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My One Word is BREATHE

November 11, 2018

On my drive down to Lewes, I started listening to the Audible book Just Breath Mastering breathwork for success in life, Business and Beyond by Dan Brule. I have been drawn to this book for quite some time, and finally bought it and downloaded it.  Once I started listening to it, I felt that I had found the missing piece of a puzzle that I have been looking for to sum up in one word the direction that I was going in.   Let me paresis this by saying that I also just finished the book One Word by Jon Gordon who talks about focusing on one word for a year. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. He also has a book out called Life Word. Which I think that I found, I also think it may be the path that I am being called to and my life purpose. That word is BREATHE!

As I was driving down today, Breathe just fit the direction my life and business is going!!! The obvious one is the Laughter Yoga that I have been practicing and sharing since March 2014. Which is right after the time my chronic pain started and I was searching for Something/Anything to help navigate through the depression, anxiety, and pain that I was feeling in all pillars of my life.

October 2017, I became very interested in Essential Oils and Aromatherapy which I have seen work miracles in my life as well as my Aunt Janice’s life since we have been caregiving with her.  I also thought about other aspects of my life.

Looking into other aspects of my life, my stones that I have collected, rubbed, carried, worried with, meditated on, photographed, and wire wrapped. Stones have always brought me comfort in a very natural way. In a holistic kind of way.

I do not consider myself “New Age” and the practices that some new age cultures lend itself. I see myself more as a naturalist, maybe a little naturopathic. Enjoying what Nature has already provided us.

I also look at my hobbies, I have always enjoyed crafts. Since I was about five years of age and my Grandmother taught me how to do the chain stitch in crochet. I remember sitting very still and kind of be in a calm state, just doing the chain stitch with a whole skein of yarn which usually was long enough to wrap around the whole outside of the farm house thank I would rip it out and do it all over again.

I have done crafts ever since, it has morphed into different crafts. I use to do latch hook, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, of course crocheting, wire wrapping and now I am even weaving. I am guessing that while doing these crafts my breathe also changes and slowed down. Doing this kind of repetitive action can also put you into a different kind of state of mind. All those crafts brought a calmness, and repetitive action that was comforting and relaxing to me.

Growing up and even now, I find peace and relaxation as I explored nature. Growing up I had access to a large working farm with woods and a large stream running through it. I would love to  breathe in the smells of nature, play with the farm animals and watch the birds as they flew overhead.  I used to collect nature’s treasures such as old snake skins, turtle shells, leaves, and but especially stones. Moving to Delaware that exploration just moved to the beach and collecting sea glass, and beach stones and breathing the salt air and listening to the rhythm of the waves crash on the beach. I always tried to pattern my breathing to the waves.

Mark, who has been with me on countless photographing nature walks, has mentioned that he observes me in a kind of meditative thought when I have a camera in my hand. I find the noise in my head stops, my breathing slows down, and I look at the world through whatever lens, I just happen to have on my camera at that time.

I have noticed that my life, my store which reflects me, has been evolving especially in the last year. I am getting away from the “gifty” side and moving more into the nature holistic side.  When you walk in my shop people have said “it is very relaxing in here”.  I have soft piano music playing in the background, you see the beauty of nature in all the stones and sea glass all around and my wire wrapping. Many people gravitate toward the moving sand art pictures, Exotic Sands, and just stand there and watch it, commenting that it is very Zen like.  l will always be focusing on my wire wrapping and my photography, but as you walk in now also see doTerra Essential Oils as well the HempWorx Hemp CBD oils. I am looking forward to seeing where this new self-discovery and new word BREATHE take me.

Posted in Delaware, Delmarva, Lewes, Nature, Photography, Wildlife

Photographing on Delmarva

I have been interested in photography since I was in grade school.  My both my Mother and Father are shutter bugs.  My mother gave up photography  several years ago due to some heath issues,  but my father is still out there photographing, underwater as well as on land, and teaching Photoshop.  There are people who come into my store that are interested in Photography from hobbyist to professionals. I have the opportunity to speak to many of them about photography. Some give me wonderful nuggets of information.

Many people ask me where are my favorite places to go shooting? There are so many wonderful spots to take pictures here on Delmarva   If you like wildlife and nature here are just a few of my favorites.

If you like architecture, Delmarva has many historic and quaint little towns, that are great to go photographing in, a few of my favorites are.

  • Lewes Delaware
  • Easton Maryland
  • St. Micheals, Maryland
  • Chestertown, Maryland

Don’t forget that Delmarva  Peninsula is a large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States, occupied by Delaware and a small part of Maryland and Virginia. It’s also close to alot of other great places which are just a couple of hours away such as D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.

I just found a new blog that many of my photography friends may be interested in… DelMarVa Fhoto Forum and The Perfect Tyme.

May I suggest that you join a  camera clubs in the area which you live, in Delaware we have two that I am aware of

  1. Coastal Camera Club in Lewes,
  2. Delaware Photographic Society
  3. Apogee Internet Photography Magazine Photography Clubs

Judy Rolde has been offering photography classes and workshops on Delmarva since 2004.  Some of her class include Digital Photography 101, Digital Intermediate, Digital Workflow, and Digital One On One.  Delmarva Photo Safari  to unique locations in the Delmarva area where photographers learn new skills while enjoying and affordable getaway. She takes people on 2 hour/ less than a mile  Photo Walks  combine historic ommentary with creative photography tips. Digital Phtography Expeditions, and Photo Scavenger Hunts.

Horizon Photography Workshops

There  are also photography workshop at the Ward Museum in January, Kevin Fleming will be doing a presentation. Art in Nature Photography Competition
August 12, 13 & 14, 2011  The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University

There is a Tulip Festival April 15 and 16, 2011 in Lewes, DE which has a photo contest associated with it. For more info on the photo contest please check Lewes Chamber of Commerce

Delmarva on View Photography Contest sponsored by the Lewes  Public Library

Just a few ideas. If we band together, you may be able to car port with each other, and some of the events offer discounted group rates. Go For it! I hope to see you there!

I have been asked many times if I have any of my photographs on-line?  my reply has been no, scared of the right-click thing. I asked a professional photographer one day what he does to get his work to be seen?  He told me about Zenfolio.

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World Oceans Day

June 8th

World Oceans Day, June 8

I was looking through one of the books that I sell in the storeThe World is Blue, How Our Fate And The Ocean’s Are One   by Sylvia A Earle. Ms Earle is an oceanographer and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. In her book she talks about how  we have learned more about our oceans in the last 50 years, than ever before. She states that the changes that the ocean has endured has threatened the existence of life on Earth. How the planet is about to be on an irreversible environmental crisis, not just from the recent oil spill  but also from wasteful fishing, pollution, and global warming.   She offers suggestions and solutions that we need to act on now,  before it is too late.

 I am very much a nature lover. I have  lived around the ocean my whole live,  and have spent countless hours either playing in surf, snorkeling with the dolphins, photographing the shore birds, picking up sea glass, shells, or beach pebbles. After looking through the book, I began to think about how the water world and the land world are very connected. Not only by the animals that live in both land and sea, but also the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, and the relaxation and enjoyment that we get from beach combing.

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Sand N Stones

Several people have asked me why I changed the name of the store from Just For You Unique Gifts to Sand N Stones, Delaware and Nature Shoppe. I want to tell you why and maybe you will also understand why I have started this blog. Right now in my life, I am at a cross roads, I am finding that I am re-creating myself once again. Perhaps it is because I reached a mild milestone in my life hitting the big 40, or perhaps it is just because the world today is a very different world then what it was just five years ago.

Today, I am enjoying simpler things, like spending time with my love ones that includes my two yorkies, Topaz and Jasper, wire wrapping gemstones, and taking pictures of the world around me, spending time walking the beaches and the gardens of Delaware picking up Sea Glass, Sea Pottery, Cape May Diamonds, Beach Stones, and Shells. I have a shop, Sand N Stones, in Lewes, Delaware where I sell my wire wrapped or what I like to called wire framed jewelry, and my photographs, along with some Nature and Delaware books and gifts. When I think of Lewes, I think of Cape Henlopen State Park where I spend countless hours walking and photographing my surroundings. I also think of the rich history that Lewes has to offer. Lewes was the first Settlement in 1631 as well as the first town in Delaware.

My vision for my blog at this time, is to tell you about Delaware, talk about the wildlife that you would find on Delmarva, what is going on at Sand N Stones, and a little bit about what is going on with me, but like everything else in this world, it will always be evolving.

I would like this to be an interactive blog, it isn’t much fun to hold conversations with myself.


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