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Margaret Barry Settlement House
I am a perennial optimist
I Am Becoming the Me I Was Born To BeAs I journey through this part of my life I have discovered my next mountain. The key is to be the me I want to be in the world, as my gift back to God.
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Category Archives: Nature
I lift my eyes to the mountains from whence cometh my help Harvey Mackay wrote “If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.” Phoenix is completely surrounded by mountains. So as I drive about on any given … Continue reading
William James wrote “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does“. I typically use a lot of words when I speak and when I write. I am much more Steinbeck than Hemingway. There are times when someone writes … Continue reading
I was thinking about the tall ships that sailed in honor of the country’s Bicentennial in 1976. I was thinking about that because one of my students is studying the Revolutionary War and the subsequent history. I as explaining to … Continue reading
My friend Linda is fighting cancer, once again. No, she isn’t just fighting it, she is determined to give it a knock-out, all the time prevailing with joy, laughter, and optimism. She inspires all who know her, with her zest … Continue reading
Here we are nearly half-way through the year already. I don’t know about you, but I know I like to assess things at about this point in the year. Martha Stewart and so many others have all kinds of suggestions … Continue reading
I am half-Irish. Long ago my ancestors ventured here from Ireland. Is that why I love the sea (and all other bodies of water)? Is that why being near the ocean de-stresses me almost immediately? It restores me and relieves … Continue reading
I have to admit, I always loved autumn when I loved in parts of the country that had spectacular autumns. I love the gloriously bright oranges, yellows, and red that make the trees look ablaze with color. I love scuffling … Continue reading
I am finally getting caught up. Jake’s Sunday challenge http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/sunday-post-nature/ this week is to post photo(s)words about nature. today I am posting a photo of one of my two kitties. His name is Samuel L. He is what is called a … Continue reading
Today is Friday and life is good. My son and I had some Chinese food for lunch today, and of course had fortune cookies for dessert. They are so much fun, and sometimes even give you food for thought. When … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast. This photo was taken near where my niece and my sister-in-law play hockey at an indoor arena. I love how the colors and light, clouds, and shadow contrast in the gorgeous photo of the sky. I … Continue reading
We cannot outlast God. He is, of course more vast, more loving, more steadfast than we can ever be. When I saw the Grand Canyon I realized that compared to the size of God’s love, the Grand Canyon is like … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter. This is a photo of a dust storm from this summer here in the Phoenix area. We don’t get the amazing blizzards down here in Phoenix. I surely grew up with them, though, in MN and … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting.12/2/11 I can wait all I want. But in Phoenix there will never be a huge pile of snow for sledding. However—yesterday it actually snowed in Scottsdale. That is a northern suburb of Phoenix—about 25 miles from … Continue reading
When I am homesick for the sea I have some gorgeous photos on my wall of oceans at sunset. I must clarify that those are photos I did not take. Sometimes i need more immediacy than that. I am at … Continue reading
As I mentioned in my post on 11/26 I took a drawing class. Besides my other posts for the next few weeks I am going to post photos I took of my charcoal sketches. i was amazed that I could … Continue reading
I was fortunate to move many times as I grew up. It stood me in good stead when I spent a semester in Italy in college. I bought a Eurail Pass and explored many countries (whether or not I could … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder. When I think of a photo of wonder I think of photos of sights that left you drop jaw amazed. I am not saying my photos are in and of themselves stunning. I am still not … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall. Even though I am in the south now, I still get to enjoy a bit of fall colors and fall weather even if it is through photos sent to me!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers. As you can see by the photo, the flowering bush towers over the fence. The fence was above 6 feet high—so you do the math 😉 . And Texas thinks things are big there!
Topic #176: Find the nearest window. Look outside. What is the most interesting thing you see? What is the least interesting thing? If you don’t have a window, close your eyes and imagine one: what do you see when you … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky. Arizona has gorgeous skies—at sunrise, sunset and anytime inbetween.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Worn. What could be more dramatically worn down than a meteorite? Quite other-wordly, I’d say!
Spring is different here in the Southwest. Understand, I spent almost my entire life in the north, in snow country. Spring was an exuberant time there—when it was finally in the upper 40s to low 50s you felt an irresistable urge … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Water. Being around water has always been restorative to me. When I was a kid it was lakes and rivers and walking in the rain. As an adult it has included those things and expanded to include … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Round. I am a math tutor. When I see the word round, of course the first thing that comes to my mind is the formula for the area of a circle….yes–Area = pi times (radius squared). …and … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Refuge. Where do we take refuge? How do we find our way back to love, comfort, safety? Sometimes the path is laid out so carefully to us by God. This photo was taken at Yellowstone by my … Continue reading
I love to think about the ocean when I am feeling: happy, sad, introspective, stressed, or anything else. Be aware that I grew up in the midwest, nowhere near the ocean. I spent my summers at lakes and on the … Continue reading