I sat on the sidelines yesterday watching my teenage granddaughter run around the volleyball court doing the most favorite thing she loves to do. It’s awesome to see. She’s not the tallest. Nor the strongest. But she doesn’t have to be – she’s good. She’s concise in her decisions. She’s quick on her feet. She […]
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Simplicity.......moments that empty your mind of noise and fill your soul with childlike joy.
Moonflower Blooms is about the rediscovery of "you".... It is a personal blogging website dedicated to finding those moments that take you back to the simple things that make you happy. A passage that leads you to what matters most. Joyful times. Peaceful moments. Grateful appreciation for reaching that authentic point in your life that you are so deserving of. Reflection. Time. Peace.
That beautiful spring of 1970 was filled with the buzzed anticipation of an exciting future. It felt like an actor must feel before going onstage. Or, how a singer must feel when hearing their song for the first time on the radio. A runner across a finish line. A rush. A thrill. An all over […]
Your body slowly pulls out of its drowsy state of slumber as you snuggle peacefully in the arms of dreaminess. You blink your eyes slowly awake, relishing in the promise of another day, a new beginning, a refreshed body, a renewed spirit. Your fuzzy mind starts swimming up to the surface past the memories of […]
A blink. The flicker of the eye that takes less than a second. A snap in time. A blip in the vast space of infinity. Involuntary swiftness. A definition of quickness. In a blink, my blue eyed daughter grew into a woman. In a blink, my tow headed baby boy grew into a man. In […]
Here we are. The strong ones. This is us. The proud new generation of mature women. The Baby Boomer Deluxe model. We are strong. We are fearless. We are complicated. We are interesting. We are determined to age gracefully. We love our families. We love our children. We love our men. And we love our […]
What do you see when you look at this picture? A simple picture, right? A country church in the midst of green fields. A Facebook friend of mine posted this picture as the field that she farms sits catty-corner from the church. She captured the spring beauty of the corn field that so many of […]
Breathe…. Reach…. Stretch… Lengthen… Engage your core…. Set your intentions for this practice. These are the words that I speak to myself when doing Yoga. Yoga is my fix . My glass of wine. My morning cup of joe. My spiritual, physical, and mental refreshment. My connectedness with myself “on the mat”, searching inwardly to […]
“What the world needs now is love sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of…..” Boy, is that the understatement of the year. This magical song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach back in 1965 has such a simplistic message that reaches right into the heart of many of the […]
We are living in serious times, in fearful times of uncertainty. We are living in such a stressful state of unified division. Red vs Blue. Right vs Left. Liberals vs Conservatives. Pro-Police. Anti-Police. Pro-religion. Anti-religion. Pro-Abortion. Pro-Life. Pro-gun. Anti-gun. The list goes on and on. And thanks to the internet, social media, the press, and […]
I can close my eyes and see Dad’s dresser settled in its home along the wall where it stood comfortably for years, proudly displaying his treasures on top. His treasures included a black and white photograph of my mom looking beautiful in a swimsuit, sitting on a blanket at the lake. Close up photos of […]
“later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere.” This is an excerpt from a poem “What They Did Yesterday Afternoon” by Warsan Shire, the Samoli-British poet. The image that my mind draws from this poem […]
I woke up this morning to the sound of the rain. Glorious, refreshing, cleansing, deliciously wet….. rain. What a great sound. What a great way to start the day. What a great way to start the week. It’s Monday and it’s raining. Life is beautiful! Coming from the Midwest raised on a farm, rain always […]
I just returned from a Wanderlust Festival with my daughter, sister, and niece as a “never before” girls trip coming together from opposite ends of the country to meet in Aspen, Colorado. Not ever having been to this type of festival, we were all uncertain about the Yoga centered experience and what it would be […]
I sit on our deck, release the clutter from my mind, and listen reverently to the sound of the wind whispering through the stately Ponderosa Pines that surround our cabin. It is the most amazingly soothing sound and speaks to my soul similarly to the way the crashing ocean surf transcends me to a deeper […]
My granddaughters LOVE the band, One Direction. They are obsessed. They are die hard fans. They know their names. They know their songs. They know their likes and dislikes. Who their girlfriends are. Probably what they ate for breakfast. I went to their concert with them and watched in awe as they sang every song […]
I’ve got thick, rich country blood that travels through this farmer’s daughter’s veins. It enriches the chambers of my brain with clarity of thought where my values were borne. It nourishes my lungs with just the thought of breathing fresh country air, perfumed with the scent of moist dark soil. It melts this Illinois bred […]
The first time I hiked down the Grand Canyon was in 1985. I was 33 years old and my dad was in his early 60’s – probably close to my age now. We had planned this trip via phone calls and letters, scheduled the overnighter at Phantom Ranch months in advance, and naively prepared ourselves […]
I’m sitting here in front of unending miles of taupe-colored sand bleeding out into this churning, volatile, mysterious, and peaceful water they call the sea. The repeated sounds of the crashing waves interrupts my psyche, my feelings, my ability to think about much. The undeniable awesomeness of the turquoise-blue beauty in front of me just […]
I am not a golfer. At least not a good one. I’ve dabbled with it alittle and end up getting frustrated, embarrassed and eventually mad. My son does too – the mad part. He likes to wrap his golf club around trees or so I’ve heard. I’ve not witnessed this however he says it’s true […]
I’ve been humming and listening to Christmas carols for a few weeks now, cuddling in the comfort of familiar tunes as they stroll through my mind and saunter their way down to my heart. Usually Thanksgiving weekend marks the gun shot take off of the Christmas season for me, so while I’m preparing the turkey […]