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The Many Shades of Love

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Before you can give love and affection to someone, you have to be immersed with self love and acceptance." ~ Kemmy Nola







“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” ~ Leo F. Buscaglia







"What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is." ~ Anaïs Nin







“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” ~ Nicholas Sparks







“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut







"Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will. … there are no age limits for love." ~ C. S. Lewis







"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry







"Love doesn't come with a tag of restrictions and limitations. It is an independent feeling which arises from within and is purely unconditional and boundless."







"Love is when you sit beside someone, doing nothing, yet you feel perfectly happy."







"Love is...being kissed when you least expect it."







“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa







“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back." ~ Arthur Rubinstein







  
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TECH1960PS 3/4/2014 8:01AM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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VTORIA3 2/20/2014 12:35PM

    This is a really beautiful blog, for every day, not just Valentine's Day. Thanks for posting it. emoticon

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CLPURNELL 2/19/2014 4:22PM

    Love It!!

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DIANER2014 2/17/2014 10:52PM

    Beautiful blog! Love the pictures! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/14/2014 8:41PM

  What treasures for quotes!

HUGS and
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¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨)Happy Valentines Day sweetie.
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KING_SLAYER 2/14/2014 1:57PM

    All good quotes. Thanks :)

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IMEMINE1 2/14/2014 10:03AM

    Happy Valentine's Day. emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 2/14/2014 7:16AM

    Love it. Happy Valentines Day Julia.

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ROX525 2/14/2014 5:59AM

    Beautiful! Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day!!

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What Are You Waiting For?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
































































  
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CLPURNELL 1/24/2014 8:10PM

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SPARKFRAN514 1/24/2014 1:44PM

    Great quotes to get me going into FEB with a fresh start Jan is behind me and its time move forward thanks for the reminder.

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KING_SLAYER 1/22/2014 4:50PM

    This is how I got my son! We decided that if we were to wait until "things were great" before having a child, we'd never have one. In those scenarios, something always comes up to derail your plans. So instead, we went for it! Of course just over 2 years later she decided to leave... but at least I got to raise a son for the last 17 years. Even though it was very difficult at times, I wouldn't change a thing.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/22/2014 3:32PM

  Beautiful! Wonderful reminders about the power of TODAY! HUGS and blessings.

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GLORIAMAJDI 1/22/2014 8:45AM

    Ah yes....carpe diem! There are some areas in my life that could be better if I would not wait....so thank you Julie!

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SIMMYJO 1/22/2014 6:06AM

    emoticon Wonderful blog to read to start my day!

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DRLMAZ 1/22/2014 5:53AM

  Today is tomorrow. We must strive each day to do the right thing about health. We must make good choices about the food we eat and we must exercise about 30 minutes a day.

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VTORIA3 1/22/2014 5:40AM

    emoticon So true, so true. All of it! emoticon

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ROX525 1/22/2014 5:36AM

    Every one of these was my favorite! Thank you.

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Christmas Past

Thursday, December 19, 2013



Each Christmas I remember
The ones of long ago;
I see our mantelpiece adorned
With stockings in a row.



Each Christmas finds me dreaming
Of days that used to be,
When we hid presents here and there,
For all the family.



Each Christmas I remember
The fragrance in the air,
Of roasting turkey and mince pies
And cookies everywhere.



Each Christmas finds me longing
For Christmases now past,
And I am back in childhood
As long as memories last.

(Written by Carice Williams)




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IMEMINE1 12/21/2013 9:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a Great Weekend and a Happy Christmas " emoticon Present"

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_BABE_ 12/20/2013 12:35PM

    Merry Christmas and the best of 2014!
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SPARKFRAN514 12/20/2013 12:28AM

    thanks for the memories Have very Merry Christmas and hope its full of great memories. Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas.
~William Robert Spencer
May the feast be tasty and Sparky


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VTORIA3 12/19/2013 6:31PM

    Thanks, buddy, same to you! I find myself daydreaming of Christmases long past, too. So many fond memories with the whole family over all of the years. emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 12/19/2013 2:54PM

    Merry Christmas!

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LILYDOG11 12/19/2013 12:57PM

    Very nice ;-)

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FISHINGLADY66 12/19/2013 11:48AM

    Merry Christmas Julia and thank you for the poem.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2013 11:25AM

  Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday for you and yours, too, sweetie

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BAMAJAM 12/19/2013 11:11AM

  Cherish the memories of Christmas-- These memories warm my heart too!
I loved your blog-- May you find peace and joy.
God bless you-- Merry Christmas, Julia.

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KARENCRANER 12/19/2013 11:08AM

    I wish you a Christmas full of unexpected blessings, Sparksister!

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Unofficial Summer's End

Friday, August 30, 2013



The summer is dwindling down. It's been a sad summer for me, I am looking forward to a brand new season, the season of change. I love autumn.

I've been all over the place with my "healthy diet" efforts. Losing the same 3 lbs., several times. emoticon very frustrating. However, I am proud of my fitness accomplishments. emoticon I even added the Total Gym to my routine.

I have mom on my mind a lot, I really miss her. Before her memory went, we were very close, I confided in her about my problems, she would give me advice and encouragement.

I am trying to take better care of myself, what she, unfortunately, didn't do.
It sure isn't easy, but if fighting "for me" everyday "is" the journey, then that's what I'll do.
I have a son to think about.



"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." ~ Dr. Seuss



I aim to make this autumn a much more productive season. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, friends!



Let's journey on together!

  
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GRANNY2B2 9/25/2013 6:57PM

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JUST_BRENDA 9/5/2013 7:12AM

    It is really difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one, especially for the first year. The pain never goes away, it just becomes less raw, and more distant.
Your mother's legacy has taught you the importance of being not just a mother, but a friend. And, most of all, to take the time and effort to care for yourself. emoticon emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 9/5/2013 1:41AM

    Fall is the best! I am sorry to hear that you have had a sad summer. I hope things are looking up for you!

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CLPURNELL 9/3/2013 9:55PM

    I know what you mean this has been a tough summer for me as well maybe the change of seasons will help.

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JULIA_211 9/2/2013 9:16AM

    BAMAJAM, thank you, friend for the hug! I sure needed it! emoticon I hope this September bring us some wonderful changes! emoticon emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/31/2013 10:55PM

    Autumn is such a nice season with pleasant temperatures and the lovely changing colors. As time moves forward I pray that your heart continues to heal and that then new season brings easier times.

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IMEMINE1 8/31/2013 7:57AM

    I hope you have a 'Happy" weekend. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2013 8:44PM

  HUGS my dear. Yes, it is another fresh start with a new month, approaching new season. . . and I am in your camp. I love Autumn. Just don't love the Winter that follows. HUGS

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/30/2013 8:07PM

    we will journey on together we don't have to be perfect take all your moms memories and wisdom with you every day she is there helping you be stronger

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KARENCRANER 8/30/2013 8:04PM

    This blog touched my heart. I've been knee deep in a crazy get-back-to-school frenzy with new personnel and new district mandates, and this gave me a moment to reflect. My mom died when I was still in college, and I've been teaching for 20 years now. Thanks for giving me pause to dig some of her wisdom out and apply it to today's challenges.

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VTORIA3 8/30/2013 6:05PM

    I love this blog. I miss my mom, too; she was my "goto" person for wisdom and encouragement, so I can understand what a loss this is for you. The last photoin this blog is my favorite. Wishing you a terrific Autumn season, buddy. emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 8/30/2013 4:35PM

    The change of seasons is always a reminder that no matter what is happening in our lives, it will change. If this great big Earth can change itself over and over again, then certainly we can also!

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BAMAJAM 8/30/2013 12:45PM

  Hello Julia--
Sending you a gentle hug today. I hope that there are Autumn joys ahead for you...
Your Spark friends extend hands for our journey together, and I know that your mother's spirit is loving you always. Bless you!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/30/2013 10:56AM

    Yes we will journey on together. Nice blog Julia. You can do it and I hope your Autumn is much better. Hang in there, we are here with you. (((Hugs)))

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THEEXERCISER 8/30/2013 9:35AM

    nice pictures

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/30/2013 7:05AM

    Love the last photo. Walking hand in hand makes this road a lot easier to travel. Praying Autumn brings you many wonderful memories.

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MAGGIEVAN 8/30/2013 7:03AM

    My favourite Seuss quote! Thanks for sharing.

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GROEDER 8/30/2013 6:02AM

    I hope you can use the experiences of the summer to lay the groundwork for a great fall!!!!
Enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

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Shift Your Focus!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013





































  
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JANNIEWANNIE 1/11/2014 10:11PM

    So encouraging! Thank you. Hugs from Janet

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VTORIA3 8/12/2013 5:38PM

    Some great reminders as I try and get through another first day. emoticon

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BMCOLLEY 8/9/2013 8:26AM

    These are awesome quotes--if only we could remember to apply each quote every day.

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JULIA_211 8/7/2013 6:32PM

    Thanks so much, BAMAJAM! emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 8/6/2013 7:37PM

    thanks for the quotes they are great. emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 8/6/2013 5:15PM

    Great blog post. I hope it doesn't self destruct in a few seconds!

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KARENCRANER 8/6/2013 3:40PM

    Amen! Great thoughts, Julia!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/6/2013 3:06PM

  What great motivators! HUGS

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BRADMILL2922 8/6/2013 12:21PM

    Focus, focus, focus! You got this...WE got this!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/6/2013 11:04AM

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BAMAJAM 8/6/2013 10:39AM

  This is a terrific blog--- What wonderful inspiration!

Thank you !

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