Emerging Slowly


©Peter Gowland

Where have I been? Well, as with all the notebooks that I have filled in my lifetime, I take breaks due to self-censoring or seasons of change. These past three months have been a bit of a chrysalis time; a time of self evolution and a revolution, breaking free of a few old habits. Similar to the current world events of insurgence, emergence, earthquakes and tsunamis, my spirit and creativity have surprising, tempering shake-ups on occasion.

I will leave you with a quote from Mr. H. Miller to tide you over while I take a time to decorate some paper with thoughts and gather, like flowers, what my eyes see. May he spark your creative fires. “See” you shortly.

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.” — Henry Miller

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Aww, heck, here is a bonus quote which hints at my current mindset:

“Smile, breathe and go slowly”— Thich Nhat Hanh

“As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.” – Victor Hugo


13 days and counting down…
Help-Portrait Date for ♥’Hamsters Helping Bellingham ♥ is December 11, 2010.

 

“No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
- Calvin Coolidge

In this case, the honor given would be that you have helped someone receive a gift that will honor them and make them feel special. Your donation will help many hearts feel warmth this holiday season by supporting a one-day environment that will inspire both photographer and portrait subject. The gift recipients, for many years to come will have a picture or two that will remind them of that special day when someone did something for them, “Just because….” Nothing is asked of them in return but that they enjoy the day and be treated by the volunteers – and all involved – with the respect they deserve . Everyone involved in the project, Help-Portrait / ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham, will still receive the gift of happiness from them. To me that seems a reciprocal honor. What could be better?

Give a little, feel great about helping a worthy cause!

All purchases made for the event are accounted for by receipt and detailed expense report, then sent to the non-profit group Help-Portrait (H-P), who will then receive/gather, review and approve all receipts and reimburse the original purchasers with monies from the donation fund for each H-P group. Again, I will mention that ours is Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

SO, as you can see, this will literally come out of the local event coordinator(s)’s pocket, namely ME, and anyone who kindly fronts  money or products – believing in this event – for necessary items, if donations are not made. Donations “in kind” are still being debated amongst H-P and their legal team, so hopefully there will be civic-minded, huge-hearted, caring individuals that will donate in-kind type items and services on a wing and a prayer, “Just because…”

p.s. If you live in the Bellingham/Whatcom co. area and would like to volunteer just let me know. I can be contacted at help.portrait.cbr@gmail.com. There are many positions open: greeters, photographers, print/editing station operators, runners/liaisons between print/editing stations and photographer, hospitality hosts, etc. Any and all help is appreciated!

Donations of all sorts of photographic and computer items are needed too. Just write to the email address listed above, if you want to help out and become one of the ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

p.p.s It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy to help out. I promise!

The ‘Ham is a great place to live!


Sustainable Connections

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”


“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rétrofuturs (Hulk4598) / Stéphane Massa-Bidal

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” Joe Girard

Photographer Unknown

…and for my husband, as he is known to NEVER pass up a good Star Wars reference:

“Luke Skywalker:  “I don’t believe it.”
Yoda:  “That is why you will fail.” ” – Star Wars

I have many irons in the fire right now, some for personal need and some for community need, but I choose to “DO”, as Yoda would say- I am sure my husband is grinning right now, upon reading that bit! – and not falter or fail.

May you all find that strength that sits within you to keep going forward toward your health, strong relationships, community, and last but not least, your dreams; for dreams are there for a reason. Just remember that and take the word “can’t” out of your vocabulary, when it comes to that first step or accepting the opportunity that the Universe is putting before you. Go ahead take the challenge, which is being given to teach you your own strength and fortitude. You might just surprise yourself! ♥

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” - Chinese Proverb

Stand Up, Beppe!


I will let my friend, Erik’s (alter ego: Beppe Fortino) writing say it all: My words couldn’t match his, in his fight to find a way to stand up tall again from his twelve-year wheelchair “ride”. If anyone deserves this, Erik does!

 

 

 

 

Stand Up Beppe!
(Come on Give it a Click)

From Beppe’s site:

“Hi my name is Erik Brown AKA: Beppe Fortino (my alter ego. That’s another story) This fundraiser was created to raise money for the adaptive equipment and therapies which will help me to heal and stand-up. I thank you for taking time to visit my site.

12 years ago I was left paralyzed in a head on car collision. I honestly thought I would walk again, and that it was just temporary. I went about my life as a Event promoter and DJ, knowing one day I would heal & regain mobilty Well the years go by and life slides on behind you. Here I am still sitting and getting tired

12 years of sitting has slowly caused a host of issues which have greatly plagued my well being and ability to enjoy many things. The chronic pain and emotional distress has just gone on too long and I know that I must find a way to heal my body and spirit.

I have been on SSI for 12 years and Medi-Cal won’t cover any pro-active treatments. I thought for many months on wheather it would be right to reach out and ask people to help my cause and donate to my rehabilitaion. I felt guilty even thinking about it. After talking it over with a few dear friends it seemed everyone felt it was a wise decision and about time.

So I reach out to you in hopes you could help me raise funds, so that I may enlist the proper health speacalist and get the best adaptive equipment. I would be deeply blessed and thankful for your generosity. While I know that I may never walk completley on my own again, just knowing that with the proper assitance I could at least Look you in the eye and give you a hug and say Thank You, would be greatly healing.”

I love you, Erik, and am rooting for Team Beppe all the way!

 

Blink and You’ll Miss It


One weekend, this past Summer, my husband and I decided to just get out and head along the Mt. Baker Highway. Since we both are looking for work, we end up spending too much time online; we needed to see some scenery and get fresh air.

It is amazing the things you see, in the most unassuming of places, such as Glacier, Washington. I managed to catch a few snaps before we had to head back toward home and our online work searches (well, and blogs, too). All in all, a refreshing day for us.

My apologies for no pictures of trees and woodland animals, but I wanted to post these. I was like a little kid when I saw the creativity that sat at the opening of such a small town – if you blink, you miss Glacier on your way to Mt. Baker.

Hidden treasures, inspiring ones for your own freedom of self-expression and creativity, can be around any corner when you go out adventuring – or even just taking a break from boredom and unemployment.

Keep your eyes open and be willing to say, “Stop the car,” – to yourself or others – if you wish to take in life and really absorb it…enjoy it. It is your right; even if it is just to admire a fence made out of old snow skis and a hair salon set-up in a vintage Airstream trailer in a tiny blip of a town.

“I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses.” – Stephen King, author (1947 – )

All Photographs ©Carol A. Bourns

Dollars to Donuts


Rocket Donuts! Oh.My.Goodness. The donut of the month is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! I would bet even the staunchest dieter “dollars to donuts” that they couldn’t resist just one of these lovely, gooey, miracles with a good, strong cup of coffee.

Who can blame me? I had to give in to its siren song. But give me credit, please, I took my time and thoroughly enjoyed it while doing some necessary reading. Just one of those small moments of pleasure in life that can lift a person’s spirits. We all need them!

(My apologies for not presenting a full donut but I dove right in before I thought of the picture. Oopsy. *wink*)

PLUS, they have this beauty outside their establishment!
Copyright Carol Bourns-Roberts, 2010
“…The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

All Photographs ©Carol A. Bourns 2010
(except the “Donut of the Month” picture)

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