We stand as one,
Our colors bright,
The world can see
our green and purple hue,
But, can they see
Our hearts united.
Together … Two as One.
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 *
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.
Fidel Castro 🙏 R.I.P.
For today, let’s enjoy the music of Cuba.
2016©Isadora De La Vega
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.
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.
The 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.
I’m sitting among my orchids. They’re slowly awakening from their summer sleep.
The beauty of nature is exhilarating. I have many blessings.
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.
THANKFUL – Josh Groban
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.
John Lennon – Give Peace A Chance
Soul Mates©Photography by Isadora DeLaVega
Sapphire Wings 2015©photography by Isadora
When the sun shines
and brings it’s warmth
When your petals glisten
after a gentle rain
When your blossoms
flourish before me
I will be grateful
for your colorful light.
Song of flowers
Becca from On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea
Orange is the color of vitality and endurance. It’s a power color and one of the healing colors. It’s said to increase the craving for food. It stimulates enthusiasm and creativity. People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere.
Orange is one of the healing colors. While red is associated with fiery heat, orange is associated with the benign warmth of the sun. A dynamic color, orange offers a more thoughtful control than explosive red. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things.
Each week Frizz ia walking us through the A – Z alphabet challenge. This week is the Letter O – to join in –