Turning Up the Heat

I have no idea what these flowers are because (as I told you before) I am not a botanist. Ha! Isn’t that the truth! I have only one living plant in my whole house … a pothos vine (very hearty, but I do talk to it and thank it for being in my life).

With that said, I believe plants and flowers to be nature’s gifts to all of us. And I seem to be noticing their growth more than usual. Is it the hot weather? Or am I becoming more conscious of growth in general? Nature HAS turned up the heat lately, even here in the Northwest. But I’m also noticing a “newness” about human beings as well. Encounters with most people these days seem to be more patient, kind and compassionate. Maybe it’s because I’ve given myself a permission slip to embrace the interactions I have with others, even the ones that aren’t quite what I’d like them to be. It’s OK. It’s all OK. Each is on her/his own journey and yet I know we are all connected. Namaste’

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Backyard Blooms

Spring is springing all over, including our back yard.  I don’t know what these flowers are (I’m not a botanist, you know) but they’re beautiful. And yes, I messed with Mother Nature and added some effects. I doubt if she minds at all. In fact, I believe she is flattered that we can immortalize her splendor in photographs. Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of the Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.

Serious About the Cereus

A little play on words today. For throwback Thursday I decided to resurrect one of my older images from 2009. It’s a shot of one of the many night-blooming Peruvian Cereus flowers that grew at our home in Tucson.

Getting up early in the morning to capture images of this amazing plant was such a thrill for me. I’d walk outside and talk to it, asking for it to give me all that it had … and it did not disappoint. This is one of my all-time favorites.

Happy Thursday! Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of the Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.

 

Singular

It’s no secret that flowers can’t come into my home without being photographed. When my neighbors learned of my friend Linda’s passing, they sent over a beautiful bouquet and a lovely card. Hubby and I are blessed to know them and count them as friends, not merely neighbors.

Today’s image is of a singular bloom that started to wilt sooner than the others, so I trimmed it and placed it into this pottery piece, which has a water well with stiff wires that will make stems stand upright. I bought this piece at a street fair in Palm Springs when I was with my Happy Trails friends at one of our reunions. I’ll never forget it … it was 116 degrees that evening. But we went anyway. Yikes! We drank plenty of water (and margaritas) just to make it up and down that street. If I recall, we went into most of the stores too just for a few breaths of air conditioning.

Each time I look at this piece, I think of all of my friends and the fun we’ve always had together … no matter where we go or what we do. Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger

Black and White Challenge – Day 3

Day 3 of the black and white challenge … keeping it short and sweet today.  Enjoy the roses (and remember to stop and smell them).  Namaste’

Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger

My Christmas Card to You

I am so looking forward to Christmas this year because it will be the first time in many moons that I get to be with both of my children at the same time.  Yes, they’re grown adults now but the feeling is magical.  I am so blessed!

And I am also blessed to have a wonderful, loving husband who is so much fun to be around and takes such good care of me and Daisy.  Right now he’s outside splitting wood, using the hydraulic wood splitter for the first time.  Our really cool neighbor came over this morning to help out, so we’ll have to think of something to repay him for all of his help.  I even got into the act and stacked as much as I could in the garage, but there’s a lot more to go.  What a job!

I truly hope that you, my faithful readers, all have a magical Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and joyful new year.  Thanks for reading my blog.  I’ll be back after the holidays.  Much love.  Namaste’

12.21.14.poinsettiaRegina (Gina) Arnold is the author of Uncomplicated Ways to Find Your Financial Freedom, a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.

Smell the Roses

Just a quick post today.  I found this image of some roses that I had earlier this year and it reminded me that I must stop and smell the roses more often.  I hope you do, too.  Namaste’

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Some of What I’ve Learned

It seems to me that life is the best teacher and, as my readers know by now, I believe there are no “accidents.”  Everything that happens to us holds an opportunity for evolutionary advancement.  Will we recognize it?  I didn’t use to.

Now it’s different.  I’ve learned some things I want to share with all of you …

  • I’ve learned that I’d rather have peace than drama
  • I’ve learned that out of chaos and confusion, there’s always some clarity
  • I’ve learned that forgiveness is the key to a peaceful life
  • I’ve learned that it’s just as easy to take the high road as it is the low road – but only if I ask my ego to take an alternate route
  • I’ve learned that no matter what … life is a temporary assignment, so I’d better make the best of it
  • I’ve learned that what goes around comes around
  • I’ve learned that a good attitude is worth its weight in gold

That’s all for now.  Have to make dinner but I’m wishing you all a beautiful, love-filled weekend.

This photo is the most popular one at my gallery, so I thought it might be fun to turn it into one of those motivational posters.  The phrase below it really has nothing to do with the flowers, but hey, I’m tired of coloring within the lines 🙂 Namaste’

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Paul Sheldon

While visiting with my mom yesterday, I noticed this painting in the hallway at the assisted living facility where she lives.  It’s a piece by Paul Sheldon whose work I really admire.  And when I saw that it was featuring donkeys … well … I just had to snap it with my phone.

Maybe in my next life I’ll be an artist 🙂 and have donkeys.  Namaste’

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The Perfect Poison

I just added a new post to my other blog about the addictive substances in our wheat.  I hope that it might be helpful to all of you, my faithful readers.  And because I love you all for following my blog, here’s a rose for you.  And for my dear friend, Rose, who happens to be in the hospital right now.  Sending you lots of love, light and prayers, my friend.  Namaste’

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Regina (Gina) Arnold is the co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, free-form blogger and “flunked retirement” entrepreneur.

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