Sunday, January 30, 2011


of things
are most
are hidden
of their
~ludwig wittgenstein

how true.
we must stop.
and take the time.
to notice.
our surroundings.
no matter.
how big.
or how small.
just stop.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

...winter trees...

winter trees
all the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
a liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
~ William Carlos Williams

the bottom tree
has glints of snow for leaves.
again, sometimes...
snow can be pretty.
but the shadows...
they are always great!!
and you can see for yourself.
it's another snowy,
(hey a new meme)
in michigan.
just BE.

Monday, January 24, 2011

...snowy saturdays...

what to do on a snowy saturday?...
rearrange your bedroom!!!

all the dust bunnies are gone...
and the room looks bigger.
even found my way to the door
in the middle of the night!!

just BE.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


 a bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song.
~maya angelou

far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
 i may not reach them,
but i can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them,
and try to follow where they lead.
~louisa may alcott

you really
have to do
is enjoy the journey.
that's all He really wants you to do.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

...reflected in their modest petals...

"i prefer by far the warmth and softness
 to mere brilliancy and coldness.
some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds.
valuable but lifeless and loveless.
others, of the simplest field flowers,
with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty
 reflected in their modest petals."
~anais nin 

i've got nothing.
snow flurries.
bitter cold.
those i have.
but i also have
where sun and shadows abound.
head over.
here's to the images of a sunny day.
in my mind.
just BE.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


"We most likely will never meet again," he told me.
"Yes, but I'll see you in my prayers." I said.
It takes so very little to create great feelings of joy and happiness
in someones life.  Sometimes it is a simple act.  More often it lies
within the words that we say.
You don't have to be a professional speaker to say just the right thing.
I meet many wonderful people in my work.  Some I have the privilege
to meet face to face.  Many I see in person but only as I scan the
audience I am speaking with.
Then there's you.  You are one of those I call "friends I've never met."
I am overwhelmed with the thought that I get to touch the lives of so
many.  But I am telling you that you have the same opportunity
Jack was an average looking man sitting in the middle of the portrait
of faces I saw that day as I walked across the stage sharing my soul.
But, after the talk I was blessed with the chance to meet and greet
many who wanted to share a word with me.  Frankly, it is both the
most exciting part for me and the most embarrassing.  I love meeting
people, but find myself very uncomfortable with the extremely
generous comments they share.
Everyone I meet instantly becomes a part of who I am and through
either a form of osmosis or evolution, I become more than I was before.
Jack had that look on his face that told me well in advance that he
had some major challenges in his life.  As I spoke with others I
could see him advancing in the line.  In my mind I predicted that he
would be what I call a "hello and run" person.  They want to speak,
perhaps share what's in their heart, but find the crowded situation
"I just wanted to say, I really needed to hear this today and you spoke directly to me," he said.
"So you were the one?" I replied.
Confused, he stood looking at me still shaking my hand.
"I believe we were supposed to meet, my friend.  I always speak with
just one person in mind.  You were the one."
Still standing there, still shaking my hand, he looked as though I
had confirmed what he just said.
"You have some major challenges in your life.  Whatever they are, you
will not only rise above them, but you will become more because of it
all.  Just as I have become more because I met you."
"We most likely will never meet again," he told me.
"Yes, but I'll see you in my prayers." I said.
That was the first time I ever said those words.  It was the gift he
gave me that day.  Because, had he not taken the time to say "hello"
I would not have created the idea of "seeing someone in my prayers."
I have remembered someone, said a prayer for someone, but to
say "I'll see you in my prayers," became a powerful tool for me.
It said to him "I will not forget you!" and he believed it.
My words chosen carefully made a difference and we both benefited
from it.
A few months later Jack wrote to tell me that at the time we met, he
had just finalized his divorce, lost his home, his family moved away
and he was told he had cancer.
The last time I heard from him, he found his "soul mate," finished
cancer treatment and moved to where his children lived.
"Life is good for me again, " he wrote in that email to me. "I hope
to see you again someday."
"Tonight," I replied.  "I'll see you in my prayers."
"I believe in you!"
Bob Perks

words of a friend.
words of a stranger.
sometimes it is just about the words.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

...of leaping...

to be courageous
is to take shortcuts:
instead of procrastinating,
and pondering
all possible outcomes yet again,
you take a flying jump...
and land amid the action.
you'll only feel lost
if you didn't commit wholeheartedly
in the first place.
commitment plus courage takes you
right where you want to be.
~1,001 way to live in the moment

light + objects= shadows.
travel to HEY HARRIET
it's a new year.
where will you be leaping?
just BE.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

...inner calm...

you're looking for a rare bird in the rainforest.
crashing through the undergrowth,
you make a great racket.
you scare the creature away!
charging headlong through life,
without stopping for silent thought,
is one way to ensure that
the object of your quest
will elude you.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment

the sun has already shown
it's full self more
this month
than all of december.
it may only be in the mornings
then snow flurries
all afternoon...but.
there has been sun.
and sure, currently, it's -1 outside.
and sure, the tree branches are beautiful
adorned with frost
 against a big orangish yellow backdrop.
but it's currently -1.
and i am not going out there this morning.
i know, i ops.
i am missing them.
perhaps if it warms to 5 above.
for now, it's time to head down under.
where there is always sunshine...and of course,
that's why we head there...for shadows.
just BE.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

i can admit it.

the principle part of faith is patience.
~george macdonald

just BE.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

...of frozen water...

creating a masterpiece
one drip at a time.
just BE.