Humanity

We Bleed the Same Color... (1)

This has been a very hard month, but especially this last week. We have all seen events that we thought we would never see again in the United States. My heart breaks and all this is so much to process and overwhelming. So please excuse my silence until now. Please join in the many prayers that people will unite, protect, and truly care for one another regardless of color, creed, spiritual beliefs, gender, or profession. We are all part of humanity.

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

2020

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What do you want to do differently?

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Regardless of where your place in the world is, we know the world looks differently to many. But the good news is as we start to heal that we have gained wisdom from this world pandemic experience. In moving forward, what is it that you definitely want to change, do more or less of ? I have come to know the truth in that we can live with much less, which leaves more time for more important meaningful experiences and relationships in our lives. But I think I might also become less tolerant of the superficial and fake, which I will probably end up having to work on. That doesn’t mean that everything has to be deep and not light or fun. It just means there will be less response to negativity and more opportunity to focus on the positive aspects of living life with peace and calm. Please leave a comment below on what you plan to do differently?

Hope you have a day with a spot of peace and calm.

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2020

 

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Photography: Nature

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Hello on this lovely Spring day! At least it’s Spring for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Today, I took just a little short walk in my little patch of woods. There is nothing like nature to lift your spirits! I found these Spring Beauties, yes that is what they are commonly called and it is easy to see why. I hope you enjoy them. Take care and hope you too get out a bit and enjoy some fresh air. Happy Earth Day! Thank you for visiting today.

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Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2020

 

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Compassion

the Nurse

Whether it is to welcome new life into the world, or to help do whatever can be done to ease the pain or suffering of one at their most vulnerable moments; there truly is no greater privilege than to be with you during your time of need.

Terre’s Blog –  Women of All Seasons

c2020

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Encouragement

Be Gentle With Yourself, You're Doing the Best You Can.

Whether you are doing your part by staying in social distancing, working to serve others or taking care of your family; don’t be too hard on yourself. Be sure to do something today just for you. Maybe it’s fixing your favorite warm drink, opening a window for fresh air or listening to the birds sing… just take a moment to slow down and take a breathe. Be gentle with yourself and with those you are with. Turn off any negative self talk while doing what you have to do. You’re Doing the Best You Can! That’s all any of us can ask of someone, including ourselves.  Take care.  terre~

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2020

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Sunday

I am with you always. (1)Hope your Sunday is peaceful and renewing.  

 

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c2020

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We’re All In This Together

What we learned in Kindergarten (2)We’re All In This Together

Another great teacher and friend of children, Mr. Fred Rogers said that in scary times to look for the helpers. It is true! If you look for the positive amidst the alarming news stories, you find incredible stories of people helping others. One story in my own local community that brought happiness to my heart was when our local sheriff’s department asked for donations of personal protection equipment of masks, gloves, etc to have available for our first responders. Before the day was out, one of our renovation construction companies had donated the needed items! So as Mr. Rogers says, look for the helpers when times are scary. Also if you have extra, please consider sharing with others in need. Curbside delivery or outside the door delivery can still be done even with social distancing. Hope all is well with you and yours.   After all, we’re all in this together.

Thank you for visiting today! Also, if you would like to see other words of encouragement please see the categories listed on this page.

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2020

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Photography: From My View

 

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A beautiful world of white gifted by the first snowfall of this winter!  

Nikon, ISO 320, Exposure 1/500 sec, Shutter speed 1/500 sec, F-Stop f/8, Focal Length 58.00mm, no flash.

Thank you for visiting!

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons  c2019.

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Poetry: The Echo

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As I lay sleeping

familiar faces do I see.

These long forgotten fragments

of people once so dear to me.

 

Some sneak in

with more than an impression.

I never think of them

when I’m awake,

that would be an obsession.

 

These visitors who once

our lives briefly crossed,

we all took our separate paths.

Now they come gently in the dark,

a friendly, welcome haunt.

 

I see me as I remember me.

I feel the warmth of the noon sun.

Someone ever so kind has stopped

to help me with a gentle embrace.

The gesture is so real.

 

The wildflowers sway in the breeze.

Even the weeds are alive I see!

It is happy here as I dream.

I’d like to stay forever,

please don’t change a thing!

 

Then the picture changes.

I hate to leave.

Another face from a more recent time,

has come to rescue me.

 

In the abyss of my mind,

those souls traveling years apart

can meet and share company

within my heart.

 

When I regretfully awake,

whatever became of them?

Did they get lost

or did I?

 

I hope they’re happy.

I hope they know

however much,

I love them too.

I wonder though,

do they also dream of me?

 

Thank you for visiting today!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019  tcholland

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Haiku

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When I dream of you,

We are together always

wherever we are.

 

Thank you for visiting today!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019.

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Photography: Travel

 

Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa(1)The hubs recently surprised me with a road trip where I didn’t have a clue where we were going from day to day. We also have in our family sort of a contest to see who can get to all fifty states first. Imagine my surprise when we went here to see where “Build It and They Will Come”!  Plus, Iowa is now one of the three new states we got on this trip. This was a very fun and memorable trip!

Nikkon 7200, image/jpeg, ISO 320, Exposure time 1/500sec, Shutter speed 1/500sec, F-Stop f/8, Aperture Value f/8, Focal length 35.00mm, no flash, Edits +crop. 

Thank you for visiting today!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019

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Photo Prose

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Shimmery glows of soft pink

and gentle hues of blue,

paints the calm at end of day.

 

Thank you for visiting!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019

 

 

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Photography – Birds

OK enough pictures! I've posed. Time to eat!

(American Cardinal, male. 1/1000sec. f8 600mm, Iso 560.)

Yea, after many years, I’ve updated my camera and added a bigger lens! This is one of my first attempts. I have a pretty big learning curve. Thank you all for letting me share. Thank you for visiting and a huge thank you if you’re a Follower!  –Terre

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Haiku

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Warm, clear morning sun

Blooms wakening, opening

Beautiful day, joy!

 

tch c. 2019

 

 

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Poetry: Requiem for the American Worker

 

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Requiem for the American Worker

I hear America crying

across the flatlands, hill and dale.

Embittered tears of weary souls

the beaten down, the proud.

 

American workers holding on

with a cry in their voice.

Fighting hard to not be counted

among the growing poor.

 

The waitress at night with a babe upon her breast,

The coal miner tired of his long rest.

The automobile worker doing her best,

The bakery is closing, the baker is next.

 

The bus driver without a human load,

The young black man never given a chance.

The hospital worker called off, worries how to pay the rent.

Telephone workers marching, out in the cold.

 

Voices, hands, and hearts

traded for those across the seas.

The small, American farmer

still fighting hard to believe.

 

I hear America crying,

as those “who have”,

with no remorse, no guilt,

build empires upon the workers backs.

Americans trying, trying, and trying.

I hear America crying.

 

 

(Printed with one time American rights, Labor News, Indianapolis, In. Feb 2006.

This Author: tch maintains rights).

Reprinted @ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons c. 2018.

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12 Tips for Living “Your” Day

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”   –Yogi Berra

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Do you ever float through your day and then wonder whatever happened to all of your time and not accomplishing what you had planned?  I know that I do this on some days and then have to step back and regroup.  The many demands on our time from tending to children, spouses, aging parents, household, and work demands can all add up to more than the 1440 minutes in a day. Wow! 1440 minutes in a day might sound  like a lot to some of you, but then not very much to others. Of course, you have to consider if we are taking good care of ourselves and getting 360 minutes – 480 minutes of sleep every night there is a huge deduction. To those who are committed to getting in their 10,000 steps a day, 1440 minutes definitely sounds small!  But good news, you only have to take 6.94 steps per minute, which is a piece of cake, right? Oh, sorry, I didn’t really mean a piece of cake.

Everyone has the unexpected appear even in their best laid plans. But when it becomes more of the normal and makes you feel like everyone else is in control of “your” days, then new strategies may be needed.

12 Tips for living “your” day:

  • Keep a calendar that is reasonable
  • Have a plan. Don’t just go with the flow.
  • Make a to do list. Prioritize your list with the most important items that have to be done. Determine those that can wait or move to another day, eliminate those that are not necessary or that you really don’t enjoy
  • Not everything or everyone has to be on “your” list. It’s okay.
  • It’s okay to say “No” if it is your own personal time
  • Eliminate or limit activities that do not add quality to your life (checking email, committing to last minute requests, talking for extended time to negative people, checking social media or texts) especially after work hours
  • Be mindful of your attention you give to those you are with. Live in the moment
  • Don’t work consistent overtime day after day, week after week. Do not lose vacation days because you didn’t make time to take them
  • Share what needs to be done. (Preparing dinner together, laundry, taking care of pets, let extended family and close friends help when they offer)
  • Plan ahead & organize. (What everyone needs to take for the next day, quick meals on busiest days)
  • Make “Sleep” a priority.  Even if you have the most chaotic day, enough sleep will help you be more resilient, feel better emotionally and physically. You will be able to be deal better with stress and problem-solving.
  • Make time for yourself. This is not intentionally last, but often that is where time for ourselves fall on the list, if it makes it on the list at all. (Take a short walk somewhere in your day, reconnect with nature, develop a spiritual practice, meditate, be grateful, do yoga, listen to your favorite or calming music, read a good book, bathe with some special body wash)

Hopefully, you can find one tip above that will help to make your days more enjoyable, manageable, more yours, and to end up where you want to be!  Thank you for taking time out to visit today.

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Celebrate Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

Celebrating all mothers everywhere! Especially the mothers in our lives that so lovingly make our days special, including those who are remembered and missed and will always live on in our hearts. Sending you wishes for much happiness on your special day!

 

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2020

 

Nurses Week

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Happy Nurses Week… in the Year of the Nurse 2020! Maybe you are on the frontlines taking care of Covid-19 patients, or maybe you are taking care of the other patients who are urgently hospitalized such as having a baby, a sick child, or someone with a traumatic injury. Nurses are found everywhere taking care of those in need from pre-birth to the elderly and everyone in-between. Maybe you are a nurse supporting the nurses at the frontlines and patients, such as case managers, clinical nurse specialists or other advanced practice nurses. Maybe you are a nurse leader helping to insure that the nurses have a supportive and safe environment in need to care for others, including themselves and their team. Maybe you are a morale booster, a nurse leader, educator, mental health nurse, nurse researcher, or a patient advocate. Nurses wear many hats and often at the same time. Whatever type of nurse you are, all nurses are needed… You are important! Thank you for all you do! Happy Nurses Week! 

#nursingweek, #nursesonlinkedin, #nursesrock, #celebratingnurses, #nurses, #nursingleadership, #healthyworkplace, #thankyounurses,

 

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Haiku

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With time on my hands, 

I notice the leaves unfurl

ever so gently. ~

 

Thank you for visiting today!

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons  c2020

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