Breathe in the stars!

Summertime begs me to hop into my Toyota Sienna van and take a trip. I long to find a place where I can spend the night under the darkest sky and breathe in the stars. In the middle of June, during a camping adventure with my partners in crime & adventure – I most enjoyed my time when everyone was asleep and the sky was awake.

In the quiet, I felt my soul come to life during that in-between time when dreams are allowed to manifest . Without interruptions, conversations or technology pulling my thoughts away,  I gave in to the twinkle of the stars.

And it made me wonder… what happens when someone dies? Are they really gone forever? Or are their soul’s there for me to connect with? And …what is my purpose on this planet? Is there something I need to be doing and if so, what is it?

There was a time, years ago outside Taos, NM when I lay on a blanket under the stars and let the tears fall from my eyes. The night sky was so spectacular, the evening was so quiet, the shooting stars were abundant and for that brief moment in time … all was well. I was in the right place, at the right time with the right person. I had no idea then how many times I would relive that beautiful moment.

I am still making memories for those nights thirty years from now and I will remember kayaking on the water in the early morning hours, cold drinks with good friends, nonstop laughing and I will ask myself the same thing – What happens after we die? Will my soul connect with other souls? Did I serve my purpose in life? Should I have done more?

Tell me if you know – “what happens when …?”

Say Good Bye to August!

Some how … some way – August 2011 has come and gone. All those things I planned to do, see, taste, smell and experience have either come to pass or have been left in the dust.

I focused on my reading, on exercise, blogging (not as faithful as previous months) and being with my grandson. I continued to take photos, write emails and make phone calls as a way to stay connected to family and friends.

And still somehow, August is closing the door and I slowly flip the calendar page to stare at September’s boxes. Can we have a do-over?

Did you make any memories in August? Care to share?

Were the Good Old Days all fun and games?

Remember ‘the good old days’ when playing outdoors was the entertainment for the entire evening? When you had responsibility for your own happiness?

  • When families gathered together to play bridge, pinochle, poker or board games?
  • Where families sang as they did chores and danced the polka during the Sunday morning Polka Hour?
  • When friends ‘dropped in’ to say hello and left an hour later?
  • When neighbors became moms and watched over your ‘suspicious’ activities?

Entertaining was social, engaging and cost-effective. In my neighborhood we played hide-and-seek, kick the can, tag, kick ball and kept out of the house till the bugs drove us indoors.

In my middle-clasrowboat ride with your dads family we struggled with making ends meet (God, what an understatement!), keeping food on the table, bills paid, car running, insurance paid and other day-to-day issues.

Even with all the struggles, we made memories. Our memories were not centered around electronic devices that became obsolete before they were paid off.  Our memories were created during active play.

Creating memories can be simple and affordable.  Experiences like watching a play, taking a trip to the mountains, playing cards, watching a baseball game, visiting a zoo or something as simple as walking in your neighborhood leads to memories for years to come!

A road trip to a nearby destination is a great way to create a family event that’s affordable and full of memories. Dare to turn off the electronics and turn on your voice? Camp in your backyard? Fly a kite?

How do YOU make memories and create happiness?
Done anything fun that lingers in your memory and makes you smile?

Tip: Avoid any road trip through Utah!

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