The Force of Life

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“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen”.

Quote by Bradley  Whitford, Actor, born 1959 .

During Spark People’s 5% Spring Challenge, during one of the week’s, the focus of the week was for “ Movement, and this was totaled each day on the team’s site.
Movement to me is getting out and doing things. By engaging in activities, it’s a way of connecting with people, finding out their stories and impact on their life, how it can be connected to you. All of these movements is a learning in the process, your mind adds what you learned to previous learned knowledge and assimilate into life goals.

On a Saturday in May, there was a special event called “ AIR, “ Attitutude in Reverse” , the  website: Air.ngo
“ Miki and Friends, Open Air, Healthy in Mind and Body”
A non-profit, starting the conversation about good mental health and how dog’s help improve our lives.
The  event had : Dogs, music and Family fun. All activities provided good de-stressing and Coping mechanisms.
• Certified 5k Run & Walk

• Dog activities and demonstrations – fun for families with or without dogs!

• Butterfly Release for those who lost a loved one to suicide.

• Concert , live musicians .

• Vendors, on health & wellness, dog products, environmentally friendly, or homemade dog toys.

 

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Aging, what really matters. Would you be so kind as to Dance with her?

Good evening, On the evening before Christmas Eve, I sit and reminisce about my mother in her later years. Let me preface to say that as she was raising us, in the home, she faithfully took care of both us and the household yet seeming to be more reserved on the subject of music whereas my dad danced right along with us in he living room to the sounds of stereo 70’s music.

Five or six years ago, she suddenly began to dance whenever she heard music. For instance, when she heard music playing over an intercom at a restaurant or store, she would bend her knees low and twist her hips, her arms also bent in dance form  and say, ” I can do ” the  twist”  and  smile.

This was my same mom, yet different, and I struggled to understand. I resorted to other people to make sense of it. I recall asking my husband,” why is mom dancing a lot? My intuitive , observant husband would say,”  she has lessened inhibitions “,” her barrier has been lowered”.

Tonight, I described to the PCT,  nurses aide for evening shift, that my mother danced the Pennsylvania Polka, bringing onto the dance floor with her at Kutztown Fair one hot July about 5 years ago.  My husband recorded a video, of the two of us dancing the Polka. I recall I was smiling, with beads of sweat on my forehead, and keeping up with mom’s polka steps as the summer’s heat didn’t phase her as the sounds of the live muscians propelled her body to dance.

Rememering these sweet moments, it begins to hurt my heart that these chances to dance are over.   If you ever encounter an aging person, whether family or out experiencing life,  I want to pass on this message.  What really matters, ” is to dance with her”.

June, exploring and expanding my view

You see with your eyes, and hear with your ears, but how much do you extrapolate?

I have come to realize that with each glimpse you bring into the picture your past memories of that subject, and the corresponding feelings, positive or negative into today’s new moment.

What inspires you?

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Do you ever wonder how it is that you choose to do something? What inspires you? Why does that particular thing spark your interest?

Are you a ” go with the flow” type of person or are you rigid in your thoughts of what you’ve already decided is right for you?

I am finding that I have changed my likes over the years, just as some people change friends.  I am open to new things. I am interested.  From the perspective of children, some cannot wait to finish school, yet you can spend your lifetime learning. Your brain, thinking and your mind ready to absorb different information.  I feel you become a better person with each new thing that you introduce. It is social, in the process, you meet new people. You don’t have to like every aspect of a person, but you learn to appreciate that part of them…

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What inspires you?

Revised December 4, 2018

Do you ever wonder how it is that you choose to do something? What inspires you? Why does that particular thing spark your interest?

Are you a ” go with the flow” type of person or are you rigid in your thoughts of what you’ve already decided is right for you?

I am finding that I have changed my likes over the years, just as some people change in their level of friendship, exploring new things, adds to wellness. am interested!!

From the perspective of children, some cannot wait to finish school, yet you can spend your lifetime learning. Your brain, the process of  thinking and your mind is ready to absorb new and  different information.

I feel you become a better person with each new thing that you introduce.  It is social, in the process, you meet new people. You don’t have to like every aspect of a person, but you learn to appreciate that part of them that participates in a certain activity, whether it yoga, painting, rock climbing, singing, teaching, jewelry-making, meeting a bakery owner, a gardener at the Dukes Farm Estate.

I am amazed at my local library and all the venues it has to offer. It truly has become a multi-faceted place for community in which during the learning process,  I have met several new friends.

At my local library, There is the ” Digital Cafe”, The Smart Lab” to take various computer seminars, and to make appointments for one on one questions. Also there you can learn ” Garage Band”, video-Editing.  There is also is a Library consortium of shared services, one of these being sewing. I sewed  both a zipped pouch and a pretty library tote sewn with one of my favorite design patterns called “toile” in a black and white color fabric.

During both months of  January and March were ” Makers month ” at local libraries in my area.

Who would have thought that all you need is a black felt tip sharpie and a white ” tile” cardboard and you can create artistic doodles called Zentangle? The premise is that while playing New Age music, ( a type of  music that is  often played during yoga classes),  and drawing patterns, that it releases endorphins that create a form of relaxation.  That day in January, I also learned knitting, and ball room dancing. In March, I was enthused to attend and watch documentaries films on environmental concerns created by independent film makers.

One of my favorites was the movie entitled ” Angel Azul”,  about the long process of creating an Angel statue by plaster casting on a live person model; this took hours to do and I appreciated the patience of the lady model. This statue was lowered into the ocean with a giant crane.  Many more statues were created by sculpturists in the same method , all to be used on the ocean floor, to create a new barrier reef ,  a place for plankton, and sea life to adhere to.  I learned that professional scuba divers travel from all areas of the world to scuba  dive in Mexico to view this place.

December 4, 2018  Revisiting my blog post, entitled “ What inspires you?” .

In summary, inspiration and creating is a fluid, an ever-changing process, involving being with people, the social interaction becomes the fun of it.

However, for inspiration, it helps to have space, quiet time to think and create, reflect.  The early morning hours, before anyone else is awake has been a good time for ideas to emerge.   Ways to plan involve having a list pad nearby for jotting down notes, or 3 x  5 index cards, “ do young people  even hand write notes in this day?”, utilizing google calendar for event dates, and merging similar ideas onto the  Pintrest, a web site.

 

Thank- you for visiting my blog. I’m so happy you read this post.

Anyone is welcome to leave a comment.  If you write a blog, please share your blog link.

Comments: I welcome your comments, thoughts on the subject.

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Flag Day is celebrated on June 14., and Philadelphia’s Constitution Center

Today is Flag Day. What does that mean? To me, as an American, everyday is the day to celebrate and display our American flag.

And I do. In my own way. My garden has American flags waving proudly among my summer flowers. When I plant my flower garden, The colors I choose are red, white and blue. Red geraniums, white , and blue ageratums.

My front door welcomes you with a homemade hanging sign in the shape of an American flag; it is old, In fact my family made it at a craft project at my hometown library several years ago, and I still display it. It has ribbons, and during the year I drape it on the edge of my plant stand in the kitchen. Whenever I’m cooking, reading one of my cookbook collection or gazing out the sliding door’s window, I am reminded of our Freedom, I jotted notes about it a couple of weeks ago while at the Princeton Public Library.

Freedom to read almost anything out there that is published.  It was a real eye-opening moment when I came across a book last month,

Flag Day at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA

Flag Day at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA

that a writer attempt to describe what it is like in out her countries.  Found the book in the Princeton Public library, was so interesting, that I jotted down.

History of Flag Day:

A celebration of the adoption of the Continental Congress to adopt the flag June 14, 1777.

Resolved that the flag be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, thirteen stars.

Although for 200 years, the American flag was flown on public buildings, and in several small cities, Flag day wasn’t  officially recognized until President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949.

Nearby Philadelphia’s Constitution center is having Flag Day celebration, opening early at 0930 am with reduced admission price of $5.00 sponsored by Macy’s ( Department store. )  At 10:30 am on the front lawn is a 50 star grand flag raising and a parade to Independence Mall.

Betsy Ross, the birthplace of the American Flag is open today, the 13 star flag raising.

There is a ” Stars and Stripes” Community fair 09:00 to 3:00 pm at a Independence Mall.

Celebrate Flag Day!!

June, It’s been a long time

Hello, blog friends and followers.  How have you been?   It’s been a long time since I blogged. I do still like to write and take pictures, have been doing this all year except other priorities have kept me from downloading photos and writing.

My proclamation:

I, lovesclassics, solemnly swear that I will in the next Six months find time for myself to express and create  on this blog.  I have many more stories to tell about my mom growing up in Pennsylvania. Believe it or it, I still like to jot things down on paper, notebook paper, and like those little pads of ” sticky notes”, I keep yellow and blue ones in the car, just under the dashboard radio. During this hectic life, as I go about my day, when I think of something , or as I get a call, yes I have a fairly new, , gasp new car with” blue tooth” capabilities, , I jot things down  The trick here , is to keep referring to these stickies notes.

Sometimes, you will find me getting out of the car , small purse on right shoulder, and little blue stickie In Hand to ” get what’s on my list” , “” stick to the list, now don’t veer off.  Oh wait,here’s something I need.  Ask yourself,  ” Is it a need? , or , is it a want?.”

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