SENIOR SALON#32

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

SENIOR SALON#31

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

SENIOR SALON#30

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their work, their art and their philosophy. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

WORTH READING

SHARING INFORMATION

A little late for Earth Day and little early for Arbor Day but Still Worth Reading TODAY:

JOYFUL2BEEBLOGS
Stories about life; past, and present
Posted on April 22, 2016 by Joyful2bee
This is a reprint of one of my favorite blogs. It explains why Trees are one of my Simple Pleasures

People And Trees

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I am, and have been for a long time a “tree hugger.”

Being a teenager in the 60s, I was a “flower child” of sorts. I loved living things and nature. I have always had a special bond with trees.

Trees are a life form I love and respect. These sentinels of nature have “seen” history in the making, provided lumber for building the boats that made history, homes that housed historical people and events for centuries. Trees hold the records of the effects of climate changes recorded in their rings.

Trees have seedlings, which often grow in the shade of their “parent tree.” If the seeds land too close to the parent tree, they may not grow at all or may grow up spindly and tall. Their height increases to reach as quickly as possible to reach the sun’s light to help compensate for the lack of nutrients in the soil when there are other plants growing nearby.

Some of the little ones survive but few ever achieve the size or health of their parents if they are rooted at their parents’ “feet.” (Interesting analogy, huh!) Just like children pampered and sheltered too often from the storms of life who grow up weak and dependent.

Some seeds who are blown by the wind further from their genetic donors, survive better. They are toughened by the hardships they encounter: drought, erosion, pests, weeds, weather.

All kids end up in stressful situations financially or emotionally. If they have established roots firmly in their own personality, received the sunshine of good friends, the nourishment of education or training and periodic support, emotional or otherwise, from their parents, they grow to mature, productive adults. They have developed their own lives, apart from their parent “trees”, independent from them.

I have seen two trees growing from the same trunk and roots. I think of married couples or soul mates when I see these. Their lives are joined but have two separate lives, talents, interests or jobs, but they go through everything together drawing from the roots of their relationship for strength.

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Some trees have lost large limbs or become gnarled and twisted by some act of nature or man. As people face the storms of life, war, aging, pain, and loss they too may become gnarled and twisted or lose limbs just like the trees.

Trees, like people, having missed out on some part of their basic needs, or been injured, diseased or unhealthy have the appearance of a physically stressed tree. Some people who have suffered much also show their hardships in their bodies or on their faces.

Some trees have full “heads” of leaves with a beautiful skeleton of branches, these trees have weathered the same storms just like other trees but something gives them the strength they need to flourish and survive. Some people are like these trees and make the best of bad situations. Growing from the circumstances they encounter instead of internalizing their environment.

Occasionally a huge oak or other full-grown tree is uprooted by the winds of a tornado or storm. You may have seen the bottom of a tree exposed but half of the roots still connected to the soil. The tree that has lost the root system will die.

Other trees get blown over and rest on the limbs or trunks of another tree, their roots still barely connected to the earth. These trees continue to put out green leaves, still clinging to life, while supported by their neighbors.

Interestingly there are people who, even though their lives have been torn apart by pain, bad decisions or someone else, bounce back with time and keep on living and growing, supported by the love of their family or community, yet living on their own root system.

They seem to gain from the bad experiences and go on with their lives, wiser and stronger. Then there are those who can’t ever getback up to their previous level of health or happiness and need the continuing support of their family, being unable to contribute or not having anything they can contribute to those around them. Some of these people have been so traumatized that they lack the skills to survive on their own.

Trees go through the different seasons. We start out as seedlings in the spring or beginnings of our lives, like seeds growing their roots, we develop the “roots” of basic survival skills like walking and talking. In the summer we begin to experience more of life as we go to school, get married, and live life as adults.

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Then fall begins and we may experience a slowing in the pace of our lives. We retire, enjoy the fruits of our labors hopefully. As the trees’ sap retreats from their tops causing the leaves to turn, likewise as we grow older, our blood flow diminishes and we start to show the aging process with greying hair and wrinkles.

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Golden fall trees in the backyard of my old home..
Last is winter, when the trees “hibernate” storing their nutrients for next spring, looking bare and dead but still very much alive. We also enter a winter in our lives. We hopefully, will have “very much alive”active minds, even though our bodies may grow older and more frail. We will prepare ourselves for the new life that will come when we pass on.

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In the winter of their lives some elderly people seem to not be present in the here and now, suffering some form of dementia, but I wondered at where their minds may be when they sit quietly and stare. I want to believe they are reliving or remembering things from their lives. Who knows?

We, like trees and every other living thing, have our own cycle of life. It is good to love and live and see and smell and taste and walk and move. We all need to remember how fortunate we are while we are able to enjoy life and go out and look for the beauty and lessons to be learned by our neighbors in nature. One last thing: Go hug a tree and look up into its branches and feel a sense of wonder and kinship.

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Blogging 101

Good morning all,

I have signed up to take a course called Blogging 101 and the post that follows is my first assignment. write-letter

 

Who am I?  What is Haddon Musings about?

I like to think of myself as a thinker – probably an over thinker.  I will overhear a snippet of a conversation, I will read something, I will hear a discussion on the radio or television and my mind goes of wondering about the subject.

Putting my thoughts down on paper helps me to understand my feelings about these varied subjects and serves as a catalyst to explore the subjects further. I hope by publishing these musings that I will meet other people who have thought about the same subjects and can share their insights with me.

I have been writing this blog for over a year and have gone down some fascinating rabbit holes and have enjoyed the explorations.

What I hope to accomplish by blogging  –

My goal is to keep writing and exploring but my primary goal for the next year is to develop readers who will discuss their thoughts and musings.

Wishing you interesting thoughts today,

Bernadette

MAKING TIME FOR SILLINESS

A lot of happenings this past week – Thanksgiving and Breakfast with Santa.  These events are something I look forward to with happy anticipation every year.  Hillary, my daughter in law,  prepares a very yummy Thanksgiving dinner and it is so much fun to watch my grandson, Lucas, participating in the mystery and magic that is Santa Claus.

But the most fun I had this past week was when Lucas spent the night at our home.  We went up to our bedrooms to change our clothes to go out to eat.  Lucas announced to me that it was now time to be silly.  Hmmm, I thought, I wonder what being silly entails.  But I just proceeded with changing my clothes and listening to him in his room changing his clothing.  He was laughing and giggling and have a great old time all by himself.  As I listened to him I couldn’t help but wonder when was the last time I had been able to make myself that joyful.  At last he came into my bedroom.  He was completely naked with a pair of underpants on his head.  He laughed and laughed and then streaked around the bedroom shouting “MeMe it’s silly time”.

I received this post yesterday and I am sharing it with you so that you can have a laugh at silly time too.

Wishing you a week filled with silly smiles,

Bernadette

THANKSGIVING

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”  

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

I was having coffee with my two very dear friends, Fran and Nancy, last Saturday.  Nancy was recounting how her granddaughter asked her why we are all here.  We started musing about how difficult life can be at times, what is the meaning of our lives, and what is the meaning of all these very hard losses.  We concluded our philosophical discussion with we didn’t know the meaning of our own lives let alone try to explain the meaning of life to a young child.

Afterward,  I couldn’t get our conversation out of my mind.  I started to think about all the beautiful  women friends I am so thankful to have in my life.  I  mused about all the struggles and suffering they have experienced and I have experienced.  And I came to the conclusion that one of the reason we are all here is to save each others life.  I know that every single one of these women have saved my life and I hope that I have been able to do the same for them.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life.  I have a wonderful husband who I have been married to for 41 years and loving children, grandchildren, and a daughter in law who I love and am proud to call my friend.

This Thanksgiving I will be giving thanks that these beautiful women are my friends.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with many reasons to be grateful.

Bernadette