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Why Mozart Is My Favorite July 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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This performance by members of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra  illustrates why Mozart is my favorite classical composer:

Mozart: Serenata notturna, K.239

Oh, did I mention that my nephew is 3rd from the right playing viola?

Yup, that’s him!

Aah . . . that’s awesome!

Become A Scottish Lord Or Lady July 23, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Less IS More, Sustainable Living.
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Do ye have a wee hankering for a title to land in the Scottish Highlands?

Land that comes with a title?

Well, you are in luck!  For a wee remittance, you can attain title to a title while helping to conserve the Highland Titles Nature Reserve.

And you’ll become a Lord, Lady, or Laird of Glencoe in the process . . . with a certificate to prove it to any naysayers!

For a few of the enticing details:

Finding your plot:

For some nice views:

What you get in your welcome packet:

Aah . . . that’s it, milord!

Escape Hatch July 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Sustainable Living.
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Last Spring, just as Covid was shutting things down, we ordered lumber for a new deck, which BFF constructed with due care.

Because our deck is set back from the lagoon, we have a rocky coastline beneath us.

In case of fire, I decided I didn’t want to have to climb over the railing before dropping to the jagged rocks below.

So I asked BFF to build me an Escape Hatch . . . for emergency evacuations.

With one upward pull, an opening in the railing wide enough to squeeze through appears.

Allowing anyone in residence to SIT on the deck and drop GENTLY to the rocks below.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Try Try Again July 8, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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After reading Ally Bean’s latest post . . . and the comments (thanks, shore acres!) . . . I resurrected the Classic Editor.  HUZZAH!

I am a happy camper.

 

If Classic Editor remains available, maybe I’ll find some blog worthy material to share on a more regular basis.

I am also happy that Hurricane Elsa didn’t ruffle many feathers around here.  A few tree limbs down, and leaves strewn around, but no significant damage.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Call Me Taciturn July 2, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Writing & Writers.
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When I started Spirit Lights The Way, more than a decade ago, I posted daily and never seemed to run out of things to say.

No one would have referred to me as taciturn.

Quite the opposite.

I might have been described as loquacious, open, communicative, fluent, talkative, garrulous, chattering, prating, prattling, twaddling, verbose, gabbling, and/or cackling.

In short, a real Chatty Cathy.

In contrast, for most of June, I’ve stayed silent.

A topic comes to me. I start to flesh it out. But I don’t follow through to the FINISH line.

You might say I’ve been “ghosting” my postings.

I don’t blame the pandemic, but it’s played its part ~> social distancing in real life has encouraged me to exercise a greater degree of social media distancing.

Then again, maybe I’ve just become reserved, uncommunicative, incommunicado, reticent, and stingy with words in my old age.

Time will tell!

Aah . . . that’s better!

There Is No Planet B June 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is asking for public comments by June 14 to help draft rules requiring consistent climate disclosures by all publicly traded companies.   

This rule is crucial to ensuring that all investors, communities, and consumers have the information they need to determine if these companies are reporting out accurately on their climate impacts, risks, and steps for addressing their impacts.

Tell SEC: Yes to robust rules on corporate climate disclosures

Enough consumers are now voting with their wallets that manufacturers are starting to make “green” claims for their products, networks are airing “green” shows, and movie producers are bragging when they make a film with a zero carbon footprint.

It’s a start.

Perhaps people will finally find it chic to “go green.”

After all, “What good is a house, if you haven’t got a decent planet to put it on?” ~  Henry David Thoreau

Ghosts June 10, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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A casual acquaintance tried to interject herself into my life by telling me what to do.  When I tried to explain why I wasn’t going to follow her unsolicited (and unappreciated) advice, she continued to push the point.  I tried again to explain why her advice would not be heeded.  Nope.  She wasn’t having it.  

She told me I was being “hard headed.”

I suggested that we turn the topic to something else.  Nope.  She continued to push her agenda on me.  Why? I don’t know, but I suspect she thought that being pushy would somehow benefit her down the road.

If so, her plan backfired because I am no longer responding to her phone calls or her e-mails.

I am ghosting her!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Focus On Now May 23, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Poetry.
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Spirituality is a process to enjoy . . . not a goal to achieve

Just be present, awake and aware

Focus on NOW as Ego falls away

Revealing your true self

Aah . . . that’s better!

Looking for a Summer Beach Read? Check out Pam’s fresh-off-the-press Flashes of Light: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary!

Yay For Today! May 21, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Own your power.  Do your thing.

Today is a Fresh Start.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“A good traveler has no set plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Oops! May 19, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Mistakes do not define you.

Falling down is an accident.  Staying down is a choice.

Forget the mistakes.  Remember the lessons.

Better an “oops” than a “what if?”

Aah . . . that’s better!