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June 29, 2016
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So I messed up and put today’s reincarnation/ghost post on Monday and Monday’s post today – duh! Apologies everyone – too many balls in the air I guess. We experienced torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightening yesterday and my workplace parking lot became a lake and the surrounding ditches and roads resembled river-like torrents.

It is quite a shock when we humans realize that with a simple turn in the weather we are impacted so drastically. We think we have ‘it’ all under control but in truth it is an illusion.

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While I watched the water depth increase I spied a tiny creature making a run from its hole in the grass into the nearby building. At least our man-made structures have some use for wildlife as well as us.

Have you experienced a flood?

The Ghost Next Door…

June 27, 2016
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Image: Upper Bucklebury graveyard (A favorite place for me – but that is another story!)

As promised I am sharing some personal encounters in regard to ghosts, reincarnation etc. This event happened when I was approximately 10 years old. We lived in a small village in England called Upper Bucklebury. There was only one store beside the gas station, it serviced the community and was a hub for meeting neighbors as well as providing essentials.

(***This village is now world famous due to Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, once living here)

Like all of my friends at that time, we rode bicycles everywhere and the easiest way to find your child, as a parent, was to walk down the road and find the pile of bicycles on the lawn of a house. The housing estate was fairly new so the residents were mainly younger couples and their children and we became a firm community within the village as a whole. Clothing swaps, coffee mornings, and feeding and bathing whichever children were present at that time of day was usual. I’m sure now-a-days this practice would herald an immediate police presence! We did not think it strange to bathe with our friends in a row in the various baths and then go home for bedtime. Anyway I digress.

We had an elderly lady living in the older home beside our house. It was a run down property with a huge plot of land mainly filled with an old apple orchard and collapsing sheds at the back. The lady, Mrs. Vallece (unsure of the spelling) lived with a multitude of cats, her only companions. My mother would make extra food for our meals a couple of times a week and send myself or one of my siblings to deliver to her. We thought she mainly survived on cat food. She was a kindly lady and enjoyed the interaction with us. Her favorite spot was at the front window watching the world go by. So it was natural to wave to her if we rode past.

On this particular morning, my mother asked me to go to the store and buy something. I jumped onto my bicycle and set off. Mrs. Vallece was at her usual spot and I waved and she waved back. I did not think anything of this. With the item purchased I rode back home and glanced at the front window once again but Mrs. Vallece was not there. Again nothing unusual in that. Once in the kitchen I told my mother Mrs Vallece was waving and would we be taking a meal around for her. My mother looked at me with a strange look on her face.

“You waved to Mrs. Vallece? Are you sure?”

“Yes of course she was at the window like always.”

“Well, actually she couldn’t have been there sweetheart. She died five weeks ago.”

I cannot remember the rest of the conversation but I am sure my mother would have taken the time to explain what might have happened. To this day I am absolutely positive I saw Mrs. Vallece. Maybe it was her way of saying goodbye because I never saw her again.

Have you seen a ghost?

Did you see something that you cannot explain?

 

 

 

Writing Prompt Contest – A Chipmunk’s Life…

June 25, 2016
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Write a story or poem based on this chipmunk – his life in the wild, family, encounters with humans, harsh winters…

I actually had a close encounter with this little guy in Jasper National Park.

Have fun with this prompt and leave your response in the comments. 1000 words maximum for a short story. Poems can be any length.

A quarterly prize will be given for the most voted for response.

The 12 Laws of Karma…

June 22, 2016
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For those of you who are unsure of karma and how it works, this video clip will give you some idea.

There is a spirituality with the karmic path but it is not linked to any particular religion. Although having said that some religions have based their belief system on it’s fundamental philosophy. It is more of a centering of your inner soul to improve, encourage and care for yourself and others.

https://www.powerofpositivity.com/12-laws-of-karma-that-will-change-your-life/

If you look up the definition of karma for Hindu it is their view of causality, where thoughts, words, commands and good deeds lead to benefiting a person rather than bad deeds and thoughts which have harmful effects.

Within Buddhism, karma is a Sanskrit term which means ‘doing’ or ‘action’ so their intentions are driven by future consequences.

Have you experienced a ‘karmic’ effect?

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My escape to the Mountains…

June 20, 2016
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My dear friend, Linda and I escaped for three days into the Rocky mountains. These are some of the images of our trip. Included were a lake cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, discovery of a wildlife area called Beaver Boardwalk, Hinton, visiting Jasper and driving through the National Park and encountering wildlife as well as driving on highway 40 (unpaved) and exploring small hamlets such as Cadomin, Robb, Entwhistle and Evansburg. Enjoying the breeze off the lakes, Maligne and Isle and being at peace with nature.

Good company, ease of spirit and relaxation what more can a person need?

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