Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Share the Joy: Weddings



Ah, weddings!
Such a hopeful occasion,
a commitment to take the "now" of love
into the future.


In this particular case,
the groom was the son of one of my best friends,
Gail, shown above with her husband Dick.
I think that's a good reason for joy.


It was held in a rooftop venue in the Sodo area
(for you non-Seattleites, Sodo is a term meaning
south of the dome, the former Kingdome
which was demolished years ago
to make way for the new stadium
in which the Seahawks and Sounders play football,
both American-style and Euro-style.
It's across the street and a bit east of Safeco Field,
home of the Seattle Mariners.)

That's a long way of getting around to saying
that there was a spectacular view of downtown,
and Puget Sound off to the west. 
The building flying the flag 
is the headquarters of Starbuck's.

You may not get the drift of the wedding
from this pic of the groom,
Geoff,
but it had a Lego theme. 
The colors were Lego green and blue.
Geoff's tie bar is a Lego one.


And, as you can tell from the pic of
Geoff and his bride, Erin 
as they flank the minister 
during the vows part of the ceremony,
the bride wore vintage raw silk in Lego green.


The minister told the story of their first date.
They went to an Animé convention together.
And apparently knew early on on the dating cycle
that they'd met their Nerd Soul Mate.

In addition to the mostly-traditional vows
(they promised each other a lifetime of
random acts of music as well as to love and cherish)
their friends and family helped cement
the contract of a lifetime marriage
with a hand-fasting ceremony.


Dancing, feasting, and music followed,
as did a Lego wedding cake. 



What gave you JOY this week? 
What moments thrill you?
Make you grin?


Notice it.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.

Share it.




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

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Share the Joy



I love the joy of creating.
The mystery of where ideas germinate.
The intense focus.
How things come together as if by magic.

"From Where I Stand" created by MeriMagic on Polyvore.com
The spiritual practice of being present
and letting be what may come.


I also find lots of joy
in my "birthday boy,"


and what a fine man he has become.
(His brother, too, 
who's not only a fine man, 
but fine husband and father, as well.)

Sorry if I embarrassed you guys
by gushing over you.

What gives you joy? What thrills you?

Notice it.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.

Share it.




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

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Share the Joy: Social Commentary



I just love "social commentary" art.



It thrills me when someone turns a pet peeve 
into a piece of art
that makes other people think.



Jenny Fillius is a great example.
Here's what she has to say about her pieces.



What gives you joy, while making you think?

What thrills you?

Notice it.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.

Share it.




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

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Artist Laura Castellanos



Walking around in Seattle the other day,
I discovered a new-to-me artist
Laura Castellanos.


If this is characteristic of her portfolio,
her work is quite childlike and whimsical.


She uses primary colors with panache,
accents with black and white.
And the circle motif keeps showing up.


The overall feeling is one of whimsy and play.
They're a cross between cartoon
and elementary art class,
with an in-your-face graphic quality.



This piece made me flash on Munch's classic,
"The Scream."

Here's Laura, in her own words.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

True Words Tuesday: Consequences





The stuff of memoir. . . .
a slice of one person's life
that speaks to the experience of others.

Who has been so protected
or disconnected
that they've never felt disconsolate?

How do you get "over it"
without losing some precious part of yourself
capable of

Hope
Trust
Loving with Abandon

 p.s. Today, I'm confronting disappointment.
Someone put a contract on the house I fell in love with,
warts and all. I was going to meet my remodeling guru there
this afternoon, but my real estate agent emailed me
that the house showed up as "pending" sale this morning.

Rats!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Share the Joy: Happy Fourth of July!



I always share what's inspired
feelings of joy in me.

This week, it's this thought:


How are you cultivating joy?
Share your wins,
your misty-eyed moments,
your ear-to-ear grins.

Where do you find JOY?
What thrills you?

Notice it.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.

Share it.




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

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

True Words Tuesday: Recover





Making art helps.