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The Garden Project

The Garden Project broccoli bed and gardener pic:Broccoli Bed and Gardener
Little River Bend Garden Project 2008

I first met Linda McGlathery at Imagine Miami Summit and was instantly curious to learn more about The Garden Project. Had the pleasure of visiting the Little River Bend Gardens recently and the energy of nature there is beyond magical! The manatees visit daily, like water guardians and friends to the residents; the gardeners are interacting, learning and producing some of their own food.
Definitely looking forward to future Garden Projects and their inherent Magic!
SEE THE GARDEN PROJECT video clip here!

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Does Attitude Affect Our Energy?

It’s only February and a lot of people have already decided to erase much of the past year from their thoughts. So many things we wanted to do and never got around to, goals and resolutions that didn’t quite turn out as we had hoped.

You might even be giving up on your hopes and resolutions for this year.

But, what if you choose to think about it from a different perspective?

Make a list of all of the things you DID accomplish last year. Same year, same you, only now, you’re acknowledging positive accomplishments.

Your energy shifts from discouraged to encouraged.

Positive energy is engaged and feels so much better!

I read about doing just this on one of the many business and self-improvement sites that I visit and was amazed at how much I actually did accomplish last year! I hope you will try this and let me know if it makes a difference in your energy.


Who we are and what we choose to do and be is powered by our core energy, our spirit, soul, divine power, God, chi… By whatever name you are familiar with, every human, animal, plant, tree, organism, and cell has a life force.

I’m a nature lover and a visual artist. For me, it is nature’s energy and what my art is all about.

In every image, my intention is to share the energy that I see and feel. Whether it’s a flower, leaf, sunset, the clouds, water, children, or animals, eveything/everyone has a vital vibration like an electrical current that ebbs and flows… dancing, singing, resting, playing, LIVING!

Since a picture is worth at least a thousand words, I’ll share a few of my latest images that can immediately give you a sense of the uplifting inherent ‘energy’ of each nature subject.

Manatee Waters #1

During an early January afternoon visit to the Deering Estate at Old Cutler, my friend, Paula and I encountered a pod of about six manatees. We watched and photographed them for almost two hours as they played, snorted, splashed and rested on this perfect winter day. Sure seemed like they were performing just for our entertainment!
Because of the angles of light and the constant ripples of the water, I did not get a recognizable manatee photo, however, this “Manatee Waters” artwork carries the delight and joy of their energy as well as the beauty and warmth of a glorious south florida day!

‘Manatee Waters” is available as a fine art print on paper or canvas in a range of sizes. It can also be custom printed and framed to complement any room or office decor. You can see a larger image and get all the details at:


MANATEES are an endangered species.

To learn how you can help them, visit: http://www.savethemanatee.org

NOTE: a portion of your purchase price of any Manatee artwork will be donated to Save The Mantee.org


View National Geographic manatee videos here: