Month: January 2016

Blizzard 2016 – Amazing Time Lapsed Video

Blizzard 2016 – Amazing Time Lapsed Video

The Blizzard of 2016 was a good one!

An amazing time-lapsed video tells the story Sadly, we’re a little bit too far south to get any really snow, just 3 inches of sleet/ice/snow. Thankfully, no power outages! I’ve enjoyed sharing pics with family and friends up and down the east coast.

Blizzard of 2016
See the lump in the driveway? It’s a car!  (Columbia, MD)
The prize goes to the video filmed in Martinsburg, WV where they received 40 inches of snow in 27 hours. Watch the time lapsed video – a 40 second 40 inch snow fall! Wow!

Blizzard Time Lapse This is by far the coolest time-lapse video I’ve seen from the Blizzard of 2016. Wayne Bennett’s camera took one photo every two minutes for nearly 27 hours. He captures 40″ of snow over 40 seconds in Martinsburg, WV. Thanks Regina Willis.

Posted by Ed Piotrowski WPDE on Sunday, January 24, 2016

Inspiring Quotes by Coretta Scott King

Inspiring Quotes by Coretta Scott King

Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”  Coretta Scott King

It’s always been said that behind every great man is an extraordinary woman. This was even more true at the time Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King fought for racial equality. Coretta Scott King not only fought for racial equality, she bore the burden of gender inequality as well. It did not hold her back. Today as we honor one man’s legacy, let us also honor the woman who stood beside him, fought with him, suffered with him and was ultimately left a widow to carry on his dream in his absence. Her’s was not an easy journey in this life, but despite everything, she made a difference.  She had a dream. She believed in her husband’s dream. She believed in freedom and justice for everyone. She understood the powerful truth that, “if the soul of the nation is to be saved” then the soul of women must be front and center. Thank you, Coretta Scott King for your strength, courage and commitment to a better world, and to dedicating your life to this cause.  Thank you for supporting your husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. as he created the legacy we celebrate today.  Dorothy


Coretta Scott King Quote
Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1953 until his death in 1968. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

 

Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” Coretta Scott King


 

I’m fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes – the finer things of life – would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.” Coretta Scott King

 


 

Coretta Scott King quote



If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.” 
Coretta Scott King


Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.”  Coretta Scott King


 

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.” Coretta Scott King


The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, … a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.” Coretta Scott King


 

 

Soul Encounter – An Encounter that Goes Right to Our Soul

Soul Encounter – An Encounter that Goes Right to Our Soul

A soul encounter
A Soul Encounter

A soul encounter often comes when we least expect it.

My grand-dog Rowdy and I have done our fair share of walking in the rain lately! Like many on the east AND west coast, we’ve had one of the rainiest (and warmest) early winters on record.  I often walk to settle my nerves and with the holidays fast approaching Rowdy and I headed out for a “calming” walk up our blessed hill.  I live in a hilly, wooded area and as often as I curse the incline I am compelled to climb each day, I am grateful for its health providing benefits and its beauty.

As we rounded the corner and relaxed into the straightaway that takes us past a beautiful wooded stream, I happened to spy a pert, colorful leaf in the gutter. It jumped right out of the drab and dreary landscape, a splash of color on the soggy terrain. Despite its small stature and seeming insignificance, it drew my attention away from everything around it…and took my breath away. It was a soul encounter of the first order.

I moved in closer to snap the picture you see to your right, hoping beyond hope, that it would  convey the feeling it evoked in me. (It didn’t and doesn’t.) I stood a moment, trying to hold on to that something,  then continued on deep in thought.

Why did that seemingly insignificant encounter go right to my soul?

Did I only imagine it? Why did it draw me in? What did it symbolize to me? I thought about how often we must all pass just such incredible moments, never noticing. Would someone else passing this way see what I saw? Or would they be oblivious to it.  I wanted to understand the texture, the meaning, the emotion beneath this brief encounter.

I groped and reached and leaned into the moment, searching for its message. The first words that jumped into my mind were lone leaf. The singularity of the leaf was important. It stood alone. We usually think of a leaf as part of a collection of leaves. We don’t often see a tree with just one leaf, standing erect in full sight.  We usually take them in en masse. Of course, we may collect a few, wax and display them, but in their natural setting they are seldom seen alone. The juxtaposition of the solitary leaf, elevated on the twig that held it, against a backdrop devoid of color, turned the ordinary into extraordinary…for me at least. This lone leaf, in spite of being at the end of its life, made a statement, beautiful, strong and compelling.

As we add years to our lives, aren’t we very much like this lone leaf?  We are no longer green, yet we are colorful!  We are often set apart and alone, no longer a part of the main stream. We are weathered and scarred, but our strength and beauty shines forth in a different way than when we were young, but every bit as beautiful. Our uniqueness, our resilience, our ability to stand apart, impacts the landscape. Just as this lone leaf lit up the dreary, dark ground as I walked, we too have something to add to our surroundings. We are worn and scarred,  but the beauty that gathers in our veins, oozes through our pores and overshadows all else. We are also prone to soul encounters, and that is a gift, a gift of years lived and of wisdom gathered. It is ours for the taking should we be willing to open ourselves to it.

A soul encounter is a gift of age.

When we stand strong, resilient and grounded in all that has gone before, acknowledging and letting in what life has taught us,  we are able to cast a light upon the path of those who follow us. Each soul encounter we experience serves to ground us further.

We cannot, nor should we, deny the passing of time or the wounds we have suffered. As women of wisdom we are gifted with the responsibility to rise out of the ashes and like the Phoenix soar;  prove to all who follow that the journey is worth every bit of the pain and struggle.  It is our job to share what we have learned while staying focused on rising from the ashes.  Let’s cease wasting our energy trying to turn back the hands of time. Rowdy Resting

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