Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Mom is here with us for Thanksgiving. We love it when she stays with us. This is an email she sent to my sister:
I have two pair of shoes that are exactly alike except for one detail. Both have black rubber soles, a strip of black suede around the upper, and the top of them have quilted fabric. On one pair the fabric is black. On the other pair it is blue.
Wanda asked me recently if I ever wear one black shoe and one blue. I told her no, or at least not that I was aware of. A few days ago, I was getting ready to go somewhere and picked up a pair of shoes in the bedroom and took them into the dining room where I sat down to put them on. One small problem: one was black and one was blue. However, they were both for the same foot, so I couldn't wear that pair.
This morning I was a basket case, trying to get everything done that I hadn't done all week even though I knew it had to be done before I could make my trip. I got up, showered, and dressed. I packed my suitcases and bags and had started to load the car when I realized I hadn't put my other pair of shoes in. I went into the bedroom and picked up the other pair and put them in the
backseat of the car.
I went to FM and went into the pharmacy to pick up my meds. I drove to Forest Grove and stopped at the Dollar Tree. As I was walking down an aisle, I happened to look down and saw
that I had on one black shoe and one blue one. I didn't worry, though, I had another pair just like them in the car.
That's my mom!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
~ John F. Kennedy ~
Forty-five years later, perhaps we have a chance.
Oh, how I hope.
(I borrowed the photo and would give credit if I knew to whom it belonged. Thank you, whoever you are.)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
(Thanks to Andrea at Superhero Designs for the heads up on this one.)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Okay...so it isn't exactly a diptych, because I don't have it in me to put the pictures together any other way. And given the subject, I thought up and down was the best diptych option anyway.
When this song came out, the Pointer Sisters recorded a special version for Portland's radio station KGW. I couldn't find a copy of it to include but it went like this:
"I'm riding in your car / You turn on KGW..."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
~ Francis of Assisi ~
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
You don't know?
Today's brain blip: I was driving along doing my errands. I had just been to the bank drive-through and was on my way to the USPS drive-through mailbox, and I was thinking, "I wish Blockbuster had a drive up drop off." I pulled in the lane to mail my letter. My next moment of consciousness came as I watched my hand release its hold on the DVD...that I needed to return to Blockbuster. And the letter lay on the seat next to me.
Now, I am pretty sure that I am not the first person to do that, but this is the first time I have done it and I was pretty embarrassed. Fortunately, the postal worker who helped me was very sweet and not at all shaming about it. She was grateful for the opportunity to walk outside in the sun and get an unplanned break.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I took this on my road trip (see #2 and #9) to Wyoming in September. I'm not sure how it came out that color, but I think I had adjusted the white balance and didn't know what I was doing. That trip was the beginning of learning how to use the camera for more than a point and shoot.
I'm just going to keep pushing buttons and turning dials to see what happens. That's what I'll do.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Herewith, my Love Thursday list:
1. sunny days
2. red convertibles
3. coffee...black and strong
6. my bed
7. massage...deep tissue, please
8. blogging (and my favorite bloggers)
9. road trips (see #2)
11. real organic food
13. leaves of all colors
15. St. Francis
16. birds of paradise
17. flip flops
18. sun glasses
19. beaches (especially tropical)
21. mineral hot springs
22. Jimmy Buffett
26. my snake skin cowboy boots
27. Cà phê sữa đá
28. a fire in the fireplace
29. a mai tai at the Kona Inn
30. Whoopi's Sister Act movies
31. prayer flags
32. carne asada at Nuestra Cocina
34. Hawaiian shirts
35. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
36. hand-planed plank floors
37. leather furniture
38. hardware stores
39. macro photography
40. a phone call from someone I was just thinking about
41. African stone sculpture
42. a good night's sleep
43. squirrels on the deck asking for food
46. receiving a snail mail letter from a real person just to me
49. jeans that fit
50. starting to write in a fresh notebook
51. fountain pens
52. Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock
53. the smell of fresh cut grass
54. finding an unbroken sand dollar
55. the soft inside of a new sweatshirt that hasn't been washed
56. good night kisses
57. hello kisses
58. a cabin by the ocean
60. french fries
61. having my change counted back to me
62. thick, well-written novels
63. a good haircut
65. generosity of friends
66. kindness of strangers
68. homemade chocolate chip cookies
69. King Alfred daffodils
70. no electricity nights (by choice)
71. wedding rings
72. pearls of all colors
73. checks made out to me
74. 60s music
78. frico (fried cheese from Navarre)
79. cold Pizzicato pizza for breakfast
80. Madeleine L'Engle
81. sea turtles
82. San Pellegrino
83. castelvetrano olives
84. re-discovering something I wrote and discovering it's not half bad
85. Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris
86. swimming with dolphins
88. rimless glasses
89. temporary tattoos
92. crossword puzzles in airline magazines
94. french toast
95. being understood
97. eggs benedict
98. my red banana plant
100. finishing something
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
A ranger followed the bull in his car with the lights flashing so people wouldn't approach him and do something stupid. Every time I snapped the shutter, he turned his head just in time for me to miss the full head on impact of his antlers.
Across the street in another grassy area, the cows grazed.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
"Power, Joy, Grief And Fatigue, All In One Whole Person" - When Obama took the stage, we saw a man embodying a complex array of feeling. This is a key to his personality -- it takes enormous strength to let your vulnerabilities be so readily seen.
Go here to see more Obama photos at Huffington Post.
(All these pictures are from the Huffington Post web site.)
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Of course the detractors have taken it to mean more than the definition of the word and added the religious context, which is what most people know about: The Messiah is the Deliverer of the Jews [definition 1]. However, look at definition 2, from Merriam-Webster:
Main Entry: mes·si·ah
1. capitalized a: the expected king and deliverer of the Jews
2: a professed or accepted leader of some hope or cause.
So I guess if you don't capitalize it, it fits. We have accepted him as leader of our nation and he brings us (and hopefully, delivers) hope.
Barack means "blessed one" in Arabic or Swahili, and in ancient Egypt, baraka (from which Barack derives) translates "soul double of the sun." Yet in ancient Hebrew, the name means "thunder."
Hussein means "beautiful" or "handsome."
I had more trouble finding the meaning of Obama since it seems to be from an African tribal language, Dhoulou. One site said it means "crooked" and, since it was a right wing site, the author interpreted that to mean he is the anti-christ--oh, please. However, it also means "zigzag" and in a tribal culture, naming is often much more poetic than in today's world. Since this is my blog post, I get to determine, in my inimitable way, that the "zigzag" to which they were referring was lightning (especially since my interpretation is just as valid as theirs). So he becomes "Beautiful Thunder and Lightning" or "Blessed Beautiful Lightning Bolt."
Okay. Now get a load of this:
Who did he pick to be his Chief of Staff? Rahm Emanuel. In Hebrew, Rahm means "high" or "lofty." In Hindu, however, Ram (prounounced rahm) is an incarnation of Vishnu whose job it is to protect and save the world. Ram's purpose is to fight the demons of untruth and injustice that entered the world in the second yuga (age).
Emanuel means "God is with us." The New Testament of the Bible spells it either Immanuel or Emmanuel, but the meaning seems to be the same.
Now we have Blessed Beautiful Lightning Bolt and his right-hand man, God on High Is With Us (who happens to be the savior of the world).
How does it get any better than this?
I'm gonna wait and see...that's what I'll do.
(For those of you who don't know me, stick your tongue in your cheek while you read this. It'll work better.)
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Despite the gloomy weather, when I walked to the mailbox today, a cacophony of birdsong surrounded me. Birds were everywhere--not in a Hitchcockian sort of way that made me want to run for cover, but in a Snow White kind of way. Have you seen Enchanted? The scene where Snow White is cleaning the apartment and there are birds and squirrels and cooperative little animals everywhere? THAT's what it was like out there.
We had flocks of LBBs (little brown birds), a pair of yellow bellied sapsuckers, this redheaded woodpecker, and about a half dozen squirrels in our yard all at once. When they greeted me as I walked outside, I lifted my arms and said, "I feel the same way!"
Gregg Braden talks about "choice points." We come to certain junctures in our lives and in the time space continuum where what happens next depends upon what the collective does right now. Yesterday, election day in the USA, was (I believe) one of those points. We the people decided. And we chose hope and a new direction.
Even the birds of the air feel it...a lightness and calm.
Now, it is up to us.
What are you going to do? How will you stay engaged? I know that I feel different about my involvement in the process after this election. I am not sure of the specific tasks I will undertake, but I am going to stand behind my vote and continue to make my voice heard.
That's what I'll do.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Monday, November 03, 2008
If it seems a little blurry, it's because that's how I look in the morning. Seriously, I am figuring out the camera and I will take pictures of anything...even myself in the bathroom in the morning (pre-ablution)!
I use different settings and sometimes manual focus, sometimes auto. I am starting to get the hang of it. This is a buddhist moment for me--the beginner's mind.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
That's what I'm going to do.
PS - I did remember to set my clocks back. Yay me!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
When I walked out the front door yesterday, the colors just took my breath away. I am so grateful for the colors this time of year. They make up for the gray of the sky around here.