Friday, June 26, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
I like to meditate while I am cooking. I love cooking for special occasions. I love thinking of the person of honor. Whether it is a birthday, a graduation, or a height of summer dinner party, I love meditating on the person or people I am feeding.
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Monday, June 22, 2009
I always feel as though I do not celebrate the passing seasons as much as I should or could. There was no naked dancing to honor the Solstice, no special ritual. So, between laundry and dishes and walking the dog, I tried to be aware of the evening. I tried to smell the last sweet smell of spring. The sky was violet and filled with luminous clouds. The birds were busy finding their nests and the garden sat in repose, readying for the heat of July. This morning, the first morning of summer, dawned with bright light and a cool reminder of spring. As the sun climbs, I am sure it will increase in intensity.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
The time continues to pass, whether I am fully present or not. It has been 18 years of lessons, love and laughs. There have been tears, but all those tears made the joys sweet and moist and juicy. I can remember holding her for the first time. It was then I realized that pregnancy does not prepare you to be a mother. It only prepares you to be pregnant. The mother thing, well, that is an entirely new journey.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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The rainy, misty days were good for the garden. It looks happy and green and teaming with life. Food is growing, bugs are eating, flowers are blooming. Most of the garden was started from seed this year. It is all very exciting. My soul is giggling at the result of our work and drinking in the simplicity of it all. Grow food. Grow food. Grow food...
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Saturday, June 13, 2009
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I had a vocation. A vocation I knew was mine from the time I was in second grade. Sister Guadalupe was my muse. I loved her as only a seven year old girl can love a sweet, soft spoken nun. I dreamt of her at night, I stared lovingly at her soft hands. She smelled of clean cotton. Not the clean cotton that Glade sells, but really, clean cotton. The clean white cotton that comes straight off the clothesline. It took me a good thirty years to surrender to my vocation.
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Monday, June 8, 2009
There were gems, pearls and such. There were funny hydrants, parades and Egyptian mummies. There were teeny tiny toes, velvet wallpaper and recycled waterfalls. There was just enough rain to make me nostalgic, but not too much to make me feel soggy. There were vanilla cupcakes with rich butter cream frosting and coconut rice pudding, served warm with crusty cinnamon topping. There were meandering walks through an antique store with a proprietor named Sal. There were family suppers and Farmer's Markets. A view of the park and a full, but cloud covered moon filled our view. There was a trip to heaven, I mean Powell's Books and a rare and sweet pocket sized book of fairy tales...
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
We are in the midst of a silvery thunderstorm. At dawn, the weather seemed calm, a dark June Gloom morning in Southern California. Mid-morning, the sky deepened, the winds began to bluster, cool and heavy with moisture.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
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Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday was Prom Night here in our neck of the woods. My garden was filled with the joy of youth, decked in satin and silk. There were shiny shoes and stiff black jackets. Smiles were creeping across freshly lipsticked lips. The "youth happy" spread with ease, before long, we were all remembering those simple days of being 17 or 18. Oh, what a blessing for our garden.
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