Saturday, November 22, 2014

...what about winter...

I’m only comfortable when it’s hot, she said & I said what about winter? 
& she said I argue a lot so it makes up for it

this week.
has been a week straight of snow.
and temps only in the teens.
today is thirty-two.
and rain.
tomorrow, forty-nine and rain.
what a mess.
if it's going to be winter.
be winter.
let's find some sun.
just BE.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


 words that are synonyms for strength.
so proud of these young men.
they may not have the victory but what they possess is pretty amazing.
  • clout

  • courage

  • durability

  • energy

  • firmness

  • fortitude

  • health

  • power

  • stability

  • tenacity

  • toughness

  • vigor

  • vitality

  • backbone

  • body

  • brawn

  • brawniness

  • force

  • hardiness

  • healthiness

  • lustiness

  • might

  • muscle

  • nerve

  • physique

  • pith

  • potency

  • pow

  • powerhouse

  • robustness

  • security

  • sinew

  • sock

  • soundness

  • stableness

  • stalwartness

  • steadiness

  • steamroller

  • stoutness

  • sturdiness

  • substance

  • verdure

  • vim

  • zip

football photos courtesy of tonya holmes's photography

If I had known everything
I know about who you are
back when I didn’t know
a thing about you
I would’ve pulled you aside
sooner & said Thank You
for being one of the most
incredible people I will
ever know.

what a ride.
memories that will last a lifetime.
enjoy the moments.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

...suspiciously like ordinary life...

time stands still best
in moments that look suspiciously 
like ordinary life.

is now here.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Long TD pass in final minute lifts Pine River over Meridian

Pine River improved to 8-3 while claiming its first-ever district championship a week after earning its first-ever playoff victory. The Bucks advance to face fifth-ranked Boyne City (11-0) in next week’s regional final, while Meridian ends at 8-3.

 “We’re starting to get used to this,” Martin said with a big smile. “That’s three weeks in a row of just wild second halves (for us). The kids just never get down. They just stick right in there in these (close) games, and things just happen to keep going our way.”

 Meridian had the ball deep in Pine River territory early in the fourth when the wildest play of the game — and possibly the wildest play of the Mustangs’ season — occurred.
On first down at the Pine River 28, Petre passed to Smith, but the ball went through Smith’s hands and ended up being intercepted by McDonald. McDonald snaked his way downfield for an amazing 58-yard return but ended up getting stripped of the ball by Meridian’s Jack Brady at the Mustangs’ 27.
A personal foul penalty on Pine River after the play gave Meridian the ball back at its own 42, and the Mustangs were in business.
Taking over with 8:30 left in the game, Meridian proceeded to march 58 yards on 15 plays — overcoming penalties for holding, illegal blocking, and a false start — and eventually scored on Petre’s 5-yard TD pass to O’Boyle with 1:22 to go.
O’Boyle attempted to run the ball in for a 2-point conversion on a fake kick but was stopped well short of the goal line, leaving the game tied at 27-27.
On the second play of the ensuing possession, Powell hit a wide-open Park over the middle on a post route, and Park took it the rest of the way for the game-winning 47-yard TD with 50 seconds left.
“My gosh, that (scoring drive by Meridian preceding Park’s TD) seemed like it was 30 plays long. That was outstanding for our kids (on defense) to hang in there at the end and get it done,” Martin said. “ ... It was very fitting for them to be on the field and get that last stop at the end.”
fred kelly -Midland Daily News
football photos courtesy of Tonya Holmes's Photography

"an invisible thread connects those who are destined
to meet regardless of time, place, and circumstance.
the thread may stretch or tangle.
but it will never break"
~ancient chinese proverb

these boys.
first in pine river history.
made the playoffs.
and won.
these boys.
first in pine river history.
to go to districts.
these boys.
are district champs.
these boys.
are forever connected.
our proud community.
is connected to them.
by an invisible thread.
that will never break.
enjoy the moments.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

...all the elements of your happiness...

Be yourself.
Life is precious as it is.
All the elements for your happiness are already here.
There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle.
Just Be.
Thich Nhat Hanh

i saw this again this week.
so i am using it in my post today.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, November 2, 2014


my favorite thing is being your lap while we sit there together & love the whole world.

she has been gone.
almost a year.
this was my last photo of her.
i miss her a lot.
thank goodness for happy memories.
instead of tears.
enjoy the moments.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

...answers fell like feathers...

How do you know? she said & the answers fell like feathers, or the first snowflakes of November,
light & without words. I looked in her eyes & smiled. You just know, I said....

twenty-three degrees.
but isn't it pretty.
october 31st decided to dress like winter.
"trick or treat"
leaving my november 1st shadow to be this.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

...we looked at the numbers...

We looked at the numbers on the blackboard
& after awhile I finally asked if they made sense to him
& he said no, I think they’re just there to keep the riffraff out.

week twenty-five.
i have missed ah-lot of 
twenty-five seems like a good place.
to jump back in.
this week.
it's about numbers.
i found them in one of my favorite places.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Habit #1: Happy people don’t need acceptance.
In our culture, it’s often about your “inner circle.” It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.
Wrong. For many happy people, they are simply themselves, and through their infectious, radiant energy they attract other happy people.
Happy people don’t need to fit in with the crowd or change so that others will like them. They live and are guided by who they truly are and don’t need others to accept them.
Habit #2: Happy people embrace the temporary.
Happy people enjoy the ride and accept the bumps in the road that come along with it. They do so because they know that life is short and that things always work out. Besides, they are too busy excitedly awaiting the next good thing to come along anyways.
Jobs, relationships, and circumstances all come and go. In the meantime, happy people seek out their next adventure, learn and make the most of it.
Habit #3: Happy people refuse to be denied their dreams.
Happy people are not only gregarious, loving people, but they are also passionate about their dreams and tough-minded. They take hits in stride. They don’t settle for excuses or problems, they create solutions. Their dreams are far too important!
They deeply care about their hopes, dreams, and goals. Ask a happy person what they want out of life. Most times, they will have an immediate answer. Happy people are driven, passionate and creative individuals with a positive end goal in mind that is usually for the betterment of not only themselves but for humanity and a better future.
One tip though. . . Don’t get in the way of that dream. They may take their happy face off for a minute or two.
Well, maybe not. But, they surely won’t let you stand in their way.
Habit #4: Happy people embrace equality.
There are people among us who have a pedestal and tend to look down on and criticize others. They look for other’s faults like theirs a reward for it, as Zig Ziglar once said.
But, truly happy people are completely different. They treat other people as equals, regardless of differences.
Look at some of the revolutionaries that have lived amongst us. The Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa… the list goes on. Do you notice a characteristic that is common among them all? They were ALL for equality. They were also optimistic and loving people who went to any level to help others.
We are all one, and happy people know it.
Habit #5: Happy people put themselves first.
Putting yourself first is important. Our society needs to re-evaluate the misconstrued belief about this. We aren’t referring to being selfish, greedy and “Numero Uno”.
We are talking about healthy self-care. Happy people love and take care of themselves because that is the only way that they can show up for other people.
It’s true!
By constantly sacrificing your own needs, you cannot true and fully take care of others. Happy people know this and have to put themselves first once in a while to show their best selves and be of service to others.
Habit #6: Happy people don’t worry about money.
Many of the happiest people in the world are just average people with modest means. They take pleasures in the small, free things like the weather, their family and friends, good food, a good book, the ability to walk, clean water, and the list goes on…
Happy people understand that money is just a form of energy and there is always enough provided at all times. Money creates more freedom, but happy know that they truly don’t need money to be happy – it’s just an added bonus.
No matter how much they have, there is never lack – there is always enough. Happy people don’t talk about money problems, even if they have less than everyone else.
Most happy people don’t lust money. Lusting is greed. They may welcome more, but they don’t allow the worry for more to consume their life so much that they can’t enjoy where they are right now.
Habit #7: Happy people make small differences every day.
One of the greatest things about happy people is that they often do little things every day that make themselves and other people better and happier. They see humanity as something that needs to be improved, and they perform whatever deeds necessary to do so.
Happy people have daily habits that are positive and they strive to live every day this way, because they understand that overall small differences make a BIG difference. Happy people truly enjoy making a difference. 
Ever notice when you are particularly giddy, you are more likely to leave a bigger tip, smile, or make someones day?
This is perhaps the best thing about happy people: they make these small differences every day, all day.
They smile at the stranger looking down, they leave the tip for the waitress struggling to make ends meet, and they embrace and support the friend that is hurting.
The insightfulness of happy people is truly something to behold, and it can be summarized easily: Happy people are consistently positive in all ways! 

powerofpositivity (dot) com

while my boys.
were hard at work.
i was dancing.
with the woodland fairies.
this life is short.
be happy.
while you are here.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

...being energy...

Eckhart Tolle has described,
in The Power of Now,
how women tend to be closer to enlightenment than men.
that's why the Tao is described by Lao Tzu in female terms,
as "infinite, eternally present, the mother of the universe."
masculine "mind energy" is hard and focused; 
feminine "being energy" is soft and inclusive.
men who find their hidden reserves of being energy will find that
 new pathways open up inside themselves.
women who let their "being energy" pour forth unhindered,
without trying to emulate male focus, will blossom
into their true, loving, questing selves.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment

a leaf.
on a table.
casting a shadow.
it's just that simple.
"being energy"
just BE.