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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Postaday 2015



Reds, A Wonderful Way With Words and Apache Wedding Prayer

1   In a gap between showers, we went into town and the greengrocer’s display was just so red – from the crimson of the cherries to the orangey-red of these tomatoes still on the vine. I love the smell when they are broken off the vine – so delicious.Do you remember making earrings when two cherries were joined together on the stalk? Simple pleasures!

Tomatoes on the vine

Tomatoes on the vine

Precious and very expensive cherries

Precious and very expensive cherries

2   I have had such a lovely thing happen today. An ex-pupil has been in touch to tell me how I have never been forgotten and how I am the motivation for this person deciding to go into teaching. S/he was serendipitously introduced to my blog by a good friend and then discovered my photo on the About Me page and left me a comment……..  I’m walking on air tonight!  (Now, of course, I’m wondering where that expression comes from!)

3   Interestingly, this beautiful poem has come my way twice in as many days. It is to be one of the readings at a Wedding Ceremony I am conducting next week and a good friend sent it to me too.

Apache Wedding Prayer

Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place
To enter into the days of your togetherness
And may your days be good and long upon the earth

What lovely sentiments with which to begin life together.


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Dorothy Nolte, Drumming and Hymn Pedalling

1   I was reminded of this piece and its attitude to children by a beautiful post I SEE YOU by

Children Learn What They Live  By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a good place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

2   Lucy posted this delightful photo today. Tabitha must get the drumming gene from her Uncle Daniel!

Tabitha drumming! by Lucy

3   I learnt how to do “Hymn pedalling’ today which my piano teacher tells me is really difficult but that I am a natural! Now I have to remember what to do and to practise it a lot before my next lesson.


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