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Joy Springs Forth

Joy Springs Forth

JOY SPRINGS FORTH

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Where Imagination Takes Me

There are no rules for architecture for a castle in the clouds

G. K. Chesterton

“..A Poem as Lovely as a Tree…”

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Sometimes our fate resembles the fruit tree in winter.  Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom; but we hope it; we know it.

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

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In every winter’s heart, there is a quivering spring and behind the veil of night there is a smiling dawn.

Kahlil Gibran

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If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

Kahlil Gibran

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click  link below to hear musical version of Joyce Kilmer’s ONLY GOD CAN MAKE A TREE featuring Mario Lanza, recorded 1952

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=if4gWDYdyEU#t=9

Printed Lyrics to Only God Can Make a Tree

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the sweet Earth’s flowing breast

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
Who intimately lives with rain

Poems are made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree

Joyce Kilmer (born as Alfred Joyce Kilmer; 6 December 1886 – 30 July 1918)
was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled
"Trees" (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems
in 1914.

Peaceful Existence

Have you been searching for a more peaceful existence? I was; and when I let go of my concerns about what people might say if I put my feelings on display, I found the best part of myself.

Revealing your inner thoughts on a public forum are sometimes frightening because you are opening yourself up for criticism. I know that to love and be loved, you must be available. Now I know to be accepted and accepting, I must make myself available, too.

If you are afraid of your emotions, your thoughts, or your opening up to others, there’s only a few answers for that.

  • One is to be bold.
  • Another is to be brave.
  • Another is to know it’s your time.
  • And, finally, believe you deserve the best life has to offer.

Love yourself. Then you can love others. Give them the best YOU you can give

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Margaret Thatcher

Heart of Winter

Heart of Winter

In every winter’s heart, there is a quivering spring; and behind the veil of each night, there is a smiling dawn

Kahlil Gibran

Prayer

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. 

Mahatma Gandhi

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Winter is…

summer sunset   Then…

TX ice storm Van Now…

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat. ~

Author Unknown

       

 

What I’m Reading

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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Reading is like traveling in your mind.  I’ve always loved books and love to tell the story of going to the Bookmobile in the summertime.  I was allowed to check out only one book.  Well, I’d be through with that the next day and had nothing to read until the next week when the Bookmobile came and parked at the school.  I asked, and received, special permission to check out as many as I wanted!  I was the happiest 4th grader in town.

When I would run out of books, I would read anything around the house–my dad’s Outdoor Life, Field & Stream and my mother’s Bible.  Any story was better than none!

You might well imagine my house is full of books.  I don’t like to get rid of them, so I buy more bookshelves to hold them.  I stack them two rows deep, I file them on shelves, I arrange them by color, I turn them any way making them fit to the top of the shelf.  Sell them?  Oh, no…never!  In my “final wishes” I’ve instructed my family to NEVER SELL my books…give them away…that’s OK…BUT NEVER SELL THEM.

From time to time I will share with you here what I’ve been reading.

Will be back here soon to update you on my reading list!

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 3/7/14

The first time I came across the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach was in the 70s.  At the time I was reading other books like Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and Shirley McLaine’s Out on a Limb. Those types of books were part of the cultural/spiritual evolution and revolution of the 70s.

thTX9HV6T3The next time “Jonathan” came into my life was when a friend of mine gave me the book in 2002.  Asked if I had read it, I said, “Yes.  A long time ago.”  So I sat down to re-read the book.

That period of time was a particular new discovery for me, and I found “Jonathan” to be inspiring this time for me in a whole new way.  As I’ve traveled some journeys in those last 12 years, I have revisited “Jonathan” again and again.

If you are one of those people who needs or searches for some solid comparisons of how your life can be experienced by others and how others find answers, it might be worth a first or another read for you.

“We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.  We can be free.  We can learn to fly.”

I have discovered that being free from shackles of inefficiency and ignorance can lead us to perform great tasks—greater than our minds are capable of imagining.

Upon “Jonathan’s” achievement of the ultimate (he thought it was at the time) life in heaven, he realizes he has broken free of his earthly limitations; he learns the art of flying high and soaring (which is not nature for a seagull).  His mentor explains to him:

“You will begin to touch heaven, Jon, in the moment you touch perfect [speed].  Perfect speed my son, is being there.”

Nearly two years ago upon my retirement during an occasion where my colleagues were honoring me and my service, I thought about “Jonathan.”

I told the group what has come to be my anthem about those people and opportunities that come into our life and either pass through or stay for a while or maybe a lifetime.

“If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then we’ve destroyed our brotherhood [mankind].  Overcome space and all we have left is HERE; overcome time and all we have left is NOW.  In the middle of HERE and NOW don’t you think we might see each other once or twice?”

That is my belief—that we never say goodbye to those in our lives—we simply meet them on another level.

As the reader nears the last pages of Jonathan’s tale, there are comments and references that will remind you of the story of Jesus—how He came to the earth to help His people.  “Loving the flock enough to return to it and help it…”  His mentor continued,  “…[this] is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than the thought of itself.”

I’m not saying this story is a replacement for any religion or philosophy nor does it suggest nor does it address any religion.  I don’t think it is meant to do that.  I am, however, saying that the thoughts of who we are encompasses what we are here on earth and the idea there is more that awaits believers.

If you want to watch a process unfold before your eyes, pick up the book today and let the author’s thoughts walk—or fly—among your thoughts.

Richard Bach. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – a story.  
MacMillan Publishers, 1970.  ISBN: 0-380-01286-3; Library of Congress Number: 75-119617

After Notes:  this link will bring you up to date on Richard Bach and his writings.  After a near-death experience, the new publications are a must read to any fan. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/11/richard-bach-jonathan-livingston-seagull-part-four

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1/1/14

Wanted to tell you I just finished From Elvis to Elvira-My Life on Stage by Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys, with Steven Robinson.  Autographed & available from ORB website @http://oakridgeboys.com/merch

From Elvis to Elvirahttp://oakridgeboys.ras.bustores.com/richard-sterban-autographed-book-from-elvis-to-lvira.html 

If you are a fan of the Oak Ridge Boys and their more-than-40 years of entertaining, you will enjoy this behind the scenes look.  Moreover, if you are an Elvis fan, find out how  Richard Sterban is associated with “The King.”

 
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.     Erasmus

Best Year Ever!

The Right Road?

Setting your feet on a new path for 2014? Try applying the words above as a test for knowing if it’s the correct one.

I’ve spent too many years looking back, re-thinking my actions, regretting what I did.  Now, I’m focused on seeing the road ahead and building memories on positive reaction to what I choose.  If that’s the goal you have for the coming year, I wish you a year filled with dreams that come true.  But first you must recognize the dream and then believe it is possible, and then just LIVE IT…

Visit this site often to let me know how those dreams are being realized.

Click my “Leave a Comment” beside this post to let me know if you are dreaming big for 2014!

© Van Hess and New Journeys on Old Roads, 2013
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