All posts for the month December, 2015

Behind The Mask

Published December 22, 2015 by etain1

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Do they love you or the mask you put on everyday?

No one can long hid behind a mask; the pretense soon lapses into the true character. ~Seneca the Younger~

Remember behind every mask there is a face. Behind every face there is a story. So, Live your story, write the ending of your story – don’t let someone else have that power, and be sure tell your story.

Most of all remember:

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible.                                    ~ Audrey Hepburn~









To Orb or not to Orb

Published December 21, 2015 by etain1


First picture with orb like thing in background


Thought I would share 2 pictures and get your opinion ….. sure has got me baffled. The first picture I took of the ladies that joined in on a friendly potluck. Look at the reflection moon size. The drapes are closed so NO reflection from camera flash. The orb thing is huge. Nothing on window, and nothing beyond in background outside that would explain this mystery.

I took several pictures throughout the evening yesterday trying to get the same effect (see 2nd picture) with NO luck. There is a street light a block down that I though might have made the strange orb like thing. As you can see in the picture it is NO where as huge as what was see in the first picture.

Any thoughts on this?

Stuck In Victim Mode

Published December 21, 2015 by etain1


Stuck in Victim Mode

By Terry Moore

You play the victim so well

Your sad stories you love to tell

This is where your energies dwell

Making some changes you dispel

I do not walk in your shoes

I do not have the right to accuse

I do wonder why you don’t refuse

So the turmoil continues to brew

Stuck in victim mode

No way out you forebode

Your self-esteem continues to erode

The stress you need to unload

Small changes you can make

Staying in victim mode you can break

Your sanity is at stake

Learn to say NO and refuse partake!

We all know someone who is stuck in Victim mode. The emotions, the feelings of being  helpless and the just plain ‘give up’ is what you see in their eyes. Some of us are blessed with the fight / flight reaction. Others totally shut down and are unable to muster up the strength to get out of bed and handle daily routines.

Judgement is the last thing they need to experience from us in their time of need. It is hard for those around them to not to get frustrated with their inability to try to alleviate some of the reasons for their distress. Try to be patient, show compassion but don’t turn into an enabler.

It is OK to be honest by saying that you can’t continue to listen to the unending stories of pain and suffering because it is so upsetting to you because you can’t help them when they are unable to help themselves. It is OK and highly recommended that you to encourage them to seek professional help. By all means let them know that you still care and that you are sorry that they have to go through the turmoil.





Published December 19, 2015 by etain1

By Terry Moore

A cold and brisk winter morning,
As I watch the branches on the trees sway.
My time of reflection,
What is in store for me today?
The morning sky has hues of blue, pink, and grey,
It is breathtaking I must say.
Mother Nature’s way of calling,
With a hint of snowflakes falling.
Earth’s quiescent is a fact,
Telling us to let go, release. and relax.

I am learning to see the beauty even in the winter months of cold, nasty weather. Mother Nature shows us that there are seasons; spring, summer, fall and winter. We also have these same seasons to contend with. Winter is all about letting go and giving ourselves permission to slow down, relax, and heal. We push, push and push. Winter time has a way of making us slow down. We need this so don’t fight the urge to snuggle up in a warm blanket and read a good book or if you must watch some TV.


Published December 5, 2015 by etain1


Story telling has been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and instilling moral values.

Brene Brown says “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” So what is your story? You must remember you have the ability to write the ending of your story any way you want it to end.

I pray that this form of art never fades away like so many other past traditions. So my advice to you is to tell your story. Write it, paint it, draw it, dance it, use the oral tradition. Whatever means that tickles you fancy – TELL YOUR STORY.