måndag 31 oktober 2011

Continuing my Eὐχαριστέω - Multitudes on monday

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.

Continuing my Eὐχαριστέω - Multitudes on Monday

201 … Telephones, making distances almost disappear
202 … Being able to pay my bills
203 … Love – always love
204 … Long road trip without a hitch
205 … “Getting to know”
206 … Sweetly prepared dinner
207 … Yarn – waiting to be lovingly made into something
208 … Sms – keeping you in my pocket
209 … Time to reflect
210 … Wise input
211 … Ability to listen
212 … Another book – always books
213 … Talking in the car
214 … Sunny autumn weather bringing the rich autumn colors of nature closer
215 … Simple everyday breakfast at home
216 … Goodbyes – bringing words of the heart to the mouth

fredag 28 oktober 2011

Rätt och Slätt

Mer "Rätt och Slätt" HÄR!

Five minute friday - RELEVANT

I just started a course in “religious education” or, rather, pedagogy in religion, again, as a student. Enjoying wise, enthusiastic and responsive teachers we revel in talking about the ways to create rooms in life where we can talk about the wisdom, faith and believes we carry within. To quote Norma Everist: “to create safe places for us to be different together”.

We are twelve students burning to be the best religious educators we can, whether for ourselves or many (although I think, and hope, many will benefit either way).

And what remains with me from our first few days together? Many, many, impressions swirl around in my, oh, so tired head, but one thing shines through clearly, again, always making itself heard, through life and Bible; the need to listen.

We need to listen, where listening isn’t thinking about what we will respond to what the others are saying, and isn’t just the polite half listening where we hear what we want to hear. We need to listen in the way that the one talking slowly reaches her/his core of the matter, and so that he/she knows that life isn’t only about being a lonely individual, but an individual in a communion of humans making life together.

We need to listen in the way that we hear what is being said!

This is what is relevant!

"We write bold and beautiful and free. 
Unscripted and unedited. 
We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not."

onsdag 26 oktober 2011


Ordlös Onsdag - Wordless Wednesday
Konstig konst / Weird Art

Eller inte ... or not?

måndag 24 oktober 2011

Continuing my Eὐχαριστέω - Multitudes on monday

"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal."

Continuing my Eὐχαριστέω - Multitudes on Monday

190 … Good conversations – in the quiet
191 … Children - teaching us to live in our NOW
192 … The joy in handcraft
193 … Days that just pass – letting it be ok
194 … My sofa – the calm corner of the world
195 … Busy knitting hands calming whirling thoughts
196 … Discovering the sisterhood of women
197 … The night before a day to be spent doing nothing – enjoying the thought of it!
198 … Prayer! The power of…
199 … Exchanging memories of lives apart
200 … Being openly welcomed into someone’s home

fredag 21 oktober 2011

Tema fredag- färger

Colour - natures way of smiliing!

Fler färg-foto-bloggare HÄR!

Five minute friday - Beyond

Once I know what the problem is, I can do something about it, even if it is to just let go... or not.

Once I’ve gone straight through the desert of despair I can see that I’ve come out the other side just a little bit stronger.

Once I’ve realized that crying is part of letting go I can feel the promise of grief releasing its grip.

Once loneliness looks me in the eye and tells me I can do something about it, I can face myself.

Once love has touched my heart I cannot live without it… forever knowing what my souls nourishment is.

Once I know I am what I am, no less, can I stretch my imagined limits.


“Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them” 

torsdag 20 oktober 2011

En morgon

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En morgon
Av Émile Verhaeren

Det låg i underbar natur en stilla vrå,
där ängen var i blom och lyste som ett öga
och där två dammar långt på avstånd blänkte blå
som någon dubbel kyss åt jorden från det höga.

På mossans gråverk och det gyllne grusets prakt
rann droppvis vatten som den dagg en gryning gråter;
strök sus av fågelflykt förbi, så kom i takt
med vinden  varje gren att gunga fram och åter.

Lärkträden lyfte där likt fromma pilgrimsmän
mot ljuset händerna som buro gröna fransar.
Vid deras fötter sov i gräset skuggan än
och bredde sig långt ner där flodens vatten dansar.

Kristallklar morgonluft sågs gnistra underbart;
ej minsta prassel i ett träd, ej minsta knäppar;
men alla gröna blad begynte glänsa klart
och Ordet skälvde tyst på deras öppna läppar.

onsdag 19 oktober 2011

Eh ...


Delivered by the barber (mistaken for the dictator)

 "The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way."

"You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power."

Film, made in 1940, ... and still relevant? What are we doing?

måndag 17 oktober 2011


A blessing indeed!

Continuing my Eὐχαριστέω - Multitudes on monday

My favorite kind of flowers … from a friend… in October!

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Continuing my Eὐχαριστέω - Multitudes on Monday

175 … Gratefulness in Gods belief in me
176 … Early bedtime - coz I can
177 … Planning – keeping stress at bay
178 … Reflecting on God, faith, belief … together with others
179 … Sharing, life’s ups AND downs
180 … Seeing the strength in others – weakness being it
181 … Touching shoulders
182 … Joining the “Anonymous club” – club of doing for other
183 … One son coming home for the weekend
184 … Receiving cornflowers, in frosty October – making my day, week AND month
185 … The gift of old books - beautiful old books
186 … Warm sun in the cold winds
187 … Anonymous club result – what it should always be about
188 … Son and friend in the house – food being made- cookies eaten = life
189 … Happy churchtime with lovely people, tasty cakes and cookies

fredag 14 oktober 2011

Meet my neighbors!

And no, I didn't ask their permission to post them on the internet ;-)

Five minute friday - CATCH

I went in to read this weeks ”Five Minute Friday” at The Gypsy Mama, and found that the “challenge” is CATCH. “Oh”, I thought,” I have to think some on this one.” So, as I do when I need some good ideas, I started going through my list of bloggers, the interesting, many times unknown to me, bloggers I follow because of their thoughtful and, sometimes, quirky posts. And at the first stop I found this:

What more can I say but: Please, be the one that looks beyond surface. That dares to look in the eyes of another, and say “Hi”. 
Maybe we mean to, but forget. But we need to actualize the need to see each other! 
Join in? Please see people!

This is my wish that I send out into the world! CATCH!

"We write bold and beautiful and free. 
Unscripted and unedited. 
We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not."

torsdag 13 oktober 2011

Listen to your life.

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"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because, in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." 

Frederick Beuchner