Tag Archives: Pacific Northwest

Attraction of the Sea

My soul awakes

To the thought of heaven

As I drive over the hills

To get a glimpse of the ocean

And hear the crash of waves.

My heart beats fast

To the joys of heaven

As I step out of the car

To feel the breeze upon my face

And find a world of peace.

— Barbara Dean Aliaga

Spring 2019 and Courage

Lilacs in the Pacific Northwest

For the past couple of years I have taken a few lessons on-line to play the piano. I soon took to learning a few chords and becoming lazy. Most of my family play by ear so I thought, why not me? At any rate, today I decided to play songs for spring and put them the music to photos I’ve taken around the garden!

Pretty fun morning! But, I mixed the piano playing with background violins, basses, sitar’s and who knows what else from Garage Band on my iPad. I know I have a lot of guts to let this go in front of you. But one thing I have it courage to take the moment and share it with the world. It comes naturally.

I apologize if anyone falls asleep throughout this makeshift piano recital.

By the way, I’m working on a couple of writing projects. I’m also reading a lot more lately. Yes. Freely from the public library who has eBooks available. I’ve enjoyed reading Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan. I loved the movie, and was delighted to see the richness (no pun intended) of the original novel. Reading is such fun! I am also reading Publishing E-Books for Dummies, by Ali Luke. Even though last year I self-published with Amazon, I loved the support this writer conveys. Currently I am reading Shortcuts to Inner Peace, by Ashley Davis Bush. I feel a kindred spirit in this author and Grief Counselor.

So life is what you make of it and I plan on forming attitudes that allow happy outcomes, no matter how long my deviant brain wants to take to get there! Have a wonderful day and I hope to write again soon.

Five Minutes in Quiet Bliss

Last days of Fall, Artist Barbara Dean Aliaga

Fall in the Pacific Northwest.  What will we do with this special time?  Will we stress over the man-made holiday season?  Run from the quiet? Or might we daily join nature for five minutes?

I wish to begin this five-minute quiet time exercise. It could develop into  many more minutes of pure enjoyment.  The Season has changed. The gardeners have stopped coming and won’t return until spring.  The branches are finally able to see without the obstruction of energetic leaves preparing for their last skydiving flight. The sun rises only a few miles over the horizon no matter what time of day. The birds are now few. Oh, yes, it is the quiet time of year.

‘During this time of chill and early darkness, I recommend we take five minutes a day to enjoy utter quiet.  Can we stay awake for five minutes while in the deep of nothingness?  We won’t know until we try.  And if we need sleep, it is a great opportunity to reset our emotional systems. The trees trunks and branches have bravely released their attachment for their leaves.  The bare trees stand quiet awaiting whatever is to come next.  What obstructions, no matter how appealing, can we leave behind to enjoy our quiet?

We have traveled to our happy spots often.  It may be our time to enjoy its core of silence.  Be sure to take advantage of the quiet. We can create fine days now and ahead!

Happy Living!