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The rain is gone, I can see clearly now :) Monday, November 17, 2014 (16:45:00)
I feel good, like a new beginning, like something has been cleared from my path, now I see clearly....I should be scared I suppose, but I'm not, I am excited, and committed to solutions, improvement and my own well being. Now my heart is opened all did that happen! LOL - It's a good thing, a really good thing. I can see clearly now the rain is the song! <3
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Yesterday's Glasses Monday, November 17, 2014 (03:23:00)
Heartwings Love Notes 647

Today, as I prepared to make breakfast I noticed our water glasses from yesterday. They were still on the table. In order to save a bit of extra washing I use the same water glasses for each meal of the day, refilling them as needed. I always prefer to begin each day with a fresh glass. As I looked at them it suddenly occurred to me that here was a meaningful symbol. I asked myself what does it mean metaphorically to use yesterday's glasses again today?

A fresh glass could be a symbol for a fresh beginning for the day's learning and experience: taking a fresh approach or being receptive. Years ago I attended a lecture with a yoga teacher who told all his students to constantly repeat: I know nothing, I want to learn." At the time I didn't like saying, "I know nothing." I was taking it literally. However, as time went on I recognized the words as simply being the equivalent of what Buddhists call, Beginner's Mind. It didn't mean I knew nothing at all but rather that I was open to learning more.

If I think I know everything there is to know about anything, my ability to learn more is greatly diminished. When I feel as though my understanding is complete, I cannot add to it. My mind automatically becomes closed to any additional information or insight concerning whatever subject or situation I am involved in or working with. In order to do my best I need to be willing to admit to at least some ignorance and to affirm a willingness to learn.

I picked up yesterday's glasses and put them in the sink, took fresh ones from the cabinet and filled them with filtered water from my new birthday pitcher. It is good to remind myself to remain open to opportunities for new ideas and experiences. As I get older I've noticed a tendency to feel as though I know lots about life and how to live it. After all, I've lived such a long life. However, I want to keep on expanding my mind and heart for all of my life. So besides having a fresh glass to fill each morning, I also want to have a fresh mind, to fill with new knowledge and understanding.

As each new day begins, may you keep your eyes open to new possibilities.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Avoid the crowds, avoid the malls, give a present that keeps on giving. Tasha's comforting book of poetry, short essays and simple uplifting exercises, Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life, can be found on Amazon, or for a signed copy, send $18 to include postage and handling to PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536. To sign up for more Heartwings, go to To read Stephen's funny stories go to Check us out on Facebook and YouTube too. Look for Stephen and Tasha Halpert
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What I am fighting for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (14:49:03)
Clearly what I am fighting for, only exists in my head. Time to change my own mind I guess.
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If you don't mean it don't ask :-) Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (23:40:04)
I was at Aldi the other day and unloading my cart. Now I admit I am a bit slow these days and the impatient young woman behind me asked if she could help me. I looked at her and with a smile said yes, you can follow me home and unload all this for me and put it away. She laughed. Hey! if you don't mean it don't offer to help! lol
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Heartwings Love Notes 646 Birthday Reflections Monday, November 10, 2014 (04:00:10)
Heartwings says, "The time lived may or may not equal the years spent."

In certain respects this has been a year of loss. People I knew and cared about passed on unexpectedly. A friend moved away. We found and moved into to a new apartment and I lost my old neighborhood. I had to eliminate stored items that had grown moldy as well as others that did not fit into the new living space. Much had to be redistributed or discarded and that process continues even now as storage is still being gone through.

It has also been a year of gain. I have learned much about myself and others. I have worked on poetry as well as made progress finishing my new book. There have been readings at open mics with Stephen. This has encouraged me to write even more poetry as well as work to refine and improve what was already written. I have made new friends and shared in their lives. I have grown more patient, both with others and myself and more tolerant of others' choices whether or not I agree with these choices.

Each year of life brings joys and sorrows both. As I live through each day I can plan how to spend it, I might anticipate what might happen, yet I cannot know for sure what will until the day has passed. Once I can look back I may see why or how something worked out the way it did, or I may not, because I do not always see my actions, or those of others as clearly as I might: hopes or fears may cloud or obscure my perspective.

I am aware of stones in my shoes and lumps in the pudding I still cannot eliminate. There are responses and reactions I hope to learn to better control. In my new year of life I have habits and ways of responding that I need to improve on. It is good to have goals. It is healthy to keep growing and unhealthy to ignore opportunities to do so. Each day brings new lessons in the school of life, it also brings homework to be done. There are unanticipated surprises as well as difficulties ahead. I welcome each and every one for the potential it provides.

May you discover helpful lessons each and every day.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

To enjoy more Love notes or to sign up for a free weekly subscription, please visit Check out Domestic Tranquility 1 on You Tube for a look at the Halperts in person. For a chance to enjoy some humorous writing please visit and enjoy the postings, not only by my husband Stephen and his friend Ken, but by others. Readers are invited to contribute there. Questions or comments? Please write
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Everything is different Thursday, November 06, 2014 (16:43:00)
Rolling with the changes......I have no fight left in me - I submit to the future that leaves me to figure things out on my own...which I will...I always's a perpetual state of existence, that allows me the freedom to just be need to please anyone else, just taking care of myself. Yes I will figure this and the rest of my future out...just need a few minutes of clear thinking, so I can go back to being myself.....without fear.
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Heartwings Love Notes 645: The Dark Days Begin Monday, November 03, 2014 (01:41:24)
Heartwings says, "Now we must bring the light from within ourselves to shine."

The time between November first and February first has the most number of dark and cold hours in the cycle of months. In our Northern Hemisphere, this is the time Nature provides for rest and renewal for the plants, the trees, and many of the creatures as well. Even house plants suspend all but minor necessary activity. Many animals go into hibernation. In primitive times even human beings slept more and came outside less often.

Although I love the light and the sunshine, I have always found this time to have some necessary benefits. I am apt to be naturally less active, sleeping a little later and gladly going to bed somewhat earlier. It easier for me to focus on inner work like meditation and creative expression; I react more slowly and carefully in general, perhaps making fewer mistakes. Because I spend more time at home and indoors I have the opportunity to go through the various projects I have tucked away to work at when I am less busy.

Synchronistically, these are also the days when traditional festivals of light have been celebrated in many countries in the Northern Hemisphere. These stretch from the end of November through January. Many customs from these various light celebrations have become part of our traditional Christian Christmas. Today the opportunities for celebrating from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day, help to move us through this dark time with a more cheerful attitude. Too, they are opportunities to bring more light into our lives and the lives of those around us.

I like to think that while the length of the dark hours has encouraged me to be less energetic, I am also drawn to light candles for the sake of brightening the space around me. This can be done in so many simple ways--when I present a smiling face to the world, I encourage others to do the same. When I stop to help someone who seems to need a hand--even if they do not, by so doing I may lift that person's spirits. It is also easier to be cheerful when I get more sleep, and a strong meditation practice keeps me mindful. As I welcome the darkness I find helpful ways to use it and become thankful for it as well.

May you find ways to rest and renew your spirit during these dark, cold days.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Seeking a present that keeps on giving? Tasha's comforting book of poetry, short essays and simple uplifting exercises, Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life, can be found on Amazon, or for a signed copy, send $18 to include postage and handling to PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536. To sign up for more Heartwings, go to To read Stephen's funny stories go to Check us out on Facebook and YouTube too. Look for Stephen and Tasha Halpert
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Read This if You Dare - Halloween 2014 Thursday, October 30, 2014 (16:03:00)

Sometimes the north wind blows
the blankets over my head.
Smothered in shades of blackness
deaf, dumb and blind I am
beginning to roam among the living dead.

The wind howls
but no one hears it

lightning strikes
but no one sees it

hard rain falls
but no one feels it

frost forms
on frozen window panes.

It’s after midnight
cold as hell ...
snow begins to fall
on my icy lawn
where twin red headed
freckle faced witches wait
impatiently at the garden gate …

their merry mother minders
shivering and yawning
through it all.

Perhaps you are unaware …

Sometimes my black cat prowls
around the grounds at night.
Long dead bones of scavengers
overhang my winding lane.
Depart at once; we have no Snickers left!

Happy Halloween!! Razz
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My new love affair Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (21:13:57)
Worn out, tired and in need of a really nice glass of wine....some time alone behind my keyboard....

Right now.....I am so tired that random emotions just pop up and consume me. Now I play instead of write....until such time as both skills can intertwine the way lovers are supposed to..happy days.

Yes happy days.....piano and poems together they are my new love affair!
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Heartwings Love Notes 644: Boo! Monday, October 27, 2014 (00:13:00)
Heartwings says, "Fear is nothing to fear."

When I was a child I suffered from what is now known as night terrors. Something I read or heard would affect my active imagination and I would lie in bed shaking with fear, afraid of death or what seemed worse, the death of those I loved. My most powerful fear as a child was of my parents dying. If I went to tell them, they would ridicule my fears and send me back to bed. Eventually I outgrew these episodes, yet at the time they were very real and painful.

Halloween for me was about carving up a pumpkin. I lived out in the country, where trick or treating was not an option. I did not really understand what Halloween was until I grew older and became interested in mythology. Then I learned that Halloween is a kind of celebration of death and rebirth. When people were closer to nature, death was everywhere and more natural. The fear was of spirits and the harm they might do. The holiday itself was celebrated as a sacred time, a kind of New Year dedicated to change of seasons.

Many of the customs surrounding Halloween evolved from observances dedicated to fearlessness. The pumpkin faces, the scary costumes, and many of the rest of the traditions surrounding this playful holiday proceed from the idea that at this significant time the gates between this world and the next are open. It was believed that spirits of the departed were free to come and go and perhaps to appear in some way. This could be good or bad, depending on the nature of the spirits. What was important was to protect oneself.

The Halloween traditions or games that originated as ways of contacting spirits for information or of practicing divination have pretty much removed the element of fear from the day. As people took Halloween less seriously, it became more of a party holiday. The emphasis on games and costumes, candy and trick or treating has turned the feast of the dead--one of the sources of dressing up and seeking treats, to something for fun. Whatever fear remains lurks somewhere deep inside. Occasionally it might even come out and say, "Boo!"

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

If you wish to subscribe to Heartwings Love Notes, or have any comments, please let me know. To read past issues, go To read a wonderful book of short stories, buy Abracadabra Moonshine by Stephen Halpert on in either a Kindle or paperback format. Stephen's whimsical stories are also found on My poetry as well as other writings can be read on under the avatar of Pujakins.
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Oh Canada Thursday, October 23, 2014 (19:08:00)

Oh Canada

From the south I picture you
in misty fjords and running streams
your hardy people full of life
along the shore your friendly waves
ruddy cheeks and smiles of joy.

Oh Canada, strong and brave
we know your spirits won’t despair
our prayers reach north to you
cruel crimes shall pass into the mist
where great stone statues raise.

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Heartwings Love Notes 643: Making Improvements Monday, October 20, 2014 (01:14:31)
Heartwings Love Notes 643: Making Improvements

Heartwings says, "Every little bit helps make the world a better place to be."

My late son Robin greatly enjoyed gardening. He loved the earth and felt very close to nature. Wherever he was living he would plant vegetables and carefully tend them. He was proud to feed himself from his efforts. As do the Native Americans, he believed in leaving a gift at the site of any herb or vegetable that he harvested. He always gave back as much as he could. The size of the gift was not as important as the effort.

I was reminded of this as I thought about what someone recently said to me: "I believe in leaving the world a better place than I found it." The speaker went on to tell me how he had learned this when he was around ten years old and had made an effort to practice it always. Our conversation stayed with me for a time, and I considered ways I might make the world I lived in a better place.

Paying it forward is one way to make a positive difference. There are drivers who pay the toll of the person behind them, or those who pick up the tab for a stranger in a restaurant. Some businesses do a holiday practice where small gifts are given in secret. I have always enjoyed sharing little presents or passing on what I enjoy or find useful. One friend of mine liked to say a prayer when he left any seat where he sat: "May whoever sits here after me be blessed."

If I can't use a grocery coupon I leave it where it may be found. I often pay a stranger a compliment. I look around for ways to bring unexpected joy when and where I can. If I see someone who needs help I offer mine. Small efforts like these are my way of trying to add something positive. Mother Teresa said it so nicely: "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

May you find ways to add to the benefit of where you are or with whom you are.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Seeking a present that keeps on giving? Tasha's comforting book of poetry, short essays and simple uplifting exercises, Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life, can be found on Amazon, or for a signed copy, send $18 to include postage and handling to PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536. To sign up for more Heartwings, go to To read Stephen's funny stories go to Check us out on Facebook and YouTube too. Look for Stephen and Tasha Halpert
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Be BRAVE Thursday, October 16, 2014 (19:17:23)
Be brave in all things of the heart. Even if sometimes it makes you least you know you gave love the possibility! <3 Have a great weekend! Stephanie
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10-15-14 Thursday, October 16, 2014 (01:47:25)
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Goodbye Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (02:41:05)
I have posted a haiku as my final poem here in goodbye. I would like to thank all the amazing poets that I have met over the past 8 years or so...I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your wonderful work...and especially to all of you who took the time to read mine.
My last poem did offend some people here...but I am "old school" so I will not apologise for my art.
May Apollo bless each poem you write my friends.
Keep putting pen to paper.
Cheers...Harry Cool
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