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…

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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…

 

photo credit www.spiritweaves.com

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!

 

Be Inspired!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Life of a Minister Mom for nominating me for this award. It was happenstance that our paths crossed (not in the blogosphere) and it was that sort of meaningful coincidence that likely brought us here today!

Seven Things About Me:

  1. I love the outdoors and have camped in a cave, survivor style on an uninhabited island off the coast of Nyarit, Mexico.
  2. Even though I wouldn’t be where I am right now (which I am so grateful for), one thing I would change in my life if I could go back in time would be to have travelled more (sort of nomad style) before I had “settled down.”
  3. I was adopted.
  4. I am a twin.
  5. I’m closer to 50 than 40 but still get carded when I buy wine or beer (running is the fountain of youth).
  6. I’m passionate about healthy, gourmet cooking.
  7. I make at least one new friend every day (not on Facebook). Today it was Sunray.

My Nominations for the Very Inspiring Blog Award:

I started blogging because I was encouraged by someone else whom I met by chance; another synchronistic event. I’ve encountered so many interesting, uplifting and beautiful blogs and bloggers since then. Not all bloggers are fans of these sorts of awards and I appreciate your point of view if that is the case. But please know that I’ve been inspired, moved and transformed for our having crossed paths that I feel you deserved the honor. In no particular order:

  1. http://georgeellington.wordpress.com/
  2. http://realmanure.wordpress.com/
  3. http://runnature.wordpress.com/
  4. http://hurdlestohappiness.wordpress.com/
  5. http://theurgetowander.com/
  6. http://knowthesphere.wordpress.com/
  7. http://timeforarethink.net/
  8. http://2riversphotos.wordpress.com/
  9. http://wheresmybackpack.com/
  10. http://manifestationyoga.com/
  11. http://imeldaevans.wordpress.com/
  12. http://gyatoday.wordpress.com/
  13. http://gypsyroxylee.wordpress.com/
  14. http://antodesimone.wordpress.com/
  15. http://irunibreathe.wordpress.com/

Now for the RULES to follow when nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Upheaval

Change is good. It’s inevitable anyway. Life is full of transitions as we journey through one stage to the next and my latest transition to “empty nester” wasn’t the crashing, wrenching upheaval I thought it might be.  Continue reading

Stories from Childhood

My dad was a natural storyteller. He used to weave all sorts of yarns for us when we were kids. He did this to help us relate to the world around us and chronicle our childhood in a magical way.

As we got older, he put them to paper. I don’t think he fancied himself an author, but one of the greatest gifts he gave to me was this memory in published form when my own son was small.

While endeavoring to clean-up and out my son’s room preparing for his moving on to college, I unearthed this gem from my dad…

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