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Nurture Yourself – Live a Life filled with Love

This beautiful story has a simple, yet important message .
Sometimes, it’s the simplest of stories that make us ponder the most.

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One day, a professor entered the classroom.
He asked his students to prepare for a surprise test.
They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin.

The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual.
Once he handed them out he asked the students to turn the papers over.

To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions
just a black dot in the center of the sheet of paper.

The professor seeing the expression on their faces,
told them the following:

“I want you to write about what you see there”.

The students, confused, got started with the inexplicable task.

At the end of the exam, the professor took all of the papers,
and began reading them out loud in front of all the students.
All of them, with no exception, focused on the black dot,
trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet of paper.

After all had been read, the classroom silent,
the professor began to explain:

“I’m not going to grade you on this exam,
I just wanted to give you something to think about.

No one wrote about the white part of the paper.
Everyone focused on the black dot.
And, the same happens in our lives.
We have a white piece of paper to enjoy
but we always focus on the black spots.

Our life is a gift given to us, with love and care.
We always have reasons to celebrate:
Nature renewing itself everyday
Our friends around us
The job that provides our livelihood
The family we’ve been blessed with
The miracles we see daily

Yet, we insist on focusing only on the dark spot:
The health issues that bother us
The lack of money
The complicated relationship with a family member
The disappointment with a friend
Our past childhood or current failings

The dark spots are very small
when compared to everything we have in our lives,
but, they’re the ones that pollute our mind.

Take your eyes away from the black dots in your life.
Enjoy each one of your blessings,
each moment that life gives you.

Be happy and live a life filled with love.

©anonymous

In the LIGHT of LOVE

Time to fill in your heart with light and love

once you’ve looked away from the black dots.

Namaste, Isadora
2016©Isadora De La Vega

Namaste

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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Time Moves Through Space

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
©Albert Einstein
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Refraction       2016© Isadora DeLaVega

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How to stop time: Kiss
How to travel in time: Read
How to escape time: Music
How to feel time: Write
How to release time: Breathe
Reasons to Stay Alive©Matt Haig

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“Nothing happens until something moves.”  ©Albert Einstein

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Refraction – the fact or phenomenon of light, radio waves, etc.,
being deflected in passing obliquely through the interface
between one medium and another or through a medium of varying density.

Time Moves through Space 2016©Isadora DeLaVega


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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.

2016©art and photography by Isadora DeLaVega

 Jesse Cooks * Havana *

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The announcement was made yesterday, that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died, November 26, 2016,

His brother, Raul Castro, made the announcement on Cuban television.

His death has created joy in the hearts of those who fled his regime and live in the United States.

The news reports of Cubans cheering in Miami, Florida was everywhere.

Yet, others who are living in Cuba are mourning his loss.

He was 90 years old. He’s ruled Cuba for over 60 years.

And, has outlived 6 of our presidents in the United States.

Whatever your political belief, changes are going to happen.

Who can say if it will be for the good or the bad of the people.

Politically things are shifting and changing everywhere; including here in the United States.

Let’s hope these changes, if and when they happen, are peaceful and of benefit to the people they represent.

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Fidel’s Cigar by WRATH OF THE PEN

Fidel Castro  🙏  R.I.P.

For today, let’s enjoy the music of Cuba.

Isadora 😎

2016©Isadora De La Vega

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Grateful in My Own Design

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Give thanks for the road,
that is sunny and clear.
Filled with blessings,
like friends and family who are dear.

Give thanks for the blue skies,
and fields filled with flowers.
Fragrance and colors,
to last hours and hours.

Give thanks for a cloudy day,
sprinkling a mist on your face.
It’s a way to enjoy miracles,
from Heaven’s embrace.

Give thanks for the cooler time,
when life may not seem so sublime.
But, denotes the seasons changes
in the varieties of our lifetime.

Give thanks for the joy and pleasure,
you feel deep inside your soul.
Their sent down from Heaven,
to set your heart free.

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Grateful in Our Own Design

What are you Thankful for ?


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In Need of Humor? – Thanksgiving Groaners

 

turkey-xtgoqkzbcWhat happened when the turkey got into a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him.

Why did they let the turkey join the band?
Because he had the drumsticks

What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus?
More than enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving

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What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?
“If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy.”

What sound does a space turkey make?
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble.

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Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken’s day off.

What do you get when you cross a turkey with a banjo?
A turkey that can pluck itself.

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Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play

What holiday do they celebrate in prison?
Shanksgiving.

What did the turkey say to the computer?
Google, google, google.

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Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
The turkey because he’s already stuffed.

What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
Pumpkin pi.

What do you call a stuffed animal?
You after Thanksgiving.

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If I was a turkey, I’d be doing everything I could to taste terrible right now.

Hope these gave you a chuckle
in between your hectic preparations for Thanksgiving.

Blessings to all …

Isadora  

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Friday Fictioneers – Awaiting the Letter

friday-fictioneers-111816-bjc3b6rn-14His hands are shaking.

He can barely get the key into the mailbox slit.

Will the letter be in there?

He holds the letter firmly; runs his fingers across the calligraphy engraved return address.

Feeling unsteady, he sits on the dank urine-stench steps.

This letter could be my way out of this dump.

No one has faith in my musical talent. I’ll prove them wrong.

He’s tired of playing jazz at the smokey ‘Cafe Wha?’.

“Dear Randolph,” 

“We regret that you do not qualify, at this time, to be in our Juilliard Music Program.”

Uncontrollably sobbing.

Perhaps, everyones right.

2016©Isadora De La Vega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt:©Bjorn Rudberg

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*****I used to go to the Cafe Wha? in my twenties with my, then, boyfriend, now, hubby.

      Cafe Wha? is a club at the corner of MacDougal Street and Minetta Lane in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City that has presented numerous musicians and comedians. Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, The Velvet Underground, Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and many others all began their careers at the Wha? ©wikipedia


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Nurture Yourself – Embrace Loves Light

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Deep down in their roots, all flowers keep the light. ©Theodore Roethke

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May the light we embrace,

Kindle the flame of our heart

And, burn brightly with love and clarity.

candle - red flickeringLight tomorrow with today … ©Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Namaste, Isadora

2016©Isadora De La Vega

“Knowledge is like a candle … when one candle lights the other,

it does not diminish from the light of the first.” ©Thomas Jefferson

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Namaste

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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Sunday Song – If It Be Your Will

leonard-cohen-9-11102615_original           Christian Schloe – Austrian Surrealist Digital Painter

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On November 7, the sad news was announced that the prominent poet, novelist, musician, singer, songwriter and paint artist, Leonard Cohen had died. He was born on September 21,1934 in Westmount, Quebec, Canada.
His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. He won the Chester Mac Naghten Literary Competition for the poems “Sparrows” and “Thoughts of a Landsman.”

His song “Suzanne” became a hit for Judy Collins who subsequently covered a number of Cohen’s other songs, as well, and was for many years his most covered song. He was also associated with many other performers including Sharon Robinson, Jennifer Warnes and Anjani Thomas. ©wikipedia

During the New York City’s folk scene in Greenwich Village, I had the pleasure of being exposed to his words from other poets who were reciting his poems and aspiring to be as good.

It’s a formidable loss of an incredibly revered visionary artist.

May you Rest in Peace,

Isadora

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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“Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984.

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If It Be Your Will

If it be your will that I speak no more
And my voice be still as it was before
I will speak no more, I shall abide until
I am spoken for, if it be your will

If it be your will that a voice be true
From this broken hill, I will sing to you
From this broken hill, all your praises they shall ring
If it be your will to let me sing

From this broken hill all your praises they shall ring
If it be your will to let me sing

If it be your will, if there is a choice
Let the rivers fill, let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill on all these burning hearts in Hell
If it be your will to make us well

And draw us near, and bind us tight
All your children here in their rags of light
In our rags of light, all dressed to kill
And end this night, if it be your will, if it be your will

Song Lyrics 

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Official site for Leonard Cohen


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In Need of Humor? Cinderella at 75

Cinderella was now 75 years old.  After a fulfilling life with the now passed-away Prince, she happily sat upon her rocking chair, watching the world go by from her front porch, with her cat named Alan for companionship. One sunny afternoon, out of nowhere, appeared the Fairy Godmother.

Cinderella said: “Fairy Godmother, what are you doing here after all these years?”

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The Fairy Godmother replied: “Well, Cinderella, as you have lived a good, wholesome life since we last met, I have decided to grant you three wishes. Is there anything for which your heart still yearns?”

Cinderella was overjoyed, and after some thoughtful consideration, almost under her breath, she uttered her first wish:
“I wish I was wealthy beyond comprehension.”

Instantly, her rocking chair was turned into solid gold. Cinderella was stunned. Alan, her old faithful cat, jumped off her lap and scampered to the edge of the porch, quivering with fear.

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Cinderella said: “Oh thank you, Fairy Godmother!”

The Fairy Godmother replied: “It’s the least I can do. What does your heart desire for your second wish?”

Cinderella looked down at her frail body and said: “I wish I were young and full of the beauty of youth again.”

At once, her wish became reality, and her beautiful youthful visage returned. Cinderella felt stirrings inside her that had been dormant for years. And long forgotten vigor and vitality began to course through her very soul.

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Then, the Fairy Godmother again spoke: “You have one more wish, what will you have?”

Cinderella looked over to the frightened cat in the corner and said: “I wish you to transform Alan my old cat into a beautiful and handsome young man.”

Magically, Alan suddenly underwent a fundamental change in his biological make-up, that, when complete, he stood before her a boy so beautiful – the likes of which – neither she nor the world had ever seen – so fair, indeed, that birds began to fall from the sky at his feet.

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The Fairy Godmother again spoke: “Congratulations, Cinderella. Enjoy your new life!”

And, with a blazing shock of bright blue electricity, she was gone.

For a few eerie moments, Alan and Cinderella looked into each other’s eyes. Cinderella sat, breathless, gazing at the most stunningly perfect boy she had ever seen.

Then Alan walked over to Cinderella, who sat transfixed in her rocking chair, and held her close in his strong, youthful arms. He leaned in close to her ear, whispered, blowing her golden hair with his warm breath:

“I bet you regret having me neutered now, don’t you?”

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*****A friend sent me this funny Cinderella tale.

I think we all could use a little humor right now.


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Nurture Yourself – Be Grateful

nurture-gratitude-webGratitude can
transform common days
into thanksgivings,
turn routine days into joy
and, change ordinary opportunities
into blessings.
©William A. Ward

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I had the opportunity to travel to the rainforest of Coast Rica.
It was a breathtaking adventure.
Our tour guide was extremely informative.
He took us to 2 churches too.
I enjoy visiting and photography churches.
This small chapel was nestled among the trees.
It was quaint and charming.
The gardens were filled with luscious shades of greens.
He told us many weddings have been performed in it.
I’m grateful I was able to have this experience.

Is there somewhere you’ve traveled or a special place you’re grateful to have visited?

Be the Light of a GRATEFUL SPIRIT

Isadora 🙏

2016©Isadora De La Vega

Namaste
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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