My photo. Pelican Little Sarasota Bay at Blackburn Point. Florida! 2015

Friday, February 28, 2014

The "Feast of Flowers" Origins of the state name, Florida

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Juan Ponce de Leon (1460-1521) He believed Florida was an island. He came ashore April 2nd, 1513; named it after the Easter feast of flowers, "Pasqua florida." After fighting Carib Indians of the Lower Antilles, he returned to Florida in 1521; he tried to establish a settlement, but was driven off by the Indians, and fatally wounded. He died in Havana, Cuba.
I instantly loved the origins of my state,  Florida's name, a little something extra. *

With Easter just around the corner, it feels right to include the “feast of flower’s”, honoring the resurrection.  and...honoring my Florida and the origins of the state name.

Peace to you.

screaming yellow hibiscus & hot pink hibiscus
     the wild magnolia

(I have studied history previously, evidently I did not pay attention about the naming of Florida.)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

You Want Your God to Be Wild......

faux feather
snapshots by the wild magnolia
maggie valley 2013

Once you start to awaken, no one can ever
claim you again for the old patterns.
Now you realize how precious your time here is.

You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language.
You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you safety and the confirmation of your outer identity.

Now you are impatient for growth,
willing to put yourself in the way of change.
You want your work to become an expression of your gift.
You want your relationship to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells.

You want your God to be wild
and to call you to where your destiny awaits.

-John O'Donohue
a gift from the wild god
snapshots by the wild magnolia
maggie valley 2013

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

If These Walls Could Talk- Boomer Bass & Hailey Verhaalen

Vocal and guitar strumming, by the lovely and talented, Hailey Verhaalen.  I believe Ms. Verhaalen was involved in music arrangement.

Give a listen if you please, to my grandson Jonathan "Boomer" Bass', first song composition and musical arrangement.

My Grandson Jonathan B. "Boomer" Bass

This g-ma believes he did a fine job, as did Ms. Verhaalen!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

News: The Week In Review

Sacred Sunday - Already In The Past.

This past week:

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, gone too soon.
Winter Olympics began: Sochi, Russia, 2014 Winter Games on Friday, February 7.
The olympics are a show of knowledge and skill.  Each country sends their best candidates.  No matter the sport, it is very competitive, it is wicked hard.  The timid need not apply.  (I am timid to compete, not to speak;-))
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Jay Leno is retired from NBC Tonight Show.  Jerry Fallon begins his stint hosting the Tonight Show.  All I can say is the Tonight Show has never been the same since Johnny Carson!

Looking back I am unable to change anything.
Something to think about.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Favorite - Walking a Labyrinth

google images - walking labyrinths

silent kitty paws
travel snowy labyrinth
i watch in silence

A solitary labyrinth would be my choice.  No distractions.
Currently I am on the lookout for a labyrinth to walk.    
Even in the tough times, I have a grateful heart.  Everything comes full circle.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Heroin ~ No Mercy

How is it possible to feel profound loss for someone I never knew?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

July 23, 1967 - February 2, 2014

46 years old.

gone to soon.....






and so much more.....

Heroin - shows - no mercy.

let there never be a first time to use.......

July 23, 1967 - February 2, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Oimealg, Imbolc and Brigid

Imbolc (pronounced “IM-bulk” or Mm-bowlk”)
The festival of the lactating lambs(s)
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Ewes milk, the first spring lambs
Marking the center of the dark time of the year
Blessing of the seed and consecration of agricultural tools
Festival Of the Maiden
Brighid’s snake emerges to test the weather
Origin of Ground Hog Day
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winter loosens her grip

midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox

feasting and bonfires

food and music

House cleaning

A celebration, a welcoming, the returning Sun

Don’t loose heart, spring will return.

You would not believe my imaginations, I put myself back in the day this celebration began.

I appreciate my ancestry.

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Florida Strawberry Fields in Winter

"Late February, and the air's so balmy snowdrops and crocuses might be fooled into early blooming. Then, the inevitable blizzard will come, blighting our harbingers of spring, and the numbed yards will go back undercover. In Florida, it's strawberry season— shortcake, waffles, berries and cream will be penciled on the coffee shop menus."

Gail Mazur, The Idea of Florida During Winter Thaw


New found writer, pure excitement, for me!  
I read this excerpt and thought, alright Florida is good!
Gail Mazur put the north and south winter into perspective.

so says the wild magnolia.

happy weekend