A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

Garden Graces

A quick look in photos at the life of a monarch butterfly:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEggs on a leaf.  There’s safety in numbers!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter hatching a caterpillar’s life is spent eating…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHanging out with friends eating…


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter about two weeks, the journey begins…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo find a suitable spot…


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd transform into a chrysalis.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot much changes until day 7, then things turn dark…


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADay 9 the butterfly emerges triumphant!

IMG_0221Danger always lurks...

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut freedom is near…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFeels good to stretch one’s wings…



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA little rest then a drink of nectar before the long flight to Mexico.


All that is left of one of nature’s most wondrous transformations.

Happy gardening 🙂


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Wisdom for Each Day – January 26


When you were very young and first started speaking, did you talk to your parents in long sentences and for great lengths of time?  I doubt it.  And yet they weren’t disappointed in you; they were delighted by your first attempts to speak.

In the same way, when we truly understand that God is our loving heavenly Father and we are His children, then we won’t worry so much about disappointing Him by our prayers.  Don’t worry about your lack of eloquence; no matter how simple they are, God delights in our prayers when they truly express the feelings and desires of our heart.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  Psalm 107:8 KJV

Billy Graham – Wisdom for Each Day

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social media meltdown

Writing with a Purp(r)ose





“what’s on your mind?”,



where does it all end?

not everything should be,

so plain for all to see,

treasure something,

anything, possibly everything,

held dear to the heart,

as it should only be yours from the start.

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Photo prompt round-up: Watcher #writephoto

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


Reaching through the mists
Stone and sea melding with sky
A presence half-glimpsed
The breeze carries a whisper
Only the watchers will hear


The photo for this week’s prompt was taken at Carn Lês Boel in Cornwall during our recent visit. We had taken a magical walk through sheltered lanes shrouded in mist and a myriad wildflowers to reach the cliffs and an ancient sacred site. As we left the cliff fortress, the mists that had opened to give us a brief but clear sight of the coast closed around us once more. This solitary figure stood unmoving for a moment at the entrance to the site before she was swallowed by the mists once more.


Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week. There were just too many to reblog all of them the posts this week, but they are all listed…

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Telling our stories

Madeline Bialecki

I had a dream the other night that I was facilitating a writing workshop, and I woke up remembering a workshop I facilitated about fifteen years ago called Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography. I enjoyed doing it, but I only did it once. Why is that? And why am I dreaming about a writing workshop now?

As I enter 2020, and get closer to retirement age, I am thinking more seriously about my next act. Is my dream offering direction? Is facilitating writing workshops part of my next act? Does the dream have something to do with my own writing?


The thing about my dreams is that they are not usually as clear as when an angel appeared in Joseph’s dream and told him to flee to Egypt. My dreams usually need some unpacking; the message is in there somewhere and it is up to me to figure it…

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How To Use Mental Models To Change Your Life

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How To Use Mental Models To Change Your Life

written by Emmaline Soken-Huberty 

When you look at the world, what do you see? Are you an optimistic, a realist, or leaning more into pessimism? The answer is most likely a bit complicated. Everyone has mental models that you use to make sense of things around them. A mental model is essentially another term for a worldview. They shape what you think and how you act, either consciously or subconsciously. You use mental models in every area of your life, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and personal growth. Most people have only a few that they use again and again, but to achieve more success and happiness in life, you need a wide variety.

Parkinson’s Law

Good time management is a difficult skill for many people. It’s easy to procrastinate. To help, remember Parkinson’s Law. This mental model comes from a quote by Cyril Northcote Parkinson: “Work expands as…

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Play of the mind

Didi's Art Design

Far and near perspectives:

If we see our world from far
All is one, united
If we come closer
All is separated

Separation in Oneness

However, in reality
There is no far, no near
All is connected, one
Beyond separation

Macrocosm lies in microcosm
And microcosm in Macrocosm

We see the world
According to our understanding

All is a game of the mind…

We need to change
The angle of our perspective…
To change our understanding…
Develop right understanding…

DidiArtist, 01.04.2018

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Vipassana: a journey into the heart of the matter

Daydreams & Dharma

“I have no idea why I’m doing a mediation retreat; I hate sitting still and I can’t focus on anything for very long before my monkey mind skips off to another topic. Ah yes, that’s exactly why I am here. I should include this thought in my blog. I wonder how long it is until breakfast? Was I just meditating or have I just fallen asleep? God my knee hurts, I think I’ve trapped a nerve; I’ll probably get varicose veins from sitting like this for so long. Oh where am I – back to the breath, I’ve wandered off again.” On and on it goes like this; the mental training of the mind I have committed myself to for ten and a half hours a day. It’s relentless – I’m alone in silence, yet nothing is silent inside my head – where is the peace and serenity I have…

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Footsteps in the Sand

A Struggling Author

On the beach,
As we run freely,
Or walk with worry,
It doesn’t really matter.
For all we leave are
Footsteps in the sand.

We may look at the water
With relief washing over us,
Or fear of the unknown.
It doesn’t really matter.
For all we leave are
Footsteps in the sand.

We can let the waves talk to us,
Showing us the way,
Or complain about the lack of silence.
It doesn’t really matter.
For all we leave are
Footsteps in the sand.

We can call this beach
Our own little world,
Or understand that it’s also of others.
It doesn’t really matter.
For all we leave are
Footsteps in the sand.

One day, I’ll be gone
From our little beach.
When you stand without me,
Looking for me won’t really matter.
Maybe, looking in your heart,
You will find my footsteps there.

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Sunday reflection . . . Listen to your life


Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.
In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it,
because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

Frederick Buechner

Text and image source: Jana Eid https://www.facrbopk.com/jana.eid

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High recognitions . . . All that happens in life is logical and simple


“All that happens in life is logical and simple; so logical, that even children can understand it. However, in spite of logic and simplicity, people choose to cultivate mysticism and blind faith rather than having the courage to face the pure and transparent truth.”

– Roselis von Sass
The author draws inspiration from
The Grail Message “In the Light of Truth”
by Abd-ru-shin

Text and image source: Garden of Illumination https://web.facebook.com/Garden-of-Illumination-1433140463620723/

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There is more to life than meets the eye


There is more to life than meets the eye. Never allow what you are looking at to determine what you believe. Never allow what you can see with your eyes to lure you into the belief that there is nothing more. Always allow your spiritual eyes to take you beneath the surface.

– Iyanla Vanzant

Text and image credit: Iyanla Vanzant htpps://www.facebook.com/DrIyanlaVanzant/

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Mimo Khair Creative

The fear of being alone~ we all have it to some extent, the great anxiety that we will have no one to share our moments with, good or bad, the whole time forgetting that we are born alone and we die alone.

Maybe we should take a moment everyday to enjoy, value and make use of our own company, learning to meet and know ourselves a little better.

I once practiced a month of silence and discovered among many things that there was so much to be learned inside of the human complex I learned to call ”me”.

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Learn To Walk.


Learn to walk,
If you want to be a poet.
Learn to walk everyday,
every morning you wake up early,
every evening you feel alone.
Every nigh it is dark or it is just happiness.

Learn to walk,
If you want to be a writer,
If you want be a photographer,
Even if you want be a good lover.
It is a key to everything.

And when it is dark walk alone,
walk like a dog, see like an owl.
Feel like a lonely traveler walking a long walk, not knowing where he is going.
Not knowing if it is the only way to release everything.
You shouldn’t know always.
Only thing you should know is walking.
Learn to walk, walk and walk,
And remember, it is the key…

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