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“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Flowers are truly an expression of the miracle of nature. In their short life, they bring Love into our mist. We often express love, peace, hope, kindness, comfort and joy with our gift of flowers.

Different flowers have meant different things to various cultures over time. For example, the lotus has spiritual significance to some Eastern religions. The rose often represents true love. Whatever the case, flowers can often help elicit very positive effects.

Miracle of Life

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With all our sophisticated technologies and brilliant minds, mankind cannot create a single living cell. And if we could, imagine the odds of that cell dividing and mutating in precisely the right way to form multiple functioning organs that then coordinate together in the exact way necessary for life of an organism. There would be no reason for a heart if it had no where to pump blood and no reason for blood unless it had a place to go and a reason for going. These different cell types and organs need to form in a particular time sequence that would allow for each other’s survival. Some statisticians have estimated that the universe has not existed long enough for these random events to occur. Thinking about it makes me conclude that only something Divine can explain it.

Ice Cream

CC336E96-047C-473E-B77A-B246F9318F37Ice cream probably originated in the 5th century BC when ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, encouraged his Ancient Greek patients to eat ice “as it livens the life-juices and increases the well-being.” Over the years, ice cream has evolved in many ways with so many different flavors and recipes.  In the US, we produce nearly a billion gallons of ice cream each year. I definitely eat my share and wonder sometimes if I even have a limit to how much I can eat—so yummy!

Bluebird of Happiness

B6B18BD9-358B-4AAA-AF30-00388C2BA131.jpegThe bluebird is a symbol of happiness, joy, delight, prosperity and good health. The Iroquois tradition says that they ward off the icy power of Sawiskera, the spirit of winter. They were originally coined the “bluebird of happiness” by Maurice Maeterlinck in his 1908 play. Even modern songwriters have portrayed bluebirds as muses. Some believe they bring messages from angels and the spirit world. Whatever the case, they are beautiful and like many things in nature, bring joy to our hearts. Don’t forget to celebrate National Bluebird of Happiness Day on September 24!

Layers

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When I think of layers, I generally think of the peeling off of layers of clothing or layers of skin. But today I read an amazing article (Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury by Drs. Talbot and Dean) on the moral injury of physicians by a broken healthcare system. In my medical mind which has many years of experience, I believe the authors are exactly correct with their assessment. As this kind of honest information about physicians hits the media, I feel the first layers of this massive medical bureaucratic quagmire begin to peel—a glimmer of hope.

Cactus

430F1BAE-7669-4500-B93E-0BC79D4E73E8There are many varieties of cacti, but one thing rings true—they are all tough with rough edges, and they don’t require much water or care. We had one in our fraternity house that was lost behind a couch for months, completely neglected, yet it thrived! Life experience has transformed me into a cactus of sorts—and I need to thrive while enduring lots of challenges that test my patience and strength. How do you deal with periods of drought??

Mermaids

C59DFF34-4B97-4109-B03B-D1B96AC44699 The first stories about mermaids appeared in ancient Assyria. Though varied, the goddess Atargatis supposedly transformed herself into a mermaid. Sometimes mermaids are associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings. In other folk traditions, they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans. Regardless, since the movie Splash, I have loved mermaids and even named my favorite sports car, Ariel, after Disney’s mermaid. My daughter, the artist behind my Blog paintings, is my favorite mermaid, because she saved me when I was struggling while snorkeling in Hawaii a few years ago.  Anyway, that scaly look on mermaids can certainly be helped with our new skincare product. Let me know if you want to know more…