Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Mere Sense of Living


"The mere sense of living is joy enough."
Emily Dickinson

Walking from the parking lot into the Nursing Home, the sky is a banquet of colors and hope. Can there be so much beauty amid the fears and unknowns?

The morning air yesterday was not as cold, so I did not have to wait for the ice to melt on my windshield. But, ready to drive to work, I was able to take this photo of downtown Birmingham, jump in the car, and drive.

 My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

When the Heart Breaks


Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama

"When the heart breaks, it heals.
It's not magic… I'm human."
Dan Gottlieb

I have a new iPhone with beautiful cameras: The morning sky cooperates with this gift of spectacular blue with hearts bubbling in the clouds.

my first selfie

Let me hold my life, live my life, with creativity and compassion, remembering what and who I love.

My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

My Panacea


"For my panacea... Morning air!"
Henry David Thoreau 

Another catch my breath sky: Walking to work and the sky is awash with clouds of hope above the Nursing Home.

♥ My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Free Soul Is Rare

Asheville, North Carolina

 "The free soul is rare,
but you know it when you see it -
basically, because you feel good,
very good, when you are near or with them."

Charles Bukowski

 My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Friday, November 20, 2020

A Magnet In Your Heart

"There is a magnet in your heart
that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness,
thinking of others first.
When you learn to live for others, they will live for you."
Paramahansa Yogananda

Home, after several straight days of work. I am exhausted, looking at three days off (I hope). The sunset welcomes me home. The world is beautiful.

 My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

America Is Good


"America is great because America is good,
and if America ever ceases to be good,
America will cease to be great."
Alexis De Tocqueville

 My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Monday, September 7, 2020

The Mystery Of Our Own Being


"Every advance in knowledge
brings us face to face
with the mystery of our own being."
Max Planck

 My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Our Soul In Things


"We are all visionaries, and what we see is our soul in things."
Henri-Frédéric Amiel

My soul is the sun,
higher than Haleakalā
shining bright, quiet light
beyond the sky of my ancestors,
resilient comfort
of rising setting fierceness.

I am alive.

Colors mix my tears
like waterfalls in the ridges 
waves of grief, meeting the shoreline's anuʻu:


♥ My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Our Best Selves

Birmingham, Alabama

"Courage, true courage, derives from that sense of who we are,
what are our best selves,
what are our most important commitments,
and the belief that we can dig deep
and do hard things for the enduring benefit of others."
Barack Obama

Being brave requires faith and the certainty that in giving 100%, all those things you need will help you get to where you need to go. If not, others will help. People always help.

Does it take confidence to be brave? Perhaps. I prefer believing bravery needs authenticity, honesty. And this personal truth--Can I face myself if I don't take the action I know that I must?

♥ My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Colorful Silence

Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama

"What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence."
Claude Monet

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Where You Stand

Birmingham, Alabama

"Every sunset is also a sunrise. 
It all depends on where you stand."

Karl Schmidt

Friday, July 10, 2020

Miraculous Ways

"Trust who and what you are, 
and the universe will support you
in miraculous ways."

Alan Cohen

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Ordinary Moments

Watching the sunset from my office in Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama
Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama

"There are no ordinary moments."
Dan Millman

Sweetly soaking the colors of the sunset.

 My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Where You've Come From

Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama

"There is an old saying
that seasoned voyagers share
as they prepare to head out to sea:
 'You don’t know where you are
unless you know where you’ve come from.'"
~ Lehua Kamalu

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Create Again and Again

listening to the birds outside my balcony this morning. Their oak tree song fills me with hope and peace.
Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama

"Curving back within myself I create again and again."
 (Sanskrit: prakṛtim svām avastabhya
visrjami punaḥ punaḥ)
the Bhagavad Gita

Saturday Morning and I am again listening to the birds outside my balcony this morning. Their oak tree song fills me with hope and peace. I have just finished sharing Aloha with text messages to my friends and on Twitter, reminding myself that today, no matter what the challenges that come, I will try to keep this beauty I feel alive with connection and kindness. 

Sunlight and the Oak Tree Bird Songs

I am heading to work shortly and our Alabama Nursing Home is still Covid19-free. We are working hard to keep it this way.

"Use your inner strength to meet whatever is coming today.
Strength is the foundation of passion
and you are designed to thrive,
no matter how life unfolds."
Deepak Chopra

Inspirational Source: Daily Breath with Deepak Chopra

Monday, May 4, 2020

A Poem Is A Meteor

"A poem is a meteor."
Wallace Stevens

Oh, separation
sirens cutting the matterless night.
This Loneliness 
caring stillness
hardness, the loss
sorrow, continuing.

Broken dreams
deeper than death
tenderness to pain.

what matters, dear one? 
the unmasked smile,
the moreness of this moment,
our honest connection. 
shared goodness,
no masked smile.

Friday, May 1, 2020

From Pain To Change

Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama
"Passion is the bridge 
that takes you from pain to change."
Frida Kahlo

I was able to stroll outside and soak in the beautiful day. The spring greens are intoxicating and the sounds of nature are everywhere. As I walked, I smelled magnolia blossoms and heard the songs of birds. Time cradled me and I seemed to be one with the sky, trees, and sun, at peace with life.

In the midst of uncertainty, the light through the trees was a miraculous moment of love and connection, beyond description. I felt comfort, I felt hope.

Here is a photo that I took of the sun through the trees. Sending good wishes your way. 

I made a new friend...
There are discoveries, everywhere...

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Our Real Blessings

Asheville, North Carolina

"Our real blessings often appear to us
in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments;
but let us have patience,
and we soon shall see them
 in their proper figures."
Joseph Addison

The world spins, we will survive. I will keep hope alive. Now is a good time for me to invest in myself.

Monday, April 27, 2020

At the Other Side

"Your way begins at the other side. 
Become the sky."

That Golden Moment when the sun crests, everything is awash with a sheen of light and grace.

❥ Ka oli o Kumu John Keola Lake

E Ala E

E ala e, ka lā i ka hikina,
Awaken/Arise, the sun in the east,

I ka moana, ka moana hohonu,
From the ocean, the deep ocean,

Pi‘i ka lewa, ka lewa nu‘u,
Climbing to heaven, the highest heaven,

I ka hikina, aia ka lā, e ala e!
In the east, there is the sun, arise!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

By Thinking

Birmingham, Alabama

"How does one grow up? I asked a friend. She answered, By thinking!" 
May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

Friday, March 13, 2020

Your Own Truth

Birmingham, Alabama

"The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal.
It can't be organized or regulated.
It isn't true that everybody should follow one path.
Listen to your own truth."

Ram Dass