“Sing of deep blue skies; Of traveling mystical clouds arise.”
“The buds push forth the Autumn leaves; In preparation for the upcoming Spring.”
“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
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
“Joyously we skate and sing; Ever mindful of the simple things.”
Connie Andrea Marchell
“Oh the happiness that springs; From just the simple, humble things!”
“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.”
“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!”
“Ever joyously we sway and swing; Upon nature’s beauty of everything!”
“Muted colors, bountiful arrays; Magical wonder, Godly days.”
Connie Andrea Marchell
“Today, if you hear His voice; Do not harden your hearts.”
“May your heart be full of joy: Rejoice in the Lord Always; And again I say, Rejoice!”
©Connie Andrea Marchell
©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash
“Throughout our lives, laughter and playfulness heal our mind, body and soul.”
“Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
“Allow the child within to come out and play!”
“Alfred the Golden Doodle”
“The hush of heaven holds our hearts today.”
A Course in Miracles
“Teamwork and foundations are built on integrity of the heart.”
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.”
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata
“For it is knowledge which teaches wisdom, wisdom which teaches truth and the truth will set you free.”
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
The 33rd Annual Spiedie Festival & Balloon Rally held at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY was held on August 4 – 6, 2017. With countless vendors, amusement park rides, face painting, music, volleyball, 5K run and balloon rides just to name a few of the festivities, this event has grown tremendously throughout the years. For those of you who are not familiar with the word ‘spiedie,’ it is cubed chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison or beef marinated in a spiedie sauce then placed on metal skewers over a charcoal pit. Once cooked, they are eaten on a fresh piece of Italian bread. Developed by Camillo Iacovelli, Agostino Iacovelli and Peter Sharak from the Southern Tier of New York State from 1939 on, their popularity has expanded nation-wide. Today there are countless deviations to the original recipe at the annual spiedie cook-off held at the festival every year. There are several spiedie marinate companies available for purchasing spiedie marinade sauce online. For those of you who do eat meat (I am a vegetarian), here are a few local distributors. Enjoy!
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
“The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy and Peace.”
“…For God is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him…Ask in Faith.”
James 1:5 – 6
“Yet God has revealed this wisdom to us through the Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 2:10
“Love is not enough. You can’t exist as the reflection of someone’s love.”
John Powell, S.J.
“Now it is characteristic of play that one plays without reason and there must be no reason for it. Play is its own good reason.”
“If we treat people as they are, they will stay as they are. But if we treat them for what they might be, and might become, they will become their better selves.”
“A life lived in love will never be dull.”
“A Happy Elephant Doing a Handstand!”
© 2017 Spiedie Festival and Balloon Rally Expo, Inc.
“Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life, or still we take this step with the false preposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning. For what was great in the morning will be little at the evening and in the morning what was true at evening will become a lie.”
“The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche” C.G. Jung
“It’s is like this: when I was a child I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a woman my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away childish things. In the same way we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at His reflection on a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see Him in His completeness face to face…There are three things that remain – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13: 11 -13
In honor of Tofino Photography for providing the extraordinary inspiration from “A Tofino Sunset Series” to create a mixed oil and glaze on canvas piece as a “Loriginal” creation. This is the second of three in the Romeo Series artwork interpretations.
©Artwork by Loriginal Designs
©Photography by Tofino Photography, “A Tofino Sunset Series” April 12, 2017 posting
“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
Yellow, one of the three primary colors in an artists’ palette, it is often used as the color of sunshine, optimism, enlightenment of creativity and symbolizes spring. It communicates our third chakra’s empowerment and is the center of our very being. Being a Pilates and Yoga Instructor and Creative Coach, this is where all our emotional health and wellness, confidence and ability to believe in one self centers from. As a pianist, it resonates to the letter “E” of the scale and uses sight and fire to create confidence within as music can sooth the soul.
It’s luminosity has actually changed the yellow hues of our planetary sun into a brilliant diamond of crystal prisms of dazzling white light. Yellow was my Mom’s favorite color, and ironically it symbolizes that angels are in our presence.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
In memory of Connie A. Mitchell Marchell whose anniversary will be this Easter, and ironically she passed on Easter 22 years ago. Who many have called an earth angel, whose unconditional love, generosity, pure, open heart and sparkling smile radiated God’s Love, Joy and Peace and touched everyone on her Yellow Brick Road Pathway. She would oftentimes say to me that “Sometimes God allows our hearts to be broken so that He can beautify our souls.” Sunflowers are one of the many things which remind me of her essence and presence in my life. I do believe that these flowers cry tears of joy, too.
“All in good time and measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”
“For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 15:17
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence and anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”
“Love requires sharing; Sharing requires struggle; Struggle requires faith; and Faith requires Love.”
Connie A. Mitchell Marchell
“The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure.”
“If you love something, set it free; If it comes back it’s yours. if it doesn’t, it never was.”
“When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’
And bowing His head, He handed over His Spirit.”
©Photography Loriginal Designs