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Claim What Isn’t . . . Until It Becomes June 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, People.
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220px-Francesco_Hayez_001On occasion, I’ve shared one of my favorite quotes:  “Claim what isn’t, as if it were, until it becomes.”

Sorry, I don’t know who said it.   Maybe Teddy Roosevelt? *

Anyway, today I stumbled across the perfect example of what this quote means in Nancy Curteman’s last post on Global Mysteries.

Turns out, the best way to become Emperor (even if you’re a pauper) is by self-proclamation.

Check out his story . . . or should that be history?

Emperor of the United States: San Francisco’s Emperor Norton I

Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

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* Nope, not Roosevelt.  Hmm . . . maybe I said it?

Anyway, here’s what Teddy said:  “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  Same cadence, similar sentiment, but not the same quote.

Ten Things We LOVE About Florida June 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Exercise & Fitness, Gratitude, Nature.
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1.  Anna Maria Island . . . An Island in the Sun

2.  Florida Is For The Birds ~ Spoonbills, Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Ibis, Anhingas, Cormorants, and Skimmers

3.  Gorgeous Beaches with white sand, swaying palms,  and turquoise water perfect for . . . A Walk in the Waves or being Bag Ladies on the Beach.

4.  Sea Turtles, Dolphins, and Manatees ~ gentle giants

5. The Summer Finding revealed itself in the dead of Winter

6.   State Parks abound . . . Explore the Great Outdoors

7.  Brave New Adventures ~ like kayaking!

8.  Royal Palms, Coconut Palms, Pineapple Palms, Gumbo Limbos, Banyan Trees, Citrus Groves, and . . . Lemon Trees

9.  Flying Fish and Leaping Lizards plus Amusing Otter Antics

10.  Biking ~ Pedal Power and Let’s Go Fly . . . A Bike!

Florida . . . what’s not to love?   

Well, I can think of two things off the top of my head:

* S-N-A-K-E-S . . . which give me The Heebie Jeebies

* And non-native, invasive snakes which make me mad ~ Big Oil, Big Lies:  Thanks, BP! 

No rules.  Just write!

Lost In Thought June 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Nature, Poetry, Writing & Writers.
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The drone of nearby bees, attracted by the sweet scent of the orchard broke the silence.


Sunshine, peering through the leaves, danced and played ~ she stared cold and unseeing, oblivious to its inviting warmth.

Moments passed, one by one, in slow procession, reaching out and receding ~ the dark shadows consuming her mind a barrier to each

An insistent breeze whispered comfort, causing a symphony of apple trees to pirouette ~ she remained unmoved by rustling leaves

Burying her face in fragrant hay

without noticing its potent scent

or tasting her salty tears

she cried.


No rules.  Just write!

Artwork by Maitte Van Arsdel ~ available at Island Gallery West.

Related:  M.E.D.I.T.A.T.I.O.N.A Walk in the Waves * Bag Ladies on the Beach

Join Team Earth ~ Do More . . . Or Less June 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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We are all a part of Team Earth.  The choices we make impact the planet one way or the other.

We can do more by:  composting vegetable and fruit  scraps, joining a C.S.A., planting trees, biking and walking whenever possible, switching to CFL’s, investing in Fair Trade products, creating a backyard habitat for wildlife, etc.  

We can do less by:  adjusting our thermostats (up in the summer and down in the winter), taking shorter showers, using our cars less often, cutting back on paper and other disposable products, etc.

For more ideas, visit Team Earth

Learn how you can Do More . . .

Or Less . . .

To help protect this precious planet for our kids and grandkids.

We are one ~ one world, one planet, one people, one future.   

No rules.  Just write!  

Related posts:  A Trip To The Farmer’s MarketTiny Green Thumbs Workshop * Join a C.S.A. * Health Benefits From Greening Your Life * Gradual Change * Go Solar with . . . eSolar! * Green America * Create a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife