Two Trees

It was such a beautiful tree on the edge of the water. I took & edited this pic yesterday. I loved the B&W effect, but I also loved it in it’s natural color, so I decided to make it both. Today, I searched for a quote on trees, and this one came up… I thought it was perfect as it also captured both sides.

“There are two trees, each yielding its own fruit.  One of them is negative….it grows from lack of self-worth and its fruits are fear, anger, envy, bitterness, sorrow  – and any other negative emotion.  Then there is the tree of positive emotions.  Its nutrients include self-forgiveness and a correct self concept.  Its fruits are love, joy, acceptance, self-esteem, faith, peace…and other uplifting emotions.” – Kathi’s Garden


Barbara Garland

So my cell phone rang early this morning at 5am sharp! The call was coming from NJ (973 area code), but I didn’t recognize it so I forwarded to VM. I was sleeping and figured if it was important, or someone I knew, they’d call back or leave a message. No call back, no message. I asked a few people if they knew the number and no one knows it. I called back but no one picked up besides an automated message asking me to “leave a message for 973-…-….”

Since I was up, I started thinking about how it’s the 10th & recalling a good friend and old coworker of mine, Barbara Garland, who I worked with at UMDNJ. She passed away a few years ago from cancer on February 10. We spent many years working & laughing the day away in NJ. I still miss her. She was always a mentor of sorts with voice of reason that guided me through some tough times and she was always pleasant, even on her bad days. We had lunch together every day, we always waited for 5pm to leave work and sometimes I would give her a ride home.

I slept a bit more, got up, called the number again and got nothing. Spirits have been known to communicate through electronics so the more I thought about it, random call at 5 o’clock (no one EVER calls at that time), no known number & no one to leave a message for…  I’d like to think that maybe that was just Barbara tapping the line and calling to say hi.


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

Stand Out & Embrace Your Light

“Your flesh is not a reflection of your soul. So when you look in the mirror, remember that your light outshines your flaws.”  – D. Antoinette Foy

“When we embrace who we are the world embraces us right back.”  – Amy Leigh Mercree

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Ian Wallace