Tips for Staying "in the Now", by Joan Ellen Gage

Joan’s tips for being present:
 
As usual, I struggle with staying in the now. My go to is to get outside with my dog. Watching her keeps me present and I realize how blessed I am to have this wonderful creature as my friend. If you don’t have a pet, maybe you can “borrow” one!

The second thing I do to stay present is to watch the sunset or sunrise. If you can’t watch a real one, watch one on the net. There are a lot of youtube videos, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbaJ1SPjLnc

Namaste, y’all!

Joan 

What’s not to love!


JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

A Much Needed Peace

Cloud Art by Joan Ellen Gage
 

Here at the penultimate holiday of the western world and beyond, there is so much hype about peace and love, and traditional values. I feel there is actually very little peace and love given freely on our planet.

I am reminded of the words to John Lennon’s song, Imagine. I pray that we do not forget these words, and that someday they will be true. Please read them at the bottom of this post.

Peace on Earth to all!

Joan
 

“Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one 
 
by John Lennon
1971 

JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 

Joan Ellen Gage launches the Rose Edition of her book, Water Running Downhill, Words of Empowerment!, on 11/6/2015

Rose Helena Macedo Kull

This week I published the Rose Edition of Water Running Downhill, Words of Empowerment! This edition is a project that had been on the back burner for a while. Rose’s passing jump-started me to create the new version of Water Running Downhill! (WRDH), honoring this  wonderful, inspiring woman.

The spirit of WRDH contains passages that will speak to women of the foibles of aging, growth, joy, humor, and self-love.I hope my readers enjoy the new book, which contains reworked photos, and two new poems.

May peace be with you, and your troubles be few, and don’t forget to travel at the speed of now! Here is a poem from the new edition, enjoy!

Joan

 
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USED GOODS
 
There are no

Guarantees or refunds

And no exchanges

You have to take it

As it is



A slight modification

May be possible

But, beyond that

What you see is

What you get



There may be

Surface imperfections

Due to materials used

And the contents

May have settled

During handling



But each piece is

An individually crafted

Unique work of art

A truly one of a kind

Human being


JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 

The Fountain of ‘Spoof’

Karen in the Fountain of ‘Spoof’
Blessings, everyone!  Please enjoy the poem.
Joan
Fountain of Spoof

First come the little
“Smile” lines by the eyes.
After a while, lines deepen
And are followed by brow furrows,
Complemented with “marionette” lines
On each side of the mouth.
(I swear that is what those in the know
Are calling them!)
Our first defense consists of lotions
And creams that we literally slather
On our skin; most of these products
Don’t do much, or live up to our expectations.
I personally will attest to this; however,
I continue to try the latest and greatest
Hoping for a mini-miracle or at least
Some hint of positive progress.
I guess I’ll settle for preventive maintenance
I.E. try to stay where I’m at,
Rather than trying to reverse the
Hands of time on the ‘wrinkle clock’.
We certainly need to smile more;
Nothing looks better on us.
Let’s work on keeping our chins up
Even if we have to pull ’em up and tie them there!

From the book, Water Running Downhill!
by Joan Ellen Gage 

 

THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM!


The Root Of The Problem

It has been suggested
That when your life seems without joy
Or laughter, and you have no interests
That you may be root-bound
And need to be re-potted!
What I take away from this
Is the need to nourish the soul, our roots, as it were
To improve our condition; exposing it to sunshine
Or to the warmth of human touch
And to give our bodies, our plants, sustenance
To strengthen and green-up, expose ourselves
To fresh air, drink clean water
And mist our outer leaves
Don’t forget to feed our heads with
Literature, music and friendship
Than may we blossom
And reach toward the sun
Please enjoy this poem from my yet to be published book, A Redhead Looks At 60.
May peace be with you and yours!
Joan
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JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.