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Snowy, sparkling, shimmering *S*O*L*S*T*I*C*E* [Dec. 20th, 2008|08:06 pm]
Though this year's snow-filled skies and streets resulted in a change from our usual wonderful gathering with beloved friends to mark this special night,  and there are so many aspects of this delightful event that I miss as we remain safe and warm in our homes instead of venturing out onto icy streets, I am filled with gratitude for the valuable rituals and friendly souls that have been part of  the wonderful families that share so many gifts of community with each other, here on this wee island. 

In lieu of the wonderful stories and songs told 'round the fire, and the enchanted cookie forests and evergreen spiral-walks, I read through the introduction to The Return of the Light:12 Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice,  and came across these words to share....

"...(O)ur silky bodies, webbed with wisdoms belied by the rushings of our twenty-first century lives, have the pacings of plants budding and light expanding.  At the moment of winter solstice, we stand at the brink of external and internal change.....  (W)e still make of the return of the sun's light a joyful metaphor for social and personal renewal....  (S)ome other deeper self finally surrenders to the new.  And then there are those miraculous gifts, those blessings that shower down upon us." 

Richest blessings of the solstice to you all!  ~Fondly, Deborah

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resurrection [Dec. 18th, 2008|08:39 pm]

As the wheel of the year turns 'round again towards the winter solstice, I find myself in A Winter Wonderland, a gorgeous deep quiet sparkling whiteness-- all IS calm and all IS bright on this sacred night. 


I am thankful to be reminded of this, as I sit soaking in the blissful silence of snow-covered roads (resulting in no jarring sounds of traffic passing by), the illumination of light reflecting, refracting off the crystalline snowdrifts, the only sound the whirring of this laptop's hard-drive, spinning the mantra Om Mani Padre Hum thousands of times each minute, a prayer wheel sending out love and light to all on this night....


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...& on into this newest year... [Jan. 7th, 2008|01:44 am]
[Current Mood |eager!]

...counting down the days 'til U2-3D!!!
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U23D Movie Widget [Jan. 7th, 2008|01:41 am]
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The weekend rolls 'round again [Oct. 13th, 2007|11:56 pm]
[Current Mood |determined]
[Current Music |tHe MeKoNs "Tina" & "...Rock and Roll"]

 The deliciousness of sleeping in, cozy in my flannel pj's, followed by reading Incognito Street, the accounts of an independant young woman's travels in Europe, followed by... more sleep!  Naps-- gotta' love 'em, especially when one can't seem to make oneself go to sleep until 3:30 in the mornin'!

Faves thus far for the weekend...

*Enjoying The New Improved Deborah at work--  consciously, repeatedly choosing The Opened Hand....  rewarding, already, on many levels....

*Exceedingly thankful for the opportunites the internet provides for interacting with friends, relatives and kindred spirits all around the world....

*Experimenting with self-portraiture in my journal, in response to the wonderful SuziBlu's journaling ideas....

*Excited about the upcoming family reunioning....

*Eating a delicious bagel-n-cream cheese with delicious lingonberries my delightful daughter was so thoughtful to bring me after her trip to IKEA....

So...it's after midnight, 'bout time for some dinner, dontcha'  think?!  Ciao for now....
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Wednesday's/ Thursday's musings [Oct. 11th, 2007|09:40 pm]
[Current Mood |creative]
[Current Music |a nifty assortment of CD's loaned to me by friends]

Intrigued to notice in my surfing-o-the-web this evenin'-- the moon is at the stage of 1% waxing.....   seems fitting, as the rather bleak feelings of the last coupla' days have transformed into sensations of deep gratitude.  (Another cool discovery tonight-- gratefulness.org, where one can light a virtual candle, among other meaningful activities....)

Soooo....  back to that afore-mentioned sense of transformation....   it feels like I've just gone through that stage of "the break-down before the break-through", leaving behind old patterns and habits that no longer serve me well-- and perhaps never did-- and embracing new possibilities....    

*grateful for gratitude....  

*for kind friends loaning me, or even surprising me with unexpected gifts of free music-- the new Radiohead (pretty intense!) and St. Vincent's "Marry Me" (also a bit dark-n-brooding, but done well....) 

*for web-wandering, accessing some inspiring artists sharing their work on YouTube-- gotta' figure out how to activate some of the available technology for linking up with such,  both as links from this page, and perhaps at some point in an interactive way, as I've been so enriched by others' willingness to share their techniques and processes and invitations to creative explorations....

*for implementing A New Attitude at my Place of Employment, finding satisfaction in approaching interactions differently.  Great quote I came across on yet another Inspiring Art Blog-- "The single clenched fist lifted and ready./  Or the open hand held out and waiting./ Choose:/ For we meet by one or the other."  (Carl Sandburg)  Realizing, on a deep level, how defensive I often feel, wanting to protect myself and my vulnerabilities-- not the fist of violence or anger, but of self-protection....

*for being given the gift of sensitivity-- truly a coin with 2 sides, resulting both in an artist's eye for details and beauty and intensity, but also that tendency to be so easily bruised, feeling sometimes quite broken and wounded and damaged... flip that coin again, though, and wer'e back to that ability to sense things so clearly, to feel things so deeply, to see the potential for creating new and wonderful combinations from unexpected sources....

and off I go to check out the "white canvas disease" series I bookmarked on YouTube-- that truly has been one of the best lessons of the past year, as I've immersed myself in my own version of art school, learning and  trying so many ideas, all stemming from that kinda' JUST DO IT approach of putting *something* down on the page, on the canvas, and going from there..... and  wondrous possibilities await.....

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Monday/Tuesday favorites among *not*-so-favorites [Oct. 9th, 2007|09:09 pm]
[Current Mood |sadsad]
[Current Music |The Swell Season, recorded live, at npr.org-- poignant tunes from ONCE]

 Trying to remain up-beat amidst trying circumstances....

*Finding the light in the darkness, literally-- as a way of hiding my tears at my daughter's homeschool gathering, while layering crayolas over a journal page, finding a piece of masking tape on the side of the jumbled-up box-o-crayons with the word "l i g h t" printed upon it.  Now living in my journal!  

*Also at this gathering, two separate instances of wonderful women who had brought some great books to share specifically with me, one about women artists and one about strong and powerful and spiritual women in history.  Touched by their kindnesses.

*Trying to view the difficult conversation from earlier this afternoon as a learning opportunity, hopefully resulting in positive changes.... But also, honestly, a goodly amount of pain and tears and hurt and shame and deep DEEP sadness also resultant and needing to be processed further.

*Glad to have this space to vent a wee bit, though it is clear I need so much more, so many more tools in my Toolkit Of Coping, skills I was not given or modeled or haven't yet figured out how to utilize.

*One of those days when, if nothing else, I am grateful for a roof over my head and no lack of food or water, for myself and my child, our basic physical needs met, even if it feels like in  the emotional arena, things are lacking, basic human desires not being met-- companionship, comfort, fun, the longing to feel cherished.
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Weekend faves [Oct. 8th, 2007|09:55 pm]
*Sleeping IN on a rainy Saturday....
*Adding IN new elements to my latest art journal-- fixin' up the front-n-back covers in preparation for taping 'em up to prevent them coming off completely!  Way fun trying out some different techniques of layering various media, reulting in some serendipitous and pleasing combinations....
*Immersing myself IN some great books....
*Soaking IN the delightful melancholy that is "Six Feet Under"-- been rationing out the episodes I haven't  yet seen-- interesting how things can become so much more cherished when you comprehend they're finite.....
*Surrendering, at last, INto that cozy fall state-of-mind-and-being
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Friday's Five Favorites [Oct. 5th, 2007|11:12 pm]
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]
[Current Music |I Am Kloot, U2]

Having fun dipping my toes into this particular pond, looking forward to learning lots more 'bout the bells-n-whistles available herein....

For now...  

Thankful for~~~
*lemon-ginger tea WITH lots of honey
*delightful conversations WITH entertaining co-workers
*sitting WITH my feet up after work
*corresponding WITH another art-journaller about an upcoming offer to pay-it-forward with some intriguing homemade art (details coming soon!)
*wandering through the woods today WITH my home-schooled daughter's "Lorax Club"  (you know, "I am the Lorax/ I speak for the trees", from Dr. Seuss)

WITH that, I'll close for now...  more adventures-with-prepositions  to come! 
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Five Favorite Things Today [Oct. 4th, 2007|07:37 pm]
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |Decemberists radio on slacker.com]

Resurrecting my long-dormant  account, inspired by all the wondrous juiciness to be found, a-swirling through this amazing world we like to call cyber-space....   

Grateful for the inspirations to be found, thankful for...

cool tunes on slacker.com 
vanilla lattes on a brisk-n-chilly day
deepest cerulean blue paint slathered on the pages of my art journal
extra time on the lap top for delving further into some of my favorite sites
embarking on this new adventure of baring my soul to the wide world, live-journal-style!
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