On their way

Mom and Dad just hit the road. They are on their way. They will be here for dinner! It will be another whirl wind visit, but I’m okay with that. It is far, far better than no visit at all.  Connecting up is easier now that they are in Arizona instead of Montana. That said, they are still too far away for my taste. But, until transporters are a reality and geographic miles are rendered meaningless, I will cheerfully and gratefully take each opportunity I…

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Unlikely Lavender Queen

TBT 10/12/08 – “I would have had a better attitude earlier.”

(Originally published 10/12/08) Every Sunday, I work with my friend Dana Roc to get her Monday edition ezine out.  This week, Dana interviewed Jeannie Ralston.  I don’t usually read what Dana has put together on Sunday because I am too busy getting it all the pieces of content put together in the ezine and updated to her website. But today, I had an unexpected window of time to read the ‘Inspiring People Interview’ – so I did. Jeannie Ralston wrote a book called The Unlikely…

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Thought they’d never come

About a month and a half ago, Natalie, the incredible Chickenblogger, gifted me with a thistle seed sack feeder.  She discovered the feeders and had been delighting in the gold finches that it attracted.  We filled it up with seeds and I took it home excited to entice finches to my own back patio space. I hung it and could hardly contain my anticipation. And then… NOTHING. And I mean, nothing. Days, followed by weeks, the bag hung there. Swaying as the wind moved, it…

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Dreams

The skies have grown overcast and the air damp. The marine layer has made its way up the hill to where we live. I like it when it does this. I like the cool breezes and the introspective and slightly melancholy mood it creates in me. I feel the call to self-nurture. That’s one element of living in the PNW that I always loved and do miss. I like the the feeling of wanting to curl up on a really comfy corner of a couch.…

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My Facebook Unplug

I deactivated my Facebook account. I’ll be honest. It felt strange. So strange, in fact, that my heart was beating a little faster as I did it. I didn’t expect that. Then, the deed was done. Now what’s ahead of me is to see what, if anything, will change in my life. I unplugged from Facebook because I wanted to facilitate diving deeper into my life… into my spirituality, creativity and, yes, productivity. I didn’t want to leave for all the typical reasons. I *LOVE*…

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Craving Constancy

Craving constancy Is wanting to believe a lie Because nothing stays the same At least, not for long Even then When my eyes are open I see the change eroding the edges The lack of constancy Especially in what I love most I want to make it wrong The change It twists and contorts My desires and expectations Please! I think That MUST be wrong And as I sit here and think I hear an offering Saying I have another way And please Listen and…

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Planet Mearth

Yesterday evening was quite fun. AZ was showing off some of her finery and parlor tricks. She started with dramatic skies, clouds and gorgeous evening light . All week we have had blazing heat and pale blue skies without a single wisp of a cloud. Then, in the early evening, it changed. Massive, gorgeous clouds filled horizon to horizon. How could we resist?  We couldn’t! Three generations and three photographers were, irresistibly pulled… cameras in hand. As we stood in the middle of the neighborhood…

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A good adventure

I shouldn’t be up but instead I’m sitting in the living room while my parents sleep in their bedroom and Amira in hers and mine. We are half way through our first visit with my parents in their new home here in Mesa, Arizona. What a surreal place this is for someone who has never experienced it before.  I feel like I’m on the set of a avant-garde, super independent art film. The feeling is enhanced by the fact that probably 85% of the people…

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Throwback Thursday – Because I trust myself

Sharing for Throwback Thursday – written 7/14/11 Title: Written for me, because I trust myself. Do you trust yourself? I was raised not to. Being raised in a brand of the Christian church, what I was taught was I am always suspect. And not just suspect, but guilty. Themes that were branded into my mind and soul included: I’m not safe. I am my enemy. I cannot count on myself. I can’t trust myself. I am not good. I am fundamentally fucked. (Forgive the language,…

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Volunteering time – packing meals

Something that Paul and I have wanted to do, for a while now, made itself available to us. We want to spend time, as a family, volunteering. Paul’s work sponsored an event where employees and their families could sign up for 1-2 hour work shifts and help package meals for hungry children and families. Perfect! I love when synergies like this happen! It’s no accident! I guess I didn’t sleep well last night because my stomach had that slightly sick feeling when the alarm sounded.…

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