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March 2017

first line friday 31.03.17: the music box

Tale Weaver/Fairy Tale #113: Mathla and her quest

Mindfulness Monday – Pets

Another set wonderful mindfulness quotes, and Wendy’s adorable Kiki as a bonus

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kiki trio

“Some of the best teachers of mindfulness and
‘being in the moment’ are animals.”

~Richard J. Brewer

“with some dogs you just look at them –
just a little look is enough –
and their tail goes
Life is Good!
Life is Good!

And they are not telling themselves the story of why life is good.
It’s a direct realization.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

* photo taken by W. Holcombe.  Kiki playing.

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Mindfulness Monday – Acceptance

Very important quotes of wisdom, as always, from Wendy.
I hope that we can all embrace acceptance; at see it in the wonderful way of Wendy’s mindfullness

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I am perfect

Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation;
it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary,
it means accepting it as it comes,
with all the handicaps of heredity,
of suffering,
of psychological complexes and injustices.

~ Paul Tournier

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them;
that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

~ Lao Tzu

*all artwork on Picnic with Ants is created by Wendy Holcombe unless otherwise noted.

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#writephoto deep: the cavern

Saturday Mix&ndash — Lorraine brevette: weatherscape


Thanks to Wendy for giving me the opportunity to share my experience with panxiety on her blog. I decided to reblog it in case anyone reading my blog might find it of interest.
And thanks to Wendy for the wonderful introduction, too.

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Today I’d like to introduce Lorraine of My Frilly Freudian Slip.  Lorraine is a good friend of mine and the author of beautiful poetry and prose.  You will find her writings at

Lorraine is fighting Bipolar I and severe anxiety.  They can’t find medications that work for her.  Following you will read a first hand account of what it is like to live with “Panxiety”.

IMG_20160912_145828115 - Copy photo by Lorraine of My Frilly Freudian Slip

“Pounding heart. Constricted throat. Knotted stomach. Dread washes over me. A panxiety attack.

Coming, unbidden, from some where inside my mind; spilling into my consciousness and flooding my body with anxiousness.

Breathe in through nose to count of ten, fill lungs, feel belly lift. Hold. Breath out slowly to ten.

Drift – visualize place of calm. Walking on beach, tide tickling toes. Finding beach treasures: sea glass, sand dollar. Smell sea tang. Feel breeze…

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100 ww 10: cyberverse connections

Mindfulness Monday – Anxiety

Anxiety eats at my soul and spirit; I daily am engulfed in the arms of an anxiety attack.
Wendy’s image so conjures up the feeling of anxiety.

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“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life,
live in the moment,
live in the breath.”

~Amit Ray

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

~ Victor Frankl

Note:  Severe anxiety takes a lot more than a couple of quotes to make it better.  These are just thoughts one can try to keep in mind.

All artwork on Picnic With Ants are created by Wendy Holcombe unless otherwise noted.

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The Saturday Mix–Bastet: Plotting

Tale Weaver Making Sense of Nonsense, the Secret Code: Kasha’s decoder ring

100ww #9: the vigil


walls of light; beams of heartwood

jailer; ytiminagnol

Mindfulness Monday – Pema Chödrön

Such wise words, and wonderful art from Wendy again this week.

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“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us,
we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit
and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”

― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.”

― Pema Chödrön

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Jane Dougherty’s strange sunday microfiction: almost 15 minutes of fame

mlmm Saturday Mix–Lorraine 04.03.17: Ode to Mango — Manghee

#writephoto spring: renewals and reimaginings

TLT week 57: performance art

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