Friday the 13th Myth Or Mindset?

Each day is what we believe

It to be.

Friday the 13th

In my mind

Is a good luck day!
Find that positive.

Black cats are beautiful!

I will admit,

After I have spilled some,

I still throw salt over my

Shoulder!

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Join me in my journey

Of viewing the muted colors of

Fall 2017 in Vermont!

I didn’t see any

Bad Luck.

Did you?

Fraud

Elemental

Kind Regards from  VT – K

 


Photography copyrighted

and compliments

Of TheBlackwallBlog 10/2017.

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Stretch beyond Your Preconceived Limits

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Reach out, 

Let your creativity flow.

 
Stretch your mindset rubber band.

 
You will create wide open

Spaces of opportunity.

Believe in your own Success.

All it takes is the will

To try,

And you are already

#winning!

 

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Great News! 

**  We have a new addition
to our photography team!
Welcome JDavis! ❤️

  
Kind Regards and believing-K

 

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Photography compliments and copyrighted  by BGage and JDavis!

Elastic

Random Rounds of Self

Funk in

Funk out.

Highs and Lows

Lows and Highs.

Yes u cans.

Can you yes?

Why yes I can!

 

YES!

I can allow myself to see the possibilities!

Stop the vicious circle of fear that,

Goes ’round and ’round in my head.

Hop off.

Go!

Okay, maybe a little more,

Rest a minute….

Dream a little dream…

See the sun through the rain….

BREATHE!

ENVISION!

Oh how many times, must I self talk myself through?

For as long as it takes.

As long as it takes?

That is  correct.

Roger that.

Onward I go.

 

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Kind Regards and # winning  -K

Circle

FOREVER

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Look up my love, look up,

I am here my love, look up

I’ll be forever waiting 

With open arms and heart

Until then,

Live life, my love, 

Live life!

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Time ticks forward,

We love, suffer losses, yet somehow,

We carry on.

We persevere.

Grow stronger from the pain.

Carry that strong belief,

The universe is there for us

As we stroll along life’s path.

We cry in anguish.

We laugh wholeheartedly.

We love deeply, from within.

We live.

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Kind Regards and # winning – K

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGAGE and TheBlackWallBlog.

Waiting
Finite

Keep On Rolling…

I’ll admit it. It’s been a rough few weeks.

I haven’t been able to write.

No feelings of creativity or inspiration.

I’ve focused on survival,

It was all I could muster.

As I planted a smile on my face

and went to work each day.

Perhaps I was letting go,

Working on accepting what is.

Grief can come in all forms.

I haven’t seen or ever felt

there was a perfectly defined 

set of rules,

for how you make it 

through.

While watching some Hulu last night

Along came a song… 

Exactly what I needed, 

not that I knew what I needed.

But…

My mind, feet and soul  started to dance.

Whatever  was going on,

I am here now.

Happy Saturday to you!

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REO SPEEDWAGON sang it loud and so did/do I.  

“So if you’re tired of the same old story,
Oh, turn some pages
I will be here when you are ready
To roll with the changes, yeah, yeah…”

That song, produces pictures of

a time of my life filled with glorious memories…

I heard it last night and discovered

it STILL delivers a special message, meaning

and triggers a quickened heart beat.

(August 4, 2017)

It sparks a fire in my soul!

(Originally released in 1978!)

Yikes!!

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Unbelievable!  Or is it?

I have said it before and you will surely hear,

or read it from me again.

It’s the seemingly simple things in life,

that appear and help get you through.

No matter where you are,

Lounging on the couch,

Driving down the road…

Life,  inspires you, 

If you allow yourself to be open to suggestion.

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Whether it be the infectious giggling of a child 

in the grocery line behind you.

 A new or old favorite song on the radio.

An unexpected happy ending of a movie,

A call from an old friend,

A sweet bird singing in the branches 

Outside your window, 

Or a neighborhood dog that suddenly appears

Just to say hello.

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If it creates a spark of hope,

Quickens your heart rate,

Makes you feel good,

Grab onto it, embrace it!

Tap into the positive energy.

Allow it to help propel you forward.

To place one foot in front of the other,

On your journey  of life.

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Kind Regards and

         feeling grateful for a new day – K

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Photography of the tree trunk, flowers and the neighbor’s dog- 

Compliments of The BlackWallblog.

Casual
Satisfaction

Today

 

Last evening,

I was doing some deep soul searching about how I am handling

what life is giving me. Even wondering if it is identifiable at this point?

What do I do with my uncertainties?

How do I cope, when I want to hide?

 

Transformation; whether it silently arrives much

like a summer’s soft evening breeze, that barely rustles the leaves

and gently caresses my cheek,

Or MORE like a herd of elephants, trampling everything,  once familiar,

that lies in it’s path…BAM! BAM! It is here! DEAL WITH IT!!

Though the arrival is completely different, both are a metamorphosis.

They are an opportunity.

We can fight or we can accept.

If it feels right go for it.

If it feels uncomfortable, yet is not dangerous to our health

Or true well being, then why not give it a chance.

As if  we truly have a choice…

The only choice I see, is whether or not I choose to

go kicking and scratching or remain calm

and see what happens.

Today is a new day… What will you do with your opportunities?

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Last evening’s sunset- Langdon, NH Compliments of BGAGE

What shall I do??

I will take one small step forward and continue on…

Won’t you join me?

Kind Regards and pondering – K

Gate
Transient

A Black Feather in the Grass…

 
“Signs, signs, everywhere a sign…

Do This, DON’T DO THAT

Can’t you read the signs?”

 

It’s been an emotional week. I’m

Not exactly sure why. I’ve been tired, 

dragging, tearing up at the littlest thing. 

I have made some life changes.

It has been an emotional experience the 

Last few months. 

Perhaps this path I’ve chosen 

Holds a lot of unknowns. 

Funny how things happen, that seem random, but when you look deeper,  they are connected.

 Today, walking my neighbors dogs, 

In my path, there it was. 

A long sleek shiny perfect black feather. Hmmmm…

“Siri, what does it mean when you find a black feather ?”

Black Feather MeaningThe following is an excerpt from The Meaning of Feathers chapter – Black Feather Meaning – Available NOW through Amazon HERE
BLACK FEATHER

PHYSICAL MEANING
A healing is taking place. Your body has felt depleted of energy the last few days, and this gifting is to show you that your thoughts and prayers are being answered. Have faith and trust that you have been heard. A new adventure is on the horizon. You are being guided to let go of past hurts from an old friend. The energy of forgiveness is needed for you to move on. Forgive and let go. Allow the energy of healing to surround you. Breathe in new energy. Breathe out the past.

 
Affirmation: “I am surrounded each day with positive energy. Positive energy surrounds me and permeates from me. I give out good vibes and I get back good vibes. My body and mind are completely healed”.
 
SPIRITUAL HEALING
You are being healed on every level of the body, mind and soul. Your energy is being heightened and a much needed healing has taken place. You are being asked to let go and let God, Universe, Spirit to lead you now where you need to be. You have done enough. It is time now for you to be looked after. Have faith that that is happening. Let go of the need to control life. Be at peace.

 
Affirmation: “I am filled with a peaceful energy. With every breath I take I trust and have faith in the Universe, God, Spirit. The Universe, God, Spirit guides me to the place of love and healing. I love my life and am so blessed and grateful for each and every day. I am alive with life and life is alive through me”.

Interesting!

 

Kind Regards and 

        feeling grateful- K

Things that connect us…

"Everything is connected. The wing of the corn beetle affects 
the direction of the wind, the way the sand drifts, 
the way the light reflects into the eye of man beholding 
his reality. All is part of totality, and in this totality man 
finds his hozro, his way of walking in harmony,
 with beauty all around him."
Tony Hillerman, The Ghostway

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Travel, Faith, chronic illness, nature, family, friendship, tradition, war…

Your thoughts?

 

 

Kind Regards and

walking my path -K

 

 

 

 

Bridge

The Bacon Journey

July 1st, WOWSER!!

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A Lady Slipper, found at White Rock National Park, VT. A rare find.

In my head,  excerpts from a CHICAGO song swirls

"Saturday, in the park, 

I think it was the 4th of July....

People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
Everybody is another
Can you dig it (yes, I can) 
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday..."

 

So much has transpired since LGB’s diagnosis

of late stage 2 esophagus cancer on March 24, 2017.

Great news!

His numbers are excellent,

they have discontinued chemo.

 

He has lost his voice and it may or may not come back.

 

He adapted and his Smartphone does the talking.

Have you ever thought what it might be like to pull up to your

favorite Dunkin Donuts drive-thru and NOT been able to give

your order?

Well his phone states his daily order for a Turbo shot iced coffee:

PROBLEM SOLVED. 

 

He has one more day of neck radiation.

Two weeks after that a Pet Scan.

If that is good, he is FREE.

Free to roam his beloved woods,

he and his camera can once

again become one.

 

WOO HOO!

 

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White Rock National Park, VT May 2017

FREE

Me, I have been attempting to survive while riding an emotional roller-

coaster.

It is difficult to watch your best friend in pain.

His neck is severely burned and I have done my best to be there for him.

When he let’s me. 

I gave him my all. 

I made a promise to myself to hold his hand while he made the Bacon journey.

 Aptly named due to the crispiness of what radiation treatment does to you.

Besides it adds a touch of humor. “Does anyone smell bacon?”

Oh it’s just LGB…

Okay, so we are a sick group of individuals, but who cares,

it kept us all chuckling!

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There’s a hole in my bucket Dear Liza, Dear Liza.. lol

LGB and I have been on a tumultuous journey much longer than

the Bacon journey. 

 

The realization that I have been just a passenger along for the ride in his life,

not just for this particular journey, but for the last two years has hit hard.

 

TRUTH- He has proved, though he states he loves me,

that I am only allowed to be a small part of that life.

He made so many promises, they were good intentions.

They wound up being broken promises. 

 

I knew deep in my heart, he was in love with the concept of me.

He liked knowing I was there.

And at one time, I loved him with all my heart.

For me, this is the last leg of his and my life trip together.

 

Sad, yet such a relief to jump off that emotional roller coaster.

 

I need to implement Self-care.

There have been warning signs; panic attacks, night mares,

constant fatigue, etc…

I have been ignoring myself and that is NOT okay. 

A difficult decision.

My mental and physical health

take precedence.

 

Being grateful:

 I am so fortunate to carry forward fabulous memories.

As I travel down my life path… 

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Who know’s what new adventure

may be just around the corner.

 

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Kind Regards and thinking of my best friend -K

 

 

Passenger
Delta

Mind Reflections

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

 


“Often I spend too much time

In my own mind, 

Seeing what was,

Fearing what might be,

Conjuring scenarios of what ifs,

When I should be living”. -K


Interesting discovery , 

When I am; writing,

Researching or thinking of

What I can do 

To help you continue 

Your path forward

My heart and mind 

Stop being chaotic.

I find my inner peace.

❤️

What do YOU do to

Quiet your racing thoughts? 

 

Kind Regards and 

feeling inquisitive- K

 

Create

In it’s Purest Form

Just a dog? 


Did you know about

Dogs on Duty?

“The Veterans Administration only recognizes service dogs for veterans with sight, hearing or mobility issues.

 A study is being conducted by the Veterans Administration to validate veterans with PTSD can benefit from service dogs. We have directly witnessed the benefits a service dog can give to a veteran with these disabilities. 

In fact, there may be a direct link to the benefits of service dogs and the prevention of suicide in the veteran population.”- quoted from https://www.soldieronservicedogs.org/ 

 

Furry friends, pets, hairy children.

No matter what you call them

They walk with us, endure, comfort,

No matter where our lives go,

They are our constant.

The purest form of 

Love, perhaps only 

the mother and child 

bond have a stronger connection.

 

Faithful 

 
We have been side by side for just over 10 years. 

My buddy, my partner, my cheerleader and my friend – Chief.

Just a dog? No way!

My BEST Friend.

 
Kind Regards and RUFF – K

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I FOUND IT -Challenge accepted!

“Faith is almost the bottom line of creativity; it requires a leap of faith any time we undertake a creative endeavor, whether this is going to the easel, or the page, or onto the stage – or for that matter, in a homelier way, picking out the right fabric for the kitchen curtains, which is also a creative act.” – Julia Cameron

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I apologize, that I cannot recall who put out this challenge.

If it is you, please leave me a comment and receive credit!

It flashed across my phone within the last week and obviously stuck.

I’ll paraphrase, since I don’t recall the exact wording  – 

The challenge? Re-post your first post ever written. 

As I read it now, there is total recall of how low I felt at that moment.

There must have been a tiny spark of “perhaps if”, hidden deep

in my subconscious because reviewing the 14 months hence-

Damn!! “YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY BABY!!”

 

WHY?

Why am I here? Why have I started this blog? (Not very original I am sure) But-

Here I am in a place, a good job on the line, AGAIN… thought I had it all together, AGAIN…. and IT appeared- that which I call THE BLACK WALL…How do I know it is back? The warning signs –  feelings of helplessness, panic, self doubt, night sweats, anxiety, sadness, depression, lack of concentration, struggling to keep my head up, lack of interest of anything; food, friends, I have zero hopes or dreams. Just the seemingly simple act of getting up in the morning drains the very life out of me. I am back peddling like an insect caught off guard in the tub.. the drain has been let out and I sure don’t want to go down that hole to the unknown blackness. I have been there…. It took me a long  time and one hell of a lot of courage, sheer will, damn hard work and sacrifice to climb out and I DO NOT ever want to go there again. NOT EVER!!

Why do i call it THE BLACK WALL? I believe the best way to explain it is this. There are times I hit my head against it as I am trying to break through and keep on going and then other times, without warning it takes another form, the swirling black hole of nothingness. Oh it whispers as though it would be such a relief to no longer have to struggle against it. The warmth of being wrapped in that warm comforting cocoon of nothingness, no pain, no sorrow, no fear… but having been there, I know better.

I have years of tools, for fighting those ghosts, why all of a sudden, now, has it decided to return? If i knew the answer to that one I wouldn’t be counting pennies, I would be counting  colorful tasty umbrella drinks while vacationing on some island off the coast of who know’s where, with my soul mate, enjoying life. Laughing, dancing, swimming, living it up. Not sitting here in my pajamas after another sleepless night at 2 pm in the afternoon. For when I am at my best – ME- I am one of those dreaded “cheery” morning people. Grab a cup of coffee, face the day, singing- (Oh! stop! growling!). Most people that (think they, know me, have not one clue that I experience this. They would tell you I am one of the most fun, easy going, kindest, glass is half full individuals, with great strength of character. One of those people that is independent, always helping others, love to make people laugh with savvy sarcasm, quick wit, paying it forward and blah blah blah…

So I guess the answer to why I am here is to help myself find the inner strength to start to work those tools AGAIN…. find my path to them with a little help from my friends, as the song goes. Why the blog? Maybe just maybe, together if you are struggling too, we can work on it together. Compare notes. Work it. Support each other. Anonymously or not.  That is entirely up to you.

So this is my first day… the writing probably doesn’t flow.. but if I get one person to want to attempt the journey with me. Find our sense of balance, take that first R.T.S (reasonable tiny step) forward, than it is going to be the beginning of something great! Wow, I think that was a flash of exuberance that just popped out. I call that HOPE. I know in my heart if I am willing to allow my path to be lead by the universe and I remember to believe in me, stop trying to control everything… it can work. It’s just so damn hard taking that first step…

You know in the BIGGEST battle in my life I had with the The Black Wall – I lost my son to that “SOB”. I was such a proud “Blue Star Mom” but  I had gone so low I couldn’t even be there the day he came home after a year away serving his country. I don’t think he has ever forgiven me… I know I have tried to forgive myself… but that story is for another day…

 

Better

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Kind Regards and feeling grateful for everyday – K

Photography compliments of LGB aka bgage on viewbug

It’s Okay, Not To Have Hold of the Reins!

There are so many things that are not within our control.

Remember, this is okay!

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“You must learn to let go. Release the stress.

You were never in control anyway.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life.

It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”
Epictetus

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“Don’t despair: despair suggests you are in total control

and know what is coming.

You don’t – surrender to events with hope.”
Alain de Botton

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“We live in a world that is beyond our control,

and life is in a constant flux of change.

So we have a decision to make:

keep trying to control a storm that is not going to go away

or start learning how to live within the rain.”
Glenn Pemberton, Hurting with God

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“Always try to be joyful and proactively benign to the people.
By doing so everyday, people have no control at all over my mood.”

Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

“The best way to navigate through life is to give up all of our controls.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear

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“Control is never achieved when sought after directly;

it is the surprising result of letting go.”
James Arthur Ray

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“The world can be such a fright, but it belongs to us tonight.”
Craig Ferguson

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And so here we are…. 

All of us together….

Living life as best we can…

One day, one moment, one breath at  a time…

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This post is dedicated to my best friend LGB, bgage- who starts

his fight today with his  first round of radiation. 

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Kind Regards and filled with hope  – K

Photography by LGB

Find him as bgage on Viewbug

Control

Just Two Tiny Berries…

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Saturday…

I took a vacation/mental health day on Friday… It turned into a

mind racing, 36 hour -TV show -marathon.

Adrenaline kept pumping and would not allow me to sleep.

From past experience, I didn’t fight,back,  it was just what I needed.

It gave me, “ME” time.

No pressures! I let the thoughts swirl where they may. It allowed me, deep emotional feelings, flashbacks, moments of doubt, successes, tears. A full mind and body release, cleansing, that came full circle to the realization of all I “do” have and what I’ve accomplished in my life.

The above is not something I would recommend for everyone.

A person can get in that funk and it is not easy to pull yourself out.

I, however knew the signs – K needed one of “those” days. 

Finally, I got some rest, ayup- 8 1/2 hours worth! Dang the ol’ body is sore.

Laying around after being tense and up tight for the 2 weeks- HELLO!! MUSCLES!! 

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Then….

In the wee hours of Saturday morning,

I brewed that coffee I like.

Walked outside, temp  about 32. 

Oh! how the birds were singing

Their early morning songs

No cawing of ugliness or discontent

Just sweet intertwined melodies.

A possibility of a sunny day

Was teasing me

As the cloudless sky was showing

it’s extra brightness

Right where a sunrise could be.

Something pushed me towards 

My fall leaf filled flower garden,

I reached for this season’s

Yet untouched lawn rake 

And swiped some leaves away.

Below, that crispy crinkle brown, 

The sweet aroma of fresh dirt.

I inhaled that tantalizing aroma.

A few more strokes and there it was

One tiny- yet gigantic- sign of  HOPE!!

Shiny vibrant  green  leaves,

With just two, Christmas red holly berries.

The color even more enhanced

With last year’s  oak brown backdrop.

I knew it was the sign

Nature wanted me to find.

An Easter gift just for me.

For so many times

When I have stumbled,

Mother Earth seemed to know

Just exactly what I needed.

As in the past

My soul was renewed,

Clear, wide open

To let in – those endless

Positive insights

Of my life’s possibilities.

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to enjoy
soul happty

 

  Kind Regards and feeling inner peace – K

 

Photography of my berry find by LGB

aka: Bgage on ViewBug.

 

 

 

Timely
Surprise

More than ever… 

Today is a beautiful day

For feeling grateful for

Each and every thing 

You have in your life! 

 
You might have noticed 

In my post 

An Eye Opener

Among  the words was 

The term, stage 2.

We had just received 

News that LGB 

Has esophagus cancer

Only 1 and 1/2 weeks earlier.

And they had finished the

Tests which concluded the stage.

He has just hit 45 weeks sober!

He is feeling confident 

And ready to fight!

#winning


 

No fancy words do I write today

Instead 

I dedicate this post 

To you, my best friend! 

(I’ve known him 

since the 8th grade! 

Practically forever!)

So….

Kind Regards and 

          feeling grateful 4 you -K

 
 
Photography Compliments of LGB

 

BGage on Viewbug ❤

Heal