Speak Life; Speak Love; Speak Forgiveness and Hope

“There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa

“To live charitably means not looking out for your own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.” – Pope Francis

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siera

“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter; to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo C. Rosten

“Respect is the element that keeps debates ‘Clean’. It makes us take the high road. It has us think about ourselves. And how we would like to be treated and thus treat others.” –  Anna Perera

“Healers are spiritual warriors who have the courage to defeat the darkness of their Souls. Awakening and rising from the depths of their deepest fears, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Reborn with a wisdom and strength that creates a light that shines bright enough to help, encourage and inspire others out of their darkness.” – Melanie Koulouris

“Time is too short for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love … time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke

“The happiest people I have met are people who have experienced sorrow and climbed their way out of it. Happiness of that kind is hard to mimic any other way. When you feel this happiness, trees make you happy. The wind can make you smile. The flowers can bring tears.” – Christina Rasmussen

“Bitterness, anger, and resentment … There can be no excuse for withholding forgiveness from others.” (Matthew 5:22-24)

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

“We cannot eliminate hunger but we can feed each other. We cannot eliminate loneliness but we can hold each other. We cannot eliminate pain but we can live a life of compassion.” – Mark Nepo

“When we understand how precious each moment is, we can treat each breath, each moment, as a newborn baby.” – Michelle McDonald

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in  calling.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“The happiest people I have met are people who have experienced sorrow and climbed their way out of it. Happiness of this kind is hard to mimic any other way. When you feel this happiness, trees make you happy. the wind can make you smile. The flowers can bring tears.” – Christina Rasmussen

“Life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste.” – Bonnie Raitt

“It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.” – Diane Ackerman

“Life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste.” – Bonnie Raitt (64)

“Intuition is seeing with the Soul.” – Dean Koontz

“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll

“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.” – David Thomas

“Intuition is not a single way of knowing – it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty , and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge, and insight, including instinct, experience, faith, and reason.” – Brene Brown

“There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief, and unspeakable love.” –  Washington Irving

“Hard times can serve as a reminder that our relationships are a gift. Loss can remind us that life itself is a gift. Remember to love yourself. You deserve it. You are a gift.” – Louise Hay and David Kessler

“If a man locwa a woman’s soul, he;ll end up loving one woman, but if he just loves a woman’s body or face, all the woman in the world won’t satisfy him.” – Dr. Farrah Gray

“Live in such a way that when “your sun sets”, others will be inspired by the beauty of your life.” – Monica Williams-Murphy, MD

“I know now that we never get over great losses: we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder creatures.” – Gail Caldwell

“Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.” – Helen Keller

“They are not dead who live in lives they leave behind. In those whom they have blessed, they live a life again and shall live through the years eternal life, and shall gain each day more beautiful. Time declares their good and forgets the rest, and proves immortality.” – Hugh Robert Orr

“Don’t train your children to be who You want them to be. Raise them to be who God meant them to be. ” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“People who think money is going to save them are drowning in a sea of hopelessness.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“You are a gem; and if your significant other doesn’t value you, say a final goodbye to them.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Untrustworthy so-called friends talk ‘trash’ behind your back. Trustworthy friends communicate face-to-face their concerns regarding you.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Loving kind, forgiving people are my kind of KEEPER  people. ” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“God’s opinion of your true intentions is enough.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Forgive people who say negative things about you, and have compassion for them; for they are dying inside.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom


“No one is an imperfect mistake. We are all perfect in our uniqueness.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“My past has not defined me, defeated me; it has only strengthened me.” – Steve Maraboli

“HOPE is just around the corner. Please hang in there. YOU are loved.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“There is no better feeling than helping someone in need with no return concern.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“How you treat others is a reflection of the real status of your Soul.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Humble gratefulness ends when the Ego takes over.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“The happiest people season their words and actions with love.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“It’s far better to be a down-and-outer with a beautiful Soul; than an up-and-comer with an ugly one.” – Sue Rosenbloom

“Trustworthiness, integrity, kindness and compassion are far more inportant than beauty.” ~ Sue rosenbloom

“Don’t say I’ll try to become a better person. Consistently act like a person of integrity and you will become one.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Sympathy is a common human trait. Empathy is an extraordinary divine trait.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Don’t try to numb your grief. You need to allow yourself to feel it, in order to effectivly deal with it.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Truly great people are consistently kind.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“When somes tries to besmirch another person, they are covering up for their own similar flaw.’
~ Sue Rosenbloom

“It is never too early to do what is loving, forgiving, and always kind.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Unselfish service to help the vulnerable and hurting should be a labor of LOVE; not a dreaded obligatory burden.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“No passing fancy is ever worth losing a lifetime of LOVE for.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Respect plus Like = LOVE.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Will power is God power.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Couples who affectionately cuddle and kiss every day are happier together than apart.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Healthy Love has no conditions, limits or boundaries; and only wants the beloved person to be happy.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Always choose words that speak the language of Love.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Ignore your shallow critics attempts to sully your pure uniqueness and intentions.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“It is a sacred honor to raise a child to become an integral adult who is compassionate.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“I’d rather be rich in gratitude than greed.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Good people who know you have an upstanding character won’t question it; but  those who lack it will always  suspect that you are as LOW as they are.”  Sue Rosenbloom

“Ego oriented people will never understand Soul oriented people.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Ego inflation is the beginning of  Soul deflation.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Avoid Temptation’s grasp by running into God’s arms.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Va-Va-Va-Voom I am grateful to still be a live at the vibrant age of 65!” ~ SueRosenbloom

“Love everyone; but love the poisonous people from a safe distance.”  ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Your significant other should fiercely protect you like no other!” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Phony friends are JOY poisoners!” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Biting words come from unhappy people with a BITTER taste in their mouths.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Forgiving the unforgivable is not a human trait. It is a divine trait.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Faith and Hope keeps me afloat in the raging storms of Loss and Grief.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“I am a dedicated lifelong learner; therefore. I am never bored.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Erase negative thoughts by embracing only positive ones.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Inspirational music soothes the Soul.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“A person’s  premier legacy is one of selfless service.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“If someone truly loves you, they won’t rush you!” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Speak Love. Act kindly. Give generously; especially, to those you should care about most. ALWAYS!” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Smile even when you don’t feel like it; you probably will when it gives someone else a reason to smile.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Bitter belittlers are success spoilers.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“As we age humor is a quality of life necessity.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Causing others to light up and smile transformed me into a perpetual smiler.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Gracious care givers are priceless heroes.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Spontaneous playfulness is the most joyful pastime.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Good men/women don’t passively or agressively abuse anyone; especially, loved ones, and don’t make excuse for their past and present bad behavior.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Simple gestures of kindness can generate profound HOPE.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Your Soul guides your PASSION. Your Ego drives your OBSESSION.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“When all else fails, the hope in my Faith prevails.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Resilient grievers are those who are more loving and compassionate NOW!” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“A pure heart unconditionally forgives.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“When someone tries to besmirch another person, they are covering up for their own similar flaw.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Unforgiveness and revenge boomerangs back; forgiveness and love returns tenfold.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Loving Souls instantly recognize each other.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Joy up your here and now Life!” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“He who has not Christmas in their heart , will never find it under a tree,” ~ Ray L Smith

“God’s grace equals invincible HOPE.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Miraculous peace, joy and hope cannot be replicated.” ~Sue Rosenbloom

“Christmas is a Christ centered celebration, not a Self  celebration.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“It is impossible to have a personal relationship with science or philosophy. But it is possible to have a personal relationship with God.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Unconditional forgiveness is a profound psychological healing agent.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of  self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.” – Alvin Price

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age which means never losing your enthusiasm.” – Aldous Huxley

“To forgive is the highest form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Miller

“We believe we are hurt when we don’t receive love. But that is not what hurts us. You might say that we are divinely created love machines. We function most powerfully when we are giving love. The world has led us to believe that our well being is dependent on other people loving us. But this is kind of upside down thinking that has caused so many of our problems. The truth is our well being is dependent on our giving love. It is not about what comes back; it is about what goes out!” – Alan Cohen

“Who better to so softly bind the wound of one, than she who has suffered the wound herself.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenge each of us faces, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.” – Marvin J. Ashton

“Relationships blossom when sacrifice takes the place of selfishness.” – Darlene Schaht

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” – Schopenhauer

“The purpose of life, is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make a difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you can feel compassion and spiritual love for those who have hurt you, by remembering we are all one with God and that  nothing can ever hurt you in spiritual truth, than you have learned the ultimate spiritual wisdom.” – Doreen Virtue

“The greatest force of personal liberation is the decision to widen our circle of compassion, moving from focus on self to focus on service.” – Marianne Williamson

“Forgive and call back the energy wasted on past events.” – Caroline Myss

“It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.” – Isabel Allende

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.” – Marianne Williamson

“The greatest force of personal liberation is the decision to widen your circle of compassion, moving from focus  on self to focus on service.” – Marianne Williamson

“Where Joy and Sorrow Dance is forever bound by the Music of Pain and Love.” – Tanya Lord

“Pursue your path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Relationships blossom when sacrifice takes the place of selfishness.” – Darlene Schecht

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are important! – John Trainer, M.D.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – G.B. Shaw

“If we could look into each others hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us face, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, patience, and care.” – Marim J. Ashton

“When you listen for the pain, hurt and fear in people, it is always there. And when people sense you doing that with no other motive than to alleviate all of those, they will lower their walls and reveal them to you.” – Edwin Shneidman

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah, blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things.” – Zoey Deschanel

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we see life with a clearer  view again.” – Alex Tan

“The only thing of importance when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.” – Albert Schweitzer

“We will all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“Let only love remain. Open your heart to the miracle of new beginnings and fresh slates. God has forgiven you, please forgive yourself. Emerge into freedom. soar free of the past. Every moment is an opportunity for a new beginning.” – Lori Tolson

“Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.” – Flavia Weedn

“Intense love does not measure. It just gives.” – Mother Teresa

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er fraught heart and bids it break.” – William Shakespeare

“My job is to make the grace of God, visible, wherever I am.” – Paul Tripp

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, patience; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness; joy.” – Francis of Assisi

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A Vibrant and Meaningful Life

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves and apart; the secret anniversaries of the heart.”  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The Ultimate Healer

“Time is not the ultimate Healer; Love is.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

“Hate is not a wisdom Epiphany, Love is.” ~ Sue Rosenbloom

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What It Takes To Be A Hospice Nurse | BK Books

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Before I Knew Her Name, I Knew She Was Dying – Hospice Matters

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Can Being In Nature Help Your Grief?

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Hilarious Winners of the First Annual ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’

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WINNER-Julian-RadJulian Rad

SILVER-RUNNER-UP-William-Richardson William Richardson.

Highly-Commended-Alison-Buttigieg Alison Buttigieg

Highly-Commended-Graham-McGeorge Graham McGeorge

Highly-Commended-Julie-Hunt Julie Hunt

Highly-Commended-Megan-Lorenz Megan Lorenz

these-baby-baboons-are-going-to-be-besties-for-ever-i-know-it Tony Dilger

Highly-Commended-Marc-Mol Marc Mol

this-silverback-mountain-gorilla-doesnt-care-what-you-think Oliver Dreike

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-31-57fb40d56564a__880 Austin Thomas

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-16-57fb40b431364__880 Austin Thomas

Comedy-Wildlife-Photo-Awards-Shortlist-57fb453b11c53__880 Edward Kopeschny

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-26-57fb40cae94c3__880 George Balan

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-5-57fb409c568e2__880 Mary Swaby

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2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-11 Isabelle Marozzo

2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-7 Charles Kinsey

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Comedy-Wildlife-Photo-Awards-Shortlist-57fb45e4e42fa__880 Barb D’Arpino

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-35-57fb40dd02f48__880 Alex Jevon

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comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-34-57fb40db53b11__880 Philip Marazzi

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-23-57fb40c339239__880 Mario Fiorucci

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-27-57fb40cca28b7__880 Angela Bohlke

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2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-20 Derek Auerman

2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-18 Adam White

funny-entries-wildlife-photography-awards-2016-6jpg Murray Mcculloch

2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-16 Yvette Richard

1101_comedy-wildlife-frog-1000x623Artyom Krivosheev

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-2016-8jpg Rob Kroenert

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-12-57fb40ab9cbe7__880 Stephen Biddlecombe

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-4-57fb4099ad5a9__880 Markus Pavlowsky

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-3-57fb409747991__880 Alison Mees

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Comedy-9 Aaron Karnovski

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comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-2-57fb409517e2f__880 Brigitta Moser

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comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-19-57fb40b99484e__880 Hahish Inamdar

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-8-57fb40a27ceb1__880 Usman Priyona

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-10-57fb40a6b5f10__880 Brenden Simonson

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-22-57fb40c0e3dec__880Henrik Spranz

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comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-28-57fb40ce6db78__880 Brigitta Moser

comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016-13-57fb40aeee845__880 Patricia Bachmam

2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-17 Marilyn Parver

2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-10 Monkia Carrie

2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-12 Nicolas de Vaulx

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2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-19 Rosario L Cordoba

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2016-Comedy-Wildlife-Photography-Awards-Winners-21 Isabelle Marozzo

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Hilarious Winners of the First Annual ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’

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Is Delayed Grief a Real Thing?

Grieve Well

If you spend any time at all talking or reading about grief, you soon will be told in no uncertain terms that you absolutely must let your sadness, yearning and other grieving emotions flow freely. If you try to avoid such feelings, you are warned, you will definitely face severe problems down the road. This frightening outcome is usually referred to as “delayed grief.”

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As a general rule, when I run across something that everybody believes, I become skeptical. Time and again, I have found that concepts that are uncritically accepted lack supporting evidence and many are, in fact, wrong.

Take identity theft. Many Americans believe it is the nation’s fastest-growing crime. A television news report from 2017 makes that exact claim, and it has plenty of company. However, the number of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission about identity theft actually declined from 2015 to 2016. If it…

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