How Many Trees …



How many trees to be counted? How many trees to survive? How many trees just won’t make it? How many will still be alive? How many will be felled and forgotten, more (this I know) than a few. I’ve worried, oh yes, how I’ve worried – and don’t know what to do. I thought and thought as I walked and walked though the snow hanging onto my shoes. There seems, well so many, but if there weren’t any, What … then what … would we do?

How many trees must humanity use, too many to so abuse. But at this rate, it seems much to late, and their fate is what we choose. And sadly our own … we all lose.

as numbering trees
number humanity’s days
a sadness for life


Deforestation is a reality on the planet earth. Since we (all living things) need the trees to sustain our life, it is indeed a great sadness. As his Honorable Dalai Lama said. “In our own homes we do not throw the furniture we need into the fireplace to burn up, why would we do this to our home, the planet earth?” A good question don’t you  think?


Thank you for reading, I hope my words today give you some “food for thought”!

With much affection,

~ Penny




What inspires you?

Yellow Warbler

A Beautiful Bird in it’s Natural Setting is inspiring!

Seriously, have you given any thought recently to what inspires you the most?

It’s important and necessary in your life to be inspired by others. Inspiration is the emotional fuel that keeps you going on those hard days. Whether it be a word or deed from someone you know or someone/thing you’ve heard or read about, it makes no difference. It’s the “something” that so moves you emotionally, (in a positive way) that life seems a little better, and more doable in that moment.

For me, what inspires are the following:

Love inspires me. Beauty inspires me. Bravery inspires me. The human spirit of never giving up inspires caringme. Tenderness inspires me. Happiness inspires me. Caring people making a difference inspires me. Thoughtfulness inspires me.

ForestA smile inspires me. A mother and/or father caring for their family inspires me. Children Inspire me. The aged and elderly inspire me. a young adult woman or man just starting to explore their world inspires me.

The changing seasons inspire me. Nature inspires me. Animals inspire me.

LIFE … all life inspires me!

A quote by one of the most inspirational people (in the world) alive today. My good fortune to have met and shared a small amount of time with him:

“Love is the absence of judgment.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

I ask you once again. Who or what in your life inspires you? Good to know, appreciate and be grateful for.


With affection,

~ Penny

Quotes by the Dalai Lama ~ to share!

The most caring and compassionate person I have ever met! The  Honorable Dalai Lama! His kind and loving spirit, an excellent reminder to all of us on how to conduct our lives. (That’s me, the pale blonde on the right, the young lady next to me, my granddaughter!). Sharing here some of my favorite of his quotes:


“Be kind whenever possible – it’s always possible.”


“Our prime purpose in life is to help others, if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”


“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”


I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.


Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.


I Am Waiting for Love … Teach Me!


Deep down inside each of us, there is this capacity. And it is huge! From the moment of our birth, there is a yearning to love and be loved. It never goes away. Always there waiting.

We each experience love, for some, these are glorious moments early on, for others the need stays unfulfilled. It is at once both an intensely personal and private feeling and at the same time a longing to reach out/or be reached. Never goes away, it is there, all the way through our life’s journey.

For those who create, the love (or the lack of) is always in there somewhere, in our creations. Shakespeare (a transcendent genius) the greatest writer that ever lived, wrote for the people of his time. People he had come to know and understand. He knew their need for love and because he absorbed their feelings, he used this to relate back to them.

“…Mine be thy love, and thy love’s use their treasure.”

Venus and Adonis, the twentieth sonnet, final line – Shakespeare


Because Shakespeare related so well his words are still alive and filled with meaning today. The need to love and be loved is timeless.

As writers we can pass on this love, but it must come from within. That is the gift we give to our readers.

As we go through life we become both the teacher and the student. The best example I can share with you is the Honorable Dalai Lama. I had the lucky fortune a few years ago to spend a few days with him (very briefly, a small part of his entourage).

He exudes love and yet listens carefully to the spoken word by the other person, he is extremely attentive, his eyes on the person when they speak. (He is extremely learned with many degrees but what shines from his eyes, (his posture, his very being) is his deep and abiding love for all things. And when asked, he will tell you he is a student of life on a never-ending quest to learn.

When you see a child at play, the light of life shines from their eyes and all too frequently can be diminished by life’s experiences.

It is a writer’s passion and purpose, to pass on the good, the bad, the ugly – but always, always with the love of those with whom you share your words  – in your heart. This is how we grow, we love as both the teacher and the student in life. Let your words reflect your love my friends, always!

“…teach me!”

~ Penny