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Journey Towards Healing

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Last July, I "met" my cousin, Diane Neas, on Facebook.  We had never met, but our connection was instantaneous. Like apples from the same tree, we grew on different branches, but our lives, our likes, and our interests have many similiarities. 

Today, it is my great pleasure to share Diane's thoughts on the journey toward healing.  She has a wisdom born of great sadness and difficulty. Her words touched my heart the first time I read them.  


Journey Towards Healing by Diane Neas

Traveling the path toward healing is a journey, which tends to wind up and around itself. Things I could have sworn I'd put at ease within myself appear in front of me, again and again. Recently, I had an experience which showed me how important it is to meet others on this path, where they are. The interesting concept here is: the farther you are in your own journey . . . the more responsibility you have to do so. 

I'd decided, against my better judgment, and with tremendous cajoling, to att…

Close Encounters with Nature

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Photo Credit: Linda M. Rhinehart Neas (c) 2016
Over the past few days, we have been visited by several winged creatures that are not often seen, or so I am told.

Last week, as we were taking a walk around the neighborhood, we were buzzed by a pileated woodpecker.  They are not small birds!  What a treat to watch him eating the dried berries in our neighbor's tree. 

Then, today, as we were pulling into our driveway, a bald eagle swooped down over our house, caught a critter and headed of towards the mountain for lunch!  I tried to capture the moment, but he was way too fast!  Bald eagles are also not small birds...their wing spread is 6 -7 feet!  

Symbolically, woodpecker is about opening to new opportunities and eagle is about illumination and conquering fears so that we can fly high.

Not sure if our suddenly seeing these lovely beings back to back was meant to be a message, but I do know that I feel blessed to have been able to see them in their natural habitats doing what they do bes…