Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays to you and yours

Life has been busy, for all of us!   My daughter had her wisdom teeth out a few days ago and had an allergy reaction.  She wanted this done-I am not the mean Mom!  Winter guard starts soon and she wanted this behind her.  She is doing fine now~

I wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Holiday!  I thought I would share this amazing group of talented kids.  My daughter found them and they have an unique sound. I guess the best way to describe their sound is to say its all their own. ;D



  




Thursday, December 20, 2012

Daughter's Dilemma

I picked up my daughter from school yesterday. She wanted to help me get groceries. No, she really hoped I would go to Starbucks, lol.   We did-I had a few gift cards to get.  Then she said, the girls in the guard are swapping gifts.  I knew she had received some nail polish and Lindt's chocolates.  She said, "well, not everyone is giving gifts.  Some of the guard is swapping."

           "Some?  Oh, no-if you are giving gifts, you will give to everyone. You are the         Captain, you can't be selective."

           "What can I get?"  she looked puzzled.


            As I walked around the store, it struck me like lightening. I know get the Rainbow Skittles in the Candy Canes.  You all performed carrying the Rainbow Rose flag.




                "Really?  Oh, good idea."   she laughed and ran around collecting the candy canes.

                 "I have another idea."  I laughed. 

                 "No, Mom that is enough."

                "No, its not-I need black felt and some ribbon."

She followed me to the tiny craft area and I grabbed what I need. "What are you going to do?"

                 "You'll see."  I laughed.

After getting groceries, putting them away, and getting dinner, I snuck up in the FROG,  to begin.   I ran downstairs with the first ornament.   She looked stunned.

                "Mom, you don't need to do this."


   What she didn't realize was I did!  I did need to make these girls, something special. They do not get  a lot of recognition from the school.  It is all about football,  the band, the cheerleaders, and than the guard.  They won more trophies than the band, yet...at the pep rallies the cheerleaders didn't include them in the fun.  No, I need to make these. They have done an amazing job, this year!   It won't take me long.   I felt like an elf, as I worked on making this simple ornaments.  I do hope these girls like them and remember the magic they created.  Making these ornaments created magic in my heart! 






I made mini flag ornaments.  I hope they will always remember-the memories of their performance and the bond that they shared!   They had an amazing year :D

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Regifting Poetry

No, I am not going to discuss regifting, lol.   I am going to give the gift of poetry. Over at Poet's United we are to share a poem by another poet, that spoke to us.  It felt like a gift...
 I am going to share three poems, that spoke to me.  I love so many poets and there is so much talent-it was difficult to select.  I could honestly pick a fav of every poet I have read online and in books. These poems, that have inspired me, made me ponder and have touched my soul.
 I think of these poems, as pearls of insight and wisdom!



Some poems make me feel calm and peaceful, like the first gently snowfall of winter. I know it isn't always gentle, but here online I can pick, lol. 



“I love snowflakes simply for the reason that each one is unique; nonidentical to zillions of crystallized counterparts.  It's a difficult notion to wrap your brain around, and yet it reminds me that amidst the innumerable stories told throughout the ages, a distinctly new one rests on the tip of an author's pen.”
Richelle E. Goodrich


  This poem made me see the scene, made me feel. I was smitten the first time I read her words.  I knew this would be my first poem.  I can still remember how I felt, when I read it the first time.   She is a retired high school English teacher, I wish she had been mine~
Her art, her words-she is so talented!  She is always inspiring and brilliant, in her delivery and insight~
   
                      Artist. Photographer. Writer. Reader. Dreamer. Farmer.

 Mary Ann Potter, I hope someday we meet and go on a morning walk! :D


"The Factory Girls by Candlelight"


Light cancels, obliterates here,
where paper and thread,
dust and heat,
and
paint flakes on cracked window frames
measure our pale hours.

Elbows and souls chafe into grey,
near-dead hands stuff into deep-pocketed aprons
of old white,
the color of shadows.


©Mary Ann Potter

YOU can read of her gorgeous poems HERE!

I love your voice Mary Ann, please write a book~


 the starcatcher









Hope does whisper over here. I am always in awe of her talent, her voice!


I am talking about Carrie Burtt!  Her blog Hope Whispers is so filled with sentiment and grace.   This is a bit of Carrie's bio: 
 
"Someone once said to write about why the sky was blue,so I did,and now I can't stop...."    
I love Carrie's view of the world!  Here is one of her poems, her talent  makes me smile and gasp.  She is filled with wonder and fills me with HOPE! 

Hope never abandons you, you abandon it."  ~George Weinberg



There is no place that it does not breathe
it can survive in a cardboard box
a lion's cage
 a train wreck
a coal mine
yet there is a hunger in it's belly
that yearns to be held whole
it will travel far
or it will hold still
like a photo
it's greatest strength
is where our weakness abides
in the time of need
it lingers
yet like a ghost
you may not see it unless
you are looking with your heart's eye.

© Carrie Burtt
 

CARRIE, your voice is a gift, please write a book!  








 I discovered her talent, at Poets United. She now tends the Imaginary Garden.   She is an inspiration, a teacher, who guides other poets. She allows and encourages us, to play with form. Sometimes I want to rebel-some forms are tough!  She is a school teacher, in South Africa.  I have learned a lot from Kerry, her voice in both poetry and speech amazes me. I love her blogs, but I am going to feature her blog Skylover.  She has given me a chance to express my soul.  She is a remarkable talent and inspiration!                    
She has a beautiful voice and collects fireflies!~  



Kerry's bio:  "I have fallen in love with the sky And made a secret pact with the moon, I lift my face for the wind’s kiss And fall asleep to the sea’s tune. I write love-letters to the stars And caress the tallest tree, I embrace bright shafts of sunlight And love the rain that falls on me."




© Jaime Clark (photo via Kerry's daughter)

 

Portrait of the artist as a raindrop:
I adhere to the deep secret of moss.
The dampness encourages me to grow
in hidden ways.
I give birth to strange mushrooms
of infinitesimal thought,
pale and convoluted and delicate.

You may think me dumb and dull,
because I will speak of the way I see
a glint of light run along a sunbird’s black beak;
shackled to my ink, I write it into lines,
and add besides, that feathers
are the perfect colour.
I have yet to be born as a snail
and unravel my spirals of thought
in thin trails of night silver.

Rain me a thing
          Rain me a glow worm
          Rain me a butterfly
          Rain me a curling leaf of fern.
Under storm clouds, I will sing the song with words
I do not understand, in B Flat Minor.

©Kerry O' Connor




Kerry, where is your book?!

I'm waiting... ;D
 


I had a difficult time choosing poems!  These three women are amazing, their insight alludes me~  Their poetry is a gift!!!