Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Letting Go

Let go. Why do you cling to pain?  
There is nothing you can do about
the wrongs of yesterday.
It is not yours to judge.
Why hold on to the very thing
which keeps you from hope and love?

                             -- Leo Buscaglia

We often cling to our memories,
even the painful ones,
because we don't know who we would be
without them.

We mistake our history
for our destiny.

It's time for me to invent new stories. 
Care to join me?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Haiku My Heart: Machinery

For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE

Static © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian.

teeth line up against
each other, biting sharply
gears turn in tandem


May all the chairs at your table
be filled with those you love.

May there be much laughter
and sharing of stories.

May you give each other
the precious gift of attention,
and may your hearts be full
of joy
today and always. 

Thanks for helping build a web of 
friendship and peace,
one blog post at a time.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Share the Joy Thursday: Giving Thanks for Joy

Tomorrow is  a day of thanks for Americans.

A day of sharing with family and friends.

Can you remember to give thanks for joy
and pass us a plate full of delight here

I'll be giving thanks for things that bring me joy,


family and getting to see the magic of the world
through the eyes of the next generation

blue bottles on a ledge

the splendor of color
especially when it's backlit
through a window
and sparkles like gems 

having learned that time is precious
and we should be mindful of each moment,
using our talent to cultivate joy
instead of focusing on shoulds and what-ifs and if-only,
things that waste minutes we can't recapture

What gives you JOY?

Tell us.

To play along:

1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into the
Mr. Linky box along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- and let their joy infect you.  Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!

Paying for Lovely Moments

"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it."
            Richard Bach

Moments I've enjoyed from the top of my head
to the tips of my toes in the last 24 hours:

1. Seeing "Morning Glory" with Danielle 
while Gavin was over at a friend's for the evening.

2. Waking up about 2 am to the sound
 of Gavin's unrestrained laughter.

3. Finding a five dollar bill in the pocket 
of my Not Your Daughter's Jeans 
when I took them out of the dryer.

4. Discovering that except for the street I live on 
which was still icy, driving was a breeze.

5. Waking up today knowing that I have 
a massage scheduled this morning.

6. Checking in with my friends via their blogs.

What lovely little moments have you paid for
 in the best kind of way?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanks for the Memories

Oprah ran her last "Favorite Things" show today,
giving away lots of fabulous gifts to her audience.

At the end, Johnny Mathis appeared and sang.
That was one of my favorite things in the show.

He's old, I know. It seemed like he was pretty old
even when I was young, but that may be the
addled perspective of youth.

All I know is that the Johnny Mathis concert
I went to in the 90s with "the-love-of-my-life"
(at that point, anyway)
was one of the most romantic, sublime concerts
I've ever attended.

We took another couple with us
and everyone glammed up --
the guys in tuxedos and the ladies
in glitzy dresses or jeweled tops
and handkerchief hem skirts.

You know the look I mean --
though I'm not sure whether I was in a
I-think-I'll-be-a-redhead phase
like in this picture
or going for the God-given
dark ash blonde jacked up with
pale blonde streaks so carefully painted on
so I'd have hair that looked sun kissed.

But enough about me.

Johnny delivered.
Both today and back then.

He didn't deliver shiny red
still hush-hush Volkswagen Beetles,*
totally redesigned for 2012, like Oprah --

but he delivered.

Thanks for the memories, Oprah!

And Happy Silver Anniversary.
I, for one, will miss you.

And here's a little blast from the past
with Johnny Mathis.

* Oprah didn't give us a sneak peek -
well, just a tease perhaps --
the one on the stage was a 2011 version.

Except for the picture of me and the former Mr.,
all pictures are digitally altered screen shots
from the Oprah show today.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

We Should Be Dancin'

Well, piffle!

It's starting to snow and just looking out the window
makes me feel all shivery and cold.

I'm hoping it's polite little snow
that falls on the grass and not on my driveway
and definitely not on the streets.

But even if it behaves itself
and doesn't keep imposing its will on us
(do you hear me, Snow?)

I think I need an activity that will warm
me up and make me glow.
Glowing is good.

We should be dancing.

Oh yeah! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Little Ms. Mischief

I'm not usually naughty or the wild and crazy type.


I'm usually on the demure side
with a somewhat wicked sense of humor
lurking quietly below the surface.

But every now and then some trouble-maker
leads me astray.

"Will you take my picture kissing this statue?" asks Deb,
so sweetly that I succumb in a moment of weakness.


"How about another angle?"


"Your turn."

"But I'm not tall enough to kiss her."

This, after tiptoes proved inadequate
and no step-stool materialized.

"Well then, grab her butt."

Photo © 2010 by Deb Taylor

Or something............

Photo © 2010 by Deb Taylor

There's a disadvantage in being short
that should be apparent here.
It induces you to sacrifice your dignity
and sense of propriety.

Just call me Little Miss Mischief.

(And for additional musings, click HERE
to see my very personal Sepia Saturday.)

As if this post weren't personal enough!

* * * * * * *

And if you want to see what I've been doing
for Shoroba.com (a relationship website)

I'm writing the articles you see in the rolling box.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Haiku My Heart: For Spadoman

Spadoman's daughter
taken away far too soon,
is not forgotten

She had a place of honor on
the Day of the Dead altar
in our little home-away-from-home
in San Miguel de Allende.

We hold you, her parents, in our hearts. 

Haiku My Heart: Waiting Patiently

red chairs facing west
impatient for dusky skies
to glow amethyst  

For more Haiku love, click HERE

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Share the Joy Thursdays: Joy Movement

As you can see, I posted about JOY today.
I think there's a lot of joy in everyday living
but often we don't pay attention to it
because we mistakenly believe those moments
are too small or insignificant to count.

I think that as we become more mindful
about joyful experiences or feelings,
we increase our quality of life.

By sharing things that make our hearts
full of delight, we remind others
to look for joy in their lives.

Some things that give me JOY

dancing with abandon
seeing people enjoy themselves
people who are obviously in love
sunflowers and coreopsis
smiling faces

If you look, you'll surely find it.

Some of you said if I built it, you would come.
So spread your joy around the blog world,
one experience and photo at a time
or many. Whatever moves you!

Here's how to play:

1. find a photo that captures a moment of joy
2. write about it (or let the picture speak for itself)
3. leave me a comment if you choose
4. enter your name and link to your Share the Joy post
5. Go visit some of the other JOY-fuls 
and leave them a comment so they know they're appreciated.

Tell your friends. 
Invite them to play too.

Let's start a JOY movement. 

A special thanks to Rebecca for helping me
master this Mr. Linky thing.