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Returning to your Bench of Dreams on this autumn day, with the sun shining and birds singing, your feet having crunched on the crisp coloured leaves, you await the arrival of today's special guest . . . your 20-year-older future self.

On this perfect summer's day you have returned tto your favourite Bench of Dreams. Smiling, you stand to welcome the young person walking towards you . . . your younger self.

You have a relaxing favourite seat in Nature that is your Bench of Dreams. Today you are meeting for the first time someone who has been your inspiration. It is a warm spring day with the sun shining through the gentle breeze of the trees as you anticipate the arrival of this special person.

A tribute to my companion Cadi whose name meant "Simple Happiness". Originally published on Until We Meet Again.

I learned that a bedraggled three-legged calico cat had recently arrived at the SPCA, about to have kittens, and been placed with a caring foster volunteer. After 2 months I looked after her for a long weekend and realized I wanted to make the commitment to adopt her. From Chapter 6 of my book Into the Mystic.

Do you see yourself in a certain Season? Do you believe that where you are on your journey is your perfect age? People come into our lives, journey with us for a certain time, then may leave to take another path, yet ours continues, and evolves. I share with you the result of an assignment that illustrates my belief. from Chapter 18 of my book Into the Mystic.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the
strength, the patience, and the passion to reach
for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
from Chapter 1 of my book Into the Mystic

Hello, I am Dorothy Blandford. It's said that Ireland is a land of stories and story-tellers. In my early days we would sit at the kitchen table, reading by oil lamp, or around the fireside, with the kettle ever on the boil, ready to make a pot of tea for family, friends or neighbours who dropped in. I'll share some short tales that go up hills, down valleys, around corners.

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