You learn to live with storms in the American Midwest, but I don’t think you ever get used to them. We live in a manufactured home. Thankfully, they aren’t built like they used to be. Newer models have vinyl or wood siding and shingled roofs, so we don’t have to deal with the sound of rain on a metal roof. But we live in a wooded area full of walnut and pecan trees so when it storms along with rain and possibly hail, tree branches and nuts fall as well. The first time we had a good storm it sounded like we were being bombed.
Early yesterday morning when I woke up to the sound of falling rain (and nuts) I also heard the old gospel song Till the Storm Passes By. I hope you will enjoy and find comfort in this version by Vestal Goodman.
Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins
“We need to meditate on what is peaceful. Once we have ‘filled up’ in this way, we once again have an abundance of love to send out into the world.” — Jean Shinoda Bolen [Source: http://www.doonething.org/quotes/innerpeace-quotes.htm%5D
Our August Follower of the Month is Cathy Mounts of Foodradical.wordpress.com with a wonderful healthy cooking idea.
Photo Source: Cathy Mounts
There is something about being out in the woods that brings me a sense of peace. I can relax, I can be wondrous and thoughtful. I can find healing and gratitude. I can come back to the city feeling refreshed and renewed.
I have found tin foil pouches to be my number one favorite way to create delicious campfire meals, just the way I like them! That smoky, campy taste is undeniably delightful.
Using heavy duty tin foil, pull off a sheet that gives you enough coverage for folding (about 12″x12″), fill with your favorite veggies, layering with the veggies that cook the longest on the bottom. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with your choice of spices. Fold the foil and pinch edges to create a pouch. Set on campfire grill once flames are lower and wood is hot. Give it a shake every few minutes. Usually cooks up quickly!! Relax and enjoy.
Cathy Mounts is the author of the WordPress blog Foodradical. Be sure to stop by and visit. Cathy has lots of good healthy living and eating ideas.
Water garden Mahoney State Park
Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins
“Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” —
HafsatAbiola in Architects of Peace: Visions of Hope in Words and Images (2000) edited by Michael Collopy
Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins
No matter how hard we try we cannot ignore the need of body, mind and spirit for rest. If we do not take time to rest and renew sooner or later the universe will intervene. For me this is when the car breaks down, the computer crashes, the electricity shuts down, or if all else fails to get my attention, I become physically ill unable to do much of anything.
First we must be sure we are getting enough sleep. The body must have sleep to recharge and repair itself. But rest can also involve meditation, spending time in nature, listening to music and other activities that are fun, joyful and help us reconnect with the Creator.
Set aside one day each week to rest, relax, recharge and reconnect. Turn off the “electronic devices.” Resist temptation to turn every activity into work, money or an opportunity for “success” and just be. Listen to the universe and you may receive the greatest inspiration yet.
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“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” — George Bernard Shaw
Crane migration in central Nebraska
Copyright 2010 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins
“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”— Joseph Addison
Precious Moments Chapel 2009
Love, real love, powers everything good. Let your life be an expression of your love of God, your love of all people around the world, and your love of all God’s other creations.— Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
To know how to free oneself is nothing: the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.”— Andre Gide Source: [http://thinkexist.com/quotations/freedom/]