I’m 10. Maybe 12. I’m on Guam, riding my bike home at dusk. That time when you feel cloaked, but there is just enough light to see the asphalt pass under your tires. I hear my gears shift as I try to make it up a hill. I take a shortcut past a fire tree. As I push over its roots, I repeat “Tabi tabi po…Tabi tabi po… .” That’s part of a chant where I ask the tree spirits for permission to pass. I do not want to go home cursed. I reach the sidewalk and slide onto my street. I know it’s time to go home, because the sun has set, and the sweat on my skin has cooled.
allowing only diffused light to get through –
not your full shine
that is left at the door
that cracks open every third heart beat,
and only wide enough to slip one iris by
to catch glimpses of the work that visited you last night
and told the story of you.
They don’t part
don’t whisper or utter sounds.
But the songs behind them
could shatter mirrors
reflecting dreams not realized.
April 25, 2017
Only some things get through
What does pierces, shines, nourishes
What doesn’t leaves dark footprints –
reaching, fingering, stretching, searching for light
April 24, 2017
What happens when you find an upgrade to replace your nine year old TV? You marathon The Crown. I really liked the show and couldn’t help looking up all of the royals, their family tree, their dramas, and seeing what evidence was out there that was being brought to life in this show (and has been brought out in countless other movies and shows). I wonder if the royals even watch these things? I’m most impressed with the casting. Everyone did fantastically, and the likeness of the actors to the people they are playing works really well, notably Matt Smith’s posture as Prince Philip. And I can’t say enough about John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. I find his performance award-winning. He’s just amazing. Anyhow, I was editing the above photo and couldn’t help but think of my latest binge. Below, you can check out this trailer for The Crown. And if you’re into the Royals, top notch performances, and have Netflix, I’d recommend it.
Three years ago on a visit to Chicago, while my husband and I were walking along the edge of Millennium Park, we were approached by a man asking for some money. He appeared jovial and hopeful. Feeling good ourselves, we gave him some money. He responded with “Thank you, man!” leaned in for a hug, and said to my husband “And you’ve gotta walk on the outside of her!”
A man walking on the outside of a woman is an old custom with various origins ranging from needing to keep the sword side free if it needed to be drawn, blocking a woman from the muck that splashes up from the street, and being on-the-ready to shield a woman from harm. Oh my! I’m curious to know how many men still practice this custom. It shows up in gentlemen’s etiquette guides. I don’t mind the act of chivalry, but by no means expect it. With that said, sometimes when my husband tries to shift to take the outside, I look at him with a confused look on my face and stand my ground. Sometimes I forget that he’s trying to make this gentlemanly gesture. It’s comical and sweet.
We laughed loudly and bashfully, and wished him and his partner a good night. As we continued down the way, we held each other tight, happy to have met a nice person who was down on his luck but still had a sense of humor. And with one smooth move, my husband switched places with me, and took the outside.
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Sculpting is an incredible art. It is such a gift to be able to take a raw material and be able to chisel, pinch, bend, and who knows what else, into something beautiful. I like walking around them and finding ways to find either an emotion I’m getting from it that the sculptor intended a viewer to feel, or finding an emotion I think it exudes. Below are a few photos from my travels that stuck out for me.
A woman in rapture:
Heavy thoughts at the river:
I’m ready for my close-up:
No one’s supposed to know: