Play it, Jen

Every good movie has a piano player somewhere in the background--
sometimes seen, usually unseen.
Seldom really noticed.
The feeling, the very soul of a scene, is created by that person tinkering at the keys.
It has been said, "All the world's a stage."
Well then...Play it, Jen.

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Location: Over Yonder, Missouri

I'm a California Native transplanted to the Missouri Ozarks. I've learned how to chase cows in high heels and load hay faster than you can say "Coco Chanel." These are some of our pictures and stories of living in a land with breath-taking beauty and adventure around every bend.

Friday, February 29, 2008

This is one of my livevideo friends who has a ton of great vids of his awesome playing. I think I posted his Moon River one some time back. Anyways, here he is playing Flower Duet. I didn't know you could even play stuff like this on the guitar. And Seth gave me a lecture on how difficult finger picking is so he's all the more impressed. :P

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

bleeding tree

bleeding tree
Originally uploaded by dEEsign photography

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A friend of mine confused her valium with her birth control pills.
She has 14 kids, but she doesn't really care.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ah hem.... Hey, Aunt Nellie?......

A Tale of Two Rivers

A while back we took a little day trip up to Osceola (think Cheese!) and went by scenic route. We came upon this place where the Sac and the Osage rivers meet. These are the only two northward flowing rivers in Missouri. It was a beautiful site and a place where fur-trappers, Indians, and military troops have camped at various times in recent history. Very cool place!

Two Rivers cont'd

Happy Birthday Jason!

“Last week the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang Happy Birthday.” --Stephen Wright

The ring of truth...

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love”

“It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.”

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

“There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation world than for bread.”

“I never will understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”

“Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.”

Some of my fave Leo Buscaglia quotes

"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them."

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

"If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance."

"Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong."

"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises."

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."

"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God."

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”

“We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure.”

“There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.”

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”

“Love withers with predictability; its very essence is surprise and amazement. To make love a prisoner of the mundane is to take its passion and lose it forever.”

“Love is not some complex, mystical abstraction. It is something accessible and human that we learn through our everyday experience, as often at times of failure as in moments of ecstasy.”

“Things omitted are often more deadly than errors committed.”

The Love Quiz

This is a little quiz based on one in a Leo Buscaglia book. It's good to take a moment and evaluate where you are. Give it a try! Quiz