Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Learn about the Person who Writes this Blog

Hello everyone!  Thank you all so much for visiting me here! I thought it would be good to make a post with the purpose of giving you all a chance to get to know me better.  Those of you who are my regular and frequent followers may know some of these things about me, but before you think you know, please take a moment to read this post, as there are things that I haven't shared here that you may not know!  :)

1.  I am not sure if any of you are familiar with the Sea Shepherd and its mission.  In the event that some of you may not be aware, I am providing a link here.  Click here
I think that this is a great organization and I really value what they are doing!  I really believe that the oceans and wildlife within are very important to the world and our lives.  

2.  I struggle with depression;  I do not "suffer from' it, but I do struggle with it and as a result I fully understand those who deal with mental illness issues.  For those who do not struggle with depression, they have no idea how hard it is. For example, people who have never experienced this debilitating illness are often heard saying things like, "Cheer up".  or "Snap out of it."  See, sadness and depression are two entirely different things.  Sadness, to me, is an emotion, and one that we can "snap out of" by our reaction to people and experiences around us.  Depression is a mental illness that many struggle with, and for those of us who do, we know that this is something that you cannot "snap out of"...it is, however, and thankfully, treatable, and there are ways to cope with it.  One of my ways of coping with depression is through this blog!  See, it gives me a good feeling to know that I may be helping others by posting videos and photos....and quotes that make others think, smile and just gives them the opportunity to forget their troubles, even for a short time.  For me this is good therapy.  I also find joy and peace knowing that God loves me and accepts me who I am, and I am very grateful for Him and all He has given me.

3.  I handle cold weather better than I do hot and humid conditions.  I can always put on an extra sweater, etc., when it is cold, but when it is too hot, I must be very careful to drink plenty of water and try to stay away from extreme humid conditions as much as possible.  I am very prone to getting heat stroke so I always try to take the necessary precautions during these humid times.

4.  I am a highly sensitive person (HSP).  I shed tears when I watched movies such as "E.T.", "Bambi" and "Love Story."  I really need time on a daily basis to reflect, to relax, to rejuvenate...quiet time.  

5.  I love animals and nature!  I find it very therapeutic and rejuvenating to be around gardens, animals and calm and quiet settings.  I also love children and the elderly.  Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I don't love all people, it is just that I have a special place in my heart for children and the elderly. As I believe that animals can teach us much, I feel that children can as well...and so can the elderly.  Animals and children are natural, "what you see is what you get", basically, and they can teach us much about love, patience, compassion and just enjoying life to the fullest and living in the moment.  The elderly have lived through much, have a lot of experience and wisdom, and can teach us much about life.

The video I have chosen for this post is one that made me shed tears...however, tears of joy and love!  This is a perfect example of how animals love unconditionally!  The video is just under 3 minutes long.  Enjoy!

The photos I am sharing today are ones that I took on June 19th.  As usual, I don't know what they are, but I loved them so decided to take these photos.  You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.

Quote:  The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. - Brian Tracy

Quote:  The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Quote:  But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having. - John Perry Barlow

Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share by clicking on the 'comments' link at the end of my post.


  1. Linda, you are an inspiration. Thank you for searching out interesting videos, posting lovely pictures and finding and publishing inspirational words.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing about yourself, Linda. We have a lot in common! I, too, admire the work of Sea Shepherd in trying to help ocean wildlife. I struggle with depression, too, and find that my blogging and reading others' blogs like yours helps connect me to others.

    Lovely video! I love the interaction between the child and the dog.

  3. Linda, you are an inspiration. thank you for your postings!

  4. Lovely photos, Petunia, Impatiens, the last one I don't know. Video, animals have that inner understanding we cannot see. Sharing yourself with us, we are all the richer for reading your words. Sea Shepherd, wonderful work they do, and supporters so necessary. Greetings from Jean

  5. The pretty pink ones are petunias, and I just saw these fuzzy ones a few days ago, their name has escaped me. I suffered from depression for many years, from a teenager till I was nearly forty. I took a medicine, but it gave me hallucinations and night terrors. I woke up and ran. Well, the meds had been prescribed by a regular doctor, not a specialist. My husband is now on Prozac.

  6. I think we all know where we can live best. I don't do well in the cold or without sun so I am in the right place.

    Your images are all really nice and summery.

  7. Linda your explanation of how you feel and think will surely inspire others of the same mind. The Sea Shepherd and all it stands for is a worthy cause indeed.

  8. Thank you for youre nice comment.
    You have a verry interesting blog.

    Inge, my choice

  9. Linda, depression is not just a mental illness
    it destroys the body and there will be other diseases that I know by my experience.Try to overcome depression and your blog will help you! You cried watching this video, when others do not cry. It's just your body's reaction to the lack of certain hormones.
    Everything will be fine, let time cures you, God will be with you!
    I love your blog, thank you for stopping by mine.

  10. Your posts are always very touching. Thank you for sharing as you surely inspire through your blog.

  11. Lovely to get to know you Linda! As usual a wonderful video that brought a smile to my face, we can always learn so much from the trueness of animals :-)

  12. Thank you for leaving a nice comment on my blog.
    I get joy from taking photos of all sorts of things but flowers, gardens, birds and quilts are near the top of my list.

  13. You have a lot of good things to share...and you do.
    Sea Shepherd has exposed at best the hypocrisy at worst the corruption of the Costa Rican government in respect of shark finning.

  14. I like your honesty and openness about yourself...I have suffered from anxiety most of my life. Your blog will help you with your depression...mine helped me as did prayer and by doodles. Hugs. Dee

  15. Blogging is a grand way to share and lift others' spirits as we cope with problems we face. I like Sea Shepherd too and belong to several conservation groups. Thanks for sharing information on depression, dear one.

  16. thanks for sharing the update about yourself. i enjoy getting to know you through the blog (and i like movies like E.T. too!) :D

  17. Hi Linda, I am leaving this comment to say thankyou for your comment to my web-post, unfortunately I can't get it to publish, so I appologise for this, and thank you anyway.
    Take care Gordon.

  18. I'm all for groups like Sea Shepherd Linda, the human race is a careering juggernaut towards the planets destruction, and it'll be like the Keanu Reeves version of the film "The Day the Earth Stood Still" before those in charge take notice.
    I can understand depression Linda, I've also been there. Although I think I'm OK these days a doctor has suggested that it's still there but not so evident.

    Loved the video.

  19. Sweet video! I, too, do not like the heat and humidity. It just drains the life out of me. As you said, it is very, very important to stay hydrated in the summer.

  20. Linda, thanks for sharing your life's journey here. I know it must have been difficult to do so and hopefully it will be cathartic for you. I do know a lot about depression....as my mother had it all of her life. I learned so much from witnessing her ups and downs and how she chose to deal with it. I learned how to be empathetic from this which has helped me throughout my life in dealing with the world.
    That video was precious. I shared it on Facebook. thanks.

  21. Olá,
    sua sensibilidade mostra bem o seu coração bondoso que faz de si uma excelente pessoa.
    2:37 de bom vídeo, as fotos estão lindas com boa luz e cor.



  22. Love, dear Linda...

  23. Great photo's ,of the flowers.I like them

  24. Hermosas flores, delicadas y con bellos colores. Un abrazo,

  25. Thank you for sharing your Life with us here Linda , not an easy thing to do.
    Love the Flowers :) and the Lovely Video

  26. Dear Linda - I know why I so love to visit your blog. Your videos and joyful pictures touch my heart. This post especially - God never makes mistakes. I also appreciate the fact that you shared your challenges. Your blog certainly lifts me up. God bless you friend.


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