Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Shannon & Ron

Happy 11th Birthday Baby!
You Sparkle,
You Shine,
You Love,
You are so very Loved.
Keep Being your Crazy
Wonderful Self baby.
I Love you!

It's wonderful when you can bring sparkle into people's lives
 without fading away from your own true color.
 Keep the hue in you.

Happy Happy Birthday Ron.
We are all so blessed to
have you as a part
of our lives.
Best of Luck today and Next Year!
We Love you!
Growing old is mandatory; 
growing up is optional. 
 ~Chili Davis~

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Common Link

Our most basic common link is
 that we all inhabit this planet. 
 We all breathe the same air.  
 We all cherish our children's future. 
 And, we are all mortal.
~John F. Kennedy~

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Belonging To Yourself

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... 
In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; 
only in the winter, in the country, can you have 
longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  
~Ruth Stout~

Friday, December 28, 2012

Burning with Love

A joyful heart
 is the inevitable result of
 a heart
 burning with love. 
 ~Mother Teresa~

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Light Within

“People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, 
but when the darkness sets in, 
their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ~

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nobody but Myself

All my life I had been looking for something,
 and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was.  
I accepted their answers too, 
 though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory.
  I was na├»ve. 
 I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which 
I, and only I, could answer.
  It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging 
of my expectations to achieve a realization 
everyone else appears to have been born with: 
 that I am nobody but myself.  
~Ralph Ellison~

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Joy delights in Joy!
~William Shakespeare~

Happy Christmas from our houses to yours!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Walk Forever

Happy Birthday 

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, 
I could walk forever in my garden. 
 ~Claudia Ghandi~

Sunday, December 23, 2012

An Honor

Shall we all open our heart to be a forever home for lost pets?
~Martha Steward~

It is an honor having these wonderful girls as part of our families.  
It is humbling and uplifting.
 I am so grateful that they chose us.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lovely Action

All the beautiful sentiments in the world 
weigh less than a 
single lovely action. 
~James Russell Lowell ~

Friday, December 21, 2012

Conspiracy of Love

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


The human heart feels things 
the eyes cannot see,
 and knows what the
mind cannot understand.
~Robert Valett~

Good Thoughts and Love to
all who are needing it today.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, 
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.  
It may weave a spell of nostalgia.  
Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, 
but always it will be a day of remembrance - 
a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.  
~Augusta E. Rundel~

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Not Missing a Thing

I think ‘vegan’ is a beautiful word.  It is more than just a description for our diet.   I see it as a visible template for an ethical, healthy, responsible, and rational life.  Because it describes our character, it says we do not take the life of another living being to satisfy our wants.

~Philip Wollen~

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Spirit of Christmas

“Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. 

All else is outward display - so much tinsel and decorations. 

For it isn't the holly, it isn't the snow. 

It isn't the tree not the firelight's glow. 

It's the warmth that comes to the heart.”


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Sean!

Happy Birthday Baby!
I love you more than I could ever say.
You are growing up so fast.
Just remember ........

"Oh, take your time... Don't live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
You'll find a woman, you'll find love,
And don't forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple, kind of man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man.
Oh, won't you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust, for the rich man's gold
All that you need, is in your soul,
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

Boy, don't you worry... you'll find yourself.
Follow your heart, lord, and nothing else.
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

Baby be a simple, be a simple man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man. "

~Lynyrd Skynyrd~

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Thing With Feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers,
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without words,
and never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson~

Friday, December 14, 2012


Know what you want to do,
hold the thought firmly,
and do everyday what should be done,
and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.
~Elbert Hubbard~

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Hope begins in the dark, 
the stubborn hope that if you
 just show up and 
try to do the right thing,
 the dawn will come. 
 ~Anne Lamott~

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

To Yourself: Respect

Christmas gift suggestions:  
 To your enemy, forgiveness.  
To an opponent, tolerance.  
To a friend, your heart.  
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.  
To yourself, respect.  
~Oren Arnold~

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


If you focus on results,
 you will never change. 
 If you focus on change, 
you will get results.
~Jack Dixon~

Monday, December 10, 2012

Time and Love

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. 
~Peg Bracken~

Sunday, December 9, 2012


If we have no peace, 
it is because we have forgotten 
that we belong to each other.
  ~Mother Teresa~

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cool Beans

I bet it seems weird that we have a picture of coffee on the blog.
Well, it all started on Monday morning.  
I woke up, dragged out of bed, and checked on the blog.
Becca put up a quote by Dean Koontz, one of our favorite authors.  
I thought that was cool.
On Wednesday, she used a quote by Stephen King.
Well, now she's just showing off!  
Of course I had to issue a challenge, being who I am.
Becca, being who she is, took it.
"If you can find a Bentley Little quote for Friday's post and make it a hat trick, I'll buy coffee".
Anyone who knows anything about us knows of our unwavering loyalty to Cool Beans
so of course this will be Cool Beans coffee.
Who the heck is going to find a quote for a blog called "Happy Hippie Heart" from Bentley Little.
Bentley Little of twisted freaky books like Dominion and The Vanishing.
Becca.  That's who.
So, I owe Becca coffee.  
The debt will be paid on Monday.
Everyone should bask  in the awesomeness of Becca.

Friday, December 7, 2012


 I’ve always thought that fear is man’s natural state. 
It’s why we have armies and policemen, why we band together in cities and countries, 
why we jump when there’s a loud noise nearby, why we lock our doors and leave our porch lights on at night. 
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again:
 I don’t care who you are, if you were stripped naked and placed somewhere alone in the dark 
and you heard a sound nearby, you would not laugh, you would not be excited,
 you would not be aroused or feel romantic, you would be afraid.
 It’s the one gut reaction that we all share, 
that can be counted on to kick in at the same specific times for everyone in the world. 
It’s why jump shots in horror movies are so effective. They’re easy, they’re predictable . . . but they work. 
The fear in us is very close to the surface, and it doesn’t take much to bring it out 
That’s why horror has always been around
 and always will be around.
~Bentley Little~

Thursday, December 6, 2012


I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, 
which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.  
~Henry David Thoreau~

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stay as long as you want

You can't deny laughter; 
when it comes, 
it plops down in your favorite chair
 and stays as long as it wants.  
~Stephen King~

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


“I couldn't live where there were no trees,
something vital in me would starve.” 
~Anne Shirley~

Monday, December 3, 2012


At the core of every ordered system,
whether a family or factory,
is chaos.
But in the whirl of every chaos
lies a strange order,
waiting to be found.

~Dean Koontz~

Thanks Papa!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Just Because

It made me smile.
Haven't had a Just Because in a while.
Love you Ducks!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Conspiracy of Love

Blessed is the season 
which engages 
the whole world
 in a 
of love!  

~Hamilton Wright Mabie~

Friday, November 30, 2012

It Pulls Me

This painting pulls at me.
It gives me some peace and calm.
This time of year, these are things I think we all need.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Unscatter Me

I feel my life is so scattered right now. 
Like it’s all these small pieces of paper and someone’s turned on the fan. 
But talking to you makes me feel like the fan’s been turned off for a little bit. 
Like things could actually make sense. 
You completely unscatter me, 
and I appreciate that so much.
~David Levithan~

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Simple pleasures
 are the last refuge 
of the complex.
~Oscar Wilde~  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First or Last

Look at everything as though 
you were seeing it for the first time or last time. 
 Then your time on earth 
will be filled with glory.
~  Betty Smith~

Monday, November 26, 2012

Science Pig, Shannon, and me!

Nothing makes my science nerd hippie heart happier than a kid learning science....well, a kid and three pigs!

Shannon made a model of the ocean floor and did a fantastic job.  As you can see, pig is wearing goggles so that nothing happens to her.

Science on!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Not Perfect People

  You're not perfect! 
 It's ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway. 
 But then, everybody's ridiculous sometimes, except perfect people.  
You know what perfect is?  
Perfect is not eating or drinking or talking or moving a muscle or making even the teensiest mistake.  
Perfect is never doing anything wrong - which means never doing anything at all.  
Perfect is boring! 
 So you're not perfect!  Wonderful!  Have fun! 
 Eat things that give you bad breath!  Trip over your own shoelaces!  Laugh!  
Let somebody else laugh at you!  
Perfect people never do any of those things.  
All they do is sit around and sip weak tea and think about how perfect they are.  
But they're really not one-hundred-percent perfect anyway. 
 You should see them when they get the hiccups!  
Phooey!  Who needs 'em?  
You can drink pickle juice and imitate gorillas and do silly dances and sing stupid songs and wear funny hats and be as imperfect as you please and still be a good person.
  Good people are hard to find nowadays.  
And they're a lot more fun than perfect people any day of the week.  
~Stephen Manes~

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, 
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  
~Norman Vincent Peale~

Friday, November 23, 2012

Comic Opera

Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth,
 the four acts of the comic opera known as life, 
and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne.  
Whoever lets them break 
without having enjoyed them
 is a complete fool.  
~Gioacchino Rossini~

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Staying There

You don't drown by falling in the water,
you drown by staying there.
~ Edwin Cole~

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Scattering Abroad

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.  
~Edwin Way Teale~

Monday, November 19, 2012


Even if I knew that tomorrow 
the world would go to pieces, 
I would still plant my apple tree. 
~Martin Luther~

Sunday, November 18, 2012

His Face

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; 
he is only trying on one face after another 
to find a face of his own.  
~Logan Pearsall Smith~

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My Heart Soars

The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars,
the trail of the sun,
the strength of fire,
and the life that never goes away,
they speak to me.
And my heart soars.
~ Chief Dan George ~

Friday, November 16, 2012

Deneka Love

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; 
they give unconditional love.  
For me they are the role model for being alive. 
 ~Gilda Radner~

Rest In Peace Sweet Deneka.
You will be missed.
We love you Danielle!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Care More

In a world full of people who couldn't care less, 
be someone who couldn't care more. 
 ~Author Unknown~

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sure Of You

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  
"Pooh!" he whispered.  "Yes, Piglet?"  
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw.  
"I just wanted to be sure of you."  
~A.A. Milne~

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


You can't stop the waves, 
but you can learn how to surf.  
~Jon Kabat-Zinn~