Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sweetness of Gardenias


Mother, you died 15 years ago.
At first,
I felt shards of pain so deep
I couldn't breathe,
then numbness
so complete
the sun could not break the clouds.

Then there was just stillness
like the sweetness of gardenias
in the crystal vase
on your yellow kitchen table.
so fragrant, so strong.

Today the tradewinds blow your voice to my ear
a pleasant mantra
of tenderness:

magic words that move my palms, your palms,
together we mold, help, create.
your gift has become my gift.

In the mirror I see your eyes,
your beautiful brown circles
looking back, so radiant.

"Don't forget me," you whispered
that morning
your heart stopped

I won't forget.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Superb Meteor

Cold this morning.
Even though it looks warm out.
It is not.

Ice on skin hurts.

Need to remember this.
And my shoes.
Happy Birthday, Rick... & Dana...
"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." ~ Jack London

Friday, January 27, 2012

Pleasure and Joy

"Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live." ~ Thomas Merton

Listened to Mozart in the bath. All clean, inside & out. Waiting for the sun & I have three things to say:

  1. Best religious teachings are by example.
  2. Compassion is at the heart of the matter.
  3. There is nothing more sacred than the sunrise.

light, light,
clouds, love.
Wow. Photo

But still enough there
to give you pause. Photo

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pure Chaos

"There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life, but human life itself is almost pure chaos." ~Katherine Anne Porter

Grey sky this morning
over Asheville.
 Aloha! Photo.

But right over me,
clouds moving right to left.
Have some color, some hope. Photo

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Active Voice

Oh gosh. the Asheville sky is gorgeous again. Stained with orange and red. Here i am. gazing at Asheville's golden Pisgah Forest. Waiting for sun:  
 ...My photos miss some of the million colors I am watching.

...A raven came & sat in this tree.  Cawed for me to take her photograph.
Kolo watching sunrise with me... 
"Live in the active voice, rather than in the passive. Think more about what you make happen than what is happening to you."~ William De Witt Hyde
Had to choose this one. My back deck perch on left, a jet leaving Asheville stains a trail in the sky. And oh, the colors of that passionate sky. It is morning in Asheville.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


"The Sun rules your life and mine."

~ Bob Berman

Oh... what a Magnificent sky. 
Clouds. fog. colors. absolutely breath taking...

Cloud action toward Asheville..Photo

Who am i to question this all-knowing sky? Photo

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Soul So High

"Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it." ~ RenĂ© Descartes

Fog & light this morn, some sort of wonderland dream...  
sliver moon, 
rapid moving clouds. 
Color! Now. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

High Sensory Equipment

Cloud cover! For awhile there I thought the clouds were too heavy. Well, no. That sun just burst on thru w/ prolific power.
"Talent is an amalgam 
of high sensitivity
easy vulnerability; 
high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing, touching, 
smelling, tasting—intensely).
~ Uta Hagen

Sliver moon is rising where my sun will soon rise. There are stars all around. It is absolutely gorgeous on the back deck: Photo ...Just a magical dawn in Asheville.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Darkness Into Light

"There can be no transforming of darkness into light
and of apathy into movement without emotion."

Orange golden sky, just before the sunrise:   ...Look at how cool the clouds are right now: . New day, new music.

Bruce Springsteen♪♫ ♪♫ We Take Care Of Our Own ♪♫ ♪♫

Monday, January 16, 2012

Love Illumines

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
 Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
 Hatred darkens life; love illumines it."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

World Moves In and Helps...

"Sunshine caresses each new waking hour..."
"Follow your inner Heart
and the world moves in and helps."

I drove in the gently falling snow at midnight to pick up Kayla from Asheville airport. The night was beautiful, but not as beautiful as her smiling face. I had such a good trip to Hawaii in November/December and it sounds like her trip there was wonderful as well. We have bridged the long distance--of land and sea and moments--with love.

With Kayla home, my heart is so full. These photographs I just took of the sun are too lovely. I cannot decide this morning, so will post two. And play the Young Rascals, one of my Aunty Georgia's favorites...

 Rascals, ♪♫ ♪♫ It's a Beautiful Morning ♪♫ ♪♫

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Overcoming Adversity

"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."
~ Albert Schweitzer

♥ It... is... FREEZING. Tell me again why I left Hawaii? Sky is full of twinkling stars. It is so beautiful outside.

...White tail deer in my garden, just off my front porch, amid my solar globes. Lights of Asheville behind her: Can you see? She posed, then flew through my garden in a few hops. Am pleased w/ myself that I had camera around my neck w/out flash. Still need to work on remaining calm. 

...Not a cloud in the sky. Clear for miles and miles. Golden sky, golden sun.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Poetry of Earth

"The poetry of earth is ceasing never."
John Keats

The skyline is beautiful. It's cold, but crisp & clear. Feels great to be right here, right now...Waiting for the sun... Magic!  

...Just a lovely solar pillar. Gives me goosebumps watching it shoot heavenward.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hopeful Eyes

Red sky. And a fine mist in the cove.  Plane soars above...

Spectacular... Sky and clouds so magnificent, I need a wider lens.

"All things in this world must be seen with youthful, hopeful eyes."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Uphold It

"Mystery is part of each life, and maybe it is healthier to uphold it than to spend a lifetime in search of half-made answers."
 ~ Linda Hogan

Saturday, January 7, 2012


My heart is heavy this morning, word from Hawaii is my beloved great Uncle Joe is dying. There are not enough tears.  ...& Of course, the sky responds with a glorious, comforting rainbow of colors.

"I think of my art as a process
of re-composition in which forgotten and unwanted objects
are orchestrated into a new synthesis
one that will, I hope, provoke viewers."
~ Launa Romoff

Every morning, while waiting for the sun to rise, I look down from my ridge to the cove below. Often from my perch, I watch this farm and these cows. I dream, imagine. Plan. Pray. Looking at them gives me such peace.

I thought it would be nice to ride down the 1/2 mile to the bottom of my road and catch the sun coming up over the farm. As usually happens, the shot turned out better than I imagined...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Golden Eternity

 Sometimes I think I am just one with the sun... 

"Remember the golden eternity is yourself."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Too Wonderful

"Life is too wonderful for us to truly appreciate it."
~ Thornton Wilder

This golden time, waiting for sun to crest is all-wonder...  ...At the same time, I feel insignificant... & powerful.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lamp of Heaven

"The glorious lamp of Heaven, the sun."
~ Robert Herrick

Life like my photo lens can be obscure. Some problems come with blurred solutions. When this happens, when I can't decide, I wait. Time helps me to find a clearer picture. Usually one more creative.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Love Winter

"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of Genius."
~ Pietro Aretino

Just a sprinkling of snow overnight. Enough to make the cove look wintery:  ...Spectacular, invigorating, cloud & color passion sunrise. Of course.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Love & Patience

"With love and patience, nothing is impossible."
~ Daisaku Ikeda

This morning, I relax with the sun and try to fill myself with kindness. I am letting the silence teach me patience and love. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

To Be Successful

 Absolutely, spectacularly gorgeous outside. The sky is ablaze with gold orange clouds. Good morning aloha, 2012! ...Clouds gliding right to left. Golden overhead. Color. Wow.

"If you want to be successful, it's just this simple: Know what you're doing. Love what you're doing. And believe in what you're doing. " 

~ Will Rogers