Walkabout – Mentally Speaking!

It’s been 7 days since I’ve posted or read a blog. Not very long in everyday terms, but in online social connection terms (Blogs, Tweets, Google+, Facebook, About.me, Linked in, etc.) it does seems as if it’s been much longer, doesn’t it?  Time passes differently while online and so while only 7 days, I’ve missed my connections with you all so very, very much.

Here, where I live, in Northwest America it snowed briefly and gently this morning. A quiet, crisp and clear beginning to start one’s day! A place you’d want your thoughts to dwell as much as possible with today’s hectic lifestyle. Change being the only constant in all of our lives.

In the past week I’ve been doing a mental “Walkabout” as Australians might refer to it. I’ve had much dwelling on my mind. Questing my “role” in things you could even say.

In ‘personal life’ adventures, nothing has been handed to me easily. I’ve worked my way through various stages of life while not necessarily emerging as a victor, none-the-less I also did not come away as a victim and instead am wiser in spite of cherished things that have been lost.

All my life I have tried to avoid direct confrontation and yet even through fears, stood as brave and strong as I could when it was needed. I’m ‘tempered’ as a metal might become by a clever blacksmith of yesteryear. I know my shortcomings and my strengths, but more to the point, this means – I know yours too.

We (all of us) live in a period of time where negative thinking about yesterdays, today and tomorrows must not be allowed to win over us. We are a strong people with strong wills – when we put our minds to  it! I know this about you. All of you. It is a truth. You are more capable than you can possibly know. In fact it’s only necessary for you to “know” and believe a thing for it to become a thing.

There is an astonishingly true “might and capability” that lies within each of you. Never forget that!

We, of humanity are on a glorious quest for life – but the quest is not an easy one. Yet, it’s the best game in town and I’m happy to be a part – in whatever role I play, and wherever it leads me to be.

Thursday is a Thanksgiving Holiday in America and as William Faulkner (an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi) once said about the giving of thanks and gratitude:

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity;
it must be produced and discharged
and used up in order to exist at all.”
– William Faulkner


I agree with him. Love to you all. Stand tall. Be brave, live life, give thanks and always remember you’re never alone! I (for one) am here, thinking of you with “very fond affection and good wishes” for a wonderful day and better tomorrow.

penny l howe

– Penny

Quiet Times

“There are those quiet times
of contemplation,
where I find
I am my own perfect companion
to be with.”
~ Penny L Howe, 2013
Have a great Thursday everyone! Find some quiet time “If you can!”
~ Penny
*A PennyQuote, from A Penny For Your Thoughts

In contemplation of Self

… and the importance of life.

Therefore a few posts expressing my ponderings in short verses.

Solitary contemplation of the kitten kind! While musing over the unfinished strings of life.

A kitten’s contemplation on the unfinished multi-colored mat of life. Note the dangling strings – to play or not to play with them is the contemplation.


Life – a privilege to nurture

The first to give honor
The second to share,
The third to be humble
and try to be there.


When making the difference,
in that which you do,
you make for a difference
the truth within you.

~ Penny L Howe, 2013


Thank you for your visit, have an excellent weekend!

~ Penny


A Thousand words for Stranger

A thousand wordsI once bought a book and read it because I liked the title so much – A Thousand Words for Stranger.

I wanted to know what the story was about. It was a great “read” and if you’re an avid science fiction fan, I encourage you to give this book a try. (It is not light reading but the book is filled with rich imagery, fantasy and an extremely entertaining story.)

The author, Julie E. Czerneda, formerly a biologist, has authored numerous science fiction books, also a number of educational books about career guidance, and the teaching of science (which she used to do). I’ve read many of her books since this one and enjoyed them all.


But the title!


I never got over the title. It was so “Lonely” sounding and yet fascinating at the same time.

When you think about the word “Stranger” what comes to mind? What if you’re the stranger?

Why is the word itself so compelling?

Some quotes to think on:

“. . .sometimes one feels freer speaking to a stranger than to people one knows. Why is that?
“Probably because a stranger sees us the way we are, not as he wishes to think we are.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón


“Marius and Cosette were in the dark in regard to each other. They did not speak, they did not bow, they were not acquainted; they saw each other; and, like the stars in the sky separated by millions of leagues, they lived by gazing upon each other.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables


“In this world of memories, there’s no need for strangers.
-Kenshin to Kaoru”
― Watsuki Nobuhiro


“Spend twenty years there and you ask yourself how there can still be strangers with so many familiar faces … it’s probably that cities generate strangers continuously …”
― Frederik PeetersBlue Pills: A Positive Love Story


“It seems the older we get, the tighter our inner circle becomes. When life has you down, some of those you thought had your back run, others…sometimes strangers surprise you and fill that empty space up. Oh, but life has a great balancing act and when that axle turns and you are right side up again…you will definitely not be looking for any long, lost “friends” because your inner circle is battle-tested to win!”
― Sanjo Jendayi


And one final one – a favorite because I think there is a truth in this one that we all shy away from and yet know is indeed how it is!

“So, wonder! I also wonder about you,” said Cadfael mildly. “Do you know any human creatures who are not strangers, one to another?”
― Ellis PetersOne Corpse Too Many

*Consider this post a “food for thought” post, as for me, “The only friends I don’t have are the strangers I haven’t met yet!” … at least I wish it were this way!

Thanks for the visit. I hope your first week of the New Year is being a good one for you,

~ Penny


Sometimes I ponder – The trending of it all!

When – What Then

When sands of time – cease to flow

When dreamers – cease to dream

When thinking thinkers – just don’t know

What then will come, what then.


When roaring rivers cease to flow

When laughter fades away

When breezy winds no longer blow

What then will come, what then.


If tomorrow isn’t there

And only now exists

Will my heart beat matter much

this moment to the next.

~ Penny Howe, 2012


Ponder this – if you will: Is staying on top of – tuned into – and gravitating towards the next big trend of things really all that important in life? Really? What do you feel, where are you trending … and is it where you want to be tomorrow?

Thanks for the visit, I hope that your tomorrows are all they can be!

~ Penny

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