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Fearless Footsteps …


This wonderful pixabay picture is the July homepage image for New Thought Families … highlighting our fortitude filled footsteps daily Play & Pray Calendar practice this month ~ forging fearless pathways as we pray & play every day!

Namaste splashing, fearless footprints of fortitude, faith, forgiveness & freedom!

I greet you in the name of passionate persistence, faith filled fortitude & fearless freedom! What pathways are you pursuing this mindful moment?! I just took a wonder-full walk in the sprinkling, tinkling RAIN … which for draught stricken CA on a hot July 2nd, seems like a straight up miracle! At the least it affirms for me that truly, all things are possible. A celebratory reminder, to be sure. And a welcome one in the wake of all that is ~ and isn’t ~ in my little corner of the world. In a nutshell, I am re-learning, re-aligning with the truth of accepting all of it ~ all of me ~ as is … not as *it* or *I* should be. Peace in the moment comes with trusting acceptance. And the fearless fortitude to carry on! Freedom!

Photo Thanks to Melodi2 at RGB Stock.

Photo Thanks to Melodi2 at RGB Stock.

Freedom comes in many steps … acceptance of what is and moving into more of what it is our hearts call us to ~ and gratefully embracing every step along the way with happy thoughts and acknowledgement of all the blessings that fill our paths!

Words added by Laurie Story to Melodi2's photo

Words added by Laurie Story to Melodi2’s photo

On the brink of America’s birthday celebration, 4th of July, we celebrate freedom and the fortitude of our forefathers. We are all a mixture of our ancestors and all that humanity has created before us ~ the good & the ugly ~ mixed with all the creations we are breathing into every step this day forward. Freedom does indeed lie in the dreaming and the choosing yet true freedom is in the acceptance of all of it. And can we even celebrate all that is when it doesn’t look like all we want/think it should be?! As we sing in I Am Free on the Trust What You Hear CD, “If things aren’t how they should be, I can still choose to be happy!”

Another great pixabay photo ~ woo hoo!

Another great pixabay photo ~ woo hoo!

Our Free Shelf is re-stocked for the week … celebrating rain (can’t help it!), water conservation (living it!) and the affirmation of each day dawning … sing & read rain, save water in small ways in the house and experience a Brigantine Beach sunrise (taped there last year around this time!

Rising Soul! I taped the sunrise for a SoulPlay Camp morning reverie!

Rising Soul! I taped the sunrise for a SoulPlay Camp morning reverie last summer ~ revisiting it now!


This singing Laurie StorEBook is in 5 fab free formats ~ enJOY!

So whether your skies are filled with radiant colors, stormy clouds or flying food, may you move under them with fearless feet freely propelling you forward in fortitude! Namaste, Love!
You can still join us!Cabin reservations are extended ~ 1st come, 1st served!

Serendipitous Surprises!

IMG_9280Namaste Surprising, Shining Signs of Goodness!
I greet you this summer day in the Spirit of serendipity and divine order beauty & creativity unfolding every moment! Since last week’s prayerful post, there’s been a whirl, twirl & swirl of blessed lifeness in this New Thought Mama’s world!

On yesterdays beach walk, I saw dolphins & whales but like life's circle, my camera could only catch this moment ...

Beach rejuvenation ~ woo hoo!

This is a quick postcard typed out from the hotel computer … as I am on a deep breath night away getaway and my blessed intern is making Laurie StorEBook links on my laptop! Jeremiah had his week of band camp culminating in 2 wonderful concerts at UOP and then yesterday made his maiden solo flight East for this summer’s 3 weeks with his dad. When I made that reservation, I made this reservation for myself to return to the beach I used to live at … remind my cells there was life before Jeremiah and just give myself some rest, rejuvenation, and space to map the business and life changes I am navigating ~ set to so some beach art business mapping this afternoon ~ yessing that blessing!

Meanwhile, in the midst of the elder care and all else, I have done a few summer music and Laurie StorE programs which have been AWEsome fun! I do so love creating and connecting with children ~ and their fab adults! The many threads of my live and online work are weaving in the web of Love and I am deeply grateful. The Free Shelf in the Leaping Literacy Library is reset to restock on Fab Fridays so better late than never for this space, grab Dad delights while you can! I am SO super stoked with the re-illustration of Dad Is Rad ~ I let the felt faces go for real life lions ~ OH YA!

Serendipitous Surprises!
After travelling to the Bear Valley Library on Monday and soaking up the splendor of the Sequoias in the Calaveras Big Trees Park, I tried to cancel this reservation thinking I didn’t need it. But it was too late for a summer cancellation and sweet Spirit whispered I was to come here for my divine appointment. This is the place where I married myself on my birthday last November and where I lived prior to moving East with Jeremiah’s dad. I always find deep peace and rejuvenation in the beauty here. This time, I have received 2 delicious surprises ~ and maybe more on the way today??!! ~ I got here and parked and spent glorious beach time yesterday afternoon. Walking back to check in, who do I see but my sister and her significant other?! We each live hours away in different directions and landed here at the same time. As my beautiful son texted after landing safely in Philly, “Looks like God wants you two together!” And we did indeed get in some good giggles last night! I also was the recipient of a free upgrade into a luxurious suite that has made me feel so abundantly pampered and loved! A wonderful surprise I am relishing!

I will be venturing onto my (wedding) beach for the afternoon to soak up more beauty and restoration as well as mindfully map out all the moving pieces of what it is to be Creative Spirit Families. ~Deep Breath ~ SO blessed in Love!
In The Light
Today’s Play & Pray Calendar post invites travel … in our imaginations! Where do you want to go?! What places in your heart are calling you?! I plan to travel into the future with my powerful travel companions intuition & imagination to see, know, affirm who it is we are serving and how with the vast gifts of our Leaping Literacy Online Library and beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyond!

I am so grateful for this touchstone with you here and now ~ whatever moment ~ in this glorious place we call cyberspace and more importantly in the deep recess of our heart and soul energies. We are indeed so blessed in Love. I am so grateful for you and for all of it. Namaste, Love!
You can still join us!Cabin reservations are extended ~ 1st come, 1st served!

You CAN still join us! Woo Hoo for YOU & yours ~ and US!
Free Shelf!

Namaste Beautiful Beams of Compassionate, Shining Abundance!

I begin this week’s post with a video from the archives and the New Thought Families Branch of the Leaping Literacy Library. Our Jubilant June Daily Play & Pray Calendar is an invitation to imagine & intuit. So I invite you here and now to breathe in the shining light of intuition with me:
Password: LSIntuition

In sifting through the myriad of thoughts and events of this moment and the last week, I center in this breath now with a compassionate prayer of oneness going to Charleston, SC. Last night, folks gathered to pray and a tormented soul took their bodies away … So in this moment, let us pray … Divine & Sacred Spirit that is Source of all that is, we align with our divine shine pouring forth this light of Love to the souls that have left their bodies, to the soul that pulled the trigger, to the hearts, minds & souls of all that are left behind … families, friends, community. We further pour this light through our compassionate hearts to all those who are suffering in this or any other injustice as well as to all those who would celebrate such atrocities in righteousness. May all beings know Love; unconditional Loving light that says, you matter. We all matter and we are all one. From this place of One Heart, may humanity find our way home into the all encompassing breath of Love we all come from. We pray for peace to prevail through this everlasting light & Love. And so it is. Deep breath of Light …

IMG_3520In our light filled world this week, Jeremiah is enJOYing Jazz Band Camp, my cell phone is broken ~ hence no ‘texting our morning & evening prayers ~, the elder care is an ongoing blessing & challenge, the new interns, Jenni & Alex have begun work with a big learning curve for all of us! We are centered on our Literacy FUNdamentals in the (original) sections of Laurie’s Stories’ Leaping Literacy Online Library and it has been rather overwhelming for at least 2 of us … I am learning on the fly to be a better teacher & delegator. And! Did you ever have a closet that you knew needed cleaning but when you got in there, it was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY messier than you knew? Ya, like that! AND! I am loving the divine order of showing up with yesses to the messes! IMG_3750There is new navigation and all kinds of re-linking going on … we may necessarily need to re-up the (teacher) literacy blog, many moving pieces and possibilities still … the big picture screams for MORE and the divine shine aligns with PATIENCE! Breathe. I found myself cooking on a super low heat today while trying to sort out the cell phone situation …. as a high burner kinda gal, I did sorta relish the peace of low heat realizing that the remake and remodel of our Leaping Literacy Online Library offerings are ALL about that! Slow and easy gets there on the path of peace. And that “getting there” is more about walking a pathway of peace and Love in every breath than anything else.


We are so blessed ~ it is all Love Expressed!

As a master co-creator, I do so love to create. Some of you may remember my online extravaganza last summer of the SoulPlay Camp ~ in many ways a (business) failure but it was soul stirring for me and continues to fuel a visioning I have for all of us … when we are yes expressed, the whole world be blessed! As I continue to sort through and re-navigate my “messes” ~ so that others can too! ~ I will share with you 2 more videos this day ~ from SoulPlay! As part of our teen talent, we had Josh doing part of the “I Have A Dream” speech by ML King, Jr. Somehow, seeing his innocent, young, (white) face carrying the powerful words of Dr. King stirs hope in my heart that we will live Dr. King’s dream. We are living it now as we hold this truth to be self evident for all beings everywhere despite last night’s tragedy in South Carolina and in any other suffering this moment ~ we hold, know, live and embody the dream & reality of freedom, peace, justice for all beings. And so it is.
Password: SPT

Whatever shining dreams you are imagining, intuiting, breathing into, and acting upon this moment, this day, I affirm your soul is calling you into play! I am leaving you with 1 more video ~ the SoulPlay theme song ~ I still LOVE singing this song and I hope it can bring comfort & joy to any of you. May we all align with the shine of our divine design! Namaste, Love!

Namaste Divine Expressions Of Love Expressed & Life Blessed!

Today’s choices and voices are an integrative combination of the events of this last week and the embracing of summer plans … reaffirming that always, our choices and voices are in our hands! As our Begin Again song sings, “… Life is such a series of choice after choice. Why not choose the voice that causes you to rejoice?!”

So, the road trip to Arizona was a safe if not completely serene adventure … loud music and soda to keep me awake for the drive left me in the quake of what feels like days of daze upon our return! The off and on again rain of the wedding day broke for the 30 minute outdoor ceremony and the sky broke out in a double rainbow of yes blessed beauty over the reception clubhouse:
IMG_3572We made it home in time for Jeremiah to march in the Sunday morning parade with the high school band and to host our afternoon PlayShop at the local Lake ~ a perfect precursor to our Feathers Of Freedom Summer Family Camp coming up at Silver Lake in the high Sierras.
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 Intergenerational sharing of music, food, art & heart in the splendor of nature, how does it get any better than this?! Feathers Of Freedom Family Camp! Our summer Family Camp is filling up with families ready to play in community & creativity … from yoga & archery … canoes, kayaks on the lake, art, crafts, music, drumming, hikes, drama & talent shows, singing campfires & smores as well as our spirit filled invitations like the Forgiveness Footprints Walk & Angel Wash … mmm mmm good! Our registered families have a range of interests which is one reason why our packed activities calendar is all optional ~ plug in how you want, when you want … FREEDOM! And! YOU are still free to join us!
You can still join us!Cabin reservations are extended ~ 1st come, 1st served!I am seeing, knowing, and feeling all the Love Expressed, Life Blessed Creative Spirit Families gathered in Feathers Of Freedom FUN! My heart keeps being called to host this camp year after year so I make the choice to give the calling voice, plan and ACTION! Such is the beauty of free will.

Our online offerings are also in action with new growth this summer; our Creative Spirit Families’ summer interns, Alex & Jenni officially start tomorrow. Woo Hoo! Break throughs! We have lots to do for the Leaping Literacy Online Library ~ and they will be coming to Camp too! Thank you Alex & Jenni!

This week, we are celebrating the power of our hands on our Free Shelf:
FreebiesThe 2 MP3 songs, In My Hands & In Our Hands from the CD of the same name are among the freebies as well as gorgeous, giveaway, SoulPlay bag art with Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko ~ sing, clap, read, and make art with us this week because the voices of our choices really is in our hands!

I have one more in our hands celebration this week … this is the 200th blog post here! Now granted, there are plenty of weeks when I show up here wondering if it matters in the least to anyone else … but commitment is commitment. And like all of life, sometimes we shine and sometimes we are holding a reflective space for others to see their shine. I don’t always know why I’m here but I show up anyway. I am ever learning that showing up ~ perfectly imperfectly ~ is what matters most. And that I need to be the compassion in action I sing about so often … for myself as well as others. My re-illustration & eBook publication of Hazel’s Home *still* isn’t done but it will be for I will keep showing up until (and after!) it is done! Commitment is a celebration!

Hazel's Home: A Laurie StorEBook "Thanks to you dear Hazel, my things are in ruins. I'll just have to go out and buy some new ones!"

Hazel’s Home: A Laurie StorEBook
“Thanks to you dear Hazel, my things are in ruins.
I’ll just have to go out and buy some new ones!”

Whatever choices & plans your hands are into this week, may you be rejoicing in your voicing! I am so grateful & joyful for the gift of your presence here this moment. I celebrate you! Until our next mindful moment together, may you bathe in the light of your Love Expressed & Life Blessed. Namaste, Love!

Namaste Nurturing, Majestic, Magical, Mindful Ones!

This mindful moment has me seriously darting out the door on a ROAD TRIP! Jeremiah, my nephew Jordan and I are embarking on a 12 hour drive to my niece’s wedding. Besides the card with cash, I hope her gift survives the miles!:IMG_3521There is a lot afoot at home and in the summer work plans ~ we have 2 interns starting work next week ~ woo hoo! Yet all the updates will have to wait as I am already running late, late, late! Deep breath. I am that I am. Given that I will be driving about 24 hours over (less than) 3 days time, I must blog now, however briefly! We are returning for the local parade (Jeremiah is marching with the band) and our June PlayShop:JunePlayShop
So I have done a little bitty video blog (totally raw & on the fly, oh my!) with a mindful musing for any who cares to click ~ it will hopefully render alright! It is posted below. Meanwhile, our Free Shelf this week is for the birds ~ tweet this!
Freebies May your road be smooth sailing as I intend ours to be. Thank you for this mindful moment together. Namaste, Love!

You can still join us!Cabin reservations are extended ~ 1st come, 1st served!

You can still join us! Cabin reservations are extended ~ 1st come, 1st served!

youth-570881_1920Namaste glorious, free flowing, manifestations of goodness, changes, reflection & celebration!

I greet you in these fast fleeting, full yet mindful, May moments of memories & mysteries. As I continue to be in sacred service to Source, self, son, dad, family, Creative Spirit Families, the multi-facets of each of those can fill my days in sometimes exhausting ways. The energetic thread through all of it is what we have been referring to as The Mystery this month of May at New Thought Families. Our daily Play & Pray Calendar has been speaking to it with beautiful family voices; on each calendar page, there are the 2008 and 2015 God Spot music videos with my son Jeremiah and I as well as this incredible, anonymous audio, “The Mystery”. Did you get a chance to hear it? If so or if not, here it is in video. Yes, in these melting May moments, I finished and posted, “The Mystery” and it serves here and now as the main message of the week:

When New Thought Families first went live as a dot com on 2/7/2007, a friend had introduced me to this anonymous audio and it was a guidepost, a beacon for what it was that was calling me into being an interfaith voice for spiritual family literacy. Doing this video has been on the May list and after what was a disturbing Memorial Day experience, I knew it was an important one to finish here and now. Of the aforementioned experience, I will simply say for now that I took my dad to the local American Legion Memorial Day ceremony and lunch where I found myself witness to disturbing hate speech with the ‘patriotic’ rally cry of ‘taking our country back.’ In that occurrence and in the mindfulness since, I am practicing acceptance, non-judgment, and unconditional Love for those I found so offensive. meditation-511563_1920And! I am, in the midst of the busyness, aligning & realigning with what is mine to do to actively bring Love to these voices of fear. In the end, we all have a voice, a heart, a perspective to share … and I surrender it all in conscious prayer that Love will conquer over fear. There is obviously a lot that can be told here but I am sitting with The Mystery and feeling the song(s) coming to be birthed as another aspect of the voice of my heart who cries for tolerance and fairness. I am also sitting with the questions … Is sharing these things with those that are open to them enough? Is that all I can do?! Is freedom truly the allowance and tolerance of all beliefs? What I do know is that holding a vibration of Love & oneness is always the right thing to do. And for all of us, there is always SO much to do!

I am a supporting band mom and retiring board member as Jeremiah is concluding his freshman year of high school, a trumpet player & a ROCKING bass player in the jazz band with a concert last night and 2 more this weekend. The caretaking with my dad is much like his overgrown cactus starting to bloom … the soft beauty amid the spiny, repelling needles.
CactiHazelAs reported here earlier this month, I have been re-illustrating “Hazel’s Home” ~ picking up where I left off 15 years ago! While I think the re-illustration process will conclude this month, getting it into the sharable Laurie StorEBook formats will slide into June. And June is almost here! We’ll talk June soon, next post! Let’s breathe in more of The Mystery! Our Free Shelf this week is packed with mysterious goodness!FreebiesThe most mysterious & wondrous Luisah Teish shares with us her artwork and how it was *mysteriously* rebirthed! And our ABC Mystery Laurie StorEBook has the alphabet letters looking for our Action Ants in an alliteration adventure! Mystery09Whatever life and heart adventures you are embracing or enduring, may you remember the Mystery of who you are, the power of who you are as co-creator of your gift of life and how the passionate perspective you choose, is always up to you. Namaste, Love!


Namaste glowing, growing, flowing, grace filled graduates in the school of life!

This week’s musings are around graduation and ceremonies for it is that time of year again around here. We attended my nephew’s college graduation Sunday, another nephew is completing a long journey with his high school diploma while my niece is also graduating high school this week and being married in 2 weeks ~ whew! Last year at this time, Jeremiah graduated 8th grade and we travelled for another nephew’s college graduation. In the circle of life, graduations are right up there with our most powerful & recognized ceremonies of birth, death, marriage. As parents, we feel such a range of emotions as our children graduate into the world.

In olden times, the term graduation was part of an alchemical process; brought about by gradual change. Today’s school graduations are a ritualistic mark in the circle of time that are indeed a celebration of perseverance, consistency, and continuous willingness to keep showing up … to classes, projects, tests, papers … word by word, day by day … a gradual sequence leads to graduation. If you think about it, life is a series of graduations as we gradually grow up, grow out, grow on …

Life itself is a gradual growing process ...

Life itself is a gradual growing process …

The big ceremonies like graduations, weddings, funerals, they speak to our heart and souls of the deeper layers of our existence. I had a very sad, impromptu funeral of sorts this week for one of my dad’s cows. Several weeks ago, he (his neighbor) moved them across the road as he does every year where they graze free range for a few months. I have missed them some and wondered often if they were alright. Word came the other day that a cow had died so I walked the fields and sure enough found her. It was the grieving mother cow who had lost her calf.

She stood where the calf was born and died. Waiting. Sometimes sniffing the ground where the scent still was. And sometimes loudly wailing. RIP Mama Cow.

She stood where the calf was born and died. Waiting. Sometimes sniffing the ground where the scent still was. And sometimes loudly wailing. RIP Mama Cow.

When I found her, she had been dead a while. The horror and grief I felt at the sight of her was mixed with a holy wonder for the way nature works … her eyes, tongue, all of her innards really had been so precisely removed and gone on to nurture the buzzards and perhaps others in the circle of life. The rest of her lay there intact, very stiff and somehow solemnly resolved. As the tears flowed, the other cows and calves came over the hill to join me. They stayed a certain distance but were definitely right there with me. One mama called a few times for her calf who came running. The bull who is their pasture buddy this summer came too. They were all looking at me. I felt the need to speak a few words of honoring for our dead friend. So I spoke a bit of a prayer. One cow wailed a few times. I acknowledged my grief and theirs in just a simple, spontaneous honoring of the life lost, a celebration of the life lived tinged with sadness for her end. Just as we were wrapping up and they all were going over the hill, dad’s neighbor came to check. He no doubt thought my tears were silly and that the cows had merely come to me thinking I was there to feed them. Could be I suppose. Though we all get to have our truth and what I felt with the cows was real for me. And maybe, just maybe, they felt some Love and peace in their grieving too and our cow friend’s Spirit sensed us there in the honoring of her life. As I walked slowly back to my dad’s, it began to rain softly over me and the drought soaked fields … as the sun was still shining brightly and beginning to slowly set for the night. I didn’t see a rainbow but I determined to feel one.
So it is that this gradual wheel of Life continues to turn. As I celebrate the accomplishments of the youth in our family and community who are graduating on to the next levels of their place in this world, I continue to gratefully grow my work and offerings in both live and online resources. This week, I had what felt like a graduation celebration for my family spirituality literacy work ~ I received notice that my presentation proposal was accepted for the Parliament Of World Religions Conference! WOO HOO! What an exciting and humbling honor to be anywhere on the roster of these luminaries topped by his holiness, the Dali Lama! The event itself is in October 2015 in Salt Lake city with an anticipated participation or 10,000 from 40 countries and 50 religions. If this kind of interfaith gathering speaks to your heart, sign up and we’ll see you there!

Meanwhile, our annual Family Camp in the sacred Sierras still has some cabin space if you care called to join us!

Cabin reservations are extended ~ 1st come, 1st served!

Cabin reservations are extended ~ 1st come, 1st served!

And our May Mystery Calendar is delightfully there for you 24/7 as are the singing, reading, flying freebies on this week’s Free Shelf! Red Fred’s Red Bread Bedspread is an imagination celebration chock full of short e vowel fun and UK Storyteller Ruth Humphreys provides such colorful enchantment in her magic carpet SoulPlay!
FreebiesThank you precious, passionate, playful one for your presence here. I honor and celebrate you this mindful moment and invite you to do the same ~ for whatever gradual steps you are taking or leaping graduations you are making ~ I honor your journey for we are all a circle of Love. Namaste!


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