Goodbye “Uncle” Pete

goodbye “uncle” pete Originally uploaded by M e l o d y It was Christmas eve. The kids and I spent the day making and decorating sugar cookies. The kids had so much fun. (Of course we told them to slow down with the candies on top, or no-one would want to eat them!) Emma…

Hope Your Spirits Are Bright

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Solstice, and JOY JOY JOY and PEACE for you and yours. A few images from our week.

Peace to You

This holiday season, so far, I am baking, baking, baking and Tom is cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.  Today has been busy with baking two pumpkin pies, a cheesecake, and a Key Lime pie and cranberry sauce.  Tomorrow it will be sugar cookies and a Cherry pie.  Perhaps a Pecan.  And then it is on to preparing…

The Color of My Soul

… Originally uploaded by M e l o d y “The colour of my soul is iron-grey and sad bats wheel about the steeple of my dreams.” Claude Debussy (French composer, 1862-1918)

I Wish: Thoughts on Life

I wish, I wish.  I wish I knew what it meant to really accept yourself; to like the person you are and who you are becoming. I wish I could remember what real joy felt like.  I can’t remember the last time I felt it, if ever, which can’t possibly be true but … I…

I am Underground

1/12/09 I guess I’ll make my poetry public again. 12/18, 2008 My poetry has gone underground for a while.  I have said some things, and written some things, that have hurt people I love.  I don’t want to be culpable, but I am.  So it’s put away in a “drawer” for a season. But here’s…

How Important is Water?

At church our kids were asked to bring in something for an offering which will dig wells for the poor. Later that day, as my boys were counting their money (to spend on a toy) I said I wanted them to think about what water means to you in your life and let me know…

Femmes arabes sur baudets.

Femmes arabes sur baudets. Originally uploaded by New York Public Library The New York Public Library has shared old photographs to the public commons of flickr. I was intrigued by these really old images from Syria and Egypt and this one in particular. It made me think of Mary, Jesus’ mother, possibly riding in to…

Things I Gave Up For the Recession (Updated)

One one of my current favorite websites, The Huffington Post, has a new section, Blogging the Meltdown.  Here’s my entry for how the recession has impacted me.  It’s updated from something I wrote a month ago. Ten (or so) things I gave up because of the recession: Not in order of importance. 1. Coffee shops….

Living On A Budget

bead bokeh bling Originally uploaded by M e l o d y I discovered a really strange phenomenon when I visited the 12th annual fair trade festival with Emma today. It is hard to spend a little money, it’s easy to spend a lot. I had my limited cash and a list of family that…

Fragmented

It is not good to get in this mood. I am dangerous. I hurt others. I hurt myself. I have no words, a heart full of gravel. I will retreat,  for now. I will search out the truth. I have been called needy. Manipulative. It is too much to face. For now I will retreat….

There is No Just War

I went to bed a few hours ago and woke with this ringing in my ears: “There is no just war.” I’ve no idea where it is coming from; it seems totally out of the blue.  Sometimes things come to us from what we were reading or talking about before we fell asleep. I was…