870. A hug makes you feel good all day. ~Kathleen Keating

Beautiful post…. From a beautiful person. Please check out her blog, you will be glad you did.

Sacred Touches

A hug delights and warms and charms;
that must be why God gave us arms.
~Author Unknown

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A hug is the perfect gift:
one size fits all, and
nobody minds if you exchange it.
~Irvin Ball

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Love is a circular emotion
that surrounds you, like a hug,
~Jarod Kintz

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One word can end a fight;
One hug can start a friendship;
One smile can being unity;
One person can change your entire life!
~Israelmore Ayivor

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Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. ~Proverbs 4:8  ✝

**images via Pinterest; collages by Natalie

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Great Scott!

Well, last night was something else.  The rain decided to make a surprise visit and brought along an unwanted guest.  A powerful thunderstorm.  The party went on for the next hour.  It wasn’t just one lightning bolt,  here and there, we are talking multiples over and over.  So, you had your typical lightning, from the sky down to earth.  After that, things got crazy, just like in “Back to the Future” where Doc and Marty take off in the DeLorean.

The lightning bolts were all over the place.  Some straight across the sky, then back again like a boomerang.  Others looked like spider webs, while some were as pink as cotton candy. I didn’t mind the lightning, but you know with lightning comes thunder.  The thunder was so loud, I jumped right out of bed and screamed, “Great Scott!”  No, but I wish I had, it is was more like, “I’m scared!”  I ran off to get my lantern, just in case the lights went out.

The storm reminded me of the time, when I drove from California to Florida.  I was able to experience the wonders of mother nature, during the rainy season.  Arizona and Texas had beautiful lightning shows, that lite up the sky.  One day while in Texas, I stopped at a gas station and was told a tornado was about 100 miles away.  It was already windy, so I decided it was time to get out of there.

On to jazzy Louisiana, now there’s a thunderstorm!  I remember the first night, that I had arrived at the hotel, just as I get into bed… Boom!  The room lite up, like the 4th of July.  The thunder was so loud, I thought someone had blown up the parking lot.  I looked out the window, expecting to see the worse disaster.  It was just the thunder, saying “welcome to Louisiana.”  The next day, I  finally reach my destination, sunny Florida.

Don’t be fooled, by Florida’s beautiful weather.  One minute it will be sunny and blue, then the next minute, the sky will be gray, pouring down buckets of rain.  The thunder and lightning can be pretty intense.  You should know, that this will happen every three to four hours, through out the day.  If you plan it right, you can go swim or fish, then run back inside when the rain starts, then run out when it stops.

So, back to last night, at my place.  Lets welcome back, the thunder of hell.  After, I put my lantern down by the bed and got comfy watching TV, that is when hell broke loose.  Man, oh man it was loud.  I heard this terrible rumble, similar to an earthquake noise, but much louder.  The thunder was getting louder and louder.  It was so loud, that my house was shaking.   I just froze, wondering what is next.

It was not for a second, the thunder seemed to go on forever.  I found out the closer the thunder, the closer the lightning.  I will always remember that noise and frightening feeling of helplessness.  It sounded like the earth had cracked open.  All I could do, was sit there with my lantern, my minion blanket (yes, I have one) and enjoy the show.  Actually, the lightning was the only part of the show, that I enjoyed.

So, do you have a story to tell?  I’d love to hear anyone, share their thunderstorm experience.  Pictures anyone?

The Old Man and the Blackbird 



The blackbird sits by the window.

Waiting for his friend to rise.

The old man wakes up and walks slowly to the window.

He opens it just slightly to let his friend in.

“How are you feeling,” the blackbird asks.

“Tired, but fine my friend,” the old man replies.

The blackbird shakes his feathers and looks the old man up and down.

“You haven’t been eating much, have you,” says the blackbird.

The old man answers, “just a little here and there.”

“You have to keep your strength up, so you can enjoy this beautiful day,” the blackbird replies.

“I really don’t feel like going outside.  I feel tired today. It’s been a long week.  I can’t stop thinking of Martha.”

“Martha will always be with you my friend.  I promised her, I would watch over you.”

The old man stops for a moment to think, then answers, “I remember when I found you under the tree, you were so small.  I brought you home and Martha made you a tiny bed.  As you got older, you would go outside, but always come back.”

The blackbird replied, “you and Martha will always be my family.  Now it’s time to take care of you.”

“What will happen when my time comes, my friend, where will you go?”

“I will still be with you, just like Martha.  You need not worry.  Now, please eat something.”

So, the old man sat down at the table, took a sip of wine and sliced some bread. He tore a piece of bread, to give to his friend.  That night the old man celebrated with a plate of sausage and cheese.

His mind was now at ease, knowing the blackbird was indeed a true friend.


(C) 2015 ACV

How To Be Happier And Enjoy Life

Check out “The Return of the Modern Philosopher.” Austin is a fantastic writer.

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

bad dateI’ve received many emails from Modern Philosophers who aren’t out in the dating world, asking me to write a dating tips style post to help with other life issues.

I tasked the interns with contacting all of you to see what kind of life tips you’d like, but since this blog has almost 14,000 followers, one of them might not have gotten to you yet.  Please be patient.

In the meantime, an overwhelming number of those contacted asked for tips on how to be happier and better enjoy life.

Challenge accepted, Modern Philosophers!

I don’t think this is a problem that can be solved in one post, so tonight’s article will focus on identifying the things that might be making you unhappy.  Once you figure out what’s causing the unhappiness, you can work on being happy.

Make sense?  Good.  Here’s my best guess as to what’s got you down…

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The warmth of the sun filled my soul

tooopen_201211171625076230You know that feeling you have, when standing in a ray of sunshine.  A tingling sensation passes through your body, with such a wonderful warmth.  It seems to awaken the soul and give you that extra rush of energy that your body craves.  You never realize that feeling, when you’re laying in your bed, wondering if you should get up.

It’s so easy, to just stay inside your house with all your comforts.  So, on days that your feeling blue or just need that extra boost of energy, try going outside and find that ray of sunshine.  You will be surprised, on how much your body can rejuvenate, with a touch of mother nature.

So, go ahead and get outside.  You’ll be glad you did and your body will thank you.

Your cheatin’ heart, is what drove us apart

Please don’t go.

I am so sorry.

You know, I love you.

Give me another chance.

I will change, you will see.

Maybe, you should have been nicer to me.

Don’t leave….  But, I  love you.

How can you leave me?

It was only once, it won’t happen again.

Your leaving, because of that?

It doesn’t mean anything.

I was just…  I don’t know.

I really do love you honey.

You are my world.

How can u do this to me?

******

To you…?

Well, let me see.

You say you love me, but you don’t.

Your cheatin’ heart, is what drove us apart.

I can’t trust you, I never will.

Nicer to you?

You treated me like an old shoe.

You won’t change,  it never happens.

I need to be free, from your obsession.

You never treated me, with an ounce of  dignity.

I hope you find, what you’re looking for.

It’s not going to be me anymore.

I am stronger, then you know.

I am finally, walking out the door.

Have you lost your passion? Take one step at a time, to get it back.

Thinking about last nights post,“Dusty Camera, Forgotten Tap Shoes and Lost Paint Set” brought up many questions.  Why do we stop doing the things that we love to do? Is it a slow decline or a sudden stop? When you’re in the middle of doing your painting, writing, acting or singing and feel very passionate about it, could you ever imagining stopping? Well, many people lose their passion, for many reasons.

If you are thinking, about the things that you use to feel passionate about, try taking baby steps, one step at a time. Start with the number one thing, that you used to like to do and do it for 3 minutes, next day 5 minutes, next day 7 minutes, etc. That’s a start, your brain will start a new pattern and look forward to it the next time. Here is a wonderful video from Producer Mateusz M. That may help you think, about your passions and goals.

Four and twenty blackbirds looking at me


I lay in bed tired as can be

I look to the window and what do I see

Four and twenty blackbirds looking at me

I must be dreaming, this I possibly can’t see

I open my eyes wide and sure enough they’re looking at me

I get nervous thinking of that bird movie on tv

I don’t mind birds, but just a few

This is obvious too many, what to do

I close my eyes again, to get a wink or two

As I turn over and open one eye

I realize it’s 3am and just a dark sky

No more ice cream before bed

I can’t handle these visions in my head

I got me a sticker…

I got me a sticker

I got me a sticker

Stick it on my wall, stick it on my doll

I got me a sticker

I got me a sticker

Stick it on my door, stick it on my drawer

I got me a sticker

I got me a sticker

Stick it on my book, come and take a look

I got me a sticker

I got me a sticker

Stick it on my moms car, I better run far…