!! 100 Birthdays !!

My friend invited me to

his mom’s 100th birthday

party!!  Relatives-very

elderly relatives


thousands of miles

to be in his mom’s

backyard this afternoon.

I felt so honored to be

welcomed into their


I met the most interesting

people!  I was willing to

take risks, and, as always,

was rewarded.

I’m ready, as much as I’m

capable, and at a step at a

time, to rearrange my life

to reflect my new awareness,

it seems, that is dawning or

beginning to dawn on

me.  I want to be

braver, living my

life without later regrets.

Some way, I will

be able to change

my tack, heading

off in a new direction.

I’m glad I went.

Very rich experience.


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Chocolate searches me out

like a bloodhound sometimes.

No matter how hard I try to

hide (from) it, it finds me.

That’s all well and good

if I could get straight with

accepting its good qualities

and influence on my life.

It really does help me feel

‘OK’ if I eat some.

I don’t need much, so I

need to focus on other

things to fill me up.

A garnish it is to the

main meal in life.

Anyway, that’s how

I look at it usually

for best results in

its use.  I admit it.

I’m a user!  And I

feel better now that

I’ve written this about


It shows some self-love

for myself.

That I’m worthy of

a treat now and then.





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Day dreamers.

Night dreamers.

The night is for dreaming.

Sweet dreams, she said.

Sweet.  My favorite taste.

Happy ones, too.

You get what you want,

or think you want.

Maybe you’re asking

for too little.

The universe has a big

dump truck.

How wide is your lawn?

Big truck.

Sometimes less is more

and more is less.

Whatever.  If you’re

happy quantity is


Your heart has to

decide what it is

ready to handle.

Not ready?  You can still

choose happiness and

keep truckin’.











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10 Cents

Spent.  My last dime

on a friend who has

my back.

Good investment.

Great return.

That 10 cents was a

gift anyway.

All I had to

do to receive it

was open my palms.

10 cents, please.

No problem says

the almighty care-

taker of dimes.

So I was rich

and gave my last

one to my friend.

10 cents is 10 cents.

You either have it


you don’t.

I don’t…









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Live and Let Live

The Dark Hedges. Rural Beech tree lined road in Ireland.

The Dark Hedges. Rural Beech tree lined road in Ireland.

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I wish I could flick a

switch and be changed.

I think I have all the

answers–no matter how

many times I change

my mind–I think I’m

always right(eous) and

my answers would be

good for you.  Maybe.

But I don’t leave room

for the “unknown”,

“miracles”, if you will

because they’re so

uncommon or even rare

to non-existent.

Anyone can be the first.

So it’s a learned “defect”

I would even call it–in

relationships, esp.

Learned because my young,

innocent self didn’t think

this way.  It didn’t seek to

convince as much as share.

At least I see it.

I want to be helpful–not a

chain around someone’s


I need to leave room for

“the other” not being me.

Having a different

road to travel, yet we

can still walk it together.


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OK Just as I am

I’m ok just as I am, huh?

That’s a weird, strange concept.

I always figured a little touch

up here & there wouldn’t hurt.

A small improvement in performance.

Increased horsepower or maybe

solar power these days.

I don’t need a make over?  hmm.

Maybe I’m not looking at

the same me others are.

When I talk to them I feel

a bit more ok when nothing’s

changed but our chat.

Can’t puff myself up

set up for deflation

by a pin wielding

Madman or woman?

What a concept.  OK as

I am. Hmm.  That

puts me out of a job!

I’ve been a constant


wanting to tap

my deepest potential.

I guess I can still do

that while not feeling

deficient in any way.

Constantly not liking my

paint job, looking for a

good deal to shine my

fenders & polish my brass.


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Help me find my own house

away from obnoxious neighbors.

Mostly, any neighbors.  Their dogs,

their smoking, loud, & inconsiderate


It’s not that I’m anti-social, I just like

my peace, and not have it disturbed.

There must be a way to have

a situation that fits my lifestyle,

my temperament and that I enjoy.

I don’t know, I may be ready for

a move.  I have a lot here that I

like.  Nowhere’s perfect, or is it,

and a way to be there available,

and ready to accept?


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Joy to the World

I was reading an inspiring passage.

When I’m inspired, I cast that

enthusiasm onto whatever

I put my attention onto, inspiring

intrinsically, or not.

So, I got excited, determining to

do what I got so excited about

as soon as I “had time”.

Some voices in my head think

I “should” be doing “hard”, serious

even, work that I don’t

particularly enjoy that much–it’s

o.k., but I’d rather be doing

something else.

So, I’m trying to delete

that programming from

my consciousness so I

don’t have to deal with

an argument every time

I feel like doing something

fun, decadent, frivolous

even, or enjoyable when

“work” “has to be” done.

How are we going to live a

life of joy & contribute that

to the world if we don’t

continuously choose fun,

joyful things to do??

Cuban Lily (Scilla peruviana) The Connie Hansen Garden. Lincoln City, Oregon

Cuban Lily (Scilla peruviana) The Connie Hansen Garden. Lincoln City, Oregon

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Spring has sprung!

The wind has died, RIP.

The leaves are itching to

gather the rays of

the sun.

The birds are definitely

happier, singing before dawn.

The sky is bluer

or is it just my imagination

and wishing it were so?

I know the animals will

be waking up to a more

active lifestyle, too.

Even the people

who brave the beautiful

weather away from their

devices will contribute

to the happiness of Spring.

The gardens will flourish,

glutting our gullets

with health-giving

nutrients from ole Sol.

Some wild & free

for the taking

will also weigh in.

I can’t wait to get


Chocolate Water Fringe (Nymphoides geminata). Huges Water Gardens. Oregon

Chocolate Water Fringe (Nymphoides geminata). Huges Water Gardens. Oregon

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I can be happy

or I can be sad.

Sometimes I have

a choice or the

choice is easier

to make.

If it seems like

I don’t then I

should go ahead

with the feeling

until it leaves

on its own.

Feel it, in other


Ignoring it

or pretending

it’s not there

or I wish it

wasn’t there

are all steps

to denial of the

process of letting

it go.

Happiness can

stay as long

as it wants!

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