Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Pace of Time

we fret and complain
about the pace of time…
it’s going too fast
where did it go?
i can’t believe i’m already ___

the fact is
nothing has changed
time “moves” exactly as it always has
one second, one minute, one hour at a time
marching relentlessly forward
like a grinning energizer bunny
with no reverse button

 we have access to just as many nows
as we ever have
(or anyone has had)
an endless parade of them
as long as we are drawing breath
there for the taking
if we choose to do so

  it’s the busyness
that obscures the nows
like a giant whiteout pen
masks their potential loveliness and joy
and catapults them into oblivion
leaving us wondering
wherever did they go??

you may have wondered
(and i do too)
is it worth it?

 (thankfully, the salton sea has a magical way of slowing it all down... 
take a moment and soak it in)

Friday, April 19, 2013

It's Been too Long

its been too long
since my words have spewed forth
from a place deep and buried
so far beneath the surface
that its light is rarely seen
its tentative glow remains hidden
by the myriad pieces of life
pieces of responsibility, obligation and duty

every once in a while
i abandon those pesky pieces
ride down the elevator
into that deep dark cellar
hang out for a time
and attempt to free
some of those words from their chains
carry them out
and let them breathe
in the light of day

(as you can see, i have a lot of fun with my iphone apps!)

Monday, April 15, 2013

I Dream in Lavender

i have just posted on my retreat blog all about the workshop at the lavender farm.  please head over here and check it out! thanks!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


this week is all about getting ready for my workshop on saturday at the lavender farm..  when i first started planning, it all seemed soooo far in the future and now – voila – the time has come!  i’m printing lots of info, putting folders together and planning the details of the agenda.

 also making some small lavender-based mixed media pieces to offer for sale.  and cards. 

 oh, and i baked some yummy coconut banana bread with lemon glaze for my guests. 

 lots of other details – hoping i get them all done in time!

i’m beyond excited that this is actually happening.  i came very close to pulling the plug….  while i have some lovely participants signed up for the class, it’s not enough to actually “pay the rent” for the space.  i’ve been pretty stressed about this and figured it was a done deal.  not going to happen.

but i so hated to give up something i have dreamt of and planned for for so long… so last week i had a little heart-to-heart talking to with myself.  do i want to teach the class?  absolutely!  is it a good class?  i'm confident of that.  will i still be able to put food on the table if it doesn’t turn out to be a “money maker”?  yea, i guess so.  are there people signed up who want to attend?  yes again.  will i benefit from the experience?  no doubt in my mind

 so, i dropped my initial expectations and moved full-steam ahead.  the fact is that i love teaching and always learn right along with the students.  perfect weather predicted and i know it’s going to be a fabulous day!! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013


“Thanks for the beauty of the world. 
Thanks for my life."

 "The witchery of living
is my whole conversation
with you, my darlings."

 "You have a life – just imagine that!
You have this day, and maybe another, and maybe
still another”

 "Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.”

 (and sometimes i like to let mary oliver speak instead of me)
all quotes from “Evidence”