Quotes of Wisdom 43 – Spring Brings Growth

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." ~Harriet Ann Jacobs I am so feelin' it the past few days. I hope that if the season is Spring wherever you are, it is bringing the joy of new growth and beauty to your life.  Sometimes …

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Writing Memoir is Like Hard Boiling a Cracked Egg

Writing memoir is like hard boiling a cracked egg.  Contents burble out into the scalding water forming opaque hints of the story concealed within. The raw sticky interior simmering, congealing, forming itself into perfection. The difference being, when we try to set the timer for completing the project the winds of life blow out the …

Quotes of Wisdom 42 Strange Thoughts while Grieving

"One of the things that happens to people in grief is they secretly think they're crazy, because they realize they are thinking things that don't make sense." ~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright 2/6/19  Early this morning I stood at our kitchen sink, coffee cup in hand, looking out the window.  A big …

Quotes of Wisdom 41 Standing on the Edge Requires You to Slow Down

"Become slower in your journey through life. Practice yoga and meditation if you suffer from 'hurry sickness.' Become more introspective by visiting quiet places such as churches, museums, mountains and lakes. Give yourself permission to read at least one novel a month for pleasure."Wayne Dyer "Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term in yogic philosophy that refers to …

Quotes of Wisdom 40 Creativity & Healing Require Stillness

"Everything that's created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness."~Wayne Dyer I crave stillness: the stillness required for creativity, healing, and to be truly present in the moment. In stillness we can …

Quotes of Wisdom 39 Sustaining Creativity During Stress and Grief is Vital for Mental Health

"Creativity is healing." - Yours TrulyBrighten you day with color. Notice how your mind and body change with the process. Creativity changes brain chemistry.    I don't need to read studies (though there are a few) to know how my mood changes when I sit and knit for 30 minutes. I know how playing in …

Quotes of Wisdom 38 Healing through Gardening – Midsummer Update

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."  ~Luther Burbank  Gardens have been medicine for my soul for years.  This year the abundance of beauty and cycling blooms in the flower gardens have kept me captivated. In fact, they've held me hostage long into the …

Quotes of Wisdom 37 Happy Summer!

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." ~Russell Baker, American Journalist Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/russell_baker I have no idea what prompted Russell Baker to say what he said, but I feel quite the same about summer. While I dread the heat that provokes hot flashes and migraines, the mosquitoes …

Quotes of Wisdom 36 Healing Through Gardening

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." ~Alfred Austin, English Poet, novelist, dramatist I have dug into the earth with bare hands, day after day convinced my hands would be stained for a …

Quotes of Wisdom 35 – Take Time for Rest

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet, English banker,  liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist, and polymath. When was the last time …