Snow Brings Out Neighborly Kindness

There’s a kindness during a snowstorm in the Northeast.  Being out here in the farmland, people are especially nice and I am very grateful for their generosity considering my predicament.

So this morning, when my telephone line was heavy with snow, hanging dangerously low across the street, I saw my next door neighbor outside, shaking the snow from his beautiful trees and having to cut some limbs which had broken.  When I explained my worry, he came over and with a huge pole, and was able to knock the snow from the line, freeing it to spring back to it’s normal height thus restoring what could have been my phone line being broken by a tall truck.  Yippee!

I was plowed into my driveway too and I just don’t have the strength to shovel that much heavy snow.  I was praying for help as I was outside taking the snow off of my car in anticipation in getting out of the driveway when a man riding a small tractor came up the street.  Seeing my dilemma, he stopped and asked if I needed help.  Yes please!  So he’s now getting the heavy 2 feet of snow that the snow plows left at the base of my driveway.

God is good.  People are good.  Strangers are kind and all is well.  I hope you are enjoying the snow day today.  I am feeling very blessed myself and I send blessings your way as well!

Shine On!



Spring Has Sprung!


Heralding in Spring today on the Equinox, I look outside to a snow-cloud covered sky.  While I must admit, I was excited for Spring to have sprung today, I also am probably the last person in my neighborhood who can say yes to one last snow fall for the season.

Because for me, there’s something still very magical about snow falling, the crisp cold in the air and the smell, oh! the smell of snow coming!  You know that smell, don’t you?  That smell excites me to my very core because I love to watch snow fall and to be out amidst those big huge flakes as they waft down.  Oh, I’m so excited, like a little child!  My children laugh at me because I’m the one who insists we should wear our pjs inside out for a potential snow day off from school!  Have you followed that tradition too at your house?

I love the fact that towards the end of the week, after the snowfall, we will have warmer temperatures which means melting snow and not as much shoveling!  Woo Hoo!  But honestly, I don’t mind shoveling as long as there’s not a lot to do.  You know me though, I like Mother Nature’s gifts for the most part.

We’ve had our share of snowfalls this year thus far, so I am sure that there are plenty of people who don’t like my Pollyanna attitude towards the anticipated snowfall.  But as a gal who enjoys what a snowday offers – staying home in our pjs, being housebound while watching the outside world go by in a sea of white flakes, playing board games and watching tv, and eating comfort foods with my children – well, then can we just enjoy one last snowday – please!

Shine On!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


May the blessing of light be upon you,

Light on the outside,

Light on the inside.

With God’s sunlight shining on you,

May your heart glow with warmth

Like a turf fire,

That welcomes friends  and strangers alike.

May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes,

Like a candle in the window,

Welcoming the weary traveler.

Keep shining your heartlights dear friends!  We are loved and blessed!

Shine On!



Returning The Favor


Click here to see the episode about Carol Stark!

Today while on Facebook, I came across a post from Mike Rowe in my newsfeed for his new show called Returning the Favor.  I sat mesmerized and enthralled in this new show and in the concept of highlighting those who make connections, help others and do it all with love and understanding.

Click on Carol’s name above and take a look for yourself.  You are sure to be inspired!  We all have the ability to change lives and to help others.  When we shine our heartlights, we connect with love.  Take heart, there are lots of us out there like Carol!  Follow along with Mike’s new show!  I know I am going to be doing it!  What a feel good way to enjoy a tv show!

Shine On!


A Funny Thing Happened In The Grocery Store


Last night, we were gearing up for our third Nor’easter which did evolve into a slushy mixture of snow and rain.  Because it makes for treacherous driving, a lot of people go out the night before to buy milk, bread, eggs –  you know, the essentials.

So when I stopped by the local grocery store last night to get a few provisions, it was really busy in there with many last minute shoppers like myself.  Usually I’m pretty methodical in my shopping.  I go up and down each aisle, but last night, I wanted to get in and get out in record time, but I wasn’t organized, so I was back and forth and all around the store.

At the last minute, I decided to get some chocolate before I left.  I started walking down the aisle and passed a high school girl who had a bemused look on her face.  Her parents were with her and as I passed by them, I smiled and stopped about a foot away to get my dessert for the night.  I could feel them staring at me and I wondered why.  So I turned and pretended to look at something on the other side of the aisle where they are all standing.  Suddenly, the woman reached out to me.

Excuse me, she said.  I have to tell you something.  I inwardly groaned.


I have a funny story to tell you.

Ok? I said as I cocked my head to the side wondering what she’s got to tell me.  She begins to giggle and now her daughter is grinning.  Her husband is staring down at his feet looking uncomfortable.

My husband’s been following you all over the store.

Oh really?  Why?  Now I’m wondering how I could have been so clueless that her husband had been following me and why she wants to tell me.

Look at us!  she exclaimed pointing to our respective outfits.  We couldn’t have been more like twins if we had tried!

I looked at her and we are both wearing black pants and light coats.  I begin to laugh because she’s right, but I’m still not getting the connection.

My husband has been following you all over the store, thinking you were me.  And he kept insisting I was zigzagging all over the store.  My daughter and I thought he was crazy!

See!  I told you that there must have been someone else who looked like you! Her husband stated, looking at me.

To me he explained, You’re a really a fast walker and you’re everywhere!  My wife and I separated to get the shopping done faster and when I looked up, I’d see who I thought was her at the other end of the aisle, so I would speed up to catch up with her.  But then when I got to the end of the aisle, she’d be gone and then I’d look around and she was down a different aisle.  But in fact, it was you.  Because you both are dressed alike.  I thought I was losing my mind.  It was like my wife was in two places at once!

Well, we all began to laugh as the husband looked sheepishly when I asked him if he hadn’t noticed that his wife had longer hair than I did?

No.  I just knew what she was wearing!

Well, that brought about a fresh round of belly laughter from us all.

As I said goodbye to them and complimented the wife on her amazing outfit, I couldn’t stop laughing to myself.  It just goes to show you that sometimes we only see what we want to see and the mind can play tricks on us!

Has that ever happened to you?  What a funny coincidence, don’t you think?

Shine On!


Heartlight Winds Fragrance The Earth With Love


Our lives are similar but different.  Our temptations, our struggles and our knowledge all play a part in how our lives evolve.  Circumstances may be harder or easier for each individual, but we all have the same ability to overcome the obstacles and find inner peace on this life’s journey.  It takes time, patience and the will to do the inner work required to bring grace into our lives.

My wish that all find inner peace continues to grow inside me.  It’s more than wishing for our health, wealth, connections and happiness.  Inner peace evolves into something even more delicate and delightful and is a strong force in the world, much like love.  For to have access to inner peace, we no longer live in chaos, anxiety or fear.  Imagine a world of souls who have attained inner peace!  What a lovely wish fulfilled that would be!

Awareness, experience, compassion and grace mark the way to healing.  Holding unconditional love for all while embracing the truths and gifts of our being, allow us to reach across the earth with love so that we can walk with others who are hurting as a helpful  companion, a lighthouse, an equal loving being on whom they can rely during those trying times of rebirth.

Rebirth surrenders to loving ways.  Many of us shine our heartlights with enthusiasm to connect, to heal and to guide us when life feels dark.

I feel a whoosh of heartlight winds which fragrance the earth with love.

Thank you all for being YOU!

Shine On!




We have a restaurant that is similar to Cheers in our life.  For years, it has been a staple for us to go to for birthday occasions, for nights when cooking just felt like too much effort or when we just wanted to get together with friends at the bar for a drink.

There’s something special about a place where everybody knows your name – or at least some people do!  I think we all feel that way when we share experiences.  I know for me, I feel very grateful that when I go there, whether as a family or with friends.  I feel like someone’s watching out for me.  Someone whom I trust.

It’s a locals place – our neighborhood Cheers.  It’s not a franchise chain restaurant, but one that has stood the test of time for many years, even though the owners have changed, and even improved it!  I have so many delightful memories in that place and whew – if the walls could talk – they’d surely sing of a myriad of nights spent there for all different reasons.

The food is consistently good.  The help are personable and many have been working there for years so we know them well – and they know us!  My favorite bartender of all time is nicknamed Pal and we’ve known each other over twenty years.  He’s the manager now of our local Cheers, but I remember when he first got married and had kids and he remembers when I did too!  Isn’t it nice to just have a lovely friend?  I just wanted to see if any of you have a Cheers place in your neighborhood?

In case you forgot the theme song, here it is below!  Enjoy!

Shine On!