Depth

 

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This. This play of light and shadow. Art and writing are my focus this week and this was my greeting when I opened the door yesterday to let the pups out. She inspires me every day of my life, and this gift was perfect. 

Snow

 

img_4665Waking in the morning to a soft white world, I hear the plow blade scrape its way down my country road. Proverbial, not unexpected, and joyously received, the first blizzard of the season captures my heart. May there be many more!

Celebrate

 

The big day is upon us and rightly, the kids are showing up soon! I have decorated, knit gifts, wrapped presents and entertained myself with holiday concerts, plays and lightshows. I am ready! I’m ready for the best day of the year with all the ups and downs that come with it. I’m ready for peace, and that special family time we’ve planned. I’m ready for the joy and the lull after gift opening when everyone sits around playing with their gifts. I’m ready for our annual seafood Christmas Eve supper and the candlelight service at the UU church. I am so ready!!!

Christmas Light

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As the wheel of the year turns, the light will be returning soon. Here in NH we are enticing it early with our own light, one in each window. Welcoming, guiding, a message to the world that peace lies within.

First Snow

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Upon the Christmas hubbub, the first snow of the season brought calm and peace as I expected. Sitting down to read and let go of the need to accomplish, I gathered myself back to my center….to breathe. The dogs played, the cat slept, and I wrote.

Light

img_4475When I am here I cannot resist going down to the beach early to see the dawning, to be inside it as it happens. The ocean transforms herself daily, hourly, and as the sun appears, I am transfixed by the light.

Christmas Past

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After they finished making their gifts last weekend, they decorated. Handling antique lead skaters, and old tree ornaments they joined with my mother and those before her to deck my walls and brighten my spirit, welcoming the holiday into my home with glee and their contagious excitement. I miss them, but they will be back soon!

Permanent

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Practice makes permanent. What happiness music brings! What a glorious sense of accomplishment, and how powerful one feels when one puts effort into something challenging and beautiful.

Moment

 

img_4426Autumn is my favorite season. As it winds down and prepares to relinquish itself to the snow and ice of winter, it is still beautiful. The soft colors and rumpled sense of its barrenness invite me to gaze longer than I intended, the gentle light creating easier shadows. It is time to let go of what no longer serves. It’s time to rest.

Ordinary Day

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The blessings of an ordinary day: errands, ironing, petting my dog. Today I look forward to a day filled with puttering, reading and tidying up, and I feel privileged to have it so. I’ll put off worry, planning and disagreement to another time.

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