Tuesday, April 28, 2009

More Spring.....

Here are my tomato seedlings sitting in the garden window being overseen by the Viking, which is a gift from Tor my dear blogger brother from Norway. The other photos are my stove turned into a summer plant stand :) and the backyard starting to get green. The lilacs will soon be blooming. Spring, spring, spring. Hope you are enjoying the new season too.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday

To my darling angel - today is one of those special days to remember how much you gave and how much you added to our lives. I will miss you forever. Thank you for the gift of unconditional love. Always with me, I feel your loving spirit every day.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Just for Fun - What Tarot Card are You?

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


For those of you who have been hanging around my blog for awhile, you know that my sister neighbor V and I overwinter pots of plants and flowers in our respective garages and then bring them out to adorn our joint entryway all summer and fall.

Spring has sprung in our Northland because yesterday and continuing today we are bringing the pots back outside. I thought you might like to see what they look like still in garage and right after coming out to "stretch their legs" and get their first drink of water in a long time.

Nature is amazing - the plant in the pot dies, the soil is bone-dry and barren all winter. One day, you look around to see small yellowy-whitish-barely green shoots poking through the soil. It is the mystery of life - the proof that our little human need for "control" - our need to be "superior" to so much of the natural world around us is just so weird, so wrong and so futile.

There is a song running through the Universe. Mother Earth has her own rhythm - the primeval urge to grow on time and in the dark indoors - the eternal clock of the earth, the sun, the stars, the moon, the tides, and the seasons.

So here is how summer begins in my neighborhood and here is how it looks in late summer. It is one beautiful day here - I am off to garden. Namaste.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This JUST In

The wonders of the internet. Two of our three darling grands taken this morning!!!!!

Happy Easter

What a delightful surprise to open my mail box and find this lovely Easter greeting from Tor and Anna in Oslo.

Since I do not yet have a scanner, I took a photo of it this morning so I can share it with all of you. It has sat on my counter top the past few days and has brought many smiles and lots of fond thoughts of my dear friends in Norway. (By the way - Friday was Tor's birthday - drop by his blog and wish him a belated BDay!)

I am going to the cemetery today to take flowers in remembrance of my dear Tom. It has been a while since I have gone there. One thing, it is very difficult in the midst of winter and the other, Tom does not live in the cemetary. He lives in our hearts forever.

The cemetery is the public place that memoralizes Tom's life and marks the many loving and lasting ways he touched all of our lives.

Happy Easter to each of you who celebrate this holiday. Happy burgeoning spring to all. Namaste.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Spring is beginning to bring its warmth and with it - thoughts of renewal and rebirth - the life-giving heat of the sun, the bounty and beauty of the gardens to come. The frozen silence of winter replaced by the laughter of my two little friends across the courtyard as they play tag and ride their tricycles around our center island outside my door.

For the past two weeks (and for many weeks to come) I have been spending every day inside a shelter for battered woman and their children. To feel the pain and anxiety. To look at eyes blackened by the very person purporting to love and cherish us - unthinkable!! We have room for 46 souls in our shelter and every night we have been full and many nights we have a waiting list. My own soul is heavy and yet, my spirit is soothed to know that for the women and children in the shelter, they have found safety and a place to rest themselves for the journey and heavy work ahead.

For me, right now, this time of rebirth means so much as I help to clear a space where these women and their children, supported by the amazing staff at the shelter, can continue to create a future for our children and for themselves. Keep us all in your hearts during this weekend of rebirth and new beginnings.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Here I am - Right Here

It has been an incredible week. It is so gratifying to do this work. It is the work of my heart and soul. It is leading organizational transition and there is always plenty of confusion, angst, blame, guilt and uncertainty roiling around.

I love being able to temporarily hold all that for people while they process, reflect and clear a space for themselves. This means that they are better able to concentrate on the organization's mission - the reason we are all there and in this case it is about domestic violence - the office and shelter are in one big old building. The mission is there every minute. I am grateful and I am blessed. There is much more to come but now it is off to Pilates for me.