The Ethereal Symmetry of Just … Being

We must leave in no doubt the pure poetic power

found within a single flower emitting a sensual immediacy

of beauty most profound.

Yet even greater, and in addition to, is the resonating frequency of life

this one single flower transmits for all to experience and know,

if we would but allow ourselves to feel:

… the overlooked ethereal, eternal symmetry of just … being.

~Plh, 2018


Welcome September and a very warm welcome to all my friends. Those I know and those I’ve yet to meet. May your days and weeks ahead be filled with creative happenings and positive experiences. I wish you well.

With sincere affection,


Alastairs Photo Fiction – The nature of things

The photo prompt for Alastair’s Photo Fiction follows. To take part and challenge your writing skills, click on the link, you won’t regret it.


Photo by Alastair Forbes copyright 2013


“Light and dark, good and bad, up and down!” She inhaled the misty clouds blowing out ringed circles as she had seen humans doing with their cigarettes. “Why always the extremes in life, dad?”

He thought about sending her back in time to review the beginning of existence. But upon reflection decided she was just emoting to break through his reverie. She knew why there were extremes.

“Well, no philosophy lecture today my child, just the natural order of things which reminds me, are your “things” in order for today?”

She flipped herself (the ethereal one shaped now as a human) doing cart wheels in the clouds. “Oh yes indeed! I am ready. Things are going to start happening now!” Her dark chuckle a sound on the wind, dissipating quickly.

He sighed causing the clouds to change form around him. His exhaled breath creating movement, although he was also, without physical substance or form. Her exuberance would be tolerated, it was after all her nature. “The subjects are prepared then?”

“Yes, most particularly the female!” Her reply a sneer. “The scary dreams I’ve been sending her are awesome”.

“Why her?” He asked? Although he knew.

“She just really irritates me. How could she encourage him to dismiss my beautifully ominous clouds the other day and right after pointing them out?”

“But you thought it funny at the time, child,” He reminded her.

“Well I don’t now,” *Yin replied.

“If you must then”, *Yang sighed again. “Just remember, balance must at some point be achieved, it is the nature of things.”

She stuck her tongue out at him, while nodding her head in agreement!



*Yin and Yang in Chinese culture, represent the two opposite principles in nature. Yin represents the feminine or negative nature of things and yang stands for the masculine or positive side. Yin and yang are in pairs, such as, female and male, dark and bright, passive and active, etc. But yin and yang are not static or just two separated things. The nature of yinyang lies in interchange and interplay of the two components. The most important element is that yin and yang rely on one another so balance of life is maintained.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the story (yes it was a continuation from Alastairs prompt last week!) Stay balanced in life – as you can!

~ Penny


Inspiring An Artist’s Soul with Music ~ Adam Hurst

Resonating Vibrations

When I create, I listen to music. If not listening to the music of life, I listen to musical compositions. There is a quality, a delicious vibration resonating inside when listening to music. It harmonizes with the thought process of creativity I think. There is one particular artist whose music reaches deep within me. Adam Hurst.

Adam Hurst, an award winning cellist and composer uses the cello as a solo melodic voice. He creates passionate and emotive musical poetry that sears the soul. His original music is both hauntingly ethereal, yet evocative and romantic.

Within his music are flavors of Arabic, Indian Eastern European, Native American, Celtic traditions while still being completely his own. He has performed thoughout the US and in Europe and has been commissioned to compose and perform original work.

The composition I’ve selected (it was very difficult, every composition is so hauntingly beautiful) for you to listen to is called “The Shallows”. I think you will agree with me, a virtuoso.

If you have headphones use them, you won’t want to miss a single nuance (oh and btw the gypsy cello he is holding in the photograph? He made it! It is one of a kind! A full size cello neck and strings with a small body. Yes, yes indeed!)

So enjoy, also while you listen to the music if you can manage to take you eyes off of his hands for a minute, look at the expressions on his face, he is deeply feeling every single note he wrote and is playing for us. A melodic poet, yes!


And yes, this blog was officially okayed by Adam Hurst, if you call “Go for it Penny”, an offical approval lol. Thank you Adam, much appreciated! For all of you readers who live on the east or west side of the USA he’ll be in Baltimore, Md in November, Portland, Or. in December, and Seattle, Wa in February. To order tickets:


With Special Thanks


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