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"Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it, because action has magic, grace, and power in it." Goethe


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Friday’s Five

A friend bearing freshly caught fish (to stock my freezer) who drops in and doesn’t care that I have laundry in piles on the sofa. She sits admidst t-shirts and towels and socks and talks and laughs.

A friend who has been on her first plane flight and first travel abroad adventure. We meet to catch up, look at her travel photos, revel in the enlightenment that travel brings. 

A friend who finally allows me to help her with a small request next week. The grace of that. 

A friend who is suffering from the physical pain cancer inflicts. Knowing I can do nothing but pray. Knowing that’s all she wants from me. 

A friend who asks me to share what I know about journal keeping to a group of writers/teachers. Sharing with them and watching the light bulb come on for them. 

Tonight’s five: friendship.

I’m only skimming the surface here, but these women have added a depth to my life that I treasure. Sometimes, like tonight, I think about friendship and how it starts, how it evolves. How it surprises and awes and  touches us. How when we make efforts to maintain relationships,  amazing gifts come forth. 


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Friday’s Five

Hummingbirds

Gridded index cards

Full gas tanks

Cell phone cameras

And #5, a random happening. A lady at the post office was walking out and announced: Here. I’m leaving the rest of these stamps. I don’t send mail.

And I surely did take them as soon as she set them down. Free stamps? Not send mail? What in the world?! 

Just all kind of goodness everywhere. Look! 


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ICAD 2017: Creativity Abounds

Shout out to artist Brenda Leonard for her talent and generosity in painting portrait  cards for some of us who are participating in this year’s Index Card a Day Challenge. Tammy Garcia is the artist and creator of ICAD, and  the info for the challenge can be found on the  Daisy Yellow page on Facebook. Instagram users are posting the hashtag #dyicad2017. 

Give yourself a few minutes a day of “you time” and transform an ordinary index card into something new. 

This is my fourth year to participate as an Icadian and my goal is to become an ICAD Guru, completing all 61 cards in the challenge. 

My cards do not come close to the work below by Brenda Leonard, but the challenge is not a competition. It is an act of DOING, and when we can make that happen, more talent naturally emerges.


Come join us! It is one of the most encouraging and supportive art groups in FB land. 


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Chimayo

My friend Care and I made a pilgrimage of sorts to the el Sanctuario de Chimayo on our way to Taos. 

I wanted to collect “holy dirt” and expected to see one chapel there. Turns out there were several chapels, an artisan area, many spaces for meditation and reflection.

I found myself trying to memorize the surroundings because pictures were not allowed inside.

As I stood before an altar, suddenly Care started singing. Hail Mary… it was one of those moments you know you will always remember.

Beautiful sacred moments on a little out of the way place in NM. 

Peace.


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Busy Bees

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The bees were abundant on Mother’s Day 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. 

Beautiful sunny day. 

Decided it’s time to write even on my travel days. I struggle with this. I’ll pack journals with the best of intentions and then bring them home empty or with only a few notes scribbled. Ephemera tucked in pages as a reminder. 

So, this blog is my accountability page. 

I’m hoping to capture at least a couple of moments from these days of NM travel and art experiences. Come join me…


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Easter Saturday 4/15/17

Waiting.

Preparing.

Watching.

The day was filled with all of that in many forms. 

Maybe you’ve had a chance to reflect on this Lenten season, this Holy  time of preparation and  waiting. Maybe you’ve realized something about yourself that you didn’t know before. 

Maybe you’ve contemplated ways that you still need to improve.

Maybe you are  happy with your keeping of Lenten promises. Maybe you wish you had done things a bit differently.

Maybe you were given gifts of grace that brought you to tears. Maybe you realized great love.

Regardless, in just a little bit of time, Easter is coming. 

Set all your human-ness aside for that day. Look at the One who loves you unconditionally; who is ready to greet you again and again with Love. 

He has paid every price. He already knows your human-ness. He created you. Nothing is a surprise to Him. 


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Good Friday 4/14/17

I bought a rose bush this morning  to honor the memory of my best friend. A drunk driver took her away from me on this day five years ago. I spoke to her that morning. A few hours later, she was gone. 

I thought I’d die.

That year began a journey of losses and realizations and change. Over and over, death stared me in the face. Then, the very next year my  husband was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer. Again…

I thought I’d die.

Some days I really wanted to. 

I do not have the answers to why people suffer and struggle. And even though some say Jesus already suffered for us all, we know the reality is that we still suffer here. 

This isn’t a post about looking for the good. It’s a post about realizing even though.

Even though there is pain and loss and suffering…

Even though we sometimes live seasons when the world is falling apart around us…

Even though we are not sure how the light will come to us again…

I’m only here to remind us all…

The Light is in you. It is deep within you and will never be extinguished. It is waiting for when the day comes you are able to walk in it again. 

Unconditionally.

Today, I pray for the broken-hearted. For the world at large. For all those who suffer physically, mentally, spiritually.

Back to the rose bush. A dear and mutual friend gave me a rose bush to plant in memory of our friend. She planted one, too. Hers, five years later is blooming in yellow radiance. She sent me a picture of it. I confessed mine didn’t make it, but today I am  trying again. Pink double blooms for a woman named Waydean. 

When I drove up with it to the area I’d decided on, one lone cardinal greeted me as if it say Finally. 

The sun is bright here today. I can feel it. 

God bless you ALL…