My Traveling Shoes

Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality.
I've traveled so many miles in shoes that someone else bought for me, plain, poorly fitted, worn, second hand, hand me downs. Ohh, they hurt my feet and took me places that I didn't need to go, places that I didn't want to go. For many years I put them on. I was told it was my duty, but my heart was heavy and my cares so many.
Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality. I bought these shoes. I own these shoes. They are mine.
by Jeanne leigh...copyrighted...2007


JOIN ME ON MY ECLECTIC JOURNEY.....

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year to All!!! 2010




It's New Year's Eve and I am thinking about 2010. I'm gathering my hopes and goals for this new year and thought it would be a good way to embark on this new leg of my journey. So, I decided to make 10 goals for myself to be conscious of throughout the coming year, improving as I am able each of these areas of my life:


1) I will seek to develop my relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
2) I will seek to listen and find the purposes in my life. This will be my mantra.
3) Family: working to nurture these most important relationships.
4) Owning and developing the gifts/talents within me: making a priority in my free time to improve my natural abilities.
5) Friendships: I will be open to new friendships, to nurturing old friendships, and willing to let go of friendships that aren't healthy.
6) I will work on ME. I will seek to be more tolerant of my weaknesses, faults, and difficulties as I also seek to grow, to be healed, and to be a better person in these areas. Alongside this, I will seek to own and deepen my confidence in the strengths, gifts, and talents given to me. Always remembering that they are a gift given by my creator, but it is MY responsibility to use and develop them for the good of myself and others and the world.  
7) I will seek to have physical exercise/activity at least 3 X's a week. Take my vitamins and have an early bedtime 3 X's a week.
8) I will seek to read some genres that I don't usually read. I need to develop more of a variety in the scope my interests.
9) I hope to simplify my life by getting rid of the clutter in my life...too many things.
10) I hope to organize my life, as I simplify it. Everything should have a specific place.


These are simply goals to work toward. Inch by Inch:) I'd like to say here Jeanne Denton that I love you. I love you with all your weaknesses, faults, and problems. I love you with all of your strengths, talents and gifts. I love you for who you are right now. I love you for all that you are not and will never be. I love you for who you are becoming. May God continue to grace you with the strength to listen and to make appropriate choices for your life. May you continue to live your truth and stand firm on your own two feet. I pray this for you and for everyone. ~ Amen.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'll be watching This...Sounds Very Interesting!



A Friend of mine from Facebook sent this to me. Wanted to share it on my blog. It sounds quite insightful and I will definitely be watching it. Thought YOU might be interested as well. Peace, Jeanne

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Only God Knows



Victims of Circumstance
Could there really be just one chance?
How narrow is the way,
If it’s paved with grace?

Transcending time and space
Truth cannot be held in a box
Constantly changing shape
A moving paradox.

Judgments come so easy
But what do we see?
Hearts, motives, purposes,
Only God knows these.

Searching Souls they do abound
Making God in our own image
Empty words fall to the ground
Falling to the ground

Doctrine, Divisive Facts
Where can we find you, Lord?
Where we least expect
In some loving act.

Judgments come so easy
But what do we see?
Hearts, motives, purposes,
Only God knows these.
Only God knows these.
Only God knows.


~Jeanne Leigh Denton






Sunday, October 25, 2009

Journey On



This is a poem I wrote December 26, 2001.  This poem is dedicated to all children everywhere who have been physically, mentally, or sexually abused. There is hope.


A cross upon the forehead
A whispered prayer, unsaid
A heart that aches for freedom
One lies upon the bed

Sleep comes to this one slowly
When the nightmares cease
Truth holds this one closely
The shadows, they will flee

In dream, you float above the waters
Time glistening with hope
The hidden one carries you
To you this is unknown

Though terrors raise their head
The cries, the fear, the dread
You belong to yourself
And not to the dead

You see, your spirit is stronger
Then the horrors, the scars
Journey on to discover
All that you are

For you float above the waters
Time glistening with hope
The hidden one carries you
To you this can be known

Journey on to discover
All that you are
Journey on to discover
All that you are
Journey on in hope.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Can't Believe Its Been Four Months


If you cannot read the caption in the above picture, click on to see the larger version and then you can read it! I love the music and lyrics of Bruce Cockburn. I took this picture one night along the Virginia Creeper Trail. Anyway...let me say this....Hello! I'm back. Thanks for praying for me. Well, I am feeling pretty good these days. Adjusted to my diet and getting back my energy more and more. Time. It all takes time. I am glad to be blogging again. I have often visited your blogs and have felt very encouraged by the things I have read. Thank YOU for being who you are.


I began reading an interesting book today called, CHOOSING CIVILITY, The Twenty Five Rules of Considerate Conduct. It's by P.M. Forni. Dynamite little book. It certainly speaks to me.

Here are three quotes from the first Chapter:


Wherever there is a human being; there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Love is Patient and Kind; Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. ~Paul of Tarsus


Three Things in Human Life are important; the First is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the Third is to be kind. ~ Henry James
As I continue reading this book, I will share tidbits on here. I hope to post often, but aiming for once a week at least. Blessings to each and everyone of you!!! ~Jeanne

Saturday, May 23, 2009

PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP ON ME

For over a year now I have had symptoms of fatigue, unexplained rashes, and infections (one weekend I had five infections at the same time.) The rashes which appeared to be an allergic reaction were treated with prednisone about five rounds this year. The infections were treated with antibiotics. Toward the end of this all the antibiotics and prednisone also resulted in terrible rashes. I mentioned several times to my nurse practitioner that my mother had similar symptoms and found out that she was allergic to yeast and that she had lymes disease. Well, I knew I didn’t have lymes disease but did I have some sort of autoimmune problem? Finally, when my nurse practitioner couldn’t see me and I felt the most desperate, I saw another nurse practitioner who I also told about my mother being allergic to yeast. She immediately gave me a referral to an allergist, but only because she thought I was allergic to antibiotics. Well, when I saw the allergist, I told him that my mother was allergic to yeast and I thought I might be too. He tested me with a two day allergy test and the little bubble on my arm that was suppose to be a tiny bump, ended up being a huge swollen mess, all the glands under my arm were bright red and swollen, I could barely lift my arm, it was so swollen and painful. I was severely allergic to yeast. He then connected me with the work of Dr. William Crook and his website www.yeastconnection.com where I was introduced to a lot of information of which I am still trying to digest. The Allergist said that Dr. Crook’s book was to be my Bible. He said, “Do what he tells you to do.” He’s been working on this problem since the 50’s and is an expert in his field, so that is exactly what I have been doing. Everyone has a certain amount of yeast in their bodies, but being allergic to it, every time I ate bread, drank a glass of wine, ate anything with sugar in it I was feeding the yeast and causing an allergic reaction. Then as my body reacted in with an allergic reaction, the yeast produced tons of toxins and I would end up getting an infection or infections. As the nurse practitioners medicated me with prednisone and antibiotics, these were also feeding the yeast and as a result I became one very sick person that had no clue as to what the heck was making me sick. Right now I am on a very strict diet, and a medication. I have had awful withdrawals from sugar and yeast. By the way, who knew how much sugar is in EVERYTHING? No wonder, our young children are getting diabetes. It is incredibly unhealthy. I would work my 40 hour a week job, tend to minimal requirements of family and fall over. No energy at all. I am usually a very high energy person and very active in life, so this has been difficult. I have only be on the diet and medication for a couple of weeks, so I have a long way to go before I will be feeling good, but I must say that I am already feeling better. So, thus…..a lonely blog. Please don’t give up on me. I’m going to be on here more often. Filled with hope ~Jeanne ~Peace and health to all of YOU.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Blessed Be the Name

Haven't been on here for a while. I have been ill. More about that later. Today I just wanted to quickly post a song I heard that really touched me. This song is all about gossip. It gives us another way to deal with those we have difficulties with. Gossip is prevalent everywhere. We have all partaken. Mississippi John Hurt tell us, "If you don't like your sister, don't carry her name abroad. Take her in your bosom and carry her home to God." Oh, that we would do this instead of destructive gossip. Much love, Jeanne

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Heartbeat - Tribute to My Creator written in 1991

creation
It was YOU who thought of me
It was YOUR creativity
It was YOU who gave to me all the many possibilities

YOU were there all the time
Wish I'd known, but I didn't
I was lost from YOUR love
And YOUR thought of me was hidden

I was gray, cold inside, full of pain
Not what YOU had in mind
Then one day, in despair
On my knees I turned to YOU in prayer

YOU took my hand and we walked away
Each step, my disguise is more erased
The beauty of YOUR thought unfolds
The colors YOU had planned are told

YOU heal the hurts, YOU ease the pain
YOUR LOVE works on, though the scars remain
YOUR FIRE burns the dross away
A gift is given in each day

I am YOURS, YOU are mine
Sketch the picture of
YOUR design
YOU
wrote a book about my life
Help me fill in the pages

I need
YOU
Like I need the air that I'm breathing
I need YOU
Like I need my very own heart beat
heartbeat, heartbeat...........

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Courage




I wanted to share two powerful quotes that I came across this week. They are wonderful reminders for all of us...to be true to ourselves and to continue to dream and own our visions.


Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren field frozen with snow. ~ Langson Hughes

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which anyone can fight; and never stop fighting. ~ e.e. cummings

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dust on Diamonds

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of going with my husband Jim, my youngest son, Jamen and his child Noah to an afternoon movie. Noah is only three and always brings such light and life into the house when he comes to stay. We stopped at the bank to get some money on the way and while Jim went in, Noah noticed a handicapped sign on the wall next to where we were parked. Noah asked what the man in the circle was. Jamen explained that it was a symbol for people who were handicapped, or injured, or for some reason physically challenged and had a hard time walking to the front door. He explained how they make and save the special parking place closer to make it easier for them. Noah was quiet for a moment and then said rather matter of factly, " I have an idea. We could carry them in and gently put them down." For a moment I was so struck with the purity of this thought. It really touched me, because he was so sincere. No wonder Jesus said that we needed to be like a little child. Simple but beautifully pure and true.

I read a devotion recently that compared our faults and sins as 'dust on diamonds'. As I read it, the words came off the page and the image stuck in my mind. That is how precious each of us are. Even when though there is dust, we are still diamonds. We are diamonds in God's eyes. Precious and beautiful, made in God's image. Each of us is multifacited, sparkling, mysterious, glorious, full of many colors, and unique. We just need to own what we are and let what we are shine bright.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Matthew Fox on Creativity

One of my absolute favorite books that confirms much of my own understanding about ART is entitled: Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human meet by Matthew Fox. I have found so many of his ideas about creativity to be valid. I feel that when I am being creative, I am most alive. I feel that my creativity is very linked to my spirituality. I'd like to share a few excerpts that are close to my heart:

Matthew Fox says, "Notice the Kabbalah counsels us that imagination is a "gift of God"and further down on that page he says, "fundamentalists who engage in imagination-bashing might take note of the following fact : The etymological origin for the word "hell" (the real place where Satan dwells?) is helan, an old English word that means "to conceal" (in Latin celare). In other words hell is our place of concealment. Hell then, is our refusal to create and our deadening the imagination of others. But if hell is concealment then heaven would be the place of revelation, of unveiling, of telling the truth. Eckhart said,'The purpose of a word is to reveal.' That is the purpose of all imagination. Teacher and painter, poet and potter M. C. Richards asks: 'Isn't this what we try to do in our artistic work with the clay: to bring something to light, to manifest, to reveal? A form, an intention, a question, a relationship, a search, a hope, a defeat, a concealment...? ' (pages 59-60) Fox says, "The Artist is to the community and body politic what the liver is to the body, a cleanser and a recycler of wastes and toxins." (page 89) Fox also says, "The Christ story redeems creativity by setting it in the context of compassion. All creativity is meant to serve compassion not projections." (pages 94-95) He says, "Creativity saves, its opposite kills. The Gospel of Thomas put it this way, "Jesus said: 'When you bring forth that which is within you, that which is yours will save you. But if you do not have that in yourself, that which is not yours in you will kill you'." Our creativity is a matter of life and death, of salvation and damnation. (pages 98-99) ...the artist beholds what is and holds it up for the rest of us to see better. There is a river of creativity that is running through all things , all relationships, all beings, all corners, and centers of the universe. WE are here to join it, to get wet, to jump in, to ride these rapids, wild and sacred as they be. (page 66)

I believe that creativity is sacred. Being creative with compassion is how I feel called to live the rest of my life. I am seeking ways everyday to express this God given gift of creativity...in the simplist of ways. Though the process is sometimes painful and difficult. Creativity brings me joy in the end. It brings me peace. Please keep in mind though...this is just one aspect or facet of my faith journey.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One of our favorites!! We love them all, though!!!!
Dan Zanes is revered in my home. All of us, Moms, Dads, Meemaw (me) and Papaw (Jim) and Noah, Tyler and Charlize adore him and his friends and the amazing music that they make. If you haven't been introduced to him then you are missing out. Please take a look. He is wonderful!! I found this video on youtube and thought it would be great to share. I'll probably also post one of his videos. This one is all about him. It's informative and quite clever! Enjoy

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thou Who Hast First Loved Us


This piece is a favorite of mine. It is a beautiful reminder of God's great love for each of us. It was written by Soren Kierrkegaard. Hope you have a lovely Tuesday.

Thou who first loved us, O God, alas! We speak of it in terms of history as if Thou has loved us first but a single time, rather than that without ceasing Thou hast loved us first many times and everyday and our whole life through. When we wake up in the morning and turn our soul toward Thee--Thou art the first--Thou hast loved us first; if I rise at dawn and at the same second turn my soul toward Thee in prayer, Thou art there ahead of me, Thou hast loved me first. When I withdraw from the distractions of the day and turn my soul in thought toward Thee, Thou art the first and thus forever. And yet, we always speak ungratefully as if Thou has loved us first only once. ~ Prayers by Soren Kierrkegaard

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Trusting Myself

All through my childhood and the first eighteen years of my adult life, I thought that I had to seek the direction of my life outside of myself, through those wiser and stronger then myself. Due to poor self-esteem and false teachings from my Christian leadership, I was taught not to trust my own heart. Scriptures such as "Our hearts are deceitfully wicked, who can know it" were used out of context. I am grateful that the last twenty years or so, I have come to know better. Thank you God. Thank you for the angels....the lovely people you sent my way to show me a better, more truthful way of finding my path. Writer Joan Mills observes, "I'd gone through life believing in the strength and confidence of others; never my own . "Now, dazzled, I discovered that my capacities were real. It was like finding a fortune in the lining of an old coat." Yes, that is how I have felt, as I have learned to look within and listen deeply for direction. I love what Anna Freud says about these matters. She says, "Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." How true! I am so glad that this is true! Peace!!! ~Jeanne

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ryan Adams-Interview and Song-"Fix It"

I saw this somewhat recent interview with Ryan Adams and was very glad to hear that he no longer drinks, smokes or does drugs. I had heard that he was having some problems with these. Maybe that was just a rumor. We have lost so many extremely gifted singer- song writers and musicians to overdoses, etc. What a sad waste of a life. I am truly happy for him. I loved this little song that he sang in this interview called, "Fix It" Wow, I can really relate to the lyrics. So often in my life there has been brokeness and I was not able to "fix it." I had to let it go, give it to God and know that God is the only one that can fix such problems. It is not in my power. This a difficut lesson that I am still working on. Well, I hope you enjoy this interview and the lovely song. ~Peace, Jeanne


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ruth Etting 1929






Such a lovely little song. Had I known the words and melody of this tune when I met my husband...I'd have been crooning this song lol....Had to post this cuz I just heard Ruth Etting for the first time:) I think she is awesome....Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Another Awesome Uke Player





Taimane Gardner is an amazing young girl from Hawaii..who has mastered the ukelele. She is very inspiring! Enjoy!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Learning to Play the Ukelele



I have a new interest/hobby and that is learning to play the ukelele. To be honest I have tried to play a few instruments but am very intimidated. Love music. Love to write lyrics and sing harmony. I am in a family of very talented musicians, my husband and two sons. I just seem to shut down and a wall comes up. Well, recently I saw a young lady whom I love to hear sing in a video and she was strumming a ukelele. I immediately connected with the idea. It is an instrument that is not so intimidating. Anyone can play a uke!!! It is often thought of like a kazoo, which I played very well as a young girl! ha! So, after much investigation, I found this beautiful black Kala tenor, archtop, with f notes instead of a hole in the center...so cool. She is even amplifiable. So we've been spending some time together and having a lot of fun.

Without realizing it, I have found that there is a bit of a ukelele renassaince happening. Crazy, hey? In my recent searching I found this amazing ukelele player and wanted to also share his video with you. Enjoy. It is wonderful. I guess with any instrument with inspiration, prespiration and raw talent...you can do fantastic things. You are never too old to do what you love:) Let's live each moment to the best of our abilities!~Peace

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I DON'T FEAR QUESTIONS


The following is written by a wonderful Catholic Nun who is an author and activist. I am so moved by her insight and depth. I love what she shares in this piece. I wanted to share it. ~ Peace



I DON'T FEAR QUESTIONS
As a young teenager, kneeling in a dark cathedral one night, with no illumination in the church but the sanctuary lamp, I had an experience of intense light. I was thirteen years old and totally convinced that, whatever it was and wherever it came from, the light was God. Perhaps it was a good janitor working late, or a bad switch that did not work at all, or a startling insight given to a young woman, given gratuitously. I did not know then and I do not know now. But I did know that the light was God and that God was light.It has not always been easy—I went through a terrible period as a young sister—to the point that I thought I would have to leave religious life because I doubted the divinity of Jesus. Only when I realized that I did believe deeply and profoundly in God could I come to peace with the fact that faith in God would have to be enough. It was a dark, empty time. It threw me back on the barest of beliefs but the deepest of beliefs. I hung on in hope like a spider on a thread. But the thread was enough for me. As a result, my faith actually deepened over the years. The humanity of Jesus gave promise to my own. Jesus ceased to be distant and ethereal and “perfect.” Jesus let no system, no matter how revered, keep him from a relationship with God. And that union with God, I came to understand, was divine. Then I also understood that questions are of the essence in a mature faith.I don’t fear the questions any more. I know that they are all part of the process of coming to union with God and refusing to make an idol of anything less. The point is that during that difficult time I didn’t try to force anything. I simply lived in the desert believing that whatever life I found there was
life enough for me. I believed that God was in the darkness. It is all part of the purification process and should be revered. It takes away from us our paltry little definitions of God and brings us face-to-face with the Transcendent. It is not to be feared. It is simply to be experienced. Then, God begins to live in us without benefit of recipes and rituals, laws, and “answers”—of which there are, in the final analysis, none at all.

~Joan Chittister

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Enjoying Ella Fitzgerald


Happy New Year! I've been very busy at work. We are ordering lots of beautiful, interesting new books at our library. So, while I am busy guttering, receiving them on the computer, adding title page labels, barcodes and stamps...I often listen to Pandora Radio. Yesterday they played a song I've never heard by Ella Fitzgerald called, "Stairway to the Stars." Whoah! Knocked my socks off. I can imagine someone at her time saying, "Jeepers, that song just sends me" or something like that! I played it for my husband when I got home and I couldn't help but dance around the room. I got an mp3 version of it for my player but couldn't find a video of her singing it. I found one of her singing Blue Moon which is nice, but I definitely prefer Stairway to the Stars. I'm not sure how to put a video on here. I'm afraid I haven't figured it out.Check it out on this video bar to the right of this post. Enjoy. Peace, Jeanne

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thomas Merton


I first starting reading books by Thomas Merton about twenty years ago. I fell in love with his understanding of God and Spirituality. Reading Merton changed my life. His work has affirmed my own understanding and opened me to new ways of seeing and thinking. I have a book that I use for prayer times throughout the day. It is called Thomas Merton A Book of Hours edited by Kathleen Deignan. This book is put together beautifully from his writings. This morning I was reading from the Tuesday/Dawn readings..."the lesson." I want to share this portion with you. Enjoy.
Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny. This means to say that we should not passively exist, but actively participate in His creative freedom in our own lives and in the lives of others, by choosing the truth. To put it better we are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity. We can evade the responsibility by playing with masks, and this pleases us because it can appear at times to be a free and creative way of living. It is quite easy. It seems to please everyone. But in the long run, the cost and sorrow come very high. To work out our own identity in God , which the Bible calls "working out our salvation" is a labor that requires sacrifice and anguish, risk and many tears. It demands close attention to reality at every moment, and great fidelity to God as he reveals himself, obscurely in the mystery of each new situation.
WE do not know clearly beforehand what the result of this work will be. The secret of my full identity is hidden in Him. He alone can make me who I am, or rather who I will be when at last I fully begin to be. But unless I desire this identity and work to find it with Him and in Him, the work will never be done. The way of doing it is a secret I can learn from no one else but Him. There is no way of attaining to the secret without faith. But contemplation is the greater and more precious gift, for it enables me to see and understand the work that He wants done.