Friday, January 30, 2009
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
...read the rest here.
Good friends of mine brought dinner for the family last night. Tucked in with the fragrent, delicious food was this poem. Life is good!
Read more poetry on this lovely Friday in the roundup over at Suzanne's Adventures in Daily Living.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
44 Words on Inauguration Day 2009
Mookie got back
from the police station
& told us the woman said
“I just know they were black
and there was a lot of them.”
The patrol car picked up
the first black men they saw.
Mookie didn't live to see this day.
Mookie is a friend of mine who died ten years ago. I used to live across the street from him. He was kind, smart, wise, responsible and funny. I hope one of his jobs in heaven is to look after me and my boys. I hope he & a host of angels are looking after the Obamas. I am full of joy and thanksgiving for this day but I am also sober in reflecting on the price we have paid to get here.
Over at the Peapods blog there is going to be a round up of inauguration posts. Write 44 words about what this day means to you & post a photo. If you want to join go let her know in the comments.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
... read the rest here.
I'm on a Rumi kick this month.
This one is my all time favorites. I'm facing some health challenges now and this poem is really inspiring me to "meet them at the door laughing".
I had a biopsy come back with a precancerous result last month and I am going to go into the hospital for surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 21. I have been rushing around trying to prepare my family and my job for my downtime so I haven't been blogging or Twittering as much lately. I'll probably continue to be blogging lite for a while but I'll be back to full strength eventually!
I've had so many friends offer help and encouragement I really want to say how much that means to me and how much I appreciate it. My family is close and they will be taking care of us along with so many friends that have offered help. I want to thank all my online friends as well for all the kind words and offers of support. You really make a difference and cheer me to the heart!
Friday Poetry is over at Karen Edmisten's blog. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
One week from today, on January 19th, Barack and I will join thousands of people all across the country for an extraordinary day of service.I recorded a short video to tell you more about this important effort. Please take a minute to watch it and sign up to host or attend a service event near you.
Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are committing to renew America together, one community at a time.Whatever service activity you organize or take part in -- cleaning up a park, giving blood, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or mentoring an at-risk youth -- you can help start this important journey. But this is about more than just a single day of service, it's the beginning of an ongoing commitment to your community.
Monday, January 19th, is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King taught us to live a life of service, and he led by example. He once said:
"If you want to be important -- wonderful. If you want to be recognized --
wonderful. If you want to be great -- wonderful. But, recognize that he who is
greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness."
Barack and I will be volunteering in Washington, D.C., our new home. I hope you'll join us by taking part in this national call to service in your community:http://www.USAservice.org/calltoservice
It will take ordinary citizens working together with a common purpose to get this country back on track. This national day of service is an important first step in our continuing commitment.
Now is the time to remind all Americans what ordinary people can accomplish when we stand together.
I'm there. Thanks for the invite!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Way back last December I got this fabulously exciting Butterfly Award for a wrung sponge from Jennifer Knoblock's Ink for Lit blog. I was really tickled and I wanted to put it up here right away but then I realized I'd have to chose ten other blogs to pass it on to and I couldn't make up my mind. So I put it on my To Do list and it got pushed down passed the holiday stuff. But I haven't forgotten it! I just was saving it for a rainy, miserable day when I don't have any good photos and I need cheering up. Isn't is the cutest?
Now to pass it on. Here are the rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Award up to 10 other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.
Many of you know I also have a photo blog where I post from my Project 365. I've been doing it now for over two years and I look forward to daily visiting all the other fabulous 365ers. I'm giving the award to these photo blogs I adore:
Spring Tree Road
Sherwood Island 365
Gina Marie 365
Gawdess's Viewfinder 365
A Likeness of Beauty
Sit back and enjoy some gorgeous, dramatic, funny, and clever photos from these bloggers!
Friday, January 09, 2009
This short, powerful poem by 13thc. Persian poet Rumi is running through my head over and over.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and
frightened. Don't open the door to the study...
read the rest here and listen to Unjay's performance of this and other Rumi poems here.
More Rumi poetry is here.
Go on over to Picture Book of the Day for the Friday Poetry round up. Enjoy!
"Let the beauty we love be what we do."
Thursday, January 08, 2009
The one thing I am wishing for on this site is a more diverse ethnic representation in the authors and books. I am not seeing much color on the book lists and I wonder why. There is an opportunity in the community ning to post one's own favorite book lists to share and I am working on making a list on my page there. I'm wondering how much influence members of the ning have over Patterson's lists? It will be interesting to watch how this relatively new social network community develops as folks join. How about you? What books would you recommend for a favorites list?
Sunday, January 04, 2009
awake in the quiet
empty streets before dawn -
breakfast without you
We rose at 4 the other day to take my oldest son to the train to the airport. He's going on a skiing vacation. My younger sons and I were back in the house and all wide awake before the sun rose. My little guys were amazed at how quiet and empty the streets are so early in the morning when the street lights are still flashing red.
We never eat breakfast with him but for some reason this morning we missed him more. How is the house emptier when he is thousands of miles away than when he is just at work or out with friends?
Friday, January 02, 2009
At the turning of the year I am in the mood for Rumi:
look at love
how it tangles
with the one fallen in love
look at spirit
how it fuses with earth
giving it new life
why are you so busy
with this or that or good or bad
pay attention to how things blend
...read more of the Life & Death poems here.The Friday Poetry roundup is over at A Year of Reading. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Ali is compiling lists of recommended books, including historical fiction, memoirs, short stories, YA, children's, and many other genres. Check out her blog and see if you can join this challenge. Even if you only add a few diverse titles to what you usually read it will be a rich and satisfying experience!
Terry over at Scrub a Dub Tub is doing a Mr. Linky round up of reading/literacy/blogging plans for the new year. Go check it out and add to it if you can!
I can not for the life of me remember where I posted my new year's resolutions last January. I know I had some. I think I put them in the comments to some one's blog. Was it yours?
The only one I remember is to get in the habit of using cloth shopping bags instead of plastic grocery bags. I've got a collection of big, strong bags in the trunk of my car and we use them 90% of the time. Good habit!
This year I am looking at some pretty serious health issues in January, so my resolutions are back to basics. I had a biopsy that came back with a bad report and I am going to have to have surgery this month. It will mean a very difficult winter for me and my family. In the best case I'll be back full strength by spring. In the worst case.... I'm counting my blessings.
I'm taking my resolutions from my source of deepest strength:
- Be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:5-8
- Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Philippians 4:4 (Bible search results in 124 citations, listed over five pages. Rejoice must be a strong theme, no?)
- Trust in the Lord Psalm 91:2-4
How about you? What are you resolved to do this year?