Sunday, July 5, 2015

Celebrate American Spirit

In the days leading up to the July 4th, Americans prepared for a day of celebrating connections. Region and town papers announced events, posted notices of 4th of July sales, and published news centering around the concept of freedom. This year, the Macy's fireworks spectacular in the New York City East River illustrated the theme of the American Spirit with live patriotic music, interviews, a hostess dressed in a stylish firework-designed dress, and a excited crowd of viewers. The American spirit was present but just what is the American Spirit?



ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

  • What is the American spirit?
  • How does it shape our values and beliefs?

The question, What is the American spirit?, was posed last night at the Macy's Fireworks celebration. Perhaps, it is best expressed in Gloria Estefan's original song, America, that was featured.  



Authenticity is needed by all of mankind to solidify the power of the collective voice and to realize dreams of freedom. Communities of risk-takers can voice national concerns inherent in the Constitution and follow up with actionable steps, along with strength, passion, and collaboration. Liberty can be achieved for ALL through the democratic process.Resilience, positivity, and stamina are essential..

Idealistic? Perhaps...but independent thinking and a strong sense of patriotism can make a future ready world for our young learners. If it were not for a community of dreamers, American ideals and aspirations would not have been realized. It is up to modern day dreamers to shape the future through the American spirit.



The spirit of freedom unites all. I celebrate the American Spirit this Fourth of July weekend. 



  

Join Ruth Ayres at Celebrate This Week to read how the writing community celebrated their week leading up to the Fourth of July weekend. 

Spring's Symphony Unveiled


There is no time like Spring,
When life's alive in everything.
- Christina Rossetti


This year, Mother Nature captured the essence of new life as she unfolded her petals and painted the world in lush green hues. Spring may have arrived late but it did not disappoint as it burst forth with vibrant colors.

Every spring is the only spring 
a perpetual astonishment.
- Ellis Peters


I enthusiastically invite you to enter Spring's Symphony Gallery. Immerse yourself in the past season to awaken your senses and add zest to your day. Peruse each creatively crafted work in the gallery that exhibits the contributing writers' perspectives of springtime. Vivid photography, carefully penned words, and relaxing music will add to your viewing experience.

You will be reminded throughout the gallery that spring allows us to see ourselves as optimists of life. Bursts of new growth will surround you as green hues pop color. Feel the rejuvenation of life. Believe in the hope that all things are reborn each spring as bright and beautiful representations of life. 



                              Re-live Monet moments of spring 
                               as you stroll through the exhibit. 
                              Relax in the sensory experience.
                              Re-energize your creativity.

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Do you remember your childhood days 

of dandelion wishes? Read on.




While you take a leisurely stroll through 
the gallery, enjoy relaxing music.
  

Listen for the symphony of sound.
During a leisurely stroll on any given day,
auditions for spring's symphony are underway.
Observe, reflect, and engage in talk,
as you enjoy springtime during a nature walk. 









Created from original antique postcard circa 1912


Find the bright side of the season for
"An optimist is the human personification of spring."
- Susan J. Bissonette








Spring has returned
The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
- RainerMaria Rilke


Why create poetry? 


No matter how long winter is. 
Spring is sure to follow.
- Proverb

The above quote was true this year, even though 
we may have thought spring would never come.


Spring did arrive and nature's beauty was revealed.













Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest. 
Mary Webb





Come Out Green 
by Margaret Simon, Louisiana









I love spring anywhere, but if could choose I would always greet it in a garden. 
Ruth Stout









Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun. 
-Kahlil Gibran






Earth laughs in flowers...
-Ralph Waldo Emerson






Be renewed by springtime wonders.





Spring - an experience in immortality. 
- Henry D. Thoreau


As you walk through life take


Find balance.


Now, it is time to bid spring adieu.





Savor the moments and


Don't forget that reading matters in every season.


Take the time to capture the beauty of the season for
"The front door to springtime is a photographer's best friend." - Terri Guillemets




Enjoy additional soft music before your gallery tour is over




I invited all poets, teachers, colleagues, family, friends, Twitter readers, and students to write alongside me, capturing springtime through their own lens. I was pleasantly rewarded with a bouquet  of visually, flowing expressions from the following creative individuals who shared their voices to make this a global gallery.


It is my hope that while perusing Spring's Symphony Gallery you found inspiration and felt creativity's strings tugging. At your leisure, please visit the previous Reflect With Me galleries of artistic expressions where you will find inspiring visuals and poetry from around the world. 
This past season, life's sanctuary of joy 
was found in verdant edens.

Please leave a response or a glow and grow thought in the comment section. This gesture of collegiality and community spirit is appreciated. 

Thank you for visiting


It was my pleasure to guide you through this inspired gallery walk. Join me in future endeavors to splash creative voice across the universe. Carol