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Journey of a body on this earth


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“Explore the Elements Travel” Challenge

I have been challenged by my friend Sue Jones to participate in the “Explore the Elements Travel” challenge.  Thanks for the nomination and challenge accepted!  The challenge is about publishing photos that represent the four earth elements, fire, wind/air, water and earth.  I decided to go back into my archives and show some older photos.  If you hover over the image you can see the description. Drumroll please!……..

Part of the challenge asks me to nominate five people.  I think it all ends tomorrow, so my apologies for this late nomination!

1.  Amy @ https://herladypinkrose.wordpress.com/

2.  Pam @ http://pkphotooftheday.com/

3.  Hannah @ https://cybeleshineblog.wordpress.com/

4.  Carrie @ https://theshadytree.wordpress.com/

5.  Sarah @ https://miradordesign.wordpress.com/


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1,000 Marbles

Here is a story which was shared with me by a friend, and which I would like to pass on:

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the backyard patio with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

I turned the dial up to listen to a Saturday morning talk show I heard an older sounding gentleman, with a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about “a thousand marbles.”

I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say…

“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital.”

He continued, “Let me tell you something, Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.”

And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.”

“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.

“Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.

“Now stick with me Tom, I’m getting to the important part.

“It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail,” he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over 2,800 Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.

“So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.

“I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.

“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.

“It was nice to meet you, Tom. I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again.”

I need to buy some marbles!

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Landline

Not much going on today really, but as I clean the house I’m listening to Greg Laswell who I really adore. This song is just wonderful and if you’ve never heard it, please check it out! He’s singing with his wife, Ingrid Michaelson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opQOC7iux6s

Lyrics….

I think the tree may fall in the front yard
if this storm has it’s way
I hear you dancing on the floorboards above
unaware of what’s at stake
All I ever needed was a landline
just in case the power lines go down
All I needed would never be enough for me

I think the storm may take the screen door
if the wind gets it’s way
I hear you singing on the floor just below
unaware of what’s at stake
All I ever needed was a landline
just in case the power lines go down
All I needed would never be enough for me

All I ever needed was a landline
just in case the power lines go down
All I needed would never be enough for me
All I ever needed was a landline
just in case the power lines go down
All I needed would never be enough for me

All I needed would never be enough for me
All I needed would never be enough for me
All I needed would…
All I needed would never be enough for me
All I needed would never be enough for me

Mt. Diablo TreePicture of the Day: A lone tree on Mt. Diablo