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sschubert
Holiday Blues Thursday, December 18, 2014 (17:23:00)
After everything I have ever known, every experience I have ever had, every request I have made that has been met with silence or disregard, every heartbreak, every loss, every tear, every emotion ripped out of me…………….every bit of loneliness, disappoint, frustration and overwhelming rage and anger….after all of that – 42 years of that……

I guess I should know by now, not to expect anything. To have one single expectation at all, is dangerous to my own existence…I hope when our days our over, and the Lord sits with us….that he explains the part of my heart no-one will ever know, and he explains to me everything I don’t know or understand.

I am more confused than puppy with two peckers….....not sure what the hell I am doing anymore, or why I even bother....I don't know what I am working for anymore....I really don’t, goals require expectations, and I just told you how dangerous those are so…......

Someone ship me to an island please – perhaps I just belong somewhere else. Maybe...…hard to say at this point, I am so mixed up and confused. Guess I might have a touch of the Holiday blues. Fallout from the stress, the constant everyday mess.
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maryanns
Bienvenidos, Cuba! Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (17:53:00)

Morro Castle, Havana, Republic of Cuba


As one who visited Cuba in my youth, regardless of pithy international politics and such,
I'd like to send my very best wishes to all the friendly and colorful people of Cuba. Bienvenidos!!


- A brief excerpt from Part III of my essay, "Expatriot Snapshots" -

I remember when we traveled on summer vacation to Cuba.
We visited the Morro Castle. We climbed up for the view
of blue Caribbean waters and the Havana skyline
with leaning palm trees and roofs of orange terra-cotta tile.
After dark, my parents went out dancing
and I was left by myself in an empty hotel room
listening to voodoo drums pounding off in the distance.


Woo-wee, I cannot believe we were cut off for so many years!

Very Happy
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Pujakins
Love Notes 651: The Goft and the Wrapping Monday, December 15, 2014 (01:53:31)
Heartwings says, "The wrapping that surrounds it is part of the gift."

My friend told me about the finishing touches on the colorful hand made gifts she had crocheted. She went on to say that someone had spoken of the decorative packaging she had purchased for this as extravagant, wondering why she had spent so much money on something to be discarded. I understood why she had wanted to do this. Her gift was special and she wanted it to look that way. Her expenditure made perfect sense. The care with which a gift is presented says something important about the giver as well as about the gift.

I used to have a dreadful time wrapping presents until a friend who had done professional wrapping for a department store showed me some useful tricks. Now my packages look much more attractive. I have also learned to enjoy doing the wrapping and to appreciate the care I take to make the gift look nice. Stephen and I accumulate presents all during the year for family and friends; my wrapping though not fancy is part of the caring.

When I was a child we used to save the Christmas gift paper from year to year and reuse it as often as we could. The use of scotch tape was discouraged and it helped that gift paper was sturdier then. I remember one special piece of wrapping paper that appeared every year on a different present. It had an elaborate design and was very lovely as well as quite durable. In her elder years as the Christmas presents were opened my late mother would spend her time folding the wrapping papers. I expect this brought back vanished memories of when we were all young.

At this season of giving many feel compelled to spend money they don't have to buy gifts for others who probably don't need them. The simple gift of a hug and a plate of home made cookies or a hand made card might do just as well. Even young children need to learn to be content with less rather than yearn for more. Our society seems bent on prodding them to do just the opposite. Whatever I give at Christmas is primarily a token of my affection, and it need not be expensive or fancy. I will, however, wrap it with care and love because these are the real gift I am giving.

May you enjoy the gift wrapping as well as the gift giving with a joyous heart."

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Seeking a gift that keeps on giving? Avoid the malls and purchase Tasha's comforting book of poetry, short essays and simple uplifting exercises, Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life, and Stephen's very special book, Abracadabra Moonshine and Other Stories; or they can both be ordered from Amazon. For a signed copy, send $18 to include postage and handling to PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536. Sign up for more Heartwings: go to www.heartwingslovenotes.com. Read Stephen's funny stories at www.funnywrite.com.
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sschubert
Saving GP Thursday, December 11, 2014 (15:47:01)
WOW - thanks GP - I haven't written in awhile. This place always seems to give me a reason, to lift me up when I am in doubt...thanks for saving this place! <3 Yesterday's Top Rank Name 01: sschubert 02: jadia4708au 03: Pujakins 04: Bhangu 05: justsomeone 06: Noremote 07: Ustinklikegg 08: Michaelw1two
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Pujakins
Heartwings Love Notes 650: The Happiness Habit Monday, December 08, 2014 (03:25:43)
Heartwings says, "Those who make a habit of being happy in their hearts need not have happy circumstances to make them so."

Each day I open and enjoy a quote sent to me by Gratefulness.org, an Internet site dedicated to the expression of gratitude. Their specialty is the relaying of positive and uplifting news and views. A recent quote I enjoyed from Robert Louis Stevenson struck me as being an appropriate subject for a Heartwings Love Note. "The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from domination of outside conditions."

All too often, and most especially at this time of year, the bringing of happiness becomes a selling point for practically every kind of gift or even donation to a good cause. These appeals completely ignore the fact that happiness is not something that can be given or bestowed by any act on the part of someone else. Happiness can only come from within. It may come briefly as the response to the gift or act, yet that feeling soon fades.

On the other hand, if I have the habit of happiness, my response to conditions that could create unhappiness will not be one of dismay but rather one of patience, tolerance, or even when I am able to see the situation in the right light, gratitude. R.L.S. as he was often known, had a great many challenges in his lifetime, one severe one being the health problems that plagued him for most of his life. Yet he persevered and wrote remarkable stories and wonderful poems that have endured in popularity through many generations.

A current hit song, heard everywhere these days is called "Happiness." A catchy, bouncy tune, it exemplifies to me the light hearted feeling that the habit of happiness sings in my heart. As I work to stay with my attitude of gratitude for my life and all is holds I can feel this happiness glowing within me. It is an all season inner sense of rejoicing that helps me feel good no mater the weather or the circumstances. Practice makes perfect, and I find that this practice of inner happiness is most enjoyable.

May you build up your inner happiness throughout the year and thus find strength and joy always.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Seeking a gift that keeps on giving? Avoid the malls and purchase 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 www.heartwingslovenotes.com. To read Stephen's funny stories go to www.funnywrite.com. Check us out on Facebook and YouTube too. Look for Stephen and Tasha Halpert
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Pujakins
Heartwings Love Notes 649:Indulgence verus Overindulgence Sunday, November 30, 2014 (23:04:34)
Heartwings says, "There is a fine line between enough and too much,"

I remember when the number of catalogs my parents received were few and far between, not the quantities that arrive in the mail from October through most of December. For me as a child they were fun to look through and very helpful. My opportunity to shop in actual stores was rare. Young people growing up today have no idea what it was like to have one car in the family, limits on gasoline, and no malls, only local stores.

Today's plethora of opportunities for shopping indulgence can easily make for overindulgence. Tempting ads in catalogs, shiny online images of pretty items plus the ease of online shopping--not to mention the heaps of catalogs the postman delivers present would be Santas with a banquet of goods. Credit cards--buy now pay later, make it even easier to spend more than might be wise given one's resources.

I remember how good I felt a number of years ago when I got my first credit card. Now I didn't have to wait to buy something; I could have it right away. Prior to this I had to put things I couldn't afford to pay for immediately on layaway, which meant waiting until the item was paid off to take it home. The opportunities to spend as well as the ease of access to goods makes for a potential for unexpected debt. It is amazing to me how even small purchases add up to a grand total that always seems more than I anticipate.

As well as a downside, there is also a good side to this situation. The opportunity to indulge with limits rather than overindulge without them, can present a chance to practice restraint as well as detachment. Life, that marvelous daily Buddha, offers us many opportunities for important spiritual lessons. Reining in the appetite for spending as well as choosing wisely the absolutely perfect single gift can be a marvelous chance for spiritual practice as well as a way to save.

May you enjoy your holiday gift giving and take pleasure in wise shopping.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Seeking a gift that keeps on giving? Avoid the malls and purchase 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 www.heartwingslovenotes.com. To read Stephen's funny stories go to www.funnywrite.com. Check us out on Facebook and YouTube too. Look for Stephen and Tasha Halpert
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orangetulips12
happy thanksgiving Saturday, November 29, 2014 (05:15:52)
I hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving. I was at work and had a friends bring my a lovely meal to work. I Pray for hope and happiness to get us into the christmas season and to have a healthy and happy new year. Love to all my poetry friends.... Very Happy
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Pujakins
Love Notes 648: I Am Thankful Monday, November 24, 2014 (01:30:02)
Heartwings says, "It is important to be thankful for what we do not have as well as what we do."

What we have and what we do not have may both be something to be thankful for. Did you ever think back to when you were little and wanted something very much--a pony perhaps? Most likely you didn't get it, and most likely if you had you would soon have tired of taking care of it. Ponies require daily brushing, not to mention stable cleaning, feeding, petting, riding, and more: taking care of the saddle, bridle and all the required tack.

I have wished for many things, over the years. I used to think I wanted more living space; I have learned that every bit of space I may have requires care and looking after. I am now content with a lot less of that that I ever thought I would. I used to think I would like to go up in a balloon, I don't feel the need to do that any longer--it is very expensive so I'm glad I don't. Nor do I want to jump out of an airplane with a parachute . I am thankful that I need not do these things to be happy or feel fulfilled.

As well I am thankful for those difficulties I have left behind. It is lovely not to have to clean three bathrooms each week, tend a huge garden, prune lots of bushes. When I hear a child yelling in the supermarket I am delighted it's not my job to care for a howling toddler. I am also glad not to have be cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner and hosting a large group of people. I enjoyed and was thankful at the time I did all these things; now I am glad that time has passed.

Thinking about thankfulness as I do each and every day but most especially at Thanksgiving I am struck by the way I have learned what I truly want and how fulfilled I feel with what I do have. Once I yearned to be more popular. Now I am thankful for the friends I have. I have learned that what is important to me are the small daily pleasures of contact with people and our communications. Most of all I am grateful for my beloved partner and best friend Stephen. Having a special friend with whom to share my life is my greatest blessing.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

To enjoy more Love notes or to sign up for a free weekly subscription, please visit www.heartwingslovenotes.com. 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 www.funnywrite.com 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 tashahal@aol.com
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darkblues
poetry montage process Sunday, November 23, 2014 (23:29:00)

poetry montage process from db1 on Vimeo.

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sschubert
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 up...how did that happen! LOL - It's a good thing, a really good thing. I can see clearly now the rain is gone...like the song! <3
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Pujakins
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 www.heartwingslovenotes.com. To read Stephen's funny stories go to www.funnywrite.com. Check us out on Facebook and YouTube too. Look for Stephen and Tasha Halpert
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sschubert
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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zbird
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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Pujakins
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 www.heartwingslovenotes.com. 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 www.funnywrite.com 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 tashahal@aol.com
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sschubert
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 do...it's a perpetual state of existence, that allows me the freedom to just be me....no 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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