On Lily’s Pond

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A rejuvenating retreat with Lily, Bitsy, Cherish and Zelda!!!

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A Walk to Finch Hollow

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“On a day such as today, may it live on forever in your heart.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Precious are the moments that occur between the breath and warm the soul.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Travel lightly, step softly, live within the wonderment of the present.”

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“Mosaic colors of light dancing upon the trees sing joyously in the breeze which hushes our thoughts to breathe.”

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“Are dogs the angels in furry clothing which know us better than we know ourselves – our best friend for now and always.”

L.D. Marchell

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:2

“Only God can make a tree.”

Grandma Marge Stolarcyk

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“Sing to the Lord a new song!”

Psalm 96

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Wonderment at Watkins Glen State Park

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“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“You know full well as I do the value of sisters’ affections: There is nothing like it in the world.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“I believe in some blending of hope and sunshine sweetening the worst lots. I believe that this life is not all; neither the beginning nor the end. I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Better to be without logic than without feeling.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“If you are cast in a different mold to the majority, it is no merit of yours; nature did it.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master — something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“To see and know the worst is to take from

fear her main advantage.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master- something that at time strangely wills and works for itself.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive!”

Charlotte Bronte

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“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Enjoy the blessings Heaven bestows, Assist his friends, forgive his foes; Trust God, and keep his statutes still, Upright and firm, through good and ill; Thankful for all that God has given, Fixing his firmest hopes on heaven; Knowing that earthly joys decay, But hoping through the darkest day.”

Charlotte Bronte

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“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

Charlotte Bronte

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*Photograph of me taken by Lisa Lash

Winter Wonderment!

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“Purity”

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“Dawn”

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“Hillside”

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“Jaco Kitty”

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“Happy Dog”

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“Relaxation”

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“Picnic”

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“Birds Eye View”

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“Rejuvenation”

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“Restful”

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“Peaceful”

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“Rainbow Orbs”

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“Evergreen”

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“Footprints”

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“Acorn Collection”

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“Expansive”

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“Glimpses”

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“Steely Sky”

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“Amber Sky”

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“Garnet Sky”

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A Holistic Harvest on Keuka Lake!

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“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.”

John Muir

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“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!”

John Muir

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“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.”

John Muir

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“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.”

John Muir

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“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?”

John Muir

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“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.”

John Muir

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

John Muir

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“Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff descendant of Turner and Hooch (aka Beasely).”

Thank you Paul and Sharon Kayes!

http://www.bighousebordeaux.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turner_%26_Hooch

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©John Muir

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©Turner and Hooch

Special thanks to Paul and Sharon Kayes and meeting Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff!

Welcome to Chenango Valley State Park!

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“When sparkles dance upon the water, our souls twinkle like stars in the evening sky.”

L.D. Marchell

“Nature’s infinite palette splashes vibrancy upon the autumn day.”

L.D. Marchell

“We are drawn back to Mother Gaia, connected with her compassion and ever-constant love for all; in our returning back, we become one united with her; calling us to love her as she has unconditionally given infinitely and ceaselessly to us.”

L.D. Marchell

The breath of life, passionate, rapturous, invigorating, revitalizing; Let us welcome God’s love with open arms.”

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“All roads lead home to where the heart is.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Friendship is two spirits allowing each other to soar and fly.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Take time to travel apart for the answers you seek are within.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Faith is believing in things not yet seen but felt with the heart.”

Hebrews 11:1

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“Walk ever softly, tenderly taking in the wonderment of the present.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Wherever your heart is, there also is your home.”

L.D. Marchell

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An Autumn Saunter Around Quaker Lake

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“The water’s edge mirrors to us the glory of God’s creation.”

L.D. Marchell

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“The reflections of our inner self become evident upon the waters’ welcoming our heart home.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Timelessness is the hush of heaven.”

L.D. Marchell

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“In flight we travel as our awakening state becomes one.”

L.D. Marchell

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“As autumn is upon us, new life is at its door. Rejoice in its glorious finale, unencumbered now to soar.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Golden yellows and brilliant burgundy accents upon us now; as only the Master Artist could envision somehow.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Only God can make a tree.”

Grandma Marge Stolarcyk

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“Our adventure to awakening’s pathway is the journey to the heart.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Being open to all of our heightened senses, living presently in the moment, relishing the gift of life.”

L.D. Marchell

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“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

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“In quietness and calmness we release and welcome all that is our connection to Mother Gaia.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Through all of life’s twists and turns, it is the colorful, blissful treasured moments that ignite passion of the soul.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Now abideth these three things: Faith, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

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“Memories of childhood laughter echo as the water softly lapping into shore, recalling summer fun and hearts overflowing joy.”

L.D. Marchell

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“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.”

L.D. Marchell

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©John V. Marchell

©Margaret D. Stolarcyk

Quaker Lake, Pennsylvania

A Rejuvenating Weekend

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“Delicately we breathe in the crisp air and splendid colors washing over our souls in magical bliss.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Oh to be as content as a cat; Meditative purring and soothing at that!”

L.D. Marchell

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“The conscious pause, observing.  The ripples flow in soft rhythms.  Alignment.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

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“Stabbing, swirling, rapidly rushing; Carrying us ever swiftly to a new dimension.  One must be open to allowing the seasons of life.”

L.D. Marchell

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“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

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“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

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©Connie A. Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

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Honorable mention to Philip and Tigger!

 

An Opalescent New Year!!!

 

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“I accept that I hold the golden keys to my Heaven on Earth.   I accept that I create my reality, by the power of my word.  My word is good, my heart is pure.  By the loving power of my pure word, I now recognize and accept my Higher Self as the Holy Spirit.”

The Sophia Code – Kaia Ra

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“I accept that I hold the golden keys to my Heaven on Earth.  I accept that I create my reality, by the power of my word.  My word is good, my heart is pure.  By the loving power of my pure word, I now recognize and accept my Higher Self as The Great Counselor.”

The Sophia Code – Kaia Ra

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“I accept that I hold the golden keys to my Heaven on Earth.  I accept that I create my reality, by the power of my word.  My word is good, my heart is pure.  By the loving power of my pure word, I now recognize and accept my Higher Self as The Peace that Passeth All Understanding.”

The Sophia Code – Kaia Ra

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“I accept that I hold the golden keys to my Heaven on Earth.  I accept that I create my reality, by the power of my word.  My word is good, my heart is pure.  By the loving power of my pure word, I now command my Higher Self to activate the crystalline divine qualities of Keycode 4 of the Sophia Code within me as the new operating system for my carbon-based DNA.  By the power of my I am Presence, it is commanded that my heart spiral open to now flourish and blossom as The Rose.”

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By the power of my I Am Presence, it is commanded that my Higher Self anchor my commitment to live in alignment with fulfilling my destiny throughout my entire body and being now.”

The Sophia Code – Kaia Ra

 


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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Medjugorje

“Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations.”

Matthew 28:19


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©Blessed Mother Mary Statue, Medjugorje, Yugoslavia

A Sanctuary at Salt Springs State Park

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“Travels near and afar, the waters’ rushing by.  Might it be the soothing streams, nature smiles a calming sigh.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

“Majestically Allowing; Authentic Pushing.  Nature.  Autumn. Water. Flowing. Winter.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

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“Interwoven Twin Flame Trees; Roots of Essence Sharing.  Balancing the Energy Ignites; Organically Mystical Infinite Caring.”

L.D. Marchell

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“The Old.  The New.  The Opening.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

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“Merrily we skip and play; Happily we ponder.  The sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touches; Inner Knowing lighting up every hour.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

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“Free Spirit.  Free Soul.  Freedom!!!”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

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“White Buffalo Calf Woman Energy.”

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“Upon the unbeaten path I pursue; In quest of answers still hidden.  Deeply ingrained within my soul; In nature all realizations given.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Mountains and Hills, Bless the Lord; Praise and Exalt Him Above all Forever!!!”

Daniel 3:75

“Conscious Pause”

©Loriginal Designs

©Connie A. Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

©Bible

An Outdoor Odyssey at Otsiningo Park

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“Sing of deep blue skies; Of traveling mystical clouds arise.”

L.D. Marchell

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“The buds push forth the Autumn leaves; In preparation for the upcoming Spring.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Be it the child who teaches the parent, or the parent that instructs the child; Great Wisdom is gleaned from the mouths of babes, it seems.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

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 Park On Sunday

 

 Crisp of air,

 Swift of foot,

Skating,  futbol,  play.

Love and laughter,

Geese and friends,

Autumn, Park on Sunday.

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

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“Joyously we skate and sing; Ever mindful of the simple things.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

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“Oh the happiness that springs; From just the simple, humble things!”

L.D. Marchell

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“Doghead is pretty easy to learn; You just have to speak from the heart.”

“My Father’s Greatest Gift:  Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever.”

L.D. Marchell

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“In the fresh air and sunshine bright; I find true meaning within my life.  Through the twists and turns that weave our path; the meaning becomes much clearer when you look back!”

L.D. Marchell

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“Ever joyously we sway and swing; Upon nature’s beauty of everything!”

L.D. Marchell

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“Muted colors, bountiful arrays; Magical wonder, Godly days.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

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“Today, if you hear His voice; Do not harden your hearts.”

Hebrews 3:15

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“May your heart be full of joy:  Rejoice in the Lord Always; And again I say, Rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

 

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©Connie Andrea Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

©Bible

 

 

God’s Workmanship at Waterman Conservation Center

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“We step into nature,
Our hearts open wide,
We see all before us,
Of all that’s inside.

Above and below us,
Reflected around,
In treetops and water,
God’s love is abound.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

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“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for Good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

 

 

 

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“When perfect balance is achieved, all pathways are full of joyous adventure that make one’s heart sing!”

Connie Andrea Marchell

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“If by chance you caught a glimpse; Of dancing lights and fragrant sights; Might you glance upon the trees; Speaking ever softly in the autumn breeze.”

L.D. Marchell

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“Art is the accomplice of Love.”

Remy de Gourmont

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“For when awakening rushes through your very being, all else ceases to exist; For you become melded with All That Is.”

L.D. Marchell

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” Tread gingerly upon Gaia’s sacred ground; Ever mindful of her greatest gifts she so richly displays; Her magnitude graciously abounds.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

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“Sing of colors bright and exhilarating sites; Of  expansive moments saturated with a heavenly lights.”

L.D. Marchell

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“For it is the parent which nurtures the child; Such is the womb of Gaia showering Her Everlasting Love.  Be ever in a state of gratitude for Her great gift to us; For through Her, God Speaks ever softly to our hearts.”

L.D. Marchell

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“May your heart be always full of joy; Embracing the precious gift of Life!”

L.D. Marchell

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“For in the woods I wander for solace, insight and understanding; As the dwellings of wildlife convey, our true home is where our heart is.”

L.D. Marchell

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“As if to say a splendid day, which warms the heart and enliven’s the soul; Such are hours spent in Nature’s glorious enchanting thorough!”

L.D. Marchell

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“Care no more for the opinion of others, for their voices.  Do the hardest thing for you.  Act for yourself and face your Truth.”

Katherine Mansfiled

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“Yesterday’s memories of a lifetime bring forth glowing present moments to cherish; Life is a gift-embrace it with all of your heart!”

L.D. Marchell

As some of you know, I survived a car accident, which gifted me the opportunity to a glimpse of crossing over (NDE) while I was in a coma. It’s the chances that you don’t take which make one complacent, as home is blissful, surreal, saturation of rapturous, joyous, unconditional Love. Promise yourself to stretch your comfort zone every day, this could be your only today, so make it the most meaningful experience of your life!

L.D. Marchell

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©Connie Andrea Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

©Katherine Mansfield

©Remy de Gourmont

©Bible

On Hawkins Pond

 

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of  his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“We need the tonic of wilderness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.  We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

Henry David Thoreau

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©Henry David Thoreau – Walden Pond

Days of Thanksgiving!!!

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Cincinnatus Lake, New York

Infinite gratitude to the beauty of our surroundings, of friends and family with heartfelt thankfulness for their generosity from the heart!  May our focus on all the wonder and expansive glory surrounding us and the miraculous gift of the breath of life within us be ever kept in present moment appreciative awareness!

 “It is a woman’s nature to be constant – to love one and one only, blindly, tenderly, and for ever – bless them, dear creatures!”

Anne Bronte

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“All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise.”

Anne Bronte

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“I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself.”

Anne Bronte

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“A hardness such as this is taught by tough experience and despair alone.”

Anne Bronte

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“His heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind.”

Anne Bronte

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“But he who dares not grasp the throne should never crave the rose.”

Anne Bronte

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“I allow she has small claims to perfection; but then, I maintain that, if she were more perfect, she would be less interesting.”

Anne Bronte

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“Keep a guard over your eyes and ears as the inlets of your heart, and over your lips as the outlet.”

Anne Bronte

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“It is foolish to wish for beauty.  Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others.  If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.”

Anne Bronte

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“Our wishes are like tinder:  the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment.”

Anne Bronte

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“It seems as if life and hope must cease together.”

Anne Bronte

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“My heart is too thoroughly dried to be broken in a hurry, and I mean to live as long as I can.”

Anne Bronte

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“I love the silent hour of night, For blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight What may not bless my waking eyes.”

Anne Bronte

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“The end of religion is not to teach us how to die, but how to live.”

Anne Bronte

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A Relaxing Afternoon At Dorchester Park

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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.

Emily Bronte

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“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree.”

Emily Bronte

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“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading; It vexes me to choose another guide.”

Emily Bronte

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“I see heaven’s glories shine and faith shines equal.”

Emily Bronte

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“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.”

Emily Bronte

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“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”

Emily Bronte

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“But first a hush of peace, a soundless calm descends; The struggle of distress and fierce impatience ends.”

Emily Bronte

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“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”

Emily Bronte

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“A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad…”

Emily Bronte

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“I have to remind myself to breathe, almost to remind my heart to beat.”

Emily Bronte

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“…But most where trees are sending; Their breezy boughs on high; Or stooping low are lending a shelter from the sky.”

Emily Bronte

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“I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free…”

Emily Bronte

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“I cannot express it:  but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.”

Emily Bronte

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“With wide-embracing Love Thy Spirit animates eternal years; Pervades and broods above; Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears.”

Emily Bronte

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“No coward soul is mine.  No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere.”

Emily Bronte

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“From the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.”

Emily Bronte

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“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town.  A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.”

Emily Bronte

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A Golden Opportunity!!!

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“You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”

Max Ehrmann

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OK, so the joke about this cover photograph has to do with the beginning of sharing the original manuscript with friends and family, with the first draft completed September 2010. My good friend, Debbie Standard, arrived at Arrowhead Parable Christian Center with her first copy of the story in manuscript format and traded it in for the published book! You gotta love it!

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My cousin, Michelle Michalek, arrived early for her copy of Chert’s story. The book signing had a tremendous outpouring of my extended family which warmed my heart and soul! So very thankful for their encouragement and support in this labor of love!

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So here is the real “synchronicity” about the dress I am wearing. The top beaded neckline of the dress that I made is taken from a party dress of my Grandmother Marge’s. She was my first editor of the manuscript. As a word lady and Scrabble, Upwords and Crossword Wiz, she also had the married name from her first husband of Margaret Mitchell, the author at the time of “Gone With The Wind.” Her use of words has been a strong influence in the building of becoming an author in my life. Thank you, Grandma! Ya Ti Muc Muc Muc Lubiem!!!

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As Aunt Kathy Stolarcyk walked in and saw me, she smiled ear to ear and asked me if that was Grandma Marge’s dress, as I told her it was the collar from her dress. The beaded dress is what Grandma Marge wore to Aunt Kathy and Uncle Mike’s wedding! I could feel wedding energy in the dress, and now know where exactly she had worn it!

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Quilted Painting of Hummingbird with beadwork

As some of you have seen from a previous posting, I painted a hummingbird on the yellow dress of my Grandmother Marge’s and utilized all the beadwork from the hemline of that dress to frame the picture. Interestingly enough, my hummingbirds have been coming back around to the feeder this week and I am reminded of my beloved Grandmother Marge whose first anniversary is on the Blessed Mother’s Assumption. Ironically, my Grandmother Susie Marchell also passed on that sacred day as well, with Mom’s anniversary being Easter Sunday, so I have been very blessed with such spiritually strong, powerful and loving women figures in my life!

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“The color PINK represents caring, compassion, unconditional love and understanding.”

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“The color YELLOW symbolizes friendliness, warmth and honesty; displaying light, hope and encouragement.”

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My cousin Michelle Stolarcyk arrived as we shared our stories about Grandpa Stolarcyk and his crazy wild pants that he would wear as well as Chert’s love of Battaglini Bread from my Uncle Joe and Aunt Carol’s bakery, where no dogs are allowed!

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Now here is another “synchronicity” story about Becky Tinker, a previous co-worker with my Mom who happened to move across the street from me a few years ago! We have great fun together and always feel my Mom’ Joyous Spirit hovering around us when we go for our walks around the neighborhood! I offered Becky the manuscript, but she wanted to book instead!

Thank you to Craig Hall at Arrowhead Parable Christian Store, to all the people who came to visit and hear about Chert’s story and purchase a book for themselves or family and friends! I hope that Chert’s story warms their hearts and gives them some insight into the short and purposeful lives of angels in furry clothing!

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“My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever” is available online through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc., as well as my website:

http://loridmarchell.com/

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On Patient Perfection Personified

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.  You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing.”

Isaiah 9:1-2

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The past few days have been remarkable in the phenomenon of nature, be it in the gathering of hundreds of bees, the singing of birds in the trees, the brilliant colors exhibited in the sky, one must simply wonder and ask the Universe “why?”  The humor in this rhyme is my featured Jaco Kitty, who has a habit of talking extremely loud and oftentimes sounds like he is asking the question, “why?”  He also squeaks with a cadence sounding similar to the goldfinch chirp!  As he welcomes in the morning light, his wonderment of the day to unfold is greeted with joyous anticipation, as if to say “why not?!”  The lessons that he teaches me about patience and the perfection in timing cannot be overly stated.  I do believe as I have referenced in my first book, “My Father’s Greatest Gift:  Life Lessons From A Black English Labrador Retriever” that Chert Dog sent me Jaco Kitty to teach me the necessary next lessons in my life in order to learn how to take quantum leaps of faith to soar and fly.  Jaco is one of my greatest teachers as his present moment involvement in all that surrounds him shows me to take in everything as it is a gift.  When Jaco took a leap of faith from an oak tree to the lower branch the year I found him, he taught me about trust, joy and patience that day.  I hope that we can be open to these small, daily reminders every day about how very short our time is here.  Let us be reminded continually to take in what is most valuable in our lives and embrace it!

“Now remain these three things:  Faith, Hope and Love; and the greatest of these is Love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

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“Adapt the pace of nature.  Her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“The setting sun, and music at the close, as the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, writ in remembrance more than things long past.”

William Shakespeare

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“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Living Beyond Duality

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“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Just as the sky reflections are mirrored in the water, our perception of knowing is being reflected back to us in order to question our integrity.  As no two sunsets are the same, we are being asked to move beyond our familiar ways of thinking on the linear plane and move into a multi-dimensional existence.  In order to take these new quantum leaps of faith, our familiar way of doing things is being asked to transform every day.  This means that how we may do something one day will not be the same as the next.  As our whole world is changing and evolving so rapidly, so will our response one day will be different from the next.  This is not to be termed as being inconsistent. However, it is learning how to soar from one experience to the next as life is no longer linear in living, thinking and actions; we are now living in a circular multi-level existence, where timelines are occurring simultaneously.

 

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“God will supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory.”

Philippians 4:19

Like the various hues and reflections in the evening sky at Highland Lake, the peace of God washes over your soul.  Timelessness is evident in the ever-changing weather patterns, color configurations within the sky, smoothness to waves of the lake and season changes from the trees.  Time stands still in enormous pockets of peaceful awareness as the vibration and energy present speaks volumes to the depths of ones body, mind and soul.  Feeling connected to the magical wonder of the lake, she speaks ever so softly to a place deep within about inner tranquility only apparent when one quiets the mind and listens with the heart.

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“Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering.”

Ali

And so I speak about the miraculous beauty surrounding us and ask that these precious moments we are so blessed to experience be treasured in our hearts now and always.  For by asking you receive and by receiving you may find and by knocking the door will be opened up to you, when it is time.  Timing, that is, and patience are the final factors necessary in creating miracles.  You must be still and they will appear everywhere!  And so it is.

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“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.”

Ernest Holmes

 

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This is the Day!!!

“The transcendental state of Being lies beyond all seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting – beyond all thinking and beyond all feeling.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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There are sacred moments in time where all the senses are so attuned that you feel saturated in the love of the Universe! It is places like Highland Lake which have brought that sense of awareness in timelessness. Prior to having internet and cell service there, it seemed to magically bring you to a place of peacefulness, wonderment and awe as moments seemed to span lifetimes!

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There is a glorious Willow Tree named “The Lady of the Lake” whose graceful limbs with lacey leaves reach towards the heavens! Her hour glass womanly figure-shaped trunk has weathered many a winter’s wind and basked in the summer’s vibrant glory! An earlier limb was used for children to swing out into the lake as they would splash cheerfully into the water! Through the years, she had to relinquish this part of herself to the past, full of memories of her lifetime!

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On the pathway walking around Highland Lake there is a stoic moss covered tree known as “The Lord of the Forest” whose stately presence breathes embodiment to all of nature.

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Further along the pathway around the lake, there is a section where the stream and pond flow out into the lake. Oftentimes you will see turtles and bullfrogs, together with dragonflies and you may even encounter a fairy or two!

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As you continue along the pathway, the senses of sight, taste, smell, hearing, feeling and knowing are awakened in the freshness of the fragrant, soothing air. It is moments like this which span our awareness of time and we become one with all that is around us and within us. This bliss full state of consciousness allows for incredible insights as the mind drops into sacred heart-centered alignment and inner knowing. You may see a spiritual rainbow cone, or even an orb or two!

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Peaceful mornings and throughout the day, the lake transforms her appearance into something new! There is much to be learned from her deep lesson of inner knowing.

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Cloud formations pass throughout the day, bringing colorful rainbows, angelic wisps of glistening crystals, as the sunlight reflects brilliantly off the textured glassy water.

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And so after a splendid sunset, the campfires begin to emerge surrounding the water’s edge. Oftentimes, the fireflies will gather around the sloping hills as the crickets and peepers and tree frogs begin their harmonic evening melodies which accompany the sparkling starts lighting up the gradually darkening vast evening sky.

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Sunfish Sailboats sport around Highland Lake with moments of gusty winds and other peaceful doldrums. There is a gentleman who has configured a way to sail his rainbow colored sailboat around the lake using just the one arm that he has – remarkable the ingenuity of the power of invention, determination and necessity!

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Then there is the early morning choir of birds singing, as the stillness of the morning air and water invigorates the soul. Timelessness revisited.

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Various boating activities and music festivals as well as floatilla competition are just some of the many activities at Highland Lake. Not to mention the fireworks! They simply begin on the Fourth of July weekend and continue throughout the season!

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And so our lives are to be lived to their fullest, richest, reaching for the stars, pressed down and flowing over! As my Mom would say, “Keep Joy in your life, Jesus wants it that way!” and as Grandma Marge would say, “Happy, Happy, Happy!!! Joy, Joy, Joy!!!”

“Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I say, rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

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