Who says you can’t teach an old dog??

To me, the old adage, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,’ strikes up the concept of a willingness to learn.  By the time a dog ages, his/her willingness to learn something new wanes. The learning gathered over the years yields the rewards desired so there’s little motivation to learn something new.

So, too, with us.  The willingness to learn depends solely on our desire. I wanted to learn to cross country ski years ago so I could move around and get outside in the beauty of a winter’s day. My reward was fresh air, an uplifted spirit and a good workout!

What do you want to learn?  Do you want to learn quantum physics? Energy medicine? How to balance your checkbook? To live in the present moment?  What reward do you desire that motivates you to want to learn?

After six decades of learning — much of which sits on the shelf gathering dust — I realize what I want to learn is how to live in peace, to be content and happy.  I’ve striven to be a productive worker and to help others all my life only to at times be frustrated, disappointed and disillusioned.  My expectations were to do well in the hope of helping others.  I now see ‘If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’

I learned wanting to do what makes me happy is not selfish — it’s necessary to reap the rewards I now understand I really want.

It took a long time but now I see you can teach an old dog new tricks…if they want to learn!


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What would you do with your winnings?

View from FlagstaffI bought tickets with some friends for two lottery drawings this week paying out over $500 million each to winners.

Imagine winning that much money!

Now the big question:  What would you do if your share was $25- or $50-million?

If I could, I would buy the Flagstaff.  I would create an environmental education center and earthing sanctuary to allow people to see the view, gardens and natural wildlife (not a zoo) and hear the sounds of nature (wind, birds, silence).  I’d provide opportunities for people to learn about labyrinths, earthing and energy techniques for living a healthy life.

How about you?  What would you do with your winnings?  Please share!!  🙂

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A Divine Role

My mother, though 86 years of age, still plays her divine role to teach her children.

My mother’s memory and recollection is not what it used to be.  I reminded her of my sister’s birthday on the 6th but she adamantly said it was on the 7th.

Despite seeing proof (my sister’s license), she believed the Dept. of Revenue messed up with the date and held onto her misguided belief.  Always being right represents an attribute that doesn’t do well in such situations.

My mom taught me a valuable lesson.  If you believe something with a closed mind, unwilling to accept other possibilities or the truth, your faith lies in illusion.  Long-held or erroneous perceptions of the truth do not make it so.

This encounter made me wonder what illusions I might be believing are truth!  What lon-held beliefs were based on misperceptions or illusion?  Am I unwilling to accept other possibilities?  Am I unwilling to learn truth through my thickheaded attitude?  Do I hang onto illusions at the cost of truth?  Do I always have to be right? (My husband would put his two cents in on that one!)

How about you?

We all play a divine role, as do mothers.  We may not recognize or understand that role or the effects that role may have on others.  Yet my mother is who she is and plays her divine role perfectly.  And so do you!

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Happy New Day!

Sunrise at the LakeToday many people start with high hopes, resolutions and goals.  We look forward to a future we want to create – with less weight, more patience, more exercise, less procrastination.  We believe the list of fewer “bad” and more “good” sets the foundation for future improvement.

Believe it or not, each of these aims are already achieved.  When we live in the present moment, we choose not to eat a handful of Peanut M&Ms but only three or four.  We choose to bundle up and go for a short walk.  We choose to pick up one or two pieces of clutter and put or throw them away.  Acting on these and other choices in the present moment, moment after moment, creates less weight, less clutter, more exercise, etc., etc.

Imagine, instead of making lofty goals for the future, allowing your choices in the moment to steer you toward your desired outcomes.  Imagine feeling healthy, energetic, joyful, loving, contented, productive because of those choices…each moment.  Imagine making what you consider making the wrong choice (10 M&Ms!) but being aware in the moment of that error and pledging to do better next time.

Imagine the outcome of making conscious choices consistently, time after time, even if you slip here and there.  A cluttered office can be de-cluttered one piece of paper or item at a time.  Losing 25 pounds doesn’t seem so unfeasible if you focus instead on fewer M&Ms and smaller portions, day after day, allowing yourself to chip away 2/10 of a pound each day with those actions.

I wish you all a safe and Happy New Day!


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The Simple Joys

Joy!!Christmas Day 2020 brings cheer to those with ‘kids.’  Though I have no children, I received extreme joy from watching Abby play with her new toy.

Slobbering on the floor, Abby rolled back and forth ecstatic with her toy, making it a challenge for me to snap a non-blurry picture.

The simple joys we experience…and watching others in their simple joys…create the highlights in life we remember most. Don’t you wish you could bottle that feeling?

Being present in the moment allows us to feel that joy and later reignite its essence as we remember that moment.

As 2020 draws to a close, I wish you all enjoy the moments of your day and create the memories to recall those joys.

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Where do you find peace?

I find peace in watching nature, reading a good book or taking an early-morning bike ride.

The truth is we tap into our peace when we do what we enjoy.

Like orange juice comes from an orange because that’s what’s inside, peace also comes from within.  We don’t have to find it at all.  We just open ourselves up to what’s in our hearts.

Yes, we may feel vulnerable to do that because of remembering past hurts and experiences, yet deep down we know opening our hearts releases the love, joy and peace that abide there.

Like happiness, we bring peace into our lives by bringing into all we do.

Share your peace today.

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Subtle Changes

Summer’s transition to autumn in northeastern Pennsylvania begins with subtle changes.  A leaf or two on a tree begin to turn color then branches on an entire tree transition from summer’s greens to autumn’s yellows, oranges or reds.

The subtle changes become prominent as the vibrant colors explode.

Cataract surgery this week opened my awareness of how we sometimes don’t notice the subtle changes in life.  Today my left eye sees a page with vibrant white while my right eye sees a page resembling an antiquated, yellowed leaf discolored by time.

Seeing the difference shocked me!

I wonder what other subtle changes have changed my ‘vision’ in life over the years.  Would recognition of those changes also shock me?  Have I become more judgmental?  Intolerant?  Indifferent?  Jaded?

Time’s subtle changes tend to hide until something cuts the cloud from our vision, opening our sights to what once was valued.

What clouds block unrecognized altered visions you may hold? Being aware of them brings them to the light, an eye-opening experience.

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Be like a turtle

This year the canal seemed to have a lot more turtles than I’ve seen over the past three years.

The other day, this duo was sunning themselves on a log, probably warming themselves after the close-to-freezing temps the night before.

These guys are relatively small, but I’ve seen one whose shell is easily over a foot long with claws that look like a small dinosaur.

From what I read, turtles need Vitamin D-3 like we do to support our bones and other organs.  Did you know water turtles generally live 30-40 years, but box turtles and tortoises can live between 50-100 years?  Maybe we’re not as different as we may think.

As autumn temperatures begin their slow descent and daylight dwindles more each day, all of us need to be like a turtle…taking a little bit more time to sun ourselves.  The benefits of a little sun each day?  Stronger bones, better sleep, improved mood and a healthier immune system, to name a few…for us as well as the turtles!!

Now all we need is for the clouds to move away and let the sun shine in!  Play like a turtle…sun yourself a little!

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Letting Go

This late-summer bloom brings a bit of color to the fading greens prevalent as daylight hours wane.  Want to or not, we have to let it go.

Sometimes it’s hard letting go.  Yet we know that release will bring other benefits, such as cooler temperatures and the beauty of autumn’s yellows, oranges and reds.

I reluctantly let go of trying to get my husband to partake of the benefits of our back yard, part of the 165-mile trail of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.  For over three years, I invited my husband to walk and/or bike on the trail, without success.  Pain after a knee replacement a year or so ago deterred me from my persistent pursuits for a biking companion, so I let go of the idea of sharing my passion.

Health issues took precedence until yesterday.  At his last cardiac rehab session after his May heart attack, an overbooking of appointments caused him to use a stationary bike instead of his ‘normal’ therapeutic equipment.  He said the first four minutes were painful but after that his knee felt okay.  He let go of his pain as I had let go of my hopes.

Today we will go for our first bike ride together in years!

What are you holding onto that may provide surprises if you let it go?


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A New Birth

For years I had a “Moses in the Cradle” plant that grew so abundantly, I gave pieces away every time I cut it back.

But then my mama plant died, leaving me without any for years. I never thought I’d see its blossoms again.

This year Patti gave me pieces of the original plant she grew.  I created two potted plants out of those pieces and recently gave one to a friend who has given me a variety of plants over the past few years, blessing me with a slew of different-colored blossoms.

I was pleasantly surprised today when she sent me this picture of a blossom I thought I’d never see again!

Though my original plant was gone, the pieces of its essence live on to create more blossoms.  A new birth happened from what I thought was long deceased!

Don’t be surprised if what you think is dead and gone rises from the dead like a phoenix.

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