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This morning I was looking at a book on Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor who is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture.  I have had it for over 25 years.  I opened it at the page about the passionate love story of Rodin and Camille Claudel who was his lover, student and assistant. (Rodin also had a lover named Rose and many other affairs) She was 20 years younger than Rodin and only 18 when they met. I became intrigued by their relationship t-hat greatly influenced both their works.
220px-Camille_Claudel Camille Claudel (1863-1943)
 Camille was a woman who was a brilliant sculptor but eventually mental illness took over. She became paranoid that Rodin was copying her works.
Her passion for Rodin is seen in the photograph of her bronze “The Waltz”. Interesting that her erotic art sculptures were looked down upon because she was woman, but Rodin’s works that also shocked the art world were accepted and praised. Rodin bequeathed a room for Camille’s works in the Rodin Museum, but they did not make it into the Rodin Museum till 1953!  The national Camille Claudel Museum in Nogent-sur-Seine opened in 2017, and the Musée Rodin in Paris has a room dedicated to Claudel’s works.
camille claudel The Waltz Rodin
Rodin’s work caught my attention a few years ago after the Ghost Ranch retreat I facilitated.  I watched a documentary on Alfred Steiglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband, who showed some of Rodin’s works in his New York studio. Georgia O’Keeffe was determined to be free of Steiglitz’s control and lived on the Ghost Ranch for years, but she remained married to him and Steiglitz promoted O’Keeffe’s art. Unlike Camille, O’Keeffe’s works flourished and evolved till she was in her 90’s!
But it was Camille’s story that touched my heart this morning…so I thought I’d pass it on to my artistic readers. It shows how hard it has been for women to express freely who we truly are. Camille broke away from Rodin’s dominance, but unfortunately could not sustain her creativity for very long. She died in 1943 after 30 years in a mental institution.
If you are interested here is a link to more of Camille’s sculptures and story:
Art is sacred breath and soul…expressing who we are…let it flow in and out whatever way you desire…
Peacefully, Jane
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Most of my writing over the years has come after my meditations.  It is a free flowing writing that does not have form.  It is my inner voice speaking to me and it has been a wonderful way to remember the insights I had during my meditations.

I have joined a poetry group and the poets in this group write some stirring poems.  When I try to write in form, my poems seem a little stiff or forced to me. Then I came across Japanese Haiku.  Basho is a famous Japanese poet and I have some of his poems on my blog and people always love to read them.

So during our recent snow storms, I have been reflecting on spring and I wrote a few Haiku.  Haiku has 5 syllables in the 1st line, 7 syllables in the 2nd and 5 syllables in the 3rd.  Give it a try if you like to write poetry! I think it is fun!

Jane’s Spring Haiku 2018

Cluster of blossoms

Call to the awakening

New birth peeks out

 

Spring snow covers

Still Crocus waits in silence

My impatience grows

 

Buds before blooms

Cherry blossoms soon to grace

Snow tipped branch

 

A promise always

To return to love’s blooming

Upon a spring day

Happy Spring everyone!  We will be celebrating the return of our spring blossoms soon.

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

USUI Reiki Master, Natural Sound Healing

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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Peaceful Way Sound Energy Session 

Sound was the earliest tool used by humans for vibrational healing. Mothers used their voices to calm their babies. When a person was hurt, they groaned. Our bodies are vibrating all the time as we are energy beings. Sound is a vibration, moving in waves. Wikipedia describes sounds as “a traveling wave which is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid, or gs, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing and of a level sufficiently strong to be heard, or the sensation stimulated in organs of hearing by such vibrations”. When we pull a sting on a guitar, the strings next to it vibrates from the sound produced. In the same way, our body responds to sounds around us. Sound frequencies can be a wonderful healing tool.

I am available weekly for Peaceful Way Sound Energy Sessions for energy balancing, relaxation and stress reduction. I personalize the session with chants and toning to meet your needs and use tuning forks on and around your body. I often include drumming and bells.

Book an Appointment

The sessions are 1 ½ hours in Meaford, Ontario Canada. As I am a Reiki Master/Practitioner you will also receive the benefits of hands on and around the body. Reiki a Japanese relaxation modality is also a vibrational healing and compliments the sound session.

Please e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com Meaford Ontario

Discover how sound and Reiki can improve and sustain your health and well-being. My fee is $50.00 per session.

About Sound Energy Healing

We each have our own likes and dislikes of music. We know that listening to loud sounds can damage our hearing. However, soft sounds calm and relax us. Music affects our emotions and evoke memories. Dance music makes us want to move and be active. We only have to be aware of the power of sound and use it as a key to healing and to assists us to know ourselves more fully as vibrational beings. In my holistic natural sound sessions, I use sound – tuning forks, chants, toning, drumming, rattles, bells – for your personal healing and relaxation..

While the use of sound and music for healing is ancient and is found in many spiritual and sacred traditions, it is a relatively new modality in the modern complementary healing arts. Sound Healing encompasses virtually all aspects of the auditory phenomenon… music, drumming, nature sounds, electronic sounds, and vocal sounds.

Drumming:

The drum is the earliest instrument to be used for healing and communication. Today, scientists are learning the healing properties of drumming for use in heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer treatment.

Tuning Forks:

I use sound with my Reiki sessions as it relaxes and assists in balancing my clients’ energies centers, known as chakras. Sound is a vibrational healing and I pass tuning forks over and around the body, the body responds to these vibrations by relaxing and calming. When our bodies are calm, they can heal naturally.

Chants:

Chanting has also been used since ancient times for healing. Try chanting your own name or tone the vowel sounds – a, e, i,o,u – and feel how your body responds. Feel the sound stirring and awaking and illuminating each cell in your body. Imagine each cell receiving love as you chant. The “Ohm” sound is wonderful to use as you begin to meditate as it opens your consciousness to the Divine as your body soothes and calms from this sound. “Ahhh…is a sound for heart love.

Mantras:

Mantras are phrases or sentences that are repeated over and over. The ancient Vedic teachings have many mantras to use for all areas of our lives. I use simple ones that I make up. Before I go to sleep I repeat “I am calm. I am peace. I am calm. I am peace.” Then, I drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep. Each religion has its mantras to repeat. Roman Catholic’s hold rosary beads as they repeat mantras. Hindus and Buddhist use mala beads as they repeat their sacred mantras.

Finding your own Sound

You have a natural resonance (vibration) with the harmony of the Universe. As you meditate, ask for your own sound(s) to use for your personal healing and well-being. Listen…and you will receive a sound or words for you. Find your own voice. Sing your own song.

As I use the tuning forks with clients, I chant or tone intuitively. Before each session, I ask that I will receive the sound that will assist my client. I am always amazed at the sounds that I receive. They are usually short words that have no meaning to me, such as tat or wha or tume and they flow together. I’ve learned not to question what I receive but simply share them. My clients love them and I always look forward to new mantras or chants that I receive.

Personal Sound Awareness

Become aware of what music you are listening to each day. Is it healthy for your body? As I was watching the TV program the Voice this evening, I was very aware of what music resonated with my body. Some were just too harsh and brash for me. Use of swearing words in songs brings negativity, so watch your language. Listen to the sounds in your daily life and think about how they are affecting your health. Try to get rid of loud, harsh sounds as they are harmful. Teens think is it cool to swear and be loud, but their bodies and souls are asking for peace and kindness.

Sound Energy and Reiki Sessions Appointments – Meaford, Ontario

I am available weekly for Sound/Reiki Sessions for energy balancing, relaxation and stress reduction. I personalize the session with chants and toning to meet your needs. The sessions are 1 ½ hours in Meaford, Ontario Canada.

Please e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com

My fee is $50.00 per session

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth

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Rachel Freed talks about having ‘aspirations’ as we age. Here is a guided meditation by guest Ron Pevny who specializes in Elder Consciousness that can assist you to envision your aspirations. Althoug Pevny is speaking to elders, I think this meditation can benefit any age.

Envisioning Your Ideal Elderhood
An Inner Journey Toward Wholeness
By Ron Pevny

I invite you to use this guided meditative journey in whatever ways work best for you. You can have a friend slowly lead you through the process. Or you can record yourself slowly reading the script, and then periodically set aside time to take the journey and see what arises. Or you can use the sections as prompts, slowly reading each one and then in a relaxed state seeing what images arise. However you use this evocative imagery, I encourage you to pay special attention to images and feelings that evoke a strong inner sense they are showing you something important about the wholeness that is possible for you in the elder stages of your unique and precious life’s journey.

A magnificent life stage characterized by your commitment to wholeness awaits you. These next moments are a time to let your spirit soar, to ask your most authentic inner knowing however you understand and name it, for glimpses of what this wholeness can look like for you. As you choose to let go of doubt and attachment to your younger self, you have the opportunity to co-create with the divine spirit within you the fulfillment and fruition of your growth in this precious lifetime. You live in a unique time in known human history, have unique resources at your disposal, and have precious opportunity to embrace an elderhood of growth and fulfillment beyond what you have been able to imagine. So I invite you to allow yourself to get in touch with your soul’s dream for you as you look toward your future.

Begin this journey with several deep in-breaths and exhalations. Breathe in the energy of life and possibility, and exhale stress and limitation that keep the eagle in you grounded. It’s time to rise up and gain your soul’s-eye view of your next chapters. Imagine yourself soaring on the warm air currents, relaxed, free, joyous—and looking down at the elder you can become.

As you soar, focus your attention on the elder you doing all you can to enjoy health of body and mind. See and feel yourself gratefully supporting the best health possible for you in that elder body that has served you so well and enabled you to experience so much of life for so many years. Envision yourself thriving in your elder body, and feel how important it is for you to do all you can to make such thriving possible. Solidify your vision by making mental notes of this experience.

Now it’s time for a shift in focus. As you soar through the sky of possibility, see the elder you living a life enriched by meaningful relationships. See and feel yourself thriving, as you find the right balance for you between truly supportive relationships and private, quiet reflective time. See what having true community in your life looks like. Feel how important it is for your wellbeing to do all you can to make such life-enhancing relationships possible. And make mental notes of this experience.

Now another shift. As you savor the freedom of seeing your life as your soul sees it, see and feel how beautiful is the life of the elder you can be as you live unburdened by emotional baggage which distorts and saps life energy and keeps you bound to your past. See and feel the elder you enlivened by freely flowing life energy pulsing through you in each present moment and guiding you toward your future. Feel how important it is for your well-being to do all you can to make such healing possible. Make some mental notes of this experience.

It’s time for another shift in perspective. See your elder self waking each morning with eager anticipation of a day lived with commitment to service. There are so many possibilities each day to be of service. So many needs that you can help meet. So many ways to serve the community as elders have done throughout human history. Many of these will come in delightfully unexpected ways, and while others may be reflections of your abiding sense of an ongoing contribution that is uniquely yours. See and feel how important purpose and meaning are to your elder wellbeing. Feel how important it is for you to do all you can to make such a life of purpose possible. Make some mental notes of this experience.

Now, with only a slight shift in focus, you look down and see yourself as an elder whose days are brightened with laughter, joy, pleasure, excitement. You see yourself doing things that exhilarate you, that give your body and mind exciting, enlivening, and sometimes new, experiences. At a time in life that becomes bland and dull for many people, you add rich spices with your commitment to feeding yourself experiences and emotions that help you to feel alive in your body, mind and emotions. See and feel how important laughter, joy, pleasure and excitement are to your elder wellbeing. Feel how important it is for you to do all you can to bring such qualities and experiences into your life as you grow older. Make some mental notes of this experience.

Take a moment to allow yourself to feel the joy of soaring in the realm of possibility. And now see your elder self experiencing the satisfaction and challenge of learning new things and developing new talents. Can you identify what you are committed to learning? Can you see what talents you are striving to develop. Can you feel the satisfaction of knowing that you are stretching beyond your perceived limits—that you are growing and not allowing limiting, disempowering ideas about age to stop you? See and feel how important continual learning and stretching are to your elder well-being. Feel how important it is for you to do all you can to continue growing in knowledge and talent throughout your elderhood. Make some mental notes of this experience.

As you soar on the updrafts, you become aware of the incredible beauty, power, diversity and interconnectedness of life in the world in which the elder you is privileged to live. And you see how the wellbeing—in fact the very existence of yourself and the generation to follow you—is threatened by your fellow humans not realizing how vital is a strong, mutually supportive relationship with the natural world which is truly our earth mother. See and feel how important it is to you to regularly be enlivened and healed by the energies of the natural world, and to find your ways of helping to support the health of our mother. Make some mental notes of this experience.

As you continue to soar, reflect on the reality that the currents that allow you to rise above the limitations of your personality self are the currents of the spirit in you expanding your vision and amplifying the life force that flows through you. Look down and see your elder self embracing that spiritual dimension that is your source and your essence. See and feel the elder you continually deepening your relationship with your spiritual essence as other aspects of your younger self are gradually shed. And then look ahead to the time of your death and see your inner self alive with the peace of knowing that, as your body and personality end your life’s journey, the spirit in you is shining brightly as you fulfill the ultimate purpose of your life. See and feel how important your spiritual deepening is to your elder wellbeing. Feel how important it is for you to do all you can to support your spiritual growth. Make some mental notes of this experience.

And now this experience of soul-soaring is coming to an end. There will be others if you allow them, because soaring is part of what you are built for. As you gently make your way back to the earth, and this room in this time, you have been blessed with glimpses of what your inner self knows to be your ideal elderhood. Now your task is to remember these glimpses, and to begin to transform them into the goals and commitments out of which wholeness in your elderhood can be shaped. So take one last minute to remember the joys of soaring. And then take three deep breaths and feel the privilege of having a body and personality, here on this beautiful planet with so much support for enjoying the wholeness that can be your elder destiny.

You can find Ron Pevny at http://www.newsite.centerforconsciouseldering.com/

Thanks to Ron for this lovely and insightful “soul-soaring” meditation

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

USUI Reiki Master, Natural Sound Healing

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

 

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For eons, people have searched for the answers of who were are and why are we here. They have looked to religions that have provided these answers. But for others, there seems to be something beyond religious dogma and rules for living that keeps them seeking for a greater Divine connection.

This Divine connection is called spirituality, a pathway to an intimate relationship with our Creator or Source whom many may call God or Goddess. For this article, I will simply refer to our Divine connection. We experience this relationship deeply within our heart as we meditate, pray, commune in nature, or listen to one another, in our daily lives.

In spirituality, we see this Divine connection in all life and within each person. I remember my minister at the United church, when I was a teenager, saying to me “All you need to remember, Jane, is that God is love.”  Those words have stayed with me my whole life.

But how do we really experience spirituality?

I believe daily meditation leads us to living deeply, to connect with all life through an open and accessible heart. With your open heart, you let go of your fears and allow miracles to occur in your life. You transform in so many wondrous ways. Get to know your spiritual self and experience the holistic union of your body, mind and spirit. A spiritual life is exciting as it encourages us to be creative, take risks, and live passionately.

 How spirituality helps

Spirituality can assist you in many ways:

  •  to honour all religious thought and teachings. Each religion holds the codes, rituals, symbols and ancient wisdom that helps us to ascend into greater light and love.
  •  to see is not a matter of right or wrong in spirituality. It is about each person’s heart opening to embrace love and reflecting that love in our daily lives.
  •  to honour one another’s path and allowing each person to grow and prosper. If we care deeply about one another, we will not allow anyone to suffer or to live in poverty.
  •  to envision a world where we are free to be who we are and where we know our life purpose…to serve and love one another…to create the life we want in radiant peace.
  • to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the universe as we commune and care for our earth and nature.
  •  to ascend into a greater remembrance of who we are.

Life is always a great mystery for each of us to embrace.  The unknown leads us forward to greater discoveries.  Once you have experienced an intimate Divine connection, you feel connected in every moment. You have a knowing that you are never alone. When things are upsetting in your life, you know that it has greater meaning and that you can pass through these times and survive them with grace instead of depression and panic. Spirituality embraces all moments of our human existence and reveals to us our true being that we long to know and remember.

Peacefully,

Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW,  USUI Reiki Master

Graduate IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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I welcome Rachael Freed, guest article today. Rachael facilitates workshops on Legacy Letters and how to leave meaningful legacy for our families and beloveds.

The Legacy of Aspiration April, 2018
Reflection: _________________________________
Have you ever peeked to see what’s beneath your bucket list? Is there something deeper driving you? You may not be aware of it, but maybe there’s something your deeper self – your soul – wants you to do.

We aren’t just our past (genetics/ ancestors/ personal history) or our present (who we are today/our actions and lived values). We are also our future (our vision of who we will become/our aspirations of how we will make ourselves and the world better/our evolving personal purpose or mission).

Fifty years ago I left home with my then husband to serve in the US Peace Corps (Tunisia) for two years. Five years ago, I went on a ten day journey to Israel, with a group and my rabbi. Nine weeks ago, I left my habitual home, routines, language, family, friends, and set out alone to live in Jaffa, Israel, for two months. I chose Jaffa because it is an ancient city with a history and today a rare place where Jews and Arabs live together as neighbors and in harmony.

In part I went to support my oldest granddaughter, who was in Basic Training with the Israeli Defense Forces where she’d chosen to serve for two years.

But there were other reasons for my journey, although I didn’t have words nor did I really understand what was driving me. As I neared the end of my stay, my understanding of motives and learnings remained vague. Yet I knew that I’d left home curious, open to adventure and learning . . . but what?

This morning I randomly read something on my desktop my rabbi wrote in 2015. It was about the difference between who we are and who we aspire to be. He described our habitual lives: “how we tend to associate most readily with people who are just like us – same color skin, same neighborhoods, same socio-economic status – if we stay on this walkway, we continue to be carried along and become further polarized and indifferent to a world filled with a variety of people . . . . in order to change our most basic selves we have to give ourselves missions and challenges in real time, with real people that are not part of our mono-cultural circle. . . .taking opportunities to have personal interactions with members of other groups, to travel, but not in a bubble like when you visit a foreign city but wind up eating at Applebee’s.”

I’ve had “aha” moments almost every day, made mistakes, gotten lost, taken a bus North when I meant to go South, witnessed people’s sad and triumphant stories of how their families got to Israel, enjoyed incredible natural beauty, carefully preserved antiquities, and been part of hilarious and incongruous scenes.

One of my experiences was to volunteer as an assistant teacher at The SchoolHouse, a non-profit evening school, teaching English and computer skills to refugees. The students, most men in their 20s – from Eritrea, Sudan, and Somalia, (some possibly in danger of being deported!) – are earnest about their study of English, and very appreciative of their teacher and me. They each introduced themselves to me, and I to them; I told them I was from Minneapo-lis, and that we are home to the largest number of Somalis in all of the U.S.

One of the Somali students approached me after class. Wearing a broad smile, he told me his brother, Dahir, lives in Minneapolis and is studying to become an electrical engineer! We exchanged contacts, and I plan to call Dahir (to give greetings from his brother Daoud), and to ask him if he knows Somali women who would like an English tutor. Who’d have thought that a “small world” includes a 79 year old Jewish woman from Minneapolis and a 25 year old man from Somalia meeting in a Tel Aviv classroom?

And what has any of this to do with legacy – my eternal question?

As you know, I’m committed to the idea that we all are responsible to discover, preserve, and communicate our legacies in writing to future generations. I also deeply believe that we leave legacies by our acts, our interests, our lived values, and our aspirations for ourselves and the world. It’s not that I haven’t been a good example for my children and grandchildren, but my life was feeling habitual and a bit stale.

Today I feel like a refurbished house: full of good stories to tell, refreshed, relaxed and open – both empty and full – in a way I can’t yet describe. I feel fortunate to be alive, and filled with love in a very difficult world. If I pass some of that on, I’ll feel that I’ve left a worthwhile legacy to those I love.

“Messenger” [excerpt]

My work is loving the world. . . . Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on
what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished . . . .

– Mary Oliver

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Practice: _________________________________

1. Reflect about what’s on your bucket list, and what’s inside or beneath it. Questions you might consider include: Am I bored with my life? Am I stuck in a rut that is comfortable, even pleasant, but stuck never the less. Am I becoming all I want to be in my life? Are there things my heart and soul are dreaming for me that I’ve not been aware of but they’re calling to me now?

2. Write about your state of “astonishment,” that quality so apparent in young children, but often lost by the time we’re grown, that Mary Oliver writes she’s learning about at the age of eighty.

3. Write a legacy to someone you trust (and love) about who you are today, and who you aspire to be tomorrow. Share the excitement and trepidation inherent in hearing a call from deep inside to be “more”. Write about deciding on your response to the aspiration, not just for yourself, but as a significant component of your legacy.

“May all your legacies
be blessings,
Rachael Freed

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Peacefully, Jane Rosalea Brown

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I recently learned about a longer form of Japanese Haiku (lines of 5, 7, 5, syllables)that is called Tanka(lines of 5,7,5,7, 7 syllables). It is followed by  Haibun, thoughts about the Tanka.   Here is a poem I wrote after seeing a young boy walk by my home, written in a poem, then Haiki…Tanka and Haibun.

Young Boy’s Conversation

Young fair haired boy walks by
On his way home from school
Head bent, watching each step
I notice something
He is talking aloud to himself

I smile from my window seat
In conversations with myself
I am always assured
Someone is listening to me!
Wonder if he feels the same way?

Haiku 5-7-5
Young boy walks down street
Talking aloud to himself
In his carefree way

Tanka 5-7-5-7-7
Young boy walks down street
Talking aloud to himself
In his carefree way
Knows someone is listening
I smile from my window seat

Haibun about the Tanka

Walking home from school

I saw a young fair hair young boy, about ten years old, walking pass my house as I sat at the window. I smiled. At first I thought he must be talking to a dog that was behind a bush, but then I saw him clearly. He was alone, deep in thought.

The best thing about talking to oneself when you are alone is you can be assured that some is listening to you! Especially, if you speak out loud. This young fellow looked like he was having a quiet, kind of mumbling conversation. Perhaps, he was unaware his lips were moving. Nevertheless, his mind listened to him and his heart felt his words.

I realized that he was not so different from me…the elder and the young…both enjoy conversations with Self. I remember being young and wanting to share inner imaginative thoughts, but afraid of how people would respond. I still hold close my mystical thoughts and experiences. Not because of how people will respond, but simply because they are beyond words most of the time.
People lose their voices when they are older if they do not talk. I am used to talking and chanting to myself in silence and aloud, so hopefully my voice muscles will stay strong. The young fellow must have lots of thoughts, fresh and new. I hope he will be courageous and share them with others and not bury them in a cloak of silence that only he hears. I would love to listen to him.

May we have courage to voice our creative ideas and inner wisdom,
May we keep our children safe by teaching them street smarts,

Peacefully, Jane Rosalea Brown

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