Awareness, Uncategorized


In the spirit of Mercury in Retrograde, I am resuming my practice of blogging.

This morning. I am reflecting on an insight found in a book gifted to me m=by the author many years ago; Madeleine Kay, in her book, Living Serendipitously…Keeping the Wonder Alive,  quotes Leo Buscaglia as saying that most of us are deniers of ourselves.  Madeleine relates a story about a young couple who had pinched pennies to the point of becoming “professionally poor.” and finally said “Enough! already.”

Madeleine says we need to send our psyches a message that our lives are full and abundant and that we are worth it.  Simple truths and easily applied to specific situations.

In that spirit, I am sending my psyche the message that in spite of my bank account and current financial outlook, I am rich:  I live a retreat lifestyle in natural beauty reminiscent of a resort, with time to reflect.  All kinds of “re-” words come to mind: repast, recollect, reside, restore, remind, retrieve, recreate, …

I am blessed.  I am rich in the earthly gifts that I love best: water, trees, birds, breezes, clouds, sunsets, sunrises, ferns, critters, … on and on.

I choose this.


It’s been a while; I hope you’ve been well.

Nearly two years ago, I posted what ended up being the final article on the original The View from 5022.  Soon after, I got hacked…badly…, got fed up with all the struggles, and requested that all my blogs be deleted.  I canceled my internet, email, and phone service.  When I did, I also lost proof of  ‘ownership’ of the blog (which did not get deleted.)  No matter.  I’m still at 5022 and still viewing the world from this vantage point.

I’ve learned a great deal in the past 2 years; I’ve also un-learned a great deal.  My faith is stronger, deeper, and more closely governs my days.  My beliefs, however, have evolved and I would no longer write some of the articles I wrote 2 and 3 years ago.  Primarily, I have learned that it is not my place to change the world or to fix anyone or anything.  But, I will tell you more about that later.

For now, just know it is good to be back on the front porch, watching the birds.  Oh, and I now have a couple of plastic water pistols…squirrel sized.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” — Matthew 5:8

“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” — Hebrews 12:14