"Story Lady"

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Folk Rally in Heaven

banjos abound
in his honor



Monday, January 27, 2014

I keep looking at this amazing photo:

Doesn't this look like a still from a movie about the Middle Ages?
Unfortunately, it isn't a movie
It's from last week
the Ukrainian Situation
These people of faith
stand between opposing ideals
as a Hope-Filled Reminder
trying to calm hearts
stop violence

Unfortunately, even though they are all freezing
the populace is willing to fight to create life
the way they envision it.

This is from a news feed
I'm sorry I can't tell you who captured the moment
that has me riveted
BUT Wait!!! - Monkeywrangler to the rescue!
here are the credits:
It's an AP photo by Sergei Grits

(Thank you, Monkeywrangler!!!)

May Peace Prevail
Everywhere

(sigh)
love & love,
-g-

Saturday, January 25, 2014

From Manford:

It’s easy to sing the song, but to pray the lyrics from deep within… that’s worship!” 
― Gangai Victor


Thursday, January 23, 2014

"If you would know a mystic . . . "

"If you would know a mystic, do not confine your search to monasteries and temples, but look also on the highways and byways, in towns, hamlets, and in the hustle and bustle of the great cosmopolitan centers of the world. When you find someone who is industrious, studious, compassionate, loved by friends, and neighbours, tolerant in religious views, and who can point out to you the magnificence and efficacy of God in the simplest of things, you have found a mystic. With these qualities, whether one is attired in sacerdotal robe or in the overalls of a mechanic, one is none the less a mystic."
-- Ralph M. Lewis




(georgy-photo from The Garden)




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

To Bishvat

I love this tree.
I've shared about her countless times
a habit I'm sure to continue
Right now she seems to be sleeping
(we had a bit of snowfall last night)

She is the one I told you about,
a twisted stick in a dried out bucket
left after a sale at a hardware store
I brought her home, and started singing (really LOUD)
to her

She is much bigger now
and, in the spring
she is going to enchant me (again.)

SO, it's Tu Bishvat
The day we celebrate the Birthday
(or New Year)
of the Trees.

She may be sleeping
but, deep down
she is doing "The Work"

Is that a little like Life?
We may not feel like much at times
BUT, on our behalf
somewhere Deep
work is going on
To Fulfill our dreams
and enchant us.

love & love,
-g-


Monday, January 13, 2014

I keep thinkin' of that theme song: "we're movin' on up . . . " Do you remember it????

I was up rather early Sunday.  My creatures, (Ms. Osa Magillicutty Happy Pants & Jelly Bean the Kitty Queen,)  were still snoozing away.  I got up, turned on my desk light and created a small page of affirmation . . .

See, I took a mis-step a while back and found myself
"painted in a corner."  I am/was so accustomed to being wildly successful, i refused to see the situation as it was - so, i did EVERYTHING I could think of to "fix"  what turned out to be
 "unfix-able" the way it was.  sigh.

After doing everything possible to remedy the situation, i finally had to admit it was not ever going to be better . . . in fact, if i let it play out the way it was - i would not survive.  SO, I told myself the truth, and continue (to this day) to say the same to the culprit with a "flat line mentality."

I have learned I am good at a LOT of things.  (Nice to know.) But, if i do not look honestly at my surroundings, i attract the same kind of issues - Therefore, it is part of my  life lesson to claim myself and my dreams and see how far i get.  (I used to talk out loud to myself, being my own best friend, that "we" would just see how far we could get . . . )

That's where all this newbie art stuff comes from . . Me, rebuilding.  I only share this, in case any of you felt alone in your own growth.  SEE?? It happens . . we can do this.

Okay, the affirmation came from reading some Rumi - I don't remember his words - my are hard to read.  It says, "The night has passed.  I have plenty of work to do,"  and "I am silently drawn by the pull of what i truly love."

Just lately I have felt lighter, free-er - I'm certain things are on the upswing.
 I know presenting for World Peace Day was a marker for my spirit.

Winter Break is over and it's good to be back in the classroom.

By the way - that last watercolor was so mean to me  . . . I'm making the paints participate in mixed media until I'm ready to give "fine arts" another go . . giggle.

never give up,
Never,
love & love,
-g-

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What a wonderful day!

After an extended Winter break
(because winter decided to show off)
Classes have returned.
I came prepared, in case thinking had turned to lumpy oatmeal
But, there was no need,
Students came ready to share.

Our discussions were lively and insightful.

oooh, am i happy!


love & love,
-g-


Thursday, January 09, 2014

from Peggy:

Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell.

--Shams Tabrizi


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

smiling:


So much silly fun cast dancing at the end
I am still giggling


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I have never been offered an ear of Indian Corn to eat . . have you?

Oooh, this watercolor was mean to me
I finally got out some acrylic and a uni-ball pen
to "finish up."

I declare it my first 2014 art endeavor
from the looks of it
it's all up from here, hm?

giggle,
what are you up to?

Really, is there a reason we see this colorful stuff
but, not in our traditional dishes - to eat?

hey!  Story Time has been canceled tomorrow morning
because it's still too icy.
I bet school will be open, though.

It's gonna snow - 
BUT, it might reach 30 degrees - 
which will feel like a balmy day - after the 15 below yesterday.
(They tell us the "wind chill factor" was a mighty low number.
All i know - it was cold.  'nuff said.)

2014 - we are off and running!!!

Sending you love & love,
-g-

Monday, January 06, 2014

From Steven Charleston:


Time to get my vision checked. I need to make an appointment with God to see how my spiritual eyes are working. Am I seeing the world clearly? Am I looking at the people around me with a bright view? Or are there blind spots in my perception of reality? Do I have a loss of clarity, a graying of my vision, a distorted opinion of the distance between me and those for whom I should care? I never take it for granted. I never assume I can see perfectly. I take the time to let the expert check me out, to test my sacred sight and help me look at life without blemish.
-- Steven Charleston



love & love,
-g-


Saturday, January 04, 2014

“The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.” 
--Sri Nisargadatta Mahara 


Thursday, January 02, 2014

Satyagraha