30 November 2007
the quieted world...a time to ponder in the silence. the closeness of winter...a sense of drawing in, of homing~~ lighting candles & fires...the softest of light. the very last day of november...i would know this by the thin sunlight & its slanteven if i had no calendar. today we are cleaning our home in a very thorough manner to make room for the empty manger...advent wreath...and more candles. tonight we will light the strings of lights that will lessen the deepening dark of tomorrow's december.the last day of november also marks the end of NaBloPoMo & NaNoWriMo. i am giving a special shout-out to 2 she who blogs members who met the 50,000 word mark this month while working on their novels...
and with this post, i come to the end of my own 30 days~ a post a day for this whole month! what a wonderful, creative experience it has been...i have been grateful for every single moment~~ working on my own posts & reading posts of others.
tomorrow, for the beginning of advent, please be sure to visit britt-arnhild's celebration. for those of you celebrating advent...may it be a peaceful time of renewal.
29 November 2007
28 November 2007
30 days of thanks...for sweet things found on wonderful blogs!!
27 November 2007
Dómine,et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace.
26 November 2007
hanging on in their jeweled perfection...
30 days of thanks...for the short burst of "indian summer" at the end of november. for comfortably warm days & cool fireside nights. for the nudge of anticipation i am feeling as we edge toward december. & for the celebrations of the season on the horizon!
25 November 2007
"does anyone want to travel in eastern europe?"
"what!! i'd love to go to 'not italy'!"
gulp. do you think i may be a bit overzealous about the bel paese?? (is that even possible?)
30 days of thanks...for brevity & levity...for a family filled with humor. for possibilities. for dreams & wishes. for a sense of adventure. for chances to see the world
24 November 2007
30 days of gratitude...for comfort in the sorrow. when my parents passed away, we lived in a new place far from them. one death was expected; the other a total shock only 11 days later. 2 funerals in 7 days. no matter how hard i try each year , i cannot dodge the memories of these days...even if i did not know the calendar, i would know by the slant of light & the rhythms of life. in the midst of this time, i was certainly moving forward in the current of "what must be done"...but my heart was wrapped in a protective layer of shock.
it was in this time that love had so many faces in my life...friends who cared not one whit for the charges on their cell phone bills~ they called often & talked as long as i needed. friends who dropped everything & came. friends who told other friends who told other friends & for the prayers of them all~ i could feel them every waking moment. new friends who were far away were no longer new friends...on our return home just days before Christmas after nearly a month away they had filled the frig & decorated the entire house & made sure we did not celebrate Christmas alone. friends who took the children out for fun (they really needed that) when i needed some down time. friends who recognized my slobbery, weeping voice when i called but could not speak for a bit. for Father F. who listened to my sorrowing struggles & gently helped with the funerals...as did B., a family friend & our funeral director~~a man so very kind & so very gifted in his work~ he is just what a grieving family needs. D.'s parents, who had the children nearly the entire month surrounding the illness, hospitals & funeral planning. D.~~ who was a circle of love around me the entire time protecting me from so many things, never considering himself through it all.
& i have a deep, deep gratitude for my faith...somewhere, at the core of it all, in the worst days, i could feel the love of God wrapped around me like the most comfortable quilt. i can't explain. i don't even care to.
23 November 2007
22 November 2007
may you all have great joy in counting your blessings!
21 November 2007
20 November 2007
the light was perfect...an admiring public...Xris with our favorite work of the evening ("Faith"...oil on canvas)...his inspiration...actual view from the 4th...also from the 4th...model for "closedown"...& Xris - we've got your back. literally..."last dance" & "prayers for rain" by spinning fire light...room with a view...
fire theatrics...amazing!...thank you Xris, Johnnie, Bobby (videographer) & Seraphire Productions (fire theatrics!) for a fabulous evening!
please respect the artist & his exceptional work...do not use his images without permission. please click on the link (his name above) & contact him directly if you have any questions.
all artwork in this post is Xris's; all photos are mine.
30 days of thanks...
for those who live their gifts, sharing the beauty with those around them...
19 November 2007
the solitary leaf, the very last from the tree, fell without a sound in late november's heavy twilight. surrounded by shades of grey & brown, in the somber quiet, i wondered why we had come. is it to mourn those who passed more than a century ago, those we never knew? is it to pray for the healing of a national wound that still pains us?
when we are at peace as a people, death comes in many places, mostly solitary, sporadic. but when we are at war, when there is a great battle, death comes with much fierceness. the solitary, sporadic deaths of our ordinary lives create rippled voids as life's energy leaves our dimension. the mass deaths in war, so many at one time, in one place leave a great vacuum in there ~ a huge void that we, in later times, struggle to smooth & soothe.
it takes many of us, over time, to restore the gentle balance & heal ~ we come to stand in that place, imagining...bringing our energy to the vacuum...asking, "why?"...praying, "never again."
30 days of thanks...remembering those who have died for freedom's sake...with much gratitude.