Happy Halloween!!!


Do you remember the fun Halloween was when we were little children?

For weeks we’d talk about what we were going to be, the candy we’d get. We didn’t have to have adults with us. We could run in groups for blocks and blocks always being met with smiles and excitement at the doors.

My mother made my costume every year. I’d ask for a particular costume or she would make a suggestion. I’d get really excited and away she would go – off to the fabric store. Sometimes she would use an old sheet and dye it. Occasionally she bought good fabric and later she made me a dress, a skirt or jumper out of it. Nothing was wasted. She found endless ways and ideas to make me special costumes and save money doing it. There weren’t costumes all made up in the stores or if there were I never saw them.

The most memorable Halloween for me was the year I was Little  Red-Riding Hood which later became a jumper and another year I was a Pilgrim which was made from a dyed sheet.

Below is a picture of my great-grandson, Mason at 2. How cute is that!





Gail Manishor,



New Neighbors at Last

More On Gail’s Serenity Garden


Hillside Beauty

Photo by DeLynn Hood 

You do get what you pray for. Sometimes it takes a little longer than other times.

Our neighbor with the weeds and rundown yard has moved out and a wonderful couple has moved in.

Changes are already in evidence. The weeds that were two feet above the top of our fence are now gone. Yeah! The trees in their back yard have been pruned and trimmed back and one was taken out. Our new neighbors came over yesterday to have us signoff on the colors they’ve chosen to paint their home. (We have Home Owner’s Association which wasn’t much help with the previous owner.) They have a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog upset by the move, but they have taken steps to calm her and “All is Quiet on the Western Front.”  I looked it up on the internet and this dog comes from Africa and was used to hunt lions.  Very interesting don’t you think so?

Meanwhile Gail’s Serenity Garden is getting quite a bit of rain which is a blessing for our garden and this whole area. A special blessing is that this is the fire season in Southern California and we have rain at the perfect time.

The hillside is filling in and My Garden Angel brought in more nice rocks and placed them on the hillside. She also moved one of the purple Pride of Madera from down below at the base of the hillside up toward the top of the hill a perfect place for it. It should do well with this wonderful rain.

The branch from a neighbor’s Twisty Willow Tree has rooted and is very happy in a beautiful cobalt blue pot and loves the rain.

I miss my Garden Angel as she is busy helping other people with their gardens. But she will come back when I need her. That’s what Angels do.

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life



The Choice We Make

“It may seem we have no control over what happens in our life. But we are the creators of our life. It is our choice whether to remain in bondage or live in freedom.”
Gail Manishor, From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life




Gail's Choice

My daughter recently called me to tell me that a high school boyfriend, who had remained a friend died suddenly at the age of forty-five. That same day, my granddaughter’s friend was killed in an automobile accident on the way back from basketball practice. Also on the same day, two police officers, best friends of her uncle, were shot and killed in the line of duty. All of this loss hit my daughter and her friends suddenly. What do you do? Where do you turn? How do you live with this kind of tragedy?

Life comes to us in a series of ups and downs. Life may seem good, bad, terrible, or tragic. This is all a part of life that unfolds. We have to get through it and keep going. In our spiritual practices, we learn how to handle the ups and downs of life through classes, reading, and meditation. A wonderful peace comes from building our awareness of the presence of the indwelling God−always with us, wherever we are and whatever we’re going through. We learn that all is God, and that wherever God is, there is good. We learn to make a choice−we choose to know that as we live in love, honor and integrity we will be guided to our highest good.

There are those we don’t understand the meaning of integrity. They are where they are on their soul’s path. We learn that what looks like tragedy to us is as a thread in the tapestry of life. There are blessings that we can’t foresee, but they are there nevertheless.

Let’s choose to have faith in the Life Force which is within each of us. Let’s choose to take the time to go within and feel that deep peace of Spirit. It’s always there, for we are never alone. What a blessing it is to know that!

Gail Manishor, RScP


Just Forget About It


“Daily I release all worry and concern into the hands of Spirit. What a relief that is. How good it feels.”
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Gail Manishor

Let it Be

                                                                                                                                 Photo by DeLynn Hood

Sometimes when we want something very much, we spend our time and energy trying to make it happen. We plan, pray, manipulate, maneuver, and do everything we can to get what we want. We work very hard to reach our goal.

What we must realize is that we don’t have to connive or manipulate. All we have to do is to allow our lives to unfold in God’s perfect way. Often we end up with something better than what we first desired.

It is important to know what we want and take the practical steps that need to be taken to reach our goal. However, most important of all is to surrender to God the how of it. Leave it open for God to decide if it is right for us. Know what you want. Then detach from it. Release it and let it go. Let it be. Turn it over to God for the perfect outcome.

Before we met, my husband and I each made a list of the qualities of the person we would like to have as a mate. He made his list many years ago and put it away in a drawer, forgetting about it. I made mine a few months before we met, then released it without further thought. Our timing is not necessarily God’s timing. Do not become so attached to exactly what you think you must have. Watch it unfold in god’s perfect way.

What a wonderful surprise it can be when we see everything falling into place exactly the way it should. What peace there is in this act of releasing!


Today I turn my life over to God. I release and let go all preconceptions and allow God’s perfect plan to unfold for me.

Gail Manishor, RScP





The Success Factor 


 “Faith perseverance and endurance are the keys to a successful life.”
Gail Manishor, Author of From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Set goals and as you achieve one goal, set another. Begin with small goals and move to the next more
challenging one. Your first goal might be recognizing God in your life and being grateful even before you get up.
Try setting a time to get up in the morning, an exercise routine, or a job search. Each success leads you to the next success. When you put God first all else will follow.

Let gratitude set the tone for your day.     

When you fear something, dwell on its opposite. Think about success and not the failure. What you put your attention on will expand. What you set your intention on, you will receive. This is the Law of the Universe.     

“Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” Kop Kopmeyer     

I am strong, powerful and in charge of my life and affairs. I know that God’s perfect timing is at work in my life. I now turn my life over to God, knowing that my success is assured.

Gail Manishor, RScP, Author of

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life