Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

word origin calendar

our word of the day brought to you by friends who sent me a 2019 word origin calendar for the holidays.  today's word is sriracha (otherwise known as the wonderfully addictive hot sauce in my pantry).

this hot pepper sauce, bright red and spicy, takes its name from the Thai city Si Racha, famed for its seafood.  the sauce was first developed as an accompaniment for shellfish.  the city's name, in turn, is taken from that of a sanskrit text honoring an ancient lord, or si; Thai lacks the "sr" consonantal union, which accounts for the alternate spelling.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

bob, the bobble head

we interrupt the serious and otherwise philosophical resolutions of the new year with this blurb of shallowness...

it's been a long time since i received or enjoyed a toy more! i didn't even know they made bob ross bobble heads!?

when you press the button, his real voice gives you a different art encouragement.

what could be better...ok, maybe a lot of things, but it's always good to laugh!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

tikkun olam

i wanted this to be the first piece signed 2019.

Tikkun Olam in Hebrew means "healing the world" in terms of being present, one moment and person at a time.

Monday, December 31, 2018

a winter prayer

Spirit, grant me the strength
to rise and relight my torch
that i may build something new

grant me the insight
to understand and undergo
my transforming
ever-broadening edges

grant me the peace to love
the unfinished parts within

grant me the wisdom
that comes with always

--joran oppelt

welcome morning

so while i think of it,
let me paint a thank-you on my
palm for this God, this laughter
of the morning, lest it
go unspoken
the joy that isn't shared,
i've  heard, dies young

--anne sexton

Saturday, December 29, 2018

a glorious freedom

one of my favorite holiday gifts is the book "a glorious freedom: older women living extraordinary lives" by lisa congdon.  i immediately read it cover to cover.

because, of all years, i love this one. being 44 feels like coming home in the best sense of the word and from the inside out.

i am drawn to those who take action when it would be easier to complain, who are honest and yet positive, people who are willing to try new things; let life break them open instead of apart.

sure, my hair has some platinum by nature streaks and laugh lines crinkle around my eyes--but they're from laughing; why would i want to cover them up?!

i'm proud of the work of discerning spaces between mystery and intention; the power that comes with letting go of what we can't control and going for it where we can.

my body is happy to be swimming again. my spirit is grateful i gave church a second chance. my soul loved learning in foster parent classes even though i don't know what's next.

i get to create warm and friendly experiences with seasonal shifts at a local winery, making people smile so their laugh lines can grow to crinkle up around their eyes, too.

i love all of my kids, from school students to neighbors and everyone in between.  i was challenged to receive in new ways when beloved friends held a "just because" shower for me.  i tried a dating site even though they're not my style. the first "gather.nourish.make" art retreat brought creativity and connection in our community.

and, as we come upon another year, i've enjoyed charting the lives of others and giving thanks for those who: got jobs, beat cancer, persevered in transitions, cared well for their parents and children, traveled, had healthy babies, published books (word babies), and celebrated milestone birthdays and anniversaries. i am proud of you!

let it be said that i am equally proud of those who lost jobs, had to move when it wasn't their idea, lived well with chronic pain, healed from the unexpected, and faced disappointments big and small. because winning is easy, but when life is rough real character has a chance to shine.

as we grow, what are you most proud  of?  who inspires you to want to become even more wonderfully radical with age no matter what life brings your way?