Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Share the Joy: Holiday Season





What gave me joy this week?


Little people to help with the Christmas tree.



Curious cats.


Taking pictures of Oliver.



Meeting friends for appetizers at a new-to-me watering hole.

What’s your joy source?




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

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

3. Then click the NEXT box (or the time) to choose an image
 from the post to insert in Mr. Linky's list
 so people get a sneak peek. 

(And if you just can't get it to work, 
email me and I'll try to link it for you.)

4. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of JOY!



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

True Words Tuesday: Venice






Venice is like eating an entire box
of chocolate liqueurs in one go.
-    Truman Capote

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Self Portrait: Never Again





From my poetry chapbook Calypso Red

Lesson Learned

Once my name was
Made-Herself-Invisible.
I conjured my disappearance
not through incantations
or potions concocted
from essence of larkspur
and eye of newt
but by hiding my light
in a man's shadow.

Now my name is
Never Again.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Haiku My Heart: Swan Dive








fall morning sun
casts her spotlight on you
time for your swan dive 


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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Share the Joy: Thanksgiving and Gratitude





This Share the Joy Thursday is a day of  plenty,


family and friends, and taking the time
to reflect on gratitude.

Among the many blessings in my rich, passionate life,
I am grateful for our local non-profit indie theater

that shows the best of independent film

and for the volunteers that staff the concession stand
where all members can get their free small bag
of Orville Redenbacher popcorn with or without real butter.



I'm grateful for locally-owned bakeries that offer tasty treats
and heavenly smells and bicycles parked outside.



I’m grateful for the color blast that autumn brings
even if we have to withstand the Pacific Northwest
November monsoons.


I'm grateful that I chose to participate in 
Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation Challenge.



What gives you JOY?

What in your life are you celebrating with gratitude?




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

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

3. Then click the NEXT box (or the time) to choose an image
 from the post to insert in Mr. Linky's list
 so people get a sneak peek. 

(And if you just can't get it to work, 
email me and I'll try to link it for you.)

4. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of JOY!



  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

True Words Tuesday: Nikki Giovanni





“We go on. Because it is the hard thing to do.
 And we owe ourselves the difficulty.”
       - Nikki Giovanni



Do you ever wonder why so many good people
have such difficult lives? So much pain and sorrow?

I found some insight in Harold Kushner’s book
When Bad Things Happen to Good People,
that helped alleviate my urge to blame God
when shit happens.

Maybe there’s a tempering effect
when we’re thrust into the crucible
and manage to withstand the searing pain
that accompanies our time of trial,
emerging somehow changed,
transformed into better, wiser versions of ourselves.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross once said that the most beautiful people
are the ones who’ve known defeat, struggle and loss
and learned to find their way out of the depths.
It is surviving the challenge slaying the dragon
that imbues them with a gentleness and inside-out compassion.

Beautiful people, says Kubler-Ross, do not just happen.
Through grace and perseverance, they live their way into beauty. 
Maybe this is our reward for living through the difficulty.
After all is said and done, to be still standing.

Maybe that’s what we owe ourselves and others.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Self Portrait: I Am





All too often, I gauged who I was
in relation to others.
Daughter, sister, mother, wife, friend.
Those, however, are roles. . .
not who I am.

Who am I?
Soul healer, dream weaver, joy activator
Seer, sage and storyteller
Cultivator of peace
Mystic beloved
a well of stillness
beautiful soul

I am

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rainy Day Morning





It’s raining tears this morning.

"Il pleut les larmes" created by MeriMagic  (that's me!) on Polyvore


Soft, wind-blown tears are falling.
I can see Douglas firs swaying
from the window in my workspace.

It’s a good day to be inside,
listening to my faves iTunes playlist,

playing at Polyvore

and knowing that I should venture out
for a shower present (how appropriate)
and then do some real writing.. 

Wonder what I'll really do.

p.s. I saw Lincoln yesterday -
no, I'm not communing with the presidential dead -
it's fabulous. Go see it!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Haiku My Heart: Snow Orchid


                  






pale skin of winter
thick crust of snow blankets earth
inside, white orchid


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Share the Joy: Writing




 I was so busy writing today
that I completely forgot to tackle Share the Joy.

Do I need to say that writing is a source of joy?

So is meditating

   and listening to that voice whispering within
that tells me what I need to know.


What gives you joy?




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

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

3. Then click the NEXT box (or the time) to choose an image
 from the post to insert in Mr. Linky's list
 so people get a sneak peek. 

(And if you just can't get it to work, 
email me and I'll try to link it for you.)

4. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of JOY!






Tuesday, November 13, 2012

True Words Tuesday: Anne Lamott





This is one of my favorite quotes
from Anne Lamott's memoir Traveling Mercies



Who hasn't been in this place?

The death of someone you love,
the demise of a significant relationship,
the loss of something by which you defined yourself.

Any of these can transport you to a dire place.

The hard thing to remember is that,
while we can’t control the things that happen to us,
we can choose how to respond.

Suffering is optional, not inevitable.
I wish it hadn't taken me so long to get the truth of this.
Glad I finally did. 

Even if I have to occasionally pull my finger out of the socket.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Self Portrait: Left Handed







I am left-handed, at least in some respects.

Forks and spoons are operated by my left hand.
So are writing implements.

But in other activities, I use my right hand.
Knitting, golf, tennis, batting, cutting,
Throwing and catching (how inconvenient).

I was once in a conference room for a meeting of lawyers
and of the 12 people in the room, 9 were left-handed.

I wonder if there are any statistics about left-handedness
and certain professions?

Sounds like a Google search to me.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Postcards from Paradise: Losing Sleep



Most nights, the lights go out about 11 and I wake up
when the early morning light starts peeking through cracks
at the edges of shade-covered windows.

Last Thursday night was an exception.
Because by 11:05 on Thursday night, I was at the hospital.


Waiting for this little person to be placed in his mommy's arms.


Watching my first son welcome his second son


and then take a well-deserved nap


as Oliver and his mommy (my beautiful daughter-in-law)
got better acquainted.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Odd Pairings



"Blood 21" created by MeriMagic on Polyvore

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Share the Joy: Happy





I’ve been looking through a lens again


after taking a break for no particular reason




spending lots of time writing
and other things I love to do.



Listening to the new Vicci Martinez album
and perfecting my Itunes favorites playlist.




In other words, I’m a happy woman.



Too bad my eyelashes aren't this glamorous.


What gives you joy?




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

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

3. Then click the NEXT box (or the time) to choose an image
 from the post to insert in Mr. Linky's list
 so people get a sneak peek. 

(And if you just can't get it to work, 
email me and I'll try to link it for you.)

4. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of JOY!


Play Your Part





a quote from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama





Tuesday, November 6, 2012

True Words Tuesdays: Telling Stories






"Don't forget—no one else sees the world
the way you do, so no one else
can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
                   — Charles de Lint



When you’re drawn, as I am, to writing narratives
based on life and all of its glorious and gritty details,
sometimes you find yourself questioning
whether your story matters, why anyone would care,
if you have the right to write it down
and put the narrative out into the world.

At least I do.

It’s odd, when I think of it, because I never question
whether it’s appropriate to bring my visual images
into being, no matter how silly or surreal they might be.
Viewers of my pieces often see symbolism
that I didn’t consciously include, think they know
something about me from the symbolism they think they see.
Somehow, that doesn’t seem as revealing as putting
your truth down in words where people can examine them,
one by one, and measure your imputed worth.

DeLint's quote helps keep things in perspective.
So. . .  for all my writing friends. . . 
own your stories and put them out in the world.
I'll do the same.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Self-Portrait




Who am I?


soul healer * dream weaver * joy activator

life artist * seer. sage and storyteller *

mystic beloved *



and midwife of meaningful change.

The words "I am" are words of creation, words of energy.
They bring our reality to being.

Choose to name who you are with care.

Who are you?



Sunday, November 4, 2012

Yesterday: Close Up






I don't know why, but honing in on details
seems important right now.




Reveling in colors, letting them wash over me seems important.



Seeing what others miss, looking at things with new eyes
seems essential.



Honoring the whispers of my heart seems most important of all.