Inside the Mind of Isadora


Friday Fictioners – Fed Up

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Friday Fictioneers – Fed Up

Determined, Josephine woke at 5 a.m.

Saturday would mark her freedom day.

She felt battered.

No one could or had helped her.

They all said, “Be Patient”.


She grabbed her backpack, some rolls and water.

Woof looked at her with weepy eyes.

He’d been her constant friend and companion since birth.

As a baby, the word Wolf was hard to say. So,Woof it was.

 Josephine got out of the house, without notice.

She always felt invisible.

Except at school, where the bullying felt unbearable.

Finally, she reached the tracks.

Without turning, she knew.

Woof was behind her.



***** Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse,

intimidate, or aggressively others.

The behavior is often repeated and habitual.


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Nurture Yourself – by Accepting Obstacles

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We’re all tested as we go through our own personal journey of life.
Obstacles will be placed in our path.
A sign of true strength is in
finding a way to sort out what we will do with those obstacles.
We can lay down in defeat
or we can dig deep inside to find ways
to utilize them. We have to create the determination
of moving forward and never giving up.

Motivational Video – Overcoming Adversity


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Here Come the Circus

Ringling -HISTORICCIRCUSMUSEUM Say the word circus to someone who loves the circus and you’ll see a face full of joy.

Who loves the circus?

Anyone who watched the circus animals coming off of the long train of big box cars when it arrived in your town.

Anyone who who experienced the smell, the sights, the sounds of the big top as a child.

If you experienced this excitement when you were growing up you might enjoy visiting the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum of Sarasota, Florida. The shooting of the movie ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ was filmed at this museum.

It’s the biggest circus museum containing documents, artifacts and memorabilia that preserves the celebration of the circus.

The circus is coming – The circus is coming …

That was the cry of the barker who was sent in advance to your town. The anticipation of the circus arriving was rooted in you by posters pasted on the walls of every blank concrete space available.

What child wouldn’t be dreaming of the parade of animals that, in a matter of days, would be coming down their main street of town?

Yes, that’s what the circus did.

 The circus was originally started in Baraboo, Wisconsin by five of the seven Ringling Brothers in 1884. Later, in 1948, it moved to its’ permanent home in Sarasota, Florida.

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The long box car train would pull into the outskirts of town; then, the unloading would begin. It was a massive undertaking they made look easy.

There were a great many tents that had to be raised.

There was the costume tent. This is where all of the costumes were sewn, repaired and laundered.

The mess hall tent was where everyone ate their three meals a day except for the star performers who had their own tents with kitchens.

Of course, there was the animal tents where the variety of animals were housed.

The tent for the sideshows of oddities was another.

The last one was the big top where the circus loving patrons sat in awe of the entertainment.

Before the grand opening day, there was the pièce de résistance. The parade of elephants. The sparkling colorful costumed riders would shine in the bright sun.

A zoo was unheard of in many towns, the circus was an opportunity for children to see animals up close. Oh, how the faces of children would be overcome with excitement. Their voices would squeal as the parade of animals came down Main Street.

The circus is a magical world filled with acrobats, mind-boggling feats, horses dancing and being ridden, high wire acts, tight rope walkers, trapeze acts, musicians and clowns. Sequins glittering under the lights along with dangerously wild performances right in front of you could make it easy to be hypnotized.

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Now, September 2011, enter the “Circus Museums Tibbals” learning center where the largest miniature circus called the “Harold Bros. Circus Model” is housed. An odd name considering it’s the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum but copyright issues prevent the use of that name. Harold Tibbel philanthropist and miniature expert created the replica of the circus life. It will be on exhibit ate the Ringling Museum, indefinitely.

It has taken Harold Tibbel 50 years to painstakingly create these miniature masterpieces. His thoughts are that, “There is still a great many portions that have to be completed”. His avocation to this project is commendable.

The massive undertaking to preserve a piece of Americana is his passion.

The show must go on a well-known phrase in show business was voiced quite often when injuries occurred at the circus. It was common for these constant travelers.

Costume - Ring Master Despite how they felt physically, when the Ringmaster took center stage and announced, “Ladies and Gentleman and children of all ages …” everyone was quiet and all eyes were on the stage for “The Greatest Show on Earth” that was about to begin.

When visiting the Sarasota, Florida area be sure to add this Ringling Circus Museum to your must do list. You won’t be disappointed.

2015©written by isadoradelavega

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And the Winner is???

And the Winner is … ???

Hollywood: the glitz – the glamour – the stars. Yes, that’s what the Oscars is.

I’m not a big fan of award shows. In fact, I’m not a fan of award of any kind.

When I was doing art shows, there was always a frenzy on Sunday morning

about who was awarded ribbons the night before at the artist dinner.

Invariably, no one was ever 100% happy about who received them.

Sour grapes? Maybe.

I just think it all came down to perspective and personal perception.

Boy … that’s a lot of P’s. Yes, the judges P’s.

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t want to get a pat on the back

for good work? Artists are highly sensitive as to how their work

is perceived and accepted. Usually, an award gives them validation.

I’ve been on the receiving end of a great many awards

when I was exhibiting my artful jewelry.

The cash attached to the ribbon made it all the sweeter.

If you were having a bad show with minimal sales,

it helped to cover your expenses and then some.

But, there were the glares from those stuffed with sour grapes

wandering on Sunday morning wearing the judgmental hats

of – I know art and that isn’t art. Oh, the pain of it all.

Sometimes, it wasn’t worth the begrudging envy.

I would imagine it isn’t any different at the Oscars.

I’m sure these poor souls are fearing the repercussion of their impending win.

I feel their pain.

However, they get to dress-up in fancy gowns from designers

and flaunt luscious jewels and diamonds. I think it helps ease the discomfort.

And, I think, the cash to come from a win can soothe those dagger wounds.

I like to watch the Oscars for the movie reviews and the music.

I look forward to seeing if the movies I’ve seen are thought to be good wins.

I think the performances showcased during the show are worthy of an evening

out on the town. I crank up the surround sound and dance a tune or two

while I get to enjoy what my hubby and I like to know – what movies will be our next selection.

After all, we watch a lot of movies in a huge variety of genres. 

So, start popping the pop corn and turn up the sound.

Here are the movies and the songs nominated for tonights Oscars.

I hope your favorite is selected.

2015©isadora delavega



American Sniper

Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game

Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman


Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

The Theory of Everything

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten


Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster




from SELMA

Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn


Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”


Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars”


Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

“Everything Is Awesome”

Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game

Alexandre Desplat


Hans Zimmer
 Mr. Turner
Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything

Jóhann Jóhannsson


Nurture Yourself – by Sitting Alone Listening to the Silence

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Sitting alone listening to the silence

.… I ponder ….

Today is a day like any other day

Everyday, we rise and hope to fill our lives with new and exciting discoveries.

Each of us has a different vision for what those discoveries are going to be.

In the end, despite what our own individual discoveries turn out to be,

we all have to go into them in pretty much the same way.

We have to get out of bed, gather up our energy and

go to whatever it is we’re going to do in our life that day.

Our future is counting on this commitment of searching.

Some of us have an exact plan on how we’re going to do this; some of us do not.

Those that do not have an exact plan face the greatest difficulty

in their daily life because they have no direction.

How do we find our exact plan?

Is it something we develop while we’re being raised by our parents?

Are teachers or guidance from religious beliefs a part of the influence for our direction?

Is it instinctual to know what we want to do in our adventure to discover our journey?

Is it important to have a need for discovery or is it something told to us that we must do?

These are important and very difficult questions.

These are questions that some of us can’t answer and struggle daily to unravel.

This is the puzzle of our existence.

Just pondering …. while sitting alone listening to the silence. 2015©isadora delavega


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***** “sitting alone listening to the silence” is a line from a “Letter to P’ie Ti” by the 8th century High Tang poet Wang We.

Letter to P’ei Ti This month the weather has been bright and clear,

and I could have crossed the mountains. But I was reluctant to trouble you,

knowing you were deep in the Classics. So I wandered around the mountain,

stayed at Kan-p’ei Temple, ate with the monks, and wandered home again.

Then I went north over the Yüan-pa, under a clear moon.

At night I climbed Hua-tzu Hill, and watched the moonlight on the Yang River’s ripples.

Far-off, lights on the cold mountain glittered then vanished.

A dog in the deep lanes barked like a leopard. The pounding of grain in the night

sounded between strokes of a distant bell. Now I am sitting alone listening to the silence.

I think a lot about the old days, when we made poems together,

climbing the steep tracks by clear streams. We must wait till the trees and grass grow green again,

and, idling in spring hills, we can see fish leap in the light, the gulls soar, the white dew on green moss.

At dawn we will hear the birds call in the fields

. It is not long till then, when you could come wandering with me.

If I did not know your natural sensibility, I would hold back from making even this indirect invitation.

I speak from a deep impulse, but it is not pressing.

From Wang Wei, the mountain man


Nurture Yourself – Celebrate Your Love Light

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If you’re reading this you’ve survived all of your life up until now.

You’ve survived heartbreak, traumas, devastation; all the phases in your life.

And here you are …..

Now, it’s time to Nurture Yourself and celebrate your love light.

Imagine your love light of all you want to be.

Imagine your love light in order to be all that you can be.

Imagine all that you are.

Imagine the person you were going to be and,
somehow, you were derailed for a little while.

Image your pain and grieve in order to rebuild yourself.

It’s time to put all that behind you and get past the bad experiences
that are distancing you from yourself and your love light.

Start by finding the treasure that is hidden deep inside of your
heart: love’s light …..

Your imagination has no boundaries …..
“dreamin’ is the first step towards achieving.”
2015©wirtten by Isadora

Celebrate of Twin Flame Love


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Come Fly with Me


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 Come Fly with Me                         2015©art and photography by Isadora

A bit of artistic imagination with my photos created this marvelous image

that reminded me of the old fashioned post cards you pick-up when vacationing.

Frank Sinatra – Come Fly with Me

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Remember and Return to Me

Woman - depature - bluebell My eyes lookout at the nights sky. It’s colors changing from charcoal darkness to a petal pink dawn. The stillness of the whispers of the night murmur softly. Sails awash, as the waves are gently slicing through the serene water as the surf rushes in. Calm cerulean breakers with whitecaps will soon carry you to me.

All the things that passed unnoticed between us are unimportant to the pieces of our lives. They’re insignificant gathered dust at my feet. The yearning of more of what I never knew existed is wrenching at my heart with a longing desire. A simple kiss of affection never stirred my soul into response.

Now, your nonexistence is pulling me apart.

Thinking love was just a phrase never worthy of my mention. But the lingering remembrances of tender moments fill my mind today. The warm morning mist upon my face brings the tender feeling of your gentle stroke. I need you to return to me and hold me always near.

Who do you love? The sea or me.

Let me reveal that I love you.

I hope you can hear the whispers of my heart. Whatever winds will take us, as we go along our way. I know that we will find new enchantments each and every day.

In quiet moments, my thoughts begin to recall the memories of those days when you were home; here by my side. I linger tenderly on yesterday, a time that I had tucked away in places so unknown. I contemplate on what could have been-then scold myself for remembering.

A softly ticking mantle clock you loved to wind sits waiting; its’ hands still of time. A reminder of fervent memories of days before you went to sea and left behind a love you thought would never be. Pieces of daybreak interrupt the serenity of the surrounding air. Morning din slices through the spreading patterns of those waves. It’s just enough to swing and sway your ship homeward bound closer to the cove. I’ll have no fears of your return for now. We will be one.

Your ship is drifting closer. I watch the sails wafting in the calm breeze. Seeing your arrival seems like a delusion of a dream. I fear my awakening. The stillness begins to surround me with a serene tranquility.

The lighthouse is your guiding light for your voyage home. I’ve waited for you to come back with my eyes dark and sullen. My heartaches are leaden with sorrow and grief.

I couldn’t envision that you would come home to me once more. My heart is crying you will remember the caresses we had before. If you return, beloved, my spirit will never falter again. The distance and the vastness of our time apart was more than I could grasp. A life that would be shattered I cannot conceive of anymore. All the pain and heartache has torn my emotions in half. I hope you are remembering the love we had in the past. My arms are waiting eagerly for your return home.

2015©written by Isadora


Pondering from Mabel – Love is in the Air at my Assisted Living


Pondering from Mabel – Love is in the Air at my Assisted Living

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I’m sure you know that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away.

Love is in the air, ’cause they’re puttin’ up those

bright red hearts and balloons for our Valentine Dinner and Dance on Saturday.

I don’t know if my husband, Fred, would have been involved

with all of the celebratin’ we do here. I suppose they’re afraid we might get bored.

They have a gal from the local beauty salon donatin’ her time to doll us all up.

Bless her heart. It should go real quick considerin’ most of us have hair so thin you can see our scalps.

You get to be our age and you don’t rightly care. No sir, breathin’ is the most important.

Of course, sweet little Mary Lou Cho wears one of them new hair wigs.

She always looks real nice. Tiny little thing. I suppose her vanity has her going through all that work.

Ya’ll remember, 91 year old, Willie gettin’ lost on New year’s eve, don’t ya?

If you missed it, you can check here to read all about his foolery.

I got to pondering that, maybe, I should write about something

Seniors should be thinkin’ about for after our Valentine Dance.

I plan on dancing ’til dawn. I hope ya’ll have a real nice Valentine’s Day.

Ccome back and visit real soon.

Live Life,


Lovemaking Tips for Seniors

1. Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.

2. Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.

3. Set the mood with lighting. (Turn them ALL OFF!)

4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.

5. Write partner’s name on your hand in case you can’t remember.

6. Use extra polygrip so your teeth don’t end up under the bed.

7. Have Tylenol or whatever you use ready in case you actually complete the

8. Make all the noise you want … The neighbors are deaf, too.

9. If it works, call everyone you know with the good news … even if its 8PM… !!

10. Don’t even think about trying it twice.

Remember Old is When

Your sweetie says, ‘Let’s go upstairs and make love,’ and you answer, ‘Pick

I can’t do both!’

Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you’re barefoot.

Going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.

You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police.

’Getting a little action’ means you don’t need to take a laxative today.

’Getting Lucky’ means you find your car in the parking lot.

An ‘all nighter’ means not getting up to use the bathroom.

You’re not sure if these are facts or jokes. 




 ***** Mabel is a fiction character I’ve developed for the purpose of writing about life with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor from a seniors citizens point of view.          


Love is in the Air

Heart flying wings 2.webLove is a feeling of Beautiful want
one person can bring to your Heart,
and a feeling of Loneliness deep down inside
whenever you must be part

is in the Air … one week until
Valentine’s Day!!!

Love is in the Air music by John Paul Young


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