Sunday, August 21, 2011

Praze the last days of summer

Somebody must have sent out a memo that summer is almost over because the normally quiet lake behind my condo was buzzing with people this evening. Kids were jumping off a dock and swimming with their dogs. A young couple was fishing in a little red fishing boat while an older couple putzed around in a little pontoon boat. A couple condos down, a family and their guests were gathered around a fire pit roasting marshmallows. And I was swinging in my hammock enjoying it all. Earlier I had taken my kayak for a spin. I love my little lake and I love seeing so many people enjoying it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sunshine smiles

It's so easy to think nice thoughts on a beautiful day. When it's cool enough to sleep with the windows open and warm enough to walk out on the deck with your morning tea, still wearing your nightgown. It seems a world away from panic on Wall Street and angry backbiting in Washington. And it is. This is the real world. Praise God for the real world.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sun shining and breezes blowin'

How can one not be happy on a beautiful day? Praze the sun. Praze the blue sky with those fluffy little white clouds. Praze the wild kittens I caught playing on my back deck and hiding under my bushes. I know feral cats are a problem, but it is so hard to think negative thoughts when a little one is attcking a rock like it could fight back. Oh, life is just so glorious. Thank you God for all of it.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bruised but still beating

My blackend thigh and belly wouldn't seem to be cause for rejoicing, but that remnant of last Friday's heart cath reminds me that the test showed only a little bit of plaque, no blockages, in the arteries around my heart. And the remaining soreness gets a little better every day. I returned to my exercise routine this morning and I'm no longer forcing myself to sleep on my back. I'm even sitting at my desk again! And I woke up this morning, my heart still beating. Isn't that enough to praise the Lord?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Doing what comes naturally.

All children draw. It's as natual as sucking a thumb or learning to walk. Just try to keep a child from drawing. Kids love finger paints, crayons, pencils, markers. They'll draw on paper, fabric, walls. They don't know about style or form, they just draw. Freedom of expression. Pure creativity. And then someone says "not on the wall." "Stay inside the lines" "Don't..." And they become less expressive. Creativity dries up. By the time school starts, half the kids don't like drawing and by high school, only the really nerdy kids take art. Because it will never lead to a career making money. It will never make anything lasting or worthwhile. Maybe instead of valuing the artificial -- money and importance -- we should encourage what comes naturally. Don't look for value in dollar signs and public accolades. Look for satisfaction. Freedom of expression. Creativity. Praze doing what come naturally.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Praze for a First (class) Lady

You couldn't help but love Betty Ford. She was just so darn real. She made it okay to ask for help. She faced alcoholism and breast cancer and we were all stronger for her struggle. That's a real leader. It's all any of us can hope for, to help the world be a better place. Hooray for Betty Ford.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mango morning

A mango smoothie for breakfast. What a way to begin the day. Like sunshine in a glass only way cooler. Praze the new day. So much to be done.