Listen to the music

Monday, August 24, 2015

Body Part



In the center of Antibes France

is 

a toy shop




where wonderment still shines

through 

years-stained 

windows 


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and 

tear-stained eyes.

Hers 

was a face that time forgot

but 

I'll never forget 

Madame Langlais -


I'd frequent her shop 


to admire her collection of German toys


 until one day 





She offered me a chair

we 

took a cup of tea 


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and we talked.

 
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She wept. She wept

 because 

she could 

see

someone listening. 


This was before the keypad

would 

become a new 

body part.

This was when 

you could 

hear 

someone else



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But now

it's the tip of our fingers

that listen

and rather than meet

at the windows

of 

our attention to the world 


we click the alphabet

to 

a new rhythm

to 

a new heartbeat


piloting a device


from which we pop in and out 

of

another person's important place.


But tell me.

If 

the day ever comes

when you finally 

talk

on the phone 

with 

a keypad friend

can you 




les dames d'abord










My blog will now be Pinterest and Tumblr photo-free unless given permission directly from the owner of a photo.
All photos taken by me, Les Dames d'Abord on Instagram

Merci to Vicki Archer from French Essence for permission to use her quote in the epigram. This post was inspired by her piece, Communication Breakdown that you can read here




119 comments:

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, that little dog is so sweet hehehe. I'm glad to hear you'll be using your own photos, and how delightful they are. I've been checking on your instagram now and then. Yes, communication is so nice, and I wanted to call you before school started, but did it start for you already? Jess' school started today, and the first day was a bit stressful. I love this picture of the blue book and the flowers, so pretty. And this toy shop - I'd love to see it in person! I think it's so much more special to talk in person, cause YES, then you can see her eyes. And I am hoping the day comes when I can meet you in person, my dear friend. Until then, I guess it's just at the click of our fingertips.

love you,
~Sheri

Createology said...

Beautifully written and really makes me stop to ponder. This modern keyboard world or worse yet, swiping the keypad, is not teaching us to really communicate with others. I still like to snail mail cards, lettters and postcards around the world. I am not much for talking on the phone and do not even own a smart phone. I suppose I am old fashioned and it suits me just fine. Creative Writing Bliss Dear...

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Yes...


((and yes said the mouse)) ;-)

xx oo

Island Living Midwest || A Healthy Living + Fitness Blog said...

Beautifully written as you usually do. The keyboard really has become and appendage of our bodies and I sometimes have to remind myself to step back and enjoy the now with the people I love.

CiciBianca said...

Anita, I have been anticipating your next post and this did not disappoint.Thank you for your lovely words and your beautiful photos.
(Tapped out by me...)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dearest Anita,
This post evokes such tenderness in my heart for the treasured friendships I am fortunate to have. Both old and new and of course one of those new precious friendships is you! On our recent visit, I did hear your eyes and your melodic, warm and nurturing voice. I am so pleased that you are sharing your photographs on your blog as your eye for light, color and feeling come alive, especially when you combine them with your thoughtful words. So thankful that your first day back in the classroom went so well. Sending you much love and caring thoughts for a good week.
Xoxo
Jemma

Palomasea said...

Oh Anita. You have made me cry. :) How do you do it? This gift of yours for translating your thoughts and ideas into soul-speak.
I am blessed, truly blessed to have magical eye-to-eyes with you, dearest friend. Not as often as we would like, of course, but we'll take what we can. :)

This is so moving and very beautiful...I love learning something new about you. Would love to hear more about your time with Mme. Langlais.
That sweet doggie is adorable, and your photos here are brilliant.
It is bittersweet to meet such dear souls from all over the world, but only to know them through our keyboards. The lucky few will have a chance to "hear their eyes".
This would be a wonderful addition to "memoirs"... :)
LOVE YOU.

Leslie said...

So true Anita, and what WE knew continues to change. Our communication is missing the most essential part and that is what is human. The eyes, the voice, and all the gestures that come with our words. How wonderful that you stumbled across this store and had the opportunity to listen and SEE. Such beautiful finds and I am glad you brought something back. Wonderful post Anita!

Junkchiccottage said...

So wonderfully written Anita. Sometimes internet friends can be a blessing and an opportunity that would not have been but still at the same time it is a curse that we only can communicate with a beautiful new friend through the keyboard. Great post Anita.
Kris

Sarah said...

Anita, your words ring true. Amazing how the keyboard has taken our voices of communication. I feel sad in many aspects of this reality. I love the hand written note or the chat across the table with a friend. The instant voice of the keyboard does offer the immediate connection. Interesting words for one to ponder, Anita. I always feel inspired after reading your words, and your photos are stunning. Bravo!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Anita your photographs are beautiful and your post is emotionally passionate. The precious toy store in France and your share of it is beautiful my friend. Inspirational words.
Sending love,
Vera

Marijke said...

The touch of our fingertips can be the beginning of a friendship I met a blog friend and she lives 1.15 by car from me but every month she comes to visit me. We drink coffee and tea with a piece of pie we talk and talk a laugh and a tear, we eat and do some knit or needlework we eat en drink tea and talk the ours away, she is a dear friend... al because the fingertips...
Have a wonderful day,
groetjes van Marijke

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend... If not for the fingertips on the keyboard, we would not have lunch together in Old Orange.and wandered around the antique shops... Now that was special! Your beautiful words and photos have touched my heart.. So beautifully written.
Bisous!

Barbara Fisher said...

Good Morning my dear keypad friend! The tips of our fingers listen but they also feel and I feel your love and goodness each time we communicate. I’m sure it’s possible to hear someone’s eyes on the telephone you just have to listen a little harder.
I adore your sweet little dog – he looks as if he is listening. Have a happy day xxx

MJH Design Arts said...

Hi Anita, Thank you for expressing my thoughts on "the keypad" and the alienation that it has enabled. Nothing can equal sitting with a good friend to listen to her and for you to be listened to. The beauty of intimacy. Hope that you are all set for the new school year. xoxo Mary

The Dutchess said...

Yes I can...and I see them following me too...love you much dear Sister...
And thank you for your visits through time..now for about eight years..O la laaaa...

xoxo

Art and Sand said...

I have such mixed feeling about social media and our devices.

I am guilty of using my iPad and iPhone to read books despite the fact that I love the feel of a book.

And, I miss the human contact of social media.

But, if not for social media, I would not know you. I do know that one day we will sit across the table from one another and chat and it will be wonderful.

Méa Strauß said...

Oh Anita, so true. And media should be seen as a widening, not a substitute or narrowing (oops, I guesss, there is no such word in English? But you will know :))
The doggie is sooo cute. I imagine it wiggeling its tail.
So I hug you, go back to the mice theatre, there is one more post about basic bread and then the story will come to you :)
Your friend Méa

vicki archer said...

Perfectly said Anita.

Better than perfect... such a truth to your words and images...
I won't stop tapping but I will start talking more... and be mindful of communication and make sure that I remember to be human from time to time!

Beautiful, beautiful images... xxv

bernadette b said...

Très beau billet, très belles et très vraies pensées...et très vrais les bisous amicaux que je vous envoie
à bientôt Anita

Wendy Wainwright said...

Thank you, as always, for your uplifting, inspiring images and words! I am going to try and pick up the phone more and write more letters! Just love this post and thank you to Vicki Archer as well ... you girls are just brilliant! xx

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Anita, yes, I do believe we can hear the eyes through the voice. In our world of high tech, so much has gone away too. It is a joy and blessing to listen to the highs and lows in the voice of a friend. Having the opportunity to communicate, in which now seems like an old fashion idea to talk on the phone, is thrilling. This post is beautiful and filled with inspiring words and visions. Love the darling toy shop and the sweet bear is precious.
So glad you had a beautiful start to the new school year. Wishing you many blessings.
Love and joy to you sweet friend. cm

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Delightful reminiscence - and I just adore your little dog toy! I'm also completely enamored with the bubble-blowing bear in the first photo!

Thanks for giving my Tuesday an uplifting and beautiful beginnning!

La Petite Gallery said...

Well Anita, this made my eyes tear up. Vickie Archer is so great. This post was so beautifully writen and the photo's so wonderful. I love, love it. Thank you for a beautiful morning. LOVE yvonne
Maine is foggy, 60 degrees and misting. My new boyfriend is such a sweet dog. He sit's up like a chip monk and begs.
Renee is so sick, 3 days we are waiting for blood tests. Can't believe school is starting.

Tammie Lee said...

so lovely to consider
your photos are beautiful
and
the photo of the woman listening to her friend perfectly supports the depth of listening and looking with our eyes
beautiful
the world is changing

Mary Hone said...

It is so true, and so sad. This next generation coming of age has no idea how to talk to people. Everything is eyes down, texting, facebook. How sad for them, and for everyone else. What are they missing in the people and scenery around them? A lot I would guess. Your photos are wonderful. You are obviously a fast learner in the photography world. But, you entered into it knowing what you wanted them to look like. That helps to have the vision already. Me, I'm just getting it figured out what my vision is.

La Contessa said...

YOU KNOW I CAN!!!!
This is SO on KEY.What a beautiful observation.
I have been withOUT the internet for FOUR DAYS...............
Have to say it felt pretty nice..........no stress getting through those posts and emails!I WONDER how WE will find a BALANCE............XO

A Joyful Cottage said...

Anita, this is one of your very best! Oh, I just love it. The photography is stunning, and perfect illustrations for your verse. Thought provoking and passionate. I have to go back and take it all in again. Simply wonderful, my friend! Hugs, Nancy

Karena Albert said...

So beautiful Anita! Poignant and oh so apropos in this day and age.
I have been fortunate to meet a few of my blog friends in PERSON!!
My hope is to meet many more, especially YOU, dear Anita!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena
Artist Alex Katz

Kim said...

Lovely Anita. I want that pup! So sweet. I watch my children begin and carry on their first loves via technology. Where is the hand holding, the eye contact, the sweet smell of another? It's all been replaced by selfies and emojis. Connecting face to face is a lost joy, I'm afraid. I hope it comes back.

Karen said...

Dear sweet Anita, so true. I wouldn't have come to know you and several other "blog" friends if we didn't have this method of "talking things over". Still, I treasure my dear friends that I have grown old with and they become even more important as my adventure continues. Maybe balance is the solution to this new found tool for speaking.
I love your photographs, you have done such a beautiful job communicating with us through music and images.
xo,
Karen

Botanic Bleu said...

Anita,
I wrote a lengthy comment, but forgot to sign into Google before writing it. Alas, it is lost. Just as well, it was a long rant about technology and deserved to be lost.

Your photos are beautiful and enhanced your timely words. Once again, you have made us think in a gentle and kind way.

Judith

Botanic Bleu said...

Anita,
I'm still thinking about your post and the comments. A thought, an incomplete one, popped into my head about mail communication in the past after reading Kim's comment about first loves via technology. My memory fails me, but wasn't there a well-known poetic couple who had a life-long love via mail?

Judith

speedyrabbit said...

Oh what I would give to speak to you in person,that would be the most wonderful thing to behold....two friends so far apart to come together like the to laugh and hug,that would be amazing!So instead I'll answer your emails and have to be content with that,xx Rachel and Speedy

Kelly said...

Ah and such is the curse of moving forward in this technical world! How we gain and lose and we must strive to find balance! I am so lucky to have met you and others because of our varied apparatus. I feel quite blessed and yet to see a persons eyes would really seal a friendship and warm my heart! ; )
What a wonderful memory and how that adorable poochy purchase bought you more than you realized at the time. Have a lovely week dear Anita and I will visit you again in IG land! <3

June said...

such a lovely post dear Anita. How big my world has become since my first keystrokes. While I have had the joy of talking on the phone to many of my blog friends and some face to face, it is still wonderful to carry on a conversation with my fingers.
sending hugs...

wanda miller said...

TEARS...tender tears oxoxoxo

Daniela said...

What a touching poem ( and gorgeous images !), my darling Anita, about the alienation which we do live today with the means which are making, probably, our life easier and above all, faster to live, but nothing may be compared with a good talk with a friend face to face, looking at him/her into his/her eyes, this warmth cannot be compensated by anything else !
Thanks to your sweet and delicate soul, my blessed, precious friend, have a wonderful day
wholeheartedly
Dany

Down by the sea said...

Although there are many advantages to technology and it is so good to make friends with so many others around the world, nothing beats the human contact of talking face to face, thank you for reminding us of this. The toy shops looks wonderful the pictures of the dolls remind me of ones that my daughter and I have owned. Sarah x

Mindy Whipple said...

So beautifully written. There is nothing like looking into someones eyes. I use technology and there are benefits but it also robs us of face to face time, time that nothing else can replace. A wonderful shop you visited. It makes me think of (and miss oh, so much) my Grandmother who collected dolls.

Cindy said...

Exactly.... what a poignant post. We are losing one on one human interaction... it's funny how quickly i have been drawn into it all even at 61 years old.
I learned about your beautiful blog from Dore Calloway from Burlap Luxe. I have been wanting to do a painting for her for the longest time, and have been looking for an inspiration photo to paint from. She told me that on or near your header you had a wonderful photo of some sheep in the distance grazing by the sea. I don't see it in your current beautiful header. Do you still have that photo? I'd love to take a look, if you don't mind.

Cindy

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita, I could not agree more! I am a phone call and letter writer and I love to receive mail form my family and friends. I feel living so far from them that it is like a gift.

This week I have to tell you though that after the loss of my little Munchen the outpouring from blog/facebook/instagram friends, yourself included, was a balm to my broken heart. It was so wonderful to know that there were people whom I have never met, that could feel my pain, that felt sad along with me and for me and offered their kind words, love, prayers and support. It was a generous and wonderful thing for me.

Thanks for checking on me this week my friend, it means so very much. I hope that you have a fabulous week.

xox Elizabeth

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita,
A beautiful pensive post. I love Vickie Archer's quote. Nothing will replace a personal visit, a meal shared and a good tête-à-tête

Helen xx

castellar rosa said...

coucou Anita, balader sur ton post est une vraie bonheur , même si je ne comprend presque rien des mots lol !! j'adore ces belles poupées et toutes les images que tu as mis
Je t'embrasse et te souhaité une bonne dernière semaine d'août
gros bisous
rosa

It's me said...

ANita My dear dear friend from far away...what a amazing oost again....love it!!!.....love you With whole my heart....love love love Ria x

Jess said...

Beautiful post Anita, I wish you a lovely day.xx

Robyn said...

When we spoke I felt that I could see your eyes, Anita! So full of life and laughter they must be :)
This is such a wonderful post and the images and music once again transport us to another time and place. I truly wish things were that simple again but then we wouldn't be blogging! I love your words, dear friend, and I love my visits to your beautiful place. Thank you, special lady, for making a difference to all of us. Much love to you!

Jeanie said...

I love the phrase "keyboard friends." Yes, that's true. And maybe, just maybe I could the eyes. Maybe not everyone's eyes, but some, I think I could!

Beautiful photos and words and what a treasure of thoughts. I'm so glad you wrote this one. It's been a bit and you are always missed, though your visits never are -- for you are indeed faithful and I love it! Happy day to you!

Sylvia said...

I would love one day to "hear your eyes", my dearest "keyboard" friend!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Well, I really, really love the fact that the keyboard helps us meet friends that are sometimes very, very far away... as long as it doesn't prevent us from talking to our friends who are a lot nearer!

"Create Beauty" said...

This brought to mind the chat I had with another woman in a vintage shop I visited recently. We began talking about the hats we were viewing and she began to share .... her husband died a few months ago and she is now learning how to go on without him. she was older, and so obviously lonely. Yet she had ventured out to peruse the lovely treasures ~ but connecting to another human being who would listen was the thing that was needed most this day, so we chatted and I looked into her teary eyes.....

Oh Anita, I am so thankful for the connection our keyboard friendship has given us.... to become friends of the heart.
~ Violet

therelishedroost said...

It is heartbreaking that we are losing that need for human connection on a 5 sense level. Sometimes I just want to shut this down and walk away to a simpler life again.. maybe someday I will. K

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Oh wonderful Anita...I've been gliding through your most recent posts and have to say...I'm so glad you have returned and am thoroughly enjoying both your own photos (a beautiful talent there) and your poetry (more talent!) I love that you cannot stay away and we are so much more the lucky for it. Look forward to more of your poetry...and your new book! You are inspiring as always! xoxo

Debbie Harris said...

Beautifully written, dear Anita.
You have given us much to ponder on...technology can be a wonderful tool, but it certainly has replaced the one on one relationships and being in contact with another person. Even when people are together, they are apart due to the devices held tightly within their clutches.
There is something beautiful about a conversation face to face with someone, it is real...

Your images were lovely, as you are.
Joy! Debbie

donna baker said...

Oh what a gorgeous post. And, I love that movie and soundtrack.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Dearest Anita,
My friend who instantly on the phone picked up from my voice and not only knew what state but area I was from. I've shared that with people. Keyboard worldwide friends whom we share our lives and our hearts with. Its made our world smaller and more approachable yes, but nothing can ever replace the emotions felt when looking into ones eyes.
I love this post so very much. Anita thanks for visiting me last night, I always love when you comment your words of kindness.
I love your dog, where does he light up your heart? In what room of your house?
xoxo,
Vera

Heather Lindstrom said...

A most magnificent capture of the world as we now know it, my dear Anita. Pure poetry in the words and images...I would, I WOULD know your eyes....anywhere. Deep and meaningful friendships are born of these keyboards....
Thinking of you today!
xx, Heather

PlantPostings said...

Lovely, just lovely--as always! Those "eye-to-eye" meetings with dear ones and new friends are sadly rare and precious now. I noticed your notes at the bottom about being Pinterest and Tumblr photo-free. Good for you! You're a talented photographer in your own right. :)

white and vintage said...

Dear Anita,
oh, the little dogy is so lovely and your pictures are so nice.
Thanks a lot for your friendly words.
Christine

Cathy Keller said...

Indeed, I cannot see her eye! How very perceptive. As always you have offered much to be considered and in such beauty! Wishing you very well!! Cathy

Sandi said...

Stirring.

I predict avoiding all things techie will become chic in the future.

marciapilar.net said...

Oh, Anita, that toy pup melts my heart. LOVE!
Yes, I hear the eyes, with or without the phone call, writing or talking. Genuineness, transparency, love, kindness and humility are dear friends I'm very intimate with, so I'd recognize them anywhere. Those who believe, like you and me and so many lovely blogging friends, always see and hear ...crystal clear.
xoxo

marciapilar.net said...

That said, there is nothing like face-to-face communication. This is where intimacy abides, face-to-face.
Great post, my friend, and your header is gorgeous.
xoxo

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Bonjour, mon amie!

I'm back to my blog, and thrilled to see this post from YOU! And even more delighted that you are sharing your own photographs here. What a treat! You already know I luvvvvvvv following along on Instagram.

Enjoy the rest of August, Anita! Hope you have a wonderful school year.

xoxo
L

Christel said...

Dearest Anita, what a lovely post, and the message is clear. I am still thrilled whenever I receive a hand written letter. It is so much more personal. Your beautiful photography is better than most things one might find on Pinterest, or Tumbler! Have a blessed day, xoxox Christel

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Oh Anita! Has school already begun? I hope that your new students shall BLESS you dearly!!
Sending lots of love and warmth!! Thinking of you fondly, and
thank you for your visit XXX OOO Linnie

"Laugh and Play"!! Said the Little Mouse....

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Comme toujours dans le passé, je suis aussi ému par ton présent message.
Le monde a tellement changé les dernières années, tu le définis si joliment.
Et prêter l'oreille à quelqu'un avec toute ton attention reste le plus grand cadeau qu'on peut faire.
Je te souhaite des jours plein de joie.


Dans les feux du couchant
son nom est endormi
caché dans le lotus de ton coeur
et tu poses ta main lumineuse
sur ses yeux et tu rêves,
rêves des mots magiques...


https://youtu.be/x9Xm_nR4310

Simplement ... said...

Tu sais toujours nous montrer avec tellement de justesse les beautés du monde ...
Bonne et douce journée chère Anita.
Gros bisous
Marie-Ange

Martina said...

This is a very heartfelt post Anita, and it touched ma on this rainy morning - with the sweetness of dried lavender and memories. The little dog looks so sweet - i would have bought it too! And your photos and words go so well together. Great work dear friend ! Have a nice end of your week - and end of August!

La Petite Gallery said...

Hello from Crazy Maine. Anita, our Crazy" Gov. LePage" has passed a law fire works anytime. I am living in a WAR ZONE.
The drunks blow bombs all week end. At 9:30 my dog and I bounced out of bed. Benny ran into the shower shaking. The
poor animal is shell shocked. No one will stop it. The Sheriff won't do a thing, I have called Senators and tons of people.
Bought a brisket for a family dinner. WHAT! $56.00 for beef brisket at SHAW'S &8.99 per pound. Just unwrapped it,
OMG! it;s solid Fat underneath. The world has gone nuts. The perils of Yvonne Have a better day than me.

Nancy's Notes said...

What profound words, what a beautiful and heartfelt post. Thank you so much!
Nancy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Cher ami, j'attends vos paroles qui me chantent une chanson d'amitié et surtout, une chanson qui me rappelle qui je suis dans un monde impoli, difficile mais méritant d'amour. MERCI tout le temps pour les liens supers à YOU TUBE!

Deborah said...

Good morning dear friend!
I am forever grateful to have "connected" with you here, and know that one day we will meet whether here or on heaven's shore. Love your sweet heart, and Anita your images are beautiful! Love that little dog (of course)! Lol
Love and hugs to you across the gentle miles

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

Jade said...

Oh Anita, my dear friend, it´s breathtaking here..........so true what you tell.......and you do it with so much poetry! You are such a wonderful person and it is such a gift to know you! Have a wonderful weekend,

with love and hugs, Jade

PS: And how I love the pictures.........they are so you!!!

Ana said...

Another great post my sweet friend. Wishing you a great weekend.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!!
I adore this new post you put up!!!!!
It makes me remember when I was a young girl and loved going to toy stores- especially the unique ones that had special teddybears and beautiful tea sets!!!!!
How are you? How is school?
It's still warm here- 80's during the day and then cooler at night.....
I'm watching Breakfast At Tiffany's..... Audrey looks so chic!!!!!
Wishing you a fabulous weekend!!!!!
Hugs,
Shannon

La Petite Gallery said...

ANITA, gOOD LUCK AT SCHOOL THE CHILDREN MUST ADORE YO. i HAD TWO TEACHERS OUT OF MY LIFE IN HIGH SCHOOL i JUST LOVED.JOURNALISM WAS MY FAVORITE CLASS. AND LOVE MY TEACHER.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Good morning dear Anita. A lovely post with such a sweet story. Human kindness at work! Love the cute stuffed toy, but the story is perfect. Enjoy this lovely Saturday. Hugs

Jade said...

Thank you soooooo much, dearest Anita...........never, ever before I have heard words with so much love like yours! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!! And it´ s always so good to be here.........love the header! I can smell the lavender and can see you as a child with Madame Langlais - so cute! Have a wonderful weekend,

with love, Jade

Elaine Foley said...

Lovely post. And enjoying you on Instagram as well. Enchanting photos!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

One day I will meet you in person and we will no longer be just keypad friends. I can't wait for that day! :)
A beautiful post as always dear friend.

Martina said...

Happy sunday dearest Anita, and thank you fpr your sweet visit! Oh, i figure the balance you have to keep between being a teacher, dealing with the behind the scenes things of teaching AND being an artist ....It IS a lot to deal with, but also, these things enrich each other and shape the beautiful being that you are. I sometimes wish i could do pnly one thing and put all my energy into this, because i'm joggling various balls as well. But i guess on some level, we chose to do it. I think you must be a wonderful teacher, and still thinking about this book idea - the magic teacher ;)

House of Seasons said...

Beautiful with a tear AND a smile!
Thank you!
XX
Lia

Ivy and Elephants said...

So beautiful, Anita! What a wonderful expression, "hear her eyes". Students will be reading your words and quoting you someday.
Keep creating.
Big hugs,
Patti

Personally selected products said...

HOLA MI QUERIDA AMIGA ANITA!!!

I just camming for my wonderful Summer time and i just read your always lovely comments. Is a very good moment for me visiting and also reading your words.
I hope your start time for teachig will be good. And i wish we can see each other one day in summer .
Have a very good day!
Luisa

marciapilar.net said...

Thank you for stopping by, Anita. Hope you enjoyed the Moroccan tea. :)
Have a lovely Sunday, dear.
xoxo

Lowcarb team member said...

I definitely had a tear and a smile.
Lovely post with beautiful images / photo's.

Thank you

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

I definitely had a tear and a smile.
Lovely post with beautiful images / photo's.

Thank you

All the best Jan

Suz said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous post. I love your poetry.

Stephanie said...

I had chills, my sweet friend, and a tear or two in my eyes. What a precious, precious post! And the music... one of my favorite songs.

How I adore visiting you, dearest Anita. Blessings to you for a wonderful, joyous week!

Burlap Luxe said...

Here I am Anita, I had only access to my Ipad and with that being said when I would go to your site it would load your large foto's and shut me down, and then I would lose you...funny how that sounds lose you? much like communications get lost in how we write, or trying to read between the lines of how one feels while writting...is there a tone of sadness in the writing due to a misfortunate lack of communication due to writing over voices? its all guess work, and sometimes its up to us to read between the lines.

Your post was enlightening, I so remember sitting by the phone for a special phone call...sometimes for days awaiting that call...no more days get by, we have a cell phone glued to our hands, a computer desk top, a note book, Ipad, Iphones with internet access, nothing is out of reach these days EXCEPT for not including EYE-TO-EYE contact, we have seemed to have lost this somehow excepting all that modern tech forces upon us?


être d'accord..."Eye-to-eye" so mant translations to this meaning negative and positive all in how we look at it?

So nice that you were able to add a bit of eye love to your friendship, and that moe haired puppy is all the cutest, and to be able to make a purchase from a friend that dear contact EYE-TO-EYE ! makes it that much more memorable... a positive interaction with awareness to a face.

Perhaps, if not for the key pad, we would not have blogging as we know it to be, friendships would not form, and heartfelt stories could not be told to the many who READ and RESPOND reading between the lines and putting a face to its poetic words.
Friendships seen through the eyes of a key pad never replace face to face, but sometimes its a close second :)

See you soon, or should I bid this will be here to read you soon?

Lovely post, endearing friendships are treasured.

xx
Bisous

Dore

Burlap Luxe said...

PS... I wanted to mention the header... Lovely and dried...I also see beauty in a different light, often the last bit of life in a flower is so much more intriguing to me, it facinates me how beauty seen through the EYE-to-EYE translates so differently to others does it not.

Beauty and grace to your days ahead.

xx
Dore

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my heavens, what profound words you've shared with us. Each word true. Each word beautiful. What a special time, eye to eye.
Have a glorious day~
Nancy

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my heavens, what profound words you've shared with us. Each word true. Each word beautiful. What a special time, eye to eye.
Have a glorious day~
Nancy

Madelief said...

I think you can Anita! I met several blog friends over the years and when we meet it's just as if we have met before/ known each other for a long time, which we have off course. I think that when you write from the heart, show who you really are on your blog, it will be this way.

Hope we will be able to meet one day Anita. It would be a joy!

Have a lovely day!

Madelief x

Denise said...

A twinge of guilt. I have no excuse.I don't know why I don't pick up the phone and call My beloved blogging friends.If We all did just that how much more could Our lives be enriched.OX Denise

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MI AMIGA Anita!
Mi querida amiga , muchas gracias por acercarte de nuevo a mi Blog, i hope you has a very good day and just i want tell you bless you for all your words
Xoxo
Luisa

Rue said...

Sigh... I love having the internet to "meet" friends, like you, but there is an underlying sadness in me that hates it in the way that it makes everything so impersonal. Everyone, accept for me, is attached to their phones these days and it's so hard to get anyone's attention long enough to look into their eyes. This post made me long for the days of the past more than I do already. Not to say that I didn't enjoy it. It's beautiful... your words, the music..., but it's bittersweet. Oh to talk to someone without distractions... how lovely would that be?

xoxo,
rue

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Having found you on Instagram, I have now found your beautiful blog...

Because of all the techy things, I think it is very hard to hold the eyes/attention of people we actually do talk to. Everyone's attention is constantly being enticed off... Hither and yon... To all the techy places...

I do not have a wide circle, by any means. But it seems to me, that fully attention, is hard come by, today. And I am guilty also, even though I only blog and IG.

It is more than sad. It is scary. What of the children now, growing up in this multi-tech world? Will they forget how to converse? As they are now forgetting (not being taught), how to write cursive?

-sigh-

Gentle hugs,
Tessa

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Sorry.... That should read "...that full attention..."... Not "...that fully attention..."

Tessa

A Magical Whimsy said...

Absolutely beautifully inscribed by your keyboard and straight from your heart...as the soul shines through enough to feel the essence of your penned words.
I have touched the sands of Time with emails and friends I have engaged miraculous contact with over the internet especially linked to the spiritual realm. This is where we are at with the instant connection we are able to have with those whom we may never meet face to face, but we share that oneness and divineness with our thoughts which spans time and space, and our thoughts and beings are melded together as one.
The Divine Nature is Timeless and reaches into Eternity.
thank you for sharing this sweet, priceless memory you had in France.
always, warm hugs and love in that special place in our hearts linked to our Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Teresa

A Magical Whimsy said...

Oh! And I adore the header too! the contrasts of color, the purple and the dried orange shade of the sunflowers, with the black seed pod centers...an artist's delight to the eye! Richness of color comes from the rarest of demise of flowers.

JANE GATTI said...

I found your beautiful and magic blog! Thanks for the music, the photos, the words! Obrigada! Beijos "from" Brasil.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
Thank you so much for your visit and generous words of praise. You are always so encouraging, and I treasure our friendship.
Enjoy your weekend.
See you in Nowhere!
Bisous!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
Thank you so much for your visit and generous words of praise. You are always so encouraging, and I treasure our friendship.
Enjoy your weekend.
See you in Nowhere!
Bisous!

Kidslife said...

Thanks for your lovely visit Anita! Yea, i can't believ summer is coming to a close ... i want it to linger for a while. Maybe we are lucky and will get 2 more golden months. I guess for getting started with teaching it is good though. Hope you have a smooth start in school and wish you a relaxed sunday!

Marie-Paule Faure said...

Bonjour Anita,

Mille mercis pour votre si gentil message et votre fidélité.

Je suis très touchée par votre post, vos mots si sensibles et intelligents. Je crois que nous sommes beaucoup à souffrir de la rareté des vrais échanges. Je trouve que le plus difficile aujourd'hui, c'est de trouver des interlocuteurs avec qui avoir réellement envie de communiquer, de communier, avec qui l'échange est réellement enrichissant, au delà du superficiel. Alors nous chérissons ces personnes là!!!

Votre blog a décidément un ton qui n'appartient... (j'allais dire "qu'à lui", comme si c'était une personne, vous voyez!!!) qu'à vous.

Merci.

Je vous embrasse,

Marie-Paule

La Petite Gallery said...

I thank you fore the comment. Never knew they inject the meat with a chemical to make it red.
This is the weather we Mainers wait for all summer. Getting tons of yard work done.
Really like the header. Fall is just around the corner. Love yvonne

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita,
Thank you so much for your beautiful words about my sketch! Camille, I thought that name was familiar..
So happy you enjoyed.
Bless you for taking time to play, and let our imaginations soar in Nowhere!
Bisous!

^.^ said...

Labour Day here in Canada as well ... will go out to the farm and harvest the rest of my garden, check on my cattle ... and look for mushrooms ... cuz ... baby, it's getting cold out there ... Love, cat.

Jeri Landers said...

"Keypad as a new body part", oh how true, how true! Anita, you just hit it out of the park every darn time> Nothing compares to face to face, voice to voice communication... like in the old days before the tech world took over. But alas, this is where we are, and how we reach out and meet and become friends...unless we are fortunate enough to meet in person and smile across the table sipping tea. What a wonderful little doggie you bought from the wonderful toy shop.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oh oui ma belle, I could hear your eyes clearly! They were smiling and sparkling and full of love for mankind. These words you created with your fingertips drew tears from my eyes. So profound, so true. Sending you lots of love and blessings mon amie! Edie Marie

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Merci dear friend! I am so happy she made you smile.
bisous!

white and vintage said...

Hello Anita,
thanks for your lovely comment.
I wish you a nice and happy week,
Christine

Martina said...

Happy tuesday dearest Anita! I saw you came by - so kind of you, considered your now tighter schedule. I know it takes some time to adjust to school/work again! My hubby and i treated us to some Spa-time, to make up for some nice events we missed, because of my hurt toe! It was so nice - now i hope tom., i'll be all fresh for work again! Hugs for a great week!

Jacqueline said...

So beautiful! Yes!! Friends still need to spend tons of time together. I am blessed with such friends, and we now bring our adult children and their children along, and it is the highlight of our lives. We have cried several times over the tender feelings we have of spreading that love to new generations. It is especially touching when one of my little ones tells my friends that she love them! Be still my heart!!

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Anita...your all round loveliness radiates from your blog!...Thank you so much for coming to see me and for another wonderful post!
Susan x

Karena Albert said...

So beautiful Anita, and of course I love Vicki and her style aesthetic!!
The images evoke such a demure, simpler time of life!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena
Featuring India Hicks!

Lucinda Keller said...

Beautiful post and photos! LOVE the pup! So adorable!
Happy September to you! I just got back to teaching tuesday! (I was out for a while after a surgery.)
Great to see the kiddos again. Hope all is well in your world!
Blessings to you!