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I thought of this because of the Lenten Season coming up...a time for reflection for some people around the world. I thought it would be fun to post answers, and YES- PICTURES!!!

Go for it...if you cannot decide between one and another, post an "A" and a "B">

Have fun, and inspire us with writing why these things are so beautiful to you.

Love you all,


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asked 11 Feb '13, 21:57

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edited 11 Feb '13, 22:21


beautiful post jai.., loved it.. :)))

(12 Feb '13, 12:28) supergirl

@Jaianniah Snow on a tree on a crisp clear winter day - absolutely the most beautiful thing. Is that you and Wade?

(12 Feb '13, 13:12) Catherine

@Catherine- yes, that is me and Wade! And that is not snow on a is a picture of a weeping cherry tree! Wade and I are still giggling about that! Sorry-I should have captioned it! ;)

(12 Feb '13, 15:46) Jaianniah

@Jaianniah Whoops .. I need new glasses or a bigger and better computer ... probably both. Thank you for the photo of you and Wade - don't forget Valentine's Day is tomorrow!

(13 Feb '13, 02:47) Catherine

Great photos Jai ~ hmmm, @LeeAnn 1 @Grace & @Jai are all mothers & not a one of you mentioned the miracle of birth as most beautiful ~ or the first time you saw your child's face.

(19 Feb '13, 20:41) ele
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This is going to seem a bit weird ;), but this question made me think of watching television on the morning of September 11, 2001.

The news coverage was raw, on the ground, and unedited as the Twin Towers were burning, then falling. Reporters and camera men and women were running and diving for cover from the massive blasts of smoke, ash, and debris, right along with the general population. Watching it all happen live, it felt like the end of the world.

You can imagine, if you didn't see it as it unfolded, how emotional and frightening it all was. As people began to search for one another after the physical destruction had subsided, they would come up to the reporters on camera - all of us one family now - and plead for anyone who may have seen their loved ones to tell them where they were, or to let someone know that they themselves were still standing.

I watched people stagger down streets, covered in what looked like plaster dust, nursing wounds and leaning on one another for support. As they came near any given reporter, they would be asked Are you ok? What did you see? What happened to you?

After a few hours of this, I became aware of distinct similarities in the people the reporters were conducting these impromptu "interviews" with; they were all extremely beautiful people. I have always lived in southern California, exposed occasionally to movie and television in the making, so I'm used to seeing how the media puts only the most attractive people they can find in say, the first rows of a televised concert perhaps, or as in this case, they will grab the pretty people out of a crowd to talk to. It's just good business, good for ratings. Perfectly understandable practice, but I must say, I was disappointed to see this happening on this of all days, amongst these of all people. I mentioned it to my sister on the phone, and I remember shaking my head, and thinking what a shame. It just bothered me for a few minutes, then I dismissed it as something in human nature I didn't want to dwell on.

It was another few hours into the continuous, live coverage on that awful day before I saw the truth: The beautiful people were not being culled from the crowds for face time on camera; that would have been impossible. It was all totally out of the media's control. Anyone and everyone who staggered by was addressed. The perception of the people's eye watering, heart-wrenching beauty was all in me. My jaded, accustomed view of "The Beautiful People" in this life vs. "The Rest of Us" had quietly crumbled away without my knowing it was happening, and it has never returned. We are indeed all beautiful, even me.

So, strange as it may seem, September 11, 2001 showed me some the most beautiful people, places, and things I have ever seen. Including... Me. :)

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answered 16 Feb '13, 12:15

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You have seen the inside beauty, the beauty of love, compassion and care. A time of no fear of others, but reaching out to others.

When you walk the street and feel as you walk past people, "Maybe I should walk wide this could be a mugger." There was no thought of that here, no separation of fear, but the bond of love.

This is the beauty of the heart.

(16 Feb '13, 16:08) Wade Casaldi

@Grace-I will never, EVER, forget this one young woman who was very pregnant. She stopped everyone she saw, saying that her husband was too strong to die. Had they seen him? My heart bled for her. But, I, too, saw what you ordinary people were pressed into "heroship" without even truly was beautiful. As are you for pointing this out. <3

(17 Feb '13, 18:56) Jaianniah

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isn't tht beautiful.., loving each other even more after crossing 90.


answered 12 Feb '13, 12:29

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. . . tis beautiful! Love it! @supergirl

(19 Feb '13, 14:31) ele

@ele- thank u so much..i m glad tht u loved it..:))),light n blessings ur wayy..

(21 Feb '13, 00:03) supergirl

In mid-2012, I was about to go outside with the dogs, and noticed that someone had mentioned on Facebook that they had seen the aurora borelis while out walking. I thought, "Well that's crazy. It's warm outside for one thing, early in the night, and at our latitude? No way!". I had wanted to see this all of my life, and I am 53, so it had been a long wait. Still, did I dare to hope? I wasn't prepared for the beautiful sight. When I got outside, it was so gorgeous and looked so close that it took my breath away. Sadly, I didn't run inside for my camera, and instead I stood there awestruck, soaking in the moment. There were swirling curtains in the sky above, of dark green and the most beautiful fuschia pink, that I had ever seen. It was a very clear night and not late in the night...only about 9PM. By the time I went inside to get my husband, they had faded away to the north sky and soon were gone. I know I will remember that moment all the rest of my life.


answered 12 Feb '13, 19:09

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The Aurora Borealis is breathtaking. I've seen it a few times ~ amazing. Tho, nothing quite as spectacular as this video. Enjoy!

(19 Feb '13, 14:29) ele

Loved it, ele! So beautiful...

(19 Feb '13, 16:59) LeeAnn 1

@LeeAnn 1 I read your answer last night & received the Aurora link in my email today ~ synchronicity.. Glad you liked it; the music added to the ambiance...

(19 Feb '13, 20:37) ele
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the most beautiful thing i ever saw was myself. I was lead to that place by many twists and turns, many dead ends and vicious loops of delusion but eventually i found it and i was amazed, it was i, and it was amazing and indescribable.



answered 16 Feb '13, 01:29

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paul st


This was my first thought also-when I look at myself in the mirror when I feel love for myself and others is the most beautiful thing I ever saw

(16 Feb '13, 05:58) clearheart

we are unaware and ignorant of what an amazing creation we are. when the vale is lifted and you observe yourself and your surroundings it is amazing, when you are gifted 0.1% realisation of the truth of your being it is truly astounding. The most took for granted notion becomes the most profound and phenomenal, the realization that you are, when you see it all you have is gratitude, there is no physical mirror, the mirror is perception this we use to perceive ourselves

(16 Feb '13, 11:36) paul st

there is many twist on the path. like you can have many twisted hair on the head.Yet when put in harmony they give a nice picture. ask native american about twisted hair.

(16 Feb '13, 14:47) white tiger
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Let there be light,Be the light that you can be,experience and enjoy.


answered 16 Feb '13, 12:33

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white tiger


its vry vry beautiful.. :)))

(16 Feb '13, 12:54) supergirl

What a beautiful picture, I have to wonder if it was done with a special lenses or something like photo shop.

(16 Feb '13, 13:32) Wade Casaldi

@Wade Casaldi i have seen some brighter then this.So it can be a real picture.And even if someone used photo shop to correct or express this does not matter at all. the human aura and the rainbow are also very similar.

(16 Feb '13, 13:39) white tiger

Yes it seems to be a reflection of the sun somehow and with the rainbow around it yet. This makes it so you can see the tree perfectly. It is amazing! If it is real it is a once in a lifetime shot. Again amazing! :-)

If it isn't real the artist that created it is an amazing photo artist.

Either way excellent photo choice! :-)

(16 Feb '13, 13:54) Wade Casaldi

@White Tiger Lovely photo - thanks for sharing.

(16 Feb '13, 14:20) Catherine

@white tiger ~ love, love this photo! Can't believe it only has 2 votes. Voting you up!

(19 Feb '13, 04:42) ele
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"Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean,

Needs not the painted flourish of your praise,

Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,

Not utter'd by base sale of chapmens' tongues"

from Shakespeare 1588 'Love's Labours Lost'

In other words when in the "vortex" everything is beauty.

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answered 21 Feb '13, 01:40

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ru bis

Gorgeous mesmerizing pic ~ I'm imagining myself there. Love it! Thanks for sharing. "when in the "vortex" everything is beauty" & that' true bliss.

(21 Feb '13, 04:43) ele

what is the vortex, sounds like a kfc box meal, do you get sauce with that. just pullin your chain :) have you experienced the positive vortex then rubis

(21 Feb '13, 21:35) paul st

If your idea of bliss is eating at kfc, it explains soo much.

(21 Feb '13, 23:22) ele

what is the vortex? ... looking at this picture i get shivers down my spine and i imagine the trees, like dark souls standing still in the morning mist, incredible bare trees on the winter horizon lit by a cool blue moon on a starry night and it brings tears to my eyes

(22 Feb '13, 03:40) ru bis

Beautiful ~ tree spirits. Eerie how similar you & Cal are. Grass where I live is as dormant as the trees. Should know in blu's world grass would be green in the winter.

(22 Feb '13, 05:17) ele

yes cal and i sometimes resonate beautifully, believe it or not for a while at first i thought he was a she because of the "façon d'être" :)

(22 Feb '13, 05:46) ru bis

the terrible trio - Cal, ele, ru bis :)

(22 Feb '13, 05:51) ru bis

@ru To be honest - I did too. I would read Cal's answers & go back & forth - was he a he or she - continuously.

(22 Feb '13, 05:59) ele

gay or not doesn't enter into it (excuse the pun), when we resonate with someone, anyone, even for just a moment, be it in the street, at home, with a personality on tv, male or female ... we resonate at a soul level, they are just for that moment a mirror of ourselves that allow us to glimpse within our own soul ... resonance is soul mate, for just a second or a lifetime.

(22 Feb '13, 06:24) ru bis

@ru trio? trinity? I prefer a front row seat. The Odd Couple/Will & Grace. He'll sober up soon & remember he doesn't like me. Ooh, now I know why. lol!

(22 Feb '13, 06:34) ele

@ru - very true!

(22 Feb '13, 06:41) ele

so you prefer to watch from a front row seat rather than participate, it's much more fun to "join in"

(22 Feb '13, 06:42) ru bis

@ru that's very true too ~ could be fun ~ but I wouldn't be able to stop laughing. IDK, my inbox is flooded with messages from Cal. You know that sayin' ~ You made your bed; now lie in it. haha!

(22 Feb '13, 06:58) ele

@ele have fun :)

(22 Feb '13, 07:01) ru bis

@ru bis ~ you too! It's been fun. Night.

(22 Feb '13, 07:05) ele

do you experience bliss when you go to meetings, then does it fade over the weeks after, back to normality? or is it a self sustaining bliss that you can enter and exit at will? i am genuinly interested, plz be honest

(22 Feb '13, 15:03) paul st

bliss is a state of soul contact, born from a feeling of being "in the flow", often it is spontaneous, nothing to do with will, the key is imagination, sometimes imagination takes me there others times it doesn't, "entry" and "exit", as you say, depends whether i'm in the flow, in the mood if you wish

(23 Feb '13, 03:44) ru bis

@CalonLan I've been accused of snarky whispering. I honestly thought you would join in. I thought you were aware of the convo because you were interacting with us at the time. I didn't think I was talking behind your back & my intention was never to harm or offend. If you have an issue with this chat; don't hesitate to let me know.

(26 Feb '13, 00:04) ele

@CalonLan ~ You very intent & focused on your soliloquy; which I enjoyed ~ you prob missed this.

(26 Feb '13, 00:13) ele

@ele - snarky whispering? it's all good fun :)

(26 Feb '13, 02:44) ru bis

At least he couldn't find fault in your 'bliss" post. Your right imagination is key. I'm going to leave my imagination go wild now.

(26 Feb '13, 04:51) ele

@ele - i love a wild woman :)

(26 Feb '13, 05:12) ru bis
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alt text A wonderful hike with my youth group. and a great sunset in the local woods!


answered 22 Feb '13, 03:18

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I posted a comment an hour ago. It didn't stick. Anyway, love it! I bet you don't miss LA when you have places like this to play in.

(22 Feb '13, 05:12) ele

@ele only miss LA when I am hungry... Hard to get a good taco in north middle of nowhere...

(22 Feb '13, 05:19) ursixx

We have many ethic restaurants in the middle of nowhere - get in your boat & head south..

(22 Feb '13, 05:31) ele
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