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Thursday’s Doors ~ storybook house, part 1

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My Mom raised me to love the

larger than life flowers such as

Queen Anne’s Lace, Sunflowers,

and these purple cone flowers.

This house has outdoor bookcase,

which has a door to open, choose

a book and if you have one extra,

leave one to replace the borrowed

book. I like blue houses with

white trim and a nice porch

like this one to sit down on

white wicker furniture upon

a cushion, lean into a pillow

and if curious, look out at

the sidewalk and street.

If reading a book, this

would be a perfect 

place to “travel,”

engage in any

number of

adventures!

This post is part of a

larger doors community

known as Thursday Doors.

The host who is the keeper of

links, connection to doors

is Norm Frampton:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Happy doors seeking and 

let me know if a special

storybook house is on

your mind, please!

๐ŸŒธ  ๐ŸŒฒ  ๐ŸŒผ   ๐ŸŒณ   ๐ŸŒธ

Let’s sit together on a park benchย 

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Come sit with me, take a

few moments to chat and

reminisce of bygone days.

The days are passing quickly,

not enough seconds spent 

relaxing, breathing and

feeling the sunshine 

permeate our bones.

โ˜€  **  ๐ŸŒž  **  โ˜€

Remember how the

Summer stretched

before you after

you threw your

satchel, backpack

or knapsack into the 

bottom of your closet?

School was out and it felt

like long stretches of nothing

but joy and carefree playtime

lay ahead of you, where 

even nightime held fun.

๐ŸŒ  ๐ŸŒ›  ๐ŸŒ  ๐ŸŒœ ๐ŸŒ 

You liked to play from sunrise

until dark, taking breaks to eat

and possibly getting books from

the library or the bookmobile.

๐Ÿš   ๐Ÿ“‘  ๐Ÿ“—   ๐Ÿ“–    ๐Ÿ“”  ๐Ÿ“˜   ๐Ÿš

I had a place where I remember

curling up and getting absorbed

in books. What some call now, 

“being fully engaged” in 

other worlds, real life

biographies or

imaginary stories in

fantasies or science fiction.

I now take books to read to parks

while my grandchildren chase

each other across playground

equipment shouting, “You’re It!”

I’d be happy to join them, used

to do this often with my own

kids. I now savor relaxing,

resting and knowing 

ways to make an 

impact without

wearing out

oneself. 

๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒฒ

This photo 

was taken at

Mingo Park,

Delaware, OH

by the blog author.

(reocochran or Robin)

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Here’s who I would love to sit

on a park bench and chat with:

My friend, Deborah, who ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿ–ผ ๐Ÿฆ

created a great photoshop tutorial

for photographers to take pics of

upcoming August solar eclipse.

This blew me away. Thanks!

Here is her link for this tutorial:

How to Create a Composite using Photoshop- Tutorial

Deborah’s posts cover all elements of

nature, life and magnificent scenery:

http://circadianreflections.com

~~~๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐ŸŒณ ~~~

Here are some

of my special friends

who I would like to meet

and chat for awhile in the cool

of the morning with coffee, โ˜•

or at the end of a sticky day.๐Ÿฆ

~ Beth on teaching, grandies

and our parallel lives. ๐Ÿž ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŽจ

http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com

~ Lisa on photography, much 

more in nature and life. ๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿฆ

http://dailymusings57.com

~ Marissa on music, humor, 

family and writing.  ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽต โœ

http://rockandrollsupermom.wordpress.com

~ Merril on poetry, nature, musings 

history and deeper subjects. โœ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ“–

http://merrildsmith.wordpress.com

~ Natalie on gardens, faith and

original poems and prose. โœ ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿต

http://sacredtouches.com

~ JoAnna on inspiration, art 

and healing.๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ•Š ๐Ÿ“–

http://joannaoftheforest.wordpress.com

~ Colleen on intersecting views

of life, family and nature. โœ ๐Ÿ“™ ๐Ÿšฒ

http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com
There’s many others. 

Let me know when

you are in my area,

or only a few hours

away to meet and

share a bench.

Educational tree, Woodward Elementary School

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Examining the words, 

it took some time to~

~ Read,

~ Process,

~ Understand

~ Put into action.

Here are the Wall Mural’s words:

“Sharpen the Saw”

“Synergize”

“Seek first to Understand,

Then to be Understood”

“Think  Win-Win” 

“Put first things first”

“Begin with the end in mind”

and

“Be Proactive.”

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Author’s Interpretation

~ Robin 

I liked the concept of a tree to hang

words on, growing and searching.

Then building from roots and

using branches as scaffolds.

I like also idea of stretching,

growing,  gathering  strength. 

In a tree’s lifetime, it must

rely upon sun, water and air.

What did you learn from the 

teacher who may have painted this?

Winter’s emerging pale colors

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Gray, slate blue, baby blue

~~~ Skies ~~~

Swath of peach melba,

just enough to barely see.

Grainy green, scratchy tan grass.

Branches reaching, touching

corner of brilliant pine green.

Just a thought or two to

set your mind at ease.

Mild weather with

no storms ahead.

~ by reocochran xo

Sweet Caroline lyrics:

(Neil Diamond)

“Touching me,

Touching you.”

Happy birthday

dear Feb. 12th

famous people:

Abraham Lincoln,

Charles Darwin,

Lorne Greene,

Arsenio Hall!

(and others.)

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Trees are elegant

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Stately sturdy trees,

Elegant, balanced examples of

Nature’s soldiers.

Their beauty is bewitching,

Silhouettes enchanting,

Nature’s finest example of giving:

Oxygen, 

thanks to green chlorophyll,

Homes for. . .

creatures as big as 

Orangutans and Cheetahs,

(Children, too.)

Homes for. . .

songsters sweet and chirping.

Chittering, chattering pranksters

chipmunks and squirrels

chasing each other, 

such scampering imps!

Trees open their arms

and embrace us all.

In their final hour, 

providing

wood for warmth

and furniture.

words written by ~

Robin Oldrieve Cochran.

Winter in January, 2017.

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Prayer at Sunrise

“O greater Maker of this Thy great sun,

Give me the strength this 

one day’s race to run.

Fill me with light,

Fill me with sunlight strength.

Fill me with joy to rob

the day its length.

Light from within,

Light that will outward shine,

Strength to make stronger 

some weaker heart than mine.

Joy to make glad each soul

that feels its touch;

Great Father of the sun,

I ask this much.”

~ James Weldon Johnson

Early morning fog and sunbeams

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~ the location ~

Overlooking an intersection,

crosswalks help students to

hurry where fields of lacrosse, 

soccer and baseball were played 

from Spring through Fall. 

~ the view ~

The fog floats over now quiet

green campus grounds,

drifting sleepily along.

~ my wish ~

Hope this makes your day 

burst into sunbeams!

It is the last Sunday of November,

month full of so much in content

where gratefulness was present.

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~ a quotation from 

John Henry Jowett ~

“Thankfulness is not a minor virtue.

It is not one of the elementary virtues

that may be left behind as we become

more mature. I believe thankfulness

is essential to the strength of every

virtue, and that without it, every 

other branch is starved and lean.

Life without thankfulness is devoid 

of love and passion. Hope without 

thankfulness is lacking in fine

perception. Faith without

thankfulness lacks strength

and fortitude. Every virtue

divorced from thankfulness

is maimed and limps 

along the spiritual road.”

Hope your Sunday is full

of gratitude and serenity.