Friday, February 29, 2008

The Weekend

I am very excited. Saturday and Sunday, I am taking Christina Baldwin's Circle Training. I have wanted to take this training for the last few years - now is the time! The training is how to call the circle or call/convene a council of people and hold sacred space to accomplish a specific task, supporting each other in the process.

You can learn more here, which is Christina's website, Peer Spirit. Christina and her partner, Ann Linnea are the trainers for this weekend. It is at the Clouds in Water Zen Center, which is 2 miles from my house.

This is a marvelous opportunity to learn a new skill and to add to my participatory practices - I know it will be a wonderful spirit-filled weekend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday Morning

It has been an entire week since I have posted - indicative of the times I guess. Last weekend was full of errands, cleaning, reading and spending a rare day at the Mall of America with a my sister-friend and neighbor V, doing girlfriend things.

This week so far has been work-busy. Doing inspiring work with very interesting and very diverse clients. My energy level is high - I am sleeping really well, better than at any time since Tom died.

Yesterday, I successfully completed a new facilitation project that was rife with conflict, unresolved issues and negative group dynamics - really the first time I have stepped out to do such a complex facilitation alone since I was widowed.

Widowhood steals so many things - self confidence is one of them. Those who have been widowed know this oh so well.

Slowly, rebuilding brick by stone by day by night by moment by hour by days by years. We do heal - we do begin to live a transformed life.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Still Here in the Cold

Just wanted to check in and say yes, I am still here and yes, it is still very cold. This winter has made me begin to think about something I never thought I would do - move from Minnesota. Yesterday, I worked in my home office and at one point, I was looking at real estate in other parts of the country. Oh well, a girl can dream. I doubt I will be moving anytime soon - my work, so many friends and loved ones, my home, all are here.

One never knows, for now I am just trying to be present to each moment.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

To all my sweethearts. I am blessed. And to my Angel Valentine - keep your watch over me. Love to all my friends and loved ones on this special day.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Weekend Report

This winter has been the coldest since I moved to Minnesota in 1988. It has been so frigid that even the squirrels in my backyard are considering a move to Florida.

I snapped these photos this morning and again this afternoon in my backyard and from the office window overlooking the front entrance. It is beautiful outside, crystal clear - right now it is 15* - but it's about to get a lot colder in the next few hours. I am home, warm and cozy, ready to make a pot of slow simmered chicken soup and work on an art project.

I just noticed, the blogroll is back - great! Have a terrific evening.

Blogroll is Missing and Other Musings

Hmmmmmmmmmmm - my blogroll has been missing in action for the past two days. It has been a busy week so I just accessed everyone's blog from my feed. This morning, I tried to fix it and the blogrolling site seems to be down. Is anyone else having this problem?

In any case, it is snowing again in St. Paul and tomorrow morning the forecast is 12* below ZERO again. GACK! This the absolutely coldest winter we have had in sooooo long. Makes me long for sunnier climes. Yesterday, it was 70* in the California wine country.

I do like the change of seasons, I would not want to live in a sunny/warm year-round climate - but this is ridiculous.

Today, I am having lunch with a friend and going to the art supply store for some illustration board and just to browse around - what fun. I hope your Saturday is terrific.

Friday, February 08, 2008


The past is APPROVED

I STAND in the present

The future is OPEN

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Democracy in Action

I went to the Democratic caucus in my neighborhood last night and it was exciting to see so many people. Minnesota's DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor party) caucus attracted the greatest number of people ever. Last night's attendance was 4 times greater than in 2004. I believe the estimated total is over 250,000 attended neighborhood gatherings. This morning's St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that in some precincts they ran out of ballots and used plain paper while in others, the lines were around the block. Caucus leaders asked people to move into the middle of school buildings to allow more folks inside.

People are ready for change and it was evident last night. I live in an ethnically diverse, urban ward. I stood in a corner of the hallway in the large high school where my caucus took place and watched people flood by. The air was positively charged with energy and expectation. Moms and dads pushing strollers, fussy toddlers, elders, groups of young people, inter-generational families - all of us together, casting our votes, discussing the future of our country. More than ready for CHANGE.