Friday, January 28, 2011

The Soundtrack of Falling in Love



What a strange thing divorce is.

It terminates the legal construct called "marriage,"





     but it fails to sever the string of memories
you carry around, memories tucked neatly away
in some mental suitcase until something unpacks them.








Yesterday, I was sitting in Jason's hair studio,
sipping tea and watching the "trim"
turn into a major shearing, when the oldies station
played this piece of Fleetwood Mac history.



And the memories of falling in love
and its particular soundtrack came flooding back.




There was a little bar across the street and down the block
from the law school. 

It was a bit schizophenic:
a lunchtime hangout for law students and professors,
an after-shift blue collar bar, 
and a post-class study place for night law students 
after the doors were officially locked for the night.

There was a jukebox, playing through all the changes
in the cast of characters.

Some of the songs it played are forever embedded
 in my memories of falling in love.


Lou Rawls "You'll Never Find Another Love."


Keith Carradine's "I'm Easy."



and I shouldn't leave out Billy Preston and Syreeta's
"With You I'm Born Again."

And I'm wondering. . . 

will there ever be another someone
in my life
who makes lovin' fun?



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Playing with Images





Silly me.
I find joy in the oddest things. . .
like taking a perfectly wonderful
and delicate photo I've taken



and turning it into something else
altogether.


Something like "Ballerina Tutus from the Black Lagoon."

See what I mean?



Where do you find JOY?
This is the place to show and tell.

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!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Taking Pictures of People

I'm off on a jaunt today
to take pictures of beautiful people
with skin tones not as white as mine,
can show its commitment to diversity.

And since I'm putting others on the spot,
capturing them in all their glory,
(and we all know how much we hate seeing
photos of ourselves unless they match our
image of ourselves)
I figured I should post a self-portrait.


Yup. That's me.
I'm the one in the coat,
not the one looking flirty in a swimsuit.

You'd never recover if you viewed
a picture of me in a swimsuit.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Camera Fiend



If you haven't figured it out already,
I'm a camera nut.



I love taking photos when I'm out and about,



playing with software like CameraBag
(to make a perfectly wonderful image
look totally weird and artificial sometimes)


and using image software like Photoshop
to make artful images with multiple layers
like this one with macro shots of art glass
and reflections off water and 
perhaps another layer of something or other. . . 

Ribbon of Time © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian


Camera play makes me happy and joyful.

So what gives you joy?
This is the place to show and tell.

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, January 18, 2011

Waxing ARTfully

Had fun this weekend in Judy Wise's 
wonderful studio 


playing with wax and color,
seeing other women create,
sharing food and conversation.

All in an atmosphere of

what if?

I think I'll try this. . .

oh my gosh. . . I love what you did!  



I'd played with wax before
under Judy's tutelage, in an encaustic collage class.


This time I learned a few more techniques


and got good at transfers.

Loved torching amber shellac.


Loved digging into the heart of things.



Now I'm all abuzz about the possibilities with wax.

Who knew?


Friday, January 14, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Paintbrush








the sun dips its brush
first in the sky, then water
and paints love around



p.s. Please forgive me, fellow Haiku creators. . .
I am off for the weekend and am not taking e-devices.
I will soak in your genius when I'm back.
In the meantime, the 20 somethings are
holding down the fort and (I hope)
remembering to feed the felines
Deja Mew and Purrsnickety.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Pomegranates

Sometimes the weight of sadness in the world
makes it a challenge to rise to the lightness of joy.
Those times are perhaps the ones that call us most
to cultivate gratitude and joy in our lives.

Today I choose to find joy in pomegranates.


They're associated with abundance,
generosity, passion, fertility, lusciousness,
womanliness and union. 



Strong and deceptively ordinary on the outside,
the interior is fertile, juicy and sweet.

They're considered symbolic of the divine feminine.



Pomegranates inspire us to recognize the richness
and wonder that surround us.


They urge us to unite with others, to merge with the Divine.


To be strong but remain juicy.

To be luscious with JOY.



Where have you found JOY in your life?
This is the place to show and tell.

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, January 11, 2011

The Mists of Ireland



This morning, I loved Noelle's post
about the dreamy, spiritual quality of mist 
and her quotes from Celtic spirituality writer
and philosopher Frank MacEowen. 

And that got me thinking about my trip 
not so long ago to Ireland with a group 
put together by my friend Judith
to tour megalithic spiritual sites, 
learn Irish myths and the tradition of storytelling, 
and tap your heels to Irish music in pubs.


Judith leads Celtic Spirituality tours every year.
I put together a video (I'm posting it below )
that she's using on her announcement
about this year's trip.

Her tours are low key, 
with time for meditation and reflection,
but fun group activities as well,
so if you're called to Ireland,
please see what Judith is offering.


I can attest that unexpected things can happen --
I saw auras for the first time at Carrowkeel. . . 
felt energy so strong at Loughcrew that I nearly 
lost consciousness . . . .
saw fairy lights outside Sligo 
(and knew what to call them,
even though I'd never heard the term before) 

and managed to hold it together in a dank,
dark cave that you eased your way into through
a small opening in the earth, scooching your way
down, down, down on your back until it began
to open up. . . and then, in that blackness,
a self-proclaimed Irish witch 
(who we were forced to have accompany us
into the cave) went renegade and started channeling.

Don't worry -- the witch is no longer on the agenda
and you don't have to do anything 
that makes you uncomfortable. 
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do the cave thing again. 
Didn't like the energy. . .  with or without 
whats-her-name. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Time

It is time.


"Clock Window at Musée d'Orsay"© 2003, 2011 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Time for thoughtfulness and right action.

Time to practice compassion.

Time for civility in public and private discourse.


Time for loving kindness and connection to prevail,
for hatred and violence to find no soil in which to root.

It is time for change.

It is time for miracles. 

Let us begin. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Seaside

For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE







waves curl and tumble
lacy foam rushes onshore
how quickly it tears 



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Not Taking Flight



I wish I could say that today
I am taking flight



but I feel a little bit plodding
and uninspired.

This week has been one
of more-than-average frustration
and miscommunication. 

Things seem to be taking longer
than I expect.

The urge to create is quiescent.

A period of germination, I guess.

Anyone else in the doldrums?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Where Joy is Found



Joy can be found
wherever friends gather.







New friends, old friends, blog friends.

Beautiful spirits, each of them.
Beautiful souls who fill me with joy.  


Where have you found JOY in your life?
This is the place to show and tell.

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!