This has been a season of changes for me.  I tried to get one last jaunt in my kayak but the wind and water did not cooperate but I am fortunate that I can see the water from inside my home. I even rearranged my living room (again) so I can see the lake while I am sitting watching TV (as long as the night has not rolled in yet). My sofa was just too tall for me to sit and still be able to see over the back  to see my favorite reason for still being in this cold weather.

I have been in bird shock for three months as my favorite bird, the golden finch, disappeared from my feeders. Imagine feeling abandoned by wild birds. I asked many people and have called the Bird Store several times and I get the same reason.  There is so much natural food for them like berries and nuts that they are not coming to the feeders. In my 21 years here, this had never happened before. I finally gave up my search for them after all this time and a few have come back occasionally.  I surprised myself that I was so depressed because I could not see my favorite birds and I missed their molting back to the duller colors of the females. Yet…I have many other different birds like the Tufted Titmouse, White Breasted Nuthatch and Black Capped Chickadee.  I am human and do not like change but I am accepting the change (do I have a choice?)

This year is also the year of the Canadian Geese.  I awoke one morning and when I looked out; I saw an armada of around 200 geese in front of the beach.  They were not pooping on the beach though; they kept putting their butts in the air as they were pecking at grass under the water.  My local geese were there but the bulk of the geese were migrating south so they were stocking up on food under the water. One morning I was up early enough to see them all fly in formation to the lake and then watched as they parted in groups to different parts of the lake to feed near shore. The migrant ducks were here for three weeks but they have since left because of the cold, I think. I really am fortunate and have no reason to be disappointed in anything yet I do miss the antics of the golden finch. They gave me a reason to always be looking out the windows.

Do you have a loved one who only likes practical gifts?  This article gave me so much info on things that I did not know existed.  Even if I am not aware of how to use them, someone younger in my family will know.  Imagine their surprise to get one of these items and the knowledge that I will also receive.  Who knows, maybe I will get  one  of these for me.

We are in the midst of a lot of preparation for Christmas.  One preparation that you may not be aware of is the energy you can use in preparation for the Winter Solstice.  I was not aware of just what an opportunity we have at this time.  Do you remember 12-12?  Well, Archangel Gabriel is giving advice on how to use this powerful time to your best benefit. I know this is adding another thing for you to do but it can be as small as 2 minutes a day and you will be rewarded greatly. Let’s bring in the LIGHT.

Do you know someone with dyslexia?  A font has been created just for them to make it much easier for them to understand what they are reading.  Isn’t it great that we live in a time of such great inventions? Pass the  word along.

Here is a perfect example of how tragedy brought out compassion and love in 12th graders.  The children are not aware yet of the greatest lesson they ever learned from their beloved teacher. This is the true  meaning  of Christmas.

Ok, Ok, I am going down memory lane.  Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?  Do you remember your Christmases as a child?  We thought it was agonizing to wait soooo long for it to get here but we certainly did a lot of smiling.

Love and Light



Merry Christmas! Have a blessed Day whatever you do and whoever you do it with. Even if you are alone physically, there are many blessed angels with you in Spirit. I will be alone on Christmas Day myself and I am grateful for the time to enjoy receiving the Gifts of the Magi in the quiet of my own home. The link is below.

Have you ever considered that you might receive the Gifts of the Magi? Well, you can. Panache Desai has three separate meditations on the gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh which are each about 30 minutes long. What an opportunity to take a few quiet moments for yourself and receive these gifts that are priceless.

Today, I went back in time within my memories isn’t that what Christmas is all about? 36 years ago, my first grandchild was born. I felt a different love than I have ever experienced before and I made a promise that I would help her experience the love she gave me. Each Christmas until my grandchild was 18 years of age, I would give her a Christmas ornament that reflected something important that happened in her life that year. I would have our picture taken as the ornament was placed by her on the tree. My vision was that when my grandchildren left home for the first time, they would have a small package of love to place in their new home whatever or wherever that was. Whether their new home was when they went away to college or to a new job or even to join in the military. The yearly pictures could be in an album and reflect the changes in them and also me on a progressive yearly basis. These ornaments and pictures would be a strong reminder of just how much they are loved and their fun and happy memories of growing up. This tradition would lessen the loneliness they might feel. They would be a little touch of home.

My oldest son, his wife and his three children are coming to visit on Christmas Eve day so I will have all his family together at one time. My youngest grandchild is now 7 years old and I am getting a strong urge to explain all of the above to her as I think she is old enough now to understand. Her brother 26 years old and sister 24 years old, will probably like the reminder of just how much they were and are also loved. Both sets of my grandparents had passed away before I was born, so I set a new precedent and tradition as I had no memory of being loved by grandparents.

These words carry the true Spirit of Christmas and it is a message to you from the angels much as the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the Magi.

Can you see yourself as the Council of Light sees; you? Read on and see if this is a description of you.

Santa brings tears to a hard core marine. Christmas and gift giving is for everyone, young and old.

Can anyone say that the angels were not with her at this time in her and her father’s life?

Words of Wisdom from Abraham.

We would like you to reach the place where you’re not willing to listen to people criticize one another… where you take no satisfaction from somebody being wrong… where it matters to you so much that you feel good, that you are only willing to think positive things about people…you are only willing to look for positive aspects; you are only willing to look for solutions, and you are not willing to beat the drum of all of the problems of the world. —Abraham Excerpted from: Cincinnati, OH on September 22, 2004

Merry Christmas

Love and Light

Mary Grace



Merry, Merry Christmas! Happy Holy Days everyone! What a milestone Christmas this is. The lake is as calm as a mirror and it is reflecting all the trees and the houses in its image. The Hooded Mergansers, my favorite divers or dobblers as I call them, are still here. I don’t know if it is because their path to the south is hindered by all the bad weather other states are having or if it is because the weather here is so mild. I love it personally. I am grateful that all the travelers have better driving conditions and also flying conditions. Here in the Northeast at least. As I awoke to this very unusual Christmas and looked out at the lake, I thought, if I had not put my kayak away for the winter, I would be out in it right now. Who knew it would be like this, lets enjoy it while we can because we know that it will change. HANG ON YOU SKIERS, YOUR TIME WILL COME. It feels like spring and I have Spring Fever. I even wore a white jacket and white shoes to the midnight Mass last night. It felt right although I don’t usually wear white in the winter.

I know some of you are alone on this day and yet you are never alone. You have YOU. Why do we feel less than when we are alone on a holiday? There is a treasure in being still and being with just you at your own pace and you can even stay in your pajamas. Do you know yourself? Alone, you do not need to be someone you are not just to please friends or relatives. I see that being with family or being alone as both ends of the spectrum and there is a balance in that. We have all spent a holiday alone or with family and friends. Neither is better than the other, it is just an opportunity to have a different experience. Whatever you are experiencing is perfect for you at this time. Enjoy and be merry.

Have you ever gone shopping like this, it signifies the real meaning of Christmas. I think she had fun and she knows how to be happy.

What is the best Christmas present?

Is this the real “SPIRIT” of Christmas? Our feelings and love for another never dies.

Whatever you are doing or being, wherever you are today. know just how loved you are I love you and I am very grateful that you are in my life.

Love and Light

Mary Grace