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Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!
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Kindness

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Reflection on Random Acts of Kindness Day. While it is a good idea to designate a day for kindness, it is most important to never let any day go by without showing you care…for the humble and meek, the weak and strong, from the youngest to the oldest, critter and creature, human or pet.

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What indeed is so hard about being kind?

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Furry Valentine's Day

Furry Valentine's Day | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Perhaps we should learn real love from our furry friends! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
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Valentine's Day may have passed but not the love!

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Just One Look

Just One Look | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Every season sings its own personal song —from the eloquent watercolors of spring to the harmony of early summer bees & blossoms through the golden glowing essence of Autumn into the naked landscapes cloaked in white during Winter. Regardless of the season all it takes is...


Just One Look

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Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.
—Henry David Thoreau

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Magic

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"Have you opened your eyes to the magic that is surrounding you at this very moment? Imagine it and bring it to life!" ~ Roxana Jones


Magic. Do you believe in magic? If your answer is ‘no’ my question to you is “why not?” Magic surrounds you every single moment of the day. There is magic in the air, in the woods, in the mountains, by the ocean, right in your own back yard. It is invisible yet can be seen. It is silent yet can be heard. It is intangible yet soft to the touch. How can this be you may ask? It’s magic!

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Magical mornings glisten with silver dew as nature's paintbrush wisps silently through. ~catnipoflife

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Free Write Friday #38: Word Bank

Free Write Friday #38: Word Bank | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

If you have not participated in Kellie’s Free Write Friday, she has extended an open invitation. Read the intro. Would love to ‘see’ what you have to say! You may write in any form you choose for the prompt as she will never discourage your pen, but she encourages you to try your hand at free verse for the exercise.


Word Bank: train – burlap – fiction – pearls – vertigo

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This is a good one! Since my husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary Summer 2014 let’s see what I can conger up using that ‘train’ of thought. What’s the connection you might ask…pearl represents the 30th anniversary and we were just discussing that only a few minutes ago.

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When More is NOT Always Better

When More is NOT Always Better | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
We live in an age of MORE, MORE, MORE! We have more than we possibly need yet the need for MORE surpasses the need for what we truly need indeed. Try to say that fast 3 times! The point is WE WANT....
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Have you caught yourself wanting more when the fact is you really do not need it?

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Miracle within the cabin in the woods...artisty by Colin Hall

Miracle within the cabin in the woods...artisty by Colin Hall | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
The sun was setting. I could not win. I had collected all the golden hues of the sun in the lofty pine.I gathered them to brighten up this  breaking heart of mine. I embraced them in the fading lig...

Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Mary Helen Ferris always connects so wonderfully to the catnip of life!

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, January 9, 2014 9:35 AM

"I held it  in my lap. It held me in its glow. The glow went everywhere.  It reached into my broken places that I had yet to know. It turned,  it sparkled, and danced so bright! It filled me with hope and desire. The light that it contained was for me A holy cleansing fire. 

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Moving Right Along...

Moving Right Along... | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

January seems to be on the speed track with the month already at its halfway mark. Time is moving right along at a pace much faster that we probably all prefer. Yet, with the passing of time lies the anticipation of the natural elements of early spring. Glory in the springtime initiates countless visions: greening hills, warming sun, tulips, pansies and wildflowers popping!

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Visual images featured today come by way of Marilyn Armstrong @Serendipity. Marilyn is an awesome blogger enlightening her visitors and followers with her unique, often humorous writing along with her own awesome photography. She is also a published author. Check out her book The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor’s Tale @amazon.

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Mystical, Mythical, & Magical

Mystical, Mythical, & Magical | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Most visions of a mermaid are those of beauty—mystical, mythical and magical. There are numerous legends surrounding mermaids and dozens upon dozens of books written about their lives and times.
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What inspiration do you gather from the mermaid?

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Inspiration: Solace in Winter

Inspiration: Solace in Winter | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Winter brings chills to the bone but with it comes extraordinary beauty, grace and even a sense of magic. For those encountering snow, early, early morning reveals a new dusting of silvery white from Nature’s paintbrush swishing over, under, around and through everything in sight. Ice-glazed water glistens in the daylight as tiny birds peck away for a single droplet. The gracefulness of snowflakes whirl and twirl around and around floating effortlessly, landing softly one atop another. Person after person stroll in the midst, bundled up like Eskimos, giggling as the cold bites each nose and resemble the main characters within a magical snow globe scene.

Of course, we know there is a flip side to the coin depicting this scene...

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Where do you find solace in Winter?

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Radio Interview

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 Sharla Shults, the author of Echoes, Remembering and Awakenings, will be interviewed by Brian T. Shirley on Kinetic HiFi radio at 4:30 PM (EST). 
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Join us live 1/8/2014, 4:30 PM (EST)!

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Do you put pork on your fork?

Do you put pork on your fork? | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

 Awakenings, catnipoflife‘s sister site, featured a post about New Year’s traditions related to meal time, Put Pork on Your Fork...Look at catnip's spin on the pork and see if you are in agreement about the cute little piggies! 

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This could hold true on any day, not just relative to New Year's day.

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Weird New Year's Traditions

Weird New Year's Traditions | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Here in America, New Year's Eve celebrations usually end with ringing in the new year amid songs, laughter, fireworks and the dropping of the ball in New York Times Square. There are exceptions as ...
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We are well into the New Year but any day is a good day for a laugh. Looking back at some Weird New Year's Traditions!

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Raindrops & Rainbows

Raindrops & Rainbows | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
All across America, the world in fact, is indescribable beauty often referred to as visions of grandeur. Each day presents itself in living color with sights, sounds, even smells that tempt and tease innermost emotions. Skies may be crystal blue and cloudless, or dark and dreary with hints of an impending storm. Even within the storm lies beauty…a calm at the end of which one may be lucky enough to sight a rainbow.
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May each rainbow sparkle with the seven colors of the rainbow: strength, joy, sunshine, harmony, faith, wisdom and spirituality.” ~SLS


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Happy Valentine's Day Family & Friends

Happy Valentine's Day Family & Friends | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to all my wonderful friends, blog readers and family! You are all beautiful to me and I appreciate you all!
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Valentine's Day is celebrated but once a year but the feelings of love should last all year through. Why not express heartfelt emotions any day every day of the year? Why wait for one day!

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Free Write Friday #39: Image Prompt

Free Write Friday #39: Image Prompt | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Free Write Friday #39: Image Prompt - Tell his story…


Grandpa was a hardworking man. He toiled the earth, tilling, planting and sowing crops to be gathered and preserved by his loving wife of over 60 years. They met as mere children. Grew up together, married, and reared half a dozen kids while raising ten times or more as many chickens. Home was a cabin hewed by logs cut from his own timberland. Firewood was chopped every evening before sunset.

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At catnip you will read my thoughts which are just beginning thoughts working themselves backwards as I wrote the last paragraph first.

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Cattitude Tip #5

Cattitude Tip #5 | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

There is never a wasted moment when you are a cat. I know because... I am smart, not lazy. . . just simply devoted to relaxation. I love to hunt. That's when I am the cutest. A cat must do what a cat must do.

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In the life of a cat, here are no moments wasted. I relax, hunt, hide, eat, get excited and do my best to keep peace. Whew! Am I a busy! A little bit more to the right on the brushing! Purr-r-r-r-r-r...

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Wintertime vs. Winter Time

Wintertime vs. Winter Time | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Awakenings being catnip’s sister site often appears here through Scoop.it! Only a small portion of those posts are scooped. It is always hoped each of catnip’s visitors clicks the link for the entire post since bits of historical trivia allow time to embrace the past, empower the present, enrich the future for you and America. Yesterday as I was working on Awakenings I realized this post IS catnip. So, if you are followers or visitor of both sites, this one will lift you up twice for the entire post appears here.

Sharla Shults's insight:

Life is short. Enjoy the seasons. Spring for rebirth, Summer for warmth, Fall for color, Winter for chilling!

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When you look to the wrong sky--Skye

When you look to the wrong sky--Skye | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
ೋღ♥ ღೋ Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10


I have tried this dieting thing many times both as a non-Christian and a Christian. Each time I would lose the weight and feel great; but my eyes, throughout and after, were completely on self. I was so focused on Skye that I was not looking to the sky at all; I was definitely not praising God or seeking His help.  I wanted to look good for me and for all those that would be amazed and awed by ME, ME, ME!   Yuck.

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catnipoflife announces a new blog you need to visit. It is Faith, Food, and Friends by Skye. Skye is very adventurous with this being her third in the blogosphere! She is a very inspirational person, writer of poetry and excellent photographer. Visit her today and let her know catnip sent you! LOL!

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Blossoming forth in spring

Blossoming  forth in spring | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
How long has it been  since this winter of my divine discontent? Where has the excitement and  'un-exhaled'  breath gone? Upon awakening  Blossoming in spring I have lingering moments of sadness A ...

Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Poetry is such a stronghold of catnipoflife and what great poetry to share from Mary Helen Ferris.

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, August 4, 2013 6:24 PM

We blossom forth each day.

MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, January 26, 2014 7:41 AM

We blossom forth with each new dawning....

Puhloglav Novac's curator insight, January 27, 2014 6:46 AM

with waiting for the spring become very cold  winter in did_for ANDY NČ_BT

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Singing in the Shower

Singing in the Shower | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Can you imagine a world without music? It would be a world void of colors and textures, thus soulless. There would be no form, no expression. Thank goodness we have music or life would be a total bore, empty, useless. Music is all around us with melodies whispering in the wind, carrying along the harmonies of the songbirds. Each note captures the human heart penetrating deep into the soul leading to some of the best compositions imaginable. All you have to do is enjoy the catipoflife, listen to life’s songs! That includes singing in the shower!

Sharla Shults's insight:

Do you sing in the shower giving yourself top billing on Broadway? Are you a rock star or a diva? Did you know singing in the shower has become a widespread phenomenon?

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Award, Award, Award!

Award, Award, Award! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

My, my, my! Three awards! Thank you, Raani, Ute, and Texas! The Friends and Followers Award comes by way of Raani York. Raani writes a very unique blog, which you must visit in order to truly appreciate.  While she writes in many categories, my favorite is her letters to celebrities. What a hoot! She carries them for one wild ride! Then, of course, there are Jake’s antics and viewpoints recorded as the Diary of a Cat Prince .


The second award, The Imagine Award, is accepted graciously from Ute smile Ute’s Happy World. This is a totally new award for catnip and what a colorful award, especially the mystical, magical unicorn. Thank you, Ute. Sending thanks along with a big-g-g-g-g hug! I encourage everyone who has not visited Ute’s blog to absolutely do so. You will not be disappointed. She is always coming up with something new, great quotes to guide you through the day, week, month and wit to keep you laughing!


The third award is the My Favourite Things Award bestowed on catnip by Texas, a Cat in Austin. Texas used to be Texas, a Cat in New York, but a move across country delegated the name change. So, Texas, now that you are in Texas, let’s see if you live up to your true name! Visit Texas where you will marvel at the antics of a furr-r-r-r y friend and writings from the cat’s perspective. There is never a dull moment within the writings and plenty of aw-w-w-w-w moments!



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Thank you to all who follow my blog!

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It's therapeutic!

It's therapeutic! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Water: Vital to life. Drink it in: Thirst quenching. Play in it: Fun.  And, it's therapeutic! Do you enjoy water this much?
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Sometimes plan, sometimes just wing it!

Sometimes plan, sometimes just wing it! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

All too often life demands planning. Schedules must be outlined, then followed. Events have to be arranged whereby timing is critical, every ‘i’ dotted, every ‘t’ crossed. The planning relies on hope that the pendulum will swing in the right direction so everything falls right into place. It is impossible to meet the demands of daily life without the need for prior planning at some point in time. In laying those plans, it is also wise to remain mindful that the best laid plans can crumble as easily as a flaky biscuit.

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Sometimes we have no choice...plans must be made. Sometimes go with the flow and just wing it!

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2013 in Review

2013 in Review | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

2013 presented itself with many ups and downs. Yet, we survived! Hubby and I are enjoying a quiet evening in celebration of all the blessings received, especially during his illness. Thank you to my virtual family for being here thoughtfully and prayerfully supporting both of us. The visits, especially the comments, have been entertaining and inspirational.


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Looking forward to moving ahead in 2014! Blessings to all in the New Year!

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