Short Inspirations on a Lazy Wintery Night

We spent a quiet Thanksgiving evening, just me and my mate. Its interesting how Thanksgiving can change for some of us as the years start to go by. I remember the Thanksgiving gatherings with dozens of friends, neighbors, family, in laws when I was a little girl, and then the get togethers with my immediate family during my corporate years. They were always a time I looked forward to. As I cooked our Thanksgiving meal, I felt grateful that even if these days the Holidays are simpler, and family is scattered as far away as Thailand, I still get to celebrate and cook. It means a lot to me to be able to prepare a meal for someone I love, and to be reminded of the things we are appreciative of.

While the fireplace is warming the living room, and the house is filled with wood incense (highly recommend it) and candles are burning in every room, I went to Facebook and realized I have shared quite a bit of photos and quotes, so since I am spending a lazy night in front of the computer, I thought I would compile a few and share with everyone, a couple or so, were shared in older hubs, but I feel they are worth sharing again; sometimes a beautiful photo coupled with a few words can help to shift our focus and energy.


My morning offering today is simply to be Grateful which I am almost everyday, anyway. Have a Happy, Glorious Thanksgiving everyone, and for our friends who do not live in the USA have a glorious day!
My morning offering today is simply to be Grateful which I am almost everyday, anyway. Have a Happy, Glorious Thanksgiving everyone, and for our friends who do not live in the USA have a glorious day! | Source

When I wrote this during the Summer, we were experiencing difficult business debt and some fear, so its good to go back and see that both Phil and I had the opportunity to put into practice what we write and talk about spiritually. We are in a healthier place as we sold our cabin, and paid off credit card debt. Thank God!

"Its a beautiful day - I choose to live today in the moment, to be at peace, and do what brings me a simple contentment, which is to focus on Spirit through my writings and creative ideas. I have found that its true what the teachers have been saying, that life need not be "perfect" for peace to be revealed."

"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet."  Rumi
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet." Rumi | Source
Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you.
Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. | Source
Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence".
Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence". | Source
"People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering."
"People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering." | Source
"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."
"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." | Source
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." | Source

I shared this in another hub and in Facebook, had to share again, as these words resonate with me.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

A Return to Love Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Marianne Williamson


May peace and love be with all! 

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ahorseback 6 years ago

VioletSun; I was enjoying you're words and imagine my surprise at seeing my poem of hope on your hub, I am humbled by your words and thoughts Thank you and I wish you peace today and forever!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Really beautiful photos, VS, and I enjoyed the poetry you pit up from other hubbers...nice gesture.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

rated up & beautiful! Well written and inspirational. Beautiful words & pix...


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mizza1981 6 years ago

beatiful photos thank you continue enjoing us


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Ahorseback: It was my pleasure to include your poem, your poetry is a favorite of mine.

Alexhouse and Mizza, always nice to have readers leave comments.

Samson, thanks for the rate up!


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G-Ma Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

"People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering."

Source: St Augustine...love this whole hub great great job...:O) G-Ma Hugs


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Lovely photos, Violet. Thank you for sharing them!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Isn't that amazing G-Ma? We humans have a tendency to stand in wonder at everything other than the magnificient creations that we all are. Hugs~

Chris, Hey, long time "no see", :) glad you enjoyed the photos!


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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

Hi Marie: "Spending a quiet thanksgiving evening with someone you love....without family & friends....and still enjoy.." I can so relate to it. We do see things differently at different stages in our life and that applies to interpreting 'happiness' also. Its strange how the form of 'enjoyment' changes as we grow. Now at my age...I can even be happy when I'm all by myself. Everything around us is fluid and changes constantly...even our likes & dislikes.

Very beautiful projection of thoughts! Loved the pics.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Anjali, Very wise words, "everything around us is fluid and changes constantly...even our likes & dislikes", so very true. For me what is most important these days, is my sense of peace and if I have that, I can enjoy everything, even solitude. Thanks for your usual insightful comments, much appreciated!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Beautiful pictures, a beautiful Thanksgiving message. Being grateful, being happy in the moment and knowing you are special - what more can one ask for?


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Shalini, thanks for your presence here, always appreciated! :)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

What a wonderful image you have painted in words :-)


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Enjoyed your article. To appreciate what is and acceptance is a learned experience. Life is a celebration of each moment. We have a choice to recognize the possibilities. Thanks for sharing...


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Thank you my friend for sharing your heart, thoughts and inspiration with us. The pictures you included are absolutely stunning and brilliant. I share your thoughts about life, staying positive and spreading your love to many is a perfect way to live life in the moment. peace to you and yours. Hugs.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Dimitri, Thank you for your support, my friend.

Dallas, Its very true, that learning to appreciate what is, and acceptance is a learned experience; I was not of this mindset when younger, used to be very angst ridden. Yikes. :)

Saddlerider, Love and peace is all that really matters to me, because out of this foundation everything arises. Glad we share similar thoughts about life. Hugs back at you.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Violet Sun - I'm entranced by your account of a lovely, relaxed, enjoyable Thanksgiving and sharing those gorgeous pictures is uplifting! Love the inclusion of others' poetry and am honored to be included among them!

The closing thought about our greatest fear being of our own greatness is true. I always felt intimidated and assumed it was because I was lesser-than those who seemed assured, till one day I realized I was more afraid of being an intimidator! And I realized that each of us has power and greatness if we can bring ourselves to acknowledge it. I also realized that dong so should encourage others rather than intimidate them unless it is done in a deliberately intimidating way. That's what one should be afraid of.

It's an excellent hub, VS. Truly wondrous. Thank you for sharing so much here.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Thank you. Thoroughly enjoyed your thoughts.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Nelliana, Your thoughts gave me goosebumps, as you added more clarity to Marianne's Williamson's words! I agree that being our best we will bring it out in others and it need be intimidating unless we do it deliberately. I love your wisdom and passion!

Pennyofheaven, Welcome to Hubpages, nice to see another writer of positive thoughts join! :)


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Lovely. As always, VS, you give us hope. :)


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Marie, the photos are just as beautiful today and inspiring once more. I had to smile about you writing that you are enjoying a quiet evening. Yes, I too experienced past Thanksgiving holidays at my grandfather's with LOTS of cousins running around. My holiday was special this year, as I got to share it with my daughters and their families.

I'm glad to read that the 'infamous' cabin has been sold. Much good fortune with that and the financial freedom. Blessings.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you, VS. This little thing I wrote this in Nov. 1971 sort of expresses the idea:

Be not intimidated,

Be reinforced

By signs of life herein.

As the flow is fed,

So it distributes

Life ahead.

____© Nellieanna H. Hay


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

FP, Thank you for stopping by, always good to see the pensive-orator cat avatar in my hubs. :)

Denise, We were lucky to be able to sell the cabin as we had lots of interested folks, but the banks wouldn't finance them as its not a primary home. Wonderful to hear you spent your Thanksgiving with your daughters and their families.

Nellieanna, Oh, thank you for sharing, you have inspired me! I have some ideas lurking in my head and want to give birth to them. :)


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Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK which is a pity, because it would be a good opportunity to reflect on all we have to be grateful for, and to take some time to get together, and share food with friends and family. It's a really lovely idea for a holiday.

I love your pictures and reflections, as always, and I'm glad you are in a good place right now. Thank you for sharing.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Amanda, I was thinking it would be great if there was a Gratitude Day internationally where family and friends would gather and just have enjoy each other's company. I am grateful, I am in a better place in my life nowadays, wasn't the case about 10 years ago, so glad I made the changes I did. Thanks for stopping by and your support, always good to see you! :)


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Very inspiring VS! Thanks for sharing... you touch my soul more than you can imagine! God bless! =)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

DJ, Oh, thank you, its heart warming to read your words. Blessings to you too!


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dianeaugust 6 years ago from Tennessee

I needed these words today. Thank you and hope your Thanksgiving was joyous! DA


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Diane, Happy to read the words in this hub served you today, that's one of my reasons for writing and sharing, to hopefully uplift. Thank you for your comments!


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Kim Lynn 6 years ago

Beautiful!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you, Kim! :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

You are always beautiful sunshine ray, Mary, so soothing photos, inspiring words...sorry because of your cabine, but sometimes we must let things go.

Love and hugs


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Tatjana, Thank you for your uplifting words and energy. :) The cabin was gorgeous, like a two story house, but we are glad to let it go. The amazing, thing, is that there were a few potential buyers interested in the cabin, but we didn't meet them as the real estate agent took care of showings, except for one couple with two pre-teen girls and huge dog and this was months ago, at the beginning of the sale listing. Both Phil and I liked them, and everytime I would go to the cabin, I would intent and asked for the Universe's help that either that couple could purchase the cabin or similar energy like theirs. I wanted a family that would find joy there, and lo and behold they found the financial means to finally make an offer and buy it. It was meant for them to have it.

Its a happy ending to the cabin story. LOL!

Love and hugs~


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Marie, I enjoyed this time with you feeling inspired and uplifted looking at the beautiful photos and basking in the words of wisdom you have compiled. Celebrating thanksgiving is a beautiful event...and even if we don't have that one here, maybe I will include that in my own celebration with family and friends! :) I thank the Divine for bringing in the right people to buy the cabin and yes, to settle the debts. That has been our prayer and I'm so happy that it has been answered! For this and so much more...thank you God! :) Marie, hugs and kisses to you always!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Michelle, I still feel grateful for that sale, the year was challenging but ended well. Thank you for gracing this space with your bright, loving energy!

Hugs and love~


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Marie, I love being here for you are such a wonderful friend! :)


ralwus 6 years ago

Lovely. yesss. I really enjoyed the picture show and your words. Cold is here and Christmas is on its way. Blessings of joy to you and Phil. Charlie


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Charlie, Glad you enjoyed the picture show and looks like you are on the mend, I certainly hope so! :)


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

i have had the blessing bestowed upon me to experience the fact that i am all powerful.It has happened to me so often that i am scared that some day i will be found not capable of accepting this and somehow it will go way. you are right- we are all scared of our limitless potential.all we need to believe in is that HE is all within us.The vedas (sacred Hindu texts) say it well "TAT twam asi"" you are HIM" and if we really are the LORD where is the limit???

thanks for reminding me . God bless.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Neeleshkulkarni, It seems major religions and spiritual paths keeps reminding us we are Him,thanks for the reminder by sharing a sacred text from the Vedas.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Wow! Beautiful written and innovative format. I'm so happy to have found another Hub Healer and Spiritual Poet. Blessings, Debby


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Debby, Thank you so much for your uplifting comments and encouragement! :)


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Your Hub brought back memories and your pics are beautiful! I voted up on this Hub. It made me happy... Thank you! I hope to see you on my Hubs. God Bless.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

DrPastorcarlotta, always good to see you, many blessings to you too!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Merry Christmass to you and your dearest ones. Blessings and love...


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Tatjana, Thank you! And Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! Love and hugs~


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. I really enjoy all the pictures , very beautiful. You made my day so colorful. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love and peace!

Prasetio:)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you Pras! Always nice to see you in my hubs.:) And have a Happy New Year filled with many blessings!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Love the idea of sitting by a fireplace and drinking hot chocolate, even though it has been years since I have done that.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sweetiepie, Since I lived in apt buildings in NY where we didn't have a fireplace, its nice living in a house with one. New experience for me. :)


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sameerk 5 years ago from India

nice one , loved it


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you sameerk, glad you enjoyed the hub.


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tnvrstar 5 years ago from doha, qatar

great


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thanks, tnvrstar.


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Kevin Peter 5 years ago from Global Citizen

hey violet sun I liked your photos too much which you have attached in this hub and ya I had also like your each and every moment even described in your hub.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Kevin, glad you enjoyed the photos and comments, appreciate your leaving a comment here.


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Your words has touched my soul and the images has warmed my heart. Thanks for sharing! =)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

DJ, thank you, I appreciate your visits!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I like what you write about and believe in what you say. The photos along with the quotes were wonderful. Specially liked the St. Augustine quote!


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Fossillady, St. Augustine's quote is such a beautiful reminder of who we really are, wonder beings who have forgetten our divine and beautiful nature. Nice to meet you!


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

thanks for the smile on my face =) love this hub for teh phtos... needed them!


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

You are most welcome, Rebecca. Sometimes we all need something beautiful to uplift us. Thanks for the visit. :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I certainly love those cold winter days with family and friends!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

So very beautiful.

Here's to so many more to share on here.

Take care,

Eddy.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thanks Eddy!:)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

PDX, I do too! Friends keep us warm. :) Just saw your comment today, for some reason I didn't get an email notification. :(


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

it's okay. I will consider forgiveness


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

PDX, big smiles here. :) I had to moderate my own comment, yikes, don't know what's up with the settings. LOL


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

I love your pictures and the inspirational qoutes. Beautiful words and thoughts are magical. Thanks for sharing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

lol, I do that too!


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you carolp for reading and your comments! :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...deep, profound, magical, soulful ..... are your thoughts, images and your writing ....and now I lay me down to sleep after my night shift and this time with you on this Saturday morning .....you are my lullaby and you have such an inspiring way with words and how to communicate them on such an intimate and pure level .......lake erie time ontario canada 8:54am


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Epigramman: So glad my hub ended your night with a lullaby. ;) Thank you for reading and your comments, and I apologize for the late reply, had not realized I had comments in various of my hubs! :(


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Parks McCants 4 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

Fantastic! Thank you. It turns out that this inspirational page works equaly as well at 7.00a.m., as it did the night that you shared it.Beautiful imagery combined with the written word is truly Evergreen.

Peace dear friend.


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Parks, Sorry for the late response, just logged on to Hubpages, but delighted to find your comments. :) Thank you for reading and commenting! Peace to you as well.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I am back to savor and enjoy the words of inspirations you have written here. I am definitely in a better feeling good place. Thanks Marie :)


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Oh, Michele, thank you for commenting on this oldie, it brought back memories and a sense of gratitude with the realization that no matter what life gives us, there is always so much to be grateful for! Life is magical. :) It's synchronicity, the angel card (we have a deck of little cards with messages) I picked for today was "gratitude", and you commented on this hub again which I wrote on Thanksgiving 19 months ago. I am grateful for this ripple! :) Hugs~

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