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Lens-Artists Challenge #115 – Inspiration

This week for Lens-Artists Challenge, Tina invited us to explore the theme of Inspiration. I could name many aspects around are my inspiration. I finally decided on three for this post.

Gardening is my hobby and my joy. My life is enriched by the inspiration from gardening. There are several basic things for a healthy garden. 1) Good soil. I started a butterfly garden and vegetable garden this year. Several sections have heavy clay soil. I dug at least one foot, soaked the soil and drained, mixed in several inches of organic soil. Use the correct amount of fertilizer periodically. 2) Watering. Test the daily watering to ensure the soil is moist, not just wet on the surface. 3) Proper planting space. The full-grown milkweed will be several feet in diameter in the butterfly garden, whereas the Zinnias are several feet tall but several inches wide. 4) Trimming the withered limbs according to different plants by season or regularly.

Learning from gardening, I need to continuously cleanse, nourish, and make changes to my mind, my heart, and my action to be a healthy person.

Traveling gave me the opportunity to see the wonderful nature near and far. We were at awe with the vast Denali wildness in Alaska, over 10,000 hydrothermal features such as geysers, hot springs, mud pots, travertine terraces, and fumaroles in Yellowstone, and four active volcanos in Hawaii, to name just a few.

Nature comes in all shapes and forms, all kinds of temperature, and different colors as reflected in our human life.

The maternal instinct in the animal kingdom was my inspiration and touches my heart at the deep spot. Humpback whales migrate farther than any other mammal on earth. They can travel around 3,000 miles between their breeding and feeding grounds regularly. During the migration with the newborn, the female Humpback would lift the calf above the water for it to breathe. The female and the calf are caressing each other constantly for affection.

A nest in my front porch was a cradle for four births of baby Mourning doves. The dove eggs are smaller than chicken eggs. I observed the female doves lay two eggs at a time. It takes about 35 days after hatching for the baby doves to fly. Last year, one baby was ready to fly and left the nest. The female dove left for a while but came back in the evening to stay with the second baby, kept him warm until he was ready to fly. The bigger baby also came to keep the little brother company. Then they flew away together.

Even though I was not able to be a stay-home mom when my daughter was a baby, I’m now a big fan of stay-home moms for them to treasure and enjoy those precious moments.

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LENS-ARTISTS CHALLENGE #115 – INSPIRATION

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SoCS February 3, 2018

The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “in other words.”

Last Saturday, January 27, 2018, I attended a Women’s Retreat. It was a day of reflection on our personal life in 2017. We spent the first hour leisurely charting the major events, the spiritual journey, and our insights. The following hour was sharing our charts and thoughts. The next hour was meeting in groups of three to pray for each other. We also had individual time to be alone doing the reading, meditating and writing.

The retreat was from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. held in a private home with plenty of space for small groups and individual time. The pace of the schedule was just right. I came away feeling very refreshed and peaceful, ready to face my new journey of 2018.

One precious thing I valued deeply was spending a whole hour with just three people sharing. We were not chitchatting superficial things. We shared our deep concerns and prayed with each other. It was a unique experience that I didn’t have before. It is so often when we meet, we talk about the busy events. If we don’t share our concerns, even when we talk for hours, we still go away feeling unconnected.

After the retreat, one lady and I decided to meet once a month not chitchatting but to share and listen. In other words, we want to be caring friends to each other.

Badge by J-Dub @ https://jilywily.wordpress.com/

Linda G Hill’s SoCS February 3, 2018

 

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

This is my response to Cee’s Share Your World – November 13, 2107

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

We do that often, especially in Laguna Lake. My husband and I love to walk around Laguna Lake which is 0.77 miles around. We walk around the lake twice, then find a shaded bench and sit down. The lake is a home to many kinds of ducks, Egyptian Geese, turtle and many sea creatures. The irrigation system keeps the water of the lake flowing while there is stillness on a calm day. In the summer, the ducks enjoy their lazy nap by tugging their heads under the wings. We relax and watch people doing their leisure fishing, riding their horses, their bikes, jogging, walking their dogs, or walking their babies in strollers.

 

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Commitment Alters Your Destiny

In my previous post “A Tribute to My Dad,” I wrote about how he influenced me on the importance of education. Another major influence came from my childhood hero, President Abraham Lincoln, and how he eagerly learned as a child. Both parents of little Abe were illiterate. His mother, Nancy believed in the importance of education. Schools were uncommon in the lightly populated areas. When Abe was about seven, a school opened nine miles away. His mother insisted to Abe’s father, Tom that children ought to be allowed to attend. Nancy walked the two children, Abe and his sister to school, 2.5 – 3 hours each way. It was a major commitment. The school didn’t last long, however the importance of education was impressed upon Abe’s mind.

The rest of Abe’s childhood and young adult story continued to impress me how persistent he was in his pursue of education and law in particular. He became the sixteenth President of U.S.A.

His humble childhood, his love and commitment in education resulting in his presidency were motivational and inspirational to me. I have been a lifelong learner because of the influence of my Dad and my heroes.

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Daily Prompt: Commit

Your Own Higher Ground

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Live in a world of competition

Friends or Foes full of ambition

Set eyes on them causes intimidation

Try to measure up may have limitation

Turn your eyes inward to find your passion

Turn your eyes upward to seek inspiration

Knowing there is only one of you in the whole creation

No one is like you, so create your specialization

With His blessings, target a higher ground with your own expectation

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Daily Prompt: Measure

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken Highway at Key West

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KeyWest HarborKey West southernmost point

Key West, Florida is the southernmost point in the continent of USA.  It’s one of the best places to watch sunset. Key West is humid. The fog came in at nightfall.

The second day of the trip, we drove up and down the Highway to visit other Keys. Apparently, part of the Highway was broken. Instead of repairing, a new section of the Highway was built, parallel to the broken section. The two ends of the new were connected to the original Highway. The broken section was left alone.

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We went to the Ernest Hemingway House, I took a photo of the picture of his fishing boat named Pilar. Hemingway regularly fished off the boat in the waters of Key West, Florida. Several of Hemingway’s books were influenced by time spent on the boat, most notably, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream.

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The winter White House of President Harry S. Truman was his white house away from the White House. Today it is a public Key West museum.

Successful fishing trip! Many birds around were waiting for the scraps from cleaning the fish.

Wreck Museum displayed the treasures found from the shipwreck. Marilyn Monroe’s famous Seven Year Itch status was in front of a theater.

One of the highlights for my husband was his diving trip.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken

Featured Blogger for CWW Photo Challenge

I’m so excited to be selected as Featured Blogger of Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge for my November 23, 2016 entry. Thank you CWW challenge, and thank you, my blogger friends for almost 100 “likes.” I love all the encouragement and support you have given me! Much love!! Miriam

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Featured Blogger entry, November 23, 2016: Narrow Streets in Toledo Spain

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge #3 Final

This is my fourth time participating in this Challenge.

I want to thank Betcha Didn’t Know at https://betchadidntknowthis.wordpress.com and Curry n Code at https://curryncode.com for nominating me to participate in the “3 Quotes, 3 days Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me. Please visit Betcha’s lively and colorful blog, and Curry’s yummy blog.

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Rules:

  • Do quotes for 3 days
  • Display 3 quotes per day
  • Nominate 3 bloggers per day
  • Notify each of nominee
  • Have fun!

3 Quotes for Day #3

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

One of the Awards: Nobel Peace Prize

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

Mother Teresa MC (1910 – 1997) known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary.

My nominees for Day #3 are:

Nuskiya

Hailey

Vibes of a Calcuttan

Have fun with the challenge!

Betcha’s Nomination Link

Curry’s Nomination Link

 

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge #1

This is my fourth time participating in this Challenge.

I want to thank Betcha Didn’t Know https://betchadidntknowthis.wordpress.com and Curry and Code at https://curryncode.com for nominating me to participate in the “3 Quotes, 3 days Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me. Please visit Betcha’s lively and colorful blog, and Curry’s yummy blog

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Rules:

  • Do quotes for 3 days
  • Display 3 quotes per day
  • Nominate 3 bloggers per day
  • Notify each of nomination
  • Have fun!

3 Quotes for Day #1

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. Helen Keller’s teacher broke through the isolation of her complete lack of language, and encouraged the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate.

This quote is not only for women, it applies equally well for men.

Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. she wrote many hymns together with her pastor, Robert Lowry. She was one of the most prolific hymnist in history, writing over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs.

My nominees for Day #1 are:

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Tommy Too

Shefali

Have fun with the challenge!

Betcha’s Nomination Link

Curry’s Nomination Link

 

 

 

Handel’s Messiah

Daily Post: Song

Music speaks to my soul more deeply than written words, or speaking voices. Inspirational songs and hymns are my favorite. I started singing and taking voice lessons when I was a late teenager. Solo singing was my regular engagement. Several major classical music performances I participated in are:

Felix Mendelssohn’s “ELIJAH,” Johannes Brahms “A GERMAN REQUIEM,” and G. F. Handel’s “MESSIAH.”

This year’s Christmas concert of Handel’s MESSIAH rehearsal has already begun last Sunday, October 30, 2016.

The last song in MESSIAH is “Worthy is the Lamb.” The lyrics and the music touch my heart and humble my spirit:

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and

Hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to

Receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and

Strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Blessing and honour, glory and power be

Unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and

Unto the Lamb, forever and ever. Amen.

 

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