Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: A Walk in Downtown Seattle





It's time to think JOY.
What moved you this week?


For me, it was



a dynamite pair of heels from a Seattle designer
named Luly Yang 



who does custom evening wear and bridal
and other things too





and always has drop-dead gorgeous shop windows
that never fail to grab my attention
but this time I went in to look around
(and immediately wished I was a size 2 and would fit
into a couple of cocktail dresses that were samples
from her collection and on sale for half price)





SO budget still intact, I continued on to my
continuing legal education
that was interesting and thought-provoking,
and best of all FREE
because I'm a member 
of the World Peace Through Law Section of the bar assn.

After the CLE was over,
I saw this interesting sculpture
on the way to a joyful lunch 
with my elder son



Then, after hearing the work and family news,
 I drove back to Tacoma
for my final meeting as a Trustee
of the Tacoma Art Museum
but found I had a few minutes to browse
in a local furniture emporium
without being late for the meeting.

There I found a chest of drawers
in MY COLOR
and it had a great crackle finish
and unique drawer pulls. 
(Budget still intact, even though it was on sale).

Can I really justify 
a piece of furniture in MY COLOR?



Luckily, it was a joy just to see it 
and admire it!

What says JOY to you this week?
To play along and share the joy:




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. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!




Sunday, June 26, 2011

Postcards from Paradise: Tacoma's Museum of Glass

If you're looking for the WOW factor,
there's nothing like the Pacific Northwest
on a sunny day.
















Phone Pix from my Android 2
(Retro Camera app)



Friday, June 24, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Hiding in the Grasses




summer's arrival 
tender grasses, soft breezes  
red wolves in hiding



This week's Haiku My Heart offerings
can be found at Rebecca's place.



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Share the Joy: More Joy

More joy. . . .

little girls in striped knit caps
even when they think it's cool
to look serious



families that ask, "Will you take our picture?"



stone faces




Bessie Howell rhododendrons for my garden




those miracle moments when pigs fly


Joy is available any time, any place. . .
because JOY comes from within.

What says JOY to you this week?
To play along and share the joy:




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. Then click the NEXT box
           .If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post 
so you'll entice people to go to your post.

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!



Monday, June 20, 2011

Love. . .


Expressing gratitude is one way to share love.

The more you share it, the more you receive,
even though that might not be your intent
when you're feeling and radiating love
and goodwill.


Funny how that works!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Postcards from Paradise: Under the Sea





I love the mysterious, flower-like
and undulating nature of sea anenomes.
I'm also a big fan of starfish
and colorful fishes
(though I draw the line at blue sharks).


(This heart-shaped one is especially dear.)

But because of a swimming trauma
when I was in kindergarten
that indelibly imprinted the panic
of near-drowning into my psyche,


I'll never be diving below
the water's surface to see them.


Once, however, with a bit of encouragement
from the man I loved, 
I overpowered my fear
and went snorkeling off St. John in the Virgin Islands.



I saw some fish and stuff, but never managed to relax
while my face was underwater.
Mostly, I was just relieved that I'd survived it
and very proud of myself for doing something
so very challenging for me.


Oh -- and did I mention that 
I checked "Snorkeling" off my bucket list
and vowed never to do it again?
(As you might have guessed,
getting dive-certified isn't on my list.)



In other words, I'm a shower girl, not a bath girl.
I'm a big fan of aquariums for viewing sea anenomes
and other fishy stuff.



I hope you enjoy my Postcards from Paradise.
No photographers were harmed in the making of these shots,
all taken at the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.


p.s. My Father's Day post is here.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Single Mind





The borders of our minds are ever shifting
and many minds can flow into one another
and can create or reveal
 a single mind, a single energy.

-- William Butler Yeats



It seems to me that cultivating stillness is one way
to tap into that universal energy.

Reaching the point of stillness and peace,
I find clarity and wisdom bubbling up
within me and yet from somewhere quite beyond,
the access point to the Divine within us all.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Razzle Dazzle





tucked in a corner
but far from standing shyly
she razzle-dazzles




This week's Haiku My Heart offerings
can be found at Rebecca's place.
  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Find It Everywhere



Just like people,
Joy comes in many shapes and sizes,
colors and forms.



The gloss and detail of a carousel horse.

shot_1308088468554 by meriak
a photo by meriak on Flickr

              The perfect shape of a rose.



Sniffing my way around a rose garden,
copying down the names of varieties
that both looked beautiful and smelled like sweet perfume.


(This one's called Scentimental).


Finding a peacock with his magnificent tail in full array.
                                
     .

Little boys in play tents.





Joy is available any time, any place. . .
because JOY comes from within.

What says JOY to you this week?
To play along and share the joy:






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.
Then click the Enter box 
or the NEXT box (if we're doing image-linkies).
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post).

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!

 






Sunday, June 12, 2011

Teapots and Scandals

This weekend I took an excursion to
the dry side of the state
for a little family time.

It's way different there, 
both in geography, climate and culture.

Besides growing lots of apples
and some pretty fine wines,
the region produces a bumper crop of Republicans.

(On the wet side of the state,
we tend to have a more moderate climate
and grow more Democrats and Independents.)

Notwithstanding the dry side's affinity for R's,
there's a little architectural oddity alongside
I-82 that makes allusion to one of the dark moments
in a Republican presidency almost a century ago.

Remember Warren Harding and the Teapot Dome Scandal?


In case you've forgotten that period of American history,
there was some hanky-panky in the selling of leases
of federal oil reserves in Wyoming.
It rocked the Harding presidency and landed 
the Interior Secretary Albert Fall in prison.

Talk about a fall guy.

So architect Jack Ainsworth designed
this dandy little gas station that was built in 1922.


Though it stopped dispensing motor gasoline
within the past five years,
it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Not exactly a "Postcards from Paradise,"
but close enough!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: I'm Late!

Some things that give me JOY. . .

Pretty cupcakes even if I don't eat them
(the one with the orange flourish is carrot cake)



Whimsical umbrellas, even though True Seattleites
never use them


knowing that my dishwasher will finally be repaired
on Monday sometime, since the part is supposed to be 
delivered to the appliance repairman on Friday afternoon

and

Color -- lots and lots of color --
that I want to reach out and touch.





What brings you JOY?

To play along and share the joy:





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!