Saturday, September 12, 2009

Of This And That

I have bits of stuff to share and wanted to catch up on my info snippets.

This book, I've not yet read, but I love this particular Buddhist teacher. Today, I show it because of the title which fits with this quote I came across recently; I think it's worth remembering:

"Mend the parts of the world that are within your reach."
~ Clarrisa Pinkola Estes'

I like it because I often struggle with how one gets started to do good, the trying to make a difference. Every problem or cause seems to be so much bigger than my ability to effectively impact. However, I can certainly begin with Estes' wise advice. And, so long as I know where I am...well, I believe I can make a difference. I am here. I'll reach for those parts where I am.

Next bit: here's a picture of my friend, Mark Pemburn. He has a wonderful way about him. Kind and gentle. Loves to laugh and finds humor in most situations. He's helped me through many a rough emotional spot by sharing his very considered, humble views on lots of topics. But, mostly by sharing his time and being completely present to a spirit in their time of need.

He's married to the most amazing woman. Leanne is strong, proud, brave, true, gentle, intelligent, engaging. And when I think of Earth Mother, she immediately comes to mind. I love these people greatly.

Recently, Mark decided to begin blogging. I can't recommend it enough. He'll be covering lots of issues; I promise you all will make you think. He's a great thinker and a solid, clear writer. I believe you'll enjoy your time with him at Clear And Obscure. Please tell him I sent you over when you go to visit.

He has no idea I've done this today, so leave him a comment and cheer on a new blogger whose work will be a great addition to our world here.

Okay, so you all know that I covet some recognition, just as we all do. And, some of these awards, I really think are adorable. Like this one. I truly have always found it fanciful, colorful, and charming. Thanks to Joanna Jenkins of The Fifty Factor I can now display this cutey on my blog.

The Splash Award
Is given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive, and inspiring blogs.

So I want to pass this one along to Ribbon at Fragment Treasures Memories and Liz of The Fragrant Muse because I learn from these women and I love visiting with them as I take away a lot to ponder and consider. Thank you both for your lovely work on your blogs.

Joanna, thanks for thinking my blog is the sort that qualifies for this adorable badge!

And, finally after the emotional day we all had yesterday, Rory wants you to remember:

Be kind to yourself today. Rest, eat well and enjoy your weekend.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly

11 comments:

Joanna Jenkins said...

THANKS for recommending Mark! He is a terrific writer and I'm looking forward to reading more.

And you are VERY welcome and VERY deserving of splash award. It looks good on you too!

Let us know what you think of the book. It sounds interesting. It goes perfectly with Estes' quote.... which I've forwarded on to my nieces and nephews! What a different world we'd live in if everyone "mended" what was in their reach.

Have a fun weekend. xo

anne h said...

Ya'll - I love you all. And your little blogs, too!
Ya'll are "good people!"

Alix said...

Heaps of thanks for pointing us toward Mark at Clear and Obscure. He has a fine blog on his hands, and like you, will make it a wonderful heartwarming landmark on the blog landscape.

Love you Holly.

beth said...

did I miss the link to mark ?
and I want to read that book, too!

Janet said...

Love, love, love Thich Nhat Hanh. Have several of his books and even a couple CD's. Such a gentle, peaceful soul. Definitely going to check out Mark's blog. I don't think there are enough men bloggers. and congrats on your new award!

Tabitha@ichoosebliss.net said...

Holly, I am truly amazed at how events occur. I simply adore Thich Nhat Hanh and the quote you posted spoke directly to me! Sometimes I stress myself beyond recognition trying to reach everyone, everywhere. After visiting you I know what I must do.

joyce said...

I didn't see the link either? Thank-you for leaving a comment on mine the other day...I didn't even know you visit it, so that was a nice suprise and I felt honoured.

Mark Pemburn said...

Well now, shucks, Miz Holly! Thank you for your kind words and for pointing all those good folks my way. Now all I have to do is live up to it . . .

Here's a link to a great conversation with Thich Nhat Hanh on Public Radio's "Speaking of Faith: http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/thichnhathanh/ This is a fantastic radio program and a firm part of our Sunday AM ritual.

Blessed Be!

Ribbon said...

Congratulations Holly for your very much deserved award and thank you for thinking of me :) ...
It's a very beautiful and kind award that I am delighted to receive from you :)

This has been a very enjoyable post, thank you.
I look forward to visiting Mark and adding him to Blog Link List :)

best wishes always
xo Ribbon

The Fragrant Muse said...

Oh dear Holly thank you for my Splash Award! It is beautiful and rich with my favorite colors. I am humbled that you are learning from me and promise to keep on splashing away at my fragrant little blog!

The Fragrant Muse said...

I forgot to add that I did go to Mark's site - what a promising writer he is! And I adore the work of Thich Nhat Hahn.

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