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Sunday soapbox

Snow day
Snow day.  (A collage.)

Given the unity of all minds, what we do to others, and what we think about others, boomerangs back to us.  If we wish to feel peace, then we must wish peace for others.  And whatever punishment we wish upon others, we subconsciously attract to ourselves.

~ Marianne Williamson

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It was a dark and stormy night

Wave of grass in the meadow
Wave of grass in the meadow

It was a dark and stormy night.  Suddenly, a shot rang out!  A door slammed.  The maid screamed.  Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon!  While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury.  Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.

~ Charles M. Schulz, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy

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The sun shines

Sun worship.  (A multiple exposure collage.)
Sun worship. (A multiple exposure collage.)

I love when the sun plays hide-n-seek for a few days because its invisibility often goes unnoticed.  The world seems content that its presence behind the clouds is enough.  But as soon as the brilliant sun jumps into the open sky once again, shining in full splendor, our closed eyes automatically turn toward it, and we bask beneath a warm and tender touch, grateful all the more that our glorious sun exists.

~ Richelle E. Goodrich

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The Cardinal

Veiled
Veiled

The cardinal has a loud and clear whistle.  Whistles are often reminders to listen closely — to pay attention to what is blowing on the winds.  In the case of the cardinal, the female joins in on the whistling, which is unusual among birds.  This reflects that we should be listening to the inner voice (the feminine) more closely for our own health and well-being.  Since most female birds usually are quiet and camouflaged, a cardinal totem almost always reflects a need to assert the feminine aspects of creativity and intuition more strongly.

All cardinals are beneficial and friendly.  They eat many weed seeds and injurious insects.  The seventeen-year locust (cicada) is one of these.  Cardinals can reflect a need to be more careful about your diet, that what you are eating may be injurious to yourself and affecting your overall vitality.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

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