Why Are So Many Quotes Beautiful?

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“The thing I like best about beautiful quotes is the uplifting, contemplative and pondering quality that accompanies most of them.” ~ Penny L Howe, 2014

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A few favorites to ponder:

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ~ Bil Keane

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

For my very dear friend of Scotland – “Cuddle Doon”.

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Politics seem to always figure into the scheme of things, be they Nay or Yay. There are the Scots who are happy for the decision to remain a part of the United Kingdom and there are those who are very unhappy by the decision.

Having met an outstanding individual from Scotland, I humbly offer the following words “It is impossible and inconceivable to take Scotland out of a Scot. Just as it be impossible to take the poetic out of the Poet. The following is the last two stanzas by Alexander Anderson’s (of Scotland) poem Cuddle Doon.

“…An’ just afore we bed oorsels,

We look at our wee lambs';
Tam has his airm roun’ wee Rab’s neck,
And Rab his airm round Tam’s.
I lift wee Jamie up the bed,
An’ as I straik each croon,
I whisper, till my heart fills up,
“Oh bairnies, cuddle doon.”
 
The bairnies cuddle doon at nicht
Wi’ mirth that’s dear to me;
But soon the big warl’s car an’ care
Will quaten doon their glee.
Yet, come what will to ilka ane,
May he who rules aboon
Aye whisper, though their pows be bald,
“Oh barnies, cuddle doon.”

~ Alexander Anderson, 1845 – 1909

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When you are of Scotland, you will always be of Scotland, not geographic political borders nor treaties will change that fact!

All my love to B.

 

 

Born of the Planet Earth – We are Not Each Other’s Enemy!

We are all brothers and sisters. We are all human, born on Earth. The entire planet is our home yet we erect invisible borders, walls, and other means to separate us from each other based on beliefs and ideals.

No matter how hard we try to segment ourselves whether by government dictates, corporate mindsets, religious or ethnic perceived values, or any other differences, it doesn’t change the obvious fact that all of us, without exception, dwell on this one planet.

Each of us wishes to be individual, our own person. just as each of us desires to belong to groups who think and act as we do, yet beyond this lies a greater truth. Anytime we isolate ourselves or others by these seeming differences, we also diminish the potential for the healthy growth of life (including our individual selves) on our planet.

Each time we retreat, limit those we accept, consider and perform actions of hate, cruelty and greed we further diminish the life flow that energizes all life on this planet.

Each time we reach out to other groups, recognizing that these differences represent an awesome wealth of diversity that truly enriches our potential, then we are moving in the right direction.

The truest gifts humans were given were their intelligence and ability to love. Powerful acts can be achieved when the common goal is inclusive of all. There is no greater power than that of love. But just as there can be great love there can also be great hate. It is up to each of us to do our part to insure the well-being of ourselves and our planet secured through the power of peace – not death, destruction and killing.

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It is wrong to solve a problem by the death of others. Perhaps the easy way seems to be through “violence” or killing.  Savages certainly believe this to be true. And killing is savage, a wild way of denying humanity’s ability to grow and prosper. The hard but responsible way to solve a social and civil problem is through the sincere effort of coming together through peaceful resolution – no matter how difficult!

It is past time to just stand by and “discuss” our problems, pointing out who is “right” and who is “wrong”. It is time for “the many” on the sidelines to understand that all of us share in the responsibility, and need to act in a manner than engenders a safe and healthy future.

Which direction are you moving in? With all my heart I hope it’s the one the extends a helping hand to those in need, that cherishes the wealth all humanity offers, and treasures the priceless worth and value of the planet Earth. Let us all begin to protect – through love and positive action – our true home, Earth!

Thank you,

Penny L Howe, 2014

The Comfort of a Loving Kiss

(Throwback Thursday – I first published this August 29th, 2013) It still holds true and always will. There is nothing stronger ‘or better’ than sincere love shared completely.)

Indescribably Delicious!

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I think this photograph says it all, don’t you?

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I hope Thursday is being a great one for you!

~ Penny

“My Portions Are Magnificent!”

Two Peas in a Pod

As most of my friends and blog followers know I have two ‘substantial in size’ cats. They are “my guys” I have had them with me since they were 5 weeks old. They are now almost 7 years old. And as I say they are substantial.

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Both Franky and Jonny are gental and gracious, easy going (unless cornered) and pose in a manner that lends itself to great beauty. So I was most astonished, the other evening, when I came upon them where the light was rather dim, to find them in disagreement with each other.

As the lighting is bad the two photos are blurry but here is Jonny who is distinctly portlier than Franky and he is definitely taking exception to Franky, who off-camera appeared to be smirking at him. Truly, Jonny is in a most unattractive, undignified pose. (although if you look in the first picture at the top you’ll notice Jonny has always liked to sit in that pose, LOL)

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Jonny showing his, um muscular physique.

and the second blurry photo is Jonny pointing out to Franky that he is not a chub!

Franky giving Jonny the word.

“I am not chubby, My portions are magnificent … is that clear?”

In a little while all was made up and the evening ended amicably between the two.

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Animals are amazing and I love them all. I hope you enjoyed my playful take on my two favorite felines.

I hope all are have a good week and taken a little time out for fun!

With Affection,

~ Penny

The Miracle of Life vs Man’s Misappropriated Melange!

Life offers each of us so many components to consider and blend together within the human acts of our daily existence. Life can be a burden to bear, an experience to rejoice in, and it can also be an education where we, hopefully, acquire wisdom and illumination.

I like to regard life as a little bit of each, presenting alternately, choices and challenges, where we determine the mixture. Unfortunately our melange has hardly been what it should and can be.

We fall short in so many ways through greed, avarice, hate and cowardice. Yet, I still remain hopeful that humanity can survive itself, but there is one thing I do know for sure and try never to forget …

“…Life is the most astonishing miracle

of which we are only a tiny piece of its many recipients

and as such life should never – ever – be taken for granted or misused.”

Penny L Howe, 2014