Suburbian Love Notes

Even out here, in the wild, wild west, in the upscale development of suburbia, on the outskirts of Portlandia’s eclectic, bustling city scene, where there are far too many SUVs and tightly manicured lawns, I’ll occasionally find what I call suburbian love notes. Those would be unexpected little creations from the cultural creatives who show their artistic flare now and then, from stacked odds and ends made of bricks, sticks and random rocks, to poetry hidden behind rain-drop covered display boxes. The latest creation was the little painted pole, which I imagined sometimes dreams of being a giant totem pole. That latter love note was decorated with images of happy flowers, birds, hearts and the tender message, “Do small things with great love.”

This terran (inhabitant of planet Earth) was duly impressed with today’s findings, as was my delightful walking companion, Bodhi. Doesn’t she look happy too?

What creative, little love notes have you left in your neighborhood lately?

GOOD NEWS: Plastics Get A New Life Purpose

So many bright, innovative people in the world now working to fix the pollution problem we’ve collectively created. Today I discovered such folks, from the U.S. to Kenya, repurposing plastic bags into woven sleeping mats for the homeless, to making durable, construction materials. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the video links below and see for yourself. So inspiring!

How refreshing to see not all is dire and foreboding, as long as we keep our minds open and view problems as opportunities in which we all can benefit.

Plastic bags transformed into sleeping mats for the homeless:

All kinds of plastic waste morphed into construction materials:

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

Turtle Spirit Message

I didn’t feel spun this morning, as if my energy was going in all directions, but the Turtle Spirit came to my attention and told me it was time to slow down. Really? I felt pretty mellow. But on reflection, I did seem to be moving from one task to another before completing the first one, and a couple times had to re-enter a room to remember what I left to go get. It’s those subtle, little actions that reveal the disconnect. Why is it so hard some days to breathe deep, sit still, be in the moment, not constantly think about the next move, the next thought, the next destination? Turtle has arrived to remind us to step into slo-mo speed, glide gracefully thru life’s ocean, and take in the precious moment. Keep a turtle totem on your desk, or put a turtle screensaver on your computer. Give yourself visual reminders that you have permission to slow down your movements, take in the scenery, and breeeeathe.

Here’s some positive turtle news to cheer you up, from the sands of Mumbai:

Turtles Come Back To Indian Beach For The First Time In 20 Years After World’s Biggest Clean Up, Prove We Can Make A Difference

Here’s the link:

Float on, you are a positive ripple in the world.

Memories of the Child Within

little me

The little me is smiling fine

The sun is warm, the air sublime.

I didn’t catch a crow todaySun

I crawled on the ground but it got away.

The breeze is warm and flowers are bright

We spoke about my dreams last night.

Daisies are some of my finest friends

They bring me back to my heart again.

In my hand the earthworm squirmed and wiggled

It tickled my skin and made me giggle.

When the day was done and the sky went dark

I laid by Gramma and my mind went far.

The stars twinkled bright I asked “Who turned on the lights?!”

Gramma said “God has a light switch,” as she held me tight.


The little person inside is always there

Intrigued and in awe with this world so rare.

May you give your little self a voice and some crayons

And dance to your heartbeat while the music plays on.

Panda Comes A Calling

taopanda.pngHere we sit at the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Many folks around the globe celebrate this time of year, from Europe to Asia. Having not grown up with any set cultural, ethnic or religious traditions, outside of the standard commercialized holidays, I’ve found myself more at home just tuning into the Earth, the smell of the air, the sounds of the birds, the position of the stars, and honoring the natural calendar. This helps me feel more grounded and at ease in a world that is following so many unnatural rhythms, the most glaring one being the Gregorian calendar. Remember the poem they taught in elementary school to remember the length of each month?

“30 days has September, April, June, and November, except poor February with only 28… sometimes 29.” LOL!

Seriously, can you imagine setting your measuring devices to that kind of illogical thinking? Let’s see that rhyme might go something like, “12 inches has my ruler, 6 inches on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3.5 inches on Friday, and variable inches the other days of the week.” What would our architecture look like using a ruler like that? 😀  So, I can only imagine what unnatural time is doing to our biological clocks, yanking us from daylight savings to standard, changing up our body’s synchronicity with the even cycles of planetary movements. Top that with societal expectations to push faster, harder and more caffeinated through our days, till we collapse from exhaustion where illness or accidents may be our only gift as they allow us reprieve from the frantic pace.  But why not listen to the body’s clues before then and take the reins on health, sanity and happiness?

To align with the energies of this auspicious time I shuffled one of my fave oracle deck cards, “Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides,” created by Dr. Steven Farmer. In perfect synchronicity the card pulled for today was Panda! Is that not the most perfect, playful, gentle representation for the halfway point between winter and spring, dark and light, and the panda – black and white? Panda’s message reads:

“Create a sacred space for yourself in your home and/or a place of work.”

What a perfect message for us all. If your world is busy and you can’t get to a park or a cozy fireplace in your home, that sacred space may be your car, a bathroom stall at work, a cafe with earbuds in, or even just your deep breath in the moment. Make it yours, be with the moment, and set the example for those around you who are also seeking permission to do likewise for themselves.  In other words, be the panda. 

The Journey Begins has been created to share all the wonderful, eclectic, inspirational, educational, magical and entertaining jamboree of life!  Here I can share what I’ve created and discovered in hopes that you, too, will see the world in a positive light, feel the goodness that is all around and let it ripple into your being! This blog site was born today, 02/02/19, just as we approach a new moon and Lunar New Year. Lots of fun posts coming soon so please stay tuned and visit often. Many blessings!


Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton