Spirit of Dragonflies

Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self – Begin Your Creative Journey Today


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Just a Peek

This week, share a peek of something — a photo that reveals just enough of your subject to get us interested. A tantalizing detail. An unusual perspective. Compel us to click through to your post to find out more!

Here is a peek into some of my travels. What peeks out to you from these photos?

The little hidden home in the woods is the one that draws me closer, makes me want to stop and visit. Maybe have a cup of coffee and treat with the owner. I make up stories in my mind about who lives within those walls filling the home with happy memories.

It reminds me of traveling from California to New York. There were stops along the way in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and on to North Carolina before heading north to the Capital District. Evening travel meant lights were on in the kitchens of homes along the road. Many were decorated for Christmas with bright twinkling lights.  Sometimes I would feel a little forlorn as I traveled from my apartment on the beach back home to temporary residence with my mother.

My life was in transition from the role of mother to a single woman living a life of possibilities, travel, adventure yet the tug of Christmas past filled with children, home, decorations, shopping, family gatherings. During that time of travel, I wanted to stop in to visit the families in one of those decorated homes. I thought it would be nice to feel as if I belonged – even if only for a day. I would peek into the brightly lit windows of those homes and wonder what they were doing. Were they playing a board game, sitting together putting together a puzzle, or baking cookies. Were they sitting together at the dinner table as I had for so many years with my own family – first with my parents and then with my own children.  Those were passing thoughts of a night traveler. When the sun rose in the morning sky I felt alive, free, and ready for whatever lay ahead.

It was a wonderful trip across the United States with all the beautiful landscapes and a adventures along the way.

Have you ever traveled in the night and in your tired state of mind wanted to stop at a home you were passing by to get a peek into the life of another family?

Love and Light!

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WPC – Windows

Your inspiration this week is windows. Use a window to frame your shot. Show us what you see out the window from the place where you usually blog, use a window to give structure to your photo, or make a window itself your subject.

To get more creative, use the glass in a window to add texture to your photo. And if you feel like being metaphorical, go for it! Share an image focused on someone’s eyes (the windows to the soul, dont’cha know), or of a landscape or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.


The view from the home windows change with the weather, each with its own unique experience. Sharing the experiences with grand babies make it even more special.

The sun porch is a special place to read, write or play with the little ones in the summer. In the winter the windows freeze over until spring visits once again. In the fall, the tree in the back of the house turns a fiery red inspiring my creative side. I love to sit at my desk to journal or write on my laptop. No matter the season, the windows of my home always look out to beauty – birds bathing in the bird bath, squirrels gathering nuts, snow or red leaves blanketing the ground, or green grass blanketing the earth after the snow melts – it is all amazing to me.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius ~

What do you see out your windows?

Love and Light!

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WPC – Corner

What kinds of images and emotions do corners evoke in you? In this week’s challenge, share a photo that plays on any of the word’s many meanings. Show your favorite street corner, or a cozy nook in your home where you feel truly at peace. Focus on a person or place that’s recently gone through a transformation — “turned a corner,” as we often say. Or stick to geometry and highlight the angularity of a favorite landscape or object.

Looks who Eric caught in the corner of the bedroom window. Two little boys checking out the passing train. Both of the boys started off fearful of the loud train passing by and who can blame them. The whole house trembles as it rumbles down the tracks. In the summer, the screaming whistle fills the house demanding cars to stop and wait.

To overcome their fear we would laugh as we grabbed them up in our arms on our way  to the window and wave at the passengers. Now they run to the window themselves or, if on the front porch, run to the little bench to watch the passing trains as they wave goodbye wishing them a safe journey.

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I read this quote by an unknown source and thought it appropriate for my grandsons.

“Don’t ask him to live in your world, visit his world instead.”

This is how I feel when with the little ones, always wondering what they are seeing and feeling as they experience the world anew. Around every corner a new experience awaits them. I try to see the world through their eyes and sometimes remember the hidden child within.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Order

This week, share your take on order, whether literal, figurative, or anything in between (and sure — showing it next to a healthy dose of messiness is fine, too). From library stacks to sock drawers and from ancient temples to modern train stations, let your inner disciplinarian take over.

Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them. ~ Benjamin Disraeli ~

Order can be found anywhere whether in store shelves, gardens, or homes. Chaos can be found in the same places. Chaos can also become orderly and some people live in organized chaos. This week I have chosen three different locations which order can be found.


While visiting my daughter in San Diego we stopped to browse in a salvage store. Everything was neatly organized and orderly for a customers easy view. It was fun checking out all of the items from earlier days, reminders of some deceased relatives homes that I visited as a child.

And, where is there more order than in a garden. If the garden is not planted by a certain time of year depending on your location you will not be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center in Craryville, NY has a very large garden and thankfully many volunteers. It was interesting to witness the order in which each row was set up and timing of planting each of the vegetables. When I’ve had gardens in the past, we started out with a plan and some kind of order in the planting however none of my past gardens were as beautiful or well organized as this one. They rotate location of crops yearly and do all possible to keep weeds at a minimum. This is one beautiful organic garden. Can’t wait to see the fruits of our labor.

There is a limit to the amount of misery and disarray you will put up with, for love, just as there is a limit to the amount of mess you can stand around a house. You can’t know the limit beforehand, but you will know when you’ve reached it. I believe this. ~ Alice Munro ~

Alice Munro said it perfectly, sometimes we don’t know until we are in the midst of it. I never realized how much I love order in my home until the time when it wasn’t present. I have read books on how to maintain home as sanctuary in my quest to find peace. Removing anything that doesn’t bring peace, love, and security is an ongoing process.

When there are less material items and only those that speak to my heart my home feels like a sanctuary, a place to feel peaceful and secure. A place to laugh easily, to be silly, meditate and enjoy a cup of tea in the sun shining through the window.

For myself, I love making the bed first thing when I rise, washing morning dishes and cleaning the counter prior to leaving the house. When returning home it is a gift to myself and anyone who visits to walk into a kitchen with clean counters.

What are your feelings on order? Do you function in a cluttered environment, an organized clutter environment, or in an organized decluttered environment?

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Security

For this week’s challenge, show us something that represents “security.”

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” ~ Martin Luther King ~

When I am sitting on my meditation pillow in front of my little shrine I feel secure and grateful for all of my blessings.

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“The only person who is going to give you the life you want is you.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki ~

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Love and Light!


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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!


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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!