What A Beautiful World

If your soul gets a little frazzled by what others do to upset you, go out and see this beautiful world God created.  Each time I sit in the lawn swing and watch the birds in flight, the squirrels and rabbits running here and there, nature enfolds me in it’s comforting embrace.

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Looking at the pond on the North side of my house is relaxing.  This wild rose and its reflection in the water is beautiful.

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I took this picture in late April of this honeysuckle that uses our fence as its trellis.  It is sending out its flower buds.  The pictures below show this honeysuckle when it began to bloom in early May.  The fragrance of honeysuckle is overwhelming.  You do not have to plant honeysuckle in Arkansas wild honeysuckle grows everywhere.

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Song – Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Bobby McFerrin went to the top of the music charts in September 1988 when he released his a capella song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”  Bobby was born in Manhattan, New York in 1950 and at the moment he is 65 years old. He is pictured below.

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The title for this song was taken from a famous quote by Meher Baba.  Baba was a spiritual master in India and lived from 1894-1969.  Baba often said to his religious followers, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

Following are the lyrics to the song Bobby McFerrin released and sang in September 1988, when he was 38 years old.  If you go to you tube and listen to his song, it will inspire you to become Happy.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note.  Don’t worry, be happy.

In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry, you make it double.  Don’t worry, be happy.

Ain’t got no place to lay your head.  Somebody came and took your bed.  Don’t worry, be happy.

The land-lord say your rent is late.  He may have to litigate.  Don’t worry, be happy.  Look at me I’m happy.

Let me give you my phone number.  When you worry call me, I will make you happy. Don’t worry, be happy.

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style.  Ain’t got no girl to make you smile.  Don’t worry, be happy.

Cause when you worry your face will frown and that will bring everybody down.  So don’t worry, be happy.  Don’t worry, be happy now.

Don’t worry, Don’t worry, don’t do it, be happy.  Let the smile on your face.  Don’t bring everybody down like this.

Don’t worry, it soon will pass, whatever it is.  Don’t worry, be happy.  I’m not worried.  I’m happy.

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The picture above is Meher Baba, spiritual leader of India.  His entire adult life was spent encouraging his followers to lead happy, productive lives.  As Meher Baba said so often Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

Fun in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Just got back from a few days of enjoyment in Hot Springs, with my daughter.  Hot Springs, Arkansas has a population of about 36,000 people, and is a tourist attraction for people from all over the world.  Of course it is famous for its Bath Houses, where you bask in warm water from the numerous springs in the area.  This post is for my blogger friend Mandy Moran, who is a great poet and a very nice person.

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This is the Buckstaff Bath house on the main street in town, there are several bath houses on the street and they call it – “Bath House Row.”  I love the blue awnings on this building.

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Hot Springs is nestled in a hilly, wooded area of Arkansas near Lake Ouachita.  It is a tremendously beautiful area of Arkansas.  I would love to live in the area, but it is very prone to tornado activity, more so than the area of Arkansas where I live.

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Hot Springs has many old Victorian mansions throughout the town with their big rounded front porches. Many of these mansions are 100-200 years old.  The hand carved woodwork in these homes is some of the finest in the world.

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This is the big Arlington Hotel in the center of town.  There are some wonderful architectural features in this hotel that are well worth a venture inside to take pictures.

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Another of the older homes in Hot Springs.  Most of these homes have full basements. They often used the basements as storm cellars when a tornado warning was issued for their area of the state.

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There are many nice creeks and streams in the hills around Hot Springs. RV camp areas are nestled in the hills, around the city,for those that prefer to commune with nature.

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If you journey out into the hills around Hot Springs, you can see some wonderful views. The dogwood trees and wild flowers were in bloom in April, all through the woods. Curved roads, with a canopy of trees engulfing them made traveling the roads into the countryside well worth the adventure.

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You can see the sun shining through the trees, the dogwood trees in bloom throughout the woods.  We stopped many times to take pictures, listen to the quiet, and watch the animals as they went about their day.  So peaceful and relaxing, an enjoyable mini-vacation.

Clouds Are Beautiful

I love clouds, cannot resist taking photos of them.  I think God put these beautiful fluffy white things in the sky just for our enjoyment.  At least I feel he did it for me.

Have you ever heard the saying, “There is a black cloud hanging over; my head; my life; my house?”  I was out in the yard and I saw this nice, happy, little white cloud hanging over my house.  I thought, wow, this is going to be a good day. (Is this an April Fool joke?)

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Storms were predicated yesterday, there was golf ball size hail falling in several areas of the state.  The large thunder-heads, as they call them here, where beginning to build up. A sure sign that the rain, lighting, thunder, hail, tornadoes, and wind are on their way.  All turned out fine in our area with only wind, rain, and thunder.  This large thunder-head popped up behind the house in the back yard.  It looked as if someone had dropped an atomic bomb as this monster cloud formation rose into the air.  It was absolutely beautiful.

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I guess this 50 foot oak tree was going to have a good day too, because this white cloud settled right in the top of its branches

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Well, may all of you have a happy day too.  If you wish you can borrow that pretty white cloud that is hanging over my house, but I want it back.  Ha Ha

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Things People Say About Life

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This pond is the view from the North window of my house.  Often I watch the ducks, cranes, and geese land on this pond and enjoy themselves for a while. I spend a lot of my life outdoors, totally enjoying everything nature has to offer.

I ran across a few quotes on what some famous people think about life.  My Mother use to say you get out of life what you put into life.  Mom also told me quite often that Life was Boot Camp for Heaven.  Life does get rough at times, like boot camp.

“The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.” Clarence Darrow, lawyer and author 1857-1938   (Thought this was funny.)

“May you live all the days of your life.”  Jonathan Swift, satire writer (England) 1667-1745  I think what he meant by this is that often we are just existing, letting time get away from us, and not enjoying the days we live on this earth.

“No man is a failure who is enjoying life.” William Feather, publisher & author 1889-1981

“As soon as a man acquires fairly good sense (in life), it is said that he is an old fogy.”  Ed Howe, journalist 1803-1937

“To make headway (in life), improve your head.”  B.C. Forbes, journalist-Forbes Magazine & author 1880-1954

When you’re sitting there bored, something I often hear from people, get up and do something about the boredom.  Live life to the fullest, fast and furiously, even if occasionally you have to slow down for the speed bumps.

Nature’s Beauty

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I have not written a blog in a few days because I have been outside snapping pictures with my new camera, trying to figure out how it works.

I was looking out the kitchen window at daybreak yesterday and saw this spider web on a weed way down at the end of the garden.  This spider web was covered with morning dew and was like a little beacon shining.  I grabbed my camera, out the door I went, I stood under the apple tree, ran my zoom lens way out into space and snapped this beautiful spider web.

After the sun arose, the dew disappeared and you could not tell the spider web was there.

All these afternoon people who arise late have no idea of the beauty they miss each morning.  I love every sunrise and I see them every day.  I would not miss God’s glory that shines through each morning.  Makes me feel like a little kid in a candy store!