and the seasons, they go round and round


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Delight in the joys of the season.  I originally picked up this stamp for Christmas, but then I realized that it could relate to any time of the year.  Why not enjoy the falling leaves on a gauzy autumn morning or a warm summer dinner outside?  How about taking it further to certain stages in life... a new baby in the family, moving into a different neighborhood, rekindling a relationship, or turning another year older?  Something as simple as a quiet reading hour by the fire with my boys works for me.  Celebrate the seasons in your life now.



Monday, August 1, 2011

My sister picked up a case of these fresh young coconuts at a local Asian market.  This morning, my dad cracked open a couple of them.  Mom likes to drink the naturally sweet coconut water for a refreshing breakfast treat.  Best with a straw straight out of the shell!  My two sons think that it's fun to drink it this way.  Maybe it reminds them of a Tom and Jerry episode when they were stranded on a remote island.  Kids.  It's a wonderful island escape wherever you may be.  I can just hear the ocean tide and feel the sea spray against my cheeks.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Meditation Bell from Nepal (from a good friend)
I'm not always so serene
What with my aggressive tendencies and
these clueless drivers on the streets
, but

Writing in this space
My delicious escape to
This sanctuary
My little haven for
Grateful celebration

We inherently crave
A place like this
A portal, a
bell to commence


A moment of stillness
A time to breathe
To regroup with oneself
One's soul


a humble shelf


Monday, July 25, 2011

I found these little soaps sitting on a back corner shelf of Anthropologie over the weekend.  They were tucked away in tiny bowls, behind the pretty perfume bottles and sale racks, like shy little kindergartners hiding behind their moms on the first day of school.

Sometimes the greatest things aren't always front and center.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

When thinking of the word 'quiet' what comes to mind?  My 4 year-old (who's now 6) responded with, "What about milk, Mama?  Milk is quiet."  Just like that.  Simple.  Kids always know.  It's too bad that we sometimes forget as we get older.  We have too much clutter.  It's time to find room for solitude and reflection...

peeking into
the quiet corners
of our world
taking the time
to slow down
and pay attention
to our senses and
the ordinary things that go 
dust on the window ledge
cake crumbs on a white saucer
scuffed boots and crooked soles
we begin to see
while we rush
through our days

something's gained


Saturday, March 19, 2011

[moved this over from my seasons and graces blog, thanks for following along] 

When I was little, I used to think that the song from Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now,
was called Clouds (I think most of us did).  At one point, I thought it was actually called Clowns, maybe because of the "circus" reference.  

Anyway, the lyrics are so moving--the honesty of life.
How the clouds and sky change just as we do.

As kids, we never had to force ourselves to look up at the sky.
That was just something we did, wasn't it?

Hanging out with popsicles on a sticky summer day and gazing up at the clouds.

Or staring out at the looming dark cover, anticipating thunder and lightning.

We even believed we could summon the wind when we wanted to cool off.

The magic of imagination.

But as we grow older, we begin to forget about magic skies.
We have to remind ourselves to pause.

I'm humbled whenever I look at the sky.
How expansive it is;
remembering that others share the same limitless roof.

Realizing who and what are most important to us.
Gaining this perspective is good.
It is powerful beyond human limitations.

Back to Joni Mitchell, I especially like these words from the song... 

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say "I love you" right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds

I've looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange

They shake their heads, they say I've changed

Well something's lost, but something's gained

In living every day

I've looked at life from both sides now

From win and lose and still somehow

It's life's illusions I recall

I really don't know life at all

lyrics courtesy of

waiting for spring


Thursday, March 17, 2011

[moved this over from my seasons and graces blog, thanks for following along]

rounding out my thirties
I reflect on the past decade 
so many changes
some up
some down

events that have 
inspired me to 
lighten up
have patience
enrich my faith

events that have challenged
my views
my relationships
my ability to stay awake
to stay present

and through it all
I have learned

just let go and trust
don't give up

these such things have shaped me
and prepared me
for the next decade to come

I am ready
I think

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