Finding Serenity in a Desert Sunrise

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Finding Serenity in a Desert Sunrise

Short and sweet post to share the weekly photo challenge theme Serene.

With one more week of classes for which to prepare final grades, a birthday to celebrate (mine), and the inevitable push of the holiday season now here, finding moments of serenity will be good for my soul. Sometimes I have to stop what I’m doing and get my second wind!

Last October, we spent a long weekend with good friends in Helendale, California, in the Mohave Desert. We stayed in a vacation home and woke up to this incredible golden sunrise.The rising sun illuminated the homes across the lake (made up by the Mohave river aqua-fir). Hundreds of “mud ducks” serenely floated on the calm water.

Not shown in the photo is the lovely deck where we could just sit quietly and take it all in.

I hope you can find some serene moments as the holiday…

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Red white and blue Independence Day coconut peach popsicle smoothie — art of being fabulous

Purple Almond Wellness

Here is a delightful recipe from THE ART OF BEING FABULOUS…

Happy Independence Day to all in the US! Here’s a smoothie made for you with a dash of vanilla! It’s healthy to boot! Some of the health benefits of this smoothie bowl include anti-aging properties, improved immunity, blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress reduction. Independence Day coconut peach popsicle smoothie recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup vanilla almond […]

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Embracing Santa Fe

Ann Cavitt Fisher!

Ann Cavitt Fisher

Doc Murray of Santa Fe I met Doc on my first trip to Santa Fe in 2009. He was a kind and quirky man, and we had a wonderful afternoon with good coffee and interesting conversation. RIP Doc. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

Each time I return to New Mexico, my affection for this state grows.

It really started on my second trip in 2009, when I visited Santa Fe and did many of the standard things one does around the square. Saw the Cathedral, had lunch, hit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

During one long summer afternoon, I tucked into a coffee shop to get out of the noon-day heat and to do some writing. I was the only customer there, and before long, I was visiting with the barista who looked to be in his late thirties, a native American named De.

An old man swung in through the door.

“Hi, Doc. How’s the day?”


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This is The Courage To Shift!



Sharing some of my favorite quotes with the word Arid. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

This first called to me instantly because I believe in the power of prayer and the last line especially resonates with my decision to start over in several key areas of my life that I was drowning in, simply because I settled!  Those days are long gone now that I know what I am worth. It was a journey getting there!




Next is:


And then there’s:


Last but not least is:


Feel  free to share your favorite and why!

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