Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Big, blue-eyed, bouncing curled, 'blondie' girl...
Sweet puckered lips exploding into a wide, open-mouth smile;
Oh how you fill a room with your energetic, loving presence!
You make me smile, you fill my heart, you touch my soul.
Take me to heaven with the touch of your little hand on my face;
happily swept away, totally engulfed in your laughter...
The shutting of your eyes when you are thinking
and that tongue of yours has it's own personality.
Your outfit is so pretty, so many cute clothes and accessories!
What?  You need to find your Fairy wings?
Shall we have another tea party with your musical teapot?
Or do you fancy another story?
OK, let's watch how fast you do puzzles.
Such a wild child...full of busy, so fun.
Will you be a rock climber or an explorer of mountains?
Will you be a gymnast or a professional dancer?
Already you are an excellent rocker and mommy of baby dolls...
Your Mommy has taught you so much and so well....
In three months you will be such a fantastic big sister!
I know you will be a leader....
I know you will be bright and loved...
I know you will follow your dreams....
Sweet baby girl--only two years old and so very smart!
You melt my heart the way you look up to and love your brother
almost four years older....he is your prince next to your Daddy.
Grandma loves you...
Little monkey girl, 'No jumping on the bed!'

© dkb

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Each of Us...

"Each of us is meant to have a character all their own,
to be what no other can exactly be,
and do what no other can exactly do."

William Ellery Channing

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Lies Within Us...

What lies before us and what lies behind us
are small matters compared to
what lies within us.
And when we bring what is within
out into the world,
miracles happen.

Henry David Thoreau

This recent, global horror from the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, shocks me, repulses me and leaves me wondering about the future of this world...

I think despicable actions of a minority of people, affecting various countries, more often then not, unite people.  We feel helpless, but we feel compassionate and want to reach out in some manner to the families and friends of the passengers and crew of this ill fated Airlines.  

We most certainly share the loss, as we all can relate and realize this appears to be happening more and more. God forbid it would happen to anyone we know and love...but I am certain, this is a universal thought of everyone, including those grieving now...never in a million years, thinking it would happen to them...

Yes, they may live in different countries across the world...thousands of miles away from us...but they each were some one's child, parent,  grand parent, sibling, partner, spouse, friend...and isn't that universal?  We all love, want to be loved in return, and to protect those we love.  We all laugh.  We all love. We all grieve....

We still are in disbelief at yet another Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which disappeared a little over four months ago and still has not been found.  I read search crews will resume August 1, 2014.

It reminds me how very important it is to live one's life to the fullest, leave nothing left unsaid, pursue your dreams with great passion and spend as much time with friends and loved ones.  Events like this remind us all how uncertain life is and which day will be our last day on this earth.

Watching the news coverage, I can't help feeling such a sadness with the loss of so many wonderful people in both Malaysian flights.  Scientists, researchers, Engineers, Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Teachers, Athletes, Students, innocent children and infants, snatched away before experiencing the lives they could have /continued/lead and the distinction their lives would have made in this world.

Each of us are works of wonder with tremendous potential, unique with talents and skills to share with our world; be it the influence within a family and circle of friends, a community, a state, a country, or a maximum global stature.  Each of us matter.  Each of us are important.

We will have our differences and I wish those differences were not threatening to so many...but they are....they just are...and we as individuals will encounter this challenge and learn to deal with it.  Ultimately, each of us are responsible for ourselves.  We must challenge ourselves to learn enough to realize we can agree to disagree and not lose any dignity.

Some of us have it completely wrong.  According to BrenĂ© Brown, Vulnerability is not weak, it is strong.  To lead a life, speaking one's truth, living in the unknown with uncertainty around us is very brave. Extremism is weak because it is rooted in shame. We can't do anything with is negative and destructive. Shame is ultimately fear. Afraid of the discovery that someone will find out about some inadequacy from being exposed... Attempting to control, insistence, rigidity, disapproval, intolerance, judgment is all bred from fear...

The older I get, I find it is more exhausting to hide anything!  It takes too much effort.  Futile effort...because we can never please everyone...and those who love and understand us, will always forgive us.  I've found the more vulnerable or honest I am, the more people seem to relate to me... Besides, I like who I am and if someone doesn't approve it's OK with me..."To each his own self be true".  I am OK with a difference of opinion....even if it is a polar opposite of what I believe to be true...

Yes, some times my instincts become alerted if someone disagrees loudly, or starts to attack me verbally.  I do my best to stay calm and if the situation continues to escalate by the other person, who is not satisfied with my suggestion to "agree to disagree" then I politely excuse myself and move on...

After viewing all the news lately, I cannot help but feel very blessed and thankful to live in these United States.  I cannot imagine not being able to sleep for fear my loved ones may be bombed, injured, maimed or killed!  Let alone waking to discover I survived the night but must herd all my loved ones and friends into a car, or wagon and leave my home and belongings behind to get as far away from my home as possible so we are not killed.

I find it so tragic to have such differences of opinion or belief so strongly one feels justified to kill to be right or get what they want.  Call me naive, and I realize I am trivializing a very complex, ongoing battle of differences... but for me, it is the bottom line.

I started this particular blog to discover the purpose of my life and to have like minded discussions with other people searching along the same path.  I wanted to hear and to learn how other's discovered their life purpose.

Personally, I would have to say, despite various ambitions to explore my creativity, my core concern has been family, friends, to be of service and to strive for enlightenment.
For me, an abundant life is a happy life shared with those I love and meeting new people who may or may not become friends.  I really enjoy learning and sharing.  I think I would classify myself as a "connector".  I seem to connect with all kinds of people.

How about you?  How do you feel?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tragedy and Hope...

"A strange thing is memory and hope; one looks backward and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow.  Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day."

`Abba Mary Robertson Moses…aka Grandma Moses

The world waits, hopes and helps search 
for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370
Frustrations mount prompting
creative extensions of compassion
outpouring of support and prayer

Aching hearts 
unimaginable anguish
tortured minds unable to sleep
unbearable longing
despicable miscommunication
cruel tug of war 
of hope and horror

suicidal thoughts
in losing one's only child
a horrific magnitude of negative thought
no one can adequately relate
yet such a universal nightmare
one never wishes to experience.

Sending prayers and grace
hope and prayer
to every single family, friend and loved one…


Thursday, February 20, 2014

We Are Not Old...

** from my Pinterest

I may not be 
as organized
or disciplined
as I want to be
but I am happy
and my capacity to love
is very great.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Be Bold Enough...


Time is flying...

This has been a busy month and it will get busier next week…got some irons in the fire…working on a project but not ready to discuss it in too much detail yet..

Spent the day cleaning.  It was cold outside anyway…

Izzy just woke up, walked out into the hall way and barfed.  Just once.  Hope she is OK…maybe she got too hot…better take her sweater off …

Re-designed my other blog Mystical Journeys and it feels strange…Will think on it some more…I may end up doing an entirely new blog for my painting…

It's too late…or early…I have to get up in five hours…better hit the sack.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone….just in case this is my last post for 2013.