weaving hands and stillness

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there was a road trip.  with the kids.  we three, visiting friends and family.
food and conversation and kids painting pottery and making movies and swimming.
there was familiarity.  and fun.

and now we are home.
and there is bread baking in the oven, which you know always soothes me.
there is familiarity.  and ease.

my life isn’t perfect.  i face challenges, like you.
but i know my life is really good.
i know it’s full in so many ways.

there are squabbles and bills to pay and hard questions to ask.
but there are also lunches with freshly baked bread and grapes and asiago cheese.
there are memories of cousins and friends and grandparents, aunts, uncles.

and there are car rides with windows wide open, the fresh air of back roads close to home.
there is my daughter leaning her head out the window, eyes closed to the wind, smiling.
her hand and her brother’s hand out respective windows, weaving in the wind.

this week, that week.  last week, next week.
all filled with moments and memories.  with life.
i want to live with my hand weaving in the wind out my window.

i want to soar with the wind.
because in that soaring
i think i find stillness.

 

always a little love, m

 

 

:: consider this ::

a little inspirational image + quote for you, followed by a prompt.  to simply read.  to explore with words or paint.  to capture in a photograph of your own. to consider while you walk or sip or breathe.  take it.  allow it to seep into your consciousness.  go, dearest…

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now consider this:  **are you growing love?**

 

sending a little love your way, m

 

 

the sedum

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the autumn sedum outside my window
green buds begin
soon to turn a dusty
rusty
pink
and i watch them with pleasure
as they plump and assert themselves
observe their rhythm
season after season and
i consider how
alike we are
the sedum and me
the sedum and you
cycling and plumping
though dreams and cadence
turning dusty
rusty
and pink

 

sending a little love your way, m

 

 

:: noticing the moments :: august style

this month, i’m playing along with two lovelies, susannah conway and tammy lee bradley. both have set up photo challenges for the month of august. freedom and play, no rules really. just creative connection with others, and oneself.  you can read about susannah’s august break here and tammy’s life in black and white here.  join me??

 

taking some time to reflect upon my week…

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:: this window…as i climb the stairs…the trees, the sky

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:: these two + me…my days and some nights…everything

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:: even this…the familiar and constant rhythm…the privilege of this not lost on me

 

i hope your week was full of good things.  and if your week was full of lousy things, i hope the shift is coming soon.

sending a little love your way, m

 

 

 

 

me and my senses…right now

 

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right now i see…
fog hanging over our yard
the beginning buds of our autumn sedum
a tennis ball lying in the middle of the patio

right now i hear…
morning quiet
the shuffling of my son just waking
the jingle of our pup’s collar as she walks to the back door

right now i touch…
a felted heart which rests on my desk…a treasured gift
the smooth keys of my laptop
the coolness of the morning through my cracked window

right now i smell…
a perfectly ripe banana
the peppermint tea which steams before me
the freshness of an august morning

right now i taste…
that perfectly ripe banana
tiny sips of peppermint tea, hot and comforting
a hint of what the day holds…and i think i like it

this is my right now.  and you?

sending a little love your way, m