The Other Woman

My son has a new girl in his life.

Ever since he moved in with his dad full-time and started College, my man-child has been slowly transforming into this better dressed, more well-groomed young man than he had been in his Senior year of high school (really at any time during his high school years; he really seemed not to care one iota).

At first I thought, “Aha! A female influence different from mom is suddenly starting to show up on his radar.” But, as it turns out, it’s a female influence of an utterly different sort. And it is so WONDERFUL!

 

Everyone, meet Bonnie…

 

My son found her at the Animal Rescue. Just 4 months old, she had been found wandering around with another puppy that the folks at the shelter named Clyde (as in Bonnie and Clyde). She’s a dachshund mix, they think; all nine pounds of her.

She’s living up to her namesake, as she’s quite the shoe thief. And a toy thief too. His cousin’s dog is living with them (along with his cousin who is attending grad school in the area) and she is fond of taking all his doggie toys and piling them under the dining table (evidently with all of the shoes).

He’s madly in love. So am I.

 

 

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One of my all time favorite poems…

GYA today

October is national poetry month in Great Britain. Other countries celebrate in different months. Let’s share this one throughout the world with a whimsical poem from an American poet who lost his life in France during World War I.

Join me, please, in celebrating harmony …in poets, people, and countries.

Enjoy!

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Me, Me, Me

My LIFE is a puzzle…

…as I fondle the pieces, I find some that have dazzling shapes and make me say, “OoooH, shiny!”

Others are dark and jagged, broken window panes in a vacant old house.

Still others are bland and formless of countless years spent adrift and floundering.

One odd shape sits to the side yet to find its perfect fit.

What a mottled picture of me; out of focus like an impressionist painting in a gilded but aging frame.

I’ve had incredible encounters with people that have been this exquisite fuel seeking to ignite the glowing embers inside of me. Some have sputtered. Others have sparked a blazing inferno of passion and creativity nearly burning me up… 

…but everything cools like molten lava, a hard crust atop a fiery river flow.

 

My HEART, my heart is a mosaic of bits of broken, colored glass; rough and polished stones;shimmery bits of fancy paper; and WORDS, lots of words held together not by a solder of blackened lead nor heavy gray mortar, but by a fine silk thread from a carpet baggers satchel of dreams…

My SOUL is a grain of sand that became a pearl in my grandmother’s necklace that is the bracelet encircling my wrist, binding me to my past, anchoring me to my present, the fortune of my future…

You Belong

Be who you are

Show up as your authentic self

We get you

Your story is as unique as ours

But you are us and we are you

The same ripple in the pond

We are your tribe

Absent the energy you emit, we’d vibrate differently

We have neither expectations nor demands

Just the same excellence you want for yourself

All that you are willing to give

Falter and we’ll lend the hand you offered

Reciprocal inspiration

You belong…

 

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Mystified Beauty

Mythbroakia, a beautiful, fictional other world where myths are unfolded and broken in the most evocative prose and poetry. The extraordinarily talented and industrious Amyth Banerjee is its founder and he has so eloquently chosen me to receive the Beautiful Blogger award, which I humbly and graciously accept. It was a stunning surprise, as my universe has been spinning wildly of late and I’ve not devoted enough time to my blog as my heart would desire…

So, in accepting this award it is my honor to bestow it upon the following seven bloggers, in no particular order, whom I feel have shone their own beauty in this amazing blogosphere:

George Ellington of Toros fame. His exquisite poetry and devotion to his true love, his roots, and his family are utterly inspiring and beautiful.

Madu who pens The Urge to Wander. She shares the most beautiful glimpses of her world travels through gorgeous photography and nuggets of amazing history to accompany her pictorial blog that you likely never read in a history book.

Marcus from Alarmingman. I’m newly acquainted with his blog, but I find his world of Haiku one the most beautiful ways of interpreting the world and as he says, “Often it’s like living inside a Zen parable – somehow the solution to an inscrutable conundrum must be found.”

Subhan Zein who in his own words, “I sculpt the light and slap the thunder. I cuddle the moon and kiss the sun. I am not a prophet who performs miracles. I’m just a man who’s learning to write fiction and poetry”, and he does so in the most elegant and gracious way. Beautiful!

David at http://timeforarethink.net/ who has been chronicling his pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago as “Spanish Stroll”, with beautiful humor and lush photography all for a good cause, Rethink Mental Illness. A beautiful soul!

Kim at http://caffeinatedbydesign.com/ whose passion for coffee and gorgeous graphic design is beautiful!

Paul Mark Sutherland, whose blog GYA Today is a beautiful “daily dose of positivity, empathy, compassion, and abundance.”

Now, beautiful bloggers carry forth and nominate your own beautiful bloggers (7 or any number you see fit)…and again my humble gratitude for Amyth and Mythbroakia!