Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What's Wrong With This Picture?

To the mom who gathers all the unsold lunches at my son's elementary school and brings it to the homeless shelter every single day - I see you.

To the lunch lady who silently paid for the child's food because she knew there was no money left on the lunch card - I see you.

To the little girl who removed the caterpillar from the sidewalk and placed it on the grass so it wouldn't get squashed - I see you.

To the boy who gave his snack to the one who didn't have any - I see you.

To the person who spent 179 million dollars on a Picasso painting when 80% of the world population lives on less than 10 dollars a day - I see you.


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

“Blessed be the mind that dreamed the day
the blueprint of your life
would begin to glow on earth,
illuminating all the faces and voices
that would arrive to invite
your soul to growth.

Praised be your father and mother,
who loved you before you were,
and trusted to call you here
with no idea who you would be.

Blessed be those who have loved you
into becoming who you were meant to be,
blessed be those who have crossed your life
with dark gifts of hurt and loss
that have helped to school your mind
in the art of disappointment.

When desolation surrounded you,
blessed be those who looked for you
and found you, their kind hands
urgent to open a blue window
in the gray wall formed around you.

Blessed be the gifts you never notice,
your health, eyes to behold the world,
thoughts to countenance the unknown,
memory to harvest vanished days,
your heart to feel the world’s waves,
your breath to breathe the nourishment
of distance made intimate by earth.

On this echoing-day of your birth,
may you open the gift of solitude
in order to receive your soul;
enter the generosity of silence
to hear your hidden heart;
know the serenity of stillness
to be enfolded anew
by the miracle of your being.”

― John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings


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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

And the Winner Is....

The winner of the Time Flies Mother's Day Giveaway is Brittani Adams!  Thank you to all who have played along with me.  I look forward to this special giving every year.  My apologies that I do not have an image to go with this post, but my Finder crashed and a delightful Apple Genius is currently fixing it.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Made so & rooted by love,


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Friday, April 24, 2015

From their Branches: Patrick Dougherty Installation 2015

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,”
they say, “and you, too, have come
into the world to do this, to go easy,
to be filled with light, and to shine.”  

- Mary Oliver

It was about 30 yrs ago when I happened upon the work of sculptor Patrick Dougherty and was instantly enthralled.  As a young girl who liked to play in the woods, climb trees, and build things like forts and tree houses - Patrick's work touched that part of me and transported me to a time when anything I could imagine was real.  It was my wish that one day I would help him build an installation.

In February I heard that Mr. Doughtery was coming to Reston to create an installation and I could hardly believe it.  I immediately contacted GRACE and volunteered to be on his team.   Long story short, for the last three weeks I've been living my dream atop a scaffolding bending sticks.  It has been an extraordinary experience for which I am very VERY grateful.

I would like to invite all of you to join us at the celebration in Reston Town Square Park on Saturday April 25th!!! 

Family Activities 2pm- 5pm

Opening Reception 5pm - 7pm

Below are some photos of the creation in process.  I hope you enjoy them.  May these words and images inspire you.





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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

4th Grade Field Trip : National Symphony

The kids were enthralled with the symphony hall as much as the music.  The highlight was when the conductor engaged the children to create a storm with their bodies like the video clip below....


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter, Eostre, Ostara

The tight solitude of a seed,
Allowing it time
To shed the grip of former form
And give way to a deeper generosity
That will one day send it forth,
A tree into springtime,
May all that holds you

Fall from its hungry ledge
Into the fecund surge of your heart. - John O'Donohue, For Freedom

Eggs and bunnies...what could be better.


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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Spring Break 2015

"Spring and all its flowers
now joyously break their vow of silence.
It is time for celebration, not for lying low" - Hafiz

Some scenes from Spring Break...there was the giant indoor trampoline on the high pollen day, and the first visit from the ice cream man, and hammocks, and a visit from besties, and fossil hunting and a picnic at the bay, and it seemed as though everyone and everywhere was blooming.


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