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.


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

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

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

  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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