Tea Parties

As a little girl growing up in Kansas, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. Looking back, I realize just how blessed I was to be able to have them in my life.

Grandpa was the kind of man that every Mother wants her daughter to marry. Kind, loving, strong and yet sensitive. We spent many evenings together on the front porch swing, just rocking and talking. Oh, how I miss his wisdom now.

For Christmas one year, Grandma and Grandpa gave me a china tea set. It had pink roses and I just loved it. Every day I would invite Grandpa to have “tea” with me and he always said yes. Our tea was actually orange juice, his favorite.

When I was taking the image of this rose today, memories of Grandpa having tea with me came flooding back. This is for you, Grandpa, with love.

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

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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

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

With the weekly photo challenge titled “in the background” I had no choice but to photograph my roses in the mirror.  Yes, there I am in my bathroom behind the flowers (don’t laugh).  It was the best mirror I had in the house without standing on a stool and balancing the roses with one hand while taking the photo with another.  And that was just not going to happen 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.  It’s really not about the backyard BBQ’s, beer and hotdogs.  It’s remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us in this country.  Namaste’

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Wow! This has been quite a year for interesting combinations of numbers.  I woke up like any other morning today but as the day progressed I had a few extra opportunities to feel gratitude.  A phone call, an email, an encounter at the store with a woman that was very uplifting.  She explained to me how grateful she is to be living here … right here; right now. It was rather amazing because I’ve talked to her before but today it was different. (She’s a clerk at the supermarket where I shop most often).  It was like we connected at a deeper level today.  Not just the superficial “hello, how are you?”  I left feeling lighter and more involved with life.

I have the feeling we’re all going to be experiencing more and more of this feeling of unity as time goes on and we get more into 2012.  Are you open to more giving, receiving and forgiving?

If Today Was a Flower, It Would be Roses

Off to the dentist tomorrow … ugh! Namaste.