Circle of Friends


circle of friends

Many sites that offer these symbolic candle holders tell of the ancient Mayan Indian legend that describes the meaning behind the decorative pieces. Here is the legend:

Circle of Friends

The Indian legend says that at the end of the evening, friends would gather around a bonfire and share their hearts and speak of the good qualities of each other and remember times shared. As the embers faded, their friendship was said to be sealed anew bringing them closer together. As you sit with the candle lit in the middle of your circle of friends, it will surround and embrace all who sit with you and bring good luck to those who stay together.

I light these candles when I have meditation sessions at the house. Nan, my friend, who I did my Reiki master with lit the same thing when we did reiki at here house.

These circle of friends was a gift from my friends Cheryl and Paul who own the Infinity Center in Jensen Beach where I first went for Reiki.



Weekly Photo: NOW


Right NOW I’m sitting and looking at my pretty tree. When I first moved here I didn’t even bother.  Too much drama of the past.

I have worked Christmas for the past 6 years. It gave other nurses a chance to enjoy their holidays. I’d like to say it was meaningless. It wasn’t. It was horrifying. I had Christmas PTSD. This year Christmas had wonderful meaning by spending it with family.

So what happens with time and working on letting go is of course things change. The pain is long gone and a feeling of contentment arrives.

I found these little trees at the Fresh Market and they were perfect. Big enough for my needs. Being a table top also was great since my dog didn’t feel the need to urinate on it.

When I first brought it home he got very excited until he saw it go on the table.

The ornaments I took when I was divorced were the one that were meaningful to me.  Gifts from friends and hand made golden retriever ornaments. Ornaments with my old guys names Machi and Casey.  I loved the twinkly white lights.  This year I added a string of color and it changed everything. And of course a string of shells.

It’s almost like this little tree is an indication of my mental health filled with an understanding of the past , anticipation  of the future but the ability to just sit and be,  enjoy the tree, the lights and the now.


Gathering Weekly Photo


May 4th,2014 We had a funeral for the St Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon which had been devastated by discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  Both turned green with poisonous green toxic algae. Our lives would never be the same again.

As a way to protest we held this funeral at Phipps Park which the park next to the the “Gates of Hell” where the water out and runs into the river and the lagoon.



Here is a video that Brad Langel shot with his drone. There is a great shot of the St Lucie Locks that will be opened when Lake Okeechobee is too high. That’s when we get polluted with Lake water that destroys mostly because the fresh water hits the lagoon, changes the salinity of the water and kills everything including the oysters that my friends very lovingly place through out.


Here are a few other photos of the event.



Here is new’s cast.

Versatile Blogger Award

Debbie over at Debbiemlewis nominated me for



Thank you Debbie!

Lately I found  that wordpress is my safe haven. I place I go when Facebook and Twitter and even my email is too much to take. This is one place where everyone seems to be  thoughtful about what is going on in the world.

I do write about a lot of things. It depends on whats going on or what information I think needs to get out there.

One of the best blogpost I wrote lately was over Thanksgiving and shared on Treasure It was a simple list of places to get free meals on Thanksgiving. I was so happy to see many people googling this and checking the list. I hope you all got something good to eat.

For the Versatile Blogger Nomination, I was asked to talk about 7 random facts about myself.  I do not like talking about myself but here goes.

  1. When I was young I was in drama class for years. I played Hodel, the 2nd eldest daughter, in Fiddler on the Roof. Pretty Amazing. I love music but I can’t sing. It’s so brutal that when my son was born and I would sing him a song he would beg me to stop.
    Hodel becomes intrigued with the radical, young student,
    Perchik. She eventually leaves Anatevka to join him in
    Siberia where he is imprisoned for his reform activities.
    Hodel sings a haunting solo as she says goodbye to
    her father at the train station.
    This is not me but here is the song.

2. I lived in Cambridge, Mass for a long time. I worked at the Cambridge Hotel as a singing waitress (again how did I get these gigs). We were doing a Gershwin Review. Walter Cronkite stayed there at the time to interview Daniel Ellsberg about the Pentagon Papers.

3. I was also part of a MIME TROUP at the time.


4.  I love nothing better then silently listening to an interesting story sitting behind my camera.


5. When I go home to Boston I must visit  the swan boats.


6. I won an award from our local public tv in Miami for being the “Most Prolific Vlogger.” In others words I create a lot of content.


7. When I watch big news story’s I’m casting in my mind who can play the particular characters in the made for tv movie.

For instance,




Here are my nominees

Me in the Middle

Defining Ways

Having an affair

Uma’s healthy bites


WordPress Weekly Photo Challange: “Ornate” The Solidarity FIsh Project

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”DSC_0012

Here is a video of Janeen talking about the project.

“The Solidarity Fish Project  
This simple wooden fish is splashed in vivid colors on one side, but when flipped over it reveals in stark contrast skeletal remains on a black background.  Viewed individually each is unique and beautiful.  When they are exhibited together by the thousand(s) they are a monumental temporary public art installation that connects participants and passers-by.

The Solidarity Fish, painted by kids and ordinary people are an icon of the clean water movement in Florida. They have been from the Everglades to Washington, D.C., from the steps of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee to the cover of most major Florida newspapers and in the New York Times.  

Raising awareness and inspiring stewardship with a striking participatory art project created by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  Working together to change the status quo.

Janeen Mason
National Award Winning Children’s Books”