Granny’s Cottage – A Microcosm of Peace

 

Granny's Fall Birches

Granny's Fall Birches

The autumn leaves stir such happy childhood memories. Luminous arrays of colour, fanning across crisp sunny skies swiftly carry me back in time to the tiny, overfilled cottage, the joyful clamour of Thanksgiving meals shared elbow to elbow alongside grandparents, parents, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles and family dogs. Memories of a cosiness warmed by a potbelly fire became touchstones of happy communion with people and nature. Afternoon walks in a golden world with breathtaking ornamental sprays of oranges and reds, crisp Mackintosh in hand (the kind you eat, not tap), the sweet smell of white birches, their slim, graceful trunks rising from a blanket of canary yellow leaves, overlooking the cool, gray fall lake…I remember like yesterday.

Was it here in this little alcove of northern Canadian paradise that the seeds of hope for a peaceful world first sewed themselves in my soul?

Certainly in the years going forward the memories of Granny’s cottage became a measuring stick against harsher, less forgiving encounters in the world. At the very least, these early experiences were my formative lessons in gratitude and appreciation.

Ultimately for me, the memories of cozy cedar walls immersed in autumn bliss embody the essence of a world worth dreaming into being – a peaceful world, where every thought and action emerges in celebration of life.

I wonder what powers lay dormant in the reservoirs of our long forgotten joys that might help carry us forward into an Era of peace? The memories of Thanksgiving at Granny’s cottage certainly give me courage and hope for the restoration of peace in our world.

I have known paradise.

I know we shall find our way there again.

 

Infinite Blessings,

Shelley Richardson, M.Ed.  ©2016

 

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Canadian Thanksgiving

Red Autumn Lake

Canadian Thanksgiving

When the northern skies grow colder, and fall winds lull the vibrant summer fields to sleep, we count our blessings with grateful hearts for Mother Earth who sustains us. The colourful autumn splendour her gift for our remembrance of her, our Thanksgiving – our celebration of Life.

Infinite Blessings to all on this very special holiday,

Shelley Richardson, M.Ed.  ©2016

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The Universal Garden

Earth & Universe: One Garden, One Story

Earth & Universe:
One Garden, One Story

The universal voice of Light, Love and Peace sings octaves above the pounding sea of chaos raging in the world today. Mis-creation has shallow roots in the Garden and therefore, no everlasting quality. This realization alone can give us hope.

Light, that which birthed the Universe into being and Love its weaver, is wisely visited in the sacred silence of our inner temple. There we empower our vibration from our inner core to the outermost reaches of our being with the glorious collective of the Universe Itself and our spirit is fortified with an unwavering strength.  

Our Highest Presence re-attunes our human expression with the song of the Cosmos. We become Love and can only recognize that which we are. Peace blooms effortlessly as an authentic, inherent quality of our being.

We remember our eternalness for our roots reach infinitely into the Universal Garden – the Garden of Light and Love that is Cosmos and human simultaneously.

We are One Garden, One Story. 

 

Infinite Blessings,

Shelley Richardson     ©2015

 

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Second Glance

 

Spring Garden

Spring Garden

First spring tea today in my garden!

Admittedly, it was a little chilly in the crisp sunny breeze and the view so brown and withered but determined I was to be in Nature's presence for so long and icy was  the winter. And soon I caught a glimpse....perhaps a gift in kind for my perseverance with the temperature. There among the lifeless branches, a tiny sprig of green so sweet, smiled at me.  My beautiful Sage! She triumphed and will live to see another season!

The humble sight sparked such a ray of hope in my heart for a world of all good things. How is it that such a tiny sprig of green ignites a fire of faith in me - not only for my Sage but for all humanity in these crucial times?

Like the appearances of this world that might tempt us into believing hope is lost, perhaps a second glance is warranted... a deeper, more thoughtful look at the reflections in the each other's eyes.  There we will find her residing in a powerful grace, fortifying our spirits with courage and confidence - lighting our passage out of the labyrinth.

Infinite Blessings,

Shelley Richardson        ©2014

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Women Writing Letters: Season 2

Women Writing LettersWomen Writing Letters presents...

"A Letter to My 16-Year Old Self"
Sunday April 13, 2014
2:30-4:00 pm
in the OISE Nexus Lounge,
at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) in Toronto.
Admission is $10.00.

After the letter reading, Gailey Road Productions will be launching Women Writing Letters: Season 2, a compilation of letters from last year's season of Women Writing Letters that includes Shelley Richardson's "Dear Eden.": "A Letter to My Best Present Ever."

 

 

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Organic Time

Organic Time - Time, what is your pleasure?  To be measured out in dollops round a dial  or a humble river flowing…  igniting cycles of transformation everywhere?  Time, a friend eternal and no foe at all  but a faithful companion to infinity.   © Shelley Richardson, 2012 -  Photo credit with appreciation: Lohengrin - www.eddypress.com

Time, what is your pleasure?

To be measured out in dollops round a dial or a humble river flowing... igniting cycles of transformation everywhere?

Time, a friend eternal and no foe at all but a faithful companion to infinity.

 

Infinite Blessings,  

Shelley Richardson          ©2012

Photo Credit with Appreciation: Lohengrin 

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Two Friends, One Mile

Two Friends, One Mile

Two friends, one mile apart have no trail between them but of Christmas cards. And on each card a faithful post script: "We must get together in the New Year."

Forty winters or so pass and one friend bravely breaks the spell of illusion:

"Let's face it, Pat. We are never going to see each other again. Just know that I think of you often and wish you well. Merry Christmas."

Pat, now nearing the end of her life, keeps the card at her bedside. She smiles fondly now and then revisiting memories of their times together long ago. The winter thaws into spring, spring eases into summer and at last, summer gives way to fall. Pat passes away. The card remains on the table nearby.

One sad prophecy, needlessly comes true. Two friends, once a mile apart, now a world away.

P.S. ( Mom was an amazing lady who taught me so many lessons in life - but perhaps this one was the greatest - the value of the relationship we have with each other's hearts. I see only good can come from attending to the hearts in our midst with the most sincere and purest intention we can muster. In becoming masters of kindness and nurturing, we can only hope to move that much more swiftly toward a restoration of peace on the planet. Peace is coming - how swiftly is up to us. We can build it one relationship at a time.)

This post is dedicated in Loving Memory to:

Patricia Jane Anne Richardson   October 5, 1932 - October 31, 2012.

P.P.S. ( Mom is the one on the left.)

Infinite Blessings of Love and Light to All!

Shelley Richardson

©2012

 

 

 

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Love & Reciprocity

I gave my garden love and it gave love back to me - copyright Shelley Richardson, www.eddypress.com - Inspirational Thoughts for Inspirational Living

"I gave my garden love and it gave love back to me."

Infinite Blessings!
Shelley Richardson
Copyright 2012

photo: St. Philomena's Roses

 

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Spontaneity in Learning!

SHELLEY RICHARDSON, EDDY PRESS author of SOPHIE & The Magic of Dance, recently published "Spontaneity in Learning: FIRST SNOWS", an inspiring article for homeschooling parents and educators. Featured in the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents' [OFTP] newsletter publication: HOME RULES, Richardson takes an in depth look at the benefits for the overall well being of the child in making way for spontaneity in the learning process. An informative and inspiring read for parents and teachers!

“Allowing curiosity to run rampant on a more than occasional basis infuses the learning environment with zeal and the happy hum of passionate discovery.”
[© 2012]

Update: You can now read this article as a free PDF download right here on the Eddy Press site!

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The Last Miracle

I know why sunsets are so beautiful.
It's the Father's last miracle of the day whispering to His children:

"Remember Me!"

Infinite Blessings,
Shelley Richardson

© 2012

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