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Define war? How do you teach a child. Why men are killed in war?

ivonprefontaine:

This is an incredibly powerful post with great questions as its opening. It would be wonderful to see the world through the eyes of children.

Originally posted on johncoyote:

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Would be a better world if we saw with the eyes of the children.

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                                    Grandson said
Memorial poetry

I stopped by the nearby location for the Memorial day celebration. There had a flag for every Soldier killed in the new wars.  I took my grandsons with me. This time with each flag was a photo of each soldier and where he was killed.

I found my three friends I served with. I stood by one of my friend photo lost in Iraq and I wanted to fall down with sadness. A older man came up and tapped my shoulder and told me. This is a sad place. I’m a Vietnam Vet from Holly, Michigan. I wanted to show respect to my brothers lost to war. I told him. I have three good friends here and I had to visit them. He saw…

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In Flight: Blogging Northern Michigan

ivonprefontaine:

I posted this poem by Mary Oliver several days ago, but her poetry is always so inspiring. The world goes on and we have a place in the family of things.

Originally posted on C-Dog & Company:

In Flight In Flight

I’m on a “Mary Oliver kick.” Last week it was her poem “The Truro Bear.” Today it’s one of her oft-quoted poems — and one I especially love — “Wild Geese.”

I’m in Michigan this week, where I’ve seen wild geese out the windows of a cabin in the woods. Whenever I walk out the front door I feel as if I’m in “Mary Oliver land.”

My plan is to share my outdoors adventures — already I’ve seen seven deer and four wild turkeys! — so I’ll no doubt be jumping off the “two-track” of my typical blogging fare and I’ll be, at least for the week, expanding my writing horizons.

WILD GEESE

by Mary Oliver (from Dream Work, 1986)

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to…

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Prayer for a Field Mouse

Pat Riviere-Seel’s poem has a Mary Oliver feel where she honours a small animal that we might even notice in our daily walks. It is a blessing and prayer to have all that Nature offers us.

We soak in the world and find extraordinary in the ordinary.

Bless the gray mouse

that found her way
into the recycle bin.
Bless her tiny body,
no bigger than my thumb,
huddled and numb
against the hard side.
Bless her bright eye,
a frightened gleaming
that opened to me
and the nest she made
from shredded paper,
all I could offer.
Bless her last hours
alone under the lamp
with food and water near.
Bless this brief life
I might have ended
had she stayed hidden
inside the insulation.
Bless her body returned
to earth, no more
or less than any creature.

today was good. today was fun. tomorrow is another one. – dr. seuss

ivonprefontaine:

I presented today at a small symposium and used Dr. Seuss as one of leadership and research references. He had such a way with words. Tomorrow is another one.

Originally posted on I didn't have my glasses on....:

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Encouragement

ivonprefontaine:

I had the opportunity to hear some of John O”Donohue’s poems read by David Whyte who was a friend. It was wonderful and inspiritional. It seems everything O’Donohue wrote took the form of a blessing.

Originally posted on Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013:

Many times encouragement blesses someone to walk into their season, conquer a fear, feel loved, move forward, get a job, smile. The possibilities are endless to what words of encouragement can do! 😀

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God bless us, by faith, as we encourage those around us today! Let thy will be done.

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Growing Love 

ivonprefontaine:

Here are a wonderful image, a beautiful poem, and a Rumi quote to enjoy. There are words that speak only in silence.

Originally posted on Underground Energy:



I love you with a fiery love

A love which will remain untouched
Upon its birth
An illuminating glow doth emerge
Covering nature and her witness
The tallest redwood
Connecting hearts on branches
Uprooting loss and brokenness
Restoring life and wholeness
I love you with a fiery love
A love which will remain untouched


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Squireles in the snow.

ivonprefontaine:

These are incredible pictures. The photographer was patient to get all these wonderful and humourous photos. Fact is sometimes better than fiction. Without photoshopping, these images point to the innate curiousity and desire animals have for fun.

Originally posted on Simple & Interesting.:

macro-photography-squirrel-vadim-trunov-russia-1Squirrels are funny little critters that flit around trees like little brown flashes. Vadim Trunov, a Russian photographer, got pictures of some of these little rascals playing in the snow. And fighting – with winter around, those squirrels got into a quarrel over a pinecone, whose juicy seeds make for a tasty winter snack!
macro-photography-squirrel-vadim-trunov-russia-2Vadim says that he simply left the cone on the ground and it eventually attracted a squirrel. And then, a challenger appeared! He was at ground zero of an epic squirrel duel and captured it all on camera. Needless to say, it is a very cute fight, as far as fights go.
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Source: Bored Panda.

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