Monday, November 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I bet you thought I had disappeared from Blog Land, but I’m back, at least for today. Although, I haven’t managed to post here with any regularity, I’m hopeful that I can return with something new. Checking email, Facebook, on-line banking, all the things that keep me tied to the computer, are taking up too many precious hours. I’d much rather be spending it with family and friends or writing poems and stories and taking photographs. Because I’m still discovering many wonderful people, new places and things, I would like to share them with you. While I figure out what I will post here in the future, I’ll leave you with something I shared in writing class.
MINDFULNESS, THE WORK OF A LIFETIME
Writing lists and lists
Making notes about notes
Leaving the notes behind
One day you let the world go by
You forget to take the pictures
There’s a note unread on your desk
To finish that poem you started last summer
Too late for your last doctor's appointment
Too early for the next one
Maybe, all we have are days upon days
Not scheduled on a calendar
Driving down the road
Walking in the grass
Through the trees
Under the stars
Living, learning, loving
Where it doesn’t matter
When you get there
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Many years ago, I found this poem by James Hearst in an old magazine. I copied and framed it, and around this time of year, I like to share it with some friends. On this National Carry A Poem In Your Pocket Day, I’ll be carrying this one. It is like an old friend that speaks of spring and hope and faith and of course the glorious Forsythia.
You said, take a few dry
sticks, cut the ends slantwise
to let in water, stick them
in the old silver cup on the
dresser in the spare room and
wait for the touch of Easter.
But a cold wave protected the
snow, and the sap’s pulse beat
so low underground I felt no
answer in myself except silence.
You said, winter breaks out in
flowers for the faithful and
today when I opened the door
the dry sticks spoke in little
yellow stars and I thought
By James Hearst
Friday, April 18, 2014
On this day, I sit so still
As if I’m stalking the earth.
It is a good Friday, any way you slice it.
My eyes open and close to sunlight
And shadow-then wind and stillness.
With early clouds floating by,
I tune in to songbirds and wait
For new colorful wings to arrive.
Sun hits my legs, hot and burning,
Till a breeze returns, cools me
And flips the pages of my opened book.
Spring endures, regardless of what I believe
On this breezy Friday before Easter.
In a straw lined bowl on the counter,
The hardboiled eggs, dyed and arranged
Wait to be tapped and rolled on Sunday
Uncovering the opaque white that protects
The golden prize inside.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Meadow is ready for her Spring Debut at the Yarn Burst at Clermont. It's difficult to see that Meadow started out as a one dimensional sheep cut out of plywood. The Wooly Bullies, a crochet and knitting group that I am a member of, have transformed her into a fluffy floral wooly with lots of charm. Our group meets at the Cairo Public Library twice a month to crochet, knit and exchange ideas and patterns with lots of chatting and laughter.
After all her primping and pampering, our lovely Meadow was ready for her photo shoot yesterday, and enjoyed her chilly but sunny day outside. We will have to keep an eye on her though, she likes to wander, as sheep will do. I found her playing in the snow and by the large rock in the driveway before I could coax her back inside. My cat, Zena is not sure if she likes the attention that Meadow has been getting but is probably relieved that all those flowers were not for her.Remember to mark your calendars for the Clermont Yarn Fair on April 19th from 11 to 4. Proudly, Meadow will be waiting.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Another snowstorm quickly arrives and we prepare to hunker down, watch the snow, and read a good book. With no intention of approaching the shoveling till tomorrow, my cat Zena is giving me reading suggestions. Her feline ego is showing its face and she stays near to grab all my attention. The local weather service has predicted 12”-18” of snow and I pray that the power stays on. I’ll cook some comfort food (lentil soup is on the menu tonight) and catch up on a few projects around the house. Before I settle down to read or write or give into the cravings of another creative journey, I must play with Zena who is suffering from "Cabin Fever". This is also a good time to reach out to family, a neighbor or call an old friend. Wishing everyone a safe arrival, wherever they go today.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Was A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
When we sang our way
Through our young life
And the Beatles songs
Held so much meaning
Here we are, fifty years later, still singing
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS,
I would like to GET BACK
And remember them again.
I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
And travel ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
In STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
With my RUBBER SOUL
Take you on a MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
With SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
We’ll ride in a YELLOW SUBMARINE
Before we walk on ABBEY ROAD
And if I can’t remember any more,
Will you still need me, WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR
Or let me end it all now with ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC
And LET IT BE with a REVOLVER
Because HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN
And not necessarily in that order
Which brings me back to:
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Where I can hear YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
But PLEASE PLEASE ME,
I know WE CAN WORK IT OUT
Let’s COME TOGETHER and HELP
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
ALL TOGETHER NOW,
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED!
P.S. I LOVE YOU
Sunday, January 26, 2014
In May of 2012, I first offered my book for sale on this blogspot, as well as other local venues. Although there might be a few copies for sale that are floating around locally, I am temporarily out of stock. Until I re-order and receive more copies, it will no longer be available on this site. I am working on making it available as an e-book through B & N (Nook) and Amazon (Kindle). I'll post here, when it is available once more.
I wish to thank all my supporters and readers; your kind comments and well wishes have inspired me. I will continue blogging and posting and hope that you will continue to stop by and visit.
Monday, January 6, 2014
The Christmas tree has not been lit for a few nights now reminding me it is time to store it away. I think I’ll wrap up the small tree, as is, and just tidy it up next year. Christmas songs, playing in my head since Thanksgiving, have finally subsided and the fireplace mantle is ready for dismantle. Often, the wreath remains on the door the longest and is the last thing to be packed. Until I decide on something for Valentines Day, the white door just begs for something red amid all the snow.
Another year has come and gone, but a bright new one, full of possibilities, hopes and well wishes has arrived. It is time to place your best foot forward (that would be my right one, my left is not behaving lately) and place it right into that deep snow that will fall all winter, either to shovel out or clean off the car. I guess it’s time to get back on the treadmill and start the yoga class, get out of the house, before cabin fever sets in, and be social once again. It’s time to pay property taxes and order more fuel for the cold months ahead and make sure the cars are in good shape to withstand this cold winter. Snow-shoeing is on my to do list this winter and I am also looking forward to making a visit to see the kids; I miss their loving faces and big hugs, not only on Christmas but always.
I watch the deer on the trails and often they come closer to the house looking for food and resting under the evergreens at the top of the hill. Each morning, there are more and more footprints in the snow, most are deer prints and I believe some are from the coyote that has been visiting lately but many smaller ones I can’t identify yet. On some gray days, I just want to hunker down and stay inside where it’s warm and do all those around the house things. But when the sun appears and lights up the hills with tinges of color and shadow, I’m eager to go outside to brave the chilly temperatures. During the cold winter, the sunshine is good for mood and makes it easier to: Put on a happy face.
May this year find you smiling more than usual and happier than you expected.