Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Positively Spring Life

by Mauverneen


“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”  - Rainer Maria Rilke

      To think of Spring is to generally think of flowers, and trees bursting into bloom and grass becoming green again. And rain. It is a time of new life. Not only for the plants, but for the animal world. Babies of the animal world arrive in spring - calves and lambs and geese and squirrels and birds....
      I am waiting for the day the mama deer will bring her babies out very early one of these mornings to let them play in the open field. I drive to the park where mother goose takes her babies for a swim. 
      Here at the house a robin has built a nest in a rose bush that climbs the wall just outside my back door. I would never have noticed it except that I passed too close one morning and she flew out suddenly, scaring us both. I tend to give a wide pass now to the rose bush and the nest. I want Mrs. Robin to be comfortable and to hatch those babies. She does leave occasionally, to find food I suspect. When she does I have taken the opportunity to rush over and take a quick peek into the nest. At first it was bare - just brown twigs. Then, lo and behold I saw four blue eggs! Today I peeked again. I saw no blue, but something soft and feathery. I will keep you posted!  

“The bird dares to break the shell, then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly. This is the simplest principle of success. You dream, you dare and you fly.”   - Israelmore Ayivor

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Positively Nothing for Granted

by Mauverneen
It’s hard to imagine life without a lot of the things we take for granted. Transportation for instance.
 Late last summer I traveled to Utah to visit my oldest daughter and her husband, who had just moved to Park City. We spent a wonderful day in Salt Lake City viewing an auto museum, seeing a couple of  beautiful mansions, having lunch and visiting the Mormon Tabernacle, to which we made a return visit on Sunday morning to be part of the live broadcast of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. If you are ever able to witness that, do not pass it up.  It is both inspirational and awe-inspiring. 

But what stuck in my mind most was something else. Something that would have been easy to miss.

The Mormon Tabernacle is part of a complex also containing the Temple, an assembly hall, and of course a museum - all worth seeing. There are also some monuments and sculptures in various spots throughout the grounds. One such was the monument to the Mormon handcart pioneers. Those intrepid souls that crossed an unwelcoming, harsh land to establish a new city.



Here is the inscription:
"The Handcart Pioneer Monument is a tribute to the thousands of hardy Mormon pioneers who, because they could not afford the larger ox-drawn wagons, walked across the rugged plains in the 1850s, pulling and pushing all of their possessions in handmade, all-wood handcarts. Some 250 died on the journey, but nearly 3,000, mostly British converts, completed the 1,350-mile trek from Iowa City, Iowa."


They walked. Walked. 1,350 miles. With all of their belongings, and sometimes their children, on a tiny cart. 

Indeed it is hard to imagine life without a lot of the things we take for granted. Transportation for instance. 





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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring has (almost) Sprung

by Mauverneen


        “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant..."   -Anne Bradstreet

So true. We are so anxious for spring because we are tired of being cold. We want to be warm again, to see sunshine. We are tired of shades of gray - as in the sky, the trees, and the mud. 

Its encouraging to see the grass turning green again, uplifting to see the dead-looking branches on the trees showing signs of life again and how thrilled we are to see the seasons first robin or that first spring flower!
In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. - Mark Twain
Ah but mother nature is fickle and shy. Sometimes she must be coaxed into showing off all of her charms. A little sun, a little snow, a wayward robin, a little rain... Until at last, damn it, It really will be spring! 

Every April, God rewrites the Book of Genesis. ~Author Unknown

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Positively Chasing Rainbows

by Mauverneen



The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton


     I just think we could use a rainbow today. The weather has been bleak, the news has been bleaker.  
     There is something magical about a rainbow. It‘s beautiful and holds the promise of hope - whether it be that mythical pot of gold at the end of it or the promise that the storm is over.
      My youngest daughter recently told me her childhood memory of chasing rainbows. I have always been a photography nut and a particularly bright rainbow was in the sky so I picked her up, buckled her in her car seat and off we went. No doubt I told her we were going to chase that rainbow and maybe find the pot of gold and perhaps a leprechaun at the end of it.
      ‘‘What other mom takes their daughter chasing rainbows?’’ she asked as we both teared up a bit. 
Indeed.
      I think we all need to chase a rainbow on occasion. You never know what you will find; a glorious photo op, a bit of adventure, a treasure, or a memory to be tucked away that will, like a rainbow, make your day.
      “Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” ~ Maya Angelou


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Positively Mardi Gras

by Mauverneen
     
      Life may not be the party we hoped for but while were here we should dance.  Not sure who to attribute this quote to but it sounds like good advice to me.


      Today is Fat Tuesday, or to make it sound better, Mardi Gras. Almost anything sounds better en fran├žais don’t you think?
      Today is Fat Tuesday, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the start of 40 days to make up for today’s transgressions and two weeks to St. Paddy’s day - just about enough time to sober up for another round of partying.



      While I’m not condoning excessive drinking, I am condoning putting a little fun and partying into our lives. Lent is a sober time and many people take it seriously; by fasting, giving up things we like for 40 days - sweets, cigarettes, partying - in the hopes it will make us a little bit better as a person because of it. With a little luck and fortitude, it will.
      But let’s not forget to take a little time to party - to dance. Because life should be balanced  in order to live it to the fullest. We need to take time out to appreciate the good times, it’s what gets us through the bad times - knowing there are good times on the horizon. Its called hope.  
 
     So here’s to a full life, and as they say in New Orleans: laissez les bon temps rouler!


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