Sunday, June 27, 2010


"the voyage of discovery
is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having
new eyes."
~marcel proust
this is what is
freeing to me about
i tend to look
at my surroundings differently.
it may be boring to some...
and that's okay.
but others get it.
and take the time.
just once in a while.
to be aware implies vigilance in observing
or alertness in drawing inferences
from what one experiences.
be aware.
i am guessing.
you will be.
glad that you
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

...every single moment...

...every single moment
you are writing the story
~christine mason miller
and much of mine
is reflected upon
light + objects =shadows
i will be writing
eleven year olds
playing ball.
i will continue writing
the chapters
on friendships
that have come to mean so much.
i will be writing
of the sun shining,
warming my very soul.
that is the start of my writing today.
where will your moments take you?
just BE.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

...senior i come...

i've taken
pictures of her
every year on her birthday.
here are just some of the 50
or so that i took.
i will be taking her senior pictures soon.
i have lots of great things in mind
for them.
senior year...look out...
ready or not...
here she comes.
just BE.

Monday, June 21, 2010

...sarah smiles...

when sarah was born...
the doctor walked into the room at 6:00
and at 6:17 she was born.
took a bit longer...
here is her room before...
they left at 7:00pm friday night
for their gus macker weekend.
at 10:30pm i was done cleaning her room out.
at 2:00am i was done with the first coat of kilz.
the floor is use to have red carpet squares
this used to be a bedroom when i lived here,
but after we kids were gone, my dad
used it for his workshop.
when we moved in dad had taken the squares
out and we just had two area rugs down for her.
very tacky.
the after...
finished up sunday evening at 6:00.
she was totally surprised
and i believe in shock.
she loved it.
she so deserved a girl room.
and i am happy i could do it for her.
after my "pumped" to get the room
done state.
every muscle in my body aches. is worth every ache
to see that gorgeous sarah smile.
just BE.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


does a good morning
need anything
~betsy canas garmon
what a wonderful weekend.
what a hectic, labor
intensive weekend.
by myself.
family off to a gus macker tournament.
i can't reveal yet.
what i did.
other than to say that i am
extremely sore.
and that it
involves that sweet gal at the top.
sounds like i'm talking
about going through labor all
over for her again.
different kind of sore.
but filled with just as much love.
i will fill you in tomorrow!!
happy father's day!!
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday evening.
just BE.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

...a breathing garden...

before shadows...
happy birthday
my sweet sarah christine.

the best fertilizer
is the gardener's shadow.
~Author Unknown
there can be no other
occupation like gardening in which,
if you were to creep up behind someone
at their work,
you would find them smiling.
~Mirabel Osler
i find myself
just standing.
at my flower gardens.
just soaking it in.
breathing it in.
as if my gardens
are taking
out of me...
all the stresses
of life.
a garden.
truly transforms you.
takes you to a place of peace.
this is the same thing
you can say about chasing
down shadows.
have a wonderful garden
kind of breathing
just BE.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

...anticipating friday...

the weekend is nearing...
summer is here.
what are you doing this weekend?
just BE.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


the house is quiet this morning.
except for the animal children.
gandie was out alone last night.
something that really stresses me.
there are tom cats in the neighborhood.
and they are mean.
they have fought with her before.
mattie and i were out in the dark with a
flashlight last night,
but we couldn't find her.
couldn't hear her little bell around her neck.
mattie saw her this morning.
around 6:30.
no collar.
(she always has a break away one on.)
no obvious signs of a fight.
she went quickly to the couch to sleep.
after having a bite to eat.
blue this morning is acting
the part of the concerned
big brother.
he is very curious of the
new scent that sister has.
he is following her around
making noises at her.
she is not ready to tell him her tale
of the night.
she had taken her place among the silver king.
her favorite place.
to sit and watch the birds
at the feeder.
i wonder.
will she think about her night alone.
will she think about why it was dark
and there was no one to let her in.
will she remember hearing her name
being called in the dark by her
big human brother...was
it really him...
or was she too far away to recognize his voice.
they become a fiber of our lives.
concern for her was very real.
when i saw her this morning.
curled up on a blanket.
on the couch.
i was relieved.
she rolled over so i could rub her belly.
i believe i am forgiven.
for letting her be in the dark.
i bend down close to her ear.
i tell her i will try .
very hard.
to not let it happen
i hope she will remember...
just how much she is loved.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

...the windows of your soul...

"the windows
of my soul
i throw
wide open to the
~john greenleaf whitter
today is gray
here in my skies.
and yet,
the birds sing sweetly.
if they are content
so am i.
that just means
that the sun won't be
beckoning me outside.
and that means
i can spend
some time at
for more shadows.
come on over.
have a wonderful day.
inside or out.
just BE.

Friday, June 4, 2010

...graceful lightness...

we have a baseball tournament
this weekend...
so here is a shadow and coffee hour
all rolled into one.
take a few moments
to experience
the sensation of
simply standing well.
stand barefoot with your feet
shoulder-width apart, stomach muscles engaged,
and the rest of your body relaxed.
spread your toes widely
to feel a sense of connection with the earth.
visualize roots growing downward from your feet.
at the same time,
imagine there's a fine thread
pulling you upward from the crown of your head.
enjoy these opposing but
complementary feelings:
deep stability
graceful lightness.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment
shadow watching at HEY HARRIET
enjoy your weekend.
just BE.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

...for joanne...

photos taken with you in mind today...
hope you are continuing to feel stronger everyday.
sending you love and hugs from.
sunny michigan.
what an awesome vacation day.
just BE.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

...first day...

i love that my four o'clocks and black-eyed susans
decided to come up
in the path between the stone blocks.
is my first.
"self" day
of vacation.
(five down-five to go)
and this
is what i did.
planted flowers.
and sat in the rocker with iced tea.
just BE.