The Primer To Becoming Stronger

In this short video that I made for my book, The  Little Book of Becoming, my daughter Rachael  (photo below) sings a cover of Faith Hill’s song Stronger. Though I love music and all the creative arts and I love to sing – trust me when I tell you that if you catch me singing – I will hurt your ears.

pictures-007I only sing in front of those people who I’ve known a long time, family, or they love me unconditionally, because when I sing, the wild turkeys on our land gobble, the dog howls, and the mother person, the pirate at 81, asks me if I’m hurt in any way or in pain.  Even at 81 she’s still got her sense of humor.  And no, it doesn’t hurt my feelings.  It’s the truth.  I just don’t have the voice for it.

It’s a joke I tell folks – I can do everything but sing.  Like Mary Poppins I am practically perfect in every way – but that.  It’s what keeps me planted with both feet on the ground.  Where I sing is in my paintings and in my writings, stories, blogs, articles, poetry and novellas and my interactions with those I meet.

But Rachael, my baby daughter, who is a mother herself and in her early thirties can sing the socks off of most anyone.  I recently asked her to sing a song for me to make a little video promotion for the Little Book, but alas, right now, she’s got a cold and being the impatient Aries I am, I couldn’t wait.  So I used another song she sang for me one day.  She had bought this new inexpensive microphone for her computer and decided to give it a try.

This is a song she sang for me on a one shot deal – a capella – which is latin for “in the style of the chapel” and refers to singing without independent instrumental accompaniment.

I put some pictures to it and added my quick advert at the end.  So from my heart to yours – through my daughter’s voice – enjoy!

You can find out more about The Little Book of Becoming-Your Primer for Living Inside Out – Your Primer for becoming a Stronger YOU by clicking here:  Go There Now!

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The Meaning of Abundance

Oftentimes folks get so caught up in themselves and the meaning of abundance that they cannot see what is in front of their face.  Abundance is not just about money, but about the overwhelming abundance of nature.

Saturday last, my husband planned on some target shooting with his son toward floating targets in the pond.  We’d had a week of relatives from Ohio in and they’d just left.  This was to be some great father and son time.  Only when they went to shoot, the spring on the 22 rifle was sprung.  Then they went and got another gun.  It didn’t work.  My husband decided that the Universe was saying something to him and put the guns down.  (I say a great big thank you to the many friends from the unseen realms that stopped them from shooting – the fairies and such that are so abundant here).  Instead he and his son talked for hours on the back of the truck under the huge oak.


Lo and behold, the very next day the answer as to why they couldn’t shoot became very clear.  Out in the pond, the newest additions to our ten-acre piece of heaven decided to make an appearance.  You can imagine our suprise when the two Canada geese that have been visiting us since 2003, brought their five baby goslings into the pond.  These goslings are about a week old.  They were born here, on our land.


To me this is abundance.  The Mother has graced us with a beautiful gift.  These wild geese “feel safe” on our land – safe enough to have this year’s babies.  Henceforth, these babies will migrate here to their own birthing grounds.

Nature is incredibly abundant and evidence of the remarkable well-being that is prevalent on this our home, earth.  Above you can see the does (only some of them that visit here) that leisurely, eat, rest, and ahem…


Another gift – our pair of mated red tail hawks.  I caught this one landing on top of one of the tallest pines on the ridge opposite our home after soaring through the sky with its mate – a courting dance as it were.  All of these photos have been taken from my deck.

We often mistake abundance to just mean “Money,” but it means much more than that.  Abundance is health, wealth, joy, and the time to experience it all, among many other things.  Nature is overflowing with abundance.


Take the time to go out into nature this week.  Sit quietly, you might be surprised at the gift you are given.  If you but close your eyes and listen you will hear the buzz of well-being.  When you look at what nature shows you – you will find that she is rich with well-being.  She is rich with peace.  She is rich with abundance.  It is every where  you look.

You just need to open your eyes. Be thankful. Be ongoing.

Abundance is everywhere.