Me in the Middle ~ #WordPrompt ~ July

PLAY ~ “Play is the highest form of research.”- Albert Einstein

Susan Crouch Watercolor

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” ~ Mr. Rogers

My fondest memories of PLAY were mostly while being outdoors. From the time that I was little and throughout my childhood, my parents, especially my mother, made an effort to teach us through nature. Water was always a part of the teaching and we’d take family rides to streams, lakes and oceans. I learned to be respectful of the natural world while finding joy and relaxation as I played with a freedom not found indoors. I learned there were limits to that freedom and listened to the warnings of any dangers I might find in my adventures.

Me at the New Jersey Shore

My oldest brother was the nature lover in the family from the very beginning. His interest in collecting birds, fish, turtles was what drew the rest of us into exploring the best spots to explore the great outdoors. One place was a nature park with walking trails, streams and a pond where I could go ice-skating in the winter. I used to follow my brother when he explored the streams and sometimes wade through the water with him.

Me watching my brother explore

When I grew up and was raising a family of my own the best family play was visiting the county/state parks in the area. My five energetic sons could take off and explore which helped them release stored up energy. Their father and I could find ways to relax with a good book, take long walks or just sit beside the calming water. For me, water has always been my source of play and relaxation.

Now, just turning 80 and slowing down, I’m content to play with my ‘Water’colors. It’s a playing that keeps me centered during these troublesome times. I love the watercolor by Susan Crouch of the child playing at the shore.

And Wordle!! I play Wordle! Haha!

Me in the Middle ~ WordPrompt ~ April

I’ve been waiting for the April WordPrompt from the WordPress Team. It’s been a slow process of getting back in the groove for blogging. And now I begin! Pondering the word GREEN!

The Green Heart emoji 💚 depicts a classic representation of a heart, colored green. It is commonly used to represent love, support, close bonds, and admiration for things that have some relation to the color green, from nature to sports teams that use green.

Looking back over the years I find the color green leading me forward to LIFE and RENEWAL. A little girl learned the miracle of a small seed sprouting into a green plant by placing the seed in cotton and placing it in a glass. Each day carefully watering it and checking to see any signs of life. In Girl Scouts our uniforms were green. We’d work toward badges that included nature.

Junior Girl Scout Nature Badge

Ireland is the heritage of my family and green reminds me of Ireland in many ways! On my two week visit to Ireland we travelled the back roads of beautiful green scenery especially on the West Coast. The Shamrock is: ‘While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope and love. A fourth leaf is where we get the luck from.’

a low-growing clover-like plant with three-lobed leaves, used as the national emblem of Ireland.

Even our society has recognized the color green as a sign of well being, moving forward and healthy growth. Our traffic lights are Red on top, Yellow in the middle and Green on the bottom. Red alerts us to those red flags, signs of danger to our well being. Yellow encourages us to proceed with caution and be aware of possible risks. And GREEN tells us it’s safe to proceed and move forward. Sometimes some unforeseen event will happen as we’re proceeding and moving forward. And that we can’t control.

‘Traffic signals control the flow of traffic through intersections. Even young children are taught what the three colors of the traffic light mean: Red means stop, yellow means caution, and green means go. Although traffic lights are now used for automobile traffic, their initial use came before the car’s invention.’ (TitleMax)

So there you have it! Why GREEN means good things for me (and you?). I like to wear green and more likely in March. I’m always thinking of Spring and Ireland!

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter N (Reblog)

My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility.

~ Richard Louv ~

 

Nature #8

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One of the blogs I follow ~ Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings In Nature ~ posted this beautiful reminder of the blessings that come to us through nature.  I wanted to include it in my post today (Here)

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Nature #4

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I was raised in a family that highly valued nature and the preservation of the natural environment.  I can remember following my older brother around  as he waded barefoot in creeks and streams looking for fish, frogs and tadpoles.  Nature has always been a source of escape and wonder for me.  It wasn’t until I became an adult, faced with the challenges that face us as adults, that I truly came to appreciate the centering quality of seeking nature as a refuge.  Whenever life’s stresses would overwhelm me, I’d head over to the nearest county park and hiking trail.  There was something meditative about mindfully walking along, at a steady pace, and allowing my thoughts to come and go.

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John and Me at Saddle River NJ

Me and my brother 

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Nature #7

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When you see how nature adapts to new environmental changes you recognize that we human beings have a responsibility to  approach change in our own life and in our world in a life-giving and protective way.

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Nature and Soul NYC #2

(c) Mary Lou Q

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

****  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

 

  

Me in the Middle of 2018 Roundup

Out with the Old and in with the New!  Here’s a wrap-up of 12 of my posts from 2018.  Hope you enjoy!!

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January 2018

Me in the Middle Rising Strong

Artwork by mlq

February 2018

Me in the Middle of Fabulous February

Feb Grid

Artwork by mlq

March 2018

Me in the Middle of Ireland

Shamrock, Clover, Saint Patrick, Luck

April 2018

Me in the Middle Pulling the Plug on Cable

cable-tv

May 2018

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter C

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Artwork by mlq

June 2018

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter N

Nature #4

July 2018

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter R

regrets #2

August 2018

Me in the Middle of Sleep Apnea

Image result for dreamwear nasal mask

September 2018

Me in the Middle of My Third Year Anniversary

Third Anniversary #2

October 2018

Me in the Middle of Inktober 2018

I Survived Inktober 2018

November 2018

Me in the Middle of Well-Being and Positive Aging

Successvul People

December 2018

Me in the Middle ~ Welcome 2019

New Year 2019

Design, 2019, 2018, To Reach, New Year

Image by Pixabay

 

 

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter N

My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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DSCN3252

By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility.

~ Richard Louv ~

 

Nature #8

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One of the blogs I follow ~ Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings In Nature ~ posted this beautiful reminder of the blessings that come to us through nature.  I wanted to include it in my post today (Here)

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Nature #4

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I was raised in a family that highly valued nature and the preservation of the natural environment.  I can remember following my older brother around  as he waded barefoot in creeks and streams looking for fish, frogs and tadpoles.  Nature has always been a source of escape and wonder for me.  It wasn’t until I became an adult, faced with the challenges that face us as adults, that I truly came to appreciate the centering quality of seeking nature as a refuge.  Whenever life’s stresses would overwhelm me, I’d head over to the nearest county park and hiking trail.  There was something meditative about mindfully walking along, at a steady pace, and allowing my thoughts to come and go.

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John and Me at Saddle River NJ

Me and my brother 

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Nature #7

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When you see how nature adapts to new environmental changes you recognize that we human beings have a responsibility to  approach change in our own life and in our world in a life-giving and protective way.

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Nature and Soul NYC #2

(c) Mary Lou Q

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

****  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***