes vase to her resting place, and sat next to her son holding his right hand with my left hand, I knew why I had received this gift from her.  It was for her love and healing light to permeate through me into her beloved son.  And then the blue heart-shaped stigmata disappeared.

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Amazing Love!!!

“Hope in God!  For I shall again be thanking Him; in the presence of My Savior and my God!”

Psalm 43:5

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“And He will…make you shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his Hand.”

Michael Joncas

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“Who gave Himself for our sins, to rescue us from the present evil age, as our God and Father willed – to Him be Glory for Endless Ages!”

Galatians 1:4

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“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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“Doghead is easy to learn, you just have to speak from the heart.”

L.D. Marchell

As some of you may know, through the tragic loss of my Mom, Chert Dog saved not only my Father’s heart, but my brother, John’s and mine too!  There is something about unconditional love from an animal, so altruistic, pure, peaceful and kind.  Angels brought to us in various forms, to be embraced and cherished or relinquished forever as we are all given that chance to choose the highest and best for all concerned.

It is during these most tremulous times that we are being given the opportunity to make new consciously aware and awakened choices with our most precious gift of life.  Allow for your new preferences to include:

“…Whatever is true, whatever is kind, whatever is lovely, and if there be anything worthy of praise, think then on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

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A State of Zen

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“Mine is the silver and mine the gold, says the Lord of hosts.  Greater will be the future glory of this house, than the former, says the Lord of hosts; And in this place I will give peace.”

Haggai 2:8

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“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

1 Corinthians 1:9

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“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 2:16

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“As a consequence, your faith rests not on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

! Corinthians 2:5

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Many heartfelt thanks to Didi at Didis Art Design for nominating me for the “Sunshine Blogger Award” and your beautiful art and insightful blog, artistic expressions and poems which convey spiritual concepts, knowledge and inner truth!

Please visit his site at https://didisvgp.wordpress.com/

Rules:
1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

My Questions:

1.) What kind of hobbies you have got?  I am blessed to be multi-talented so enjoy painting, sewing, playing the piano, reading and writing, Yoga and Pilates, and enjoy being out in nature be it hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing or canoeing.

2.) What is most important for you?  My personal relationship with God.

3.) How can we achieve harmony between nations and people?  By intending on the highest vibration and frequency of love through all our thoughts, words and actions, we can transmute lower fear-based stories which are no longer serving our evolution process.

4.) What kind of improvements you suggest for your our society?  Again, we are here to love and nurture, encourage and support each other in our journey.  It is like that example of the difference between heaven and hell. Everyone is sitting around a big bowl of soup with very long handled soup spoons, too long to feed yourself.  But long enough to feed the person across from you.

5.) What is your biggest wish?  To fulfill my mission and purpose as to reach my fullest potential, and thereby assisting others in their transformation in the process.  A Win Win Win solution!

6.) What was your biggest mistake in your life?  Mis-takes are how we learn and evolve on the staircase of our lives.  In the movie industry, there is the term “take one, two, etc.” So my life has been a series of mis-takes of which I am still learning and growing from until I transition.  They are how we get our lessons vital for spiritual growth, knowledge, learning and mastery to ascension status.

7.) If you could bring in a new field of lesson in school-program, what would it be?  Multi-dimensional living and concepts on learning how to let go of the old stories, beliefs, thoughts, behaviors, etc., in our DNA from the past and intentionally through the energetic process restructure our DNA to be love based and not fear based any longer.  I see great teachings and systems with learning about life and spiritual concepts and how they apply to our new story with intention and alignment and doing what you love the core base value system connected to our innermost truth and placing God in the center, where everything flows together.  (i.e., God is LOVE).

8.) How to stop poverty in the world?  Again, this has to do with our old world concept/belief fear-base system.  Enough of abundant loving based thoughts being focused on this one issue can transform.  Look at the example of a water crystal given a loving energetic word and how it prospers into a brilliant sight to behold!  So it all comes down to the highest energy frequency vibration:  LOVE.  It is not just a word, it is energy, it is life, it is who we are and who we are meant to be and how we are meant to be towards one another.  Our thoughts create reality.

9.) Your most interesting book?  Since I am prolific reader, several to be certain!  I look at the Bible as a beginning footer foundation on a Rock with A Course In Miracles as the next layer of the foundation and countless other spiritual works to assist in developing an inner knowing truth vital to transform the chaotic energy around us at this most crucial time in our existence.

10.) What is the meaning of friendship for you?  Two hearts that meet in the middle and share their joys, sorrows, experiences, insights, hopes, dreams, laughter and truth with one another in a purely altruistic way.  Separate  yet joined on the spiritual level, so allowing for freedom, growth and joy on their individual journey of life.

11.) What means for you: “Man know thyself”?  I would have to say that until you go through “the dark night of the soul” you only have a glimpse of your potential abilities.  So by the inner work of the transformation from a chrysalis to a butterfly, you become true to yourself and then are able to move freely, being certain of your foundation and convictions to the very core of your soul.

My nominations are:

1.) http://godlychicdiaries.wordpress.com/
2.) http://ladyniculina.wordpress.com/
3.) http://quietsolopursuits.wordpress.com/
4.) http://optimismofcolor.wordpress.com/
5.) http://laurenhillxanga.wordpress.com/
6.) http://cindyknoke.wordpress.com/
7.) http://ontheland.wordpress.com/
8.) http://mitchgoldfarbblog.wordpress.com/
9.) http://ashokscreativecorner.wordpress.com/
10.) http://simpleula.com/
11.) http://dancingpalmtrees.wordpress.com/

My Questions:

1.) When did you begin your blog and why?
2.)  Have your found your niche through your blogging?
3.)  Has the networking with fellow bloggers brought about new friendships?
4.)  What makes your heart sing with gladness?
5.)  Name one word which brings about happiness in your life.
6.)  What is important to you?
7.)  Can you maintain alignment and focus during challenging times and how?
8.)  Share one tool set that you have found useful in assisting in owning your own power with other people.
9.)  Are you expanding your horizons?
10.) Do you find that life is a series of spirals moving upwards?
11.) Name one place that brings you peacefulness and tranquility into your life.

Congratulations to all of you for your dedication in sharing your stories, art, photography, music, experiences and insight with one another, as the collective we are assisting to raise the vibration to make love the new foundation instead of fear.  Thank you all for your continued support in encouraging one another on this journey!

 

A Once In A Lifetime Love…

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; But it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

LeGuin

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On this day, May 20, 1961 my parents, John V. Marchell and Connie A. Mitchell were married.  It was a bittersweet wedding for my mom’s father, G. Clifford Mitchell, had passed from a heart attack less than a month prior to their wedding date.  Their love for me is crystal clear as I was the honeymoon baby.  Dad would often say to me that I was a ‘much loved child.’

I do believe that Grandpa Cliff’s Spirit has been with me always, as he was a graphic artist who, at an early age, was asked to work for Walt Disney.  He declined the offer and went into business for himself with many of his creative works promoting IBM in their beginning stages with their first place of operation located in Endicott, New York.

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So on this day, I honor my parents unconditional love and everlasting guidance still evident miraculously in my life as love transcends our human understanding.  It is through building a firm foundation by focusing on the gift of union which makes the relationship stronger and resilient to withstand any storm.  With the extraordinary gift of a once in a lifetime love,  one hundred percent belief, trust and faith in one another with open heart awareness; together the two open their arms wide to embrace the unknown.

As their hearts joined together pictured in the glowing setting sunset clouds, I know that their gift of new beginnings is approaching for me as their message permeates my soul.

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“It’s time to unite your hearts, for together your energies  combined are magnetic, magical and infinite in their abilities to manifest miracles.”

Mom and Dad

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“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.”

Andre Gide

©Art and Photography by Loriginal Designs

Highland Lake, PA

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On Eagle’s Wings!!!

“You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, Who abide in His shadow for life,  Say to the Lord, ‘My Refuge,’ My Rock in Whom I trust.  And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His Hand.”

On Eagles Wings by Michael Joncas (Psalm 91)

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This is the last in The Three-part Romeo Series of oil paintings inspired by Tofino Photography.  My eternal gratitude for the empowering photographic compositions which bring one to a place of such beauty, tranquility and peace!

As I took a break from painting the second layer of oils onto the canvas yesterday, I went outside to walk barefoot in the lush, soft grass.  As I walked around my prolific blooming garden, I knelt in the grass next to my Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue that I have placed in front of my white with pink-tipped flowering Peony plant, whose buds are just beginning to form.  The statue is with Jesus dressed in his white robe with the red over shawl, as some of you have seen in my photographic image of the setting sun in my posting entitled Jesus Walks Among Us.  If you look into the setting sun over Highland Lake, you see an image of what appears to be an individual wearing a white robe with a red shawl.  It also appears that this image has an individual alongside him as the red material seems to be wrapped out around another image. When my Dad was alive, I recall him sharing with me a dream he had which impacted him for the rest of his life.  It was a vision of Jesus, shining in his glory in a purple glowing cloak with his ethereal eyes gleaming compassionately to envelope ones soul with peace. So I ended up repainting the Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue’s heart and his wounds in red and the cross, chain and shield in gold and the collar of his cloak in gold.

I do believe that the Romeo Eclipse is an important message for us all, that we are to be living heaven on earth now, and that the lion shall finally lie down with the lamb.

“Let there be a world to see, Let it be of Inspiration, Let there be a world to be, Let it be of God’s Creation.”

John V. Marchell (My Dad)

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted.  He has sent me to comfort the broken-hearted…Beauty for ashes; Joy instead of mourning; Praise instead of heaviness.”

Psalm 61: 1, 3

©Loriginals Designs Oil Painting

©Tofino Photography, Eagle Eclipse April 6, 2017

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My Original Piano Music “C-13 Sonata”

Throughout the creative process, I paint pictures, write stories, take photographs and compose music which all interweave into the tapestry of my life.  Though viewing the process from the underside with all the loose threads it appears to be quite a mess, the passion within is determined to interweave all the colorful threads to behold a brilliant gift from the Universe!

This copyrighted piano composition is inspired by 1 Corinthians 13  and spans my life journey.  When my beloved Mother passed, Dad  had this engraved on their stone:

“A hug, a smile, a kiss, fond memories of a lifetime”

(Posted on You Tube as well as on my blog’s Piano, Art and Photography tab, with some of my artwork, photography and family photos to go along with the music).

Enjoy!