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Sylvester came into my life Thanksgiving weekend while my brother and I were playing catch football outside. He was still a kitten, but determined to make his home were I lived. From the beginning, I could see that Sylvester didn’t know he was a cat because he believed in himself and that he could do anything that he set his mind to.
From “flying” from the back deck to the birch tree, wading in the steam alongside the property, “pointing” at pheasants in the brush, jumping to turn the light switch on or just climbing as high as he could go, he made certain that his message to me was clear – stand your ground, listen to your heart and follow your dreams.
The above video was a weekend project many years ago with friends as Sylvester was filmed doing somersaults, or the Slovak term, “koperdonitz” as Grandma Marge would call them. (Found on YouTube). After a weekend of filming, he decides that he isn’t interested in somersaulting anymore and lets me know it on the last clip! My first encounter with this acrobatic ability occurred as he somersaulted into his food dish one day! He brought much joy and laughter into my life and his message of believing in myself has resurfaced once again as a reminder to be true to my God-given gifts, talents and abilities and to somersault joyously through life!
“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.
“Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” by ©Tofino Photography
“Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” Oil on Canvas ©Loriginal Designs
“A Tofino Sunset Series” by ©Tofino Photography
“A Tofino Sunset Series” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs
“Eagle Eclipse” by ©Tofino Photography
“Eagle Eclipse” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
“No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty!”
“Everything is flowing — going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks… While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood…in Nature’s warm heart.”
“One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature — inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last.”
“How little note is taken of the deeds of Nature! What paper publishes her reports? …. Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds, or the written music of water written in river-lines? Who reports and works and ways of the clouds, those wondrous creations coming into being every day like freshly upheaved mountains? And what record is kept of Nature’s colors – – the clothes she wears – of her birds, her beasts – her live-stock?”
“Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.”
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
“Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff descendant of Turner and Hooch (aka Beasely).”
Thank you Paul and Sharon Kayes!
©Turner and Hooch
Special thanks to Paul and Sharon Kayes and meeting Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff!
“The water’s edge mirrors to us the glory of God’s creation.”
“The reflections of our inner self become evident upon the waters’ welcoming our heart home.”
“Timelessness is the hush of heaven.”
“In flight we travel as our awakening state becomes one.”
“As autumn is upon us, new life is at its door. Rejoice in its glorious finale, unencumbered now to soar.”
“Golden yellows and brilliant burgundy accents upon us now; as only the Master Artist could envision somehow.”
“Only God can make a tree.”
Grandma Marge Stolarcyk
“Our adventure to awakening’s pathway is the journey to the heart.”
“Being open to all of our heightened senses, living presently in the moment, relishing the gift of life.”
“Let there be a world to see, let it be of inspiration. Let there be a world to see, let it be of God’s creation.”
John V. Marchell
“In quietness and calmness we release and welcome all that is our connection to Mother Gaia.”
“Through all of life’s twists and turns, it is the colorful, blissful treasured moments that ignite passion of the soul.”
“Now abideth these three things: Faith, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
“Memories of childhood laughter echo as the water softly lapping into shore, recalling summer fun and hearts overflowing joy.”
“To the revitalizing waters we are drawn, as if it holds for us all the answers we seek; Tranquility is its messenger as it renews our mind, body and soul.”
©John V. Marchell
©Margaret D. Stolarcyk
Quaker Lake, Pennsylvania
“Delicately we breathe in the crisp air and splendid colors washing over our souls in magical bliss.”
“Oh to be as content as a cat; Meditative purring and soothing at that!”
“The conscious pause, observing. The ripples flow in soft rhythms. Alignment.”
Lisa Ann Carucci Lash
“Stabbing, swirling, rapidly rushing; Carrying us ever swiftly to a new dimension. One must be open to allowing the seasons of life.”
“When the Holy Spirit lays something in your heart, move without hesitation. You have no idea who may be depending on your immediate obedience.”
The Word For The Day
“So ever softly whispers ring; Across the timelines loved ones sing. Showering blessings bountiful store; Imagining these precious ones; Is what conscious awareness is for.”
Connie Andrea Marchell
©Connie A. Marchell
©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash
©The Word For The Day
Honorable mention to Philip and Tigger!
“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
On my morning hike the stellar sky and enlivening day brought about a feeling of oneness with Mother Earth around me. As I walked the local school track in meditation, I overheard a coach motivating the students he was training. The message he shared in encouraging, emphatic words: “You’re going to make mistakes on the field, that’s ok. Learn to fix them and move on.” Was he just coaching the athletes he was working with? As that message rang true to the very core of my being, I came upon the realization that was exactly how I have been approaching life. In the optimistic way he presented his message to those he was coaching, it brought about a yearning from those he was instructing to strive for improvement. The delivery of the message in a positive context planted the seed of working towards perfection within these adolescent youngsters.
“Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.”
As I left the track to venture up the back hill, I stopped as I came upon a congregation of immature eagles gathered alongside the ground as well as flying in the area! Thankfully I had my cell phone to photograph them, even though they are not professional looking nor close up shots. But the message was a very profound one for me in my journey of the heart. Symbolic as well, for the coach from the track training session had been instructing adolescent children on the importance of perseverance towards their goals, dreams and desires.
“Being myself includes taking risks with myself, taking risks on new behavior, trying new ways of ‘being myself’, so that I can see who it is I want to be.”
As I stood there observing the eagles, they began to gather in a convocation as if to communicate with one another on their next soaring expedition, deciding on where the thermals and winds would allow for them to glide effortlessly to a new destination. I remember thinking how lucky they were to have each other to assist in their learning and growing stages of development, and how important that support system is within our own lives as well. When they began to unite as a circle of life joining their energies, I stood there with my arms reaching upwards towards their wings as they rose above me, their feathers just within reach of my outstretched arms. As they soared higher, I was able to count twelve of these youngsters who had graced me with their ‘anything is possible’ outlook on life. Their powerful, pure energy filled my soul with grandeur as a monumental experience for me in my personal life’s journey.
“Jesus said: With God, All things are possible.”
“Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices; do the hardest thing for you. Act for yourself and face your truth.”
From this profoundly enlightening experience, I slowly began the walk up the trail. As I looked to the right where some of the eagles had been grounded, I found a secondary eagle feather symbolically left for me from one of the messengers who flew into my life that morning. The eagle has been an animal totem for me my entire life and I have been attuned to their energy for some time. It has been a blessed experience for me to witness such a marvelous moment and to be able to share it with others as a way of showing that there is much around us to assist in our journey, we just need to be still, open and aware in trusting that still, small voice within, honoring Mother Earth and striving for the highest and best in all areas of our lives, knowing that mistakes are a part of our learning curve, in order for us to super duper quantumly soar!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”