Inspirational Sunday 8/16/15

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509



 Stained Glass Window

Little Chapel in the Woods

On Campus, Texas Women's University

Denton, Texas


This beautiful stained glass window caught my attention. As a Real Estate Agent, bricks and mortar are always on my mind. How odd it was for me to read these words inside a beautiful little chapel, smaller than some of the smallest homes I've seen. I did some research on Mary Lyon and was surprised to know she was born in 1797 and died in 1849. Before I discovered this Stained Glass Window, I never heard of Mary Lyon. She is known to be "An American Pioneer of Women's Education. 


Mary was the daughter of a farming family in Buckland, Massachusetts, who assumed responsibility to help run the family farm after her father died when she was five and at age thirteen she assumed full responsibility to help run the farm with her brother after their mother re-married and abandoned her children. Mary's passion started with hard work to manage the family farm and education became second nature, her focus until the day she died. She has been an inspiration to women and education since shortly after the Declaration of Independence. How fitting it was for me to see her stained glass window in the Little Chapel in the Woods on the campus at Texas Women's University, in Denton, Texas. The following link provides additional information about the chapel: I mentioned this chapel to the owner of one of my listings and was surprised to learn her daughter was married at this chapel. I was very surprised. Could it be that as a Real Estate Agent, we get so used to concentrating on the bricks and mortar that we fail to really get to know one another and their family too? Most Real Estate Agents would puff up and say, I've sold many homes for my client, or we became friends, and received referrals too; I'm guilty of that too. But how well do we really get to know the people we serve and discover something so unique about them, that has absolutely nothing to do with bricks and mortar? 


The roots of education go deep. Every family has a story. It's not just about the bricks and mortar but about the people we become, character, morals and all. There is something about the glow and the soft golden light inside the Stained Glass Window in the Little Chapel in the Woods, the architecture, and the history of the building, decorative balls of light, and the people who become a part of the history of education and the connections between people that is so warm and welcoming.



 I am drawn to artwork, colored lights, bricks and mortar, but most of all education and people. Inside this Little Chapel in the Woods I felt artistically free. The light appeared to be dancing for me. Could it be something else was speaking to me not just because I was the only one inside this Chapel? For some reason, I'm unable to rotate this photo here on ActiveRain but perhaps it's no accident, you'll just have to look at it from a different perspective and ask yourself, is there a balance in your life between bricks and mortar and the people you serve?



©Patricia Feager 8/16/2015



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MBA (University of Dallas)
(Bachelors of Arts & Science)
SECI (Southeastern Career Institute)
Associates (3) (Collge of Lake County)
KU (University of Kansas)


CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
SRES (Certified Senior Residential Specialist)
PSA (Certified Pricing Strategies; Mastering the CMA)
CRS (Certified Military Relocation Specialist)
RENE (Real Estte Negotitions Expert)

"With self-discipline most anything is possible." --- Theodore Roosevelt 





Comments (22)

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Oh Wow! That stained glass is simply breathtaking and the background story of Mary Lyon is simple yet inspirational. As far as getting to know our clients I do try my best to get to know them more than just a surface level business relationship. Some clients love it and others choose to keep it professional and that's ok. 

Aug 16, 2015 01:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thank you Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ! To be honst, I was fighting with the system to make the picture look the way I took it; yet it would not rotate. Finally, I had to resign to the fact, it was meant to be this way and once I accepted it, I found the words I needed to say to sum up this story. If you get a chance, look up Mary Lyon on Wikipedia - she was an amazing woman and a true pioneer in education, and even I didn't know about her or read about her when I went to an all girl private High School in Chicago. 

On a personal note, I am so grateful to have a supportive AR family and you are among the ones I value and support too. Even when I struggle with fonts and photos, it's the understanding of supportive AR friends that brings me back down to earth and let me know how they feel through positive feedback. You're one in a million Nicole! 

Aug 16, 2015 01:28 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I once visited with a glass blower and they can make anything out of glass. It is a most amazing result and the windows are a nice tribute to this profession

Aug 16, 2015 01:36 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Richie Alan Naggar - I always wanted to take a Stained Glass class. It's on my bucket list!

Aug 16, 2015 01:51 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love stained glass windows...they are a work of art.  Thanks for sharing this with us.  A

Aug 16, 2015 02:07 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Patricia --  There is a great deal of insight that was prompted by the stained glass.   Very personal yet something for each of us to truly think about.     

Aug 16, 2015 02:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Is it the Light that is the inspiration penetrating through stained glass or is it the reflection of one's soul when you're alone and have time to think? Thanks Michael Jacobs - your insights are always important to me. 

Aug 16, 2015 02:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - those colors of blue with the pop of red always does it for me. This was the first one embedded with a message that I ever saw that prompted me to dig deeper. Curious minds want to know and I found Mary Lyon was a remarkable woman way ahead of her times!

Aug 16, 2015 02:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Patricia -- I value my alone time.  To think.  To reflect.  To sort out problems. Find answers.   

Aug 16, 2015 02:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

That's admirable of you Michael Jacobs - I also value my time alone. We live and work in a very competitive world. There's a lot of emphasis on goals and it's not hard to know what others are doing in business and how do we measure up to them.... I've never followed the crowd. I march to my own band. I'm not into trying to outshine the competition. I already know, they would crush me and I've caught many trying to sabotage me in my early days in the business. These are people I stay away from. I don't drink the same wine as those that need to be on top. I thirst for knowledge, good company, and staying alive with truth, honesty, and integrity! I get a feeling, you're the same.

Aug 16, 2015 02:54 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

What a lovely report on a forward thinking woman!  Love to read about women who are, more times than not, unrecognized.  Thanks for the read this morning.

Aug 16, 2015 05:44 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing the story . . . . and the inspiration.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 16, 2015 06:45 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

The colors in that window are beautiful, and what a wonderful sentiment is written on it.

Aug 16, 2015 06:59 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia, thank you for sharing the background story of Mary Lyon, and the pictures of this beautiful chapel.

Aug 16, 2015 08:25 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Patricia. Love the stained glass and the message, thanks for sharing them with all of us. Great way to start my morning.

Make it a great week!

Aug 16, 2015 08:04 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the inspirational story and the photos. Have a good day.

Aug 16, 2015 09:01 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love the pictures and the history of Mary Lyon.  Fascinating stuff, Patricia!  Also, great thoughts on brick and mortar vs. relationships with family and friends.

Aug 16, 2015 09:07 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, anytime I look at stained glass I always feel there's a story behind it. Your photos are no exception. Such an inspirational story and Mary Lyon was an amazing lady.

Aug 16, 2015 11:30 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience and your photographs. I was not familiar with Mary Lyon.

Aug 17, 2015 01:16 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thank you indeed for sharing these lovely photographs with all of us, Patricia!

Aug 18, 2015 06:31 AM