Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
~ Joseph Campbell ~

About the photo:  Another beautiful sunset in Southeast Alaska.

Dreams . . .

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Great things start with a dream, a burning desire, and knowing what one wants.  Walt Disney certainly knew the power of his dreams.  The real test is turning them into a reality, an accomplishment few people achieve.
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”
Napoleon Hill

Put your Dreams into action!
About the photo:
Taken in Southeast Alaska on Prince of Wales Island.  The beach grasses blowing in the wind caught my eye as a silhouette against the sky’s backdrop.  (“This would make a great painting” she notes to self.)
If you are going to dream, this is the place to do it.


Attitude IS everything!
Victor Frankl said: “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
We get to choose our attitude, choose how your day will flow, or how your life will grow.  Choice and attitude go hand in hand.  It’s all up to us.  Positive, negative or indifferent.  We get to choose.  While we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can control our attitude towards what is.  It’s not really so much as what happens as how our mind interprets the circumstance.
About the photo:  I just love this color combination of the shades of green, but mostly the purple, or maybe it’s lavender.  What is that color called betwixt hues and shades?  The paint department at any hardware store would yield many colorful names, I’m sure.
This flower is Bougainvillea, a thorny, woody vine that seems to grow everywhere in warmer climates.  Actually, I would say it is prolifically invasive as it throws it’s limbs over other plants, climbing to amazing heights. And no wonder, it’s one of those plants that is basically pest-free.
I love picking the blooms, which last for a long time and I have also used their petals, (they dry nicely), to scatter color on my garden floor or add to potpourri.  In reading about Bougainvillea, I learned that it can be used as a hanging plant.  I think I am going to try that.
Yes, Bougainvillea has an attitude all its own, a sort of take charge attitude.  It lets nothing stand in its way, climbs to great heights, flowers almost continually and it isn’t bothered by pests.  We should aspire to the attributes of  Bougainvillea.
I shot this photo from the ground looking upwards toward the sky.  I like the way the petals seem almost transparent, exposing the veins in the petals.
And speaking of Attitude, my daughter has a cat appropriately named Addy Tude!

Welcome to Little Texas

There’s an interesting story that goes with this little Island.  Really, it is called Rose Island on the maps.
That little island got it’s name because many Texans come to fish on Prince of Wales Island and you know how they always boast about how big everything is in Texas? Well, according to local lore, Little Texas represents the size of the state of Texas compared to the size of Alaska!

If you look closely you can see a little house on the left hand side. It’s probably long since been washed away by a high tide.  And that’s the story of Little Texas.

Everything I know . . .

verything I know is but a drop in the ocean of knowledge.
~~ Albert Einstein ~~

About the photo:  Rain on Skunk Lily (or Cabbage) Leaf.  (Also called the Rainforest Crocus, certainly a prettier name.)  They have a very pungent skunk-like smell when they bloom, hence the name.   As the harbinger of Spring, they are fondly enjoyed by the deer and bear.  I guess they don’t mind if they have skunk breath.

My Tlingit Native best friend and I often spent the afternoon picking Beach Asparagus or beach combing.  (That’s an another post for another day, perhaps several.)  Before we left the house, we packed a few frozen fillet of Salmon for dinner.  We gathered rocks and wood from the beach, made a fire and went scouting for Skunk Cabbage leaves.  This is an old Tlingit tradition.  Today, we would wrap meat in aluminum foil, the Tlingits (pronounced Klink-it) used the leaves to wrap the fish and then bake it over the fire to savor the flavor.  And you know that everything tastes better when cooked outdoors!  Delicious!!

Skunk Lily’s beautiful yellow heads peaking out over the Klawock River,
on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska.

FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.”

I am reading Napoleon Hill’s book (revised) now and conclude it is one of the best books that everyone should pick it up and read at least once in their life ….. but in actuality ….. many times.  It’s full of gems and pearls of wisdom.

“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”
“We have the power to control our thoughts.”
“We are what we are because of the vibrations of thought that we pick up and register through the stimuli of our daily environment.”

And I leave you with this . . .  F.E.A.R.  False Evidence Appearing Real

About the photo:  Taken in Southeast Alaska one afternoon as we were beach combing.  I like the way the blue is reflected from the sky.

Cosmic Consciousness

Cosmic Consciousness – total harmony with the Universe.
The Cosmos flower originated in Mexico and South America.  The priests grew Cosmos in their mission gardens in Mexico and named it so from the Greek word meaning harmony or ordered universe.
I don’t recall where or when I took this photo but it has been one of my favorites. I love the way the light shines through the petals.  The fact that it is purple also puts it right at the top of my favorites list.