November 15, 2016

Honestly, if life was all sweet, would we appreciate it?

Would we grow?

 I firmly believe we need some tart!

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November 7, 2016

A change of season always brings renewal.

 When we open ourselves to the possibilities,

we see the beauty!  

When we walk in faith,

we reflect the sun!

By Martha L Shaw ©2016

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Branch Out!

June 23, 2015

If a tree were to resist

shedding her colorful autumn leaves,

when would come spring?

When would come summer?

If we resist change

we cannot question why

we do not grow.

Do not choose death – choose life!

By Martha L Shaw – ©  6–23-2015 Words and Image

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Marked As His

November 1, 2014


Soft lips touch my finger.

Teeth grip my knuckle.

Smiling eyes . . .

New tooth coming!

Marked by love.

By Martha L Shaw – © 11-24-2013


I’m Blooming! I’m Blooming! Quote For Today

September 26, 2013
As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.  - Denis Waitley -

As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.
– Denis Waitley –

A Tanka Poem on Reflection

January 17, 2013

cross reflected



The eyes? Two-sided

Mirrors of the soul . . . for when

All about us looks

negative,  the true changes

must begin within ourselves.


By Martha L Shaw – © 1-17-2013

Saturday Quote of the Day – Dirt!

November 24, 2012

“Every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there!”   Barbara Johnson

Lord, please help me to bloom and not to be done in by the weeds trying so hard to overtake me!  Amen

Why Cats Have 9 Lives

September 27, 2012

Or, why I plan to live more like a cat!


I was raised in an environment of “curiosity killed the cat.”  That being said, my personal philosophy has always leaned more toward the cat having nine lives.  “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” — Zora Neale Hurston   That being said, based upon an assumption that “common practices in medical education may inadvertently suppress curiosity” a medical study was conducted on the subject of curiosity.  The authors, Lawrence Dycheand Ronald M Epstein,  conducted a theory-driven conceptual exploration and qualitative review, and found that curiosity is fundamental to understanding the patient and ultimately it can be said that curiosity can lead to curing illness.

That being said I was hungry for more on the topic, so a quick search engine inquiry using keywords “curiosity and art” exactly as I just typed here in this article brought me over 85 million hits.  The cat was onto something.  Not willing to stop there, I then typed a new keyword search “curiosity and spirituality” and up came near to 4 million hits!

In my own life, those whom I’ve known to be curious are certainly happier.  Case in point?  As I write this my elderly mother is disgusted that I’m “just writing” or as she often puts it “playing with that &**&^% computer again.”  She’d rather just go for ice cream.  (Okay, it’s not on her diet and we have a half-gallon of two flavors in the kitchen, so my curiosity isn’t really stopping her)  So, I ask you.  Does this make you curious?  What does curiosity do for us?

  • We learn more
  • We see the world differently
  • We find cures for illnesses
  • Our spiritual lives are enhanced
  • Our moods improve
  • We think better
  • Seeking leads to finding

It can clearly be said that those of us who are curious can get into trouble as the cliché warned us about the “curiosity killed the cat.”  However, look at the odds.  We were also told the cats have 9 lives.  I’m not a gambler but that tells me looking for more in life (aka being curious) and being unwilling to settle for the merely obvious whether in medicine, in art, in human relationship, and so much . . . is not “idle” at all.  It is vital!

Don’t settle for the way things are.

Don’t settle for “good enough.”

Don’t walk about with blinders on.

Don’t simply get used to “it.”

Open your eyes and give glory to God for all that He has given us!  We were created for more than we settle for!  Get out there and look for it and share it with the world!  Curiosity:  an eager desire to know.  Aren’t you curious about . . . . ???

Easily Shaken?

August 22, 2012

These are tough times.  I can’t think of a soul in my life who doesn’t feel “it” and know what I mean.  While perhaps there are always “big” issues to be dealt with, these times seem to provide MANY and all at once.  Coping, maintaining a positive attitude, knowing what to do, knowing where to turn . . . is not always simple.  What’s the answer?  For me, it’s to try to stay in step with the Lord.  He is with me in the present.  If I turn  back, I am likely to stumble, and racing ahead isn’t any better, really.  Rushing through things is seldom the most effective approach and often results in a failed effort followed by a “do-over.”  There is an answer though:

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8 NIV

Come On – Live a Little!

December 2, 2011

Boy, do I ever hate it when other people decide what I can or cannot do or try to force me into a mold of their own design!  How DARE they?  Who do they think they are, anyway? 

 Seriously, if you want to get me mad, just tell me I “can’t” but then get out of my way and fast!

 On, the other hand, I’ve “done it” to myself lots of times.  It’s true.  Play it safe.  Sure seemed like a good thing many times.  Know what?  We have two choices in life.  We grow or we die.  Just like a house plant, yet we are far more than a house plant.  So why do we set unrealistic limits on ourselves.  Why do we resist risk?  Why do we then whine when our life isn’t what we wanted or expected? 

 We were made to soar!  We are free!  Aren’t we?  Okay, so here’s a great example.  You may laugh.  I was out having dinner with  my friend Jeff.  He was having mussels.  He loves them.  He offered to share, asking me if I liked mussels.  I hesitated just seconds too long before gracefully declining.  He was onto me.  He said “have you ever tried them?”  I replied that I didn’t care for them.  He repeated the question and I had to (or chose to) admit that no, I’d never tried them.  Ah, Jeff who knows he was created to soar.  He tried to set me straight on the concept of “how can you know you don’t like them if you’ve never tried them?”  Well, being “logical” or “foolish” I listed the reasons such as the way they look, smell, the texture . . . on a few occasions after that when he and I dined together, he offered me a taste of his mussels.  I continued to decline. 

It was probably two years later when I found myself out with a couple of friends who were much less likely to take chances then I was (believe me, it’s true) that I tried mussels.  My friends were impressed as I gingerly picked up a mussel and placed it in my mouth trying not to betray my uneasy feeling about this.  I loved them!  Jeff was right.  They are SOOOO GOOD!

 I think about that as I consider all the crazy things that have happened in my life in the last few years.  Many of them have ended up being  huge blessings and the ones which haven’t been obvious blessings led to personal growth and thus, cannot really be denied as good experiences, I suppose, can they? 

So, as I face new challenges in my life in the coming new year, I shall again taste things I’ve never tasted and shall know if they appeal to me or not by having tried.  To all of you reading this, I challenge you.  Taste the mussels!  They are sooooooo good!

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