Moods

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I'm currently working on a photo project for St. Dames in Seattle and sorting through the right prints for my canvases.  It is such a release to work on creative projects even though my schedule is very busy.  I find that making time for art helps me relax.  I feel like I am doing something for myself after all of my responsibilities are taken care of.  Making room for writing and photography serves as a self-regulating system.  I wish to create a quiet space--a moment of grace to regroup and recharge.


I plan to start noting my daily five senses again.  I used to do this, but have let that fall by the wayside.  I am hoping it will help me stay mindful and present, as well as keep my stress levels down.  While I might not list all five senses each day, I will try to recall at least one of them.


So, for starters today...
Sight: The warm glow of soft lamps and Christmas lights (yes, we still have them up) in my sons' bedroom as I read Ramona Forever at bedtime.  I love this special moment with my boys.  It makes up for the challenges of the day.
Sound: The swish of my corduroy pants as I walked down the hallways reminded me of first grade in Catholic school.  My mom cut my sister's and my hair the day before our first day at St. Benedict's--we were new kids that year.  Everyone thought we were boys, and wearing the boys' uniforms didn't help matters.  We survived, though--and here I am today wearing a similar look.
Smell: My sense of smell is actually a bit off with this cold that I'm finally getting over.  I was, however, able to take relief in my morning cup of French Roast coffee.
Taste: The salt and tart mix of Ritz crackers and cherry jam for an afternoon snack.  So delicious.
Touch: My itchy arms from my wool coat.  The winter weather is doing a number on my dry skin.

4 comments:

  1. A beautiful post, Charmaine. I loved reading about your five senses and your photos are charming!

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    1. Hi Susannah! Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words. See you at SFS in April? I can't wait!

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  2. Your photo really draws good looking, what's this? light? Film? or the camera? I'm sorry ..

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  3. No problem, Valentina. It's my digital SLR. I currently shoot with a Canon 50D. I also shoot with my iPhone--love Instagram:) These above were with my Canon.

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