VERVE OF LIFE!

LV.

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May we ask ourselves ~ what ARE we doing the rest of our lives?

High on Life!


Embarked on my 80th year of life now and the moon came closest to the Earth than it will for another 20 or so years. Well, I fully intend to be here to walk out on my lawn and see it next time, too!

Would you care to join me then? That is possible. And then we can remind each other of this spring day in the year 2011! If I wrote no other words - THAT is simply amazing. Even if not, it is ALL just as amazing! Whoopee! LIFE!

Life astounds me,

How beautiful!

How full!

And here am I

To live it!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Progress


How vividly I remember when those “first small steps for mankind” were planted on our silent satellite's bleak and knobby surface one summer day in 1969. Anyone else?

Many times following, it’s often seemed as though our space-stepping may have tracked a lot of that bleak dust back onto our lovely blue planet, as we watch mankind's steps apparently moving in retrograde and suffocating ourselves in the debris of futility.

Not all the ensuing steps have been wisely chosen. There is ample room for improvement. And WE, mankind, ARE the ones required to do it or choke in its wake.

Life is

A  roller-coaster ride,

The peaks

Between the

Rolls and coasts

Are suspensions,

Letting go

Of gravity

Before another

Plunge.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Yet, people, - our dearly beloved friends and family, our acquaintances, - even those we have yet to meet, are cherished. Nothing can diminish that, except one's own self. Nothing can nourish it, except one's own self.

This is the precious sense of LIFE, the verve of it, the very nerve of it, which I wish to express here!

Life lives in every moment, ~

For time apart from life

Is ~ meaningless.

Yet all of time that is, ~

Is infinite

In every moment

As it’s lived.

Life is

Curlicues

And wiggle-wobbles

Or else,

Suspension in mid-space.



What it’s not

    Is fixed and fastened,

         Nor obedient.

One must love it as it is

     Or miss it 

          Altogether.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Life respirates,

Is in

Is out.

The moment teems

With much more air

Than I can tolerate.

Dangerous,

This thing called life!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Life’s a masterpiece

In progress, ~

Brush mis-strokes,

And all!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Life

Turns me on

and wobbles not

Even when - 

At times - 

It mutilates 

My soul.

The rips are

Passageways

For light.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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ahorseback 5 years ago

I am soo lucky to be first , I think , I have never met such a positive soul as yours Nellieanna , I will join you for the next huge moon and we will rope it and take it for a spin around the planets , by then I will have this horseback thing down and the moon will be no trouble at all. so hang on tight girl . Twenty years is soon you know!.......Ed.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aha! - Ahorseback - Ed - and I am soo lucky that you are the first!! Now I'm getting all excited about that spin we'll take the moon on around the planets. Woo hoo! That should make the news, especially if we're on horseback doing it! wow! Yes, I know how soon twenty years is! What I was doing 20 years ago seems like yesterday! :-)

Thank you for the fun preview of our activities and the really nice compliment!! Hugs!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Nellie, my lovely friend, the Moon only came closer to Earth because she had heard so much about you and wanted to see you with her own eyes.

I think this is the loveliest hub I have read of yours.

I adore this:

"Life

Turns me on

and wobbles not

Even when -

At times -

It mutilates

My soul.

The rips are

Passageways

For light."

Ian


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, my Ian! That's a lovely compliment! I'm really pleased that you like it! Hugs - Nellieanna


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Nellieanna-

Your zest and gusto are so life affirming you could coax a curmudgeon to chortle!

These shimmering snippets of vivacious verse have made me smile, and pause to appreciate a life that includes gentle and graceful people like you.

Let me know where you'll be when next the moon dares to draw near and risk comparison with your lovely glow...I'll be there to share the moment.

Peace.

CP


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

It's been a while,hello Nellie :). I love this song.So many years ago and still hauntingly beautiful.I love Streisand.I love the sax and then I read "Life astounds me,how beautiful! How full! And here am I to live it!" and I linger rereading it again and again while replaying the music.Unwilling or unable to move on...."Life - At times - it mutilates my soul" and your poems are the light that passes through the rips.Thank you and hugs.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Nellieanna we all try to be unique, but of all the poets in the world you are the least restrained i have encountered. I love all your wise thoughts and those four line slices of life say so much with so few words. I want to as positive as you 'if' i make the big 8-Oh.

You are a chest of treasured words. Cheers from Keith.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopher P - What a pleasure to see you! Ah, thank you! - Well, I confess that I've worked on a curmudgeon or two in my time and have squeezed a giggle or two out of 'em, in spite of themselves. hehe.

Your musical words have certainly made me smile, too! I'm honored to be in your life in some small way. Life really is so precious. I'm thinking perhaps of a magic carpet to gather up all our beautiful HP friends for the next moon visit. Wouldn't it be fun? We could have a moon party! (Of course- that would be fun any year!)

Thank you for a delightful comment. It brightened MY night!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

SilentReed - I know. I've missed being more active while I've been quite absorbed, first in having some delightful company and since then, on - ugh - taxes. But I'm B-A-C-K! :-)

Isn't that a haunting song? It's one of several in a special category in my heart, along with "If You Go Away", among a few others. I also love Streisand, especially when she gives it that wistful, gentle treatment. That sax is sooooooo saxy, too! ;->

I'm truly pleased that you enjoyed the visit and honored that you did. You're more than welcome to linger any time! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Attempted Humor -- Keith! I'm so happy that you came by! I think everyone is YOU-nique, though perhaps some of us are odder than others. I'm gratified that you consider me and my poetry worthwhile. Thank you!

I figure that to "enter heaven" (whatever/whenever that might be), one has to take it with one, and it's surely the same with living moment by moment life while we're here. I look forward to many more of them! Thank you for that huge compliment. ;-)Hugs!


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DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

I am at home for a long awaited break over the road, and I settled in this morning with a cuppa joe to read, my heart being in a peaceful place. I came here first, as you are my "first love" on the Hub, and was greeted by these wonderful words. You are my Queen of the South, and I am so very grateful to have sat in your presence, for it makes the words flow from the page with the sound of your voice - an ever so beautiful advantage for me! My girls say hi, for you are always in their hearts. Your true admirer - Dave


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

At the age of ten,the Moon Walk was casually accepted as just part of the fantastic world mixed with my own imagination of Star Trek and Assimov,only now do I see that the Moon Landing is a Poets Dream,that is versed so wonderfully by our Dear Nellieanna.;)


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Nellieanna what a beautiful work of art. Thank you for sharing your gift. Up awesome and beautiful. Hugs


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

With a bit of luck Nellieanna, we might both be on the moon in twenty years time. Technology is advancing so fast anything is possible.

Thanks for the lovely words, and the equally beautiful pictures.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm out the door for a routine dental - teeth cleaning - appointment. Will reply as soon as I get back.


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Nellieanna,

What you bring to these pages is like the dawn. You breath a spirit into the electronic wonderland we inhabit. We are richly blessed for these things should not even be possible.

I am, as ever, in awe,

Chris


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan

"Life's a masterpiece in progress, brush mis-strokes and all" Wonderful words of wisdom from a wonderful woman


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Patricia Costanzo 5 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

What a delight you are to read Nellieanna! I need to remember this:

"It mutilates

My soul.

The rips are

Passageways

For light"

You are the silver lining personified. Namaste.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Nellieanna, it is very lovely. Life is a masterpiece, and you need to be in the right FRAME of mind to see it properly framed.

"If I tack the wind,

It is because

My sails

Are free."

I am trying to free my sails first - it seems that they are not in the best condition.

The theme of moon became very prominent in my thoughts for some strange reason - for my liking something beautiful yet unattainable - Mein Lieber A. (a character, you may say he is from "Men are Buses", or he may very well be a separate creature. Being a Water Bearer, he does not go to Bus Terminals). He and I - like Earth and Moon - fascinating, yet separated by distance, in constant view of each other.

"Mein Lieber A. Going to the Moon" - it was one of my first attempts to let go of pain, painful attachments and rejections by writing about it.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

I totally enjoyed this. Your poems on life has given it shades and hues, making it more beautiful if we pause and ponder on those words. Lovely and loving it.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

The song and the singer, Nellieanna, are magnificent and so is the poetry. Thank you for it all. Made my day!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Dave - how lovely that you're at home now! I'm sure that Veronica and your children are thrilled! Please give them my best with hugs! They're in my heart too.

I'm thrilled, too, that you stopped by to read my hub. I've been away a lot, first with company, then with taxes, so this is my first hub for a bit.

I went over to Sam's today and as I passed by Chubby's, of course, I remembered our delightful non-stop talk over many cups of coffee that day. That was truly a special moment, having commented on here on each other's hubs - to just meet and talk "eyeball-to-eyeball" like that. Welcome back!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Acer! Age of 10 ~ !! Wow, you're a youngster! My kids were 14 and 12 then!! hehe. I wonder if they just took the Moon Walk in stride (no pun intended).

We watched it at my aunt & uncle's cabin on Lake Whitney during our annual visit to see my folks in Texas. I was pretty impressed! My husband then was a general science teacher in Indiana, so it had been an anticipated event in our house.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sunnie - Thank you for the lovely comments and for visiting! I'm always delighted to see you've been by! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopheranton - Hey, hey - that's a date, :-) provided technology has fulfilled its part! :-) I'm especially glad to see you, Christopher! - It's been awhile! - And thank you for the great compliments!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

ChrisL - my dear friend! Thank you! You do me great honor! Hugs! I've been missing you too. So glad the taxes are done!! I'm back!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Daunte Loper - Ah, yes - that's one of my own favorites of these. Thank you! I'm happy to see you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Patricia, yes. That one was written when my life felt exactly that way. Sure enough, though, a little light shone through and even that much is enough when used to light one's steps! Thank you for the visit and especially for the lovely comments!


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SheZoe 5 years ago from Idaho, USA

Once again Nellianna-your writings make me smile n feel breath caught. Just what i needed to read today. Thank you so much


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

im glad you are living life to the fullest and enjoying every minute of it!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kallini - dear Svetlana! I'm delighted to see you visit here. It's true. One's frame of mind frames the masterpiece that is life.

On the recent visit to see the bluebonnets, the place (called The Wildflower) where we ate lunch was also a charming gift shop. My friend, Val, had expressed wishing she had a painting of the bluebonnets, so when we ran across several original paintingsi in the shop, we paused. But she objected because they were in ornate gold frames and she said that she didn't prefer that combination, and that she thinks bluebonnets, being wildflowers, should be in more rustic frames. How true that is! So it is that a frame must fit the ambience of what it frames.

Freeing one's sails is a continuous - almost living - process, too. Keeping them in good condition means examineinag them frequently to see that they are free of mold or debris from previous trps. Between each use for sailing, they need to be kept properly folded so they're not too tight, but loosely enough to allow them to open up easily when the conditions are right for catching the wind and sailing freely!

Oh yes. The moon is certainly both beautiful and unattainable; well unATTAINable for possessing. It's one of those beautiful things which must be beheld with appreciation, which is attainable, but not to be possessed.

The view of Earth from Moon that was sent back by those astronauts was even more beautiful, perhaps, than our regular view of Moon from here on Earth! Learning to enjoy what we can behold but not fretting to hold it is part of the secret of smooth sailing in life, I think. HAVING is really mostly illusion. What we truly have is our being, - our sails, if you will. We have it for use while we dwell here. Other things we may enjoy but we really don't possess. But BEING is a more positive even in its non-possessiveness than latching onto negatives such as pain and unattainable.

Anyway - how would one take care of the Moon if one owned it? :-) Many things we behold and love we are better off just beholding than if we could own and so become responsible for them. Plus things or people who are claimed as being owned changed and that which we thought so beautiful while beholding is usually destroyed in the process, because it needs freedom to be, also.

It may be possible to simply co-exist together without HAVING each other.

I'm going to read your latest, now that my time is beginning to be in tow. My dental visit turned into a more errands, so I'm still just getting into what I really want to do, but - yoo-hoo!


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

But, of course, Nellieanna, I read what you write. It is very different from our other communication - it is wisdom crystallized, sparking and dazzling with each facet.

The reason the moon images echoed so much, it is because "Mein Lieber A." (Mr. Water Bearer who can drive me completely insane) became part of the Moon Story. Every Full (Fool) Moon, I remember him and try to think that not all things can be had. Moon is beautiful from afar, but up close? It is a different image, not so pretty and inviting. It also needs the proper frame. And indeed framing changes our impressions (perceptions).

The images that you used were one of many I had to choose from, so it felt so familiar. Sailing and flying are my constant themes, too. But sailing for me as Water Sign has magic appeal.

And I don't have your talent to say a lot with so few words.

"Life’s a masterpiece

In progress, ~"


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

anginwu - I'm so pleased to see you here! Ah yes - life HAS its own shades and hues so it's needed that words about it have them too! (you must be an artist!) . Thank you so much.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear DRBJ! Your comments are so succinct and satisfying! Thank you!!! Big hug!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

SheZoe - That is so gratifying. I think nothing else feels quite as deeply good as a good deep breath. - And when it feels "caught" - that is extra-special. I'm truly happy that it was something you needed to read. Thank YOU for sharing that with me.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki - Thank you, gal. It is a choice in a way. I feel very glad about it.

I just watched a show with guest Tom Shadyac, Hollywood movie producer & director who did many very famous comedies, including most of Jim Carrey's. He made tons of money but awoke to the fact that the "things" he gathered around him didn't make him any happier. So he checked out of that life style of gathering things around him and has made a documentary called "I Am" which tells the story of these choices. It would be well worth seeing.

I'm glad you came by, my dear.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Svetlana - I'm happy you returned to write your follow-up thoughts and impressions. You always have a very special perception and I love being included in it.

How true that up close the Moon's surface is not pretty nor is it hospitable! That is one reason I mentioned (in essence) that those 1969 Moon walkers surely may have tracked some of that incompatible surface material back with them to further confuse Earth walkers.

Yes - how we frame whatever we consider changes not only our perceptions of it but its effect on our whole being.

How wonderful that the imagery struck familiar chords with you! Imagery can be such a direct route between folks - or a huge blank if it meets non-recognition and response. I'm a rather visual person so I usually respond to imagery.

I'm an Air Sign, of course - and while I enjoy sailing and other water activities, I'm most at home and responsive to flying.

As you know, my talent to say a lot with few words is limited to my poetry-writing! (grin). I don't know where that comes from, actually. I suppose that prose brings out my desire to be thorough and thoroughly understood - which, as we've discussed, is usually a futile effort anyway.

In the brevity and imagery of poetry, it either rings the receptive chord - or it doesn't and is no big deal. It's easy enough to attribute it to someone not liking poetry - or that kind of poetry - or whatever. It's easy to pass by if it's not received and to revel in if it is!!


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Nellieanna - I agree. I am extremely visual, too. But recently the Taurus man (you know) told me that I had a lot of weaknesses. I was .... "Weaknesses? What weaknesses?" Words and language barrier. Sensuality, responsiveness, you may continue in any direction you like. My ex believed that I was cold. Perception. I am anything but cold. But it depends to what I respond. Not to everything. Not to everyone.

So our receptiveness is selective. Something leaves us cold. It may be writing, it may be poetry or music. Imagery.

Perceptions change. Taste is a subject of development.

I love the Moon, I love moonlight - puts me in the philosophical mood. On the other hand - the only times I am not in a philosophical mood are when I dance, sing or perform my Comedy Act.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Perhaps we need filters in our ears. Everything that is uttered need not go directly into our innermost self. I should be heard, but more objectively, perhaps. If it doesn't apply to ourselves in our innermost self, (even if it is trying to) - it needs to be given a more analytical process, perhaps to better understand the person who utters and owns it. Perhaps that might even lead to more acceptance of that person as he or she really IS. What someone else "believes" about oneself is nothing more than that - his or her belief. Beliefs are something usually "sucked out of the believer's thumb"!! But they do tell something about that believer. His own lacks and needs, his frailties and goals, etc. But they have little else to do with oneself. As you say - how we respond to anyone or anything has to do with a MUTUAL exchange. When someone says "you are cold" - it means, you are not responding to me as I hoped or expected. So? Means the chemistry is lacking or the dynamics are crushing other responses. It's not one's fault. Probably no one's "fault" unless expecting someone else to supply what a person needs is considered a fault. I think of it more as a self-defeating option. So if you are expected to be warm TO THAT PERSON and aren't' - too bad. Reality. And if you expect him to understand it, - too bad, as well. Reality, again.

So - What DOES exist in the situation? Mutual disappointment? Mutual frustrations? Mutual disillusionment? Well - Each participant can refocus those feelings for himself or herself - or go on batting heads against stone walls. Obviously YOU have seen it as futile and are ready to move on. So - that's what is surely next.

We do not HAVE TO respond in any certain way to anything or anyone. What is important is to have and own our authentic responses and make no apologies for them. If one becomes dissatisfied with one's OWN responses to anything, the good news is that those are manageable & fixable! The others' are not - for oneself. If it becomes too irritating, - best simply to move past it - unless there is something in it one really does want, including the anguish!


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Nellianna, Your passion for life is contagious! I hope when I reach my 80th year of life, I will have this passion, it keeps one forever in a beautiful dance with life, even during the lows. Your writing as usual, expresses your beauty and wisdom!


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Nellieanna - I just received another marriage proposal - it was self-provoked (of course, it is all half a joke), but you and I are an ideal couple, too bad we cannot get married. Maybe you and I are also like I and Mein Lieber A. - one thing is a distance relationship and quite another being together and getting on each other nerves. I can be very trying.

Internet is the ultimate purifier, it distills the essence of communication from the extra details that can hard to overcome. It is purely intellectual exchange.

We agree on so many things. I am looking for this balance and harmony with a man.

"Above all, I like beauty, balance, and harmony. It may come as existence inspiring, uplifting and intoxicating as the scent of fresh rain mixed with the air of spring or melancholic, enigmatic and refined.

I cannot remember how many times I have been asked what I am looking for. The only answer I can come with is Pure Happiness."

"People often argue about whether this world really exists, or is something like The Matrix movie. It’s a very stupid thing to argue about. All problems of this kind derive from the fact that people don’t understand the words they use. Before discussing the subject, the first thing people ought to do is get to grips with the meaning of the word ‘exist’. Then a lot of interesting things would become clear. But people are rarely capable of correct thinking." (Victor Pelevin)


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

when and if i get to heaven Nellie you are the first eprson i would like to meet.There is no other way even heaven can be as positive as it is amde out to be. you carry your own heaven wherever you go and am blessed to beeee amongst the many that love you.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

VioletSun - how good to see you! Thank you. I'm smiling and thinking that the way to keep forever dancing is to not stop, - even during the lows. Actually both highs and lows going on around one are valuable, if one keeps internally balanced. Fortunately the balanced zone is a bit wider than a pinpoint, so it's fairly possible to maintain. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Svetlana - !! So! That is an interesting thought! You know, of course, that Aquarians are content with distance & relish having plenty of personal space.

Actually an individual mind is capable of distilling the essences from the extraneous when its internal harmony is secure. If not, probably nothing external can provide it. But you're right that the net - or any long-distance communication, perhaps, - naturally sorts it out and makes it simpler.

I'm thinking that it is as possible as possible can be to discover a balance and harmony between the sexes, in spite of all the bad press about major inescapable differences. My theory is that those which are pointed out are probably more often the end result of training and low expectation of finding more common ground, - along with all the myriad of differences in subjectivity - - background, experience, state of being - - between any two human beings, along with communication problems with actually having a common language (even within the same language) for expressing what one wants to communicate and hearing others' efforts to express themselves. Without a true standard of what words mean which has been taught to & learned by the individuals involved, the same word may mean entirely different things to any two individuals. It can be shocking to find out what someone in close proximity thinks various words mean, even those which seem to oneself so basic and clear. Even on a different day when moods or health conditions change, people may say and hear things so differently. It's a miracle that any two people can actually communicate what each really means and hears together. So, sure - lack of common understanding of words IS a major obstacle.

But I'm not sure I can agree with Pelevin's bottom line that people are mostly incapable of correct thinking. It is a quite sweeping assertion, though in many instances, it seems to apply. But who's to judge what is "correct thinking"? - another human with his or her own kinks and prejudices. . . ?

Anyway -this is all a most interesting discussion! :-) But perhaps we should continue it on email - :-) Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Neelesh - Aw. What a beautiful thing to say - -. I'm thinking that we have that opportunity now! We've met here and that is quite a miracle, really considering how many thousand miles apart we are! It's mind-blowing! wow. Yes, I honestly think we must carry our own heaven with us. Hugs and thank you!


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Of course, Nellieanna!

But don't forget, Pelevin always speaks half-jokingly. Otherwise, he would be a preacher. What a bore! Boring books are not being read. They are flat.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

tee hee - - -true! Good night. zzzzzzzzzzz


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

I used to show the moon to my youngest and to tell him that when I die, I shall be up there looking out for him. In twenty years time, look up and wave, will you? :-)))


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Of that day Neil Armstrong said;

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue,was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye and my thumb blotted out the planet. I didn't feel like a giant...I felt very,very small !"

If I had one wish it would be that all mankind could see our fragile world the way he did, perhaps then everyone would realise this is not some sort of experiment, if we screw it up there is nowhere else for us to go.

However, if I can't have that wish then I would settle for everyone reading your wonderful words and learning to see our world through your eyes....

I think the end result would be the same.

Charmed as always.

PS As you know I allowed my passport to expire in protest to the Oh Soo many restrictions and limitations placed upon the humble traveller these days turning my worldwide wandering from a joy to a chore to be endured. But for you I will join you in twenty years and gaze up at the moon together I will bring the Champagne !


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miss_jkim 5 years ago

As always Nelliana, your words are pure gold and refreshing to mind and soul.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw, Dimitris -that is so endearing. I'm sure he treasures that when he recalls it. And I'll bet he does. Hugs. :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin - YES - I agree. This is a fragile ecosystem and we are its biggest problem. Yesterday I saw a program featuring a well-known movie director/producer whose movies made him a multibillionaire. He was the major producer of the Jim Carrey & other comedies which were so popular, but got his start working with Bob Hope's shows.

But he began to be aware of his sense that the status symbols that had seemed necessary in order to be deemed a success gave him, himself, nothing of value, that they are empty symbols, symbolizing nothing but desire for more than one needs or is entitled to. He saw it as similar to the body producing too many unneeded cells, which simply become cancerous.

So he gradually worked through it and got rid of his mansions, private planes, club memberships, fine clothes, swimming pools etc. etc. and moved into a mobile home in a lovely area with a peaceful view, from where he also runs his business life in a nearby mobile home.

He's giving away the excesses of his fortune and continuing income, aware that taking more from the habitat than one needs is what has historically doomed species to annihilation and that the aboriginal and native cultures who thrive and thrived with so much less had something else we usually lack - cooperation; and lacked something we usually cultivate - competition.

Anyway - it was inspiring. He's produced a documentary about this metamorphosis in his life, titled "I Am", and his name is Tom Shadyac. I intend to try to see it when it is released.

It is all in attitude, I think. But I'm not unique in having a positive one. Thank you for that lovely compliment!

Well -I'm holding you to that promise to join me in observing the next nearing of our satellite Luna! You and champagne, too! Yum!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Miss_jkim - thank you so much! What a lovely compliment!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Nelliana, diamonds and dust, your writings here have fluctuated me up and down, so beautiful and captivating.

I love the new photo/avatar you have put up.

I read to much politics these days seems that is all that is being buzzed in the hubs, it makes me weary with a heavy heart.

It was a blessing to me to read your writings that lifted me up from deep feelings of "all is soon to be lost" but,

quote I confess that I've worked on a curmudgeon or two in my time and have squeezed a giggle or two out of 'em, in spite of themselves. hehe. end quote I must confess that I am one of the curmudgeon, he he

I thank you for being you, a true talent with a quality of a true heart, Many Blessings, Much Love I pray to rain upon you, Dusty


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

Beautiful as ever...JR


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dusty - I know what you mean. So much that is written is just gloomy. I am a realist and I know there are gloomy things in our reality. But sometimes I wonder whether they don't gain momentum when highlighted and given so much attention. I have to wonder what would happen if the same kind of attention were focused upon the good things we have to behold, and there REALLY are many of those, too. The universe would tilt and crash if these things were not at least in some sort of balance, meaning that we COULD concentrate on some of each. If our focus on the negatives is honestly aimed at improving them, that would be a good thing. And if we balanced those fixations with more fixation on the good stuff, we would be impedimental in improvement & enjoying more of what IS rather than driving home how horrid things are, even if we do need to look at both sides. BOTH sides is the key!

Well - so that's just me. I am a realist - an optimistic one and a realistic optimist. All is NOT lost and THAT is the reality. Otherwise, we would not be on here comfortably exchanging thoughts, probably with a supper awaiting nearby, along with a place to sleep safely and tomorrow to look toward.

A projection of how terrible it is possible to become and how fast we MIGHT be moving there is just not totally real. Those who propose that it is - are not the realitists, though their propositions may fulfill their projections if people choose to believe them and behave accordingly. (hehe - Don't get me started! :-)

Dusty - if you are a curmudgeon, we need more curmudgeons in this world. I appreciate your occasional smiles and even a giggle or two! And blessings and love back atcha! Hugs and many thanks! ~ Nellieanna


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

jrsearam - thank you! What a lovely comment!


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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

life is beautiful, lol


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

That says it all! Thank you, Chisom Emmanuel, both for the visit here and for following me on HubPages!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Nellieanna your light shines

and glows from deep inside.

Your halo is bright at all times

so wear it with an awesome pride.

Your words are filled with beauty

and softened with your love.

You have a pure serenity

that flows on the wings of a dove.

Bask in the gracious light

of that halo that is so rare.

What a wondrous sight and

thank you for all your care.

Thank you Nellieanna for all the beautiful poems and hubs that you have written on here.

I also hope to be able to witness the moon's wondrous magic in twenty years time again.

Thank you for all the beauty and care that you have shared with us on here.

Beautiful words from a beautiful lady and here's to many more years of sharing hubs.

Take care and God Bless you Nellieanna.

Eiddwen.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eiddwen - You, yourself are such a loving, glowing person, you see it in others! Thank you for seeing it in me! The poem you have written to express it is just glorious!! It really does brighten my day all the more. Yes - we must share many more years of writing. Timing for things in one's life happens almost miraculously! But, then - it's all miraculous, so, of course! :-)


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Scarlett My Dear 5 years ago from Missouri

Dear Nellieanna,

Happy Birthday To You!

On the night the full moon was closest to the Earth, my family and I were sitting around a campfire listening to the spring peepers, still under glass, seeking out the constellation, Gemini, and singing to the guitar as the cold spring winds moved us closer to the shimmering embers. As the fire began to die down and the kids sought warm beds indoors, I stood and stretched, breathing in the night air. It was then I glimpsed the moonrise out of the southeast, perfectly beautiful ~ magic in pink.

You are such an honest, perfectly beautiful spirit, Nellianna ~ Simply magic. I am pleased to share in your thoughts here in this place you have made. You open eyes and hearts here. You welcome Life, as it is here. So proud to admire you from afar, not to be possessed.

~Love! Scarlett


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Scarlett - Thank you! And what a lovely scenario to glimpse such a magic moonrise! You've described it so that It's real, here and now! Nothing nicer than being in it, though.

I do welcome LIfe - constantly, the 'good' parts and those less good. It's all life!

Thank you for the beautiful comments and compliments. Hugs.


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

If everyone, dear Nellieanna, lived in the moment and lived every moment to the fullest as you do, what amazing people would populate our "blue planet!" You are such a rich inspiration to everyone who reads your glorious words.

I have to agree with Chris about your potential effect on a curmudgeon (since I've been known to be somewhat curmudgeonly myself, at times, though I try to keep that trait at bay).

Thank you, thank you...again....Jaye


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Jaye! Now then, I cannot even slightly imagine you being curmudgeonly! But perhaps we can all be so at times, especially if we have or have had children whom we are obliged to try to discipline! :-)

There's no reason we can't live in the moment. As a matter of fact, there's no such thing as not living in it. The tricky part is realizing this is the way it is. Mostly we seem inclined to think that, if we use our present moments thinking of past or future, those times are where we are living. However, that is not only unreasonable, it just "ain't so"! SO - what can help our case here on the blue planet is getting real!

I really appreciate your great comments, Jaye!


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Sorry that I'm late to the party. Life is fleeting and frail. My Irish partner- Leone- had a brush with death on Friday and crushed his pelvis and is undergoing multiple surgeries this week. At just 45 with a pregnant wife ROZ and seven children -his life and ability to walk hang in the balance. The pain and fear must be palpable in his home this Easter.

Your many fine words embrace the joy of living in or through any circumstance. I hope that your Easter was filled with many joys and blessings. Hugs.


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

simply awesome hub!!! you are one special person radiating love,life,hope and happiness!! I am basking in this light!!


images99 5 years ago

Hi Nellieanna ma'm- I am late as ever, but consider me with you always, as I am here on this site for you only. This way I can come and see you at least. There is no way I can get to meet you. I will dare not email you, you may not like that.your's- suny...Oh yes, if I will not write a word about your great hub, but then I wonder what would I write unless, I understand them fully well. So I won't. Take care...


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gerry - - oh my, yes - it is fleeting and frail. My deep sympathy for Leone and his family. What a disaster for them. It's unimaginable, but I imagine how horrid it must be for all of them. Is he conscious for all this? And poor Roz, expecting a baby and then this. I can only hope and pray that they will find a much better outcome than it might be and that, whatever it is, they will have the strength to weather it. It is often a severe test we have for our spirit and joy of living.

Easter was quiet for me, but pleasant enough. Hope yours was full of hope. Thanks for coming by and letting me know. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sonia - Again, you do me great honor. I am pleased you've stopped t visit and that you enjoyed it! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suni - Now my day is full! Thank you for coming by. Any time you're inclined to email me, you may. We are friends, and what are friends for, if not to communicate with each other?

Your visit is a gratifying compliment enough for my hub! Thank you! I miss your gorgeous photography of your beautiful country, by the way.


images99 5 years ago

Thanks Ma'm- whenever I look at you, some one comes to my mind and I can not stop my tears, though it is not good for men to cry. Thanks for your permission, I will use that option, when must. Thanks for every thing.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suni - I don't prefer to be a source of sadness for you and I hope that whatever it is which causes that will be resolved for you. So I can't agree that it is not good for men - for anyone - to cry when that is one's natural response to a genuinely felt emotion. It helps to release the feeling, lets one embrace it and then move ahead, refreshed. That is not a bad thing.

Thank you for returning and replying. I felt strongly that it was very special. Hugs.

My email: nellieanna@nellieanna.com


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Nellieanna, whenever I come to your pages I leave enriched in mind and soul. You have a touch like no other. As for that day in 1969, yes, I remember it well. In fact, I met the person who would become my first husband on that day. We were all kids and gathered to watch the moon walk on TV. Later, he and I walked home together nervously holding hands through a cemetery and under a moon where people had walked only hours before. I will never forget that realization. The 'brush mis-stokes' of life are still good memories!


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

"Life astounds me, how beautiful! How full! And here am I to live it!" What a beautiful affirmation to buoy the spirit on the crest of a wave. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alexandra - wow - that is quite a memory. A good memory needn't be dimmed by later mis-strokes. What a romantic picture that is. wow.

Thank you so much for the visit and lovely comments. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gerry, ah, yes! - It feels so good to affirm it, too! It did then - when I greatly needed to feel it - and it always does. Thank you! Hug.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow, at long last I reach the end of your fans. I thought I never get there. However, I am not surprised because you are such a marvel in expressing wonderful thoguhts with the right and perfect words. Thank you for giving so much pleasure.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Hello, hello - Thank you so much! Comments like that truly inspire and warm me!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

What a beautiful spirit you have. What powerful words in this poem:

Life lives in every moment

For time apart from life

is meaningless

Yet all of time that is

is infinite

In every moment

As it's lived

Thank you so much for these lovely poems - this one truly made me think of how precious life is and how important it is to live it to the fullest. Blessings!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Whidbeywriter - Thank you, kindred spirit! It's true. Life is precious and we get to have it only in the moments as they're actually lived. It's so easy to think it is off somewhere and some time else, but if we do that, we're missing it where and when it IS. I'm glad you stopped by.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well you are the 'verve' of life - the 'verve' in life ...... and this title perfectly defines you as a person, a hubber and as a writer ...... and yes it's true Nellieanna you've got some 'verve' - lol


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Colin -Awgeewillikers. ;-)

Thank you! I do feel propelled with verve in a nice way. I appreciate your reading my hubs!

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