Week #9 // love & links, giving & receiving

week 9 postI want you to tell me about every person you’ve ever been in love with. Tell me why you loved them, then tell me why they loved you. ~Andrea Gibson, Asking Too Much

Love has been my banner of late for my-self & others. Love is the release of what I cannot change; the spark of energy for what I can. Love refines my sacred yes/no’s and my “investments” for both.  Continue reading

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Rhythms, moon cycles and living free // new e-lists for creatives


Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~Albert Einstein

I have become aware of how much space {physical, emotional, relational} I need to feel at ease. That although I desire the reciprocity & connection of having people close, the ease of having my art-stuff & journaling supplies visible — I need balance and an intentional honoring of my rhythms and need for space. Continue reading

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Week #8 // alibis & the color of love

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None of us are pretty
but our ugly has an alibi
and our gorgeous has a baby sister
~Andrea Gibson, Jellyfish

Andrea Gibson’s poetry is music for my soul; she writes the syllables I feel, but she reads through them in a way that cuts through the immediate and carries me through. Through to the other side of realities that brutalize me with their details; realities that have stalked me for a lifetime.

This week, orange and green and streaks of fuchsia became the colors of my new freak flag and my alibi of love. Continue reading

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Week #7 // stability; because it all counts

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… becoming intimate with the place where we find ourselves. This is the heart of finding the sacred everyday — discovering that the place where we are is enough. ~Christine Valters Paintner

The Everyday. Enough. Framed with prompts {from The Artist Rule and an extraordinary, thought-provoking e-course}. Stable.

I felt stable for my week seven … And I look into my week eight with intention and clarity. Continue reading

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exposing tender places & moving beyond obligation into desire


Slowly exposing these tender places we shed our doubts and don the
transparent veil of trust, of faith. Relinquishing control, we give
ourselves over to the sensation of tender touch against tender flesh ~Amy Palko, Tender

Perhaps friendship is something I used to define incorrectly? Perhaps true connection was an impossibility because of my own limits? I cannot sure. Nor is it relevant at this point of my {living} … It is enough to know I am held in the gentleness and grace of friendship. Continue reading

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Week #6 // promises to my-self

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Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible. ~Hannah Arendt

During a conversation with a friend, we hit on parenting teens. I suddenly felt locked and loaded as an advocate for her daughter {long story short: promises were being demanded}. I made my mistakes as a mom, but in those miss-takes I learned not to demand promises from my children. And not to make ‘em as a momma … Continue reading

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words found & curiousity

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The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ~W.B. Yeats

Believing in myself; loving myself to be-come … somehow that has ushered me into a new level of death, something I don’t remember experiencing before. Words found while journaling, letters I write to myself, and blurts of madness to those I trust move me through as my senses grow sharper. {more at secretrebelclub.com}


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