Wednesday, August 24, 2016

today let us celebrate that love conquers all!!!

feel free to print this graphic and enjoy it!!! <3

 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;

 indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. 

Margaret Mead

a few weeks ago I posted this quote and information about a champaign started by my good friends called the Rainbow Peace Flag Project, a way to show support and love and community especially in the aftermath of the violence and horror that happened in Orlando, FL.  The movement grew here in Natick and beyond however, this past weekend it started going viral.  The press became interested because some person/persons vandalized a couples home here in Natick and took the flag.  A sad story, yes, however it has turned into a great story because of the way the friends and neighbors in the community responded.  As soon as news spread of this horrible act, the couple's neighbors all got peace flags and hung them on their houses.  One image from that afternoon that I LOVE is that of the kids on bicycles zipping around the neighborhood delivering flags!! 

This is a hopefully story, a story about community and love and a story that I am glad has gone viral and one which I wish to continue to share, because in this time of so much fear and blame and hate we can NOT have too many stories of love, community and acceptance. 

Below I have put links to the story in the Boston Globe, a beautiful youtube video of the Peace Flag bedecked neighborhood, an article on CNN and the link to the Cuffed.org campaign where you too can get involved!!! 

#LOVECONQUERSALL

The Rainbow Peace Flag Project

one of the many flags flying in Natick thanks to the Rainbow Peace Project


article in the boston globe.


Video of the amazing neighborhood

After gay couple's home is vandalized, a community rallies




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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

May this dress remind us of the importance of LOVE!!!! & embracing the paradox!!!!


My mom and so many women like her have taught me that life is not about glory, or certainty, or security even. 
It's about embracing the paradox. It's about acting in the face of overwhelm. 
And it's about loving people really well. 
 Courtney Martin





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Monday, August 22, 2016

As the craziness of September approaches, may this dress help us NOT get overwhelmed!!!


(*today's post especially goes out to us moms 
who are delivering our babies to college this week, 
launching them into their next big adventure!!! XXX)
'the trumpeter's dress ...'  (22aug16; 8:06AM; 66F; Natick, MA)
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking you complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” ~ Mark Twain


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Friday, August 19, 2016

may this dress remind us to live more richly ...


If you surrender completely
to the moments as they pass, 
you live more richly those moments.
anne morrow lindbergh


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Today, let us remember to trust!!

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” 


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

may this dress remind us to live our one wild and precious life!!!! XXX


The Summer Day
Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA

Copyright 1992 by Mary Oliver. All rights reserved.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

may this dress remind us of all that makes us strong and unique ...

hot rock dress, dover, ma (2013)
"...people will take those pieces of you and only see your faults. But faults; faults form mountains. And I never knew anyone that looked at Everest and called it a mistake..."
Donovan Livingston @ Fayetteville State University's Class of 2020 at the Pinning Ceremony


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Monday, August 15, 2016

happy monday everyone .... pass the coffee


this morning as I perused my desk and thought of my 'to-do' list I felt so grateful my morning cup of coffee, so I felt that others may feel the same.  And as I was eating my graphic for this blog I was torn between two sentiments so I am posting them both.  I plan to post this one of these versions on my Society6 shop, so I would LOVE to know if you have an opinion of which one to post?!?!? 
& happy monday!! XXXXX


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

May this dress remind us the importance of simplifying ...


The ability to simplify means to eliminate 
the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. 

Hans Hofmann

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Friday, August 5, 2016

May this dress give us strength to be a warrior of LOVE!!!!


"You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. 
Be a warrior for love."

— Cheryl Strayed


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