Showing posts from February, 2024

Dreams Are Possible

  Several years ago, I published,  Gogo's Dream: Swaziland Discovered ,  after meeting a young Australian doctor and poet online at a website that shared poetry with the world. His words and use of language touched my poet's heart. Before long, he was sharing his work with me as he traveled to Swaziland, now called Eswatini, to care for the Gogos (Grandmothers) of this tiny landlocked country that had be decimated by AIDS.   The Gogos were left caring for the children after their sons and daughters died, leaving the children without parents.  The work Dr. M did, started with just a few helpers and has grown to an international organization, Possible Dreams International , with supporters from around the world. One of the reasons I support Dr. M's work is that this is not an organization that slaps a bandage on a bleeding artery and walks away.  PDI works with the people of the community, gets them involved in self-care and teaches the community how to be self-sufficient. T

Speak from the Heart

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth. (And speak from the heart to be heard.)” ― William W. Purkey These words by author and educator, William Purkey, have sat on my wall for years.  Of late, whether because I am midway through my 70th journey around the sun or what, I am not sure, but I have been taking these words to heart. "You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching," says to me - don't worry about what others will think, enjoy life!  Run in the rain with the children, splash in the puddles.  Make snow angels.  Yell, "Yeah, Creator!"  "Love like you'll never be hurt," is the only way to love in my estimation.  I have shared many times that my old heart looks like a patchwork quilt, but I wouldn't change a thing. I love the story of how the Japanese treasure their pot

Sparking Creativity: Strategies for Embracing Fresh Inspiration - Guest Post

  Image via Pexels I am happy today to share a new post from Jennifer Scott . Jennifer was a guest blogger in 2017, sharing her experiences with grief . You can learn more about her on her site: Spiritfinder .  ~~~~~~ In a rapidly evolving world, unlocking and maintaining your creative potential is pivotal for personal fulfillment and professional advancement. Creativity stands at the core of innovation, problem-solving, and rich self-expression, marking the essence of original thought and vision. For anyone from artists grappling with creative blocks to professionals in search of novel ideas or simply individuals aiming to infuse more creativity into their lives, rejuvenating your creative energy is paramount. In this article, Words from the Heart shares some actionable strategies designed to empower you to thrive by drawing fresh inspiration and igniting your creative spark.  Try Out Diverse Art Forms    Exploring new art forms stimulates the imagination. From painting to dance, eac