Tag Archives: happiness

Sea Glass Beach Bucket List

Did a search for sea glass beaches and found a few in the US but … the “look don’t take”  policies may be too much to bear. 😉

Mosaic Tile Landmarks
“Half to Have It” glass gardens 2010

There’s a Sea Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California that looks like a really fun field trip and I can’t believe that we were in Hanapepe Bay, in Kauai, Hawaii – twice – and had no idea that they had a sea glass beach. Good reason to go back, I guess.

There’s a bunch of Sea Glass Beaches in Northern California and since I’ve never been to any of them – there are no photos so please visit Sea Glass Beaches in Northern California by clicking here.

  1. Fort Bragg, California Sea Glass Beach
  2. Del Monte Sea Glass Beach in Monterey, California
  3. Davenport, California Sea Glass Beach
  4. Cayucos, California Sea Glass Beach – and they have a sea glass festival.
  5. Abaco Islands, Bahamas has a sea glass beach.
  6. So does Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  7. Bermuda has a sea glass beach too.

And finally, there’s the sea glass beach of Ussuri Bay on Russia’s Pacific shoreline where after decades of dumping glass and porcelain into the ocean Mother Nature turned trash into treasure. Gorgeous.

The closest thing I’ve gotten to a sea glass beach were the glass gardens of the now closed “Half to Have It” shop in Halfmoon Bay.  So sad.

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“Half to Have It” glass gardens 2010

Smile, it’s Friday!

The featured photograph was a glass on glass piece called “Swimming with the Fishes” and was sold to a good home.

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Being Here Now

Years of practice and I can still only do what I’m doing while I’m doing it.

Writing this post thinking about walking bootless dogs, getting the towels out of the dryer and mourning the loss of bagels … must be the gluten … seriously they could have come up with a better word.

Could have listened to Ram Dass, in eighth grade, when he wrote … “Now is now. Are you going to be here or not?”

Being in a moment is an interesting place and from what I can tell, while I’m in and out of consciousness, it’s very relaxing, it doesn’t cost anything to get in, it’s really quiet and the doors never close.  

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Syracuse, NY Sidewalk A-ha Moment © Mara Lee
Insert Favorite Quotes by Ram Dass here - have a different moment I have to get to.  :)-

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ― Ram Dass

In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.” ― Ram Dass

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”  ― Ram Dass

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”  ― Ram Dass

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” ― Ram Dass

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” ― Ram Dass

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.” ― Ram Dass

“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”  ― Ram Dass

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” – Ram Dass

and a personal favorite … “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.” ― Ram Dass

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we’re here! – grand canyon

Moments Matter Thursday

dizzy sick

organizing all my web stuff and i  haven’t been around these parts since last October.  could it be that the last thing I sat down to create was the mosaic tile mirror I made for Alice’s birthday?  How can that be?

time waits for no woman and I have to minimize my distractions to focus on the feeds my soul part. Mosaic TilePlenty of tile and glass and …

 

 

At Home With Andrew and Renee

The shop was closed, again, so Renee knocked on the side door and said, “we’ve been here before … you were closed and we see that you’re closed again but … I just have to have one of the pieces in the front window … can we please come in?

They were both like little kids in a candy store and then Renee said, “I must have a piece of your art because I can feel all of the love and the light shining through.”   Me too.

Touched beyond belief and all I can say is that this big beautiful universe, wearing a straw hat, is hard at work on my behalf.

Thank you, Andrew & Renee! You made my day;)

glass-on-glass-vintage-window
the porthole of love © mara lee 2014

The Best Things

The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Smile

all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

A Rhythm All Its Own

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~Elwyn Brooks White

What do you get when you cross “extraordinary” loved ones that still talk to me, work load blessings beyond belief, memorable road trips, while living through a remodel to renovate a 148 year old building?

It’s either a sh*t load of patience or … immense gratitude.

Probably both … but I haven’t had enough coffee to make up a new word.

Still looking for that rhythm that I thought I once had.

Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.

Venting is for Dryers.

peace

Not venting as much and It feels really good.

Then there is this unfamiliar peacefulness that goes along with the “what will be, will be” mentality … who wouldn’t want that?

It’s a daily practice .. just saying.

A Pleasure in Itself

Chop Wood. Carry Water.
'Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water, after enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.'

Practicing the art of finding joy in doing what I’m doing while I’m doing it, no matter what.

Not easy to master but I consider it my personal responsibility to at least try.

Wish me luck.

Getting To Happy

happy life
Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. ~Robert Anthony

Where does happiness go?
Do we stash it away for someday and then forget where we put it?
It was a sad day when I realized that I can make other people laugh but I can’t make them happy … they have to do that themselves.
That lead me to ask a few people in my life, “Are you happy?”
Surprised that every answer had a pause attached to it with the person’s eyes searching the heavens.
Guess I expected one instant YES, I’m very happy!  But … I didn’t get one.
I tried not to but I had to follow up with, “What is your happiest memory?”
My favorite answer was a friends happy thought that someday she would be driving down the coast in her pink Barbie Corvette.
Guess it’s a start … although she’s in her fifties, very very unhappy and can’t see how lucky she is to drive a Hyundai:)

Wild Life

Remembering Bud

I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into his fur as he delicately combs it with his rough pink tongue.  “Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it.”  He looks up and gives me his full gaze.  “Don’t be ridiculous,” he purrs, “I wrote it.”  ~Dilys Laing

 

Four Artists

the mind of an artist

There are four artists: There is the artist you think you are, the artist you wish you were, the artist you want others to think you are, and the artist that you are. If you spend too much time thinking about all this, you may never find out who the last one is! – Susan Holland

Beginnings Have Endings

govenor jesse ventura
The Body & Me

While going through old photos, I stumbled across cherished memories from my past life.

“Memories. Light the corners of my mind …. Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind.  Smiles we gave to one another … Whenever we remember …”  – Barbara Streisand

It’s sad that the making memories part can end so abruptly, with many people that we were sharing this journey with.

Beginnings have endings and everyone has their own opinion of how the ending took place.

Unless there is violence or cruelty that caused the ending … no one is to blame … it just ended.

Personally, I want to focus my thoughts on remembering how much fun we had and leave it at that.

Have a day!

Peace.

family photos
Always in the middle.

It’s Called An Abyss

toy story 2You know … a great big endless space.

That’s what this is. All of it.

The one constant is our insatiable need to try to fill every part of it, on a daily basis.

Not gonna happen.

Why can’t we just be happy with what we’re experiencing, while we we’re experiencing it?

I think A.A. Milne may have nailed it …

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.  Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.


Happiness Switch

happiness project
We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. -Carlos Castaneda

The age of the earth is about 4.55 billion years (give or take … some would argue) and by the looks of things a majority of the most intelligent life on the planet haven’t found the secret to happiness.  

Maybe, it’s not a secret:)

… might have to rethink the most intelligent life on the planet part.

Cheers!