Friday, January 19, 2018

Documentary Biography of Iris Apfel

Every now and then I receive a pleasant surprise when channel surfing on the TV. 
This year I caught an airing of a magnificent documentary on the designer Iris Apfel

I had no idea who she was before I saw the footage and I wish I had the chance to meet her in person! A kindrid spirit who enjoys creating wearable art each day - she pairs her wardrobe choice with a unique and vibrant collection of jewelry about her neck and wrists. She has purchased clothes and accessories from around the globe and has a fantastic outlook on the way the world and its people function regularly. The style of glasses she wears are her signature feature.

Click the word "documentary" just above to see an excerpt from the film. Enjoy!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Favorite Things!

Magazine page wreath - Created and photographed by Laura Moody

Have you seen the classic film The Sound of Music? There is a lovely song crooned by the female lead called My Favorite Things.  

Here are my top 3 favorite things:

- Enjoying a glass of merlot with vanilla undertones such as that created by Estancia Vineyards

- Discovering and purchasing a new Baggalini bag for my every day adventures!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Golden Globe Quotes

Eclipse 2017 - Photo by Laura Moody
Although my image above is of the recent eclipse of the sun by the moon, I thought it resembled a golden globe with that that bright light in the center!

So I watched the 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony this week. In case you missed it, here are a few celebrity quotes that I found filled with truth. 

"You were born worthy" - Viola Davis, actress

"It's time for laughter. We hope we give 'em some." - John Goodman, actor

"Words and action can change the world and boy does it need some changin'!" - Gary Oldman, actor

Wishing you a wonderful 2018 filled with Hope, Joy and Peace!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Upcycled Wreath - A Cover Up! :)

Upcycled Wreath by Laura Moody:
Magazine pages painted with acrylic - A colorful cover-up!

The love of Jesus covers over a multitude of deplorable acts by humans. We need to look to our Lord and Savior for help every day!

These lyrics by Mark Hayes and Tim Hughes say it well:

Here I Am To Worship
Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You
Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God
You're altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me
King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love's sake became poor
Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God
You're altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me
Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Songwriters: Mark Hayes / Tim Hughes
Here I Am To Worship lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Seek Jesus daily and be blessed!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Comfort and Joy!

A popular English Christmas carol called "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" features the phrase Comfort and Joy. This video of a warm crackling fire next to my decorated Christmas tree depicts that phrase quite nicely. :)

Stay warm inside this holiday season - it's chilly out there!


Monday, December 25, 2017

Have A Heart

Just For Today

For just one day, we can do anything we set our hearts on. 

So, for this day only, let us resolve to be unafraid of life, unafraid of death, unafraid to be happy and vow to enjoy the beauty around us and believe only the best of others.

Just for today, let us live this day only. Let's forget yesterday and tomorrow and not try to solve the whole problem of life in one fell swoop.

Lincoln said people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. He was so right! 

We must vow to adjust ourselves to what is - our family, our business, our opportunities.

To try to make the world over to suit us is a big order. If we cannot have what we like, we can like what we have.

So, just for today, let us be agreeable, responsive, cheerful and kind. 

Let us look our best, walk softly, praise people for what they do and not criticize them for what they cannot do. When we find fault, let's overlook it. 

Don't you feel thankful when you get a second chance? Remember that the next fellow would appreciate it, too. 

-- Cheer Magazine via Voice for Health Magazine, Sept - Oct 2004


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Miracles Are Always in Season!

Photo by Laura Moody - Dec 1, 2017 - Tree located in Franklin, TN
My friend Nadeeda put this article together for our church newsletter years ago. It was so good, I thought to share it with the masses especially since it mentions Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this month. 

Happy birthday to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He is a miracle along with the love he creates to be shared between all people. Experience true love today! 

Growing always - Laura

~ * ~

March 1997

Dear Friends, 

I sit here at my kitchen table listening to the heavy rain falling and so glad it's not snow! I'm looking forward to spring. Is winter over? Could spring be around the corner? I hope so! I love spring and always look forward to celebrating Easter. The day Jesus Christ arose and gave LIFE! The miracle of Easter - the miracle of life. 

Max Lucado said, "If you want to see a miracle try this. Take a seed the size of a freckle. Put it under several inches of dirt. Give it enough water, light, fertilizer. And get ready. A mountain will be moved. It doesn't matter that the ground is a zillion times the weight of the seed. The seed will push it back."

Every Spring, dreamers around the world plant tiny hopes in overturned soil. And every spring, their hopes press against impossible odds and blossom. Never underestimate the power of a seed. 

Do you know the power of a seed sown in fertile soil? "Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness." How good are you at sowing seeds of peace?

Jesus modeled this. We don't see him settling many disputes of negotiating conflicts. But we do see him cultivating inward harmony through acts of love.

- washing the feet of men he knew would betray him
- having lunch with a corrupt tax official
- honoring the sinful women whom society had scorned

He built bridges by healing hurts. He prevented conflict by touching the interior. He cultivated harmony by sowing seeds of peace in fertile hearts.

Do me a favor. Pause for a moment and think about who makes up your world. Take a stroll through the gallery of faces that are significant to you. Mentally flip through the scrapbook of snapshots featuring those you deal with often. 
Can you see their faces?

Want to see a miracle? Plant a word of love heart-deep in a person's life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer and watch what happens. Sowing seeds of peace - it works! You don't know why it works; you just know it does. Seeds are planted, and top soils of hurt are shoved away. 

Don't forget the principle. Never underestimate the power of a seed.

God didn't. When his kingdom was ravaged and his people had forgotten his name, he planted his seed. When the soil of the human heart had grown crusty, he planted his seed. When religion had become a ritual and the temple a trading post, he planted his seed.

Want to see a miracle? Watch him as he places the seed of his own self in the fertile womb of a Jewish girl. Up it grew, like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in a dry and sterile ground. 

The seed spent a lifetime pushing back the stones that tried to keep it underground. The seed made a ministry out of shoving away the rock that cluttered his father's soil.

- The stones of legalism that burdened backs.
- The stones of oppression that broke bones.
- The stones of prejudice that fenced out the needy.

But it was the final stone that proved to be the supreme test of the seed. The stone of death - rolled by humans and sealed by Satan in front of the tomb. For a moment it appeared the seed would be stuck in the earth. For a moment, it looked like this rock was too big to be budged.

But then, somewhere in the heart of the earth, the seed of God stirred, shoved, and sprouted. The ground trembled, and the rock of the tomb tumbled. And the flower of Easter blossomed.

Never underestimate the power of a seed.

With Love, Nadeeda