Can We Turn To Greek Mythology For Calming?

2021, still in the grip of the pandemic, calls for a sense of calm and happiness. Maybe we can turn to Greek Mythology to help us.

In Greek mythology, Alkyone was the daughter of Aeolus, the wind god. When she learned that her husband had died at sea, she threw herself into the Mediterranean and was transformed into the beautiful bird called the kingfisher (so romantic!).

Aeolus calmed the sea for his daughter to hatch a brood of eggs on a floating nest.

We now use the phrase, halcyon days, to mean a time of calm and happiness.

 

In the turbulent days ahead as we change leaders, get vaccinated and remain socially distanced we will be seeking some halcyon days.

Ways to gain calm and happiness:

  • Take a walk in nature – breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds, laugh at squirrel antics…you’ll be surprised how happy you’ll feel.
  • Begin feeding birds at home, whether you hang feeders in your backyard or get the ones that suction cup to your windows. Birds can be fascinating to watch. Yellow finches, hummingbirds and woodpeckers are among my favorites.
  • Adopt a pet. There’s nothing like pet snuggles and animal antics to make you laugh and love.
  • Read a romance novel with a Happily-Ever-After ending.
  • Take a long, soaking bath. Add some bubbles or bath salts to soak those worries away. 
  • Get the whole family in on the happiness by playing a board game. The benefits will include family bonding, healthy competition and laughs among others. My memories include playing Monopoly, Scrabble, Pictionary, Trivia…

What would you add to this list?

What gives you calm and happiness?

 

7 Things I Learned in 2020

2020 has been tough for everyone the world over and it’s predicted that this winter will be pretty bad with possible lock-downs again. So here is my attempt to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. 

7 Things I Learned in 2020:

  1. Walking & deep breathing helps with anxiety – I normally have a tendency to be a worry-wart and 2020, with its fear of contracting the coronavirus and stressing over masks and social distancing, has ramped up my anxiety ten-fold. This year I have really depended on my methods of walking in the fresh air and mediating with deep breaths to calm me back down to Earth. It truly works for me and 2020 has proven it without a doubt. Do you battle with worry and anxiety? Normally or just this year?
  2. I’ve learned about writing mysteries – If 2020 gave us anything, it gave us more time for our home activities. My two favorite genres are romance and mysteries. Since I’ve published one romance and have written two more, I decided to try my hand at a cozy mystery series to take my mind off the contagious droplets floating in the air outside my door. Did you pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill this year?
  3. Most people have too much stuff – A good way to pass a few days at home is to clean out your closets. Pull out anything you haven’t worn in the last year – odds are you won’t wear it in the years to come either, so donate it where someone else could wear it. If you are a shoe- or purse-fanatic (like me) you know you need to weed out a few every year to be able to buy more, unless you have a closet that you can designate exclusively for your shoes or purses. Blankets, afghans, luggage bags and belts are the same way – if you haven’t used them, keep your favorites and donate the rest. Remember, reuse/recycle/repurpose is better for us and the planet! De-clutter your house and it will become a more calming and rejuvenating retreat.
  4. There’s always things to do at home – I love to travel – camp in the woods, hike, site-see, experience new things but Little Miss Coronavirus put her foot down on that this year. Bummer. So since we were sticking around home a lot, there is always chores or updates to do. You know, the things you are always planning on getting to but there’s usually a bunch of funner things to do instead? This year we planted some trees, had a garage built, replaced a ceiling fan, built a house address sign and painted. This way, we can travel and camp all we want next year and not feel guilty that there is so much to do at home 🙂 Did you do any home chores or improvements?
  5. Reassurance in the goodness of people – I love seeing the videos of all the people doing something nice for someone else. The boy who gave out snacks to the delivery people, the townspeople who ran an auto-parade for an elderly lady celebrating her 100th birthday, people donating and delivering food to people in need, thank you cards and signs for our first responders, nurses and doctors. There is so much sadness and stress this year that we need to see people pitching in to thank or help, sometimes, a complete stranger. Keep those videos coming!
  6. I like my own company – I am mostly an introvert and homebody so I guess staying home hasn’t been as hard on me as some people (my husband is the social butterfly) however, this year has practically made me a recluse – minus the ratty bathrobe, body odor and paranoid mindset. Still, spending more time alone has shown me that I like my own company. Have you found you’re okay with less socializing or are you someone who calls up the library just to chat to someone? (I work at the local library and we have had people call up with random questions.)
  7. There is hope for 2021! – Any time now there will be vaccines available and we will spend next year under new national leadership with a female in the co-pilot seat. Things are definitely looking up. Hang in there everyone. It has been hard and my heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone to this virus, but we will get past this with caring, caution and science.

What have you learned in 2020?

What are you looking forward to the most in 2021?

It’s July and we’re still in a pandemic…

I hope you are, like me, only going out when you need to and staying safe. You know the deal – wash your hands, wear a face covering and wait at least 6′ away from others. Remember, these guidelines may be irritating and sometimes problematic but it’s what is going to save your life!

So, now that’s out of the way…what are you doing to keep your sanity during this pandemic?

I am:

  • Reading of course. I’ve collected a small bookcase of books picked up at random book sales and thrift stores over the past couple of years. So, I’ve been working my way through them not wanting to deal with library books handled by others. After things get back to normal, well as normal as we can, I won’t feel guilty in filling up that bookcase again with new books.
  • Writing of course. I’m trying my hand at a mystery with romance.
  • Hobbies are good. I play games on my phone and laptop. I build miniature dollhouses (see post: How to Have Fun With Miniatures ). I’ve dug out my old stamp collection and have enjoyed looking over them again. A great way to relax and pass the time is to color in an adult coloring book. I’m also addicted to jigsaw puzzles.
  • Landscaping our yard. My husband and I have planted trees, spread bark in the flower beds and have planned/scheduled a garage to be built just behind the house.

What are some things you are doing? Maybe it will give others ideas if they are running on low and tempted to go out in public.

True Love ~ A Mother’s Day Poem – #MothersDay2019

To all mothers of children and and fur babies alike – Happy Mothers Day!
Enjoy Dorinda’s poem.

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

I wrote this in 2014 and have shared it the past couple of years. It has now become my traditional Mother’s Day Poem.  For all the beautiful women who bring joy and love to child’s heart, have a blessed and beautiful day!!  ❤

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A mother’s love is true

For it beautifully blossoms

Like a rose, softly unfolding,

Enveloping,

Opening the heart,

Nurturing the soul

©2014 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved
Photo: Pixabay

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Why Should Earth Day Be Just One Day?

I agree with oh, so many people, that Earth Day must become everyday. We have a gorgeous planet but we won’t if we keep abusing it.
One way to honor our Earth is to enjoy nature in all its wonder. Here are just a few photos taken during my family’s numerous camping trips. Enjoy!

Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks & my son

Cooper’s Rock State Park (WV) & my son

Cooper’s Rock Overlook

Wind farm (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) – Cucumber Falls & my other son

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) natural waterslide

I hope these photos encourage you to get out and enjoy nature for yourself. It’s good for us to go “off the grid” once and awhile to recharge our inner batteries.

Share some of the places or activities you’ve enjoyed…

 

Books, Words & Lists – What’s Not To Love?

Have you discovered Top Ten Tuesday (TTT)? It’s a weekly blog post project at That Artsy Reader Girl that provides topics to make your own Top Ten list.

Top Ten

 

So if you love books, words and lists (like me) you will enjoy this Top Ten Tuesday series!

Be sure to check out previous posts:

TTT – I Need Mooooore

TTT Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Okay, I’m going to go back to creating my own list now. I have lists all over my house – on scraps of paper, colorful post-it notes and whole sheets of paper.

What do you make lists about?

It’s Chinese New Year!

It’s Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year

I love dragons –

golden dragon

My Tribute To Dragons

I enjoy Feng Shui –

Feng Shui For a New Home

Feng Shui For Children

I love bamboo and lotus flowers –

I love to eat with chopsticks –

I love fireworks!

fireworks

If You Just Can’t Wait For Fireworks…

I also love fortune cookies

(even though I know they were invented in San Francisco)

What do you love that’s Chinese?

I wish everyone a Prosperous & Healthy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year

 

 

2019 – A Fresh New Year

Do you have disappointments, regrets and missed opportunities from 2018 bringing you down? We all fail at our resolutions, fall short of a goal or regret a missed opportunity, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Brush it off and stand up straight because you have a whole new year in front of you and a fresh start with 2019.

2019 New Year's

Give yourself a few minutes to recall positive moments and goals from 2018…

  • I finished writing my second romance novel and began querying for representation and publication.
  • I created my plot/timeline for book #3. plot line storyboard
  • I began creating my new office/library/craft room.
  • I discovered some new, healthy recipes.
  • I completed my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 48 books.
  • Both of my sons are now living down in NC with us. North Carolina State Line Sign

Good for you!

Now, set some goals and inspirations for 2019…

  • I want to complete a second draft of my third book.
  • I want to gain a contract for book #2.
  • I will begin querying for a reprint of my 1st book (Hong Kong Treasure – publisher closed within a year of its publication). Hong Kong Treasure
  • I will complete my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books.
  • I will limit my consumption of sugar, dairy and wheat.

Great! Now don’t let any doubt and negativity creep in. Fight it. Start each day with positive thoughts and energy. Remember, you are a great you. Don’t let anyone tell you different. You can shine in 2019!

2019 New Year's

Tell me your positive items from 2018 and a goal for 2019. Let’s share some much-needed support 🙂

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In Case You Missed It … 2018

2018 is almost done and 2019 is approaching fast.

So, while we are still here in 2018 let’s recap. “In case you missed” any of these…

2018 with fireworks

Feng Shui

Want a Lucky 2018?

 

Romance

What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

8 Romance Sub-genres To Find Your Next Love

6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

6 Nontraditional Places To Have A Romantic Wedding

 

Inspiration

What Can Spring Teach Us About Life?

Heroes of Hurricane Florence

 

Cats

Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

 

Friday Fun

4 Funny Jokes To Start Your Weekend

 

Blogiversary

It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 Years!

 

I thank all my followers and visitors for your support and friendship through 2018.

I hope meet and connect with even more of you in 2019!

Merry Christmas To All!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas tree with gifts

My 5 Favorite Christmas TV Shows:

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  2. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  4. Sound of Music
  5. It’s A Wonderful Life

Christmas stocking

My 5 Favorite Christmas Carols:

  1. O Holy Night
  2. Silent Night
  3. I’ll Have A Blue Christmas Without You (Elvis)
  4. Anything by Trans-Siberian Orchestra! 
  5. Sleigh Ride

Child at Christmas

My 5 Favorite Christmas Presents:

  1. Books!
  2. Lottery Tickets
  3. Jigsaw Puzzles
  4. Jewelry
  5. Chocolate

books

How about you? What are your favorites?

I wish you all peace and goodwill during this holiday season and don’t forget to share that goodwill with others who have less.

Keep the Christmas spirit going throughout the year because people’s needs do not occur only at this time of year.

Past Christmas posts:

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

10 Of My Favorite Christmas Movies