Well, I didn’t accomplish everything that I set out to during my 7 days off from work but I still have today so I’ll get a bit more done…I say hopefully. Being ill for the first few days slowed me down but I did get my writing haven more organized after moving quite a few more books and notebooks into a space where it seemed as though nothing more could fit. Is it perfectly organized? Nope, but it’s Donna organized. I don’t mind my haven being small and a bit cluttered because I’m surrounded by things that I love. My husband gave me a beautiful tapestry for Christmas that I hung and absolutely love. It goes with my room perfectly! He has always been such an amazing gift finder and giver. He also gave me a small bamboo Bluetooth speaker that sounds like a much larger speaker and since it’s bamboo, the music resonates perfectly with no distortion. It’s awesome and the perfect size for my little space. Right now I’m sitting at my desk in my Donna-perfect writing haven, listening to a gorgeous song by William Ackerman (guitar and cello) called New England Morning. It has the most amazingly sensual soulful cello part that just reaches right into your being and moves through your body. No matter what I’m doing, when that part of the song plays, I have to stop and just experience it. It says more than any lyrics ever could. If you’re in the mood to be moved…find it and listen to it. I first heard it on the CD The Essential Winter’s Solstice so it’s perfect for a day like today. Sorry, I guess I’m kind of on a stream of consciousness kick here…ADHD gone wild! Listening to the song and the wind howling outside, watching the birds taking flight from the trees on a stormy day just makes my mind wander so I’m just going to let my stream of consciousness run a little wild here. Now, I’m listening to videos by Khalid Al Ameri. He and his wife Salama make wonderful videos about their lives, their faith, about bridging the gaps that exist between people and different religions, and life in general. I have learned so much from his videos on Facebook and his group. He is one of the kindest people out there. And he and Salama are hysterically funny. I am a spiritual person that doesn’t identify with any particular religion although I was raised Southern Baptist, majored in religion at a private Baptist college for a year and a half, and in my 40’s converted to Catholicism. I have been disillusioned by too many of the people I’ve come into contact with inside brick and mortar churches as well as their “we are the one and only true church/religion” belief. I also believe in things that most people in those 2 denominations don’t so how can I call myself either one when some of our basic beliefs are so different? I believe in love, equality, peace, kindness, not judging others because they’re supposedly different, and everything good and positive. I don’t care what your sexual orientation is or how you identify. Nor do I care what religion you are or aren’t. All I care about is that you’re a good person in your heart. We are all united just because we are on this planet together and we have to find a way to peacefully coexist. So far, we haven’t really done a very good job of that in our time here. We are all more alike than we are different. We have to work harder at seeing and building on that. Well, I think that\s the end of my stream for now so I’ll say goodbye. It appears that the thunderstorms are about to make their way through Dallas. The winds have died down a bit and the thunder is rolling. I love a good storm and I have a perfect seat from which to watch and enjoy it. Have a wonderful rest of your day!
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