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Tim Utzig
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Carpe Diem
I want to dedicate this photo to all of you and say thanks for all of your support. The last couple of weeks have gone so much better and I even got a chance to HIRL with +Shaker Cherukuri it was such an honor. Thanks +Karlheinz Heeg +Tristan Che +Lisa Frankenberg  for sharing your posts with me.

Going to the lake now to bask in the sunshine, have an awesome rest of your weekend. Trying to get a better capture of the ducks, I had a hard time keeping up with them :).

"In Horace, the phrase is part of the longer Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero, which can be translated as "Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow (/the future)". The ode says that the future is unforeseen and that one should not leave to chance future happenings, but rather one should do all one can today to make one's future better. This phrase is usually understood against Horace's Epicurean background.[5] It is important to note that the "Carpe diem" phrase is often misinterpreted and misused in contemporary popular culture, to justify reckless behaviour ("you only live once"). However, the meaning of Carpe diem is not to ignore the future, but rather not to trust that everything is going to fall into place for you and taking action for the future today.[6]"
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So pleased to see you up and about +Tim Utzig and that life for you is getting back to normal. One day at a time is an excellent approach. Have a good weekend.
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Angel of  Spring Is finally upon us.

"The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action." by John Dewey

Have a great week everyone :).
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Thanks +Bill Collins for the feedback, really appreciate it. Looking forward to your spring photo's sir!!
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Praying Mantis
Snapped a quick photo of this little guy. They are so graceful.

The word "Mantis" is also the Greek word for "prophet or seer".

Haa .... looks like I have some painting to do this spring.
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Thanks a bunch +David Shield for the feedback, these creatures are so much fun to watch!
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My pleasure +Tim Utzig and thanks!
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Sometimes our largest struggles can turn into our greatest triumphs.

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Hi +Sheila B. DuBois hope you are having a great weekend and that all is going well on your side. I feel like I am at 90% on the intestinal surgery and about 65% recovered from the blood clot. I think I have a little permanent damage in my leg from the clot and will have slight swelling going forward, but something I will work through. I had know idea how hard and painful the rehabilitation process would be .... ugh!  The weather has been awesome this weekend and has allowed me to go on a couple of walks in the neighborhood. On Saturday I pushed myself to walk 30 min. and didn't start feeling pressure until the 25 min mark. Today I slowed down the pace and walked for 40 min.  It seems to be getting better day by day and the warmer weather is helping the circulation in my leg. Sorry about the long response but I just miss everyone here!! :) +Meihui Su thanks for the weekend wish; appreciate you so much. I hope you are having an excellent and relaxing weekend as well. :)
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Fishing for Spring and new beginnings.

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself." by Alan Alda

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Thank you for your sincerity +Tim Utzig , that is priceless, many smiles to you. I am away this coming weekend, will be back to curating end of April :):) Have a lovely Thursday...
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Where there is a will, life will find a way.
Source of natural rubber.
"scientists in the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) in Germany developed a cultivar that is suitable for commercial production of natural rubber.[43] In collaboration with Continental Tires, IME is building a pilot facility. The first prototype test tires made with blends from dandelion-rubber are scheduled to be tested on public roads over the next few years."
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You too +Tim Utzig :)
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In Weakness, You can find strength

My wife Deb wrote this and shared it with me today and I want to share it with you. I keep telling her that I will walk normal again, I will hike again and that there will be gifts that will be learned from all of this. "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get", but it sure is nice to sample all of them and have the experience that goes along with it.

"I have pretended this past year was one long joke, an April Fools’ Day event that would reveal itself as false. But two weeks ago, it caught up with me as my husband and I sat in the hospital waiting room, once again, to see if he would need a third emergency surgery. (Spoiler alert: he did not—yay!)

Since January of 2013, when our family found out the first of what I wanted to be a falsehood, I have held my head high (no pouting) and acted as if everything was okay. I rewrote the heart doctor telling Dad that he was at end, and made it a cheerful: “Dad has wanted to pass on for a long time. Soon he’ll be at peace.” No dealing with the selfish pain I felt of letting him go.
Then Tim’s first emergency: a result of being beaten up at age 12, brought up anger at the person who hurt him and made Tim need to have immediate surgery, both then and now.

Sing in the face of danger
Enter my inner-Disney-princess: Allow only gratitude in for Tim being alive, for the talented surgeon, and our having health insurance for the 8 day hospital stay—no time for sadness or worry. Snow White’s singing birds could circle; Cinderella’s happy mice could cheer me up. But no villains (bad thoughts) could enter my kingdom.
As Tim began to recover from the intestinal surgery that removed the portion of scar tissue that had wrapped around and cut off his intestines, he developed a blood clot (at four feet long, I think it should be named something more accurate like: The Beast).
We are safe.

This resulted in another emergency surgery with a year long expected recovery. However, we were told the remainder of the clot may not ever dissolve, leaving pain and pressure in his leg. Not what someone who spends their vacations hiking wants to hear, but I pounded in the message of YOU CAN DO THIS and visualized Tim climbing mountaintops with a singing Julie Andrews and the von Trapp family by our side.

But then, Dad passed away 10 days later on his 80th birthday. A blessing for him. I told myself it was the same for us—his suffering gone. Once again, cue the forest creatures, fairy godmothers, and singing princesses. Only happiness for his passing allowed. Villainous grief or other bad emotions would be slain by my Prince of Peaceful Thoughts.

In the midst of all of this, my sweet furry companion of 13 years (our dog Obi) developed too much pain to use to his back legs and had to be put down. I had been telling myself he went outside for a few minutes, all day long, because he still loved the outdoors (not because his medication made him have to pee so much). Again with my Disneyesque dialog, after he died: “He had been sick since he was four. How lucky to have had those extra years with him.” (The fairy princesses were on a roll. Grief didn’t stand a chance.)
We went on about our lives, Tim taking his blood thinner and finishing physical therapy (all while going to school online to be re-certified as a personal trainer…the universe has a warped sense of humor). We spent lots of time with Mom and told stories about Dad’s shenanigans. We showered our other dog with lots of affection to try and heal her from her own past of abuse.
But the world still felt off balance, like we had only reached the part of Act 2 where the main characters think everything will be fine, before they get hit with one last dose of doom.

The climax hit a few weeks ago when Tim’s leg pain and swelling came back to the point it hurt to walk. We (and his doctor) thought The Beast Clot had reared its ugly head and grown or formed a new one. The tech doing the ultrasound said to stay at the hospital in case they had to admit Tim…again. But after the radiologist reviewed Tim’s first post-surgery ultrasound, he said it had not grown. No new clot. An appointment with the surgeon the next day revealed that Tim had simply over done it, walking more than his leg had been ready to do (more than 15 minutes). Even though it was good news that we wouldn’t be facing another surgery, the realization that Tim’s activity would continue to be limited hit hard almost 6 months from surgery.
Enter the villains
With that last scare, my mountain of defenses began to crumble. Over the last 14 months, I had pretended Dad’s preparations to pass and his dying were heaven sent; and Tim’s surgeries and scares taught him something earth-shatteringly important and forced him to deal with pain from his past abusers. My hoax of “everything is fine” came unglued.

These events became real. Tim’s recovery grew into a mystery with no solid answers except “time will tell.” Dad would not make us laugh during all of this. Our big bundle of love dog would not be digging in the yard when Spring spread across our yard. Instead, the ashes of both Dad and dog sat still in wooden urns. Tim limped if he walked too long or too much.

That’s when “happily-ever-after” left me—my neck and back began to ache to the point where all I want to do is rest on a heating pad. I have had acupuncture, massage, along with exercises I learned previously in physical therapy, epsom salt baths, moist heat, and of course, listened to motivational “it is all going to be all right” CDs every day. But this goes deeper than that. It goes to my very core and has taken root in places those practices cannot reach. I’m still wondering what will.

I wanted so much to be perfect for my family all this time that I end up becoming more of a mess than a pinnacle of perfection. I have nagged Tim to take care of himself (drink fluids, do his stretches, don’t stand too long) so much that I am sick of my own voice.
For more than a year, I tried to ignore the sadness and worry, except for a two hour time frame, once a month, with my Reiki therapist to talk about these issues—to admit to the negative emotions, the lack of positive thinking that I preached to Tim, Dad, and myself, and the guilt of not noticing how badly our elderly dog had been doing for months before we put him down.

Now I can’t run from it any longer because it has made an angry nest in the middle of my back, and spread out from my neck and shoulders, down to my waist. I need these emotions to hatch and fly away, leaving me alone and empty of them.
But that isn’t going to happen until something shifts; I’m still working on that part. Maybe it will be Spring, the warm weather can burn these burdens away from my soul. (I yearn for one of those sweat tents and wonder if that would help, but somehow think I’d come away with only dehydration.)

I feel a timeline ticking on the need to get-it-together before this becomes more than “a phase.” Apparently the Universe agrees with me since the very symbol I use in my manuscript—a full lunar eclipse —will be coming in a few weeks. In my middle grade manuscript, this event marks the deadline (I hate that word) for the main character, Josh, to fix the dying forest situation, or the damage becomes permanent.

Mother Nature is sending me a message: “Stop with the sadness or you’ll be stuck in it.” (She’d say it with more wisdom, but I get it).
Now I have two weeks before the red moon, the eclipse, and to figure out how to make this darkness go away, just like my main character has to do. Perhaps I need to take a few lessons from fictional Josh and when one thing doesn’t work, try something else. He wouldn’t sit around on a heating pad, waiting for the source of sorrow to just up and leave his forest alone. He’d climb a mountain if he had to (which he does) to face his fears head on, and without a map.
We can fix it.

Maybe that is what I am doing here: admitting the world has knocked me off my feet but acknowledging I have the strength to get back up, even though it has flung us back to the ground over and over this last year as it preaches, “that which does not kill you, makes you stronger.” (Dad would laugh at that and remind me that he did, in fact, die during all of this.)

Maybe sharing these feelings and admitting I can’t fix everything will start the healing process. I’ve been so concerned with staying positive and appreciating Tim is here, and Dad died how he wanted, that I forgot to allow my sadness enough time to express itself. I can’t do that anymore. Perhaps we have to give in to grief sometimes to feel grateful again.

I go back to story (after all, our lives are simply a series of them) and imagine a mystical container full of an elixir that can fill my half-empty glass of grief. Where will I find it? Will it be walks along the lake; a road trip to one of my sacred spots; or simply deciding to step off of my alter of pain? If these processes don’t work, well, I’ll try something else. I have a full moon to catch."
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That is so true +Eileen O'Duffy ; I didn't realize she was putting on a facade as to keep her mother and myself comfortable and putting a positive spin on things. Avoidance can definitely cause more issues and I am so glad that she has realized this; so that we can work on it together. Thank you for the encouraging words and will give Deb a hug from you.
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I can't say enough about this circle, you will definitely get a jumpstart if you are new with all of the tips and support. They also helped me and supported me through an interesting time over the last 8 months. They will make a huge difference for you on so many levels. Thank you +Jack C Crawford !!
Here's a modest 300 person circle for those that are new and want to get a jumpstart here on Google+  AND, I did add myself, because I wear Google Glass and the circle looks cooler with it.  

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Sheep heaven

This is an image I took on our day tour to on the Brauneck to the Stie-Alm. We've seen a sheep herd. I thought that landscape and those animals would make a nice image. What do you think?


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I worked as a counselor with the developmentally challenged; this will always be my favorite job. Unfortunately individuals working in this field do not get paid very well. I was to provide training for them so that at some point they would be able to go to an assisted living environment. In actuality they ended up teaching me more about life than I ever taught them.

I then became a personal trainer which lasted for about 7 years. It was a rewarding experience especially when seeing individuals with injuries make great recoveries.

Currently I work as a product testing lead (quality assurance) and have for the last 11 years. I have picked up a lot of technical skills for I am very grateful. 

I live my life according to these quotes:

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.”
Lloyd Shearer

“He saw the world out of the porthole of a leaky freighter, was a collector of memories, and interrupted a lecture at Harvard. In 50 years on earth he did only one thing he regretted. He is survived by his family: Jeff Hawks, who always remembers to flush; Everett Calloway, who knows how to use words; Courtney Blumenthal, who is strong, and also knows how to love; and by Montgomery Kessler, who will graduate life with honor, and without regret.” —
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Have no regrets — don’t ever give up on your dreams. If you fail pick yourself up and brush yourself off and go again. There are always lessons to be learned on so many levels.

Wishing you all the best life has to offer,


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