a sunless day
finds it’s joy
in a yellow rose

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Happy New Year! Thank you for continuing to follow my journey!

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Photo: Rose Detail, Regents’ Park, London, c.b.w 2011

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2017




Favorite Thing Friday: Baby Pine Tree


When walking into the grocery store I passed an after Christmas sale table. Amid the leftover junk, there was a tiny live pine tree looking for a home. He was so cute, I decided to adopt him. For the bargain price of $2.99 I brought home a little brother for the potted pine tree I rescued last year.

Isn’t it adorable?

For the record, this little guy is only about 5 inches tall!

I managed to keep last year’s pine tree alive, so I’m hoping for the same luck.  The older pine tree has double in size and he’s already itching for a new, bigger pot. Perhaps, this growing machine will be an inspiration for my new little munchkin.

My baby tree a glowing reminder that joy resides in the little things. Every day I smile, when I see him catching the sun.

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Never Far Away


The night before, we laughed and hugged.

I said goodbye and love you, too. Just like I always do.

And that was it. We didn’t know it was the last time.

When morning came, we rushed to your side,

only to find you closed your eyes and just let go.

Long before this moment arrived, you promised

you’d never be far away.

I never once questioned it, I always believed.

You said not to cry, but I did anyway. We all did.

The tears, however, did not stay.  Because I remembered,

you are never far away.

I still hear your laugh and words of wisdom.

Our memories make me smile, they never fade.

It’s been a year without your touch, but I can still feel you.

I miss you so much, but find comfort in knowing

as promised, you are never far away

A place of many wonderful memories.
Big Portage Lake, near Land O’Lakes, WI
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

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For Grandma – I love you.

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c.b.w. 2013

Project Spirit Journal: Wisdom


This is one of my favorite quotes because it is so true.  Joy isn’t something that comes to us through material things or moments of fate, but rather a choice we make inside ourselves.

This little owl is pretty smart!

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What wise piece of advice has stuck with you the most?

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c.b.w. 2012