Inside the Mind of Isadora


Pencil Parable


Sister Mary Annunciata handed out the list of things we had to bring to school by the end of the week. It was September 15, 1953. It was the first week of 1st grade. Although I had attended kindergarten at the same school, I was scared. The thought of filling a list of things to bring to school was intimidating. I wanted to make sure I got it right.

After school my mother sent me out with my older sister to get the supplies on the list:

a) a notebook

b) 2 – #2 pencils

c) a pencil sharpener

d) a pencil box

e) an eraser

f) a ruler


images4574PYC7I was excited as I picked out each item. The pencil box was made of smooth pale wood with a flat surface that slid the box open when you pushed on the notch. Everything fit inside of it perfectly. The next day I was ready with all of my items. The students who brought all of the items to class received a gold star next to their name. I was proud. I smiled all the way back to my seat. You see, we got to put the gold star next to our own names.

imagesDHOSP21DDuring the first week we received our catechism book, prayer book, rosary beads and a laminated bookmark with an image of a saint on the front and a prayer on the back. We were supposed to mark where we were in our catechism book with it. We were to recite the pray to the saint on the back of the bookmark whenever we found ourselves in a moment of weakness or loss of faith. I often did as I always found myself in a state of fear of not meeting up to getting that gold star again.

cath%20BN156_BN156M[1] Sister Mary Annunciata was angelic in her features. She was petite and had a pretty smile. A stiff white material surrounded her face showcasing her pink skin and white teeth. The black habit covered her all the way down to her ankles. Tiny black leather tips from her shoes stuck out.  Long rosary beads hung from her waist and jingled as she walked. All of this meant nothing, since her harsh tone could let you know, instantly, if you were not in her favor.

imagesZHL4X2RBThe second week of school we were going to learn how to write the letters of the alphabet. Eventually, we would be learning to how write our names. I was thrilled. I wanted to learn how to write so much.

First there were rules we needed to know:

1) No pointing our pencil at anyone

2) We could not sharpen our pencils unless we raised our hand and asked

3) No erasing what we had written

4) No writing on our desks

Finally, after waiting and waiting, we were going to write. I took out my #2 yellow pencil and held it in my hand. It fit perfectly. Now, I was going to be a writer. My journey was about to begin.

No other instrument has had as much influence on my life as that pencil did. There was something powerful in that first encounter. When I read the short inspirational parable below I felt all of the same feelings I felt when I first held that # 2 yellow pencil.

I hope you can remember your feelings when you first became enamored with the art of writing.

What were they????

2017©Isadora De La Vega



Pencil Parable – an Inspirational story

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

1) “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.”

2) “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”

3) “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”

4) “The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”

5) “On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with yourself. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

3) You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

4) The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

5) On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.

Allow this parable of the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.

Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

2017©Isadora DeLaVega


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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                    I’ve been having some computer issues but it looks like I’ve had a bit of writers block too. Rereading this post brought back my first writing memories. Although I’ve posted this one before, I thought it might help someone else who may be having a difficult time getting back in the saddle of writing.

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Nurture Yourself – You Are Never Alone

Your are never alone.
And you already belong.
You belong to humanity.
You belong to life.
You are this moment,
the breath.
©jon kabat-zinn

Never Alone – Lady Antebellum (with lyrics on screen)


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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***** artwork and photograph©Isadora De La Vega


Sunday Song – Spirit in the Sky

Costa Rica Church Aa.webNo Boundaries Here 2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVegaTravel Cabo San Lucas Sunset.webSpirit in the Sky   2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky


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How Great Thou Art

Cabo San Lucas - Cross.webSilver Cross Cabo San Lucas
2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

When I travel I enjoy visiting and taking photo of churches. I’m able to thank God for giving me the blessings I’m experiencing on my travels. Plus, I get the benefit of bringing back stories about the different churches.

This silver cross was in a shop in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I loved the simplicity of it. I was tempted to purchase it. I’m fond of religious items from all denominations. When I inquired about the price, I decided to reconsider. Price: $350.00 American Dollars.

Costa Rica Altar.web

Church in Costa Rica 2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

This is a church in Costa Rica. It is across from the town center in the middle of town. Our guide gave us a great deal of time inside this one. There is beautiful stained glass on the walls throughout. It reminded me of the church I attended as a child. I will post more photos soon. The alter was majestic.

Costa Rica Chapel Altar.web

Rainforest Chapel 2015©photography by Isadora DeLaVega

As we wandered through the rainforest in Costa Rica with our guide, we came across this little chapel. It was tiny but had a sacred holiness that was felt from the minute I entered. A perfect place to express the gratitude I felt to have been be able to enjoy his earthly creations I was seeing that day.


 Elvis Presley – How Great Thou Art (with lyrics)



Ben Huberman’s photo challenge this week was to share what being

connectedclick here – means to us. I posted on my photography blog 

photos of my spine. A very important part of me. To view click here.

I thought these photo represented the word connected too.

Hope your enjoy … Isadora

 2015©isadora delavega


Nurture Yourself – with Blessings

Yellow Orchid.webAngel Wings ©photography by Isadora

It is in loving, not in being loved, the heart is blessed;
It is in giving, not in seeking gifts, we find our quest;
Whatever be your longing or your need, that give;
So shall your soul be fed and you indeed shall love.

This weekend some will be celebrating the Christian celebration of Easter. My effort to write something that represented some type of story based on religion, culture and life was difficult. It was arduous to choose from so many myths and complex dogmas I have in my life. They were taught to me by a schizophrenic depressed mother who was obsessed with religion; a step below fanatical. She practiced a combination of Catholicism, Buddhism, Santeria, Espiritismo, Judaism and fixated Mythologies and Philosophy. I lived in a Hasidic Orthodox Jewish neighborhood which added to my confusion. I went to Catholic school by day and heard my friends talk about the Torah they studied in the afternoon. I grew up thinking everyone was multi-religious. In respect to the first religion I was taught through Baptism, I chose to write a poem from my Catholicism. Peace be with you, Happy Easter … !!!!
2014 written by Isadora

Jesus - traditional

Lord Speak To Me

Lord, speak to me in such a way
That I may surely know
The purpose that You have for me;
The path that I must go.

Then, when the pathway is made clear,
And the journey I begin;
When fear and doubt start creeping in
Please speak to me again.

Remind me of Your presence, Lord,
Each mile along the way.
Let not my steps grow weary
Keep speaking, lest I stray.

The roadblocks will be many,
Dead ends I’m sure to see;
But I’ll reach my destination, Lord,
Because You spoke to me.

One Body One Bread

No matter where we are in life,
There remains a part of us that
Draws support from and nurturing
From someone with more experience …..
Namaste …

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Nurture Yourself – Inspire Light


                                                                       Nurture Yourself – Inspire Light 

In keeping with my word a month to Nurture Yourself, for the year 2013, the word for December was Inspire (inspiracion – Spanish).  When you inspire you encourage somebody to reach heights of greater creativity, enthusiasm or stimulation.

This last nurturing post was lost among the hectic holidays. My friend Larry R. sent me – The Layman Ten Commandment.  I thought I would share them as the missed December word of nurturing.

The Layman Ten Commandment – they seem quite simple yet how many of us can follow through with all of them. I hope you’ll take the time to consider the deeper meaning. These are inspiring words. I believe they can be of comfort or a motivation for anyone who chooses to live them.



© 2014 written by Isadora



“The Layman’s Ten Commandments”

1. Prayer is not a “Spare Wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “Steering Wheel” that directs the right path throughout the journey.

2. Why are a car’s Windshield so large and the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE; so look ahead and move on.

3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to Burn, but it takes years to Write.

4. All things in life are Temporary. If things are Going Well, Enjoy It; they will not last forever. If things are Going Wrong, Don’t Worry; they will not last long either.

5. Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!

7. When GOD solves your problems, you have Faith in HIS Abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in YOUR Abilities.

8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”

9. When you Pray for Others, God Listens to you and blesses them, so sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10. WORRYING does not take away Tomorrow’s TROUBLES; it takes away Today‘s