Dec 18, 2008

"thankful for those who rekindle my inner spirit"

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~ Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

Beautiful Quiltdiva Julie and her blog Me and My Quilts, Exploring the Possibilities, ignites me and fill me to bursting each and every time I visit her lovely and inspirational web blog.

She has just tagged me to visit the 4th photo file in a collection and then find its 4th photo and post it. I have shared it above, another version of a previous photo from

I have also included a lovely quote (which Julie also shared) and which so perfectly matched my photo #4!

I am now tagging 4 more people to do the same on their own blogs. I am tagging 4 more women who not only inspire me but ones who have supported me as I walk my challenging journey here in Alaska, caring for my parents.

And now, I am preparing for the almost last minute arrival of my own family (from Oregon to Juneau) beginning tomorrow and continuing through Christmas as we all gather here on Douglas Island, to share the Christmas holidays.

As Julie has quoted at the bottom of her blog:

“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.

Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

There are many women (and a few men!) who have been there for me in this lifetime, some more than others. But in the blogosphere, a few surprises have come into my life and I delight in them as Internet friends as well as bloggers. Julie, of course, is one.

So playing Tag, I'm IT , or in this case YOUR'RE it, too!

1. Paula, The Quilter , the knitter, the giver of many gifts and with such a good and caring heart.

2.Shasta our new High Road Quilter, who has a knack for being able to climb high mountains while endlessly climbing over sticks and stones that seek to block her journey.

3. dee who sits in front of her brand new HDTV and still has each and everyone of us plugged into her remote to share her caring and generous heart from an endless pantry of love.

4.Tanya who crosses oceans again and again to reach out with hands of friendships and God's endless blessings to each and every one of us she 'meets'.

5. And last but absolutely not least, I have added my dear new friend, quiltmom Anna...who has given endlessly from a knowing and loving heart...again and again and again from her Canadian heart point.

And no, I'm not good at traditional math, but there is a new concept called Heartmath, and that one I do know. So, five tags are now 'it'. You go, you 'it' girls!!!!


quiltmom anna said...

Hi Michele,
What a lovely compliment that you gave us all- Thank you so much for your generous spirit and your beautiful words- I always enjoy reading your delightful prose that expresses your ideas with such caring and thoughtfulness.
I think it is so wonderful that your family is coming from Oregon- I hope that the holidays will be rich with good times, comradry and laughter as you enjoy each other's company.
Thank you for the honor and I will see about the tag when I post next time.

Tanya said...

Thank you Michele. You rekindle my spirit with your insights and beautiful photography and your life philosophy. Even though there are hardships in caring for your parents you always seem to have a handle on your feelings and the feelings of others. I think of you often.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Michele ~ I love the concept of Heartmath. Perhaps if that were used more often, there would be less distress in this world!

Thank you for your so-very-kind words. . . hugs to you across the miles.

Blessings to you and yours, and I'm so glad you can all be together for the holidays!

dee said...

Thanks so much Dear Michele. What nice things you have to say. I blush....
I'll play along soon but for today I'm posting the good news about James and Dani's engagement. It's a sweet Christmas this year for sure.
Hugs to you.