Writing Love Stories

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So how does a guy write love stories? Very carefully! As writers we constantly make decisions about what we write, sometimes without realizing it. With love though, I need to evaluate as I go along, and then look back at the work when it is done. This is true of love poetry as well.

With writing love poems, and stories, I often question how much spice to put in the mix. You can’t write about love without something, such as an embrace, a smile, or kissing? Not enough spice and the story becomes naïve and too boring. Too much spice, and at some point we cross the line, even if we are the ones, making the line. But who decides? We each do.

How do I decide? First, I want to be consistent with who I am as a person, which does not mean I think I’m better than anyone. Far from it! This means I might take out a word or change it. Deleting a line is not uncommon.

I also respect the one I married, and I consider what she might say about it. Will she giggle, and give me a warm smile? Or will she be angry? She has not been angry yet, (Yay!) and sometimes writing love poems really is a blessing to her! (and me) I write out of my inspiration, and think about the one the Creator has given me. I call her “My Love”.

My intent is to stay in a certain range. If you compare my writing to movie ratings, I will be staying in the PG range, maybe less, and not much more. Love is very good thing, and another wonderful fountain of life!

If you haven’t guessed I’m writing several books! 

Life is good.

 

Peace.

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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Fountains of Life

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are…….fountains of life.”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…..and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

 

We all have sources of inspiration. When John Muir, sometimes referred to as the mountain prophet, spent time in the mountains, he was not only inspired, but he saw something spiritual about them, perhaps they drew him closer to the Creator. I love the phrase wash your spirit clean. By this, I think he means, find the freedom of nature, let your spirit soar. Don’t let yourself get tangled up in the worries of life. We can experience freedom, when we leave part of the world behind, maybe even turn off our hand held device!

The first quote is even more remarkable when you consider that Muir died in 1914. If it was true in 1914, that there were many people tired, nerve-shaken, and over-civilized, then it must be even more true today. Burn out is not fatal –  we can be rejuvenated, and that’s what I think he is saying here, with these two quotes. Maybe we can’t live in the wilderness, but we might be able to spend some time there. When we do, we will reap tremendous benefits. It is certainly, time well spent. We need the fountains of life.

 

 Peace.

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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

George Washington’s House

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Mount Vernon Estate, the home of our first president, is still standing. There are hundreds of acres, in what often feels like a park setting. The mansion and additional buildings have not only been restored, but tens of thousands of people tour the grounds, and buildings every year. It is a major tourist destination.

The ironic thing about the estate is that people of all nationalities, ethnic groups, and backgrounds can now sit on the same back porch that George sat on, overlooking the scenic Potomac River. In the picture above you can see chairs for visitors to just sit and relax. In the past the porch was reserved for only the white upper class landowners. Not only is this ironic, but I’m sure there’s a poem in that! The bottom photo shows a view from the same porch, overlooking the river.

Even if you’re not into history, Washington D.C. has many places to visit, including some of the finest museums in the world. The Smithsonian Museums are comprised of a number of large buildings, which would take you several days to go through if you went through all of them. My favorite museum contains the Impressionist paintings, of Monet, Manet, and Mary Cassatt. I love Impressionist paintings. By the way, all of the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are free.

If you are ever in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. areas let us know! We can help you tour the sites.

Peace.

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Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Taller than the Trees

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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Henry David Thoreau

 So having walked in the woods, we realize we are nurtured, but what does Thoreau mean by this? How can we be taller than the trees, and what does that mean? I believe there is a twofold answer. First, the person that has received from nature, by being in it, is strengthened. He/she has a clear mind, and peace is dwelling inside. These important elements bring strength to a person. We can walk taller, because we have the confidence we need. There is no need to be afraid, we are able to let go of anger, or any hindrance, to our internal life.

Secondly, the person that has been in the woods, can see the big picture now. The problems that did seem big, are not nearly as big as they thought. Ever hear the expression “You can’t see the forest because of the trees”? In nature this is reversed. We can see the forest now, because our spirit has grown, and we can see more clearly. We are above the trees. We can have a long distance vision.

Using the illustration again of a mother, do you remember your Mama helping you when you were little and you were injured? Maybe you were stung by a bee, or fell off your bike. What did she do? She held you, spoke gently to you, cleaned your wounds, and eased your pain. Nature can do that. We wipe our tears,  we keep walking the path, and we realize we are made stronger and more confident than ever. Peace.

 

 

This is day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me Kavita at KVision and Elisabet at An Elephant Named Buddha. Thank you!

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

A Quiet Walk

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Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature. It will nurture your mind, body and soul.

Anthony Douglas Williams

 Have you ever taken a walk, so you can think something through? Maybe someone upset you, or you had a decision to make, and walking helped calm you down, or helped clear your thoughts. What was it about nature though, that brought about the change?

Is nature just an energy force, something ambiguous we can’t quite describe? Some with faith say God created nature, and that’s all there is. Yet, if we are really honest with ourselves, there is a presence in nature, that we don’t find anywhere else. It is true, much depends on the person’s frame of mind, but when a person is quiet in nature, the nurturing does take place. Maybe that’s why many call the earth our mother. Our mind receives nurturing, our body becomes relaxed (not to mention the benefit of exercise), and our inner most person is given peace.

Take a quiet walk today, and you will receive more than you can imagine. Blessings!

 

This is part of a 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me by Kavita at KVision, and Elisabet, at An Elephant Named Buddha. Thank you! I love quotes.

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Farewell

I’m taking it easy today, but before the night is done, I wanted to share this beautiful music and video with you. I’m not sure about the title, but I think it means, he is saying farewell to being disconnected and not knowing who he is. Look for the deep connection with the earth, and the connection with his heritage. He discovers treasure, but it is not gold or silver. It’s important to know who we are, and I so appreciate these First Nations qualities of love for the earth, and their heritage.

Have a restful weekend!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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Free Again

When I saw this beautiful portion of the movie The Black Stallion, I thought of several ways it can inspire us. Besides the outstanding photography, there is the story of the horse (called The Black) and the boy that have just been shipwrecked, washed up, on an island.

Sometimes we can be doing just fine in our everyday lives, and then a storm comes. Circumstances can hit us hard, and we are seemingly lost in the ocean. We find ourselves, washed up on a beach, and there is no hope. Or we think there is no hope. Maybe ropes are preventing us from living. People can do and say very hurtful things, and we can allow ourselves to be devastated.

But there is hope! Maybe it’s a matter of trusting again. Hang on! Maybe our circumstances won’t change anytime soon, but we can be free on the inside. We can push on, doing all we can to keep living! So whatever you are facing, keep fighting. Ride the storm, let it make you stronger! Get on that horse and ride! Run with the wind. Be free!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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My Heart Will Go On

I love this song because it is so, so inspiring! The words and music are incredible. It makes my spirit soar up into the heavens.

When natural disasters and terrible things happen, I do the natural thing and wonder what good can come out of it. I pray and wonder, and sometimes there is no easy answer. If nothing else, terrible things happening can be opportunities to reach out and help, with prayer, and money, and anything else we can do. So please pray for the people of Nepal, and send money! Get the checkbook out!

I picked this song for everyone facing difficulties, regardless of what they may be. Stay strong, keep looking up, and maybe soon you can say – “my heart will go on”.

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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Learning from Suffering

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I hate pain and suffering. I really do, doesn’t everyone? Yet we all go through circumstances that can just be horrible. Loved ones can get cancer, or get sick for years at a time. Friends can die in car accidents, financial losses, natural disasters, can all take their toll. Sometimes terrible things are said about us, by people we know. They sling garbage about us, that we know is not true! All of the trials in our life can affect us in ways that we don’t even understand. I have had to surrender circumstances in my life recently. You forgive and move on.

But when we do realize how things have affected us we need to evaluate how we have been injured (if we have). We cannot build walls around our lives, around our hearts. We need to seek healing. Forgiveness can be one step, maybe seeking help from a friend or counselor. Fear can be a prison, don’t be caught in it. Whatever you are going through, never give up. Keep fighting, praying, forgiving, and seeking the healing you need. Be positive.

I recently heard that you cannot control what people do to you, but you can control how you react to it (thanks Erika for that one). Everything will not always be roses, but there is always hope! Always. I don’t normally write like this but it was on my heart.

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  Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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