Glorious - I know I have shared these sunsets from my window many times over this year, but I am always awed by the magnificence of the colors that just come as I sit and watch. This one has made me reflect on the year gone by - sure there were ups and downs, but more gratitude and blessings than anything else - and those are truly what I choose to remember! We have wonderful 'children' - that multiplied this year as we now have our son and his wife too - we have our health, home, friends and family. I have rediscovered Photoschmoozer and my joy of people and their stories through my photography. I could go on...but instead, I choose to sit in the peaceful thoughts of a year well spent!! Happy New Year!!
Friday, December 30, 2011
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Friday, December 23, 2011
Have you ever visited the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Twp, NJ near Trenton? Well let me suggest to you that it is an everchanging and incredible experience. Knowing that the weather was to be a balmy winter's day - 60 degrees on December 22 with sunshine to accompany the day, Bill and I set off earlyish (for us anyhow) to explore. Photoschmoozer was alive and well and in the mode of just being open to spontaneous experiences - and that she received. First, conversations with Kathy in the gift shop - another whole story! Then I said to her, "Does Seward Johnson come here often?" She said there are some organized visits, but he just comes and hangs out quite a bit. I said I hoped that one day I would have the opportunity to meet the man whose vision, energy and works created this place. Off we went.
This is a sculpture of Seward Johnson - isolated him as he sits among friends at an afernoon party on the Grounds. You have to explore and find it!
Then as we wandered and looked, I saw a man strolling with friends. I looked and ?!?!?!?!? Yes...Now remember how I talk about Photoschmoozer and just opening conversations?? I walked over and said, "I wonder what your name might be?" He responded, "I have many names but today I am Seward!!" I shared my wish - and my wish come true - and then as we chatted, I asked if I could take his picture - no problem in posing - and since we were right by one of his sculptures - fairly easy to do on the Grounds - I asked him to sit with his 'friend'. WOW - I was like such a 'groupie' that the only thing I forgot was to ask Bill to take my picture with him!! Have to get him in the habit of doing that spontaneously rather than watching!! Within seconds, I could hear Seward's sense of humor and totally appreicate his panache - how many guys - except a person who is so totally creative, daring and true to himself would walk about with a purple and blue pashma scarf?? Totally fitting!! So - NEVER be afraid to talk to anyone - life is too short!! Thanks Seward for a most exciting few minutes!!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Looked out the window the other morning and the beautiful blue sky was totally FULL of blackbirds! What a sight. This has been going on for a few days and I decided that the moment must be recorded though I am sure that I am not the first. Information has been coming to me that these are a variety of black birds, red winged blackbirds and others in migration. They stay together for the winter and then go their separate ways in the Spring. We have seen fields just covered with them as well. Goes along with my theme of UNITY - stick together when you need support. There is strength in numbers and knowing that someone else has your back!!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Never take a friend for granted. We aren't gifted with many real ones in life and when they come along, we have to step back and just be still with the realization of what happens in the relationship and be at peace with it!! This is Allison and me when I still thought that short hair was who I "needed" to be to be 'proper'. Then I would have been acceptable that my hair was 'age appropriate' - really!! Allison and I met years ago and then remet and got to know one another - we trained together, laughed and talked and planned and lived with DARE to AFFIRM - shared common interests - and now share a friendship that comes of knowledge and familiarity with LIFE and memories as our commonality. Just to acknowledge APPRECIATION for this. Why this and why now? Maybe it is a comparison that led to this appreciation - the other night, I needed to hear a friend's voice for comfort - for reassurance - and I called another. She didn't answer and didn't call back. The next day, I got a 'coach/cheerleader' email that told me that she was there in the virtual world and IF we had talked, this is what she would have said. Thanked her for the words BUT said what I really wanted/needed was the minutes of friend time and a voice. I asked her to share how she defines friend/friendship?!? I suppose I could ask that of many others - a survey - but I know in my heart how I think of it - and yes, I have been told that I have unrealistic expectations - but geeeeeeeez I am human!! Technology can easily get in the way of real time caring or at least voice contact on the phone! Maybe I am getting older - but I totally appreciate and value the contact of my friends and family!! Happy Holidays!!!
Meet some of the important women in my family - standing at the back - Gram - Kate - definitely a person who offered me unconditional love - someone I treasured in my life always - someone I could go to when I thought life wasn't "fair" - she's been gone from my life on earth since 1966 but never a minute away from my heart! She always pretended to be a strong woman - and in many ways she was - but when someone hurt her in some ways, she always said, "It don't bother me none" as the tears were streaming down her cheeks. Lately there have been strange happenings (to me at least) in relationships - and as I have been told it is not my problem but something the other person has to work through, I can say, "Sure it don't bother me none" but my issue is that I want everyone to like me - and me them - and when a person backs away - and really can't talk about it - well....
The other two women - front right is Gram's mother - Bubba we called her - Mary to others - didn't know her well but sure she too had an influence in thoughts and feelings in my heart. The other person - front left is my mother's mother - Nanny - my memories of her - wew visited often and I even lived with them for a summer in college - is a kind person who did not share feelings/affection. Two very different grandmothers each affecting my life - one affecting my father and his sense of caring - and one affecting my mother and her emotional withdrawal. So it is genes or is it environment? For years, I have straddled that fence and as I ponder it all - I am still there - it has to be a combination!! Wonder how I am perceived?? To some, I am too emotional - to others - they want to be with my energy - to others - I am too intense - so in the perception and eyes of the other - the challenge is NOT TO JUDGE SELF THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS. Accept and believe in our own wholeness and beauty!! That's life!!
Monday, December 12, 2011
COMING BY SPRING!!! So many things are popping! Remember I have shared here before about SHOES and my fascination with people's choices?? Well have I shared with you that I have close to 1200 pictures of feet and shoes? Have I shared my thoughts about Unity and Diversity related to shoes?? Have I shared about my friend Tony and The Journey (http://www.ijlife.com/ ) Maybe I have - maybe you have forgotten. But I talked with Tony about shoes - and my photos - and his love of music and composing came front and center. He is about finished with a song about SHOES - will combine my photography, his musical skills and the voices of some really fantastic musical artists!! In addition, since I am Photoschmoozer and Art cards/prints are my 'thing' - there will be a line of Art cards - maybe they will be called Uniquely You - Express Yourself - or another name - watch for the launch in early Spring!! Always keep your eyes and ears open for the synchronicities of life and talk to folks because who knows what will come of it all~~
Saturday, December 10, 2011
It's been 40 years since the day we were married and now we find ourselves in Chicago - yep that's Bill standing by Robert Indiana's Hope statue - Why are we traveling to the windy city in the beginning of December?? A very special reason -our son Jon was to be married 12/3/11 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Our hope for him and his bride - as we built our extended family from US and Japan - is that they will have all of the love, caring, compassion and communication - those strong gifts that will guide their marriage to thrive!! I am proud to be the "American Mummy" and also know that I will be patient and respectful as we build our relationship. We have a lifetime - and that is totally special.
Remember - Love and Hope go together
to build a life!!