Thursday, December 27, 2018

Where Does the Time Go?

It's been over two weeks since last I posted.
Where does the time go?

Part of the time drain
was surrendered to the black hole
called computer crash.

I lost virtually all my photographs,
something that makes blogging a trial
since I am a firm believer in 
words + images.

Don't worry. . . my eldest son
thinks he can salvage them on Saturday
when he, his wife, and their two boys
come for brunch and present opening.

I'd say the rest was frittered away with Christmas preparations,
but that's not accurate. 
I did decorate two trees and buy a few Christmas presents
but I spent Christmas eve and most of Christmas day
by myself, reading and watching my favorite movies.
Having children with in-laws who get a share of holiday time
means time alone if you don't have a significant other.
I've read 3 novels and a memoir in the past five days
and watched favorite movies
(plus -- a week ago, I saw "Green Book" at Grand Cinema).

So, life is good, even after my health scare two weeks ago.
And, though it's late,
I wish you. . . . 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Thought Gotcha

Once you try to stop thinking, look out.
You'll be bombarded with miscreant thoughts.

Remember the saying,
"Where attention goes, energy flows?"

By trying NOT to think, you're putting your energy
into your thoughts whether those thoughts are
bidden or unbidden.

If you want to quiet the thought chorus,
try painting abstracts.
Or walking while saying a mantra
(four one-syllable words work best)
a form of meditation.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Annual Words

Do you set your intention by choosing a word
each year?

I've done it several years in a row
and thought I'd share
some of my choices.

2015's word: Inspiration

What will be your choice for 2019?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hard Stuff

Saturday, December 8, 2018


Know anyone like this?

Seems to be going around.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Just Sayin'

No one makes you happy.
It's something you decide to do for yourself
(kind of like forgiveness).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Share the Joy

I used to host a blog meme called
"Share the Joy" on Thursday morning.
It celebrated the little (or big) moments
during each week when you noticed
that something touched your heart
or brought a smile to your face.

Seems to me that honoring joy
invites more of it into your life.
And that's a good thing.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Women Friends

Nothing quite so enriching
as hanging out with the "girls,"
no matter how quaint and un-politically correct
the term might be.

Female friendships offer a haven

and oh, so much more.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sometimes It's Okay

Sometimes it's okay
to fly your freak flag.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mash Up

A montage of elements
all mashed up together,
yet somehow
there's a unity.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Do All Things with Love

Doing things with love
has an ease about it
and in this frantic world,
a bit of ease is a blessing.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Haiku My Heart: Adventure

journey of the mind
visualize the not seen
adventure awaits

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


"Activating the Third Eye" 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Purpose of Wings

"The Purpose of Wings" - ©2012 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Saturday, November 3, 2018


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Love List

It's been so long since I loved anyone
in that romantic,
let's partner up forever
kind of way.

Almost half a decade
since my last "date."

I've pretty much given up
on finding love again
because it just doesn't seem
like it's going to happen.
There just aren't many organic ways
of meeting suitable partners
if you're not in school or the workplace.

But don't feel sorry for me.
I've had lots of love interests in the past.
Some I'd call "love prep" partners,
because. . . well, you get what I mean.

Some were full on, flat out, all-consuming loves.
Looking back, I wonder if that was a good or a bad thing.
But that's neither here nor there.

With one of those milestone birthdays approaching,
I'm looking back and celebrating the romantic loves
of my life to date.

Here's the list.

1. Steven Louis Hellwig - birthday April 12
hometown - Shoreline, WA
Best male friend and confidant in jr. high
and high school. Didn't realize at the time
that was companionate love.
Dark curly hair, dark eyes.
Smart, deeply loyal, kind and funny.
Died in Vietnam during the Tet offensive.

2. Chet Jacobs - birthday September 17, I think.
Hometown - Seattle (Nathan Hale High School)
A shy guy who stuttered 
and was as sweet and kind as they make 'em.
He picked me up after school with flowers on the day
the cheer squad was announced. I asked him
how he knew I'd be picked and he said that they were
flowers of celebration if I made the squad
and consolation if I didn't.
That's the kind of partner a girl or woman deserves.

3. Donn Walden Hedmann - birthday January 29, if
I remember right. Hometown -- well, Seattle when I knew him
(Ingraham High School) though he'd lived
in Africa earlier in his life.
He was tall and lanky and beautiful,
with green eyes and creativity oozing out of him.
Played Moonlight Sonata on the piano for me.
Needed blinders to keep his eyes off other girls.
Other than that, gets the McDreamy award,
for looks and creativity alone.

4. James Ralph Swimelar - birthday December 6 I think.
Hometown - Seattle (Ingraham High School)
and Donn's locker partner senior year.
Dark hair and dark eyes (not my usual type).
Lots of chemistry, but I'm not sure we had much in common.
He was the prom date x 2 -- his and mine.
He always smelled like cigarettes.

5. Darryl Lee Smith - birthday September 4.
Hometown - well, at the time, his family lived in Provo, Utah
because his dad was at Hill Air Force Base.
We met in college. He was another tall
and lanky one, blond and blue-eyed, with wavy hair.
He played baseball and golf, was a frat guy.
 He probably would have made a good husband,
but alas -- after a while, I loved him way less
than he loved me. It may have had something to do
with the fact he was the younger brother of an older sister
and I was the older sister of a younger brother.
He was too willing to be bossed around
(and I was enough of a bitch to do it).
He was a first class flower giver --
flowers delivered to me every weekend
at my dorm.

6. Michael James Mathis - birthday September 19.
Hometown - Shoreline, WA. (Shoreline High School)
Tall, lanky, with dark hair and eyes.
Creative - into art/illustration.
The chemistry was undeniable
and though there was no long-term potential
(he had too many female interests)
he taught me a lot. 
Use your imagination.
(He wins the McSteamy award).
Followed his passion of skiing
and after college, had a succession of jobs
in some of the best ski resorts in the west.
Sun Valley, Aspen, Snowbird, and Big Sky
are some that come to mind.

7. Jon Robert Westergaard - birthday May 15
Hometown - Seattle, WA (The Lakeside School).
My first husband.
Musically inclined (viola and singing),
an engineering major.
Tall, lanky, dark hair and blue eyes.
Gorgeous is the word that comes to mind
when describing him in our college days.
Marriage couldn't survive the loss of 
two preemies (6 years apart)
and me going to law school.
But I'd rank him as one of the truly great guys.

8. F. Terry Kremian - birthday July 13
Hometown - south Chicago area
USNA grad - former fighter pilot USMC
law school grad
not-so-tall (which made dancing and kissing 
while standing SO much easier) - like 5'10"
dark blond hair and green eyes
very eastern European features
(derived from his half Lithuanian heritage).
How I would have described him at the beginning
is way different from how I'd describe him now,
after living through 23 years together
and being 15 years post-separation and divorce.
But (positive points) - 
he was a great kisser, good dancer, naturally athletic,
smart but not studious, a great provider, possessed
of great leadership skills, a reader and accumulator of books,
a romantic at heart, bringer of flowers, loved to give presents (jewelry being a favorite), 
and many more that I'm overlooking.
He had a couple of major flaws that proved
fatal to lasting marriage,
one of which was acting on attraction to other women.
But that's his third wife's problem now
(though he swore to me that he would grow up 
and be faithful to her).

So there's the love list.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


This little guy
has to be my favorite bird
of all time.

Don't you think he should be named

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Windows. . . 
so expressive and metaphorical
don't you think?

Some, like people, shuttered and closed off.

Some are vantage points - 
a place to satisfy curiosity
to observe anonymously
to get the lay of the land before participating.

And some just reflect
the beauty around them.

I have to say that this photo

makes me very proud.
It was jury selected for a show
called "Give Us Your Best Shot"
that was featured at Tacoma's Museum of Glass.
It's the only creation I've ever had
shown in a museum.

Monday, August 27, 2018



Sunday, August 26, 2018


Aqua colander filled with apples.

Umbrella and jackets outside Newgrange.

Mexico sky.

Sculpture in early morning light.

The rim of a margarita glass.

Selfie with layers.

The best senior photo I've ever taken
(in a graffiti garage. . . 
and yes, he was full of mischief
and rebellion)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Pamper Yourself

Pamper yourself.

Take a leisurely walk 
in a beautiful garden.

Light a candle on an altar.

Dance like no one is watching
(they're probably too blitzed to watch. . . 
or remember)

Let the waiter bring you a drink with an umbrella in it
while you watch the men.

Eat scrumptious food, with a beautiful presentation.

Have dessert (share it with a friend).

Listen to the waves roll in.



and laugh a whole lot. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

In the Distance

In the distance.

Thursday, August 23, 2018



I hope

for another dose of love
in my life