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WPC – Shine

Has something bright or reflective caught your eye in the moment? Share a photo of something you were able to explore a bit!

“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”  ~Chinese Proverb~


Candle light dancing on the table

When I lit the tea light in my new candle holder the shining light radiated out casting the design into an otherwise dark room. It was quite beautiful!

“When you possess light within, you see it externally.”  ~Anaïs Nin ~

I become awestruck by shining bits of nature whether light shining through ice, glistening dew on clover, or walking out the back door to find a mystifying spiders web.

I love when there is a shine on the floor, wall or furniture as I walk into a room. It stops me from hurry and allows me to take a breath and enjoy the moment. Morning sunshine, afternoon’s evaporating light. The first time I turned on the diffuser there was still sunlight in the room. After working in my office for a while I walked into the otherwise dark living room and noticed the shining stars decorating the wall. It was such a gift. When the tree is decorated and I sit alone enjoying its presence the colorful lights shining on the floor bring a special blanket of warmth to the room. My favorite part of the day is when walking into a room with furniture, rugs, book shelves decorated in shining light. It reminds me that the sun is always there even when you can’t see it, this brings comfort to my life.

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Love and Light!


WPC – Local Life

“It is not more bigness that should be our goal.  We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to…the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility…and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future.”        ~ Robert F. Kennedy ~

My home town is small and, when I was young, everyone knew everyone else. I no longer know many people living in the village, many family members are now deceased yet I still feel a sense of home when I visit. The buildings, stillness of the river, changing seasons, parades, smiles, local library, Saratoga National Historical Park, train bridge across the Hudson River . . . although changing over the years still comfort me.

My niece is the librarian at the local library – a dream she had as a child has come to fruition. There are events throughout the year to bring out the local people – Ladies’ Night, local parades, Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, along with other events throughout the year. Love that the local community is safe enough to still allow children to dress in costumes and go door to door saying “Trick or Treat.” My sister, living in the family home, still has over 100 children knocking on her door on Halloween.

“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~

Sometimes it is nice to participate in local events with family and friends. To visit a place that continues to be a place of mutual trust and respect. To feel safe and comforted when visiting the family home, library, or while taking a hike or cross-country skiing in the Saratoga National Historical Park.

Hope you have enjoyed a visit to my home town located on the west side of the Hudson River midway between NYC and Plattsburgh.

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Love and Light!


WPC – Tribute to H2O

For this week’s challenge, share a photo that features H2O; the element of water. Water comes in many different states and guises. From a foggy morning to your favorite watercolor painting, how will you show H2O in a photograph?

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” ~ Lao-Tzu ~

“Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land. “  ~ Luna Leopold ~

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” ~ Khalil Gibran ~

“Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone, must become available to all people (living things) now.”  ~ Jean-Michel Cousteau ~


“There’s plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.”      ~ Sylvia A. Earle ~

Wishing you a life filled with clean water and optimum health. Everyone deserves clean water and that should be a Universal right for all.

Light and Love!

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Creating a Meditation Space

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Creating a space in your home to meditate is the first step in shifting the atmosphere. When people come to your home to visit they will feel the peace in your home as they walk in the door, even if you peaceful space is hidden in your bedroom.

It can be a shared space with others in your home or they can have their own space. It doesn’t need to be a large space, just a small space in a bedroom or shared space in a living area. As long as it is easily accessible. Having this space readily available allows everyone to release and slow down on hectic days, allowing them to shift their energy. Teaching our children how to meditate early in life can transform their future. It will affect the way they interact with others, being able to focus on their studies, open up their creativity, and succeed in school and life. This is a wonderful gift they will carry with them into their adulthood.

I love this quote:

“Please be aware of the energy you bring into this space.”                                                                ~ Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor ~

If you are aware of the energy you bring into the room, you have a better chance of maintaining a peaceful environment wherever you go. We would share this quote with participants in our trainings because someone walking in with negative energy affects the entire room and learning environment. Have you ever walked into a room where the atmosphere felt heavy? Maybe you knew someone had just been quarreling yet no one would share what happened. Sometimes parents don’t realize their children know the relationship is tenuous because they don’t argue in front of them. From my experience working with children in Child Welfare, they know – at all ages. They may be in their bedroom sleeping while you argue however they can feel the tension in the air.

If you make meditation a habit you will have the ability to transform that energy with a calming presence. Maintaining a daily meditation practice will help you learn to communicate in a more peaceful manner. This is so because you will be more aware of what feels good and you will want to maintain that feeling. Anger and stress will no longer have a place in your life. When you begin to feel anger or stress, you will immediately know that it is time to remove yourself and take a breather. This is not only beneficial for relationships, it is beneficial for health.

Wishing you a peaceful existence.

Love and Light!


WPC – Nostalgia

“I’m terribly nostalgic, but I’m with the Elizabethans who thought nostalgia was a disease. It’s a dangerous place to be because you can get caught up in it.” ~ Mark Gatiss ~

I think Mark Gatiss is correct. Being nostalgic is fine to visit however you don’t want to get stuck there.

Every time I visit my brother-in-law’s hunting camp a sense of sadness fills my heart. At the same time I feel filled with love and happiness from the wonderful memories shared at camp. The women would vacation at the camp in the summer. When fall arrived only the men were allowed. Over the last several decades the older family members have died and my brother-in-law, sister and their daughters have relocated to Florida and Kansas. Now, I just go and sit outside or walk to the pond to enjoy the view.


When I was a child they didn’t have a bathroom or toilet inside the camp. The earlier outhouse had two holes so I would go inside with my sister or mother. It was very dark at night in the Adirondack Mountains and before they installed electric we used oil lamps and  flashlights. My brother-in-law’s brother and my sister had hours of fun building Tee-Pees and running through the woods playing freely in nature.


Out behind the camp was a path to the pond. The red shed is still standing along the path. Once a well-worn path, now it is covered in grass due to the lack of use. The view of the pond is still as beautiful as ever especially in the early fall – before hunting season begins.

In the early days they pulled water from the pump. Now it is more decoration than anything however if it is primed water will still flow. We get our drinking water from the fresh water pipe down the mountain from camp. Non-potable water is now pumped into the camp from the creek for washing dishes.

Before I leave it is always a special treat to see the creek and remember the uncles fishing. They would wear long sleeve shirts, even in the heat of summer, hats with netting, long pants and boots. We may not see them for the entire day. We were always allowed to share in the fun, even though I didn’t eat the fish. Sitting by the creek I felt their presence. The photo to the left is from the left side of the road and the one on the right is behind the camp. Sitting near the camp, listening to the flowing water takes me back in time. I can’t linger too long because the memory can bring sadness knowing that they are all deceased – Mom, Dad, Johnny, Adam, Winnie, Betty, Mike and many more. The best thing about camp is all the memories we shared there in my youth and then while I was mother to my own children. They are wonderful memories and one of the reasons why I find being in nature is so soothing.

“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.” ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860 ~

When my older two children were young, they loved to run outside in the woods, fish in the creek, swim in the swimming hole across the street and build Tee-Pees out of sticks as we had when children. My older daughter took her first steps at camp. My son celebrated his 13th birthday and my nieces gifted him with naked playing cards. Poor Joe was outnumbered by all of my nieces and they enjoyed embarrassing him.

My youngest daughter spent hours in the woods pretending the area in the photo below was her home. She set up a stove, chair, and used small twigs and leaves in the pan for food to share with any willing adults who visited her.


“Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had, for the first involves knowledge and pleasure, the second only ignorance and pain.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960 ~

I am grateful for the wonderful memories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Even though no longer part of my life, it is such a great feeling knowing that my own children were able to share some of the same memories from my own childhood. It would be great to have similar memories to share with my grandchildren. They may not share in the camp memories however we are sharing nature in different ways and building our own memories.

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Love and Light!


WPC: Quest – Search for Meaning

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. For this week’s challenge, show us what quest means to you.

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~


Which path to take?

Many times people follow along the path of their family, friends, community without questioning why or if what they believe is the truth for them. Never questioning the prejudices, beliefs, faith of those around them even when inside they know it doesn’t feel right. I think I’ve always been in search of the truth for me – always knowing there was something waiting for me.

Questioning others to see why they believe a certain way can cause friction and discontent if they don’t really know. We are set on a path in our early years and it can be uncomfortable to question, think and shift. Some of my best teachers have been those who stopped and questioned me, causing me to rethink why I held myself back. A special thank you John Gargiulo. John questioned me about what was holding me back, why I didn’t speak up and pursue my dreams. He sent me to several classes, held back a promotion – at times I resented him. John’s comments and actions would sometimes bring up anger within me but thankfully along I realized he was my teacher, the one who helped me grow and overcome some of my fears. He motivated me to continue my quest for knowledge. Forever grateful – may he rest in peace.

Another teacher in my quest, Wayne Morris, guided me through the end of my turbulent twenties and inspired me. He shared how his twenties were turbulent, thirties were better but his forties were the best. This gave me hope for my own future. It turns out he was right. During my thirties I graduated from college, joined the National Guard, and started a new career all while enjoying raising my three children. In my forties I purchased a home, sold the home, moved to California and then relocated back to New York, tried different careers while always moving forward. My children grew up and went out on their own during this same time period. My fifties have brought even more joy and adventures that I could have imagined. When you are open to learning and growing a world of possibilities opens before you.


“I feel the older I get, the more I’m learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it’s all about finding yourself.” ~ Ringo Starr ~

I could not have said this better than Ringo. Every morning when we wake, we have a decision to make. Will this day be a good day or bad. In the past there were times in my life when all I could see were bad days. Through practice and a shift in thought, I have learned that I can set the stage. Beauty and life are all around us. We can choose to see this beauty or to ignore it. Thoughts are things – this is true. Whether I think life is great or I think it is cursed – I am right. What I think I attract, it has been a learning lesson.


In my quest to change my mindset I have discovered shadows forming patterns on the wall are a present every morning. Finding the beauty in the light and shadows can appear like artwork. There for only a few minutes – every changing and then gone until the next day. A little like life. Hard times come and go. They remind us to enjoy the happy times and to focus more on those times so we can attract them into our lives.

Age does not stop one from thinking or questioning their truth. For some, the quest for their truth only increases with time. When one is no longer pursuing their dreams, what gives them their life energy?

Speaking with a man who found out he had stage four cancer was an eye-opening experience. He had no idea how ill he was three weeks ago. He wasn’t feeling well for a couple of days. A friend from another state was stopping by on his way through town and encouraged this man to go to the ER. That is where it was discovered he had stage four lung cancer.

“The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.”                                         ~ Norman Cousins ~

Norman Cousins was able to overcome stage four cancer and his doctor’s recommendation to go home and prepare for death. Loneliness is a state of mind and there is nothing external that can diminish that feeling. Some people feel lonely in a crowd of friends and family. Others feel at peace when alone. Loneliness is just a state of mind and can be healed with inner work.

If you are feeling lonely, get out in nature and discover the miracles of nature. Surround yourself with the beauty around you. Become creative – dance, sing, paint, draw, create jewelry, use nature as your inspiration. Nature provides a place to connect with Earth’s energy to revitalize you. Get out and meet people, talk to people and find beauty in everyone and everything. Look for the designs and flow of how everything is connected.

  • What is your quest?
  • Are you on the right path?
  • Do you have flow in your life and are you content with where you are heading?
  • If not, what steps can you starts to take today toward your life’s

Without a plan how will you move forward and how will you know if you know if you are heading in the right direction. Small steps lead to a great life especially when you have set specific goals to reach. We never stop our quest, we just improve it along the way. If you are uncertain of how to take steps necessary to meet your goals or start your quest, please contact me and we can prepare a plan together. Either complete the form below or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

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Love and Light!



WPC – Edge 2

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau ~

Take a seat at the edge of the water, release anything weighing on your mind, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy Mirror Lake. Some run by quickly, others drive by, and some go into their houses never to notice the beauty. On this bench one only has to sit and hear the call of the loons, look to the right and left to absorb the beauty of the mountains. When its time to get up you will feel like a new person.


Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein ~

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Love and Light!

(I submitted this photo for WPC – Mirror however I thought it was a perfect fit for this week’s edge as well)