Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Unseen Key #SoCS

Hi guys! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit. I’m in the final stages of completing my novel, Forever Never/Dawn of the Dream. It’s been a ten year off and on project since I was inspired to write it while living in Florida. Most of it was written in 2012 while we lived in Costa Rica, then was closeted for awhile when we had to move back to the US. I wrote down ideas and completed one version which was critiqued by one publisher as being Tolkien in style but they weren’t certain of the audience draw.  So, I have rewritten my fantasy tale from the perspective of the characters and their struggles of learning to live and love within the realm of the illusion we call ‘Life’.

My fervent desire is that if even one person reads my story and its message resonates with them, then all was not in vain. Life is a blank canvas and can be as beautiful or terrible as we create it to be. Learning to accept that there are no outside forces that ruin or make our lives perfect is the first step in accepting the power of free will given to us through creation. Darkness and Light exist within every living thing. One cannot survive without the other. The key then becomes accepting these dual forces and keeping the proper balance within ourselves. 

In all of my 63 years on this blue and green spinning sphere of wonder, I have learned that the only thing I have the power to change is myself. But in changing oneself, there can be the most astounding effect, like a raindrop in a pool of water sending lovely ripples reaching to the farthest edges. I don’t believe the force that began this dream is holding its breath until every living thing is in perfect harmony, but rather rejoices with every expression of peace and unconditional love within Existence. When we learn to apply this sense of satisfaction to our own experiences, there is so much contentment waiting for our recognition.

For me it is in watching bees and butterflies pollinate, knowing these small, often unnoticed, creatures hold our very means of sustenance in their busy-ness. Photography affords me a kind of meditation that too many people think must be contrived or scheduled. When I take photos of simple blooms and within their heart see minuscule living beings, my heart slows down and beats with the pulse of Mother Nature. 







Who doesn’t love a ladybug? 🙂



This is my meditation…



The sound of a rushing river reminds me how powerful Nature is and how generously she shares her wealth with we, the interlopers.



This tiny pearl was less than 1mm, but already she understands her purpose and works to create something functional and magnificent.



I love, love, love dewdrops.




There are dozens of different ladybugs and beetles here, likely hundreds. Each one that I meet takes a special place in my treasure book of amazing things. 


I’d like to share just the Prologue with you here and maybe in the coming weeks I’ll share a bit of the story. For any of you who read my WP blog Dreaming Existence there are portions of the original story there. Thanks and hugs to my good blogging friends who continue to follow me even though I’ve roamed, and for always offering your support. My special thanks to Dan Antion who has been gracious enough to read my chapters and offer his suggestions. 
Most of all, love and thanks to my enduring soulmate who, in spite of his own challenges, encourages and lifts me up every moment of every day. He’s saved me from possible nightmares too many times to count.
I’d need a separate post to properly thank those beautiful miracles the powers that be blessed me with. My sons and those they love have been my sustenance since the day they arrived! They are my keys to unconditional love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
 
Today’s post is part of Linda Hill’s #SoCS blog prompt. You should click the link and visit her blog for more great posts and to meet some talented writers. 




This is the prologue as it should appear. You might have to enlarge it to read the image but I will print it below.


Life is

but an illusion,

a construct,

a design-

an infinitely grand and perfectly endless

miraculous, perpetual simulation to reflect

the unconditional Love and collective will of souls

for the First Thought,

its obligation, the perpetuation and continuation

of Creation-

the expression of Its Love.

When I was a child, we sang a hymn that proposed that

‘Death Is Only a Dream’.

Death is naught but a whisper to the soul,

Nudging it to wake from the dream…

the illusion of Life.

Within the realm of eternity, such a mortal life

would be but a blink,

a brief interlude from the All That Is,

when our souls spread their wings and imagination begets

 Creation.

With vigor and verve, we vow to sleep,

to live and die, to laugh and weep!

So, willingly, in shrouds of flesh

we pass through the veil with only an imprint of memory-

a clean, bright canvas to splash with color.

We lovingly weave our tapestry of life,

seeking the answers to questions unasked.

Hungry, lonely, lusty, wise,

falling, flying, crawling

Till twilight clouds our eyes.

Then soul’s remembrance, cloaked as Death,

Reclaims the shroud and steals our breath.

Then day is night and night is day

Until our souls should wish to play

again!  

Monday, August 8, 2022

Every Day #Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

 Promises matter to me and when I told Cee I wanted to participate in one of her photo challenges, I meant it! This week Cee encourages us to look to Nature, something that has been a daily joy in my life for as long as I can remember. My problem is choosing which photos to share. 😉

I hope you see something that makes you smile. 


The bees here are amazing and the local honey… 😍



Linen Moth Caterpillar. Don’t touch! 



Beautiful Boquete, Panama!



Dance with me!



The hummers are my buddies



Laughing Falcon. Their cry dos sound like laughter



Owl butterflies. You can see why…



At the butterfly and bee garden there are many species in various life cycles. I love this image of eggs, larvae and butterfly but different species! 



I am obsessed with dewdrops..



Yellow Headed Cara Cara. They stop by daily for handouts. 



The Resplendent Quetzal



One of my favorite rose photograph edits, ever. 

I hope you see beautiful things this week! 


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Calling All Angels #LinerWednesday

 


Because, frankly, we need all the help we can get. 



The song has long been a favorite of mine.




I had a difficult time getting this one. If you ever saw Pay It Forward you will recognize it. 

This post is part of Linda Hill’s OneLinerWednesday prompt

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Like a Whisper #WonderfulWednesday #Poetry

 


Sacred,

like a prayer

whispered on the wind

it comes!


A dream

now long gone

still haunting my soul-

my heart! 





We danced-

or did we

only imagine

such bliss? 


A kiss?

Surely not

but I’ve forgotten 

that loss.


The cost

much too great

for a passing whim

and yet…




Within,
sweet regret
screams like a whisper
again

Be still
and sleep
while I weep.

Cheryl Pennington
Copyright words and images 2022

 











Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Is it Tuesday?

The best thing about retirement in paradise is not having to know what day it is. I try to keep up but knowing Sunday night is just another night after years of trepidation for a new week of work, mean coworkers and unappreciative management has been the sweetest gift. 

So, for today, just a tune from a favorite cult flick and a photo or two. My homage to an unorganized life. 😉❤️




Love the Big Lebowski..



This fair fellow is obviously someone’s pet but enjoyed a moment of free roaming in the neighborhood. 



Tried a new Rustic bread recipe in the Dutch oven. Yum!, 



My new project. In between writing… and cooking… and my green things…



My sweet friend, Lissy, gave me a lovely box of handmade truffles and this one was a total delight! That’s a grape! 🥰




We met this fellow when he stopped by to hunt. I’d never heard of a 
Laughing Falcon before. Isn’t is beautiful? And, yes, its call sounds like a laugh. 
Hey, they eat mostly snakes, and venomous ones at that! 



😍


I made a Panamanian bread, Hojoldre, which is very similar to Sopapilla or Indian Fry Bread. 



The Owls eating..



I love my dewdrops and reflections…
Have a great rest of your week! 






Wednesday, July 13, 2022

When You Least Expect It #OneLinerWednesday

Some days are just magical…



We first encountered Owl Butterflies in the mangroves in Costa Rica. They grow quite large and appear menacing to predators. Once they open their wings the inside shows their gorgeous blue and beige colors. It is difficult to get that shot though. I didn’t get one yesterday. 




Sharing a meal with the malachite butterfly.



This was a real treasure for me. The owl butterfly, a Giant Swallowtail larvae and eggs. I’m not sure what kind the eggs are. The garden is full of many species that all exist together. We love this place! 



Taking hers ‘to go’!









You have to be very observant to see larvae, caterpillars and eggs. Once you’ve spotted them you see them everywhere! 
The leaf below looks rather plain doesn’t it? 



A closer look reveals life in process! 



Eggs like tiny beads of dirt lie in perfect little rows



These look like the yellow Swallowtail that I saw but I’m not an expert



This guy is the Owl Caterpillar. I’ve petted one. It’s quite furry, like a teddy bear. See how brilliantly it’s camouflaged on the leaf seam? 



Malachite giving me a photo op



Oh! Here’s my favorite species! ❤️



In one of my happy places. So much peace and tranquility exists in nature. So many humans don’t bother to notice. 😔



These are truly the smallest bees I’ve ever seen.  They might easily be mistaken for gnats or mosquitos! 



Another naturally crafted ‘hive’ for our winged friends



I’m pretty sure I saw this guy in a B horror film. I stopped for a photo and autograph, just in case..
🫢



We’ve never seen anything quite like this amazing plant. It is commonly called a Vining Jade and I think it comes from the Philippines




Bzzzzzz…..


This is likely the best video moment in my life. She’s laying an egg! 








Hubs has been craving Chinese food so we found some at Chopsticks. It was pretty tasty too! 



We both chose Kung Pao but I snag shrimp any chance I get! 

Boquete Bees and Butterflies has become one of my favorite places locally. Their honey is amazing and we just bought some of the coffee they farm as well. Locally sourced takes on a completely different hue here.



This one definitely looks otherworldly. I wouldn’t mess with it, would you? Those ‘eyes’ are actually on its back end. 




My personal favorite bee! The fascinating colorful Euglossa! We saw these two as we were leaving. 



There were a lot of fading beauties and they were busily laying eggs for the next generation of stunning residents to the garden





Banana blossoms are some of the most lovely on such ordinary plants. 

This post is part of #OneLinerWednesday, sponsored by Linda Hill

Happiness truly is….