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Diana O’Hara – beautiful words!!

Once Upon A Time …there was a YOU …
You, who came in to dance upon the earth
You, who have danced now through so many experiences
You who came in with gifts that only “you” can give in your own special “you” way
You…are powerful
You…are magnificent, brave and so wonderfully “you”nique
The day is waiting …jump into it with enthusiasm because
You, are a Be YOU ti ful spark of Light
Ready to set the world on fire
Sending lots of love out to You ….
Diana O’Hara 2014

August 14, 2014 – a difficult day

Tomorrow will be a difficult day for me as I meet with the oncologist and discuss my recent 2nd cancer diagnosis and the prognosis. Surgery was successful but we now need to explore the grade, stage and if it has metastasized.  I know the power of prayer will help me deal with this. My family, my dear friends and cancer support group will be with me side by side. God is good and He listens. I leave it in His hands. “Hope Is My Absolute.”

The Maple Tree in Hannover, Germany

For my Dad, Andreas xo

June 4, 2014 – 2nd cancer diagnosis

Cancer has touched my life again. Five years and two months after my leukemia remission, I have been diagnosed with a second cancer.  I have my boxing gloves on and I am getting back in the ring. Zena the Princess Warrior is at my side…..along with family, good friends, and my leukemia support group…..prayers, love and positive energy…..this too will pass. Every day I am blessed with is a gift that I will make the most of. Laugh, smile, cry, let those tears flow when they need release, dance to my favorite beat, drive with my windows down, let the wind blow through my hair while I sing along with my music playing. Life is beautiful….this will not take me down!!

Happy 8th Birthday to my grand-daughter!

Hope your day is filled with lots of giggles, fun, fun, fun and yummy cake. Love you forever xo

Happy Birthday to my son!

Loving you always xo

Thank you, M.T.A.!!

It is people like yourself who has made my journey so much easier. Love to you both! xo

5 Years Remission from AML Leukemia! Congratulations!!

You are one of the bravest and amazing people I have ever had to the privilege to know. You never give up, you keep on fighting and you’re really a role model for anyone.  You have shown a spirit and love for life that is so unusual in today’s world. You’re willingness not to give in to a deadly killer can only help embolden us to our own problems and shortcoming. We love you and will always be with you, no matter how rough times get. :)

We will be celebrating together, my friend!

M.T.A.

A tribute to my Babcia Tekla

I remember the first time I went to visit my grandmother’s resting place in Krakow, Poland. A grandmother I never got to know but looking at her photographs and the stories shared by family members, she was quite the woman. Losing her husband early in life, she brought up 6 children living off the land in Laskivtsi, Ukraine. Life was not easy early 1900′s. I see a resemblance in our eyes, hands and feet! Her gifts to me :)

Dear Babcia Tesluk,

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and
beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Babcia the place you filled
So many years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
Love your grand-daughter, Alexandra xo

“Beneath A Judas Moon” by Sonia Dubinsky

Beautiful, compelling entertainment ~ 5 Stars ***** 

Ms. Dubinsky’s real strength lies in her plotting and pacing, an eye for detail, and at creating a host of characters that people the landscape of her novel. There was an instant connection with  Anya, Ophelia, Robson and Samuel who are caught up in a complex world of emotional involvement and confusion, intertwined by the ties that bind them. A richly observed tale of love and despair, unravel the tangled threads of a doomed relationship.

There is passion in this novel and there is the undeniably gruesome. Tragedy appears when it is least expected ~ or wanted. Above all else, there is a statement here I think I’m correct in defining, regarding the nature of human life, and how in the end not one of us can ever achieve our fullest measure by dwelling strictly in happiness alone. This novel took me completely by surprise with the wonders of its heights and its depths. A love story that I did not want to end ~ read it, and weep and then smile!

If you have not yet enjoyed this novel, you are in for a wonderful reading experience. I look forward to Ms. Dubinsky’s next novel!