Marcia is blankcanvasmd
"The canvas of life is waiting for some bright colors. Let us add some shades of joy, love, peace and happiness to it." ~ author unknown
My musical tastes are as varied as my reading material. I can appreciate selections from most types of music. However, heavy metal, rap, hip-hop, and songs that glamorize sex, drugs, and violence are very distasteful to me.
biography, humor, spiritual, inspirational, poetry, mystery, romance, selective westerns, and light fiction are my usual picks...in other words...I mix it up.
I enjoy reading, blogging, keeping up this web page, puzzling, poetry, art, music, nature, wildlife, fishing, and exploring quaint locations and shops.
Also, although I am not a high maintenance type of woman, I AM still a female and enjoy the usual female interests such as shopping, recipes, home decor, jewelry, clothes, etc. I am not into expensive frills and not really into trends. I like soft, feminine, conservative, comfortable.
I do like some sports. I have a particular fondness for watching basketball, but watch some football, baseball, skating, gymnastics, swimming/diving and Winter olympic events. I mostly support my Texas and U.S. teams. I am not a fan of wrestling, boxing, or auto racing.
I am a proud San Antonio Spurs supporter.
I also give my support to the Dallas Cowboys even though I am disenchanted with the owner. So glad Romo took a step back. New quarterback doing much better.
Not videos...Just some of my favorite quotes...
I prefer to focus on life. I just want to enjoy life every day with those I love. I believe death is not an ending, but a new beginning...more radiant and joyous than anything we may experience here.
So on this page, in these spaces, I try to share positivity, spirituality, happiness and laughter...
..."For death is but a passing phase of Life;
A change of dress, a disrobing;
A birth into the unborn again;
A commencing where we ended;
A starting where we stopped to rest;
A crossroad of Eternity;
A giving up of something, to possess all things.
The end of the unreal, the beginning of the real;
Not cessation, but continuance;
Not exit, but entrance;
Not destruction, but life;
How wise the plan of death!"...
~ Edwin Liebfreed ~ from "The Song Of The Soul"
" Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God." ~Henry Ward Beecher~
This is my primary profile / general information page. I have created a secondary page strictly for contest page design. My alter ego is TexasLadee. If you wish to visit me there:
"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. " ~Mary Jean Irion~
Gather up your smile and come on in...."Our five senses are incomplete without the sixth -- a sense of humor".~author unknown~
AM I PERFECT? HECK NO
DO I MAKE MISTAKES? YEAH
MY SHARE OF BLUNDERS AND BLOOPERS? INDEED
AM I A WORK IN PROGRESS? ABSOLUTELY
I am a 61 year old woman born and living in Texas. Probably a "for lifer." I am married (38 years now) and have 2 grown sons. Neither are married, yet, so I have no grandchildren to this point. I live simply, in a small city, with my beloved husband and with the family pets. My sons both work and live here in town at present. One is currently in a relationship. I am blessed to have them so near. I currently own 1 dog, Spencer. He is a rescue animal. My 2 elderly cats have now both passed over that rainbow bridge. I am a college graduate who is employed full-time. I am a Christian, flag-waving, southern, political conservative. If you find any of these things offensive or intolerable, please don't befriend me, or else hold your tongue. I am friendly. I love to laugh and feel shared laughter is a wonderful part of friendship. Comments are welcomed and appreciated as long as they are well-meaning, kind, and respectful to me and to all others who visit here. I do not mind pics being a bit risque', but I prefer a friendly page with NO VULGARITY, NUDITY OR SEXUALLY EXPLICIT IMAGES. You cross the line frequently and you will be deleted. I absolutely hate drama and argument, so DO NOT bring it to my page. Please respect these simple guidelines when visiting. Hope we soon become good friends. God Bless you all. ~ Marcia
"Children smile 400 times a day on average ... adults 15 times.
Children laugh 150 times a day ... adults 6 times per day.
Children play between 4-6 hours a day ... adults only 20 minutes a day.
~ Robert Holden (from 'Living Wonderfully') ~
I Have no daughters, and this was from "The Jungle Of Life", a newsletter I subscribe to, and not something I wrote. However, it resonates the truth and I want to share its wisdom with you all.~ Marcia
The other day my four-year-old daughter Lucy was skimming down the sidewalk with her kick scooter.
She was gripping the handlebar with one hand and holding an open umbrella with the other. While wearing a bike helmet and snow boots. On a sunny, seventy-three degree day.
It’s so weird that I’d bet anything that of the six billion plus people in the world, not one other person was doing and wearing the exact same thing. That’s as weird as it gets.
It was also a great big life lesson.
You see, in Lucy’s head, there was nothing weird about it. She was in the moment, free of pretense, and free of shame. She was living life the way it was meant to be lived.
Oh how I wish I could be that free again.
In fact, we all were, in the beginning. But eventually someone sees us living our bliss, decides it’s weird, and shames us. We get made fun of in the schoolyard, on the bus, or across the dinner table. For the first time, it occurs to us that some of the things we do might be looked upon with contempt by another person.
From then on, we start paying attention. We start noticing what’s “in” and what’s not. We take heed of the the things that could get us ridiculed, singled out, and shamed. And we stop doing those things. We smooth out the rough edges and start hiding our weirdness. And one by one, little parts of us die.
It’s quite possibly the greatest tragedy of our lives, as we end up spending most of it conforming to the world around us, all to avoid that feeling of shame ever again.
Once in a while, you’ll see an elderly person who quit buying in. They’re livin’ la vida loca, carefree and without reservation. On the surface, it’s easy to write them off as possibly experiencing early-stage dementia. But if you look closer, you’d see that they have all their wits about them. They’ve just decided it was too expensive to pay attention to what everyone else thought, so they stopped trying to hide their weirdness.
They discovered that people only have the power to shame us if we give it to them.
Well I don’t want to wait till I’m seventy to embrace that truth. I want to live my life like Lucy: free, in the moment, and gloriously weird.
Won’t you join me?
~ Jason Kotecki ~
Life is art.
Let's think about this for a minute. Our life, here on earth. How would you describe it?
What is life?
I suppose we can think about this question from a myriad of different angles. Life is love. Life is living. Life is family. Life is hard. Life is challenging. Life is wonderful. Life is¦
an endless list of possibilities.
Our life is really a collective of all our moments. Moments that we each create in the living out of our lives. Minute by minute.
In art, the moment is my true teacher. It is life expressing itself through me. Art, then, becomes effortless, which is the now-moment itself.~ Philippe Benichou
So, let's dig into this a little further. If our life is really a collective of all these moments, and our life is what we make it how does that look, then? At this very moment, we are each designing our own creation of us. We are choosing what this moment will be filled with (reading here, for instance). Something has compelled us to make that choice. And that choice is creating our life. Now. Just like all the choices we make, they all become our life.
Life is art.
We are art! We have created the person we each are today by the choices we have made.
Messy one minute, beautiful the next.
Your life is what YOU put on that canvas. Or that song you sing. Or that dance you dance. It's the life you live. Today.
Or next week.
Or when you have x dollars in the bank.
What you have is now. And you are the only one who can create your masterpiece, who can sing your song, who can dance your dance. It matters not what the world thinks of you, it matters how you feel about you.
You are creating your life, right now. At this moment, you are adding to the tapestry that is YOU. Maybe it's a bit messy, or maybe it looks amazing. Maybe the dance steps of your life have you fumbling with your feet, or maybe you are in a graceful sequence of beauty in motion. However you see your life, you are the artist. And the beauty of this life art that you are creating is that each moment you can start anew. Much like singing a new song, or dancing a new dance you can choose, now, to change your life artistry, to touch more deeply upon your soul.
You have the power to choose. And you have this very moment. Now.
Your life is meant to be beautiful art. Find that song in you¦it is there¦
He hung the stars in the back of the night
then let their twinkle shine through.
He gathered the wind in the palm of His hand
to quiet the storm as it blew.
He set the sun to burn hot on the earth
and than taught the clouds how to cry.
With thunder and lighting and rain when it's needed
to soak the ground when it's dry.
He raises the flowers to bloom in the spring
and puts them to bed in the fall.
Their beauty recorded for next years return
just waiting for His beckoning call.
The mountains and rivers are works of His hand
the desert as well as the sea.
Then where it was needed He added a rock
and for shade He planted a tree.
The heavens He painted with the sweep of His hand
adding color as He brushed through the sky.
His angels were singing as God formed the world
for the children He loves, you and I.
~ Don Bailey ~
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" Beauty is poor unless it reflects a beautiful soul " ~ author unknown
I am happily married, so not looking for new romance, but the characteristics that I find appealing are: a cheerful disposition, a nice smile, a sense of humor, sincerity, kindness, and respect for others. I also value a man with respect for both God and country. I appreciate a person of intelligence. I am drawn to the eyes and smile first. I love animals, small children, friends and family...
I am a mixture of Scottish, German, Czech, and Native American (Cherokee) heritage.
I love the simple pleasures of life. I love mild sunny days, rainy days, starry nights, the beauty of nature and the fascinating and wonderful creatures that share our planet with us.
My favorite smells are rain, vanilla, green apple, and homemade bread baking.
My favorite flowers are roses (especially lavender or pink) and daisies.
My favorite colors are pink, lavender, and green.
I love dainty, feminine things; soft, comfortable things; rustic, country things; western, southern things; antique, primitive things; and...the list is endless. I am constantly discovering new things of interest.
Glad to see Obama go...Will Trump deliver better? Is he worthy? Jury is still out. I am not a fan of big government, constitutional infringements, disrespect of God, flag, or country. Dislike arrogant people who are unkind, cruel, disrespectful, or non-trustworthy. Also, people (male or female) who overestimate either their intellect or their sex appeal...LOL