Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
View of San Francisco obscured by fog (see webcam)
Viewed from a different angle (see webcam)
When I looked out at Scudder Pond this morning, I saw my first mother wood duck with ducklings for this spring. The cherry tree across the pond is blooming in the early morning rain.
Scroll down here to hear clips from "Celebrations For A Grey Day."
Friday, April 25, 2008
Just want to thank all for thoughtful and much-appreciated blog comments since my old friend died on April 20. Still feeling disoriented but not alone. His sister and brother-in-law mailed the portable wooden easel he used for painting while he was at the VA hospital and two paintings he did after his stroke, one titled "The Forest Floor" and the other "Plant My Heart." It's too early to share these here.
42 years is a long time to have loved someone. Feeling gratitude for the love that continues after death.
("Woman With Her Hands Full" -- gouache, watercolor and pastel, from the early 1980s, by Old Girl Of The North Country)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
As I continue to prepare to travel to California for a visit with an old friend in a VA hospital, I am feeling more sorrow than wonder. Czeslaw Milosz' poem "Encounter" offers me a shift in consciousness to that of wonder and even gratitude.
(photo taken in Half Moon Bay, California, in 1970, by the 20-year-old woman who was to become Old Girl Of The North Country in December of 2006)
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
While searching for a poem or song to go with this flower, I heard one of my neighbors shout to his dog, "Cosmo!" My cat, Oboe, woke up, stood up and looked out the window. So I looked up the meaning of "cosmo" and found:
Greek, kosmos -- order, form, arrangement, the world or universe.
May soon be traveling to Northern California to visit with my old friend in the ICU at the VA Hospital. Thanks to all who have been stopping by here. I am having a hard time staying in the present.
Four things, among many, that have been helpful:
Stroke of Insight
How do you know?
Scroll down to hear Mavis Staples sing "Have A Little Faith"
Facing Death and Finding Hope