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You’re Still Growing

21 Feb

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

Melody

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Something will GROW from all you are going through. And it will be YOU.
A seed alone in the dirt with no light begins to rot and fall apart. From that very dis-integration a life force sprouts, reaches for the light and in its own time, blossoms.
When life is hard don’t wish it were easier, decide to be stronger.
Where ever God has planted you, bloom with Grace.
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8 Fun alligator facts you may not know

7 Feb

A Life to LIve

Melody Hendrix

1.  American alligators have been observed using lures to hunt birds. They balance sticks and branches on their heads, attracting birds looking for nesting material.
2.  Alligators are ecosystem engineers. Alligators play an important role in their wetland ecosystems by creating small ponds known as alligator holes. Alligator holes retain water during the dry season and provide habitats for other animals.

3. Alligators are carnivorous but recently reported to also eat fruit such as wild grapes, elderberries, and citrus fruits directly from trees. Alligators may help spread the seeds of these fruits throughout their habitats.

4. The temperature at which the eggs develop determines their sex. Eggs exposed to temperatures above 93°F (34 °C) become males, while those at 86 °F (30 °C) become females. Intermediate temperatures produce both sexes.

5.  Alligator courtship is sophisticated. At the start of the spring breeding season, males bellow to attract females. The bellows have an infrasonic component that can cause the surface of the water around the male to ripple and dance. Other courtship rituals include head-slapping on the water’s surface, snout and back rubbing, and blowing bubbles.

6  large individuals bite down with 13,172 Newton’s or 2960 pounds–of force, one of the most powerful bites ever recorded for a living animal.
7.  Serum in American alligator blood is incredibly effective at combating bacteria and viruses, meaning that even alligators that lose limbs in mucky swamps often avoid infection.

8 Alligators mate in June. Males may fertilize several females in one mating season.
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The Glory of the Morning

31 Jan

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

 

The glory of the morning awaits our step
Days promise reborn as we slept
Dew is the tears that darkness wept
On each blade of grass the promise is kept

Light above chases shadows beneath
Bud and blossom and furled leaf
A gentle urging the day bequeaths
A shake, a nudge, a call from sleep

Angled shafts of grays and blues
Shifting through the morning hews
The veil is lifted, the colors are loosed
So that first light might brighten our view

Awaken, open, raise your head
Nights gone away, finally fled
Turn pink, turn blue turn yellow turn red
Day is coming, make your bed.

Author Unknown

 

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Nature…The Sparkle in Your Eyes

6 Dec

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

“Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.” David Suzuki

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” Thomas Berry

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes SPARKLING -“ Shanti

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” Walt Streightiff

“Give yourself permission to act like a child, to view the world with wonder and excitement. To let your mind be free.”  Karen Kostyla

 

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I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

How to Face Your Fear

8 Nov

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

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If you don’t learn how to face your fear it will grip your mind, body, and spirit. It will wage a war against you and your dreams. Know this need not be. Once you understand how you can dissipate fear, it shrinks and is no longer a threat.

The next time you’re in a scary place try the following exercises:

Do the things that frighten you.

Take one small step, then another. Action builds courage. Tell yourself, “This fear will pass.”

Unclench your jaw, soften your forehead, open your fists, slow down your pounding heart, and breathe. Learn to live in a relaxed state.

Fear is an illusion. We make up frightening stories about our past and our future and rehearse them until we are terrified. Our stories are often about the pain of the past or the fear of the future. Change the fearful stories you tell yourself. You can find safety by learning to live in the present moment. You always have the option to create new stories filled with positive expectations of the future.

Make fun of your fear by laughing at it. Really let it rip. Try and see how silly it is to hold back and give your power away to something that isn’t real!

Let go of looking stupid, feeling embarrassed, being ignored and facing rejection or failure. Accept failure as a part of life. Get through it and get over it.

Life can be brimming with good times of beauty and adventure or overwhelming with challenge and tragedy. Choose to stay present and breathe through it all. Be grateful for the varied landscape, hold onto your hat, and enjoy the ride.
BY TESS MARSHALL

 

 

I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.

Melody

Respect

11 Oct

A life to Live

Melody Hendrix

Karma –  When people insult you, don’t take offense, don’t take it personally, but do listen to their words. They are telling you how they see the world, and they are telling you the exact negative qualities that they posses. “The Law of Mirrors” states that one can only see what’s in them, regardless if it is what is actually present in reality or not. Release the need to defend or try to explain to them that your’re not being whatever-nasty-insult-they’ve-thrown-at-you, but evaluate instead all of these insults, and realize that this is who they are. Then, decide if a person with those qualities is one who you’d like in your life or not.  Doe Zantamata
Watch your thoughts; They become words.
Watch your words; They become actions.
Watch your actions; They become habits.
Watch your habits; They become character;
Watch your character; It becomes your destiny.
Lao Tzu
You Teach people how to TREAT YOU
By what you Allow, what you Stop, 
And what you Reinforce.
Tony Gaskins
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I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

Autumn

27 Sep

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

“Come little leaves”, said the wind one day. “Come down to the meadow and we shall play. Put on your dresses of red and gold, for summer is past and the days grow cold.”
Dancing and leaping the leaves went along, until winter called them to end their sweet song. Soon, fast asleep in their earthly beds, the snow lay a coverlet over their heads.
George Cooper
How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
John Burroughs
And always remember. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Maya Angelou
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I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

Nature

20 Sep

A Life to LIve

Melody Hendrix

God gave us eyes to see the beauty in nature…. and Hearts to see the beauty in each other.   Unknown
All the marvels of nature are glimpses of His divine power and expressions of His love.  
Elder M. Russell Ballard
How cool is it that the same God that created mountains and oceans and galaxies, looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too.  Unknown
Let the rivers clap their hands.. let the mountains sing together for joy before the Lord.  Psalm 98:8-9
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I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

Gift of Life

30 Aug

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. He gave me life, that I might enjoy all things. Anonymous
Wake up every morning with the awe of just being alive. Author unknown
Life is too beautiful to be unhappy about temporary things. Author unknown
Melody Hendrix

 

 

 

I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.

Melody

The Light of God

23 Aug

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

God made two great lights…  The greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars Genesis 1:16
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness,
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate,
only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr
“The light of God surrounds me.
The love of God enfolds me.
The power of God protects me.
Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.”
James Dillet Freman
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I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody
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