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May 15, 2018

MEET THE ARTISTS! 

The new artists for book two of the Wings & Whispers series. What a joy-filled day! 

Senior Angel Artists 

 

May 1, 2018

ART SUBMISSIONS IN! 

Since the Parkland shooting, we've put together another book. Local senior citizens have finished their art submissions of angels for the second book in our series of three.  

March 31, 2018

WHAT CAN ONE PERSON DO? 

Everyone can do something! I'm writing messages for kids. Seniors are creating art. We are publishing books to uplift kids. This is a scary time. Are kids safe in our schools? Apparently NOT! 

March 24, 2018

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS! 

Young voices matter. Young lives matter. March For Your Lives. Wake up, America! 

 March 21, 2018

 AUTHOR OF INFLUENCE AWARD!

Author of Influence Award 

March 1, 2018

AMERICA STILL IN MOURNING BUT STILL SLEEPING 

Ah, the young people are speaking up -- and rising up! 

 February 16, 2018

ANGEL BOOK TWO SPEEDED UP! 

Seventeen 15-foot Angels were displayed in Parkland, Florida to represent and respect the lives lost in yet another act of gun violence in America. Yes, Angels are the messengers -- America, are you getting the message?

February 14, 2018

ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING! 

It's not just a tragedy -- it's a massacre!  17 young people gunned down and killed in a child-on-child act of violence. A teenager in enough pain to take the lives of countless others, is still a child, emotionally. When a child feels their life is worthless -- they want others to feel their lives aren't worth anything either. America, what are you going to do about this?

February 1, 2018

ONE ANGEL BOOK BECOMES THREE! 

Wings & Whispers has evolved into a series of three inspirational books for children ages 7 through 10. With more senior citizens wanting to contribute artwork for uplifting children, we have expanded our vision!

January 1, 2018

A NEW YOU!

Be kind to yourself as you reflect on the year gone by. With a huge open heart, make the best plans you can for the upcoming year. The calendar does not define you nor dictate to you. 

November 25, 2017

 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

One month until Christmas. This usually strikes a cord of panic for most people, but many will still leave things until the last moment and run around in a frenzy. For some, this is what gets them in the spirit!

Having just celebrated all we are thankful for -- we must now run out and buy more! Oh, how we've bought into all this hyped up hype!  What could be the kindest thing you could do for someone else? How about the kindest thing you could do for yourself that doesn't involve purchasing anything? Yes, it could be as simple as taking a walk and mindfully reconnecting with your spirit -- or your neighborhood -- or your neighbors.  Do something different this holy-day season. 

 November 5, 2017

CALLING ALL ANGELS 

Another mass shooting! Heavy sigh. Heavy heart. 

Hurt people hurting other people.  Lost people taking lives because they feel theirs does not matter. Lost people taking lives because they feel they've found a mislead cause and something with which to connect. Souls gone astray. Minds in chaos. Hearts completely shut down. In this state -- one will connect with anything -- and the outcome is never going to be good.

November 1st, 2017 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 

Eight people struck dead. Let's try some lovin' instead. Don't punish with brutality -- talk to people so you can see -- what's going on. What IS really going on? 

October 2, 2017

OVER 50 DEAD. OVER 500 INJURED!

America -- what's goin' on?  There's far too many crying -- far too many dying. We don't need to escalate -- only LOVE can conquer hate. You know we've got to find a way -- to bring some lovin' here today. Yes, Marvin, you called it -- but has much changed? 

 

October 1st, 2017

Yay -- we did it! The dollars we raised far exceeded our goals -- and it was great fun!

 

 September 28, 2017

 TEMECULA'S WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

Sunday, October 1st, our "squad" of almost 100 is walking to support the research being done to end this rapidly-growing debilitating disease. 

 

Here is the link to my page where you can make a contribution.

 Dharlene's Page  MEMORIES MATTER!

 

September 8, 2017

 HARVEY, IRMA & JOSE

Take it easy, will you?! Enough is enough! What do you really think is going on? In the eye of the storm, it is said to be extremely calm and peaceful. We have these types of storms going on in our lives, don't we? People who wreak havoc in their own lives as well as every life in their path. Yes, we know who they are and that sometimes, we ourselves caused devastation. How do we find the eye of the storm within ourselves? How do we get to that center? Just as these storms are fed by high and low pressures & temperatures, we must learn to regulate the pressures and fluctuations in our lives. To do this we must get to the center -- to the core -- within our very selves -- for therein we will find our refuge -- our safe haven -- our shelter from the storm. Instead of the wind -- use the breath to take down the storm -- to neutralize it -- to let it fizzle out and pass. Each one of us must learn how to find this place of calm within ourselves. 

However, in reverence and respect to those facing the physical storms -- we send you love and light.  

August 21, 2017

IN TOTALITY 

Today was a big day in America! We all got excited by the sun and curious as to how this day and our solar eclipse would unfold. 

"The Path of Totality" was a phrase that caught my attention.  As far as the eclipse was concerned, this meant, the moment or the length of time the sun was obscured by the moon.  Totality also means "wholeness" -- I took this meaning much deeper. What does our path of wholeness or to wholeness look like? Can we be in totality every day? Can we live in totality -- wholly -- fully -- every day of our lives?

Or do we let obstructions block our light?

Here's a cross-country look at the moon that is absolutely spectacular! 

 

 

 

 August 8, 2017

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS 

 Yes, it's hot here in the Inland Empire of Southern California in August -- and September -- and October. 

I call it "endless summer" since moving out here from San Diego over 2 years ago.  The great thing about a move after 25 years in one location is that one gets a fresh start. The spring we had out here was absolutely marvelous! Our brown hills were a vibrant green for several months -- and then the poppies and blue bonnets sprung forth -- and it was amazing!

It felt alive! The bursts of colour were not wasted on me one little bit.  I pulled over and took photos -- even in some dangerous spots. But alas, the endless heat has turned the superb green hills back to brown.  The hot August nights and the dog days of summer have taken over. 

 Just because it looks like there is barely any life going on here, don't let that fool you.

Some of us are alive and about to bloom in the Autumn out here near Canyon Lake, California.

The fresh start in this area has led to fresh new friendships and collaborations. This means there are new books in the works for RED POPPY PRESS. An entire series of 5 will launch in time for the holiday season.  Here is a sneak peek -- yes, how to meditate with a cup of tea -- complete with a sip-by-sip guide for an individual or for a meditation group facilitator. #howtomeditatewithtea #teaandmeditation #tea #meditationguide #teaforinnerhealth

How to meditate with tea 

July 14, 2017

 BASTILLE DAY -- HOW & WHY?

It's another country celebrating something! With North America watching a bit closer this year as our President partakes of the French celebrations -- I'm sure many are wondering what on earth they are celebrating. This video is nicely done.

 

July 6, 2017

 CELEBRATING CEYLON!

150 years of growing tea! The beautiful island paradise now known as Sri Lanka is the producer of the world-class tea formerly known as Ceylon tea. 

As Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a country, Sri Lanka is also celebrating 150 years of growing and producing some of the finest teas in the world.

Today at 5:00 pm, we all joined in for a Global Tea Party to acknowledge this magnificent little island.

 

 

July 4th, 2017

AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION 

 

 

July 3th, 2017

REASONS TO MOVE TO CANADA 

 

 

 

July 2th, 2017

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CANADA & AMERICA 

 LOL!

 

 

 July 1, 2017

CANADA DAY! 

 I am still a Canadian after living in the US for over 27 years, and this year Canada is celebrating its 150th year as a country. Gosh, that is to be a challenge to accept because it seems like not that long ago, we were celebrating it's Centennial! Yes, I was a little girl in elementary school and we were all very excited in 1967 to be celebrating our 100-year anniversary. Somehow 50 years has snuck up on me! Fifty wonderful and happy years -- and still proud to be a Canadian -- as well as grateful for 27 fabulous years in America. 


 

Here is how we celebrated in 1967!

We all learned this song and were so happy to sing it.

I am surprised how it all came back to me! 

 

 

June 30, 2017

I am honored to say that recently I received a Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer

service from the previous President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

Yes, indeed I am thrilled beyond belief!

 

 


 May 10, 2017

WAITING? WAITING?

WHAT ARE   YOU WAITING FOR?

Are things just going to "happen?" Sure, we pray for things. We dream about things. We wish for things. We want things to be different -- but HOW?

HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

                 

 

                          

 

April 30, 2017

  BE KIND TO YOURSELF

"Think good thoughts," they all say. 

I say, "Think good thoughts about yourself!"

Therein lies one of our greatest challenges. Here is the link to the Dialogue with Divinity Radio Show with Johanna Carroll where we talk about tea. We go even further, though.  Instead of "gulp and go," let's slow down with a cup of tea and use that time to reprogram the thoughts lingering in our heads. Thoughts that no longer serve us. Thoughts that are no longer true. Get rid of them! 

                          

April 17, 2017

 SERENI-TEA & DIVINI-TEA IN SEVEN SIPS 

How to get quiet enough to hear Divinity when it speaks .... hmmm? Many do wonder about this.

Much has been said about the "still small voice within" but how does one get to hear what this voice is saying?

TODAY, Johanna Carroll and I will be having this discussion on her radio show.

When the show airs, I will post the link so you'll be able to hear our conversation and how in seven soothing sips, you'll be able to quiet yourself enough to be able to tune into your own inner wisdom and guidance, which many know as the Divine within.

 Just to give you a glimpse into how easy it can be, here is a link to a FREE pdf downloadable book that gives you sip by sip instructions.

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH TEA 

 

April 16, 2017

A DIALOGUE WITH DIVINITY

Do you have unanswered questions? Are you looking for a way to hear the answers?

Then you must meet Johanna Carroll!

You can meet her through her book, A Dialogue with Divinity.

Here's a link to her book. 

                A DIALOGUE WITH DIVINITY 

                  

 

April 5, 2017

CAN YOU LIVE A SIMPLER LIFE?

Yes, I'm asking myself this question right now. Nothing like an impending move to prompt one to ask this question.  Which leads to all kinds of other questions: Why do I have so much stuff? Why am I holding on to things? What can I let go of? What was I thinking? How am I feeling about all these things? Important questions, wouldn't you say? Look around you -- what do you see? Lots of stuff, I bet! Here are a few suggestions -- do have a look. 

                   

 

 April 4, 2017

WANT vs NEED 

Get more. Have more. BE more.

Nope -- it seems it's the opposite -- have less -- BE more.  Society has purposefully steered us into being trapped by our stuff -- all our possessions -- that we don't really own -- stuff we bought on credit. Stuff it'll take years to pay off! Stuff that keeps us STUCK!

If you don't believe me -- have a quick look:

 

April 3, 2017

ASK YOUR QUESTIONS -- PREPARE FOR THE ANSWERS 

This is why I say sitting quietly, sipping a cup of tea, calming your mind, relaxing your body, letting go and surrendering is so powerful.

YOU GOTTA GET QUIET TO HEAR THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS! 

Tea is just a vehicle. You are the vessel.  

Here's a FREE pdf invitation to tea with sip-by-sip instructions on how to meditate with a cup of tea: A SPECIAL INVITATION TO TEA

 And here's a great explanation to help you understand why this is all so important:

 

 

April 2, 2017

WHAT YOU WANT vs WHAT YOU EXPECT 

 Do you secretly believe it's never going to happen? That your dreams really aren't going to come true? Do you secretly EXPECT to fail?  WELL, STOP THAT!

Change your expectations! 

Take action but have a look at this first:

                             

 

April 1, 2017

 NO FOOLS & NO RULES

Too many excuses.

So much information about the benefits of meditation is out there -- and -- it's right here, too! 

There are no rules for meditating and the only fools are the ones who don't try it and stay with it. Give yourself 20 minutes every day for trying it -- there is no wrong way to meditate. If you are trying it -- you are doing it!  

To help people stay focused, I have created an "active" meditation, in which you are sipping a cup of tea.  A "passive" meditation is where you simply sit still. Sadly, most people are challenged by this in the beginning. This is why having a cup of tea during your meditation makes it easier to get started.

I have a  FREE sip-by-sip guide to assist in with getting started.  HOW TO MEDITATE WITH A CUP OF TEA

There are far too many myths about meditation. Here's a well-done presentation on how and why you'd benefit by DOING IT.

                     

                 

 

March 31, 2017

 THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

 Yes, we've got to get things right within ourselves to heal and help ourselves!

My message for years has been about learning to meditate with a cup of tea. In this FREE sip-by-sip guide, I show you just how easy it is.

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH TEA 

Here are six of the main reasons why learning to meditate is so very good for you.

                      

 

March 30, 2017

 TOTAL PEACE

Have you ever experienced it? Think it is only for a guru sitting at the top of a mountain? 

Certainly not!

Do you believe you must work and work at it? This may surprise you -- have a look.

                           

 

 March 29, 2017

BETRAYAL OR COMPROMISE?

Self-betrayal or self-compromise? Those are worse than someone betraying you, or you compromising for another. Compromising your own integrity or betraying your mission or purpose in this lifetime -- could anything be worse for your own sense of self-worth.

Nope! 

Ask yourself if this is happening in your life. Get real with yourself when you answer.

                             

 March 28, 2017

 FEAR & ANGER

"The two emotions that mess us up." Tony Robbins

You can't be grateful and fearful at the same time. Nor can you be angry and grateful at the same time either.

Choose gratitude!   Ten Minutes is ALL IT TAKES!

                          

 

 March 27, 2017

WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE DOING? 

Do we have to have things taken away from us so that we can actually start doing what it is we truly want to do?  Doors open and doors close. It's a whole lot easier to slip in through an open door -- wouldn't you think? The universe sometimes has to close certain doors for us so that we can walk through or at least knock on the door of the place we wholeheartedly desire to be. 

Instead of ranting and raving when a door closes -- keep your eyes open to see what will now present itself to you ... 

                             


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