Angels walk among us

I was thinking of the greatness of what was human, and found myself in the divine by Juan Ramon Jimenez at
http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/blog/2011/05/02/juan-ramon-jimenez-who-knows-what-is-going-on/#sthash.EALvOvWX.dpuf

nikkiparks17 November 2013 – I actually saw this in action. Nikki Parks recently completed a Master’s Degree in education to only find out that she has a continuing struggle ahead  with brain tumor cancer. She is a beautiful young woman, quite and unassuming. So poised and looking at her mother, a reflection of her own heart shined.

devotedfriendsNikki has two good friends, although I regret  I do not know their names.  They have stood sentry over their friend, like angel wings surrounding her. I see a bit of angel in Nikki also. There is a light about her as she lives each moment to be the best moment ever. Surely she showed her friends and family tonight just how truly blessed she is.

MAYORlISAwONGMayor Lisa Wang, Irene Hermandez, and son Nino were there. I was honored to attend the fundraiser for Parks and share in Love and Caring for Nikki Parks. A lovely group of people came to Destare to celebrate Nikki’s life and success. Parks left the audience with an important message on a central theme, live your dream. Matter the challenge, live your vision.

Nikki is an inspiration to her family and friends. As one of them suggested, Nikki kept on going in spite of Cancer. When other people might have given up or simply worked away from their dream, Nikki found a reason to get up and participate n life each day and accept it as life unfolds.

I have not had many heroes in my life, but this week I was touched by an angel. sharingandcaring

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Only You music from The Young Victoria by Sinead O’Connor

I dedicate this beautiful music to my husband who will be leaving me shortly for the other side.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgWWQe57UBU

Walk in beauty.

July 4, 2010. I kept vigil every hour on the hour and Will walked on between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.  I was so happy we were able to do it his way “at home” and that his last hours were peaceful. 

 A few hours before he literally passed away, I was out on the back property doing ceremony.  He walked towards me and kept walking to the west. He was happy, healthy and younger. He turned around and smiled at me as if to say “How well and happy I am.”  It really was confirming to me that he is happy now and there is nothing to fear about crossing over the rainbow road because it is so beautiful.
Thank you Hospice for being so extraordinary in your caring for my husband. It has been six months since February 3, 2010 when we learned it was terminal cancer. Hospice was part of Will’s life and leaving from start to finish on July 4. I am so grateful to them. 
 
Walk in beauty,
Butterfly woman

Eco Adventure in Wisconsin – day one by Mary Ellen Ryall

Happy Tonics husband and wife team left today for Costa Rica.  They are staying at Rancho Margot, a self-supporting working ranch in Central America. 

Sadie the corge

Our first walk

 I am staying at their cabin in the woods with Sadie the dog for the next ten days.

Looking out at bird feeders from cabin

Before the storm.

The first thing I notice when I look out the windows is that there are little woodpeckers and chick-a-dees flying to the porch and window boxes.  Then I see the nut-hatch climbing down the tree backwards.  It’s a winter wonderland of little birds.  All of a sudden I am transported into the silence of winter.

A slow cook pot is on.  Within the pot are lentils, organic onions and carrots, potatoes and cabbage.  I added lots of cumin, a medicinal spice used for indigestion and a dash of smart balance for some fat.  A teaspoon of powdered Turkey tail mushroom was added.  It is a medicinal mushroom that has been researched as a  cancer treatment.

After Sadie had her walk and a roll in the fresh snow, we headed back to the cabin for a good brush on the porch.  She is a corgi and in winter Sadie sheds. 

Even with the beauty of winter and being isolated in my retreat setting, there was a sad moment.  Earlier I noticed a sweet little mole in the kitchen.  When I went over to it I saw that it was barely alive.  His little leg was broken.  There appeared to be a few punctures in the little creature’s neck.  I wrapped him up in some cabbage leaves and carried him out to the porch.  I knew the cold temperatures would help end his life more quickly than letting Sadie experiment with her little pet.

When I went out to the porch to check on the little dear, it had already walked on.  I already had my snowshoes on so I gathered oak leaves from the woods and picked him up while I sang him an honor song.  There was a nice wood pile with a sheltered opening and I placed the little mole in a bed of oak leaves.  I put down tobacco leaves to honor his life and to thank him for the gift he was giving me.

He may be preparing me for an experience that will call me into grief at some point.  I felt stronger for knowing that we must all pass through different stages of life and each stage should be honored.

Deer trail through the wooded trail

The road less traveled

  I photographed deer trails that wander along the woodland path.

Blue berries on red stem

Blue berries on red stem.

 I saw blue berries hanging from red stems and cotton soft down covering flower seed that wafts on the wind. 

The sun was setting to the west.  This is a little journal of my days in the woods.  I thought you might enjoy reading about Sadie and my eco adventure in the Great North Woods of Wisconsin.  Talk with you tomorrow afternoon.

Stay happy readers wherever you are.

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