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Net of wonders

Posted in Shared Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by allisonlabine

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Blarney Castle

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by allisonlabine

 

“There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.” – Edgar Allan Poe

 


Photo by Allison LaBine; Ireland

Perseverance

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2012 by allisonlabine

 

Our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

 

Photo by Allison LaBine

 

Meaning of humanity

Posted in Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by allisonlabine

This is a video of a hippo, of all animals, showing a very human trait – the ability to show compassion towards another creature from a different species that is suffering and come to its defense.

Is not the highest measure of any person his/her capacity to care for and help other living creatures? You love someone, because they reach your heart, not because they reach your ego. The most treasured memories we have are the ones that leave footprints on our hearts.

If animals can show the height of what we deem “humanity,” should we not be their voice? Death is part of the cycle of life, but don’t they at least have the right not to suffer?

(In the video, the hippo fends off a crocodile to save an impala and then tries to revive the severely wounded creature in vain).

 

 

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Fire of life

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by allisonlabine

 

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”  – George Bernard Shaw

 

Photo by Allison LaBine; Italy

 

 

 

The Elements at work

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by allisonlabine

Earth beneath your feet,
Water on your skin,
Fire from the sun…
Air to breathe it all in.

 

Words and photo by Allison LaBine; Florida

This Life is Yours

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2012 by allisonlabine

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” – Susan Polis Schutz

Photo by Allison LaBine

A Call From Home

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2012 by allisonlabine

One of the first words I ever spoke was “ocean.” I pronounced it oonda then, and I’d often ask my parents to take me to see the big oonda. As an adult, the first thing I do when I travel to another country is search for water – a coastline, if possible. Standing on quiet Brazilian sands years ago, I realized that even though I was thousands of miles away from my home in Florida, I was home.

The world of language barriers fell away, and I was left with the primal pull of a force so deeply ingrained in me, I knew it before my own name. Sometimes, the quiet is louder than any sound. The sea spoke softly that night, allowing the moon to weave silver in her midnight skin. I knelt down, listening to her gentle murmurs – to the faint music she played across the shore. She whispered of secrets long forgotten…of dreams hidden inside her depths.

The salt water ran cool and gentle over my hand till there was no longer a distinction between the two – till the sea became my own skin. Without a single word, she reminded me that before I ever took my first steps on land, I lived for nine months in the water – that all life on earth descended from her. In the dark calm of a foreign land, I was called back home.

If we listen closely, she calls to us all.

-Allison LaBine
http://www.motherocean.org

Photo by Allison LaBine

Your path

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2012 by allisonlabine

“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” – Jerry Gillies

Photo by Allison LaBine

The Sea

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by allisonlabine

Can you hear the sound of the sea,
Taste the scent,
Feel the power, that’s
Lured men to her shore, then
Beckoned him beyond.
Into a world as unknown above
As it is below.
Inside the deepest, darkest, bluest depths.

-Allison LaBine

 

Visit Mother Ocean’s new website at http://www.motherocean.org

 

Photo by Allison LaBine; Florida