Archive for March, 2012

Bing Cherry Tree 2012 by Ann Marquette

For some reason the word April conjures up visions of newness, of spring blossoms, awakening from the winter season.

In the last several years I always like to begin something new in my life on the 1st day of April if possible, or within a couple days of it.  Sometimes things which begin at other times turn out better.  The right timing for the right circumstance can be any time.  When trusting God to put things in place for his best for us and in his time it is always better.With all this in mind I eagerly look forward to April 2012 and what surprises and blessings God has in store for me.  As I wait, I remember last year’s post on April 1st …



Bing Cherry Tree 2012 by Ann Marquette

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I am reposting this as today’s post by Aspire, Motivate, Succeed! blogger “Listen to Someone”  http://amsdaily.net/2012/03/26/take-the-opportunity-listen-to-someone/
touched me and reminded me of a piece I wrote a few years ago.

Blue Moon by Michael Cox

Silence is quiet
It speaks…
Peace or pain

Silence is loud
It screams…
Thoughts unspoken
Real or unreal
Truth or untruth

Silence is not always golden
Silence can be a black hole
Silence may be more painful
Than the words of truth

©April 2004

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This is a great post by one of my favorite bloggers “teecee” and really spoke to my heart.  Enjoy…

The Ideal Friend!

Posted on March 20, 2012 by

If I had a friend that would be there for me, just when I wanted, that would smile, precisely when I need a smile, that would hug me, the very moment I’ll seek a hug and would speak a word where all that matters is a word, Would I be happier?

If I had a friend that spurs me up to get things done, that offers a hand to ease the stress, that generates ideas to make things swift and that enlightens me on priorities, Would I be more productive?

If I had a friend that who would ensure that I eat the best meals, who would insist that I wear the best cloths, who would verify that I make the best choice and who would ascertain that I strike the best deals, Would I be more fulfilled?

If I had a friend that would show me what counts, that would teach me what matters, that would expose me to the vital and that would involve me in the crucial, Would I be more focused?

If I had a friend that would introduce me to great personalities, that would position me in spheres of influence, that would tell me about decision making and that would spend time with me on leadership issues, Would I be more relevant?

If I had a friend that would dance with me anytime I wanted, plead my case whenever I need representation, rescue me from tight situations and say the words that set me right wherever I’ve veered of track, would I be perfect?

I prefer to be exciting than to be excited, to help than to be helped, to smile than to be smiled at… the list is endless but I’m happier when I’m the reason that change came, I feel more productive when I inspire the motivation that gets things done, I’m more fulfiled when others are happy because of me, I am more focused when my action meets a need rather than just fulfilling an obligation, I consider relevance as having a worthy contribution and not just occupying a position or associating with the leadership and I’m perfect when I’m myself; expressing my thoughts, ideas and concepts without prejudice, compulsion or comparism. I’m unique and free. I better be that friend!

-Nnamonu Tochukwu. Teeceecounsel.

Stop by teecee’s post and leave her a comment  http://teeceecounsel.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/the-ideal-friend/

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The Gates_Ireland by Ann Marquette

With joy and gratitude I remember the Ireland I knew for over 12 years, and the friends I made there.  It has been way too long since I have been there for a visit.

I just read the post “If You’re Irish…” by MargeKatherine on her Inside Out Café blog
with views of Ireland and Irish songs, which brought tears to my eyes.

Check out her post and enjoy as we come to the closing of this St. Patrick’s Day 2012.

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Word Press Support

Is anyone else having difficulty with WordPress; and unable to get any information from Support?
I sent them an email on March 1st and still no answer. Now I am having more problems with my blog page and cannot even send support an email because the site says they are closed for the weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A view inside some tulips, showing the stamens...

Image via Wikipedia

Yes I am grateful and joyful for this beautiful day, and the connections with my blogger friends.  And I do love tulips 🙂

Thursday night I had a great phone conversation with one of them; and we have so much in common. We spent a wonderful hour on the phone. Thanks Barb 🙂

And I thank all my blogger friends who are so inspirational, encouraging, supportive, wise, and some times funny (or always funny like Mark) 🙂

I wish you all a fabulous weekend filled with joy and heart smiles.

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This special post by Barbara fits right in with my 2012 theme of Gratitude, Joy, and Attitude.  Love the positive mind and spirit…exactly my thoughts.

What can I do?

I’ve seen a lot of things on the internet recently, either articles or postings, that seem to be drenched in fear and the need to spread it. I don’t know if people are just focusing on the negative to a point that they fear everything and anything, or if I’m just noticing it in contrast to how I live my life. Trust me, I am realistic and not living a Pollyanna life. I know there is economic crisis, corruption, wars, and evil in the hearts and acts of mankind.

But I also know there is goodness, justice, kindness, and love. I subscribe to focusing on and changing that which is in my power. For example, I have no way to stop the Illuminati from taking over the world (if it exists or if they haven’t already). I cannot tell or affect if aliens are on their way to attack, abduct, or destroy. Nor can I suddenly make religions and countries change their beliefs and interactions with each other. I cannot make politicians be honest or corrupt men change their hearts. And I surely can do nothing if the world is going to end in Dec. 2012 as so many predict and believe.

But I assure you, there is plenty that I can do that actually makes a difference. I can be kind to my neighbors. I can teach my children right from wrong. I can be generous with my time, talent, and treasure. I can encourage the sad and love the lonely. I can forgive those who hurt me and end grudges that I may carry. I can (and do) pray to God and trust in his love. I can make a difference in my life, in my friends’ and family’s lives, and I can influence those that I come in contact with every day.

I read once that there are 365 versions of “fear not” in the Bible – one for each day of the year. Since that book influences me and my life, I find comfort in the fact that there is enough hope and protection to cover my every day. And if I should fall victim to aliens, the Illuminati, or the other evils in the world that people spend their time and energy to purvey, well, I know who wins in the end.

In the meantime, let us pick up our hope and our faith. Let us act in ways that make the world we touch a better place. Let our light shine brighter than the darkness that surrounds. And let us be blessed!

GO TO BARBARA’S BLOG AND LEAVE HER A COMMENT  http://mightyinspiration.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/what-can-i-do/#comment-154

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A new day, the first in a new month.  It was a great sunny day.  Quiet this morning as I accomplished a few things.  Then I met a friend for lunch and a long visit.

The best part of this month, is that it is my brothers birthday this month.   He is the best part of my life. Ah! Life is good 🙂

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