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Theme Song Thursday: Fourteen Feathers and a Penny

19 May

“It’s not enough to have the feathers. 

You must dare to fly!” 
― Cass van Krah


I believe in lucky feathers and angels and pennies from heaven and the power of prayer and positive thinking. I believe that your own perceptions and beliefs are your reality. The mind is a powerful instrument and the soul its receptor.

When I went for my walk the other day, I noticed a feather in the grass in the park. Then another, and another. The feathers were a sign of good luck for me, but not so lucky for he bird or birds that obviously lost these feathers. The trail of feathers continued along my path. I had picked up the first couple, then decided to see how many I could find. Fourteen in all.

These may look a little rumpled, but I always wash them with antibacterial soap when I get home. 

Later that day, I went to the store, dropped off some groceries to a friend, had ice cream on the square with a new friend, visited with Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth at Sweet Spot Bakery, and took some canned  goods over to the Little Free Food Pantry. A long busy fun day. When I got back to my car, right there by my car door was a lucky penny. 

Fourteen feathers and a lucky penny. 

Here’s the theme song for today. The theme Song from Forrest Gump. FEATHER…

Wednesday:) What You See Is What You Get

1 Feb

“Keep your eyes open, and you’ll be amazed at what you will find.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats


I called my mother, as it do every morning, and we chatted a long time. I take that back. I ramble on about my day, and she listens and giggles. She calls me “motor mouth.” I was telling her about meeting with my friend Mary yesterday and finding a lucky penny right by my car door. She believes in my lucky pennies and feathers and signs from heaven or the unknown, or wherever those mysterious signs come from.

When I started telling her about all the signs I receive, I told her, ” I don’t even think that I get these signs because I’m lucky. It’s because I’m looking, my eyes and my heart are open, and I believe.” I bet there are a bazillion lucky pennies or feathers or magical butterflies lying around or flying about. So many people don’t look. They’re wrapped up in their personal bubble or synced up to their phones and devices 24/7. I would talk.They don’t walk outside and marvel at the brilliant sunset or watch a hawk glide through the sky. They won’t notice the penny at their feet or the butterfly that lands on their shoulder. 

I like to see the good in people, therefore I have so many wonderful friends. I talk to strangers and hear interesting stories. I walk every day, and I see the glories of nature, and  I take pictures. I love words, so I write every day and share my stories. 

When I was on my late afternoon walk, Mr.Gary was sitting on his bench with a cane and  his dog Maggie. I stopped for a while and heard about his knee replacement surgery. He loves to talk, and the friendly 70 year young gentleman knows all the neighborhood kids. They even ring his doorbell and ask to walk his dog or to come out and visit. How would you know all this if you didn’t stop and say hello?

I continued my walk and Mr. Larry around the corner was cleaning out his garage. Another sit down and chat moment. Thank goodness it was too early for a beer. About half an hour later, I continued my walk on another glorious sunny McKinney day. About two blocks from home, I was speed walking at a pretty good clip, the sun in my face,  when my eye noticed something shiny in the grass next to the sidewalk. It was a lucky dime.(10 times luckier than a penny)

How I noticed the obscure coin in the dormant scruffy brown grass, I don’t know? I smiled because I realized,  I find things, not because I’m looking for them, it’s because they’re there for anyone to see. It just so happens that my eyes are open. 

“Keep your eyes open, and you’ll be amazed at what you will find.”

Wednesday:) What In The World? Why A Frog?

29 Jun

“Frog in a little pond can be much happier than fish in a vast ocean!” 

― Mehmet Murat ildan


When I left Chicago, (Actually, Elgin) on Sunday, it was before 7am, I hadn’t slept much, and I was a little bleary eyed. My sister walked across the parking lot at Mom’s place to get the car, to take me to the airport. The strangest sight, sitting there as still,as could be was a big ol’ frog. It sat on the sidewalk by the front door, right next to the post with the handicap push button on it. 

Of course, being a student and believer of symbolism, I took his picture, of which he posed gracefully without moving. I was there three weeks and never saw a frog, much less at the front door of a busy apartment/condo complex. A symbol just for me. I knew it had to be good luck.

Look how he sat patiently waiting to say goodbye and good luck to me. Thank you Mr. Frog!

When I looked up the meaning of seeing a frog, I thought it was most appropriate. A transition, growth cycle, abundance, luck, healing…different meanings in different cultures. All very optimistic. I felt pretty darn lucky.

Just some other information on frogs if you’re interested…


Frog Meanings and Symbolism

When the frog jumps into your life it may indicate now is a time to find opportunities in transition. We see animal symbolism of transition with the frog in its unique growth cycle. The frog undergoes incredible transformations to reach the destination of full adulthood, and so do we as humans.
The frog understands what it is like to undergo some serious growing pains – and so it is a fantastic animal totem for teenagers as they sometimes struggle to find their place (in-betwix youth and adulthood) in society.
In many cultures the primary symbolic meaning of frogs deals with fertility. This is largely because these cultures observed Frogs laying enormous quantities of eggs, therefore making it a fertility symbol as well as a symbol of abundance.

A quick-list for animal symbolism of the frog includes:











In Egypt we see the Frog-headed Heket who is an Egyptian goddess of birth(ing).
As a Celtic symbol meaning, the Frog was deemed lord over all the earth, and the Celts believed it represented curative or healing powers because of its connection with water and cleansing rains. More Western and European views focus on the Frog’s three stages of development (egg, tadpole, fully formed amphibian) to symbolize resurrection and spiritual evolution. For these same reasons it is also a common Christian symbol for the holy trinity and resurrection. It is often seen in Christian art to express this symbolism.
In China the Frog is an emblem of Yin energy and thought of as good luck. Feng Shui practices recommend putting an image of a Frog in the east window of your home to encourage child birth and/or happy family life.

Frog energy is also considered to be a link between the living and the dead. An interesting ancient Asian custom was to place a jade frog in the mouth of the deceased to insure his/her spirit would pass safely into the spirit world. This custom was believed to allow the spirit of the deceased to speak more clearly to loved ones still living.
Frogs are also good luck symbols in Japan – especially for travelers. Images or charms were worn during long voyages to assure safety (particularly across water).
I have a friend, Albert who lives in Japan. He shared further Japanese wisdom animal symbolism of the frog. The Japanese word for frog is “kaeru.” It is the same word meaning “return.” So travelers carry a small frog amulet with the intent of returning safely home.
Further, small pebble-sized frog amulets are carried in their wallets so money will not be lost. You can meet my friend Albert via his studio here (Studio Sussler)Ancient Hindus viewed the animal symbolism of frogs on a more cosmic levels, as they believe Frogs projected the world into orbit in space, and the frog was also thought to signify darkness.
Call upon the energy of the frog when:
You need to easily swim through some tough life-transitions
You need a little assurance while traveling

You are working to enhance your intuition, and strengthen your connection with the spirit world

Saturday: Sunny With a Penny

23 Feb

See a penny, pick it up,
all day long you’ll have good luck,
give it to a faithful friend,
then your luck will never end.
Another sunny delightful day here in McKinney. I went to my writing group, but was running very late. I have an electrical voodoo mojo ancient computer/printer curse thing going on. I spent at least four hours working on a story and another hour trying to get the darn printer to spit out a few copies. No luck! I abandoned my failed attempts and just left, empty handed. Sometimes I feel cursed.

When I finally arrived, the other gals were happy to see me, so all the rushing and frustration faded away. Ah, friends! Their stories and works were amazing. It was a productive session, followed by lunch and walking around the Square. I did a little more wandering and visiting before heading home.

I detest long lonely weekends. I still haven’t wrapped my head around it, so I try and keep as busy as possible. But, it was a glorious sunny day, so I drove home, scrambled in the house, changed, and put on my gym shoes so I could get a nice long walk in before dark.

I wasn’t more than twenty steps into my brisk pave when I caught a glimpse of a shiny penny laying on the ground right in my path. Wow! I haven’t found a lucky penny in a while. I guess my guardian angel knew that I was in need of a little inspiration and cheering up today. I took a quick pic with my iPhone, picked up the penny, looked up to heaven and said, “Thanks!”

I walked two times around the neighborhood instead of once, feeling good, feeling blessed, feeling lucky. It made my day and made me think of a song from “the old days.”

My lucky penny, I picked it up and all day long I had good luck.