The Tree Canopy…

Every Thursday morning I meet running peeps in the park. We gather at one of the picnic shelters to warm up, stretch out and complain of our ailments.

And Then…

Aaahhh, the sunrise…I am always amazed at how all the complaining stops, almost instantly, and turns to quiet serenity, as the horizon is washed with color bringing forth a new day of beauty, splendor and hope.

But, really this post is about the tree canopy…the tree tunnel. It is quite a delighful site running towards it or inside of it…the branches tower above, sheltering us and beckoning us…the runners, the walkers, the peeps walking their dogs to make it a great day and to look for what’s good in our lives.

To me the tree canopy is absolute beauty…and the feeling I get…well, what is written below is the best way to describe it.

It’s not the number of breaths we take, it is the number of moments that take our breath away.
-James W. Moore

Taking my breath away…everytime…the tree canopy in Philipee Park.

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…


It’s Dee Suhr…IN THE HOUSE!!!

I wanted the pic of the grapefruit…the one from the last post. I stroll into the Safety Harbor C of C…that would be Chamber of Commerce…and there was Dee. Was she the deal maker? What if she said, “no” to the pic. Of course, then I would be the renegade and liberate that pic for my own fame…my blog, that no one reads…pretty darn funny, don’t ya think?

Well, much to my surprise, Dee gave me the go ahead to take my photo, and was so happy that I step in, and was truly interested in, as she puts it, “her place.”

Dee Suhr began two new projects when she retired. She started volunteering at the Safety Harbor Chamber…AND THEN, SHE BEGAN TO PAINT! You can view her artwork all throughout the Chamber, and may I say, it is quite lovely.

Dee’s eyes lit up when she described her artwork. “I want to maintain the feeling of peace…joy…place and Safety Harbor is that place.”

She’s tiny, but she is a “BIG” source of inspriration to us all. She is spending time doing what she loves and what gives her the feeling of “place.”

It’s the small steps that change a community in big ways. Dee volunteers at the Safety Harbor Chamber every Thursday and her artwork is for sale there. Go by and visit your local Chamber…you never know, you may find out some  fascinating facts about your community, meet interesting peeps and aspire what you can do in small ways to benefit you and your world.

Dee Suhr…changing our world in small ways.

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…

A History Lesson In Graffiti…

In Safety Harbor we paint graffiti all over the city…the library, the community center, the Chamber of Commerce…well, just look around and you’ll see.

So, why the graffiti? Well, it’s about the grapefruit. Aaahh! the grapefruit…but, who is responsible for this? Who else, Odet Philippe (1780-1869), who was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall Of Fame. He was the first non-native permanent settler in Pinellas County, and where would that be? Well, of course, Philippe Park, and back in the day, it was a 122-acre plantation that established the first post-colonial grove on the west coast of Florida. Because of him, grapefruits now account for one fifth of citrus production in the sunshine state. The Indian mound that is there today was there in 1848 and protected the plantation from a devastating hurricane.

Graffiti artists…they call themselves “writers.”  They are passionate, skilled and community oriented.

What do you think about that???

Take some time and check out our graffiti. This pic is from the Chamber of Commerce, and the artist is none other than my friend, Kumpa…an exceptionally talented artist, giving us an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of our community through the “writing on the wall.”

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…

Freedom…Our Greatest Glory

Villagers gathered at Verterans Memorial Park this morning to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It was a heartfelt and uplifting ceremony that gave me the concept for this post.

ALWAYS…remember and honor the events that cause you sadness and grief,
BUT…never deprive yourself of noticing and appreciating what is here now.

Take a moment…or several moments…look around at the places and people that give you inspiration…nourishment…purpose. You know. It’s the reason you got out of bed this morning.

Enjoy your day. This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…

The Harbor’s Natural Wellness Guru…


Buying supplements can be quite a challenge with all the information we get bombarded with in this hectic world. Thankfully, the Harbor has Julie Brannon, owner of Bailey’s Naturals, who is committed to offering high quality herbs, vitamins, and supplements at very affordable prices. No wonder she has such a big following. She is knowledgeable and experienced, caring and kind, yet not afraid to offer a dose of “tough love.” Her private conseling sessions are both educational and empowering guiding her clients on their quest to restore health and vitality into their lives.

Julie is celebrating 6 years in business in downtown Safety Harbor this month. Just drop in and check out the Bailey’s Naturals experience…an oasis of peace in a hectic world.

INFO:Bailey’s Naturals
470 2nd St. N.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Julie…making a positive contribution to this community.

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is my village…