mixed media, poetry

Swing on a Star


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have been invited by Geralyn, from Where My Feet Are, Sibella, from Arts & Rhymes, Himali, from Decoding Happiness, Sagarika, from In Depth, and Christina, from The Wordy Rose to participate in a ‘3 quotes/3 days challenge. I don’t think I’ll be able to do this consecutively, but I will get all three out sooner or later 🙂 (this is post #2)

I’m a huge fan of being counter-culture (I touched on this a bit in a past post here). I want to be who I am meant to be. Not what society says I should be. Not what others say or think I should be. Not trying to live up to the expectations of others.

I used to be really insecure and my self-esteem was sooooo low. I remember when I was a teenager trying to decide what kind of ‘style’ I wanted to ‘be’. What for? Why not just wear what looks good on you, and what you like on yourself? Why not just do what you were made to do? Why not just be who you were made to be? Why not be an original, and not a copy of someone else?

How about you? Do you try to live up to the expectations of others? Have you tried to be someone you’re not? If so, why? Are you comfortable and secure in who you are? Are you living that out?

Culture, Poem

Friendship Love (clogyrnach)

philia love


Philia is one of four ancient Greek words for love, and this specific word implies a love felt between friends. Thomas Jay Oord defines it as an intentional response to promote well-being when cooperating with or befriending others, and that it also gives humans authentic friendship (source). For Aristotle, the object of philia is “another oneself” because one must feel philia for oneself in order to feel the highest form of philia for another (source). CS Lewis describes it as  the least biological, organic, instinctive, gregarious and necessary of loves. It is a type of love that is freely chosen. He believed this type of love to be almost ‘a lost art’ and that modern society ignores friendship, in comparison with examples we have from the past (source).

What do you think? Do you agree with CS Lewis? Do you think that modern society ignores true, authentic ‘philia’? And if so, how do you think that has impacted western, and/or global culture today?

Clogyrnach is a poetry form of 6 lines. The first two lines has 8 syllables each. Lines three and four have five syllables each. The last two lines have three syllables each. Lines one, two and six must rhyme, and lines three, four and five must rhyme.


FFTF – Wisdom is found in the simplest of things

Wisdom is found in the simplest of things

My brother and son – both are autistic

Food for the spirit: Wisdom

When you think of wisdom, what comes to mind?  Who, or what type of person  would you consider to be wise? Do you have any mentors or examples of wisdom in your life?  How do you think that wisdom is attained?

Allow me to share a little snippet of wisdom that I have been learning for the last little while.

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” –The Bible

I have been known to be very vocal, loud and impulsive at times.  I like to share my opinion and oftentimes don’t accept the opinions of others.  I confess that this is a downfall of mine.  I’m very black and white.  Rarely do I see in shades of grey.  I am, however, learning that life is not like that.  I am also learning that I am not always right.  Sometimes I need to shut my big mouth, especially in times of anger and disagreement.  There is much wisdom in remaining silent.

Now it’s your turn.  Consider the questions I’ve placed above.  Would you like to share? Hmmmmmmm…?

Food for the body: Superfoodista

Allow me to present to you the lovely Sylvia from ‘Superfoodista’.  She is an amazing and inventive recipe maker, using super foods.  Some of her recipes include:

Quinoa with Superfood Pesto

Alegría (Amaranth Crispy Bars)

Buckwheat Crêpe with Raw-tella and Banana

Sweet Potato Tater Tots with a Tahini Dressing topped Salad

Please check out a whole other plethora of super recipes here:


Have a great weekend.