June 29, 2015

a finder's path

“I don’t want to be just one thing. I want to be brave and selfless and intelligent and honest and kind.” ~Veronica Roth

June 27, 2015

imagined anxiety

the absence of anxiety
“people are not worried 
by real problems 
so much as by their 
imagined anxieties 
about real problems”

"why worry if you pray? 
why pray if you worry?" 
~shared by a dear friend

June 20, 2015

surviving what hurts

"...I came to know I can survive what hurts. I believed in my capacity to stand back up and run into the waves again and again, no matter the risk.”~terry temptest williams

wave rider

June 19, 2015

what are you growing?

bloomingfield of love and joy
your mind is a garden
your thoughts are the seeds
you can grow flowers
or you can grow weeds...

June 18, 2015

dreams that dance

dancing queen
“you must give
to make your life
as beautiful 
as the dreams
that dance in
your imagination.”
~roman payne

June 14, 2015

world's been good to me...

i very much enjoyed my glen campbell concert experience a few years ago...there was one song in particular that seemed to have tucked itself into a pocket of my soul. i was so moved by the music, the lyrics and glen's performance....powerful!!!
I've tried and I have failed Lord
end of season
I've won and I have lost
I've lived and I have loved Lord
Sometimes at such a cost

One thing I know
The worlds been good to me
A better place, awaits you'll see

Some days I'm so confused Lord
My past gets in my way
I need the ones I love Lord
More and more each day

One thing I know
The worlds been good to me
A better place, awaits you'll see

June 12, 2015

look for a person

“Maybe we shouldn't be looking for love. Maybe we should be looking for a person. Because maybe you can find love in a person, but not have that person.
looking for love

So if you look for love, what you will find is love.
But if you want to belong to someone,
and you want someone to belong to you,
you should look for a person.”
~C. Joybell C.

June 10, 2015

journey forward

...life is not meant to be traveled backward.

journey forward
'Faith is moving forward even when things don't make sense, trusting that in hindsight ...everything will become clear." ~mandy hale

...only look back to see how far you've come!!!!

June 8, 2015

US Gets First Housing Community for Homeless Women Veterans

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 -
 The first housing project dedicated to homeless women veterans in the United States was inaugurated on May 5, 2015. U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert A. McDonald, along with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blue Butterfly Village in San Pedro, Los Angeles.
The housing community comprises 73 two-bedroom units that can accommodate families of up to six people. Veteran families will receive priority for 61 of the townhouses, which are expected to be filled up by the end of the year.
Wish Upon Me
“The Blue Butterfly Village is definitely a step in the right direction, but such housing developments need to expand to other parts of the country as well. Female veterans require specialized support as they transition out of the military, and housing is a significant part of that,” said Jim Fausone,
a Michigan-based veterans attorney.
The nonprofit organization Volunteers of America Los Angeles
 contributed more than $15 million to refurbish the site,
which used to accommodate the U.S. Navy in the 1990s.
According to statistics from the Department of Housing and Urban Development,
8 percent of the almost 58,000 homeless veterans in the United States
were women in 2013. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
says that female veterans are the fastest-growing  segment of the homeless population.
“The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
along with the VA Supportive Housing Program,
offer a number of housing solutions for homeless veterans.
Although these federal programs are in place to help,
special attention needs to be devoted to women veterans,
 a group that is growing in size among the homeless,” said Fausone.
The nine-acre housing development’s amenities include
communal space, in-unit laundry facilities, a garage, a playground for children and
24-hour security. Each of the homes is fully furnished
and all utilities are included in the rent. The veterans residing
 in the complex will also have access to
vocational training and healthcare.
Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800

You can read more about the Blue Butterfly Village by clicking here:
Blue Butterfly Village: Supporting Disadvantaged Women Veterans

(photo credit: Bill Mitchell/USAF/MN Air National Guard Veteran)

June 6, 2015

joy source

smile burst
 “Sometimes your joy 
is the source of your smile, 
 but sometimes your smile 
can be the 
source of your joy.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh