Thursday, January 10, 2013

And as everyone gathered around



the chief storyteller said,


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there was a violet 

that gave away 



 ~ Once ~

as part of a congregation of 

holy stillness



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~ then ~


as a lone heart

offering its nectar

for pleasure's sake.
  

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~ One dawn in time ~

 The sloping contour

of a harp

held

notes in anxious tension



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~ while in the next stroke ~

 arched shoulders unfolded

 to relieve

a flurry of praise.



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~ Long ago~

a soul embraced a tear
 
as a tender shoot holds

a dew drop on its 

velvet cheek
 







~ then years later~

the tear drops still fall

but courage leave

 doubt behind


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~ One particular day ~

a tea pot pours 

"liquid wisdom"

into a cup.


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~ another day

an invisible fluidity

of wisdom

takes a sip of imagination



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We live more than 






   Something 



is at the tip of your pen



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your brush

or your fingers

waiting for closer 

 examination


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and expression

that elevates your target

of interest

to a higher purpose.


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And all the while

something changes.

But the flower is still 

a flower

and a 

tear is still a tear.


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  not the world, but you.

If we dare

we live







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129 comments:

  1. Dear Anita,

    You have told more than a story here my dear friend… Beautiful poetry. Words that are intertwined with the images hold purpose, faith and truth, it touches my heart. I believe this is one of my favorite posts.
    bisous!
    Penny

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  2. Merci mon cher ami, votre visite et commentaires fait le bonheur de ma journée.

    Merci de partager avec moi ce qui inspire votre coeur.

    xoxo
    Doré

    YOUR BEAUTY IS ENDLESS....

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  3. "Une chose de beauté est une joie éternelle".
    John Keats

    C'est ce que je ressens lorsque je pousse la porte de ton merveilleux blog ...
    Bisous du coeur et d'amitié chère Anita
    Marie-Ange

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  4. So beautiful, always a story in your posts. Grateful x

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  5. Twice upon a time, room for dreams and so much more. Lovely, Anita, but all you do is special. Spread your wings in 2013 and reach for the skies. Then the skies will meet you half way. I am sure of it. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  6. Wowww....time to say nothing....speechless i am...love you,,....love Ria...xxx..

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  7. Hi, Anita! How are you? I'm very busy. This post it's very inspiring, like all your blog.
    I wish a happy new year.

    Kisses, dear!

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  8. Beautiful my dear Anita. It was wonderfull speaking with you the other day. You are In my thoughts and prayers

    Love,
    Nancy

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  9. Oh Anita. This is beautiful piece. I love your imagery. "a congregation of holy stillness," the harp notes held in "anxious tension," the other notes as a "flurry of praise," etc. The sometimes sad, sometimes beautiful truth that the world does not change but we can. Indeed we must. I was lost in this poem. I can see the influence of Mary Oliver on you.

    Love
    Ruben

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  10. Something changes when we truly open our eyes to see, our ears to listen and our heart to feel...a beautiful, tender post as always dear Anita...I always leave your wonderful blog with a smile and a thought, thank you lovely lady.
    Catherine
    xx

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  11. Oh Anita...twice upon a time...why not! A Cheer to us for 5 years....la, la, la, la, la, la, la. la...love Dzintra xo

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  12. WOW Anita you never cease to amaze me and give me chills!

    This is so beautifully written, amazing how we can do things we thought impossible when we reach out to touch them, open our eyes to see them and open our hearts to embrace them. I know its not always that easy, but sometimes just truly letting go and letting things just happen can surprise us with wonderful things. Love this! You continue to inspire me and always remind me to never ever stop dreaming.

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  13. Sweet Anita!

    Lovely and poignant comes to mind. The dueling harpist are great this time. I love your variety in your consistent nature of your posts.

    Your blog is so tremendously unique. I know no other like yours. You fill me with emotions; passion, memory, yearning, happiness and much more each week. I love that I can come to your site any time and linger and lust and love anytime.

    (hug)

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  14. Anita,

    As I write this comment, I hear the rain outside! In January!

    You are so right. If we dare (and we HAVE TO, right?) we can live life fully, not just the one we've been given, but the one we make.

    What a beautiful post, and beautiful encouragemant.

    Love,
    Mary

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  15. So often, Anita, you speak words to me that I needed to hear exactly for this moment...you have motivated me more than you know.

    Plus, you caught my heart right from the bunny picture!

    Have a wonderful weekend...Blessings!

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  16. Dear Anita,
    Thank you for a calming end to a busy day. A sip of your "tea" always makes a soul happy.
    Take care!
    Kelley

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  17. Precious friend... This "peace of heaven" you wrote is just that...Peace and Heaven! :-) Your gift is amazing, just amazing. You make my world stop when I read your posts, words strung together as if a finely tuned instrument...you've made beautiful music in what you've crafted today. Don't stop writing...ever! :-) xoxo. ~CC

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  18. I wait with bated breath for "thrice upon a time". What a beautiful tapestry of words you have woven here.
    Love it!
    Di
    xxxx

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  19. Happy New Year, Anita!!

    This is just a feast for the senses! I love your storytelling and artistry!

    Wishing you all wonderful things in this new year!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  20. Dear Anita- What a delight for my tired eyes today! Your poetry and beautiful pictures have made my day! Thank you, my lovely friend! xoxo

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  21. ~ you are a weaver of wonder ~


    and I am enthralled!!!


    much love,
    violet

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  22. Anita yes I know when I get to the other side after this next surgery that I will be ready for my nest life and time!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  23. Very lovely post as usual. I wish I could write as well as you! I love the bunnies in the first picture. Who doesnt love bunnies?!!
    I was finally able to publish my post from Sunday, blogger was really weird over the weekend.

    Have a nice Friday :)

    xoxo
    Kerri

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  24. Ohhhh my dear friend. How I do love to visit here with you. It's going to be a wonderful year. Let your light shine as big as the star I know you are. I'm so glad to be along with you on your journey. Magic is happening.
    Love and hugs!

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  25. Twice upon a time.......your poetry continues to offer a beauty that is uniquely you, dear Anita. I wish everyone could gather around and hear your words.

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  26. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Three times still not enough :) I truly appreciate all the work you put into your posts. Thank you for your words, poetry and gifts, Anita.
    Kind regards,
    Loi

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  27. That swing is amazing! We need to believe there are more than just one or two chances in life. Every day is a new chance to live our best lives! Have a great weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  28. Liquid wisdom!! I love that phrase Anita. Gathering together reading/sharing wisdom. Very pretty Anita. That first photo is so cute. It looks like those little bunnies are having an important meeting!

    xxleslie

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  29. Oh Anita, I love this one!!! Your poetry is DIVINE and always perfectly in tune with your images. The wise old rabbit is correct in his telling of the story. There CAN be twice upon a time. I so identify with the girl in the last image as I continue down the path of becoming who I TRULY am by allowing change at the hand of the Almighty. Act two promises to be spectacular!! I appreciate your gift my friend! Have a glorious Friday!

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  30. Hi Anita,
    You have woven another beautiful tale in words and images for us. Each week we sit rapt, just like the little bunnies. Thanks for always giving us a seed to nourish, so that we may grow and blossom. Isn't that our true calling?
    Big hugs to you!
    Patti

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  31. Oh how I do enjoy your thoughtful, artful and inspirational posts, darling Anita! Thanks for sharing.




    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

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  32. Hello Anita:
    "If we dare, we live" and we all, surely, have a duty therefore to dare! Or so we think and believe.

    What a beautifully expressed and illustrated post which has been such a joy to read and to think about on this cold, grey, snow filled Budapest morning.

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  33. Your words are as beautiful as your images. Today's post spoke to me.

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  34. lovely fairytale story lovely post!

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  35. So, so beautiful Anita!!
    Tank you for the love that you put in your post and you share with all of us

    Big us

    Cecilia

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  36. Dearest Anita,
    Beautiful poetry and beautiful post.
    for living we have to dare on our free willing with our consequences.
    life....we always change

    full of love this poetry love it.
    love to you

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  37. This is my favorite post ever....
    Twice upon a time, I will follow, you lead the way...
    Loving you always,
    Jacqueline

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  38. Thank you for sharing your heart, Anita.
    The first image is priceless, and the music divine.
    Much love and a beautiful day to you,
    Marcia

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  39. As always truly beautiful thank you.
    Sarah x

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  40. Mmm the storyteller is a rabbit!!
    Hi Anita, George here ;)
    Yes we all change, and the closest to us change to, but its our ability to embrace the change that helps us through new horizons and brings us closer together. Now, bet you did expect that to come from a four legged friend :)us dogs can take on change as long as our owners are there for us, I had to put up with alot when Tess came to stay! but we get on great now and work together to wind up Mom and Dad lol
    Love George xxx

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  41. Anita dear,
    What a lovely post today. We all do change, don't we? And if we are lucky, we don't stop changing and growing and learning until the Lord calls us home. "To a great mind, nothing is little" - I love that. It tells me that even the smallest thing can be perceived with beauty. And the bunny picture!!! You always melt my heart with your pictures. It reminds me of my three kids when they were little listening to me tell them a story. I would love to hear you play the harp someday. You should show us a little video sometime. How delightful when you said a tea pot pours "liquid wisdom" into a cup. My favorite picture was of the girl taking a sip of imagination. How clever are your words. I am just getting over the worst flu bug, and my visit here today made me feel better. Thank you, darling.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  42. Silence.......................................................................................................................did you see my alphabet..because I think they traveled to a far away place to be with you..They always wanted to be written down by a poet..

    xoxo
    T.D

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  43. OH! Your post took my breath away...but for a moment! Aww...the loveliness of yourself pouring out to us all! Much love, Rayanne

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  44. Dear Anita,

    I love your inspirational and beautiful writing and thank you for sharing your story with us.
    The words, if we dare we live are wonderful. How cute the little bunnies are.
    Hope that you have a beautiful weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  45. What a lovely, lovely post! I'm so glad I found you.

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  46. Hello my dear friend! This is my FAVORITE post of all that you have ever written! IT is magical, filled with wisdom and simply beautiful!

    Have a wonderful weekend, xoxo Elizabeth

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  47. Dear Soul, it's always so lovely to come here. To rest awhile, and be refreshed and encouraged. Thank you for what you do.

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  48. Oh my goodness Anita...I'm lost in the magic here..Your words and images are always so uplifting...I love your creative soul...Ah, I'm drifting off to my workroom enchanted....
    Happy weekend to you!
    Susan x
    P.S The first pic is so adorable!

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  49. You did it again! Not only twice.
    Lovelove!

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  50. Twice upon a time... twice as extraordinary ..
    Bravo Anita... beautiful and compelling... xv

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  51. So many lovely thoughts and images. How they dance together. How different life can be if we revisit our past forks in the road and learn from our lives –– both our triumphs and mistakes. Our tears wash so much from us with their various chemistries of joy and pain. twice upon a time... yes.

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  52. Thank you Anita for visiting me! Yes, I am shooting with the Olympus. I'm so used to the Canon that it has been a challenge for me and I have to doctor the photos a bit, but this Olympis is a trooper and I am so grateful to have it. Thank you again and thank Ruben again for me for your generous gift.

    Hugs!
    Nancy

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  53. All so delightful! But I just love the picture of the bunnies. Our pet bun would lie around like that with her dirty little feet showing and her tail out flat. I just love them so!

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  54. Anita, oh you are so nice! Thanks for the fun suggestions of how to further wear my shirt. love it!!! Yes, it is fun to dress up, esp for my HM. That is the biggest thing he loves about me. (well, maybe not the biggest - but close) LOL

    Did you read my latest poem "Happiness"?

    Have a super day and restful weekend and see you on Monday. I need a few days away from my comp.

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  55. Your blog is like a really good fairy tail without ending:)

    I miss seeing you around my blog..I hope you come and visit me soon:)

    have a great day dear

    LOVE maria from inredningsvis
    (sweden)

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  56. Anita,
    I always love to come here and get lost in your magic!Please tell me how much the Bridal shop LOVED and adored your masterpiece! You must take photos of it in it's new home and share...
    xo
    Nathalie

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  57. and if we are very lucky we live with your art

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  58. You always have such thoughtful posts and as usual you inspire so many. How are you my friend? How did the shop owner react to your dress? I hope you are having a good weekend.

    xoxo
    Heidi

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  59. Dearest Anita ... Happy New Year my dear friend! This is so truly beautiful and if we believe it we can live Twice Upon a Time.... nothing is set in stone as we have the ability to change it! Love to you and here is to a wonderous 2013!

    Frances
    xxxxx

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  60. What a wonderful blog and what a pleasure to sit here this morning after and long run and relax reading and watching. Thank you. Thank you also for taking time to visit my blog. Did you notice I was closing that blog down and combining it with my other. http://thetoilsofbeinganartist.blogspot.co.uk

    Would love to see you there. Now going to join this one.

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  61. Thank you dear Anita for sharing my excitement! I hope you are having a splendid weekend...much love for a wonderful week to follow, Dzintra

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  62. Oh Anita that's what I have been doing when I think of it...and to Susan Boyle....I know I have a L O N G way to go ha ha...Dzintra

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  63. Dearest Anita~
    This lovely post speaks volumes to me...
    Remember, my dear, talented, beautiful friend:
    No matter where life takes you, you cannot escape the raw truth that you are blessed with extraordinary talents and gifts that are meant to be shared with the world.
    Cultivate & share these magical talents as you see fit...but never underestimate their "power" or why God has chosen you to share them with the world.
    The only question you need ask yourself is "Which talent shall I use today??" (there are so many to choose from! :)
    I will always believe in you...regardless of the path you may choose...and it's okay to take the wrong one on occasion. Everyone gets "lost" at times.
    However, you are a talent that only comes around in "once upon a time..."
    (And yes...fairytales, do come true.)
    xoxo

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  64. OMG Anita what a thought that is...the mind boggles! Dzintra xo

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  65. Hi, my dear Anita!!!! Thank you for your comment!!! I'm sorry but I have no time to translate the blog's post. I make these animals and I sell them! I'm glad you like them! In the coming weeks, I will be without internet connection but when I recovered, I'll read!

    Kisses!!!

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  66. Another beautiful expression
    of your life's journey, Anita!
    Funny to think that a year ago
    we met for tea and you did not
    think that you could pursue your
    art full time.....You spoke of all
    the reasons it couldn't work. But
    despite those potential road blocks,
    you made it work! So, so happy
    for you. Can't wait to catch up in
    a few weeks.....

    xo Suzanne

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  67. When I have internet again, I tell you all the details about the bears: price, size ... Thank you! Kisses!!!!!

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  68. Pure magic once again my friend...your images and words fill us all with wonder and joy. Thank you thank you. I am now truly inspired to begin my day...xoxoxo

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  69. Dear friend and sister...
    this is a masterpiece....a treasure to re-read and ponder over and over again....the format is unexpected and fresh...stunning.
    I guess one masterpiece follows another, yes????
    I really am at a loss for words here.
    So much depth, wisdom, beautiful use of language...
    Your poetry is anything but ordinary!
    Yet here lies the genius...to make the complex simple and elegant...
    BRAVA!!!!
    (Oh, and those bunnies!)
    LOVE YOU,
    PLEASE KEEP WRITING!!!!!
    - Irina :)

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  70. Dearest Anita, love this post - so concentrated and full of poetry! Hope you have a lovely weekend! I do - but it was busy with friends visiting. VEry nice - but time flies. Somehow, i start the year a bit overwhelmed and hope to find my rhythm again soon. At the moment, i just find it hard to find time for everything ...misssed my friday post. But i guess, i need to accept that and go a bit slower for a little while. Hugs for a lovely evening! xox

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  71. I a lifetime we live many, many lives don't we dear Anita. Thank goodness for it!
    sending love...

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  72. Oh dear Anita...chills....that could be a good sign (or not ha ha),...I'll see how I go with it all...what a thought! A cheers to you for a great week ahead...Love Dzintra xo

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  73. And for us it is YOU!!!!!
    Love you, and hope to see you very very soon!
    Going to relish this beauty and poetry again...here I go....
    Tight hugs,
    - Irina

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  74. Hi Anita,
    Thanks so much for sharing such lovely thoughts, words and images with us. I'm so inspired.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  75. Many lives many loves...thank you for sharing them with us. I love the "liquid wisdom" and the swing in the rain. Growing up I spent all my formative years in my backyard swinging never wanting to stop. The last photo is me still....Thank you for letting me see there is no such thing as time. It is all one.

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  76. Now that's My kind of music-Celtic :)Your imagery and prose as always was breath taking.I loved the white wings and the young women under the tree in the rain. I've been collecting all kinds of white wings for 15 yrs or so because one gigantic white wing was given to Me in a real vision.The first Christmas without My Mom.

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  77. There is NOTHING ever ORDINARY about the WISDOM that you share here on your BELOVED BLOG. This entire post totally gave me gigantic chills of hope!!! Twice upon a time!
    You nailed it for sure!
    Follow the Yellow Brick Road...
    Fall down a Rabbit Hole...
    Whatever it is we need to do to find our true selves, our true worth, our most fantastic dreams...Life is a Miracle...Everything is a Miracle...and all we have to do is BELIEVE and LIVE THAT MIRACLE!!! I see God in tiny miracles in my life all day long. He loves us, he cares about what we do, he wants to be a part of our dreams...and THIS is only the beginning of FOREVER!!! I can't even begin to imagine and fathom what FOREVER will be like but I know God says this is only a 'shadow' of things to come. Wow! Awesome!

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  78. Here's one to you Anita...I'm about to cook dinner...Cheers, Dzintra xoxo

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  79. Anita,
    How are you today, dear? I will be sure to pick up "The Nightengale and the Rose" and when I finish reading it, I will let you know how I liked it. Thank you for suggesting it to me. I wonder if Nel has read it, as she loves books. Have a splendid week, and I just love that bunny picture. hehe
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  80. As always, beautifully put. And I love the tears in the form of the swing in the rain. You have such an artistic way, my friend! I'm not sure my comment made its way into your last post so heading there now to check. A bientot, Kirsten

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  81. Wow Anita lovely combination....salmon/spinach/goats cheese....I just love the texture of goats cheese! We had quinoa and red kidney bean patties...baked sweet potato and purple carrots and pasta...all with a glass or 2! Wishing you a lovely day.... Dzintra xo

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  82. A Beautiful Reminder and the Imagery accompanying it was a Feast for the Eyes!

    Happy New Year... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  83. What a creative post Anita! I love the cinematic nature it has. Bravo as always. XX

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  84. Hello Anita,

    Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing my Dad a Happy Birthday. We got together last night with my family and celebrated a couple other birthday's as well.

    Anyway...Yes...blogger is frustrating me AGAIN! Or maybe it's just me?? Anyway, when I click on upload, it doesn't give me the option to "browse" to find my photos. So strange. I tried even copying and pasting a photo into a post, but that didn't work either...hmmm...Hopefully it's a bug that will go away soon or I'll figure out what to do.

    Well, I hope you're having a good week. I can't wait to see the photo of your dress in the shop window. I'm sure it's stunning!!!

    xoxo
    Heidi

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  85. So beautiful, Anita! Every post over here is like a mini movie. Love it. How did the move go when your brought you commissioned art to the bridal shop? I bet they loved it. Hope the move went smoothly. xo

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  86. Beautiful Anita! I feel like you are such a beautiful person inside from what you portray on your blog. Isn't that how it should go? Truly your creativity oozes here, and I love everything you do. I hope your DRESS got in place safe and sound. Can't wait to see a picture of it's new home. It is so outstanding.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  87. I have had some of that "liquid wisdom" tea. . . with a "sip of imagination" to go with it.
    Your photos are alive with magic and mystery - love those rabbits having a storytime!
    Your words touch the heart and spirit.
    Thank you,poetic Anita!

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  88. Anita, I always have to read your words at least 4 times because I get sidetracked by the amazing "moving" images! HOW DO YOU DO THAT?! Anyway, I end up starting over again from the top and going through the whole amazing thing again and again. It is just priceless the way you blend your poetry with your images. Lovely!

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  89. Dearest friend, I saw your pretty smile over at Irina's and I couldn't help stopping by to say hello. Hope you are having a lovely week so far.
    MUAH!!!
    Marcia

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  90. Dear Anita, ~ wonderful post as always...
    I heard your words and felt your concerns and my thoughts go out to you, Anita.
    I do hope some 'Magic' comes your way with your beautiful talent and wonderful work...
    I am popping a ' wish' in my wish box for you, dear friend...
    You are always so generous with your lovely thoughts and kind comments...~ From my small corner to yours I send kind thoughts, Love Maria x

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  91. Hi Anita,

    Brrrrr...your weather sounds frigid. I like winter, but that's a little much for me. Haha...we had temps in the high 20's for a few days, and those have been the coldest for us this season.

    Hey...I figured out a work around for uploading photos. I can do it on the HTML side. Anyway...soon after I visited you last night, I googled my problem and it is a known blogger issue that they are working on. Thanks so much for suggesting Penny as a resource. I would have contacted her if I hadn't found a solution.

    Thanks again and I will be back soon.
    Heidi

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  92. hi Anita!

    I finally have my own computer back and it is awesome. No glitches at all. Thank you for your fun "mellow" comment today. I needed mellow. I am almost ready to hit the hay and mellow was just perfect.

    Take care my friend and YOU keep your toesie's warm too!

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  93. Isn't it awesome when we realize that new things begin with a transformation not of the world but simply within ourselves? How true and inspiring are the words you've written! You pulled me in with those beautiful violas. I always think the blooms of pansies and violas look like little faces, pointed upward and smiling.

    I hope you are doing well!
    xo,
    Keri

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  95. Hi Anita,
    I think when we allow our pen to take us into the unknown, the words begin to paint the story. As if there was a story we needed to write and the spirit leads you there.

    Your ability to write, tell stories and bring us into that secret garden of your imagination says it all.

    I can't wait to see the fruits of your new adventure.

    Karen

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  96. My dear friend is my Enlish so bad ???...you can't read what is all about today????...it is for our Leontien...it is her birthday todat....and today it is also her funeral...that puppy picture was the last one i put on her fb page when se was alive......do you understand now ???.....she was 33 years old......love Ria...xxxx...and no comment because it was especially for her....love you Ria...xxx...

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  97. and once upon a time there was a lovely Anita who reminded all of us to live like in a fairytale… love this Anita.
    xo sandra

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  98. Oh, Anita, I am the silly one! I didn't even notice that your wrote "violet". I read it and it registered in my mind as "viola". Well, I'm glad you used "violet". It is much more poetic-sounding than "viola" anyway. When it comes to plants and me, that old adage about 'the more I learn, the less I know' is certainly true!

    Thank you for your visit. I always look forward to them!

    Keri

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  99. morning Anita!

    Ah I am well rested and looking forward to a day of blogging and blogging and blogging some more. I have been a run-around gal the past two days. HM and I have had too many things to get accomplished.

    see email, okay?

    love to you my friend.

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  100. Timeless, beautiful, artistic...
    You filled my heart again, thank you!
    I appreciate your coming to my blog this morning. I have been experiencing some technical difficulties all day long and just now I re-published my post.
    You are such a kind heart, dearest Anita!!!

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  101. Oh Anita the patties are just so yummy...red beans/quinoa/spices/egg...I added left over roasted beetroot and served with a yogurt/mint sauce.

    We over here are having some very hot temperatures (not so much here on the coast) and there are many, many fires ravaging the countryside!

    Enjoy your delicious hot food in cold weather...I love that!

    Enloy your Thursday...love Dzintra xo

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  102. Dear Anita,I absolutely love your way with words and storytelling! So UPLIFTING, INSPIRATIONAL...UNIQUE!!! Thank you for this wonderful post! I hope you're having a nice week!

    BIG ABRAZOS <3

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  103. hugs my friend...life has been so busy on this end....will email you soon xoxoxo

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  104. Dearest Anita!!!!!
    How are you?
    This is such a magical, beautiful, & COOL post!!!!!
    I love the photo of Johnny Depp from "Sleepy Hollow!"
    Washington Irving.... love his work!!!!!
    The rabbit photos are so cute!!!!
    It's very cold here- winter is kicking in full force!!!!!
    My parents were visiting us last week- we had a fun visit.
    We took them out for dinner and on Sunday cooked dinner at home.
    I have bought a few vintage items lately- a pale blue fur coat, a purple & black chunky knit cardigan with black fox fur tails, a mink fur stole, & a leopard fur vest with 2 large black leather buckles across the front of the vest.....
    I wore the vintage pale blue fur coat with some dark denim skinny jeans, Danijo ankle boots, a Rolling Stones concert tee, and a jeweled star pendant necklace...
    I was so hurt because one of my old friends saw a photo of me wearing the outfit and mentioned that she didn't intend to sound mean but my coat sort of looked like a bathrobe. I was upset & told her the coat was a vintage pale blue fur coat. If she saw it in person- it clearly does not look like a bathrobe!!!!
    Why do people say things like that? Now I don't want to wear the coat anymore!!!!! It's so pretty too....
    Hoping you're having a wonderful week!!!!
    You're such an incredible person Anita!!!! I'm so lucky to have met you!!!!!
    Luv & Hugs,
    Shannon

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  105. Anita, I found you on another blog, loved the post. there was a comment on this post. I am on google chrome, could that have caused the comments to vanish?
    yvonne

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  106. How did I miss this post last week? This one is extraordinary and just what I needed to read today. It is beautiful. Your visuals are wonderful. LOVE the bunnies! Perfect.
    ~Elizabeth

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  107. Absolutely Beautiful!!
    XOXO
    Dessa Rae

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  108. Oh Anita, my dear friend - what a poetry in your words!! You always give so much hope and joy.........such a gift to visit you here and see the world with your eyes!!! Thank you soooo much and have a wonderful weekend!! Here in Bavaria it is snowing day by day!!!

    Hugs Jade & Sheila (she is tired and has to go to bed now ;)

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  109. Afternoon dear one...I am curled up by the fireplace...my weekend has started as Fridays are my day off. Hope your teaching week is going well...thank you for your sweet comments about my book...it is really exciting to me...can't wait to have it in my hand. Happy weekend to you. xoxo

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  110. I've been away for so long and your blog was the first that I had to read. Such a beautiful poem! I hope all is well! Kerry

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  111. Sweetest dearest Anita
    Overhere in Holland we have SNOW all around..
    My laptop is stil out of order hand now my Son gave me huis TABLET to kent hand to try .
    Oh my gosh .... me and change.
    I hope you get these few words
    They are from. A goodheart
    But IT is nog working at all for me
    Hugs

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  112. hi Anita! The best part of thrift shopping is that "rush/high" when you find that wonderful items and you have to contain yourself so no one notices your excitement... hahahaha.

    What is your size? I find darling things simply cuz I want them. Like my Guess Jeans for example. I set out to get some awesome skinny jeans that day and BAMMMM there they were.

    Grand positive attitude gets us there. Awh. I hunt down some finds for you anytime.

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  113. Dearest Anita, so sorry it took em some days to catch up with you. Was burried in a new project and still all here is a bit complicated because of our office move. So loved to see your post again - it's really worth visiting it more than just once to really take in every thing there is. Will have another post up tomorrow - so let's chit chat over the weekend - will be back soon!
    xox

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  114. ah ha, Anita! I knew you were teeny tiny. I am a whole bunch bigger than you. Prior to meeting my HM I had lost a bunch and was at a size 6-8 and he didn't want me to lose any further. Oh, yes over the 13 yrs together thus far, I am more of a robust Rubenesque type. hahahaha

    How tall are you?

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  115. ohhhhhh, that just gave me the chills. What a beautiful writing there. Certainly "SOMETHING" is magical at the end of your pen.
    I could quote so many things from this that I loved, but THEN, I'd be re-writing everything you put here (tee,hee)
    Twice upon a time.....that is hopeful I think.

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  116. Anita....
    FABULOUS!
    I cannot say more....
    merci!
    Nathalie

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  117. Oh how I adore this post!
    And YOU!!!
    Bisous to you, chere amie....
    May you have a day of beauty and magic, dear Anita!
    Love you...

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  118. Anita, Got your gorgeous comment. I have you back now Google Chrome is a lot faster.I am still looking for my tool bar, Te he.
    yvonne

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  119. Dearest Anita,

    Here I am at last and, oh, what a thrill it is to read your words of encouragement and gaze at your visions of beauty (I ADORE those violas; their colour is truly exquisite). I would go further and dare to say: Once Upon A Thrice. Yes, I have noticed that with the third try I REALLY get it right and savour things to the full.

    Thank you for your patience, Anita. You are a remarkable lady.

    Stephanie

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  120. Hi Anita. I am not surprised to discover things we have in common. Somehow I have thought it would be so all along. : )
    Happy day.
    ~Elizabeth

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  121. Awwh...very beautiful. Your have such a talent for putting lovely images with your thoughts. That sweet little path at the close is full of promises. Love it. M

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  122. It's beautiful .... I love all your blog posts ...

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  123. oh my Anita! You are so fun. We will blend a post eventually. No biggy!

    Thank you for the great words and enthusiasm you always share.

    see email for details, okay?

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  124. Magical!
    Love every thought, every dream, every moment here!

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxoxoxo

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