One-Liner Wednesday: Music and Dreams

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

                                                                        Gene Wilder, as Willy Wonka


Rest in peace, Gene Wilder. Except when you want to keep ’em laughing.



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The Essence of Your Dreams

Lorrie’s words sing to us: Listen to your heart. Honor your truth. Follow the essence of your dreams. Celebrate even the smallest steps.

Lorrie Bowden


“In fertile soil

may the essence of your dreams

grow into magnificent blossoms.”

~ Blessitude

Listen.  Listen to your heart.

To the place inside that is yearning.

Is there a dream not realized…

Something that won’t go away?

Listen.  Listen to the longing.

Honor the truth

And make a plan.

Your destiny awaits.

I’m really beginning to realize that each and every one of us comes into this world to play a part, or role, that is integral to the whole of the story.

I believe that deep down, in that place that no one else hears, there is a voice that speaks to us and guides us to our destiny.

I also believe that we spend an awful lot of time edging that voice out with the thinking voice in our head.

Here’s to quieting the mind and allowing the essence of our dreams to speak in tones we…

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New Year’s Collage: A Visual Wish List

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2009 Collage including “Must Love Dogs”

For the past several years, I’ve made new year’s collages. This started as a New Year’s Eve tradition at the home of a church friend and evolved into part of our annual Epiphany party. It’s mostly a bunch of adults cutting pictures and words from magazines, arranging them and then gluing them into a collage of our hopes and desires for the year ahead.

Historically, I’ve been the last one done with my collage, working intensely, while everyone else is dancing or socializing. But lately, I’ve gotten better at going with the flow,  discovering what reveals itself from the magazine pages with just a general idea of what I’m looking for.

Along with images of nature, relaxation, and creative pursuits, there has been a corner for the soul mate I was searching for. It took a while for this partner to manifest, because we each had things to work on before we were ready to be together. I like to think the collages moved things along.

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2010 Collage with an easel and a man on the way





And I’m finally getting back to painting as suggested in my 2010 collage.


This relatively inexpensive project uses old magazines, cardboard, and glue sticks. In recent years, I’ve added to the back of previous year’s collages. The collages here are on opposite sides of the same piece of cardboard saved from a wall calendar. The yellow flower in the upper corner folds over both sides. (I  apologize for having no idea who to give photo credit to and greatly appreciate whoever took the magazine photos I used. Let me know if I’ve used a piece of your work in my collages and how you feel about it.)

A few years ago, I bought a picture frame, and instead of putting a photo in the frame, put my collage on the cardboard backing.  This year, I plan to add to that particular collage, which seems to be missing something. That’s the beauty of collages, you can easily add things in.

What are your hopes, dreams, and desires for 2015?

Imagine the possibilities!


What Do You Want?

Hearts in Hand

My last three posts have been about avoiding or coping with the toxic things of life. So, it’s about time I got back to focusing on the positive because what we focus on gets bigger!

Of course we want our coping skills to get bigger and stronger, but what most of us want even more is to attract positive people and positive situations into our lives. So how do we do that?

1.  Stop worrying.  Easier said than done, I know. Perhaps you’ve been in the habit of worrying about bad things, so you won’t be disappointed, and so you’ll be ready. But how many minutes or even hours have we wasted worrying about things that never happened?

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” 

                                                                                                                            Mark Twain

Heart  w spider plant2. Identify what you want.

When I’d finally done enough work learning (the hard way) what I didn’t want in my life, I started to focus my attention on what I did want. This was most obvious in searching for my soul mate. I put in writing the qualities I wanted in a partner. I made collages about what I wanted.

I put hearts on the collages and around my home to welcome love. It took a few years, because we were both working on becoming ready, but it worked! Love found me when the time was right.

So now, I’m focusing on other things I want in my life and I’m letting God and God’s Universe conspire with my hopes and dreams to create my highest and best good. It might not be exactly what I envision, but that’s okay. I trust that it will be good, because God and the Universe have a way of doing marvelous things!

3. Imagine what it will be like, using all your senses.

I see myself spending more time in nature. I smell the rich earth. I feel the ocean breeze on my face and the sun on my arms.

I see myself spending more time creating art with words and brushes and color.

I see my children with smiles on their faces in healthy relationships. I hear their joyful laughter.

Just as I imagined the comfort and joy of being with a compatible partner,  I now imagine the comfort and joy of my soul mate and I being financially able to have more freedom to do even more what feeds our souls.

I see our book being published and giving hope to many people. I feel the gratitude.

4. Get ready for good things to come!

One way I got ready was to forgive myself and others. Forgiving made room for new things, good things to come in my life. That’s another part of the story, we’ll explore later.


What do you want for you? What will it look like? What will it feel like? What will it sound like? Smell like?