Stories and glimpses of my crazy life

Stories and glimpses of my crazy life

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer Wind

What occupies your thoughts and afternoons? What muse twirls through your thoughts as you drift off to sleep at night, and distracts you in the middle of your day?
Birdsong at dawn, the smell of coffee; fresh tea in a cup close at hand, perhaps a piece of toast.
Sun filters through gauzy curtains, or beats down on your cheekbones as you lay in the grass. Fresh sunlight glows in a painting of Greece. Sky-colors fade, you walk briskly at sunset, water twinkles, books are held open. Headphones pour cascades of music in your ears, fast notes and throbbing beats. Still moonbeams stretch across the floorboards, looking up into the great white globe that moves our tide.
Fingers move: sketching, stirring; minds wander to constellations and galaxies, distant rooftops; hearts and souls that want describing. Sing. Tell. Ride imagination. Fly.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Some days

Some days I lie in bed plotting story scenes in my head, or designing fictional apartments, before I get up to meet the day. And for months now I've been stretching, warming up, and moving my body before I leave my room; before I open myself up to the internet and the wide world around me.

Building conscious space in and around one's life can be exceedingly important. I have found it so. As in the last year I have come to appreciate my need for large-muscle activity, and lots of green vegetables. We easily agree that these are good things, but for me they are essential to wellbeing.

I was away in Maryland for a while, as some of you know. These are some pictures from my time there, not in any proper order. Mostly Annapolis and DC (I could write a whole post about my visits to those two splendid places). There were so many wonderful moments from that trip that did not transfer to photos as well. That always happens. I had a brilliant time with cousins, and enjoyed walking and biking, sitting and talking, and all the rest. 

I came back from my trip with memories, four new shirts, and a decent start on my summer tan. I got to experience early summer all over again back in Minnesota. And so far I have been able to enjoy some quite classic summer activities: a concert in the park, 5k color run, the pool, summer basketball, summer baseball, and today--swimming in all my clothes at the foot of a waterfall. I'm pretty happy about my summer so far. I'm also working on a little veggie-gardening, writing, and a long, involved crafting project that covers my bedroom floor.

Some days I cook, and run, and help, and cheer, and lift, and memorize, and plan, and write.
And some days I sit in the sun, curl up in my bed and watch tv, read children's fiction, or just wonder.

And most days, I do a little of both.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Among stately trees

Enjoying some evening beauty with my cousin.

One of many delightful adventures lately.

"Laugh from your gut. Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can be when that clock winds down. Spend your life. And if time is a river, may you leave a wake." -N.D. Wilson

Monday, April 27, 2015

Adventure is worthwhile in itself

-Amelia Earhart

I'm sorry if I seem to return here only to tell you when I'm going away. That certainly isn't my intention. The truth is, blogging takes time--particularly the pictures--and so if I'm going to tell you that I'm doing much the same, it seems hardly worth it. Yes, the bookworm is still reading, etc.
Most things I chronicle for myself in numerous notebooks and my phone (a mostly-smart device names Giles). And some things are fine left unrecorded. However, I do love this cyber-eyrie of mine, and try to return here when I have something sufficiently interesting to warrant a little hassle.

I'm going on another trip in a couple of days. Heading East, toward the sunrise, nearer our capitol, nearer the Atlantic. I'm going to see the world at a different angle, and wake up in a town I've never been to. I'm going to spend time with people I love, and probably talk a lot. And learn stuff.

I love traveling, and there are countless reasons to try it for yourself. Here are a hundred.
I came across that list a while ago and loved it. All of them are brilliant reasons that I resonate with, but here are a few of my favorites: to broaden your horizons, to dare to be different, to strengthen social skills (to know different kinds of people), to become a storyteller, to improve your sense of geography, and to challenge yourself constantly.

I love packing light and bringing all the right things. An important part of this is also just being okay without the thing you forget. There's usually something. Just grab the essentials. Wallet, phone and boarding pass? You're okay. Change of clothes, earbuds, and travel journal? You're set!

If you're planning a trip yourself, here are a few tips I find helpful:

- roll instead of fold (most people know this one, but it's very true)
- find a color scheme you like for your wardrobe. That's a great way to choose which pieces to bring
- if you're trying to pack light, make sure everything you bring can be worn several ways
- bring a few things to give away. Whether they're gifts or whatever, giving is always fun, and ensures a little more space on the return trip.

Or, if you're wishing you could be traveling but aren't able to, here are a few ways to bring the adventure home, and cure some wanderlust:

- color in maps, label countries

- pray for a foreign country, maybe somewhere you'd like to visit, or that has suffered a national disaster recently (Nepal, for example)
- make a summer bucket list; plan and take a road trip complete with food, tunes, and a quirky destination, or no destination at all
- cook a dish from another country or place, making it as authentic as possible
- make a list of the top five places you would visit, if your dreams came true. Think of a few things you would be sure to bring with you. And then try to incorporate those things into your daily life.
(Your camera, that versatile scarf, a notebook you've been waiting to fill, your compass and map)
- don't wait till Friday, or summer, or for someone to come along. Make yourself breakfast, use your favorite mug, light a candle, turn on that music you want to dance to.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Salt Water

"The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the sea."
  --Isak Dinesen

Easter dinner

He is not here, for he is risen!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A bit of green

to go with the day.

"Would you like an adventure now?
"... Or shall we have our tea first?"

until we're all grown up...