Friday, December 31, 2010

Haiku My Heart: Lament




For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE



"Ascending Layers" © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian



unruly thinking
you make it hard for me to
achieve nirvana


Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Little Color Magic



After spending hours working on a project
I just had to kick up my heels and play.


"Effervescent" © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian


A little color magic is good for the soul.

What did you do to play today?


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Share the Joy Thursday: Looking for Joy



Joy is a choice you make.





It's an attitude of celebration
and thankfulness for 
little moments of awe
or ahhhh.........






and wonderful memories
like the trips to France
that speak to your soul.




Sometimes it's overwhelming.

Sometimes it just sits quietly
waiting for you to notice
and say, "Oh - here you are!"

Where's the joy in your life today?
It's usually marked with a smile.





Won't you share it with us?


(And don't forget to visit the beautiful and gracious
NOELLE to wish her a Happy Birthday.)

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!




Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Share the Joy Thursday: Joy to the World!





There are lots of reasons for JOY in this season
so I'm celebrating and honoring its presence.

Friends and family come to mind as a reason for joy.

And in anticipation of their visits,
I've readied the house with lots of decoration.



The family room tree with its multi-colored ornaments


has a Santa standing guard over the presents.



I decorated the fancy living room tree
with its white, silver and gold ornaments,



the first year it's been decorated in a long time.

Santas are looking jolly all around the house.


The Father Frost figures are on display, too -
in honor of my sons' Lithuanian heritage.




Little cardinals are peeking out 
among the candle jars in various places. 
They remind me of the joy it brought me
to hear a cardinal sing when I lived
 on the east coast many years ago.



We'd love to have you join us
for Share the Joy Thursday this week. 
I have no doubt you have an abundance of joy
in your life -- even if times are tough.


And if you don't mind, I'd love for you to send
joy and healing energy to my treasured friend 
Adrienne's husband who's having heart surgery tomorrow
and Naquillity, who's having some health problems
and could use a big dose of love.




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!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Light a Candle Within You



As the solstice approaches,
signaling the point at which
the light begins to return
little by little
in the northern hemisphere,
I am reminded that it is important
for each of us
to let our light shine.


© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian



You are like a candle.
Imagine you are sending light out all around you.
All your words, thoughts and actions
are going in many directions.
If you say something kind,
your kind words go in many directions,
and you yourself go with them.
We are ...transforming and continuing
in a different form at every moment.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stumbling Toward Ecstasy



Watching the couple
officially embarking on life together,
surfing on a tsunami of love and emotion.



Tears in their eyes.



Hearts on their sleeves.



Hand in hand. 


Stumbling toward ecstasy.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Haiku My Heart: Angel



For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE



© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian



her slender hand thrust
high in the air, a bouquet
of roses clutched there

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Share the Joy Thursday



Joy isn't always announced by the blaring of trumpets.

Sometimes it's heralded by chalk dust
and shouts of, "Look, Daddy!"




It might rush in like waves to the sand,
making you jump for joy because you love
your family and life itself so much.



Sometimes you find delight in a mug
of latte because the barista created
a little heart on top with caramel and
the "extra-foamy" you asked for.






One day I found it at the bottom of a bowl
of mushroom soup and took it as a sign
my true love was on his way.



And if you're like me, even something
as simple as red chairs
can fill you with joy.
Just the way they're lined up so neatly,
gathered like friends, and saying,
" Come join us!"



We'd love to have you join us
for Share the Joy Thursday this week. 


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!



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thinking in Images



After two-plus hours at a book discussion
discussing The Help, racism and sexism,
and a five hour-long telephone conference 
about work issues yesterday, 
I'm flat out of words.

All talked out.

(I know..... that concept renders you speechless, too.)


Time for thinking in images,
the antidote to verbal overload.

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

K?


(And check back Wednesday about 5 pm
Pacific for the Mr. Linky for
Share the Joy Thursday.)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Virgin Off-Center

She's a little off-center, this Virgin,
having adjusted to the upheavals,
the shift in conditions around her.




But through it all, she's maintained
her serenity, her attitude of reverence.

We should be so lucky. . .
or
intentional.




For more Virgin-ities, click here.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Virgin Mary Haiku







Fat babe in her arms,
she looks on with mother's love
fair Queen of Heaven.




Fill your heart with Virgin images
and celebrate Haiku My Heart Friday.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Share the Joy Thursday



It's time to celebrate those fleeting

moments of joy, those times

when you think "I love that exuberance!" 

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

or

"I wish this moment would never end"


because he's so cute 
and he reminds me of his daddy
when his daddy was little
and time flies by so quickly. . . 




© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian


or "I don't want to forget this moment,
when I was draped like a goddess
and worried my sneakers would slip
off the wet rock and I'd freeze to death 
in the rushing water,
but did it anyway for the shot
and it was worth it."



© 2009 Gail Hoffman-Rule 

or even 
"That woman's head 
would look perfect in my garden."


© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian


What little moments spelled J-O-Y for you, 
this week? Or that zip into your mind
when you think about joy?


Will you share your joy?
Join the Joy Revolution!

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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!



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sacred Heart



Look into my eyes, so kind,
so full of wisdom born
of the sorrows of the world.




Touch my heart,
a heart both sacred
and open to love -
and through your fingers
take love in
and breathe it out.

My sacred heart, like yours,
is radiant with miracles.



For more Virgin miracles,
visit Rebecca.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Virgin a Day (6): Let it Be




When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
"Let it be."

Lennon/McCartney
             


Retablos -- tin paintings with religious themes --
are done to as a thank-you note to a saint 
for intervening in people's lives.



For more Virgins, visit Rebecca's A Virgin a Day.

Be sure to read Steven's comment regarding
what Paul McCartney said about the impetus 
for this work.

As for me, I think that when we dream,
there are many image threads woven through them. 
Some people appear as themselves -- Paul's mother,
for example -- and the dream may be taken at 
a very literal level. Other times, people are stand-ins
for archetypes, like the all loving Mother Goddess
who comes to you in dreams to impart 
wisdom and crucial information
that the conscious mind is not absorbing.

From "virgin sightings" both historical and contemporary,
we know that many believe that
Mother Mary comes to them,
speaking words of wisdom,
providing miracles
that the believers themselves
were unwilling to claim as their own.