Finding my Bliss

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Taking a Break

Seaside is calling me,
maybe I'll be gone for a 
week or two.
Speak to you all soon.

Monday, 30 May 2011


Things I noticed today
 sleeping beauty
much need precipitation
foliage just lapping it up 
this familiar green and pleasant land

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Postcards from Paradise #9 Random Acts of Kindness

I have no pictures today 
just a story that was passed on to me,
I'm passing on in response to 
Rebecca's Postcards from Paradise
the wishes of the story teller>

This is wonderful story and a good reminder to always be kind because everyone has something going on in their lives at some point that we're not aware of and also, some day, we may be the person needing the act of kindness. 

Cab Ride 

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. 
after waiting a few minutes
I walked to the 
door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a 
frail, elderly voice. I could hear something 
being dragged across the floor.

a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in 
her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a 
print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned 
on it, like somebody out of a 1940's 

By her side was a small nylon 
suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had 
lived in it for years. All the furniture was 
covered with sheets.

There were no 
clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils 
on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard 
box filled with photos and 

'Would you carry my bag 
out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase 
to the cab, then returned to assist the 

She took my arm and we walked 
slowly toward the curb.

She kept 
thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I 
told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers 
the way I would want my mother to be

'Oh, you're such a good 
boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave 
me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive 
through downtown?'

'It's not the 
shortest way,' I answered 

'Oh, I don't mind,' she 
said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a 

I looked in the rear-view 
mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have 
any family left,' she continued in a soft 
voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very 
long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the 

'What route would you like me 
to take?' I asked.

For the next two 
hours, we drove through the city. She showed me 
the building where she had once worked as an 
elevator operator.

We drove through the 
neighbourhood where she and her husband had lived 
when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in 
front of a furniture warehouse that had once 
been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a 

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow 
in front of a particular building or corner and 
would sit staring into the darkness, saying 

As the first hint of sun was 
creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm 
tired. Let's go now'.

We drove in 
silence to the address she had given me. It was 
a low building, like a small convalescent home, 
with a driveway that passed under a 

Two orderlies came out to 
the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were 
Solicitous and intent, watching her every move. 
They must have been expecting her.

opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to 
the door. The woman was already seated in a 

'How much do I owe you?' 
She asked, reaching into her 

'Nothing,' I 

'You have to make a living,' she 

'There are other 
passengers,' I responded.

without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She 
held onto me tightly.

'You gave an 
old woman a little moment of joy,' she 
'Thank you.'

I squeezed her 
hand, and then walked into the dim morning 
light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound 
of the closing of a life..

I didn't 
pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove 
aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that 
day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had 
gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient 
to end his shift?
if I had refused to take the run, or had honked 
once, then driven away?

On a quick 
review, I don't think that I have done anything 
more important in my life.

conditioned to think that our lives revolve 
around great moments.

But great 
moments often catch us unaware-beautifully 
wrapped in what others may consider a small 


You won't get any big surprise 
in 10 days if you send this to ten people. But, 
you might help make the world a little kinder 
and more compassionate by sending.
it on and 
reminding us that often it is the random acts of 
kindness that most benefit all of 

Thank you, my 

may not be the party we hoped for, but while we 
are here we might as well dance.

Postcards from Paradise
Recuerda mi Corazon

Friday, 27 May 2011

Haiku my Heart #29 For the Journey ....

Intention setting
for a load bearing journey
checking out ego!

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 heartfelt journeys

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Focusing on My Dreams

These are shadows 
of my expanding
dream container,
I'm starting
to draw my 
to the real thing,
the fine focus!

Dreams can be both joy inducing and daunting 
at the same time.
Right now I'm focusing on something 
important to me,
sometimes I just want it to slip
back into the shadows
where it can just be without real form.
But for dreams to come true
and bring me JOY
I must focus!

for other Joyful encounters

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Dancing Shadows

Dancing shadows,
they have a life of their own,
of another world...

 after watching them for awhile
I hopped over to the magical box
and digitised them!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Postcards from Paradise #8 Giddy Up!

I'm feeling a little giddy at the moment!
things have moved on for me,
I have a couple of things in
'the pipe line'
This was my 'dreamboard' offering 
for Jamie Ridler's
Full Moon Dreamboards
from a year ago, see ~
The first exciting thing is 
I'm starting to create my own
here's a sample page
on my screen,
will need a bit of tweaking,
I usually assemble the whole book
and tweak at the end
when I do any DTP work.

But the most exciting thing I'm making
 is tied up in the message
of this intuitive Dreamboard ~
Full Pink Moon
It's something I've been working towards
for quite awhile, at least in my head!
I must say I'm a bit scared,
because this means
I have to step outside my
Comfort Zone!
It's not in the bag yet!
It may not even get off the ground!
If it does I will be so excited
and nervous at the same time.
I'm going to have to lock my fears away,
get out of my own head
and just go for it!

All will be revealed

PS:  Will let you know how the book develops,
 if anyone is interested
I could give pointers
to this process?

More Postcards from Paradise
a special announcement!
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Friday, 20 May 2011

Haiku my Heart #28 Spiritual Stories

seven branches bold
seven stories have been told
perfect poetry!

In ancient scripts it is said that the number 7 symbolises perfection.

for more haiku my heart posts

Monday, 16 May 2011

It's Just the Way It Is!

Rebecca  of Recuerda mi Corazon asks
How did the sun rise in you this morning?

I have to answer with peace and tranquillity.
Yesterday's melancholy vanished in
the vapour of dawn
early whilst still sleeping, 
slipping back to wherever it came from?
Some days are like this, 
 feeling like there is no sun, only clouds.
 We know the sun rises everyday,
 but we're just not feeling or seeing it!
Other days, it's brilliance is so overwhelming
illuminating every flower, leaf, shiny surface, 
reflecting in every drop of water
as pools of heaven.

It's just the way it is!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Postcards from Paradise #7 Did I Ever Learn?

My boat's been bobbing about
on the bay of melancholy all day,
my view of paradise is blurred
and seems so faraway,
I must wait upon the tide
having faith that all things will turn,
a lesson
 more than well rehearsed,
but really,
 did I ever learn?

 Postcards from Paradise
Recuerda mi Corazon

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Haiku my Heart #27 Just the Beginning

Not a last swan song,
certainly no empty nest,
just the beginning!

Visit the lovely 
for more haiku posts

Cheeky Fox

what a JOY and treasure ...
we called her
'Cheeky Fox'
she's found a firm place in our hearts!
also now known as
Mrs Karen Fox
go share more
over at 
Meri's Musings

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Matrimonial Memories

crystal clear Light
shone on big blousy blooms
now fading with night
as new days loom
floral shadows are all that remain, 
a gilded band and memory
of sweet refrain

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Postcards from Paradise #6 Fashion Fandango

Sun sinking low in the studio,
thoughts turn to our own
fashion fandango ...
Do I go red? or gold?
Oh, the pleasures of paradise
at least for a few days!

May Day today and the return of
little house martins,
they made it
all the way

All that distance to find this little island,
this little hamlet, this little cottage,
how clever is that?

Speaking of talent, I'm in awe of the incredible skills shown by all the artists
who have so generously given of themselves
to support Rebecca in
Visit and see for yourself
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