Overlooking the Long Island Sound, the Sands Point Preserve , once part of a Gold Coast estate, occupies the tip of the 
Port Washington Peninsula. The grounds include trails, manicured gardens, and beach with shore cliffs. 
There are also three castle-like mansions. 
The Rose Garden
Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point, NY
June 2015

Here's some more shots:
 
 
My last post spoke of "Empathy".    After that post, I learned of the following two news stories that will warm your heart.  These stories are great examples of what the human spirit is capable of when we choose to step out of the box and share the feelings of another. 


Elementary school chorus sings to teacher with cancer:

Staten Island, N.Y., PS22 Chorus sings to their teacher Adriana Lopez, who is battling breast cancer.
As the last song of the year at their last practice, chorus director Gregg Breinberg, speaking to Lopez, says the group was "so inspired by your fighting spirit" that they decided to sing her the song. The touching performance has garnered more than a million views on YouTube:



Dad opens car wash and only employs autistics:

Like many people with autism, Andrew D'Eri had a hard time finding a job.
Then, his father, a veteran entrepreneur, and older brother, who had recently finished business school, had an idea: What if they opened business employed mostly by people with autism?

They opened the Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida.  Today, they employ 35 autistic men and women.


And when this road gets too long
I'll be the rock you lean on
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.




 

Empathy

07/23/2015

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em·pa·thy
ˈempəTHē/

noun
      the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.


The other day I wept.  I wept because I saw someone experiencing the same type of pain that I had experienced.
I felt her pain.  I walked in her shoes.  As a result, I had empathy for what she was feeling at that moment and it overwhelmed me with tears.  I understood and shared the feelings of another.  I wished I could take the pain away.

Empathy is a good ability to have.  
Empathy is built by experience. It builds character and makes you a better person for it.  
It makes you selfless instead of selfish.

Empathetic individuals see the weight on one's shoulders and look to lighten the load.
Individuals that lack empathy see the weight that one is carrying and instead say, look at my weight.  Carry your own.

Step out of the box and try to understand and share the feelings of another. You'll be a better person for it.

 
 
Who doesn't love a beautiful Summer's day!
 
 
A friend of mine recently gave me Josh Groban's new CD entitled "Stages".
The song "You'll Never Walk Alone", with beautiful lyrics and beautiful vocals, is powerful.


You can listen to it here:
Lyrics:
You'll Never Walk Alone


When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone

Coordinating photo:


 
 
Backyard happenings on Summer mornings.


Red Cardinal:   A beautiful redhead.  Resembles my hair on humid days.


Red Cardinal:  Photo Credit to my husband on this one with props on the great composition of this photo!
Perhaps he had a good teacher.  Wink, wink.  :-)

Morning Doves:  A momma dove with her 2 babies nestled in a Pine tree.
 
 
 
 
Not posed.  Just real moments captured.

Checkmates at Aldo's

Going Fishing on Long Island's East End

Kicking Back at Botanical Gardens

A walk in Westbury Gardens

Lovebirds at Jones Beach

City Stroll in Bryant Park

Time to Rest by the Lake Wallenpaupack
 
 
My sisters and I just sat down to enjoy some iced coffee at a quaint coffee shop on the East End when one of my sisters said with a smile "look behind you".  I turned around and there it was…the perfect photo opportunity sitting right behind me.  I giggled at how I had overlooked this little gem and how well I have others trained to scope out photo opportunities for me.  In this case, it was my sister that was looking out for me.  "Looking Out" or "Lookout" translates to the act of looking out or "keeping watch".  Now God keeps watch over us everyday but who else looks out for us? 
Oftentimes, it's during difficult times that you will discover those that have your best interest at heart.  

Those that give freely and expect nothing in return.
Those that have compassion.  
Those that genuinely care for you.

Surround yourself with those that inspire and encourage you.   Look behind you.  Those are the ones that have your best interest at heart. 
Aldo's Bicycle
Greenport, NY    2015
 
 
A page from my book "Rise and Shine".

Patients are a Virtue

Waiting rooms at doctor’s offices are interesting places.  Nowadays, many are furnished with comfy sofas, table lamps, televisions and WIFI access to give the feel of one sitting in their own living room.  Instead of family members, these oversized living rooms are occupied by people we never met before.  Different types of people sit in these faux living rooms.  

First, we have the “line talkers”.  They talk to everyone.  These are the folks who stand behind you on the line at the grocery store and strike up a conversation, thus the title “line talker”.   

Secondly, we have the “readers”.  These people arrive with book in hand and are prepared to wait in the waiting room.  

Lastly, we have the “smarties”.  Focused on their smart phones, smarties come in two different flavors: texters and talkers.  Texters conduct virtual conversations quietly. The double thumb method is the most commonly used method. 
Talkers carry on phone conversations, thinking nobody in the “living room” can hear them because they have the phone covered with their hand, not realizing they have created a mini-megaphone. 

One day while I was waiting in one of these rooms, I observed a sleeper.  The sleeper was an older woman and she slept peacefully in an oversized cozy winged-back chair.  I was glad that this woman found solace and comfort in that chair.  
A chair that sat in the waiting room of an outpatient cancer center.  Behind the walls of the waiting room, someone she cared about was either getting treatment, a scan, or blood work.   But what really caught my eye were her eyeglasses.  She wore rose-colored glasses.  Not only were the frames rose-colored but the lenses were as well.  This struck a chord with me.  I thought to myself, that’s what we need to do while sitting in a cancer center.  We need to look at life through rose-colored glasses!   

We need to have a bright outlook even when things appear dark.  Difficult times give us the vision to see things from a different perspective.  Difficult times build character. They build faith.  They build strength.  And they certainly make life interesting! 

Some random folks "chillaxin" in the faux living room.