Mr. and Mrs. Nicodemas

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My Love is on the left, and that’s me on the right. Do you like our hats? This was meant to be funny, so I hope you are laughing!!

This is just a note to let you know we are going to be traveling, sometimes home and sometimes not. I’m hoping to walk on sand again, and sip some great iced tea (no lemon). I’ll be watching the waves put me to sleep, and getting some reading done. Since most of you know I love Rumi, and Gibran, do you have any suggestions for similar types of books?

I also wanted to let you know I may not be stopping by as often, visiting your sites. You know how I love your work though, so I will return full throttle in about two weeks. I will still post here once or twice a day.

Peace and let me know about books you recommend!

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“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!

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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.

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

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

Tenderness and Kindness

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Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.

Kahlil Gibran

It’s not popular to be tender or kind. People are often harsh or mean. Men in particular are trained to be tough. People that are very nice tend to be considered weak. Yet, which is more valuable – harshness or tenderness and kindness? Which of the these will help us to connect and stay connected to the ultimate source of love? We all know the answer. When I see the words of Gandhi, Chief Joseph, Gibran, and many others, I see tremendous strength, and yet gentleness at the same time. That’s where I want to be! When you read what they said or wrote, it is obvious they were connected, and that they lived their lives loving and honoring people. Now that is kindness. That indeed is greatness.

May the fountain of tenderness and kindness, and our love for people, cause us to bring life to others.

This is day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thanks again to Bella, Lisa, and Erika.

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

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

Colors of the Rainbow

If you like flowers, waterfalls, rainbows, and beautiful nature photography, you will love this beautiful piece of film. And there is also the fantastic flute music of Leo Rojas! This is the perfect video to celebrate spring/early summer.

Have a great week everyone!

Blessings to everyone and peace!

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

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube, music from Leo Rojas

Honey Bees

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Did you know that it can take bees as many as 5,000 trips to flowers, to produce 1 teaspoon of honey? Bees are fascinating creatures, and a lot has been written about them, so this is just a brief overview. There are more than 20,000 species of bees but only a small number of them are classified as true honey bees, and are under the genus of Apis. The study of honey bees is known as apiology.

honey bee 2Most know that honey bees live in colonies. There can be hundreds of thousands of bees in a single colony, with three different types of bees living there. The male bees are known as drones. They are produced from unfertilized eggs so they only have the DNA of the queen. Apparently the queen is able selectively choose which eggs to fertilize. Drones are large, with large eyes, used to locate queens during mating flights. Two interesting points about drones are that they have no stinger, and they die during the process of mating.

The worker bees are female, with two sets of chromosomes. In addition to each hive having a huge number of worker bees, the workers do different jobs according to their age! I found this fascinating. They go from cleaning their own cell, to feeding larvae, to receiving nectar and cleaning the hive, to guarding the hive, and finally they forage for pollen and nectar. Some workers have specialties such as being an undertaker! Their job is to remove dead bees from the hive. Cool! By the way the workers are the bees that sting you or I, and then they die. The reason is that their stinger is barbed, or has ridges. So it actually gets stuck in the person or animal. The injury the bee receives, honey bee 8from stinging, causes death.

Of course the queen bee’s job is to lay eggs after mating. She lays a lot of eggs, about 2,000 in a single day. Her stinger is not barbed and so she can sting multiple times. She does not mate with the drones from her own colony.

Oh, one more thing, one of the main enemies of the honey bee is the wasp. Why? Because wasps are carnivorous and they eat bees! Honey bees only eat pollen, and the honey they make. I’ll probably do another posting, sometime in the future, on how the honey is actually made.

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Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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Creative Free Style Writing

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I was recently given the challenge of creative writing free style, by Laine Anne Theodore over at frommidnighttodawnlight.com. Please check out her beautiful writing. I had fun doing this but I am not a speed typer so that was the challenging part.

Here is how it works: You open a blank Word document, and set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes. There is a topic given at the bottom of the post but don’t go there until you are ready to type. Fill in the Word document as much as you want, until the timer goes off. Post the results (including how many words you typed) and nominate other bloggers.

Ok so here is the topic I wrote about:

You are speaking to a group of young adults at a writer’s workshop. Share with them what writing means to you, and any advice you have that may encourage them to follow their own dreams as writers.

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So here it goes!

I once heard someone say that writing is life – well it isn’t. Writing is a creative form that expresses much of who you are but it does not define you as a person. It is certainly an opportunity for you to share part of who you are. Art in general is that wonderful expression, of a small piece of who you are as a person. You are an incredible force that has many parts, many beautiful elements.

Express yourself. This will include emotions, and in many ways your writing will need emotions. But there is also the intellect, your mind. Your creative self must be able to think, to dream dreams no one else has ever even thought of. An extreme example of this is science fiction, but even with romance writing you need to think, not just rely on emotions. I believe creative writing involves the intellect a great deal.

You are also a spiritual person. This is the unseen world, which can often overlap, or involve the other two areas I’ve mentioned. For instance where do dreams come from? Is only your mind involved? You can sense and see things which are under the surface, not visible to the human eye. Even if you do not have a particular religion you are still a spiritual person.

If you combine these three areas of emotions, intellect, and the spiritual, in your writing – your writing will come out beautifully.

This was 239 words.

I don’t know alot of bloggers that would do this, that haven’t already – so anyone can try it. Let me know if you do!

I do have one person in mind: Sibella over at Arts and Rymes. Sibella is an artist promoting love for other people and other cultures through her paintings. And that’s only one project she has! Sibella (and anyone else) your topic is all the way at the bottom, past the credits. So don’t scroll down until you are ready.

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 Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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

Writing © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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topic: Under the Oak Tree (like the picture above)

Thoughts on Overcoming Fear

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fear notI once knew of a man that was terribly afraid his wife would die. And she almost did die, in several different ways. Nobody really knew or understood what they went through. She had severe health problems over a period of years. It took him a long time to understand how this affected him. Two things happened that taught him lessons. One was that she did get better, and through this, he learned to trust in God. It wasn’t easy. Secondly, he learned how to fight. Sometimes it’s a horrible battle, but everyday he fights and everyday he wins!

Keep fighting! You can do this!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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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.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube

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.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

video from youtube