Bye Cuz

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Sechelt Waterfront

Sechelt Waterfront

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Roberts Creek Beach at Low Tide

Roberts Creek Beach at Low Tide

Swimming Lessons

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Touring The Coast With My Cousin

Gibsons Harbour

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Catching Up With My Cousin

Last time we saw each other, we were little kids.
Now we’re big kids
who still love to talk, laugh and enjoy good food.
Finding my cousin and getting to know her
is one of my most precious adventures so far.
The same blood runs in our veins,
there’s a connection there
that time nor others selfish choices can destroy.
So happy we found each other again cuz.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Freedom

If you can be with the pleasant without chasing after it,
with the unpleasant without resisting it,
and with the neutral without ignoring it –
that is an incredible freedom.
~Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

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We’ve Got Company Coming

I haven’t seen or talked to my cousin for over 60 years.
Today she’s coming for a visit.
We’ve been emailing for the past three years,
catching up on lives we missed being part of.
Can’t wait till you arrive cuz.
See you in a few hours.

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Brains

We can walk on the moon
and mine gold from the sea

but we can’t figure out the human brain.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Sunday Morning Prayer

Bowing poppies

Thank you for this very special place you gave us over 40 years ago. 
And thank you for protecting and preserving it.
In spite of our wanderlust and mistakes,
loggers and well-meaning friends
we are still here where you placed us,
happy and grateful to be.

Whatever comes in the next chapter of our life
I pray our daughters and grandchildren 
will experience the peace and contentment here.
Not lack of problems nor perfection,
not complete silence but quiet enough to soothe the soul.

May they see beauty not just work,
birds and not just mosquitoes,
sun and not only shade.
Please help them choose to shift their perspective
toward what is good and lovely
when most in our world only seem to see
what is not.

©2018 Sharron R. McMillan

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Life

Life is fragile. Handle it with awe.
~Unknown

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Mocha Investigating a Stump

Mocha investigating a stump

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Yucca Flowers

Yucca gloriosa

Evergreen shrub-like plant. Can grow to heights above 16 feet. Thick stem.
Water seldom and sparingly. Very hardy. Thrives in sandy, well-drained soil and in heat and humidity.
Leaves up to 2’ long, 2-3” wide, spines at tips. Leaf points are sharp enough to break the skin.
Flowers: 8-foot spikes of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers, sometimes tinged purple, to 2 inches long.
Lil gave us several plants in the 1980’s.  Most have survived and are now blooming.  Charming and unique plants growing in our forest garden.
Use: One of natures best blood purifiers. Especially good for arthritis and rheumatism.
Warning: has been known to cause skin irritation and allergic reactions upon contact.

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Bless You


Blessing includes compassion, kindness, appreciating, honoring, non-harming, warmth, cherishing, and love; you can see I’m using this word broadly. It’s leaning toward pain rather than away, helping rather than harming, giving rather than withholding, opening and extending rather than closing and contracting, wishing well rather than ill, delighting in rather than finding fault. You can bless others, the world, and yourself – and any parts of any of these.

~Excerpt from ‘The Compassionate Brain” Rick Hanson

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Squirrel In Our Apple Tree

He looks possessed, grinning at our apples.
Hisnibs was possessed throwing sticks at it to get it out of our apple tree.

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I Saw Two Elk In The Woods

Elk Cow

Big! Majestic!
You can’t see them
unless you stand perfectly still.
Then what appears to be a tree trunk,
in the distance,
moves.
A very big elk cow
looking at us.
There, another moving slowly away.
One movement from us
and they are gone.
Illusive.
Awesome.

©Sharron R. McMillan

 

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