A special treat

I’m not quite ready to come back to daily posts – perhaps next week. But I ran across this fabulous and uplifting song by the two youngest stars of the television series Nashville and couldn’t resist sharing it with you. Click on the word “post” to see the video and hear the song. Post by Maree de Marco. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Listening to these girls is a lovely way to start any day. Want to send a special thank you out to all of you who sent me get well wishes and prayers – it meant more than I can say!

Chanson d'amour

Chanson d’amour

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TRAVEL bug…wishing it were so

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo

I used to love to travel before my old bones started protesting and airlines starting charging so much just to pack enough clothes for a week, before direct flights from my small city became a thing of the past. When I was a bit younger, I drove everywhere I could, never minding 14 hour days on the road, loving the freedom to reach my destination by the most out of the way and indirect route. Nowadays…I don’t travel much and if I do it’s vicariously much of the time.

For example, I have friends who just returned from a 10 day trip to England. Personally, 10 days in the UK would never be enough for me. My mother and I once spent three weeks and have bemoaned the fact that we saw so little of what we’d have loved to see. We weren’t on “tour.” We were driving around setting only daily destinations as they struck us, stopping in out of the way places, eating in local pubs and except for a few “mandatory” tourist spots like Canterbury or the Tower of London, we found ourselves on narrow little country rounds and fell in love with Cotswold villages and forgotten ruins like the castle in Astley.

Worse than too short a trip – they took a similar short hop to France a couple of years ago – is the fact that my friends spent seven of the ten days on a ship going over! I’d have hated losing that time confined to a ship no matter how elegant. On an arranged tour, they missed this gorgeous little village in France called Loubressac. Considered one of the most beautiful medieval villages in all of France, it’s also one of the many “villages fleuris” or villages in bloom scattered throughout the countryside. This is the kind of place that deserves whatever time it takes to explore without having to settle for an hour’s stop on a tour bus.

I must admit I still get the travel bug something fierce and I’m longing to go back to Scotland to see much I missed and ferry over to Ireland. Perhaps…when I’ve rehabilitated my titanium hips enough to bear the flight over!!

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Light in the Darkness

“Your true heart is not subject to chaos or limited by pain, fear and neuroses, but is joyful, creative and loving…It is the core, the essence of your being, a reservoir of joy, powerful love and infinite compassion that lies within you.”
I’ve been writing a lot in my other blog about living wholeheartedly and the only way one can do that is to begin to listen to the heart instead of the mind. In many ways, especially when we find ourselves in a dark time in our lives – that proverbial “dark night of the soul” – our hearts are our best guides, an eternal light in the darkness. You can read more in depth if you’d like at http://seasonsofsongandspirit.blogspot.com/2014/05/begin-to-listen-to-your-heart-how-to.html
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