Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!


"Today, may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May  you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourselves and others. May you use these gifts that you have received and pass on the the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." Saint Terese of Liseaux

When we are aligned within ourselves, we can then joyfully and graciously attend to those and the world around us. I hope that Earth Day reminds your of the importance of caring for yourself, your neighbor and your world.  


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Weekend

May your heart's deepest longings burst out into the light and may you know that you are worthy, that you are loved and that you are perfect just the way you are in this moment and in the next...




Friday, April 18, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Low Tide Delights

Zip and I took advantage of the -3 foot tide this morning and enjoyed the Spit Beach, where we delighted in the sand, light, warmth and quiet calm.

When my soul seeks comfort
I wander the pebbled shores
Each wave welcomes me home
And I am filled by the sea.











 


Spring Migration - And so it Begins

Geese, ducks and swans are returning and woodland birds greet each morning with song. Our nighborhood has been blessed with a Great Gray Owl pair as well, calling late in to the night.

And so it begins, this resurrection of spring.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Poem A Day - Day 15 - Love and Anti-Love


Love

Tall trees
Reaching ever upward tilting forward
Shedding leaves like a winter jacket
Naked bare, then blooms bursting
Bend and creak
The lifting breeze sways you so
Nesting birds, crawling ants, a squirrel hides chattering chattering
Splendid form with roughened skin where bodies lean
Ancient roots and layers of years
Your life force calling
Calling out to me

Anti-Love

Raging fire
Scorches through the forest
Shaking canopy
Knocking large timbers to their knees
Exposed roots
Charcoal trunks
Leaving a desolate wasteland
Carpet of dark black soot carves a path through the distance
Timbers
Shrubs
Birch and pine
Needles splayed in dying embers
Ancient legacy of primeval story
Smoldering stillness envelopes the woods
Pause
Breath
Dripping sap
Sprouting green
Singing lark
Life force calling
Calling out to me


Camino de Santiago - Still Walking


Buen Camino: A Pilgrim's Journey is my exhibit of photographs from my time on the Camino de Santiago in the fall of 2011. This exhibit will be on display at the Homer Public Library for the months of April, May and June. 

Tonight, I'll give a talk and slideshow presentation during the opening reception. This will be the ninth presentation I've given in various States as well as in Canada on my 500 mile walk across Spain! I'm thrilled that there is such overwhelming response to this pilgrimage. 

There is a new documentary out on the Camino: http://caminodocumentary.org/. I haven't seen it, but it has received good reviews.  Of course, the movie The Way was and continues to be a big hit to pilgrims and the curious.

Two and a half years after my Camino, I'm still walking...













Monday, April 14, 2014

Poem A Day - Day 14 - If I Were...

If I were a pencil
I would rewrite pages in the journals
that line my bedroom wall.

If I were a painting
I would hang tilted on an angle
just a bit off to the side.

If I were a flower
I would throw my scent out in to the night
for insomniacs to smell.

If I were a tree
I would bend my branches through your window
and kiss you while you sleep.





Sunday, April 13, 2014

Write a Thon Writing - Fun & Productive!

Another fun write-a-thon has come and gone. Arriving in to Anchorage after a five hour drive, with just 15 minutes to spare, I found my seat and began to write.
 
During the four and a half hour writing frenzy, I was very productive, writing three poems and working on a prompt my friend Jackie suggested.  I also enjoyed interacting with other writers as well as the delicious food and drink that was provided - I am still coasting from the caffeine and sugar!

Thanks to everyone at 49 Writer's for hosting such a fun and lively event again this year. And thanks to everyone who sponsored my writing page, lending their support to 49 Writers, while cheering on my writing endeavors!












Poem A Day - Day 13 - Animal


As the sun rises, I lean in to the light
Ever-lengthening rays of spring
Grounding me gently, firmly
Planting roots in to warming soils
This heart reaching ever upward
A song of thanks, whispering caught on the wind
Carried beyond the horizon, beyond the clouds
Dancing, rising, soaring
Throat caught in the soft belly of my human animal
Upward into the ebb and flow of all that was, all that is, all that will ever be


Missing Henry

Henry passed away one year ago today. He is loved, missed and thought of often...




Homer Sunset and Moon

The view from our deck last night.  Imagine the beauty when it's actually a full moon.  Ah yes, we're blessed...and soon, the Sandhill Cranes will make their annual return and grace us with their haunting calls, delicate beauty and joyous flight above our house.

This is spring in our neck of the woods.






Saturday, April 12, 2014

Poem A Day 12 - City


City Sounds that Frame my Days and Nights
(or: An Ode to Brooklyn)

Every morning they come
Rolling their carts up and down the empty streets
Plunk, plunk, plunk go the wobbly wheels
- These bottle pickers

Every afternoon they stroll
Bouncing their orange globes down the dusty sidewalks
Wham, wham, wham go the basketballs
- These young athletes

Every evening they ride
Revving their engines throughout the neighborhood
Boom, boom, boom go the stereos
- These hefty bikers

Every day they drag me from sleep
Pluck me from work
Keep me awake
-       These welcoming sounds