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constant observation of nature

How can we teach unobservant people to notice what nature and life are trying to show them? First of all, they must be taught to look at, to listen to, and to hear what is beautiful... Nothing in life is more beautiful than nature, and it should be the object of constant observation... And do not shun the darker side of nature. Look for it in the marshes, in the slime of the sea… and remember that hidden behind these phenomena there is beauty, just as in loveliness there is unloveliness. - Constantin Stanislavski

pearls of wisdom

If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse. - Anthon St. Maarten inn "Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny"

Wishing all my readers a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving - Dominique
Image: Pecos Valley Diamonds by Dominique Allmon©2016

happy st. martin's day

St. Martin's Day or Martinstag is celebrated on November 11. It is a religious observance in Germany that is very popular with children. It is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours, or Martin le Miséricordieux, and celebrates modesty and altruism, values that are commonly associated with Saint Martin.  
St. Martin is known as a friend of children and patron saint of beggars, wool weavers, soldiers, vintners and innkeepers, and the geese.
The celebrations usually involved evening processions with handmade paper lanterns, but the celebrations were suspended in 2015 in order not to offend the migrants from the Middle East.
This holiday was traditionally followed by a fast that lasted until Christmas, so normally St. Martin's Day would center around good food. Martin's Gans, or the roasted goose served with dumplings and fragrant red cabbage stew, is one of the many dishes that people in Germany enjoy on this day. 
History of the tradition
"Saint Martin of Tours (316 - …

november

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
by Clyde Watson


no beginning, no end

A story has no beginning or end:
arbitrarily
one chooses that moment of experience
from which to look back  or
from which to look ahead.  • Graham Greene




the struggle of a tulip

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.” - Marianne Williamson

Image: Tulips by Dominique Allmon©2016

quote of the day

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. - Buddha
Image: The Three Buddhas and a Coffee Mug
Image by Dominique Allmon©2016

NOTE: The Buddhas are not for sale, but the Passionately Raw! Coffee Mug can be purchased here. Help the artist who designed this magnificent mug. He receives royalties for his creations. This income helps him to feed one amazing dog and three gorgeous cats. Thank you!

are you happy yet?

Happiness cannot be traveled to, 
owned, earned, worn or consumed. 
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute 
with love, grace, and gratitude. 

Denis Waitley


Image by Dominique Allmon©2016

vegvísir - the runic compass

Vegvísir is an Icelandic sigil or stave. It is a magical symbol that was often carried on one's person or drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost. 

Nowadays this symbol is often mistakenly attributed to the Vikings, but it is actually much younger that the Viking culture. Like many other magical staves, Vegvísir probably has its roots in Medieval magic, Germanic and Scandinavian lore, and the magical meaning of the Runes.
Vegvísir was mentioned in an Icelandic grimoire called Galdrabók (magic book) dating back to the 17th century. It can also be found in the Huld Manuscript of 1860. 
The word Vegvísir  is translated as "signpost." It derives from two Icelandic words: "veg" and "vísir." "Vegur" means road or path. "Vísir" stands for the word guide. Often, though not quite correctly, Vegvísir is understood as a compass. The New Age culture may even identify it as a runic compass that incorporates runic …