Inside the Mind of Isadora


Be Thankful

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I woke up early today. I was excited about everything I have to do for Thanksgiving. I look forward to the annual Macy’s Day Parade. It was a must see when I was growing up. Santa at the end of the parade meant Christmas wasn’t far behind.

Some may look at the preparations for the holidays as a burdensome time.
It can be.
There’s the holiday relatives seen only during this time of year with their drama suitcases.
There’s the crying kids that wanted a particular toy and didn’t get it.
There’s the hours spent in the kitchen preparing food and baked desserts. As a vegetarian, it’s difficult for me. Some people find my eating diet offensive. I can attest that I’ve experienced the rolling eyes when declining any animal served.

But, you can make your holidays stress free. Just remember what the holidays are supposed to be.
It’s a time of making memories and creating traditions.
It’s a time for people to visually see each other in person, not on a computer.
It’s a time to pass down recipes to youth for future celebrations.
It’s a time to remember how fortunate we truly are.

Surround yourself with people who walk in your same direction of peace and harmony.  All of us face pressures everyday, your task is to choose what kind of day you’re going to have.

Today, I chose to take some time to think about why I am ‘Thankful.’Lanai overlooking Lake  #1
I’m sitting on my lanai next to my pool overlooking a lake in a community deemed a bird and wildlife sanctuary.

I’m sipping my tea and feeling elated.

Bald eagles are majestically flying overhead. White egrets and gray herons are wading in the lake while enjoying small fish.

Birdhouses - Dayton ln. yardThe bird feeders that attract beautiful cardinals, hummingbirds, scrub jays and many other birds are strategically placed so I can view these visitors. They’re so happy to have these treats that they start to sing a serenade. They use the tap, tap, tapping of the woodpeckers on the trees as their rhythm.


Lake with tree reflections  # 2 signedThe shimmer of the sun shining on the lake is hypnotizing. It’s a peacefully tranquil place.
The silence is deafening. The visual enchanting.


I’m sitting among my orchids. They’re slowly awakening from their summer sleep.

The beauty of nature is exhilarating. I have many blessings.

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Today, I could have grumbled about my ill health or I could rejoice that I’m alive and able to enjoy another day.
Today, I could have looked at my orchids and complained about their stalky roots or I could celebrate the beautiful blooms that will be rising from those barren roots.
Today, I could have complained about the household chores I have to complete or I could feel blessed that I have a shelter to provide me safety.
Today, I choose to be “Thankful” for having arrived at this little piece of paradise.
In my youth, I may have viewed this as dull and boring. I see it now as God’s summer residence that He’s instructed me to find and enjoy while He is busy.
Today stretches before me waiting to be shaped into the creation I choose to sculpt. I’ll decide what shape and form it will be. It will be as unique as me. It’s all up to me.
I am going to make it a GREAT day. I hope you will, too.
2015©Isadora DeLaVega

THANKFUL – Josh Groban




Sunday Song – Havana Nights

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Music touches us all in different ways.

It can heal hearts, calm our fears or create memories when heard.

2015©art and photography by Isadora DeLaVega

 Jesse Cooks * Havana *

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Nurture Yourself – with The Water of Life

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Love is the water of life …

    Drink it down with heart and soul.  Rumi


I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

 The Beautiful Planet


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Maasai Cricket Warriors Against FGM ~ Warning: this post comes with a Sensitive Subject Sticker

Inside the Mind of Isadora:

A powerful informative read that’s worthy of your time.

Originally posted on Tish Farrell:


‘The eye that leaves the village sees further’ Maasai wisdom

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It’s already been shown in Hollywood, but today in London sees the release of Warriors, a documentary by Barney Douglas. From next week there will be star showings across the UK, so if you have a chance to see it, do. You will see a glimpse of real, magnificent, originally-minded Africa, and not only that, 45% of the film’s proceeds will go towards one of the best community causes I can think of – changing attitudes to a rite that these young Maasai men say must go – female genital mutilation, aka female circumcision or FGM.

The stars of the film are a team of cricket playing Maasai warriors. They’ve been playing since 2009, and their ambition was to play at Lords, which they did this summer. They are a fine sight to behold…

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Sunday Song – Don’t Lose Heart

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Don’t Lose Heart

 Don’t Lose Heart ~ Dan Fogelberg [ CC ]

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Photography©Isadora DeLaVega


Lyrics ~ Don’t Lose Heart ~ Dan Fogelberg

This life is heartless and it’s rarely just
Full of sad betrayals and misplaced trust
And it can suck your spirit just as dry as dust
And steal your soul if you let it

Oo every life contains its sorrows and pains
Its stormy weather and its rough terrains
You watch me wrestle with my length of chain
And smile so bravely as you tell me

Don’t lose heart, Don’t Lose Heart
Though it feels like yours will fall apart
Just remember when the road gets dark
I will always be beside you

Well I spent my life pursuing fortune and fame
Chasing rainbows in a shadow game
And I’m not sure what I’ve lost is worth the gain
Or why my soul remains so restless

You’ve seen me stumble, Lord you’ve seen me fall
You shared my trials and you’ve seen me crawl
And when I think that I could lose it all
You give me courage and you tell me

Don’t lose heart, Don’t Lose Heart
Though it feels like yours will fall apart
Just remember when the road gets dark
I will always be beside you

When the road gets rocky and the ride gets rough
And the best you’ve got to give ain’t good enough
There will always be a place inside my love
Where you can find shelter, where you can find shelter

Oo every life contains it’s sorrows and pains
It’s stormy weather and it’s rough terrains
You watch me wrestle with my length of chain
And smile so bravely as you tell me

Don’t lose heart, Oh Don’t Lose Heart
Though it feels like yours will fall apart
Just remember when the road gets dark
I will always be beside you
Well I will always be beside, beside you


aFrank @ A Frank Angle hosts musicals. The present one is called “Sky: The Musical“. If you haven’t participated you might want to click here to pop over and see what it’s all about. It’s a fun way to get those old songs out of your head while spreading a little cheer. aFrank reminded me of a singer I used to hear a (little) while ago called Dan Fogelberg. It was the inspiration for today’s song. Enjoy ….!!!!


When will We – Give Peace a Chance?

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Our hearts are filled with sorrow for the losses of the people of Paris.


Peace—true Peace – Poem by Walterrean Salley

Folks greeting those they meet.
Children playing in the street.
People working hand in hand
For the better of the land.
Atonement with the great I Am.
Lion resting with a lamb.
World leaders shaking hands—
In truth—not because they can.
Sacrificing at all cost
To minimize potential lost.
Such, the face of true peace,
Would bring the world much relief.

May strife and fighting ever cease
And “true” peace be increased.
©Walterrean Salley

 John Lennon – Give Peace A Chance


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Friday Fictioneers – My Daddy helped Your Daddy

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“My daddy helped your daddy.”

“I know. My daddy helped your daddy, too,” echoed Ivy.

“My mom said that when you’re a soldier you can die.”

“I know. A soldier can die like my daddy did,” Ivy whimpered.

“Don’t cry, Ivy, our daddys are together. They can still help each other in heaven.”

“I know. My daddy was a good soldier,” Ivy said with tears falling.

“Maybe, we can be soldiers when we grow up. We can be soldiers together. A soldier keeps people safe.”

“I know,” Ivy mumbled. “But, I want my daddy back.” “He was my best friend.”

2015©written by Isadora De La Vega
Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 was Veterans Day.

It’s a day to say ‘Thank You’ to all of the men and women who have served in wars to help maintain our freedom.

Children suffer the ravages of war in ways which effect them their entire lives. They are often forgotten. The loss they feel should not be minimized. They are the innocent victims.

To those who have come home to us, we praise you for your bravery.

To those who have not survived the ravages of war, we honor you for your bravery and for giving us the freedom we are able to enjoy today and everyday.

May your souls rest in peace.


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Nurture Yourself – Find Inner Peace

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‘Count your breaths’, the yoga teacher said, as we were at the cool down point at the end of our postures.
Or is it?
Is it possible to do ?
Many people can’t do it.
In the back of the room a woman shouts, “Count my breath, I’m counting the chores I’ll have to do when I get home after class”.
Silence, broken.
She hadn’t reached that place of inner peace.

Who doesn’t have commitments and a to-do list?
But, your yoga class is your time.
Savior it and take it all in.


Negate the responsibilities for just a little while.

What good are you to others if your body. mind and spirit are depleted?

Inner Peace can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes.  Give yourself permission to waste 5 minutes if that’s what you think you’re doing.

If it’s difficult for you to sit quietly and stay calm then listen to music.  Find music that calms you. It doesn’t need to be meditation music. Find music that makes you happy and listen to it.

Have you ever tried to convince an adult who has ADHD to quietly sit and meditate?
I have. It’s impossible for them. But, they enjoy music.

Everyone loves music. Find a type of music that helps you tone down. While listening, you will be able to go to those hidden corners in your heart that are dormant. You’ll awaken them.
Slowly, you will begin to feel calm and peaceful.
As important as the items you haven’t checked off your to do list.

Give yourself permission to nurture and find your inner peace. Afterwards, you’ll be surprised at how peaceful you feel.
Others will notice the tranquility you’re exhibiting.
How do you find your Inner Peace?
2015©Isadora De La Vega


Video’s that may help …..

Trust Unspoken – Omar Akram – HD

Diamonds in the Sun by Girish

I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.


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A Quiet Respite

Ocean - white sailbaot 2.webDear Friends ….

It is time for me to take a brief respite.

I will be out on the high seas gathering energy from the wind and salty air:

Listening to the Music of the waves.

I will be ever vigilant to catch up on all of your blogs upon my return.

In my absence, there will be a great many things that

you’ve done that I will, no doubt, lose sight of.

Please feel free to send me a note on those you’d like me to read.

It would be disappointing to miss a single one of your stellar writings.
Namaste …


I will leave you with this very important health message.

Say Good Bye and Good Night  to “night time” leg cramps…

This exercise works wonders on circulation. It originated by the Watusi tribesmen.
It also slims you down without medication.
I have been doing these simple workout moves for a week
and I am already feeling much better.  

I recommend you start right away.

This video shows what you should do daily
to help leg and knee pain and stiffness.

Once a day is sufficient for assured success! 

Good luck.

Zaouli de Manfla


Sunday Song

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Solitary moments allow us to quiet the mind.
2015©isadora delavega


Colors of the Wind – Piano
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****** Colorful Sailboat Oil Painting on the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship.


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