PAULA'S SOUTHAMPTON BLOG: DEDICATION--AND SPRING RENEWAL!....The New Things I Will Do for My Life and My Business Will Include ActiveRain Contests!!!

DEDICATION--AND SPRING RENEWAL!....The New Things I Will Do for My Life and My Business Will Include ActiveRain Contests!!!

DEDICATION  --AND SPRING RENEWAL!...The new things I will do for my life and my business to create a sense of Spring Renewal will include ActiveRain Contests!!! SPRING RENEWAL IN COLD SPRING POINT

This very timely contest comes on the eve of my having written a "Featured" Post asking for members to tell me how they "Fit ActiveRain Contests into their lives". I got such a wonderful response from the members who commented that it has inspired me to take another look at these contests and see if they may fit after-all!

"There are no accidents" is a mantra that I use when I see that something fortuitous has happened---this is one of those!

...And low and behold, Sally Cheeseman has offered up this contest which is totally appropriate and so inspiring to me that I MUST take part in it!!! 

This is no accident; I have been looking for a new approach to my blogging here on ActiveRain, and this looks like a good beginning.....The comments on my post were like "gifts" given to me at a time when I truly needed Spring renewal. I have been in a place as have many people, in the past 3 days; a place which I want to get out of--a place where the fear and pain and sorrow of what has happened on this planet has striken everyone to the core.....The terrible devastation that took place, the horrible natural disaster that has altered the planet forever, has left me with the following thoughts:

The Japanese earthquake struck me in the heart because I used to travel there and do business there in the Northern part of that country. I love Tokyo and Kyoto and all the smaller villages where the factories were located---I spent many days and weeks there, planning and laying out programs of "playwear" for the major stores I worked for. I was head of the merchandising team that went twice a year to put together the years special private label sporstwear groupings. I have never forgotten the wonderful and beautiful country and find myself looking for the same kind of beauty here, that I found there.

THE CALM AND SERENITY OF A ZEN GARDENThe photographs that I have added here are those that remind me of the countryside of Japan; the most damaged part was the part that included fertile farm land and I want to dedicate my post to that lovely countryside. It is a time of Spring renewal of the highest order for all, especially those whose lives were changed forever by that huge devastation. 

My experiences in Japan were always so incredible that I miss going there and often thought of moving there if I ever left New York City...Tokyo was always an option to me because of it's sophistication and wonderful people. I ended up here in Southampton however, a place that has reminders for me of Japan...the soft grassy flowing water where scallops and clams can be harvested; the soothing, rolling landscapes with gentle breezes bending the long reeds and other water plants.                                FLOWING GRASSES, THE JAPANESE GARDEN EFFECT


The places in this world that match the utter beauty of Japan can be counted on one hand....a treasury of fertile lands and bustling cities and their contrast are what make this the most delightful of all countries to visit...and to live in.

Japan will always represent a place of utter beauty and wonder. It will be restored and renewed as well.....

Lets keep the Japanese people in our thoughts as we head into Spring...that perfect time of renewal for the entire planet.







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Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

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Comment balloon 21 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • March 12 2011 10:56PM


I can understand how you would feel, Paula.   I have never been to Japan, but know that they appreciate beauty so much, and their country has been devastated! 

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Dagny: Thank you for recognising the feeling I have been having---I know that most human beings will feel the pain of what has happened---I just keep flipping to those fields and to the exquisite country-side in the last few days and it is so awful that I feel lke a "renewal" is really in order...

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Paula, I knew you'd get right into this! Happy contesting!

Lets hope for a fast renewal in Japan.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

What a timely and heartfelt post. I teared up on this mother is Japanese (but home grown here) and my grandmother was a 'picture' bride. My grandfather was born and raised in Japan so there are many relatives there. I also lived in Yokohama in my younger years (my dad was in the Navy) and have fond memories....ballet lessons from Japanese teacher in Motomachi :)

What a great tribute to all those in Japan who are suffering.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 7 years ago

Paula...sO SORRY...I feel your pain. Thank you for sharing.  

Posted by Michele Norris, ((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV (Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada ) over 7 years ago

What a wonderful post.  You always have the right attitude - a positive one.  Beautiful pictures and I hope they recover soon.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Paula, let's hope that things will start to get better for Japan. I know it is as if you could suddenly hear a cry. We should take a lesson from mother nature. She always heals herself. And we are here because she allows it.

I am keeping the people of Japan in my heart. There are no words I have for those that have lost loved ones, who are suffering, just thoughts and prayers. I can't quite wrap my head around this type of devastation.

Great post for the spring renewal contest!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Ellen: Thank you! It was so timely, this contest---I could not NOT do this one!!!..And Thanks to Sally for bringing it into being! I think I have the "reasoning" that I asked for on how to work the contests into my life!

Sally: You are really quite something, you know? I have appreciated your writing, your dedication to this wonderful place called ActiveRain, and now I have seen another dimension that is so precious. What a wonderful and terrible time we are in! I have been rendered inactive by the awful happenings in Japan and so this contest, in it's timely way, came into being at the right time for so many!!!

I sat down to try out my new "wings" at AR contests---and there you were! How appropriate for us all to take the time and picture the RENEWAL for Japan...I will never forget the beauty and I know it will once again be what it was---and more! Thank you...


Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Michelle: Thank you for your empathy--I do believe we were all wounded by this incident...we can all use the "Renewal" that Sally has offered to us.

Debbie: Thank you so much for your acknowledgment---I guess when you feel it and then write about it unfolds in it's appropriate way. I am so happy to have found my way to this contest!

Andrea: You say: "It is as if you could suddenly hear a cry"..that is so well said. That's puts it in the right way when you speak of such an awful thing! Let's keep the beautiful land in mind as it heals itself...and thank you for sharing how you feel about it!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

When I saw the devastation unfolding on the TV and the black water rolling across the fields I was heartsick and could not phantom how that must feel to those living there. So much tragedy taking place across the world on all levels. Your post honors what was and what can be again and the need for a spring renewal on all levels. Great entry for the contest

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 7 years ago

Martha: I feel like a bystander to an altered life in this world--in one fell swoop--those people who live rather comfortable lives, not unlike the way we live here, have been wiped off the face of the earth! Nothing can make the rest of the world OK with that---I am surprised life goes on as if nothing happened of this magnitude---people still fighting and marching and doing things so mundane in the face of it all! Thank you for taking the time to read and thank you for "getting it" as you do! 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for the Japanese who were affected by this catastrophe.  Good for you, you travelled to the north of Japan.  The only place I touched base on was Tokyo.  My first boss was a Japanese in the logging industry.  My prayers go for their well being.

Posted by Manny Bermas over 7 years ago

Manny: It is so good to see that there are others who have had the experience of Japan---such a wonderful country and now they are in such a bad way. I spent a lot of time in Tokyo, Osaka and then the smaller villages where the factories that make garments were located--this goes back almost 25 years so those factories may not still have been there. As we took the Bullet train to the factories and then to Kyoto I could see the farmers out in their fields and the families as they worked together to make their lives better---what a culture! Family life is so important. I read a travelogue when I went there called "The Kimono Mind" and it was so revealing about the very, very private people, the Japanese...

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Your writing touched a lot of us...what a perfect post for this contest!

This is such a true statement: The comments on my post were like "gifts" given to me at a time when I truly needed Spring renewal.


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

Margaret: I appreciate that..this is a good indication of what happens when you write from the heart...I am heartbroken for the Japenese. I can't stop thinking about them. My prayers are full of the hope and faith that many will survive this--I keep the image of a beautiful, vibrant countryside with the people I remember and their modest humility thriving again in the midst of all of this. 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Paula - While I have never been to Japan, I certainly understand and appreciate your posts.  Being from Germany and have traveled to different countries, it certainly hits home when you hear of such of a devastation, especially when you have been there.

I'm glad though through this you have found Active Rain again :)

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Petra: Well, I have found the contests--I do post regularly here on AR but have particpated only once in a contest until this one! Thank you for reading this post--please pray with us for the Japanese People?


Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Paula oh how the Japanese people have been in my heart and soul this past week.  Reading your post put and even closer feel to the devastation of such a beautiful land and its people.  It's just hard to imagine someplace where you spent such good times working with the people - is devasted. What is so amazing is the spirit and courage and respectfullness the all seem to be dealing with all of this. It is unlike anything I've seen before in other areas of the world.  They will renew - they will re-build.  I pray that all is well today - as I haven't seen any news - but it's been on my mind all day.

I am so glad you found this contest at the right and perfect moment - such a gift to all of us. Thank you Paula!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago

Anna: Isn't this something? I feel so bad for all of them....they are such an incredible people. I mentioned the travel log that I read when I was traveling there on business 20 years ago. That book called "The Kimono Mind" was such a treasure that made me understand them---the book is out of print and has been for many years--if I can find it I am going to encourage a reprinting of it because more and more people want to understand that culture; more than ever before.

First of all, they are extremely traditional people; they have a horror of "losing face" which means that they are being perceived as less than honorable. They are suffering so right now from the earthquake, the tidal wave, the threat of radiation poisening the earth and everyone on it. The "loss of face" is overwhelming them right now and this will change them forever. If you have never read "Shogun" I highly recommend it. It gives you another sense of from whence they have come.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Nice words to describe your feeling about Japan, Paula.  I think the tragedy which has struck there has affected many of us profoundly.  I haven't read "Shogun."  However, when it was a TV series in the 1980s, I watched it regularly.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Myrl: It is really something, this tragedy. It will also have a profound impact on life itself, don't you think? We are already hearing about the lack of comprehension as to the size of the event--saving face now is impossible and there is a real possibility of complete breakdown of the Japanese system. We need to pray for them and their leaders. This is notgoing to just get better--although, if any one can do it the Japanese can....they are super-industrious. I never did watch the Shogun TV series but I understand it was monumental. The thing that gets to me when I get to read more about the history of this culture, is that Japan was a relatively recent discovery for the Western world! When the European expedition ships came to the shores of the islands that make up Japan, they found an ancient people that were not even 5 feet tall! They have evolved over the past 200 years to be of average height now, but imagine coming upon a culture in the 1800's where the tiny people were cloaked in kimonos, who ate almost nothing but seaweed, fish and vegetables. They worshiped The Buddha and kept immaculate wooden huts with paper walls--and they acknowledge each and every human being with a deep bow; the deeper the bow, the deeper the reverence. I can't get enough of their history!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago