Taking My Time

Life is full throttle most days, and though it can wear me out at times, I am grateful for what comes.  I strive to always learn something from these experiences, sometimes in spite of myself.  I know that the faster time moves, (it’s October!?) the more mindful I must be to take care of myself and carve out bits of time for what feeds the soul.  And trust that whatever didn’t get ‘done’, well, it can wait.

Last Thursday after work, my husband and I drove out to Pensacola for a quick overnight getaway to hear some great music from another musical duo we admire – Karp Foley Band (Peter Karp and Sue Foley).  We stayed the night with friends, talking and strumming way past my usual bedtime, and then spent the next day slowly driving back home along the gulf coast, stopping for some beach time with the guitars.  It was a great, ever so brief respite.

Tonight, I took a little time to tinker in the kitchen with baking, and then sorting through recent photos and poetry books.  And listen to the lovely instrumental album ‘Unspoken Requests‘ by Linford Detweiler (Over the Rhine).  All very relaxing and heart-soothing.

So now, for the photos and poetry to share!  The poetry is older and the photos are brand new, just from the last week or so.  🙂

Disintegrate to dust
Your fears against trust
Go wherever you feel you must
Don’t let your spirit rust

Your imagined obligation
To follow trepidation
Keeps you in your station
To never see the full nation

Uncover your elation
Accept the celebration
Let the mind take a vacation
Let the heart be the sensation.





Springs Bounty

Flowers after rain are just too good to pass up for photographing.  Of course, those epic, blue-sky days are a good fit for flowers too.  Lots and lots blooming in New Orleans right now, and I’m savoring this time before the big heat sets in.  Although, I’m hoping that little dashes of this spring air continue to make appearances throughout the summer.  The red, starry-eyed flower, I’m not sure of the name, but I just couldn’t decide on one to share, so I shared multiples, and with various a few photo-toaster edits for fun.  Enjoy!


We’ve chosen the rose
Because the rose called us

To rise from the shell and stand tall amongst the rust
We’ve listened to the message and living in full trust
To do what most may fear
Living from the heart, we must

We followed a path unpaved
With no flashlight, into the cave
We followed how the heart craved
And received what she gave

Leave behind your name
Truth is all you need for this game
Leave behind your pain
For it was never yours to claim

There are no mistakes
Don’t take it for granted
Each day you wake
With a seed you’ve planted

Living this life of love, enchanted
Trusting there will be a safe landing
Water often with your laughter
And breathe deep forever after.