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Inspiring Blogger Award 4.13.2013

THANK YOU Ned aka: for nominating me for this Inspiring Blogger Award!  You stated: Thanks, Patricia, I’m glad you enjoyed today’s post…. and you’re welcome…. Your pix inspire me to try to write better, (and, since I got my new camera, to shoot better photos, myself….), so it’s well deserved…. Take care, & Blessed Be….  That is one of the kindest compliments I have ever gotten.  I am humbly grateful.

Here are the terms of this lovely honor:

1. Display the award logo on your blog (top).
2. Link back to the person who nominated you (below logo)
3. State 7 things about yourself (below terms).
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them (below 7 things).  Did my best…
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements (will do).

Seven things about me:

1. I found a God of my understanding who loves me best.

2. I have faced my demons, made my amends and am living Happy, Healthy and In Love today.

3. I love music and love to dance and feel the music in me most of the time.

4. I love to take pictures with my iPhone, my camera or my mind.

5. I am currently training with a Crossfit trainer who is helping me get healthier, with exercise, discipline and a good food combination plan that is working for me.

6. I am married to my best friend and have been with him for 25 years… he is the reason I am Happy, Healthy and In Love.

7. I am free!

My favorite blogging inspirations for today are:
















There are so many more that are inspirational to me that I follow but not enough time to acknowledge you all.  I post comments on many of your sights when you move me so you know who you are… thank you for the support we give and get here on  You keep the fire lit and the juices flowing to learn more about photography and ways to be creative.

namaste my friends…


Sunday Post: Christmas

Christmas Miracle in the desert

This year my friends and I decided to adopt a family of five children and their grandparents for Christmas.  Their moms abandoned their kids and the baby, Matthew, four months old was born addicted to drugs. The other four children, Vincent, 9, Marisa 7, Maribel 6 and Isiah 4’s mom simply gave them up.  Marie and Frank decided to take them in last year and they haven’t been able to pay their utilities, and have made payments on their light bill to keep them on.  They could only afford to purchase one gift for the kids to share so they put a trampoline in layaway for Christmas.

My friend Laura told us about this family, she works with Marie, and who is the bread winner for the family and Frank stays home with the children.  Both Marie and Frank are diabetic, but have hearts of gold.

We started collecting clothing, gifts and money for this family and this is my garage with the donations of loving friends, who have never met this family:


I got to meet the children this week, and I gave them one bag of toys for the boys and baby dolls, to the girls… you would have thought they won the lottery:


This is my friend Laura on the left who introduced our “family to Marie and Frank and their beautiful grandbabies:


and here is Frank who cares for the children when Marie is hard at work… He told me he knew God was one of the reasons that we were helping them because they have been struggling for a year, since they took in their grandchildren… his eyes welled up and I told Him we knew God had a hand in this miracle, and that they had friends who cared about them and they were not alone!


I told the kids that I spoke to Santa and he had a very big delivery for them on Christmas morning and their eyes lit up!  We wrapped the whole garage full of gifts for each of these precious children and Marie and Laura picked them all up in their van and another vehicle.  As Marie’s eyes welled up she said “Who are these people?”  We gave her $725 dollars and she is able to pay off her light bill, pick up the trampoline, and know that we are going to support them in the future, even with $10 or $20 for milk and to make sure their lights don’t ever go dark…


This is the best Christmas of my life!!! Not one gift around our tree, but the tears of gratitude are flowing as one of our donors 4 year old boy picked out all of his favorite toys to give these children and that night when he said his prayers he said… “God please watch over my new little friends so they may have a very Merry Christmas!!!”  omg

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It is only by following your deepest instinct…


It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
~ Katharine Butler Hathaway

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.
~ Oprah Winfrey

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
~ W.M. Lewis


Everything has consequences, if you are worried about the consequences…you are forever worried. Trust God.


More will be revealed…  Way Spiritual Dave

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Life is an opportunity given to satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul.
~ Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.
~ Oprah Winfrey

The reality of life is that your perceptions – right or wrong – influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.
~ Roger Birkman

The key to life is love, especially if God is Love, because then all things together with God and it’s all good.

More will be revealed…
Way Spiritual Dave

A daily meditation posted by my husband, Way Spiritual Dave that I thought I might share for those who can relate, like me… the last quote by WSD, is his…

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Third Step Prayer

The Third Step Prayer

God, I offer myself to Thee — to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!

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P’s Practice pics 9.8.12 part 6


Have been out of town this week so I got busy this morning and “Walked through my fears” with my little Canon T3 and my 50mm lens… just the three of us watched the sun play on the horizon and in my neighborhood… dancing light of the sunrise, magnifying the grace of God!  I am really loving this path of enlightenment.  Going out to see what I can see… won’t you join me?  I feel like a kid in a candy store… and it has been a long time coming…

Thanks to those of you who take the time to send me a word of encouragement, it really means a lot!


This is the first group of five I took… more to come…



Day 3 ~ “Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.” – Author Unknown


I don’t want to take anything for granted…  including regretting the time I have left on this earth.

I have accomplished some pretty amazing feats in my recovery including finding the real me that was locked up in a floating casket on the River of Denial.

I was a Zombie, moving but not living.  Trapped in a place where I couldn’t look at who I was, who I had become and where I was going.

Thank God for God, and thank God I finally, in the depths of despair cried out to a God I did not understand, believe in, and was pretty pissed off at, for my life.

My life changed, about 10 minutes after uttering, what I now know was my cry of desperation:  “God help me I cannot live like this anymore!”   That’s when the phone rang and the only person in the world that I knew in recovery called and said… “P. are you o.k.?  Just a minute ago I had a feeling that something was wrong with you”  My first miracle…

There have been so many over the years, but to make a long story short, I have been given a second chance at life.  I have been given the gift of a loving God, loving husband, children, two amazing grandchildren, siblings that recently re-united after almost 45 years (another story), and a fellowship and sisterhood that are beyond my wildest dreams.

I get to help women who are newer in recovery by teaching them how to work the 12 steps, and how to incorporate them into their lives.  I get to love them until they learn to love themselves, like I was taught almost 30 years ago.

Back in 1983 I woke up in Cardiff by the Sea, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Del Mar, CA.  All beach towns along the North County coastal line between San Diego and Los Angeles.

The Pacific Ocean was my first Higher Power… for years, that evolved to the Fellowship that helped love me back to life, and then easily transitioned to this loving God that lives within me, dissolving all of my fears and who taught me to love and let go of my ego.

This love of life included taking photographs to help me remember the sunrises and sunsets over that magnificent Pacific Ocean… and when we moved to the desert back in 1994 the mountains and the Palm trees caught my eye.  Clouds are my rock stars!  They take the sun, shadows and light and dance with them high above me.

So today for my exercise perhaps I will check out the mountains nearby.  The best time is sunrise and sunset, because the shadows they cast bring out the life in them.

It depends on the light, if that doesn’t work, I will surprise myself and just let it flow… and whatever it is, I am stepping out of my comfort zone again today.  Baby steps…


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Listening to that still small voice…

For years, actually decades I have learned to trust that still small voice within. I know it is my God whispering in my ear. I don’t need God to shout at me very often, whispering is enough. But that was not the way it was for the first almost four decades of my life. My addictions to just about everything that would allow my to “numb” my feelings had a hold of my spirit and would not let go! My God was suffering from a case of laryngitis from screaming at me… in vain! The road from there to here has been a long and winding road… lots of hills and valleys that I had trudged, with love and support from my life coaches. I became willing to learn, take direction, work HARD and swallow my pride and ego. Reflection comes easy to those of us who don’t need to deny our pasts, for it is the grace that we get to pass on… So reflect I will… And for now the little voice is purrrrrring…. contented, happy, joyous and free! as I “remember to breathe…” I am breathing in and out the life of God and remembering God Is My Only Source.

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Choices are the rudder of my sailboat, God is the wind…

“It is our choices…that show what we
truly are, far more than our abilities”
– J. K. Rowling

I get to choose which way to steer my life today…

As long as I am prepared to run aground and smash into the rocks on the shoreline once in a while.

Most times it is smooth sailing… when I listen to my intuition (which to me is God whispering in my ear).

When the ego steers my boat, I can pay the consequences and re set my sail.

Today I choose God!

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God knows His business!!!!

I am living my life according to the grand scheme designed by a magnificent being that I choose to call God.

I tried doing it my way and it didn’t work… I like His way much better!

Anyone else feel the same way?

That God knows His business????

I would love to hear…

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“Came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity”

Yep! That’s right, it is out of my hands now… and has been for almost three decades.

Give it to God, or whatever power you believe in…

I keep pedaling and I let my Higher Power steer…

I do the footwork and leave the results up to Him/It/She/the Universe/Great Spirit.

I get to experience the “power” flowing through me and it is good!!!

And for this, I am grateful!