Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Breathing In and Out of Life

Breathe, just breathe...

"A lifetime is not what is between the moments of birth and death.
A lifetime is one moment
Between my two little breaths.
The present, the here, the now,
That's all the life I get.
I live each moment in full,
In kindness,
in peace,
without regret."
-Chade Meng, Taoist poet

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Team Ra-Ras Kicks Breast Cancer - Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelph...


‘It will be found,

in fact,

that the ingenious are always fanciful,

and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.’

- Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, March 28, 2011


"What sort of diary should I like mine to be?

Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly,

so elastic that it will embrace anything,


slight or beautiful,

that comes into my mind.

I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all,

in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through.

I should like to come back,

after a year or two,

and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced,

as such deposits so mysteriously do,

into a mould,

transparent enough to reflect the light of our life,

and yet steady,

tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art.

The main requisite,

I think,

on reading my old volumes,

is not to play the part of a censor,

but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever;

since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard,

and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time." -Virginia Woolf

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Can You See What I See?

My friend Jerry posted a photo of his bowl of ice cream on Facebook. When I look at this ice cream I can see a face. Can you? Here's how I see it: To see the face you must only look at the right side of the bowl. Think of the center divide of chocolate as the dividing line of the face. Do not look at the left of the chocolate. The top right white swirl frames the persons brow line and the gaze of the person is looking right, the curve of the white continues down on the right to frame the outline of his face, so that you see a hint of his nose and a subtle whisp of a down turned mouth. I tried to draw what I see in the next picture. Here is the simulation of the face I see.

Just wondering , "Can you see what I see?"

Things That Are Born From Adversity

Image via flickr
"the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Take It All In

"The world is grand,
awfully big
astonishingly beautiful,
frequently thrilling." -Dorothy Kilgallen

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ode to Things

"I have a crazy, crazy love of things,

I like pliers,
and scissors,

I love cups,

and rings,

and bowls--

not to speak of course of hats,

I love all things, not just the grandest,
also the infinitely small,
thimbles and spurs,

plates and flower vases.

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!..."
-Pablo Neruda

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Within Reach

"You created the stories in your mind that continue to empower your limitations.

Those beliefs create your reality and your outcomes. As you created those stories and

beliefs, you can let them go now. Just let them go.

The Past is gone, it is over. You cannot change it.

This is a new moment. Use it wisely!...

What is your Dream, your Passion, your Vision, your Purpose?

You have to nurture it, protect it, perfect it, and make it real.

You must take action."

-Lee W. Papier

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Finding The Path

"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. "-Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Giving Thanks

"If the only prayer you ever say is

"Thank You",

it will be enough." -Meister Eckhart

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Matter Of Prospective

It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
- Unknown

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Daily Practice

As you wash your hands, take a shower, or stand in the rain, visualize negative energy flowing from you and being transformed into light.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Luckiest Guy

Andy would bicycle across town in the rain to bring you candy
John would buy the gown for you to wear to the prom
Tom the astronomer who'd name a star for you.
I'm the luckiest guy on the Lower East Side
I've got wheels and you want to go for a ride.
The Luckiest Girl on the Lower East Side
The Magnetic Fields

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Letter From Sendai Japan

Author of letter: Anne Thomas

I would like to share this uplifting letter with all of you. It was taken from this website:
posted by Anne Thomas on 3/14/2011 11:30 am

A letter from Sendai
Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend's home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.
During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out a sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.
It's utterly amazingly that where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, "Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another."
Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.
We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.
There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.
Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.
And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.
They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend's husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.
Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don't. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.
Thank you again for your care and Love of me,

Love in return, to you all,


Wondering how you can help? Aid relief efforts by clicking here to donate to the Japanese Red Cross, or text redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
"Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much." -Helen Keller

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

" St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -
a day to begin transforming winter's dreams
into summer's magic." ~Adrienne Cook

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tea Is So Soothing

"Take ye a cup of kindness for auld lang syne."

"The first cup of tea is a delicacy

even if I have had 1000 cups of tea before

and will have 1000 cups of tea again."- Jennifer Haigh

As fortunate as I am with this simple cup of tea I cannot help but be moved to tears for all the people who have suffered so much in recent disasters. I wish I could share my cup of comfort with the world.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Whole New World

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality,
and instead of thinking how things may be,
to see them as they are”
Samuel Johnson

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Pi Day

Pi Day is a holiday commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (or 3/14 in month/day date format), since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form.-Wikepedia

You might ask how an artist who marries a physicist interprets this day. Well,
she tells her husband, "You can have your pi and eat it too!"

Guess what's for dessert tonight?

The Heart String of Love

"Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is
essential to your own."
Robert Heinlein

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Place of Enchantment

" I do not understand
how anyone can live
without one small place
of enchantment
to turn to."-
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Love Is Your BFF

"Where there is love there is life."
Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Winter Day At My Favorite Beach


"Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight,

that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light.

It was what I was born for - to look, to listen, to lose myself
inside this soft world -

to instruct myself over and over in joy, and acclamation.

Nor am I talking about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful, the very

but of the ordinary,
the common,
the very drab,
the daily presentations.

A group of children were having an art lesson.

Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help but grow wise with such
teachings as these-

the untrimmable light of the world,
the oceans shine

the prayers that are made out of grass?" -Mary Oliver

Hillside flowers light up the hillsides with color.
Photos taken March 10, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011



we flung us on a windy hill,
laughed in the sun,
and kissed the lovely grass."-
Rupert Brooke

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vermont in March

"... major snowstorm we woke up to this morning. It poured rain yesterday and was nearly 50 deg. and then by late afternoon, the temp. dropped at least 20 deg. and it started snowing last night and hasn't stopped. All state and local offices are closed so we are officially snowed in for the day - feels glorious! We've got at least 4 ft. of snow around our house." -Pati in Vermont March 7, 2011 day

"It's gorgeous today-sparkly sunshine on the snow like teeny diamonds!"-Pati, Vermont March 8, 2011

"When there's snow on the ground, I like to pretend I'm walking on clouds." Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

An Invitation

"At every instant and from every side,

resounds the call of Love:

We are going to the sky
who wants to come with us?"-

Monday, March 7, 2011

May I Have This Dance?

Grace Kelly
"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love." --Jane Austen
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