Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday Sky

thin clouds, half moon
middle of the day
tender grass, i lay

hair spread
eyes aimed high
i exhale, long sigh

lids close, seeing dreams
hearing chirps, children laugh
soul bathing, sun bath

teasing breeze, breath taken
buried deep, death whispers
ground bound, helpless drifter

i'm small, i'm afloat
too big, too often
freedom opens, in blossom

complete surrender,
passers by suspect i've escaped
the jacket that keeps me straight

i am

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Stealing A Valentine

My friend, Naughty, inspires me. Her nickname I use for her here suggests something different that what I'm about to type.  You see, she's the fiercest lover I know.  And by lover, I mean, a person who strives to love in a multitude of ways. She's keenly aware of her shortcomings and failures and works to overcome them, not let them limit her, not let them jade her love for people (and animals).

A few years ago, on My Space, she picked *me* as her Valentine and wrote some sweet words about me. I was blown away and deeply, infinitely humbled.  Her blog post revealed to me that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about love in the traditional sense of boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife.  Valentine's Day is yet another opportunity to tell someone -- anyone -- you love him/her.  Her blog post inspired me to do the same.  Bottom line:  Valentine's Day isn't just about romance. It's about L~O~V~E!

Naughty posted these words of love wisdom and I am compelled to share them here (orginal credit to Robert Ciantar):

Listen without interrupting
Speak without accusing
Give without sparing
Pray without ceasing
Answer without arguing
Share without pretending
Enjoy without complaint
Trust without wavering
Forgive without punishing
Promise without forgetting

I have a LOT of growth left, and a lot of work to do!

Also, don't forget THIS!

And thank you, Naughty, for your devotion, friendship and being a fierce fighter of LOVE.

(P.S. New music on my player! "Love" ~ a cover of the John Lennon song as sung by Matt Sucich.)

Friday, February 10, 2012


All fresh and recovered from Mardi Gras? Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation yesterday? Did you remember to fast and abstain from meat? (Me neither!)

On to proper business:  my birthday post~game wrap~up. (Pardon the frilly ~; the dash/underscore key doesn't work on this laptop's keyboard anymore. I'm mourning the loss, but please treat me no differently than you would any other day....)

I turned 41.

My birthday was celebrated over the span of two weeks.  I was treated to lunches and happy hours prior to the actual day. Thank you to all of you! I'm spoiled. And humbled. And grateful!

My *actual* birthday was on a Friday this year.  I took the day off work and hung out with a friend most of the day.  Prior to that, though, I was awakened by My Lovely Family serving me breakfast in bed.  On the "You Are Special Today" red plate:

After a terrible battle with traffic on the way home, I feasted on sushi with My Mom, My Girls and My Husband. I was surprised My Mom joined us, and quite pleased about it!  She even tried the sushi, and enjoyed her non-sushi meal.  I was buzzing from the plum wine - a new favorite!

Sushi Parade
Later, we took our full bellies to the FroYo place and made ourselves utterly miserable! Birthday FroYo might have to become a new tradition. Avocado tart is the way to go, yo!

Thank you to all of you who celebrate me on my birthday (and all the days of my life).