Saturday, January 30, 2010

Welcome, Elizabeth!

Kathy, I hope you and Elizabeth become the best of friends. I'm looking forward to seeing more photos of your newly-created happy duo. Best wishes for furry hugs....

If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. ~ Barbara L. Diamond

Friday, January 29, 2010

PhotoHunt: Spotted

It's a view of Boston from the Charles River on a rainy day! Taken from a Duck Tour Boat floating along with the more typical sailboats on the muddy river!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


questions to ask a mirror
whatever you ask a mirror
it will ask back

if you ask it
what will you give me
it will ask you
what will you give me

if you ask it what is love
it will turn into a telescope
& point at you

if you ask it what is hate
it will do the same thing

if you ask it what is truth
it will break in nine pieces

if you ask it what is beauty
it will cast no reflection

if you ask it to show you the world
it will show you the eye of your mother. ~ Toi Derricotte, The Mirror Poems

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Today at noon in Boston the sun was shining and it was a gloriously unseasonable 48 -- with snow showers. A meteorological event!
Photo taken on the Italian Riviera

Saturday, January 23, 2010

PhotoHunt: Balanced

I took this photo in Cinque Terre. The fisherman was trying to get the fish balanced to weight it appropriately. I just happened upon this as I was traversing the 5 towns. What a gorgeous piece of heaven in Italy, Cinque Terre.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Graditude Friday: Dance

I couldn't pass this one up:
"Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain. " - unknown

Thursday, January 21, 2010

To drive or not to drive ..

in Italy? Need your recommendations and suggestions. I've been to Italy over 6 times and never drove myself (interestingly)! I am one for 'public' transportation in foreign countries. However, this September, I am taking Ty for his first time to Italy and decided to do a B&B in a friend's Italian home-away-from-home, Paciano, in Umbria near the Tuscan border. Hence, the need for a car to visit the small towns and get to the train to Florence and/or Rome.

I know of the Italian propensity for driving fast and dangerously close. I have been told by others who have driven in Italy that being from Boston helps - notoriously discourteous and not law-abiding drivers - and to not look in the rear view mirror while driving. I guess my main concern is what happens if there's a car accident?

The other caveat is that I don't speak nor understand Italian (with the exception of a few curses and greetings). I could keep a translator handy but I am wondering how much of a problem this might be for conversing in smaller cities/towns.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

PhotoHunt: Jiggly

I did have a hard time coming up with a suitable photo. But, in a broad sense, the reflections of these boats in Cannes harbor are 'jiggly' == OK, I know this is pushing the definition a bit!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gratitude Friday: Partners in Health

There are many organizations helping the devastation in Haiti. I'll join my voice with a great organization who has always been at the forefront of medically helping those in crisis. My prayers are with you all in Haiti.

They are seeking medical professional volunteers as well as money for medical supplies.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

There is no beginning, there is no end.

A circle is one of the simplest forms imaginable. Enso is a Japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with Zen, a sacred symbol. The Buddhist symbol called an enso and is therefore symbolic of community, non-duality, enlightenment and the circle of shared existence. Similar to their philosophy of “tracing that path with your life, starting and finishing wherever you are, lifting off into boundlessness, open, closed, thick, thin, solid, spacious. Neither defiled nor immaculate, neither increasing nor decreasing. It is not perfect or imperfect. It is always complete.” So too is the shape of the circle.

An enso is drawn in one stroke, starting somewhere on a surface and ending wherever it does. It is a path you trace that starts wherever you want it to and ends where you lift off into the air. According to Buddhist tradition, only a person who is mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true ensō.
Some artists paint ensō with an opening in the circle, while others complete the circle. For the former, the opening may express various ideas, for example that the ensō is not separate, but is part of something greater, or that imperfection is an essential and inherent aspect of existence. Enzos can represent the moon, universe, a mirror, sweet cake or wheel. A frequent Zen saying associated with the enzo paintings: "Don't let others fill your head with theories about Zen; discover the meaning for yourself!"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Doldrums

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus

Monday, January 11, 2010

Quote: For a sustainable me

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. ~ Rachel Carlson
Photo Courtesy of Anne Geddes

Sunday, January 10, 2010

PhotoHunt: Bulky

Oops. Dropped the ball on this one! Bulky as in winter clothes! This cherub's photo was taken in DC, but here on the East Coast we have been wearing bulky winter clothes for the past two weeks to keep us warm!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gratitude Friday: Sisters

There's a special bond among or between sisters. In my case, I am blessed to have two familial sisters. Oh, there is a brother too - but he was always considered the 'chosen one' by all of us! Only kidding - not! We still give him a hard time even as an older man.

My sisters have steered me through conflict, held me in sickness, accompanied me in travels, and assisted me with moves. They have been the providers of many laughs, smiles, tears, jokes, insults and advice. Sometimes words aren't even spoken but each knows what the other is thinking. Each is unique to herself in style and personality. It amazes me sometimes that we grew up in the same family.

I shared a room with one sister, in my 'young' days, who had a habit of rearranging the furniture in our room each week - much to my disapproval. To show my disapproval, I would pack a bag and say in disgust that I was leaving this family; as I got older I just moved to another room. Each time, my other sister would be there with the bag willing to assist me in packing or to move me into the other room. Thoughtful - maybe. Revengeful - maybe. Gotta love them with all their warts and halos.

Special props to my blogging sistas too!

Quote: on gratitude

The Place I Want to Get Back to

is where
in the pinewoods
in the moments between
the darkness

and first light
two deer
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me

they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let’s see who she is
and why she is sitting

on the ground, like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but anyway, harmless;

and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way

I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward
and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can’t be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named

~Mary Oliver

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays: Warm Weather

This morning it was 33 in Boston AND Gainesville FL - go figure! This is what I am dreaming of ....
Photo courtesy of someone else~

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Being mindful of the importance of friendship and my inner need to promote peace in this world which seems sometimes to thrive on just the opposite, I wanted to share with you a piece done by one of my best friends, recently ordained, cancer-thriver (can't use the word 'survivor' when describing her relationship with Stage 4 cancer).

Friday, January 1, 2010

PhotoHunt: Lick

London Lollies - from Harrod's. Their food court is a gastronomic delight. I may have used the other photo before, but this little girl looks like she is enjoying the cone on a hot Boston day at Southie's Castle Island. Happy New Year to all my blogging friends!