Tuesday Edition for 4/28/2020 - An Opus

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"Remember that writing is translation. And the opus to be translated is yourself." ---E. B. White


I was writing an opus on Tulips from Pilot Point on March 10, 2020 where I picked tulips from the Tulip Farm in Pilot Point, TX. The tulips in my photograph are a sample of what I picked by hand after walking up and down the tulip paths to choose what appealed to me most. I remember thinking to myself, I'll be back on my birthday to pick some more. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, I never got to go back. I spent my birthday in self-quarantine as recommended by my TX Governor. And so, the photos I took that day I relish. I remember. I reach down into my soul and feel joy for what I had, while remembering, the responsibility we have for never taking more than we need.


I remember how odd people thought I was for taking so many digital photographs. I'm glad I did it anyways and now I have a collection of happy memories of places I've gone to and things I did, like walk the gardens at the Dallas Arboretum. I honestly don't know how many times I posted photographs and stories about the Dallas Arboretum, but I'm sure glad I did not let anyone discourage me from doing the things I loved and the inspiration I received from my adventures. And now, I look at that photograph, it seems like I took it just yesterday; ironically, I'm reminded of that time and place, in the Fall of 2019, or was it 2018? Would it be, could it be a seed was planted in my head? 'Be the change that others can't.' Foreshadowing? Perhaps. I like the idea of being a blogger on ActiveRain because I practice writing, while bearing my soul. In retrospect, it has taken me nearly ten years to write my magnum opus on AR.


This photo was taken at an Archaeologically Dig at Nuragic Village when my daughter surprised me and she planned a trip on my previous birthday to Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy. 


I always believed that children are the most precious gift on earth. And giving my daughter a sibling was the best gift I could give her. Relishing time with family is the greatest experience of my life. I wish I could make everyone understand that the character and/or role I played as Mother/Father Opus to my children was the greatest time on earth. As I flip through the pages of my mind, I am grateful for my daughter and my son who have enriched my life experiences beyond my wildest dreams. --- Patricia Feager



The preservation of family values, love, and devotion are never to be taken for granted ---Patricia Feager

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Comments (34)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - Sardinia was rich in history. The people we met were very humble. The archaeological dig was unbelievable! Wandering around to see how the community was laid out was really impressive! We figured the people must have been very short too. There were many ancient trees and plants I never saw before. I think you would have enjoyed it very much. 

Thank you, for the feature in the PHOTOS group and for always making me feel like I belong here on ActiveRain. It would be wonderful to meet up with you one day. 

Apr 28, 2020 07:56 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia, my mother loved Tulips and one day I found out why, Tulips were beautiful and inexpensive unlike Roses and on those "mandatory special occasions" she either wanted Tulips or Carnations to be considered of our wallets:)) Sorry we missed your Birthday.... where is Roger when you need him...Endre

Apr 28, 2020 09:59 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK


The preservation of family values, love, and devotion are never to be taken for granted ---Patricia Feager


Now that’s a very worthwhile quote....One we can all Stand by and Live by

Enjoyed seeing a picture of your beautiful daughter!

Beautiful Post shining with the inner spirit you always share with us!!


Apr 29, 2020 01:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Family really is everything. And family can include those you "adopt" as family members, not just children, parents, etc.

I hope your day is a fantastic one!

Apr 29, 2020 05:11 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Very true. And we're all finding out about how good family can be with us being with them all day these past few weeks. My wife just mentioned to me the other day before bed that she loves our family and doesn't really miss our close friends...she just loves spending time with the those she loves and cares for the most. :)

Apr 29, 2020 06:37 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

March 10th is such a wonderful day each and every year!  I am sorry that you had to spend your birthday in quarantine, but hopefully, you received many messages filled with love to help you enjoy your special day.

Apr 29, 2020 07:14 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - Actually, Nina put it in the Q&A on my birthday. I did receive some birthday wishes via her Q&A. Quite frankly, it's okay. If people don't know it's my birthday, then it's not really a day for the celebration of my birth. It's all good.

Your mother must have been very thoughtful of other people's needs. It's sweet to know she liked simple flowers like Tulips and Carnations. Although Tulips are very beautiful, Carnations do last longer. I discovered the Tulips I picked from the Tulip Farm (bulbs came from Holland) lasted twice as long as store bought Tulips. 

Speaking of Roger, I miss his stories about Mickey. I know she passed on and that must have hit him very hard. Mother's Day is right around the corner. My son-in-law buys my daughter Tulips for Mother's Day and on the card he signs their cat's names. 

Apr 29, 2020 07:58 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debra Leisek - It's always nice to hear from you. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback, especially about my daughter. She's a pretty girl and thoughtful too. I think she only wore make-up about five times in her life and her skin is very healthy. Do you have children?

Apr 29, 2020 08:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - Adoption is a beautiful thing! Whether it's children or pets, it's very special. When I volunteered at the Forest Preserves in IL, I adopted trees. .

The sun is shining here. I hope you're having a wonderful day and the sun shines brightly. Do you get a lot of sun rays cutting through the forest trees? When I lived in Maine, there were so many tree forests and discovering where the rays shine was something I was on a mission to find often. Once found, it felt like a sun bath. May you have a beautiful day! How's your dog?

Apr 29, 2020 08:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Yes, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - we get a LOT of sun. It's all over the place...  We actually don't have many trees right around the house so it's great. 70 and sunny is the forecast for today. Ahhh.  I hope your day remains sunny and you are a wonderful one!

Oh, and the dog is doing well. He adjusted right away. I guess he was meant to be here!

Enjoy it all!


Apr 29, 2020 08:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - It's 77 degrees here now. Much cooler this morning due to the rain last night than the past few weeks where it was high 80's and 90's. We needed the rain! 

You paint a beautiful picture in my mind. I always wondered how the rest of the year was besides my experiences of one weekend in beautiful Fall. I'll never forget seeing the raw land around you're foundation before the house was built, so natural, healthy, and beautiful. Tall trees make great canopies!  Did you even know your house would be built with "Social Distancing" apart in mind? 

I can't remember what you named him. I just know, it was a really good name. 

Apr 29, 2020 08:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Erik Hiss - You're a lucky man to have a wife so satisfied with life and knows the importance of family. May everyday be a treasure day to discover something new. I look at it this way, friends are sweet, but they are like candy. Once in awhile, for special occasions is good; too much may not be so healthy. Choose friends wisely and don't be greedy. That's what I say, and I'm sticking to it. Have a wonderful day!

Apr 29, 2020 08:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - March 10th wasn't my birthday. It's was sandwiched in between Sharon Tara's and Carol Williams. They were both more deserving of celebrations. I've come to accept who I am and what I can expect. But Nina was very thoughtful by throwing it out in the Q&A and that was kind and thoughtful. It was very nice of her and appreciated. How are you holding up? It doesn't sound like your area was hit with the virus as bad as other states. Dallas got zapped badly. Take care!

Apr 29, 2020 08:27 AM
Brian England

I know that March 10th wasn't your birthday, it is mine, haha.  I am holding up ok, staying healthy.  It is very sad to see so many people that aren't allowed to work and thus going to struggle to keep their bills paid.

Apr 29, 2020 08:45 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a beautiful treatise on family and on knowing yourself. I love looking back at photos, remembering the day and the event. I went to the Dutch tulip fields a couple of years ago and they were wonderful, but you weren't allowed to pick any. I took so many photos as I spent the day there, love the colors and all the varieties. Congrats on a well deserved feature, and sorry you missed out on visiting on your birthday, but glad you had your photos to enjoy and remember. I remember your trip to Sardinia and seeing those photos with your daughter, what an exciting visit and trip. Stay well and healthy.

Apr 29, 2020 08:38 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Patricia: great memories!  Thanks for sharing.

I LOVE the first quote.  I am finding that what works best is to base your writing on your direct experiences.  And your specific knowledge.  It becomes more real to anyone reading.  And to write in your own style.

I wish I had gone to Sardinia!  There are stones there that apparently were very difficult to move and thought to be from 'giants'.

Apr 30, 2020 08:24 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Those tulip photos are incredible and makes me realize to wander into the photo group to see what else may be missing for eye candy. You can almost smell them and where is Roy Kelley to weigh in with more floral response. Barbara Todaro and you are AR flowers and thanks for putting your quarantine to good healthy use.

Apr 30, 2020 07:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

Having met you in person, and talking at length, makes reading your posts that much more special and meaningful - you put your heart and soul into everything you write, and you did our conversation in Dallas a few years ago. Thank you for a thoughtful and beautiful post.


Apr 30, 2020 08:34 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. Thanks for sharing your experience and your photographs.

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May 01, 2020 03:44 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Roy Kelley - Thank you! Your photograph of Tulips is pretty spectacular too! May you and Dolores be safe. 

May 01, 2020 09:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - The owners for Pilot Point Tulip Farm are from the Netherlands and that's where they get their bulbs. They are a very special family. There is a small admission fee and you can take a hand basket to lay down Tulips you pick. Before exiting, you stop by a stand set up for paying and wrapping your Tulips, stems packed in a gel to keep them fresh until you're ready to put into a vase. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth to visit during Spring time! I'll be the one you visited was absolutely gorgeous with different colors of the rainbow!  Isn't it heavenly?

I'm glad to hear you remember that blog post I wrote about my trip to Sardinia. Until the plane landed, I never even heard about the island. It was a very special time with my lovely daughter. She is very thoughtful and always kind. I long for the day I can be with both of my adult children again and granddaughter too!

Take care and be safe. 

May 01, 2020 09:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi John Henry, Florida Architect - receiving feedback from you is always uplifting! The way you describe writing is exactly how I practice letters, essay's, memoirs, and of course blog posts too. What you're reading is from my heart based on life experiences. I would go back to Sardinia. Any other body of water pales in comparison to the Mediterranean Sea. My daughter visited Greece and sent me many beautiful photographs. She also took me to Monaco and that was extraordinary! I really hope traveling won't be banned or astronomical. Traveling is in my blood but time with family is more precious to me than gold.  

May 01, 2020 09:35 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - Myrl Jeffcoat did a good thing when she created the "Photos" group. Plus, she's a great lady too. I can't think of anyone else who knows the history of where they live better than Myrl and Curtis Van Carter - both are from CA. To tell the truth, I know more about Maine than IL were I'm originally from or TX where I live now! I like your writing and blog posts/video's too. 

I know how beautiful Maine can be when Spring nudges those buds and plants in the forest. After moving to TX I went to a Writer's Retreat several times at the Fifth House Lodge in Bridgton, Maine. Her farmland and spring flowers took my breath away! Beaches along the coast are nice, but there's something about flowers that goes straight to the heart. Plus, in Maine, I loved strawberry picking in June and Raspberry picking in July! Those farmlands where I picked are gone now. Memories last forever. 

Thank you, so much for the lovely compliment. Your authenticity is so refreshing. 

May 01, 2020 09:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - It was such an honor to meet you and the CRS group when you came to Dallas. My only regret was that there wasn't enough time to see the town and wander around. However, sitting there with you and the group was extremely important to me. Sometimes, just siting and talking face-to-face without running around is so much more beneficial because of the interconnections between real estate agents with common interests. I still hope to meet you again at a CRS function in the future. Thank you, for being such a wonderful traveler and AR friend.  

May 01, 2020 09:52 AM

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