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Winter Resplendency…


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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.  –  Andrew Wyeth

 

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What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~Crowfoot
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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet
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I am a book of snow,
a spacious hand, an open meadow,
a circle that waits,
I belong to the earth and its winter. ~
Pablo Neruda
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Another direction…


“Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

With everyone, there comes certain points in our lives where we find ourselves stymied by the chaos around us.  We long for a new and exciting perspective on life and we believe that this new life will bring with it the happiness and peacefulness we are missing.  Maybe so, but what will be your first steps?  Here are some thoughts on how to begin your journey:

Stop overthinking: Also described as the art of creating problems that aren’t even there.  Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try!

Let the past go: The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”–Steve Maraboli

Believe in yourself: “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” –Mark Victor Hansen

Reflection: The true purpose of self-reflection is to correct our mistaken thoughts and actions, and learn from them, thereby creating a more constructive life. Self-reflection is not just the simple act of discovering past mistakes and making up for these mistakes, like resetting a negative zero. The ultimate objective of self-reflection is the development of a more positive self.

My new direction: Ryeder’s Edge

Go far: Do not stop living.  Find and explore all the aspects of life that life has to offer.  Experiment, explore, dream, and run like there is no tomorrow.

Take chances: Do not be afraid of change.  Relish the variety that you can have in life simply by doing.  Do not sit on the porch and watch the big dogs run by.  Join them and feel the wind in your face.

Live passionately: Enjoy and savor the miracles of life.  Create and utilize the sights, sounds and smells that is part of the majesty and wonder of nature.  Encompass and cling to the free gifts of life, such as family, friends, and the connection you have to all.  And live like you have no tomorrow.

When Cold is Cold…


Bitter cold in the Northern Plains; Blowing Snow with Blizzard Conditions.  This Polar Vortex will be moving East.

An arctic cold front will bring wind chills of -20 degrees or colder across the northern Plains this week. This arctic air will push through the Plains and into the Ohio/Tennessee Valleys towards the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by Thursday. Meanwhile, a series of Pacific storm systems will bring heavy rain and high-elevation snow to the West through the weekend.

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To All….


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“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone



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The true meaning of Christmas

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the incredible act of love.

Whether your personal belief accepts the Christian meaning or not, the bottom line is “Love”.

Pass it around.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

A Poem


A continuing tale of mice and men,

of Murphy’s Law and begin again,

into the wind and 2 steps back

of changing plans from this to that.

The paths of life are fraught with bumps

while free will rules and choices stump

our best laid plans as options grow

and complicates our rhythmic flow.

As we age we mold our life

with schemes and plans and abstract strife

that ascertains our journey’s end

of living life as mice or men… D Boothby

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When entering the world of creativity, it can be exciting to explore this realm without guidance.  Free thought and experimental techniques can lead to some awesome works, but in everything we try to accomplish, there are times where impromptu creativity doesn’t get the results we were expecting.

 

With that splinter of information in mind, here is a free eBook that explains concepts such as; preliminary studies, panel painting, plein air painting, and more.  The price is right for some added knowledge that may transport one from frustration to a finished masterpiece.  Enjoy…

 

For your free copy…

Beam me up, Scotty

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