Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wintry Thoughts*

                                                                  Wintry Thoughts 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It's been snowy, it's been cold 
                                                        Winter's days & nights of old

                                                          It's been sunny, not a lot
                                                           Gray & misty, icy lot

                                                   Ti's the season, not a choice  

                                                  Must stay warm, with increased cost

                                                   Several months to log our days

                                                   Viewing scenes & stormy haze

                                                  Walk with care upon the glaze

                                                  One may slip when one does play

                                                 Winter's cold, oh yes that's true 

                                                 Gives us time to think it through

                                                  Sunshine is Sir Winter's jewel

                                                  Other wise he's cold & cruel

                                                  So stay fit these winter days

                                                 Walk & stretch & make your way

                                                 Make those Angels on the ground

                                                Spread your wings, her sweet crisp sound

                                                Thoughts of childhood in the snow

                                                 Playing games that come & go

                                                  I'm a kid still in my heart

                                                 Knowing night time sky's a part 

                                                 Landscapes of contented scenes 

                                                Brings me peace to dream the dream.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The View From Where We Stand On The Eve Of This Inauguration-- Martin Luther King Day 1/19/09 For January 20th, 2009 *

My husband is the true believer in this family, as he was the first one to promote & support Barack Obama for President.  In this spousal debate I am so happy to say I was wrong, & he was sooo very right, he even has an invitation to this Inauguration to prove it.   Thankfully our country has moved forward--  painfully slow, but onward we traveled.

Here we all are now in the 21st century, a new horizon is upon us.  We will meet our new challenges as we honor those who came before us--  Dr. Martin Luther King & all the other mindful people of a movement that influences our lives to this very day.  For our children & our grandchildren we will continue to continue, to work non violently for peace, justice & awareness.   

{My husband said he won't be attending the Inauguration tomorrow.  It is of course due to the crowds, we will instead view it from afar with a spirit of hopefulness & joy.}


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

*Living A Life In 2009...

So much has gotten done yet still much to do, as we are only into the 14th day of this New Year. "Time will continue to fly", that is it's nature.....

Would it make much sense to do a "One Day In The Life" here? Probably not, as we live an ordinary life here on our Sunny Slope, [when the sun decides to come out that is], yet we do know, & continue to meet & become friends with some rather extra ordinary individuals, some of these special people have become our finest teachers & our greatest friends over the years.   So some days more than others, which may present a challenge or two, for the various layered reasons that make us all the unique individuals that we've become--  as I said, some days more than others do present their challenges.  As much as a speck that we all are in the universal scheme of things & all, no matter what, we all take with us in life an accumulation of all of our human experiences & we therefore at times must continue to overcome what we were--  to who we are meant to authentically be.  "To be or not to be..." that is always a pertinent question.  No one I believe has all the answers all the times.  "You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."  Lincoln certainly knew how to pose it, & now all we can continue to do is attempt to do our very best-- "As we continue to continue...."

A continued Healthy & Happy New Year to you all, & may you too continue to continue--  To have the strength to stand up to meet your personal tests & challenges in this New Year.  We each of course have our personal take on things, I for one am probably more like the Fonzy Bear with my silly sense of humor, but no matter, laughter still remains one of the best medicines, & no matter the dilemmas that can face a person, a sense of humor along the way does lighten the heart, along with a good exercise routine-- one foot in front of the other. Human being's minds are meant to dance in the sun light, in the star light & in the moon light, it just feels right to experience the vast, vast sky.  

This New Year I have been asked to be Chairman/person of our Town's Conservation Commission.  I have been a member of our Conservation Commission for a number of years & I see myself as an "idea" & an "artistic" person, who is very passionately committed to the conservation of our environment.  After several rather challenging dream full nights & mulling the idea of this over & over in my mind & heart I decided to accept.  For my children & my grandchildren I decided to accept this very special honor of trust & with it it's awesome responsibility that goes with this position, as this is a wonderful commission of dedicated & hard working people from all walks of life, they are all very interesting & a pleasure to work with.  My very first experience of being involved in the environmental/conservation movement was as far back as the 1950's, it was then when many of us pledged the  "Girl Scout Promise" for the first time--  "I promise to do my best.  To love/respect God & my Country.  To help other people at all times & to obey the Girl Scout Laws"-- is pretty much how I remember it, it may not be word for word of course, but pretty close I'm sure.  So now of course the hard work begins, of staying on top of the tasks that have been put together in order to be effective in preserving our quaint beautiful town for generations to come.  "Think global, act local,
                                          Act local, think global..."

It never, ever goes out of style, no matter the century, including the prayers & hopes of peace.