Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
“Wherever our attention is, that is where we are. Our attention, our awareness, breathes life into that which it rests upon. Place your attention on something, and it grows in your life. Take your attention away from something, and it fades away....Work, money, worry, shopping, exercise, lip balm, Twinkies - the list is endless. None of these items have power in themselves; their power is derived from the power of our attention.”
~ from Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Birthing a baby has nothing to do
with the Titanic except you’re as large
as a luxury liner, there’s no air because
the baby’s feet are up to your neck.
Your knees feel weak, that sinking feeling,
water breaks down your legs,
things begin to drop and slide,
like a boat listing to one side.
Tables and glasses come crashing to the floor,
linens all wet and messy with red wine.
And dying has nothing to do with flying,
except, well, there’s that lift-off, the moment
when the wing flaps flatten and the wheels pull in. The plane is racing down the runway, you’re braced, head pressed into the seat, you’re holding your breath, maybe praying, who the hell knows. There’s that funny feeling in your stomach. You close your eyes. Next thing you know, you’re up in the air.
~ Betsy Jackson/2004
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Today we hosted a baby shower for Aubrey, a dear friend to my daughter, Jesse. The day started early; coffee on, quiches in the oven, tie balloons to chairs, pull out Mom's good china, load table down with baked goods. Bagel, anyone?
Jesse did an incredible job pulling this thing off. Her organizational skills are so finely tuned, occasionally I wonder if she's really my kid. But I remember pushing her out, August 2, 1981.
Claire was the scribe, writing down all the gifts and names of the gift-givers.Three whole pages, Mom! She was loopy by the end. Baby showers will do that.
After dinner, Claire confessed to having felt some discomfort being surrounded by so many women at the shower. "It felt like school, she said, "so many people crowding around, talking about stress, husbands, the china." Is that what they talk about in 4th grade? When Michael said, "They were talking about the plight of China?" we cut ourselves off from sucking helium and singing Wizard of Oz songs. We represent the lollipop kids, the lollipop kids...
Earlier in the day, I peeked at this note Claire had written to Aubrey. It struck me as the best advice any new mother-to-be could hope for...
You are going to be a great Mom! I just know it. And remember, you’re the one passing a full human being through your body so don’t be afraid to relax.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
We cannot change the world by a new plan,
project, or idea. We cannot even change
other people by our convictions, stories,
advice and proposals, but we can offer a
space where people are encouraged to
disarm themselves, lay aside their
occupations and preoccupations and listen
with attention and care to the voices
speaking in their own center.
- Henri Nouwen
Peace and blessings on this chilly Friday night.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Walk around feeling like a leaf.
Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.
..from The Art of Disappearing
[a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye]