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Louie Schwartzberg: An Amazing Videos February 4, 2016

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For the new year I want to share a special video called Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg. What better time than the beginning of the year to think about all we have to be grateful for. Schwarzberg talks about being present and celebrating life as he shares his amazing time lapse photography. He has captured some flowers unfolding, the movement of clouds in the sky, and butterflies. His talk and films are both inspiring.
The second part of the video is called “Happiness Revealed” and is from the point of view of a child and elderly man. One of the things the elderly man says is to look at the faces of the people you meet. Each one has an incredible stories behind their face.

I hope you are uplifted as much as I was by this wonderful video

St. Paul Como Park Zoo and Conservatory February 15, 2014

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A tropical fish tank.

A tropical fish tank.

We went to the St. Paul Como Park Zoo and Conservatory with our grandson on Valentine’s Day. I wanted to share some of the photos and wish you a happy Valentine’s Day.

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The sea lion came over to see us.

The sea lion came over to see us.

The tiger didn't seem to mind the snow.

The tiger didn’t seem to mind the snow.

A snow leopard with a long tail.

A snow leopard with a long tail.

The conservatory with spring flowers.

The conservatory with spring flowers.

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Red flowers for  Valentine's Day

Red flowers for Valentine’s Day

My husband with my grandson Asher in the children's area.

My husband with my grandson Asher in the children’s area.

The Penguins.

The Penguins.

Winter at the Arboretum January 1, 2014

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Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Winter landscape

Winter landscape

A winter moment

A winter moment

Red berries against the white snow

Red berries against the white snow

Decorated tree

Decorated tree

Owl in the tree

Owl in the tree

Bear in the tree

Bear in the tree

Fall at Lake Superior December 3, 2013

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Sunrise on Lake Superior

Sunrise on Lake Superior

This fall I went up to Lake Superior to enjoy the fall color.  The beauty of fall is really remarkable in Minnesota so I wanted to share it with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our house on Lake Superior

Our house on Lake Superior

 

Waves crashing into the shoreline

Waves crashing into the shoreline

A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods

 

 

Sunrise on Lake Superior

Sunrise on Lake Superior

 

Birch log

Birch log

 

Thoreau on dreams June 30, 2013

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Clouds in the countryside

Clouds in the countryside

“I learn this at least by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live that life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.  He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him.  If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.”

-Henry Thoreau, Walden

Wind blowing across the field

Wind blowing across the field

Farm in Detroit Lakes, MN

Farm in Detroit Lakes, MN

 

 

 

Spring at the Arboretum June 5, 2013

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In Minnesota spring is a big event. After looking at bare trees for over six months I am always delighted to see bright colors. Some of the first flowers out are tulips. At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum they always plant thousands of tulips. This year they had a wonderful display using the theme of orange and purple flowers. Enjoy the beauty of their rich display.

Group of Flowers

Group of Flowers

 

Tulips on Display

Tulips on Display

Tulips by a fountain

Tulips by a fountain
Unusual Deep orange Tulip

Unusual Deep orange Tulip

Purple Tulips

Purple Tulips

A Fest of Color

A Fest of Color

Orange Filly Tulip

Orange Filly Tulip

Shades of orange and purple.

Shades of orange and purple.

Pink Tulip

Pink Tulip

 

 

 

A Year with Rumi by Coleman Barks December 17, 2012

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What’s Not Here by Rumi

 I start out on this road,

call it love or emptiness,

I only know that’s not here.

 

Resentment seeds, backscratching greed,

worrying about outcome, fear of people.

 

When a bird gets free,

it does not go for remnants

left on the bottom of the cage.

 

Close by, I’m rain.  Far off,

a cloud of fire.   I seem restless,

but I am deeply at ease.

 

Branches tremble.  The roots are still.

I am a universe in a handful of dirt,

whole when totally demolished.

 

Talk about choices does not apply to me.

While intelligence considers options,

I am somewhere lost in the wind.

 

This month my husband and I made an unexpected trip to Milwaukee to attend my aunt’s funeral.  On the way to the funeral we saw dozens of eagles at Lake Pepin.  Tree after tree had groups of eagle in it so I had to stop to take photos. 

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The funeral was the celebration of a well-lived life and a time to gather with family and friends.  While we were in Milwaukee there was a blizzard across the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota.  We drove home the next day to a world transformed by snow and ice.  I was enchanted by its beauty and took photos from the car window. 

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Rumi’s poetry and the photos of winter capture some the grace and beauty of life.  Life is a gift to be cherished while we are here.  A Year with Rumi is a series of Rumi’s poems for each day of the year.  The translation is by Coleman Barks who is one of the best translators of Rumi’s works. 

Rumi lived in the early thirteenth century in Balkh (the Persian empire).  In 1244 he met Shams Tabriz, a wandering meditator.  “The inner work that Shams did with Rumi and Rumi with Shams produced poetry.  It springs from their friendship.” p. 1.

Here are a few of Rumi’s poems from the book.

Sometimes I do

 

In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

 

You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

 

but sometimes I do,

and that light become this art.

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Let the Beauty We Love

 

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty

and frightened.  Don’t open the door to the study

and begin reading.  Take down a musical instrument.

 

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

 

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Water and the Moon

 

There is a path from me to you

That I am constantly looking for.

 

so I try to keep clear and still

as water does with the moon.

 

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Love’s Confusing Joy

 

If you want what visible reality

can give, you are an employee.

 

If you want the unseen world,

You are not living with your truth.

 

Both wishes are foolish,

but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting

that what you really want is

love’s confusing joy.

 

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I hope you enjoyed Rumi’s  poems and the photos of the beauty of winter.  Have an enjoyable holiday season.

Keoki Flagg on Tedx Talks about Grant Korgan May 13, 2012

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A good friend sent me a remarkable youtube video of her nephew Keoki Flagg, an adventure sport photographer, on Ted x talks. The talk is about Grant Korgan’s journey to the South Pole that made history on January 17, 2012. Grant was the first adaptive athlete to trek to the South Pole. It was done on the 100-year anniversary of the first South Pole explorers.

Keoki joined the journey to photograph it. To make the expedition he had to get into shape because he had to pull a sled with 500 pounds of equipment on it.

Two years ago Grant Korgan had a snowmobile accident that left him a paraplegic. Grant decided to make an expedition to the South Pole as part of his recovering program and to raise money for medical research for paraplegics. The trip was funded by the High Fives Foundation, which helps injured athletes recover. Grant used a custom sit ski to trek 75 miles in two weeks. With ski poles he pushed himself along. Keoki compared it to sitting in a cardboard box and pushing it across the room.

The weather was as cold as forty degrees below zero with head winds of 10 to 20 knots. At those temperatures it is hard to function.

In the youtube video you’ll see some of Keoki’s remarkable photos of the trip. IN discussing his photography, he said that original art touches the viewer emotionally.

Keoki also talked about the experience of making this journey. The land is flat and the sun never set so there was no way to gain perspective as to how far he had gone each day. There weren’t any clocks, phones or internet in the South Pole. Being removed from all this technology helped Keoki find inner peace and balance. He said that we all need more peace. He wants to affect the world in a positive way. He ended his talk with: “The message of positivity in these times is critical. Dream as big as you can and change the world.”

Here is the Youtube:

To learn more about the project go:
http://www.southpolepush.com./

Two Inspiring videos April 12, 2012

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For the new year I want to share two special videos.  The first one is called Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg.  What better time than the beginning of the year to think about all we have to be grateful for.  Schwarzberg talks about being present and celebrating life as he shares his amazing time lapse photography.  He has captured some flowers unfolding, the movement of clouds in the sky, and butterflies.   His talk and films are both inspiring. 

The second part of the video is called “Happiness Revealed” and is from the point of view of a child and elderly man.  One of the things the elderly man says is to look at the faces of the people you meet.  Each one has an incredible stories behind their face.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyOrNdfBQNk

 

The second video is for those of you who love dancing.  This video is of a couple who dance with amazing grace and beauty. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=cWIhXzZT8dE&vq=largeS

 

I hope you are uplifted as much as I was by these wonderful videos.  Enjoy the gift of life in this new year.

Caribbean Cruise: Vacations Can Open Our Awareness April 12, 2012

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Last month my family and I took a Caribbean cruise and spent a week in Puerto Rico. The trip wasn’t only an escape from the cold Minnesota weather; it also provided a chance to experience different cultures, ways of life and people. When I travel I’m more aware of everything and living in the moment because everything is so new and different. Sometimes I have more vivid dreams or even a past-life memory.

This trip broadened my understanding of the Caribbean islands and sparked my interest in its history. The islands have such features as tropical rainforests, mountains and white sand beaches surrounded by aqua blue ocean.
(Here are some photos of our trip.)


The main language in Puerto Rico is Spanish though many speak English so it isn’t hard to get around. One Puerto Rican highlight was a guided hike in El Yunque, a large rainforest. After visiting the rainforest we paddled kayaks into an ocean bay to see the bioluminescent water. At night the water sparkles like fireflies when you paddle or put your hand in it. It seems magical.

I find many of the things I worry about at home disappear when I’m traveling. I enjoy just sitting on the ocean, feeling the warm sun, watching the waves and swimmers. It’s also fun to spend time with my family and meet new people.

Traveling can be a trigger for remembering past lives. It sparks memories, sometimes subtle and other times direct. While I didn’t remember any past lives on this trip, when I visited Fort San Felipe Del Morro (a five-hundred-year-old fort in Puerto Rico) I felt a deep heaviness I knew stemmed from a past life.

The fort is historically significant because it served as a base of Spanish power.
Puerto Rico was discovered by Columbus on his second voyage and colonized by Spain. Today none of the native people remain. The island has a natural harbor, fresh water and was the first place the ocean currents brought ships when they sailed to the new world from Europe. From this fort Spain controlled the gateway to Mexico, Central and South America to better rule this part of the world. They pillaged gold and silver from these countries and had a large slave-trading business. (Here are some photos of the fort.)


On the island of Barbados we saw the amazing Huntes Garden set on the site of an old sugar plantation. Chairs where you can sit and enjoy the flowers and serenity are placed throughout the garden. While there we met Grace, a woman from England. She lives in an old house outside of London that was once a monastery in the 1500s. I asked, “Have you ever been visited by a ghost?” She said yes she had, by a monk on three occasions. The first time he appeared was when she was ill. He came into her room and was a comforting presence.



Grace told us she once experienced a challenging situation when her family had wronged her. She was upset until she had a dream where she left her body and met with Jesus, her spiritual guide.

He said, “You’ve been forgiven. Now it’s up to you to forgive others.” After the dream she was able to let go of the situation and forgive her family members.

My husband Jim asked, “That changed your life, didn’t it?” She replied it had.

Jim said, “We call that ‘Soul Travel’” (an Eckankar term that can mean a shift in consciousness to a higher state of awareness or an experience of leaving the physical body either while awake or when dreaming).

Grace said she’d never heard of Soul Travel, but found the idea interesting.

(Here are some photos of the garden.)

I returned home refreshed from these wonderful adventures with my family and felt enriched by the many people I met along the way.

Have you met an interesting person or had an experience when traveling that opened up vivid dreams or gave you an insight into a past life? I’d love to hear your stories.