Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
In thinking ever so deeply, throughout the course of an adult's lifetime, trying ever so hard to figure it out, & to make sense of some very complicated family dynamics; thoughts of the oldest of my two siblings had come to mind. The childhood family systems of our youth are oh, so complicated, & often times, it isn't until a good amount of time has past, which of course can give us a glimpse of an important perspective, that the puzzling riddle, becomes a bit less...
From these musings over a lifetime, I've finally come upon the germination of an aspect of cause & affect, in my own life-
Life's A Beach
I have this idealized view
your hair so dark
it's toddled curls
mine for you
and you for us
those play date afternoons
a toy box, tapping plays
"ladies and gentlemen"
When did we grow
those teen aged, tangled years
in the world
Our very loathsome
and friends who filled
a void so deep,
that we withheld
And so the play
calls, by phone
of family loss
and losses still
my heart it breaks
Extension of a sister's love
for sorrow from that past
of which we knew
a friendship dear
upon these waves,
Once again we end this day's posting with a poem, & thus concludes today's addition of-
Poetry A Muse In Motion.
7/31/11 About the opening paragraph- After a few days, it came to me that perhaps I should add a little narrative, sort of explaining the here & now, the lay of the land, so to speak. There, I feel a small glimmer has been explained, as best I could. For now that is, & tomorrow is August, oh my, time continues to fly....
Thursday, July 28, 2011
What a beautiful evening, we Barb-B-Q 'd a little, of which Dolly our rescue pup, will be having treats from our meal way into tomorrow. I've been experimenting with Pandora Radio, & it is really an awesome service. All I've been doing is clicking onto my favorite artist/songs, & a file is created & now I'm really in the groove. Tonight the selection has been basically music from the 60's & closing out with the beautiful sounds of the Paul Winter Concert.
All so perfect.
It's been busy here of course as we're beginning to have a call or inquiry asked in regards to our UN Peace Day event on September 18th, 3-5PM in Putnam, Ct. So more informational flyers will need to be printed, & last Tuesday my friend Pam & I were on the local radio station WINY with Gary O, to begin to get the word out. Now that I've completed my physical therapy regime as of last week, it's now up to me to stay very disciplined in order to keep making steady & consistent progress. So... I'm off to the track in a few minutes to log in a few laps, I did my workout in the community pool this morning, so this turtle, is back, with her slow & steady determined attitude.
Have a good evening one & all, & when next we speak I'll share some further details of our recent trip up to the Berkshires. Truly there's nothing quite like a mountain, to clear away the cob webs & any other clouded thoughts, for it's all timeless, & really quite beautiful to know what it is, we're intended to know, is just enough.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Here we are, my husband & I standing at the back entrance of the home of Emily Dickinson, in Amherst, Ma. We were up in the Berkshires this past weekend celebrating in the marriage of our dear friends', son & new daughter-in-law. It was an awesome event, of extended fam & friends, with blessings of health & happiness to Lindsey & Michael the bride & groom, which filled every heart & mind! The positive energy of the event on Saturday was so awesomely powerful, that we had the energy to find our way the very next day, to the home of our modest, yet great American poet, Emily.
I lift my arm
my shoulder too
at elbow's region's map
the arm extends a wrist it finds
a juncture too of fact
a thumb extends, and others reach
but not, to do it far
work within a body's speak
that's how one lifts this far
For aches and pains they come with time
from disproportioned use
and over, over, we do use
of this I know is truth
To use the body long and full
extend it through a life
does take good care, and pauses too
to balance out the strife
And here we meet again, same day, not time, for an additional posting of the-
Poetry A Muse In Motion, project.
On Archeology, Perhaps-
My best education
has always been
teachers of a life,
of a billion stars,
of sand, and soil
a burning touch
but never that,
for dust though jarred
This completes a posting, in the Poetry a Muse In Motion, project.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Chaos, truly a natural occurrence, & have never known it, to not.....
When in early May of this year, I took that brief, yet definitive tumble from a mere two wheeler, my small life, temporarily put into, chaos, yet chaos is with us always, & has been, from the very start....
Bang, so very big, just a theory of course, but doesn't it make sense.... A meteor, a galaxy or two, three... billions... an iceage, a timeless notion of timelessness. For it has all existed before us, & will after, therefore, chaos when we embrace her, she is our friend, for from it, some of our most profound challenges, yet far reaching solutions, have come from having experienced being carried by her winds,
As I had expressed my bike fall from early on in May, though most tramatic & chaotic at the time, as only naturally so, forced me to be reminded, of oh so very much, distilling down to one's own mortality, & the not so gentle reminder of the fagilelness of a single human life, even when it is our own, it does bring very close to the forefrount of one's mind, just how wonderful & marvelous it is to posesses even though our time on this earth is very short & temporary, the ability to experience it all, even when the winds & their force, can make one feel, so very much alone.
I am most blessed & please to say, my healing continues in body, mind & spirit-
To say we danced the night away, atop a mountain's wedding cake, a celebration,
dear friends so,
& near our hearts
7/26/11 at 12:56AM, after some extended thought I realised that the above four lines is a poem, & is therefore to be included amongst the leaves of the Poetry A Muse In Motion project, for still sometimes it takes me by surprise, this muse that dwells within. It must be, because only yesterday we walked amongst the rooms of Dear Emily's once home,
our sister kin.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Our very first Peace Potato Peep standing with pride & joy next to the carved mini Redwood Tree, brought home last summer & made by an artisan who lives up near the Redwood Forest. A variety of new characters are most definitely in the works, for a stitch in time, is always the way...
Peace Potato Peeps
"spuds that speak...."
Of which my husband said-
You know the topic
You know the spiel
Have a potato
Compost the peel
Chat if you feel it
Sit and relax
My garden's your garden
chitty, chit, chat
Weeds too have flowers
Children sing songs
Your world is my world
Love is for all
And so completes this second string of lines, in the ongoing; his/her story, of a most silly, & ridiculous family & their friends, of a well meaning group of recycled fabrics, & now that I finally have a working sewing machine, before too long, we should have an increased harvest of additional characters, perhaps with more rhymes too!
If you'd like to find out more in regards to the evolutionary process of the Peace Potato Peeps just click onto some of their previous episodes-
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Above are just a few new characters in the Peace Potato family,
& the hand position shown, is for the start of this old traditional potato game...
Peace Potato Peeps
"spuds that speak..."
Of which my husband said,
*originally played on a Bronx stoop, & sung to the traditional tune of
cease to be for war
spuds are here for you!
eleven potatoes, more
my potatoes, your potatoes
peace is for us all...
"My oh my, cool potatoes"!
Yes, "it's hokey", but there's a sweet potato in there for you too!
If you'd like to find out more, as to how this whole project began just click onto the episode below which will more fully explain the story-
Yesterday morning, between 8:30-9:00 because we're empty nester's now, most of our visitors call before coming over, so to have a white mid-sized sedan pull up our driveway, as I was standing at my favorite window, peering out onto our weedy, yet beautiful summer garden what should I see, but four people who we do not know, determined to pay us an early visit. "Oh my goodness, I think we are going to be called upon by the uninvited religious group that we all know, yet don't really know, who come to our homes unannounced & unexpected, & often at the most inopportune times. Oh my!"
We are of course first in line for religious tolerance, & respect for differences, but also I must add, I am ultimately for human kindness, decency & the right to privacy, so no matter an individuals religious preferences if one is requesting a dialogue, call, write, or email first, but in my mind the best way to inform others of something so personal as one's religious beliefs & affiliations; present news releases, workshops, videos, interfaith invites, & tv programing, just to name a few, but to appear on an individuals doorway, unannounced, to discuss such an important topic this way, in my mind, does not create the respectful bridges of communication many of us yearn for.
So, in conclusion, I will say, this topic will be continued to be pondered, for every religion has it's very own beliefs & customs, as the fine line always shifts, in time's, sands.
The opening photograph is the artistic expression of Dr. Gary Greenberg & his "Tiny Grains of Sand Magnified 250 times", from a site in Australia of who's link our eldest son Tyler helped connect me with. Thank you Tyler,is awesome! Gary Greenberg's photography can be found at--
Of which I hope you visit, as his photos are truly awesome. Thank you, Gary Greenberg !
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Have been continuing with The Faith Club by, Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver & Pricilla Warner. And though it is a page turner, it is a slow & steady one for me, as there are so many sensitive hot trigger issues, that so push my buttons too, that I've been finding that putting the book down periodically, taking a pause-full stroll, really gets me through, & there I am once again back in my favorite reading corner of our abode.
I'll keep you posted of course, as we do plan on this book being the opening one for our community's Interfaith Group's sponsored Book Discussions, which our dear member Pam has set up with our local library, here in Putnam, Ct. The book group will meet in October this fall, & we're looking forward to meeting some new additional folks from our community, who I am sure will add much, to this interesting & enlightening subject.
Happy Summer Reading, One & All!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The photo at the top sets the tone of summertime in these here hills.
The shadow of my smile & such had just completed five laps around our favorite track. I'm making good progress as I'm relearning to be patient with myself, & that progress in all things is always, one step at a time...
The first book of my summer reading...
With a new one just begun...
Last week, I completed reading three novellas by Leo Tolstoy- A Landowner's Morning, The Devil, & the last of this trilogy being, Family Happiness. My son Mike had given me this book for a Christmas gift, as he knows how Tolstoy is my one true literary love.
These novellas were of course deep reaching in thought, for there is always a rich inner dialogue going on in the thought process of his characters, & the Russian environment of which he writes about is intricately detailed, where one really does see in their own mind, the actual time & place of where the event is happening. The earliest of these novellas goes back to 1856 in the original Russian, with the earliest translation to English in 1953. I am forever reassured when reading a Tolstoy piece, for there's no escape from the commonness of our humanity, no matter the person or situation, we are all one.
Next on my reading list is The Faith Club, by, Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, & Priscilla Warner. This book has been chosen by our Interfaith Group, for a book activity at our local library with the community at large. The Faith Club, is a collaborative work, by three woman- a Muslim, a Christian, & a Jew. I began reading it this afternoon, & have already found some of the narrative to be quite heartfelt & compelling, as it does bring forth an eminence sense of emotional connection once learning what one of the families have had to endure, & I am only on page 18 !
So as I work towards getting stronger & stronger in body mind & spirit, I am finding that there are continued challenges along the way, not only with the exercises that I have been doing in aquatic therapy, but also to once again allow myself the time to read, & to really delve in with each & every step & page, moving forward one new lesson at a time.