Thought for Today

English: This picture shows lawnmower wheel wh...
English: This picture shows lawnmower wheel which broke because it was deliberately made of plastic instead of steel. Since when do they make lawnmower wheels out of plastic? This wheel is an example of bad workmanship done to make a profit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”   – James Dent

Follower of the Month

In appreciation of our followers we are starting a new feature called Follower of the Month.  Each month one of our followers will have the opportunity to have a guest post here at Espirational.  Details below.

1.  You must be following Espirational either by email or in your reader.

2.  Your guest post may be on the topic of positive thinking, spirituality, healthy living or writing/publishing.

3.  Please no advertising posts.

4.  Our blog posts are brief, so try to keep yours at 150 words or less.

5.  Provide a brief about the author statement which may include up to two links.

6.  If you have a book available on Amazon (Kindle Store included) please let us know so we can add it to our bookstore.

If you are interested in this opportunity let us know using the form on our Contact page.

Love Those E-mail Newsletters!

Computer screen garden (2)
Computer screen garden (2) (Photo credit: 4nitsirk)

I have to admit I’m a sucker for an e-mail newsletter. Promise me a few coupons or recipes and I’m asking “Where do I sign up?” Well it’s not quite that bad, I do have standards. Don’t get spammy on me cause I can unsubscribe as quick as I subscribed. Won’t let me unsubscribe? Then future e-mails go in my spam folder. From time to time I also go through and cull out the ones I never seem to get around to reading. Some people have another e-mail account just for advertising, newsletters and the like.

These are two of my favorite daily inspirational e-mails to which I am currently subscribed.

Daily Meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society.  Go to the website and click on the resources tab to sign up.

Guideposts Magazine has a selection of positive newsletters available.  Go to the website to sign up.

Special Announcement

carrot cake cream 2 resizedI am introducing my new Carrot Cake Fruit Cream in a guest blog post at The Gluten Free HomemakerYes, I said carrot cake.  Doesn’t that sound good?  You’ll want to be sure to go get this recipe.

If you are living gluten free The Gluten Free Homemaker is a blog you will want to get to know.  Linda has some great ideas and recipes, especially about cooking for a family.  She also hosts Gluten Free Wednesdays which are a great source of gluten free recipes if you need a few.

This week I am also participating in Raw Foods Thursdays.

Looking for more dairy free ice cream recipes?  Check out my new Kindle eBook Frozen Fun! 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes

Celebrating the Small Things: Faerie Houses

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

I don’t know how long this faerie house had been in our favorite walking park before we noticed it.  Aren’t surprises nice?  It took me about a month to remember the camera so we could get a photo. Don’t forget to drop by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author to see what others are celebrating.

Sometimes Life (and Art) Gets Messy

Quilter's Burn Out Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Quilter’s Burn Out Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

We all want life tied up in a pretty package with a nice bow on it don’t we?  But sometimes life gets messy.  Because art is a reflection of life art sometimes gets messy as well and that makes people uncomfortable.  We would rather look at nice controlled “pretty pictures” than stand face to face with the messiness of life.

In that messiness there is often a lesson, or even a laugh.  Todays art quilt was my answer to feeling used and abused by the art quilt show system.  I was so frustrated I actually burned a quilt.  Well I didn’t actually just set fire to it, the burning was part of the design and was done in the kitchen sink with plenty of water ready.  Burning the quilt didn’t change anything about how shows treat artists, but it did make me feel better.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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