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What did you do Saturday night?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This is what I did:

(Select Krishna Das at Yogaville.)

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/2/2012 2:57PM

    Very cool!

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GOANNA2 6/2/2012 9:42AM

    Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SLASALLE 5/29/2012 2:38PM

    So happy that you are getting all that you wanted from this retreat!!!!

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SUE_2U 5/27/2012 2:56PM

    That is wonderful!

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SCOOTER4263 5/27/2012 1:47PM


(And I went to bed at 8:00, as usual. :| )

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DDOORN 5/27/2012 11:21AM

    What a wonderful community and music for celebrating yourselves!!


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JESPAH 5/27/2012 10:43AM

    Slept - long story - but it was good. :)

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    emoticonMAHA...Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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Loving greetings from "Graceland"...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

...a.k.a. -- the Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA!

********INTEGRAL YOGA YANTRA********

"Truth is one, paths are many."

Sometimes external images are used in meditation to symbolize or express certain Divine ideas and qualities. When mantras (sound formulas used in meditation) or Divine ideas are meditated upon, certain images are brought out. A yantra is a visual expression of a mantra and it represents the Divine in the form of a geometrical figure.

The Integral Yoga yantra symbolizes the entire creation. Each part of the yantra corresponds to a different aspect of the cosmos. The bindhu, the dot in the very center of the yantra, represents the first physical expression, the very core of the cosmos. It is that dot which then expresses kalaa. Kalaa means the different aspects or, literally, the different rays of the cosmic manifestations.

The outer petals represent the major faiths, the lesser known faiths, and even unknown faiths -- all of which have evolved from the same source, Cosmic Consciousness. Thus, all faiths are founded on the same essential truths.

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BIG emoticon to all my SparkFriends!

I continue at the ashram. ( )
I just finished administering two weeks of programs here for my friend and I now have a short in-between period before attending the Memorial weekend Krishna Das Kirtan Retreat, which I'm SO looking forward to. In the moment I'm trying to catch up on the many details of life. Both cell phone and internet reception are spotty, which makes catch-up challenging, but this morning I have an internet signal and I thought it would be lovely to share some Teachings in the few moments I can devote to saying "Hello!" -- first from Pema Chodron, then Mary Oliver. and last-but-not least, my teacher Swami Satchidananda.
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So how do we celebrate impermanence, suffering, and egolessness in our everyday lives? When impermanence presents itself in our lives, we can recognize it as impermanence. We don't have to look for opportunities to do this.

When your pen runs out of ink in the middle of writing an important letter, recognize it as impermanence, part of the whole cycle of life. When someone's born, recognize it as impermanence. When someone dies, recognize it as impermanence. When your car gets stolen, recognize it as impermanence. When you fall in love, recognize it as impermanence, and let that intensify the preciousness. When a relationship ends, recognize it as impermanence.

There are countless examples of impermanence in our lives every day, from the moment we wake up until we fall asleep and even while we're dreaming, all the time. This is a twenty-four hour a-day practice. Recognize impermanence as impermanence.

-- Pema Chodron


Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is
nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

-- Mary Oliver

From the book Beyond Words:

People often ask me, "What religion are you? You talk about the Bible, Koran, Torah. Are you a Hindu?" I say, I am not a Catholic, a Buddhist, or a Hindu, but an Undo. My religion is Undoism. We have done enough damage (from religious dogma). We have to stop doing any more and simply undo the damage we have already done.

Peace and joy is our goal. Whatever we do, we are doing it for that. Not everyone believes in God. But the real God, the absolute God, the cosmic God who is being searched for by one and all, is that peace and joy. Everyone wants that.

If anybody asks me, "What is your philosophy or God?" I say, "Peace is my God." If they ask, "Where is He?" I reply, "He is in me and He is everywhere. He is all-peaceful; He is all serenity. He is to be felt and experienced within oneself.

-- Swami Satchidananda

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FLORIDASUN 6/19/2012 7:57AM

    I LOVE the idea of impermanence it makes us treasure every fleeting movement for the miracle it is! I'm SO enjoying Jane Roberts "Seth speaks" I read her books many years ago and loved them. I also purchased her book "The Nature of Personal Reality" ahhh how I love to learn eternally and forever..that's our purpose. I've learned THIS much for are a leader among Spark..and I'm SO very blessed to have you in our cosmos!


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2BMYOWN 6/4/2012 9:12PM

    I love it......

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AZIMAT 5/25/2012 3:38PM

    OOOOOH Krshna Das. Lucky girl!

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/25/2012 1:24AM

    "undoism" is a bautiful word - I will think of a swedish translation...

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MISS_VIV 5/24/2012 10:08PM

    Thank you so much for taking a moment and sharing the wisdom of these lovely people. It is much appreciated.. and well received by me personally.
Much love

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DOKEYOKEY 5/24/2012 8:03PM

Thank you for your wonderful persistence in sharing the news of the universe with us.


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SUE_2U 5/24/2012 2:39PM

    I love this... the Oliver poem and the concept of Undoism! I cherish that myself! Thank you for the inspiration today! emoticon and Peace to you, and many blessings and thanks for you just being you.

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JESPAH 5/24/2012 11:31AM

    Undoism. Kewl.

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KALIGIRL 5/24/2012 8:43AM

    Peace, peace, peace be with you and all @ the Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA. Thank you for shining some light into my world today.


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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/23/2012 11:08PM

    I'm happily disengaging my brain tonight (what's new?!) as I read this so I can truly absorb it on a deeper level. Thank you, I needed that. emoticon

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DDOORN 5/23/2012 10:28PM

    Wonderful to hear from you 'Maha!

Thx for taking time apart from what must be such entrancing surroundings to share more pearls of heart & soul with us!


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BREESABRINA 5/23/2012 8:06PM

    I'm so glad you're enjoying your time! I'm sorry I haven't been in touch - my life has been a total mess and I havent' been at work since last Tuesday. Won't be going back until next Tuesday. It' s not that I didn't want to get together, but I've had medication issues and a breakdown...again, so sorry.


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JUST_BREATHE08 5/23/2012 5:36PM

    Awesome Blog...Absolutely Beautiful!! emoticon emoticon


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WILDHONEYPIE1 5/23/2012 3:55PM

    emoticon Thank you Maha.

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EARTHSEAME 5/23/2012 2:36PM

    Just lovely! You shared so many beautifully wise words that I needed to hear. Thank you.

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DAISY443 5/23/2012 1:36PM

    Thank you! 'Nough said!

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    Your blog hit the spot. Thanks.

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    So beautiful. SO pure. So peaceful.

Namaste Valerie

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FERRET_76 5/23/2012 10:34AM

    Thank you Thank you Thank you... I felt so much comfort in your words this morning!! It's wonderful how you express the right sentiments and a time when I felt a bit lost. I wish you a blessed day and continued success at achieving good health.



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Goin' to "Graceland!"

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Look out world -- Maha and Jnani take off on a 1000 mile road trip tomorrow!

Finals completed? CHECK (last one at 3:15pm today!).

Research papers handed in? CHECK.

Car serviced? CHECK.

Car washed and vacuumed? CHECK (after my last final today).

Hair cut? Tomorrow 9:30am.

Tires checked and rotated? Tomorrow 10:30am.

Whole Foods shop? Tomorrow around noon. Whole, healthy road food!

Ice chest in car? CHECK.

Pick up Jnani at Little Rock airport? Tomorrow 1:30pm.

Packing done? NO -- DO IT NOW!

One major piece that I had *hoped* to complete but that has fallen through the cracks is the final evaluative write-up for the Hispanic entrepreneur training project. I manged to schedule in and get the interviews themselves completed last week . But the write-up simply isn't going to get done before I take off. Luckily I have until August to finish the work. I'm taking my laptop with me and plan to at least get a rough draft completed by next week though!

Travelin' music for Jnani's 6:00am departure from San Francisco tomorrow:

This is for me'n Jnani, Queens of the Road:

We're going THROUGH Memphis, on our way to another Graceland!

The *other* Graceland:

Bright blessings to all of you beloved friends,

For those who don't know this, I'll be administering these two programs for Jnani:

I will drive back first-ish of June. But first this:

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GOANNA2 6/2/2012 9:38AM

    So excited for you. What a wonderful trip. Have a great time. I am so envious. emoticon emoticon

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BOOBERRY 5/19/2012 1:17PM

    Have a great time : )

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SUE_2U 5/13/2012 6:58PM

    Wow! Have a fantastic journey! Sounds like a wonderful time!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 5/5/2012 2:11PM

    Sounds like great music for a great trip. Hope it goes wonderfully!

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/4/2012 8:11PM

    My father in law took us to Graceland two year ago, and it's really amazing. If you can afford the VIP package, it's totally worth it; you get to see more, and the lines are shorter. ;)

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/3/2012 7:07PM

    Have fun! Went to Elvisland 2 weeks was awesome!

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/3/2012 6:55PM

    Grasss don't grow under your feet does it mi amiga? Not taking the camper? Have a blast. Love you.... emoticon

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2012 8:49AM

    Have a GRAND time!

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    still bummed that you're not coming to mooville but it sounds like you have an awesome road trip planned and I can't wait to see the pictures. Have a great time!

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BREESABRINA 5/2/2012 6:46PM

    I'm SO excited! You get to spend that whole month in our beautiful spiritual home, and I finally get to meet you!


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CRYSTALJEM 5/2/2012 12:18PM

    Have a blast! PP&M brought more a tear to my eye, especially when I read the comments from the vets who were left their families for Nam while this song played.

Thanks for the musical memories - they really took me back! Graceland is one of my all time favourite albums.

The programs sound fantastic!

You know, I just keep finding similarities and synchronicity around you. Hugs! Gonna miss you! CJ

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SLASALLE 5/2/2012 11:58AM

    Enjoy, my friend. Soak it all in and find your inner peace!!! Safe journeys ...

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DMPRIDER 5/2/2012 10:43AM

    Have a wonderful journey!

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GODZYFAN 5/2/2012 9:21AM

    I've been to Graceland 3 times! (Which makes me an Elvis nut? lol) Hope you had a great time!

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JESPAH 5/2/2012 9:09AM

    W00t! Let us know if you spot an overweight dude with a black pompadour, in a sparkly white jumpsuit. If ya do, maybe spread the Spark to him? I mean, he may have other issues, but SP could help him deal with that aspect of his overall health. ;)

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    Great Adventures to you!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/2/2012 5:06AM

    Woohoo! Sounds like fun! Not taking your camper?

The programs at Yogaville look wonderful.

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DAISY443 5/2/2012 4:57AM

    Safe travels!!

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CORNERKICK 5/2/2012 1:06AM

  Wow...Good luck!

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2BMYOWN 5/2/2012 12:12AM

    ENJOY, be safe, and pics......we want pics.....LOL

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JUST_BREATHE08 5/1/2012 11:20PM

    emoticonMAHA. Enjoy!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/1/2012 10:43PM

    You so deserve all of it an' more! I mean moreW!

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LYNNANN43 5/1/2012 9:47PM

    emoticon Safe journeys, MAHA!!!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 5/1/2012 9:40PM

    We're goin' to Graceland, Graceland, Memphis Tennessee
We're goin' to Graceland
Poor boys and pilgrims with familes
And we are going to Graceland.

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DDOORN 5/1/2012 8:56PM

    Peter Yarrow sings "Leaving" as a tribute to Mary at his concerts...such a tender rendition, brings a lump in the throat and tears to the eyes.

Graceland...absolutely one of my top 10 favorite, "desert island" albums...! Almost EVERY tune just AMPS and REVS me up!

I can tell you are OH so ready for such AWESOME travels and company!


ng forward to hear all about it! :-)


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CARRAND 5/1/2012 8:39PM

    Sounds like a plan. Good luck on your journey.

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What to Remember When Waking....

Monday, April 30, 2012

The last day of national poetry month and I honor a most favorite poet...and all of you...with this beautiful offering:


In that first
hardly noticed
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
and frighteningly
where everything
there is a small
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?

~ David Whyte ~

(The House of Belonging)

About Whyte:

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LIAMSMOM3 5/27/2012 1:55PM

    Gorgeous poem. I am going to print it out. Thanks for posting it.

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/3/2012 6:56PM

    Hermosa como tu....

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CRYSTALJEM 5/1/2012 11:38AM

    That is so beautiful, I had to read it twice. Thank you very much for sharing. Namaste. Hope you are doing really well!

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EARTHSEAME 5/1/2012 10:27AM

    Utterly beautiful and true. Thank you.

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2012 8:26PM

    Good to remind myself that I am not an accident . . . this is a powerful poem, thanks!

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    absolutely beautiful. Thank you

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DDOORN 4/30/2012 10:48AM

    Sleep...such unknown territory for me...! Only a handful of times have I ever remembered my dreams, wishing I could hold onto them more...!

Lovely poem, thx for sharing as always!


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2BMYOWN 4/30/2012 10:45AM

    Wonderful. Simply wonderful. Yours is such a mystical soul, Maha, and you are always blessing us all with the gems that you've mined over a lifetime of reading these absolutely wondrous words. Thank you, for just being you, and sharing with the rest of us.

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DOKEYOKEY 4/30/2012 10:14AM

    So lovely! Thank you for calling our attention back -- again and again! -- to what is truly important. :)


P.S. This poem reminds me a little bit of Mary Oliver's Wild Geese; do you think so?

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JESPAH 4/30/2012 9:56AM

    Saweet. :)

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/30/2012 9:50AM

    This is breathtakingly beautiful. I l look at the face of this beautiful man and I wonder--surely he must remember where he has been during the dark hours of the night to write a poem such as this one. Surely he is urging us to remember all that we are and who that we are.
When my dad was dying I told him that he was returning to the place that he had come before his birth. Although I know that he did not remember until perhaps the very end, this did give him a sense of enormous peace.
Thank you Maha for sharing this poem. I wish for us all that we remember that we are all so much more then we appear to be.

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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I spent the night with an anxious friend. In checking my email on her computer this morning, this wonderful piece was waiting for me from Joe Riley, my morning Panhala poetry offering. I started reading it to my friend and she said she had recently read, loved, and applied it to a difficult situation in her life. I hereby offer it from her place to all of us as we move through those difficult places in our lives.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost ... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

~ Portia Nelson ~

(There's a Hole in My Sidewalk)

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FLORIDASUN 4/22/2012 6:57PM

    I'm looking for that NEW's name is serenity! I won't give up til I find it! emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/22/2012 3:15PM

    I love it! Sounds like me. :^)

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EOSTAR_45 4/22/2012 1:28AM

    Love it!

Hope I can get to chapter 4 or 5 in my street sooner rather than later! I am tired of falling on my behind! LOL. And yet, I do know it is because I need to learn something that I keep encountering this same street(s) over and over again.

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EARTHSEAME 4/19/2012 11:49PM

    Yup, that's the process. I know it well....

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SMILEYBEE 4/19/2012 12:00PM

    I recognize this life pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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SLASALLE 4/19/2012 11:40AM

    I really like this ... as always, thanks for sharing. I thought you had already left, must have misread something. Take care!! xoxoxo

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KALIGIRL 4/19/2012 9:31AM

    Love it!

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SUE_2U 4/19/2012 2:01AM

    Wonderful! Thank you so much!

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RIDMYCOCOON 4/18/2012 10:26PM

    Nice! I have to say someone must have read this before writing the screen play for Groundhog Day.... seems very reminiscent.

I am sure your friend feels much better having you around...I wish you well emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 4/18/2012 4:00PM

    Love it. emoticon

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_RAMONA 4/18/2012 3:35PM

    I've always loved this one! Thanks!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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WILDHONEYPIE1 4/18/2012 3:01PM

    Brilliant. May we all learn so easily. emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 4/18/2012 2:42PM

    You know I love this one. Here's to turning down a different street! CJ

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DAISY443 4/18/2012 11:47AM

    A true life lesson!

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    what a beautiful lesson.

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DDOORN 4/18/2012 10:26AM

    A wonderful gem I came across years ago during my inpatient psychiatric hospital work...always great to revisit and remind myself of this wisdom!


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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/18/2012 9:10AM

    You're so funny! And such a dearheart for staying with your friend.
How many reminders this brings of ruts I've struggled to get out of and repave in different directions. So I guess mine would be called "There's a Sharon in that Rut". Thanks for taking the time to share. Hope you're hanging in there, May 1 is well on it's way!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/18/2012 8:58AM

    This is hilarious -- I looked at comments and *I* had posted! I'm still at my friend's and she had actually posted, not knowing the screen was still in my account!!!

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PEACEFULONE 4/18/2012 8:47AM

    Ah, does that mean we've learned to fly?
Or we could sit still and just think about walking down the street.
Isn't walking down the street a synonym for living?

Thank you for being such a good friend to your friend. Hope you got some rest. You are nearly done with your busy week.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/18/2012 8:30AM

    Next stop: walking down the street!

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GIANTPANDA 4/18/2012 8:27AM

    I love this!

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