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Everyone reading this blog knows someone or of someone that died. We all grieve at some point, it’s one of life’s guarantees. There are supposedly stages of grieving and a process that individuals go through that eventually leads them to acceptance. Many of you know I lost my father recently and to be honest I could write a blog a day about him for the rest of my life and still never get sick of writing about him.

Lisa Williams was in our area earlier this week. My sisters, a friend and her mother and myself decided to go. Lisa is a medium/clairvoyant who claims she can speak to spirits. I was raised that you should not believe in psychics or fortune tellers and should not consult them with concerns about the future. I want to say upfront I agree with this. The future is not ours to see and if it was, I don’t want someone else telling me what mine will be. I am however a very spiritual being and believe that once we die our spirit goes to a different dimension which I happen to believe is heaven or the roads to heaven. I believe because we are all of spirit there is a way to connect with the energy of those who passed, because, the spirit doesn’t die. Which is what Lisa Williams does.

I promise at a later time, I will devote a blog to the evening spent with Lisa Williams, my father came through and in a big way. I am a very symbolic person and I do not believe in Coincidence. To me all things happen for a reason and All Things Are Possible With God! After my father’s death, I looked for signs that he was okay or just reassurances that he was still with us in spirit. I found many.

One that I will share today is the deliverance of Honeysuckle. My father loved honeysuckle and when my sister and I were little girls he would take us to the honeysuckle bush in his backyard, pull off the bud and tell us we can sample the sap it produced. It didn’t have much of a taste but it was certainly sweet in a smooth way. Fast-forward thirty years, we are sitting in his hospital room, he just died and I whisper to my older sister, “I wish I asked Daddy what his favorite flower was.” I had forgotten about his love of the honeysuckle. After I returned home I cried all night into the early morning hours. Day was just about to break and I walked into my backyard. I looked up into the sky and just stared hoping I would see some type of sign from him. I knew our bond was strong enough to cross a universe and I was expecting to see something. I wasn’t expecting to smell something.

A breeze blew past me and an overwhelming smell enveloped me. I sniffed at the air, I knew the smell was familiar but I couldn’t recall what it was. The realization of what it was spun my head around, I looked into his backyard (we were neighbors), and there in full bloom was his honeysuckle bush. I immediately knew that it was his energy I  felt. He was letting me know his favorite flower by wrapping the scent around me. A feeling of elation zipped through my body and I was certain that we connected. I don’t need science to prove it for me, that’s the nice thing about faith, once you have it you believe.

I am sure many people have had similar occurrences and maybe some feel funny about sharing them because they are afraid that the skeptics will take away from the greatness of that moment. The purpose of this blog post is to encourage others to share their experiences, signs or connections they received from loved ones who have passed. Please leave a comment if you have had an experience of your own. I would love to read about it.

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Thirteen Things about MARIBETH

Simple words can convey a lot. I decided that this week I will list thirteen simple words that speak volumes.
As you read each word ponder what that word means to you.

1…. BELIEVE

2… BECOME

3… CARE

4… DREAM

5… FORGIVE

6… HOPE

7… IMAGINE

8… INSPIRE

9… LISTEN

10… LOVE

11… REMEMBER

12… STRIVE

13… TRUST

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Thirteen Things about MaribethI collect something for all of my children. For my oldest daughter I collect Fairies (because I am an angel collector, when she was born I thought it would neat to start a collection for her. Fairies have wings too, so that is how I decided on her collection.)
My son’s collection is snowmen. He was a chubby baby and loved the snow so I decided on Snowmen
My third child/daughter loved a giraffe blanket when she was a baby. She could not fall asleep unless she had her giraffe covering her. Therefore, I decided to collect giraffes for her.
When my fourth daughter was born recently I wondered what I would collect for her. For whatever reason, elephants came to mind. So, I decided to collect elephants for her. Ironically, after scanning through my e-mails I discovered that the last e-mail my father sent me was of an elephant drawing a self-portrait. Elephants are unique animals and even though they are giant creatures, there is something gentle about them.

This week I listed 13 facts about elephants. I also included the you tube segment on the painting elephants.

1…. Elephants typically reach puberty at thirteen or fourteen years of age

2…Elephant trunks can get very heavy. It is not uncommon to see elephants resting them over a tusk!

3…Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh

4… The Elephants Trunk has more than 40,000 muscles and no bones

5… There are 3 species of elephants- The African Sevanna, The Asian and the African forest elephant

6…The bottom of an elephants foot has a pattern that is individualistic (much like a human’s fingerprint)

7…They are the largest living land animal

8…Male Elephants are called Bulls and Female Elephants are called Cows

9…Baby elephants are called calves and could weigh 200 pounds at birth and stand 3 feet high

10… Jumbo the Elephant was an African Elephant

11…An elephant may live as long as 70 years

12…Dumbo was ridiculed for his big ears but he showed everyone when he was able to use his ears as wings and fly.

13… Elephants can not jump

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I watched intently as he held out his large black hand. He looked at the girl and she knew. She knew he offered her love and protection. She would be safe with him no matter what. No one would ever harm her as long as he was around.

In a blink of an eye, the one who gave the girl a sense of security was gone, never to return. Did he know his time was coming? Could he sense her love for him? Was he scared? If he was he did not show it, perhaps it was another form of protection, emotional instead of physical.

Tears flooded my cheeks and my body trembled with sadness as I watched the giant ape fall from the sky. His eyes searched one last time for the one he so adored. His eyes scanned the crowd until they locked with hers. No words were spoken but I knew they said goodbye.

I was five years old; I cried and cried and cried when King Kong died

Twenty seven years later King Kong was making a return to the box office and I told my father we were going to go. I assured myself that this time I was not going to cry. I was not that little girl anymore. As I watched the large beast fall quickly from the sky my heart moved into my throat and I could feel my eyes begin to swell from tears. I lost control of my emotions, I wasn’t crying, I was blubbering. What was it about this beast that tugged at the strings of my heart?

I drifted off to sleep with King Kong on my mind. It saddened me tremendously to think that he was gone. When I awoke he was still in my thoughts and I decided it was time to try and figure out what his hold on me was.

King Kong is a Soul Story, a tale about two beings connecting without words and having an understanding of each other without needing to verbalize it.

What in my life represented that same tale? A soft voice whispered into my mind-“Your father.” It began to make sense, to me King Kong symbolized my daddy. My father was large in stature, but gentle, he was my protector, the one person I knew would never let me down. He said the words many times but I didn’t need to hear them to know he loved me and would die for me or any of his children if it ever came to that. He was a man that could command fear from the ugliest of people, but he never actually did any harm. Knowing this, I felt safe, just like the girl King Kong loved. When he fell from the building her security blanket fell too. No one could ever take his place.

I came to this realization years ago, long before my father died. Though I knew the day would eventually come, there was something about him that made me believe he was invincible and could never be taken down.

I will forever mourn the loss of my father but I’m thankful to have had one as great as him. King Kong fell from the building but his soul rose to a higher more magnificent place. My Kong may have left me in life but will forever remain in my heart.

 

Thirteen Things about Maribeth

Have you ever met your guardian angel? I think I have and one day I will share that story. I have a collection of angels that I am very proud of. Each angel represents the person who gave it to me. I love receiving angels as a gift. My cabinet of angels symbolize the love I have received from many wonderful people throughout my life.

This week’s Thursday Thirteen will be about angels.

What do you collect?

1… Cassiel- according to my birthdate this is the name of my archangel. It’s assignation is creative power. I find that interesting because of the fact I love to write.

2… Michael- (His name represents He who is like God)The leader of all archangels. He was also the angel that defeated Lucifer. His symbol is the sword.

3… Angels can come in all shapes, sizes and forms. They usually take on an appearance that is most appealing to the individual requiring their help.

4…Anyone can call on an angel at anytime- All you have to do is ask.

5… Some signs that angels are near include- scents of flowers, distant or faint sounds of bells or chimes and light breezes.

6…Guardian angels are given to us at birth and follow us throughout life. They are our special angels.

7… Raphael is considered the Healer. It is said that if you see speckles of green light Raphael may be around. His season is Spring. He also helps with addiction and safety for traveling.

8…Angel Prayer –

Angel of God
My guardian Dear,
To Whom is love commits me here,
Ever this day (or night)
Be at my side
To light and guard,
To rule and guide.
Amen

9… The word angel comes from the Greek angelos and Latin angelas-both meaning messenger

10…Angels in art are often depicted wearing halos and wings

11…Today’s Angel is Angel of Harmony

12…Gabriel –Angel who announced the birth of Jesus to Mary- He advised Nothing is Impossible with God (I try to remember that phrase daily and at very low points)

13…Demons- are the fallen angels. Satan is the ruler of the fallen angels.

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 This week I am in the mood for some Jack Johnson. I love the vibe his music gives. It takes me to a sunny beach far away.  

My interpretation of this song is… A person falls in love for the first time and finds it hard when the other person does not seem as interested. 

What are your thoughts? 

What are you listening to this Friday? 

Happy Friday! 

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing,Lyrics

Now I was sitting waiting wishing
That you believed in superstitions
Then maybe you’d see the signs
But Lord knows that this world is cruel
And I ain’t the Lord, no I’m just a fool
And in loving somebody don’t make them love youMust I always be waiting waiting on you?
Must I always be playing playing the fool?I sing ya songs I dance a dance
I gave ya friends all a chance
Putting up with them wasn’t worth never having you
And maybe you been through this before
But it’s my first time
So please ignore
The next few lines cause they’re directed at youI can’t always be waiting waiting on you
I can’t always be playing playing your fool
I keep playing your cards
But it’s not my scene
Wont this plot not twist?
I’ve had enough mystery,
Keep building it up, then shooting me down
Well im already down
Just wait a minute
Just sit and wait it
Just wait a minute
Just sit and wait itWell if I was in your position
Id put down all my ammunition
I’d wondered why’d it taken me so long
But Lord knows that I’m not you
And If I was I wouldn’t be so cruel
Cause waiting on love ain’t so easy to doMust I always be waiting waiting on you?
Must I always be playing playing the fool?
No I can’t always be waiting waiting on you
I can’t always be playing playing your fool, foool

We all have a demon. Something or someone lurking inside of us begging us to go the wrong way, do the wrong things or make the wrong choices. What the demon tempts us with may differ but his intention is the same, he wants us to fall. After reviewing some of my writings, I stumbled upon something I wrote a long time ago. It’s a bit dark but it came from within.

I’m not even sure where I would market a poem like this, so I thought I would paste it on my blog.

When the demon strikes, strike back by refusing to give in to the temptation being dangled in front of you.

The Demon

Please help me

My mind is consumed

With images of you

I blink, scream,sleep,

Try to erase the view.

A minute, a second, a year

My soul is shaking, I have changed

I scream out, save me, I live in fear

A moment has passed, I tried to think,

Of something else, something right

You are the quench of my thirst

I must take a drink, but I won’t

I can’t, it’s poison, it will instantly kill

The life I have been living,

Why am I seeking this thrill?

The demon is axing away, chopping

At my very core, laughing, haunting

Tempting with no sign of stopping.

He takes on an innocent form

Waving behind you, commanding the storm

Only when I am left crying on the floor

Knowing I destroyed me, will he shut the door.

It’s Friday again. Time for another song. This week I really love Linkin Park’s Shadow of the Day. When I originally started Friday’s song I said sometimes I love a song because of a lyric. I love the line the sun will set for you.

After reading through the lyrics my analogy is that this song is about a person battling an illness. As much as the family and friends wished the person they loved would stay, it would be their passing that would be merciful.

The message in the video is a bit different than my interpretation.

I have a friend dealing with a dying grandparent as I write this. This song for me symbolizes the pain she is enduring watching someone she loves die.

Do you have a song this week you would like to share? If so leave us your site and we will visit.

Do you have a different analogy of this song? If so leave it in the comments.

Linkin Park

The Shadow of the Day Lyrics 

I close both locks below the window
I close both blinds and turn away

Sometimes solutions aren’t so simple
Sometimes good bye’s the only away

[Chorus]
And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in grey

And the sun will set for you
[End Chorus]

And cards and flowers on your window
Your friends all plead for you to stay

Sometimes beginnings aren’t so simple
Sometimes good bye’s the only way

[Chorus]
And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in grey

And the sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in grey

And the sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in grey

And the sun will set for you
[End Chorus]

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Thirteen Things about MARIBETH

I remember my dreams almost every night. When I awake, I go right to Dream Moods.com to see what the symbols in my dream represent. It’s always amazing to see how something so simple like a color or bird could symbolize happenings in your waking life. This week I am listing 13 symbols that entered my dreams over the last few weeks.

1. Earrings
2. Scratching
3. Chocolate Covered Bananas
4. Ice Cream
5. The number 33
6. Rash
7. The color turquoise
8. The color yellow
9. The color hot pink
10. Styrofoam cup
11. Vase
12. Raw Meat
13. Rice

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Thirteen Things about Maribeth

This past weekend I watched the Wizard of Oz with my children. We have not watched it in a very long time so it felt like it did when I was a little girl. Back in the day, you would have to wait a whole year to see Dorothy and her friends dance across your screen. Now, you can buy the DVD and watch it whenever the mood strikes. I was thrilled that we watched it on television not DVD but I must admit I did DVR it in case the mood strikes again. This week I have decided to list 13 of my favorite scenes from the Wizard of Oz.

1…The tornado-I loved watching the people pass by in the sky. The old woman on the rocking chair knitting, oblivious to the fact that she has been swept up in a tornado. However, the best part is when the scary music plays and all of the sudden you see… the wicked old neighbor peddle on by only to turn into a witch seconds later.

2…The Munchkins – I remember as a little girl wanting to go to Munchkin Land. The small people appeared to be so friendly. I remember thinking they were all children who just looked a bit older. My favorite was the Lollipop Kids. I also loved the coroner.

3…The Ruby Red Slippers- The very beginning of my shoe fetish. Girls love their shoes and I find it appropriate to have made the shoes the ticket to get back home. Make sense to me- Shoes are definitely magical in my book.

4…Glenda the good witch- She was like a breath of fresh air, a beautiful vision. Her dress was gorgeous and her crown made a loud statement. The way she elegantly moved her wand made me believe that maybe one day I could create magic too. I do have to admit, watching it the other night I thought she was actually a lot older looking than I remember.

5…The Yellow Brick Road- Follow The Yellow Brick Road… Follow The Yellow Brick Road… Follow. Follow, Follow the Yellow Brick Road-lalalalalala –I’m still humming this tune days later. As a child I was mesmerized by this bright road-I could not wait to follow her on her journey.

6…Realizing the Scarecrow was alive- I loved watching the scarecrow get down and try to walk. I felt so bad for him. Listening to him sing “If I only had a brain” made me want to cry for him.

7…The Oiling of the Tin Man- For some reason watching Dorothy oil the tin man was so cool.

8…The Angry Apple Trees- Ooh they scared me something fierce. There was an urban legend that someone actually died on the set of the Wizard of Oz and it happened right after the Apple Tree incident.

9…The Lion-Put your dukes up- I loved lions ever since.

10…”I’m Melting”, I loved when Dorothy spilled the water on the witch and she began to melt. I cheered every time

11…The Poppy Fields- I loved the visual of the poppy fields. It symbolized peace and serenity, until they became deadly.

12…The Horse of a Different Color- As a little girl I could not grasp how they got a horse to change colors. It remains my favorite scene- I was dozing off the other night while watching this and woke up to watch the horse change colors

13…Last but not least – “Over the Rainbow” Such a poignant song-It’s one of those songs that the melody alone could bring tears to your eyes. It is inspirational, sad, and happy at the same time.

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