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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 01:51

Rare Breeds

Written by Jacqueline Dawes
The neighbor next door has all kinds of wonderful rare breed animals on his little farm, from miniature donkeys, lamas, to very tiny goats. These beautiful creatures bring a plethora of joy and fascination with their uniqueness. The Scottish Highland cattle are so beautiful. One of the most endearing things about this rare breed is the very sensitive way the mother rears her babies. The bonding and sacred mood that exists between them is inspiring to sit and watch. This is the time of year the young are sojourning with…
Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:40

Menopause, Transition & Change

Written by Jacqueline Dawes
A child's departure from a family often unleashes seriously depressed feelings where the sadness may feel paralyzing. Tears and crying become part of the daily ritual, perhaps with many hours spent sitting in the child's bedroom. The transition to an empty nest family is not welcome and somehow was never prepared for. The notion of purposeless nobodyness is a new, very depressing phenomena of the identity you may now own. As if this is not heartbreaking enough, the end of an era, a life, as you have known it, the…
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 21:01

Being Found or Staying Lost Causes Women Stress

Written by Jacqueline Dawes
Often we really do not have many choices when everything is completely paired down. Sometimes all the noise, fanfare, chaos, and brouhaha disguises and distracts us from what actually might turn out to be a simple choice. It is stressful when we cannot see the wood for the trees. Yet both stress and anxiety can be greatly diminished, if we can take a step back and ask ourselves what is it we really have to do to move forward. The feeling of ongoing lostness stimulates low moods that allow us…
Friday, 20 April 2012 04:54

To Inspire A Generation

Written by Jacqueline Dawes
The 18th of April marked the 100-day countdown to the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games. The mood in London was confidently buoyant. I have to say when I saw some of the images of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, I felt a bit of a longing to be there to see all the glorious spring blooms. Those magnificent greenhouse conservatories are the keepers of many rare species of plants. That in itself is a place of moods and visions that make you want more. The theme that has…
Thursday, 19 April 2012 01:34

Soo Sensitive

Written by Jacqueline Dawes
When someone says to you, "you're just too sensitive" to anything and everything, it sounds like such a judgmental verdict. Perhaps I am more sensitive, but to be sensitive is a great gift because it means you are very aware of things around you and your emotions become touched by many things. Sensitivity has a great effect on mood as it can make you full of passion or stubbornly depressed. I have seen a few women become overwhelmed by their gut feelings, sixth sense, or butterflies in the tummy. Suddenly…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 03:44

I Couldn’t Graduate

Written by Jacqueline Dawes
For many women, gaining a good education has been an important part of their career path. It is a wonderful thing to see a close group of childhood girlfriends play at the beach. To enjoy that innocent simplicity and plan their dreams together. What will you be when you grow up? The lighthearted happy moods so far unaffected by any drama, trauma, or tragedy. It is so wonderful if you have high school friends that you are able to have fun with and feel that your life is just beginning.…
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 05:00

Gilding of The Lily

Written by Jacqueline Dawes
Lilies are my favorite flowers. The extraordinary water lily and its powerful journey to bloom. The daylily and its in the moment beauty. A lily cannot be painted to be more beautiful. It is a stand-alone prize. The Lily of the Valley will be blooming soon. I look forward to this every year. All the little bells are so delicate and charming. They remind me that it is all the many blooms that make one sprig of this plant so endearing. The innocence is unmistakable and takes me back to…


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