Saturday, May 31, 2008

How can something so beautiful... created by something so ugly?

This afternoon dh and I went walking in the harbor and this is what I captured:

The lines of this image are so very captivating. It almost lulls me with it's distorted beauty; that is until I am hit smack between the eyes with the reality that the *beautiful lines* are actually created by human pollution.

In one moment, my very nice evening stroll was halted in the striking dissonance of the reality. It is such a sad display of depravity. It really is.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sewing Basket

Sewing Basket, originally uploaded by poetic mama.
Last Thursday I had the greatest thrift find yet. I found this beautiful case... my photos do not do it justice. Inside there is all sorts of fun notions that are at least 2 decades old. Love that!

Sewing Basket, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wheel Barrell

Wheel Barrell, originally uploaded by poetic mama.
I just love this little pic. It isn't great by any means, but the lines of the carpet and dd position create such interesting tension.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bubba's Cuteness

Bubbas Cuteness, originally uploaded by poetic mama.
I just can't resist posting this little shot of the youngest in the family. We are away in Arizona this weekend visiting the great grandparents and this was a sweet moment of rest for our toddler boy.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Portrait of Mommy

Portrait of Mommy, originally uploaded by poetic mama.
A child's eye is wonderful. Boo intuitively knows how to capture the story and he already understands the idea of good composition. My job as his mother is to help protect the innocence he brings to his art. I don't want to train his intuitive creativity out of him. I want his expression of truth to flow freely from deep within him as he travels through this life.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Habitat for Humanity

So dh is often quite creative and brilliant if you ask me and I mean that in the general and in the specific. Several months ago we finally decided to purchase and install new solid wood interior doors in our home. Several of the door jams were splitting and the doors were hung hastily and carelessly right before we bought our house. The problem we had though, was that the doors themselves were in great shape, but hollow and not our choice with three little ones and all of the noise that comes with such joy. We were very conflicted in the decision because we didn't want good doors to go into a landfill. First I tried freecycle and no luck. Then I tried word of mouth...which was also fruitless. So dh decided to do some research and he followed a link from a link, from a link, which led him to our local Habitat for Humanity chapter. So he arranged a pick up and sure enough all four doors will be put to good use.

I have to tell you that my experience with the drivers today was the nicest interaction I have ever had when I have donated something to an organization. I regularly give to Goodwill and until recently, Salvation Army. The men from Habitat were kind, knowledgeable and professional. I felt like the donation is really gonna go to someone in need. They gave me a flyer of what things they are needing and they told me to pass the word along... which of course, I totally am. This list comes from the local Home Store in my area. If you are thinking about what to do with decent materials you are needing to dispose of, I totally recommend them. There is a $5.00 fuel charge and your waste can become someone's blessing and good fortune. It was a source of huge light in my day!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Finishing things...

The first photo project is finished and will be mailed tomorrow. I can't believe I am actually taking this first step! I am often so afraid of having my art critiqued so sending this in is huge for me!

I am also almost finished with Baby J's blanket. She is asking me every day..."Mama, are you done with my baby doll blanket yet?" I can't wait to be able to say, "All done baby girl!"

I have grown way to acustomed to letting things go unfinished, and it is really feeling very good to get these precious tasks completed. I need more completion in my world.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday Thoughts- Simple vs. Easy

I've already downed my venti latte, so I am ready to tackle the issue of the choice today.

Let's talk about truth today.

Simple: Truth is all around us ready for us to notice it when we are ready....and sometimes even making us notice it when we think we really aren't ready for it.

Easy: Speaking truth, and living truth should be easy... but it so isn't. It is actually *easier* to deny truth most of the time... at least IMNSHO.

So living in my truth has been quite an evolutionary process. I had to purge the message that my experience was not important. I had find the courage and strength to be aware of my truth on a daily basis... but now it is intergrated in me and I feel like I am open to truth around me and inside of me. It is immensily difficult to stay mindful of the truth around me sometimes. What has surprised me though, is how much less energy it takes for me to do that hard work, than to deny truth. Now that I am fairly well practiced, it is actually both simple and easy for me in my daily movement, but it has taken discipline... that's for sure.

Energy is a tricky thing... we are tempted to cut corners and deny truth when we think skipping a step will make things easier for us. Here's the thing though, what seems to help in the short run, ends up taking much more energy in the long run. Dragging denial around behind us brings with it, fear, exhaustion, and anxiety. I would rather do the work on the front that in the long run I can live in the freedom that only truth can offer me.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Is this just the madness of King George?


I just don't get why this move is supposed to make families feel like he understands their sacrifice... I mean really, Golf? What a big heart he has. *Rolling my eyes*

Yo George
by Tori Amos

I salute to you Commander
And I sneeze
'Cause I have Now
An Allergy
To your policies it seems

Where have we gone wrong America?
Mr. Lincoln we can't seem
To find you anywhere out of the millions
From the deserts
To the mountains
Over prairies
To the shores
Is this just the Madness of King George
Yo George
Is this just the Madness of King George
Yo George
Well you have the whole Nation
On all fours

Gifts from my kiddos

Gifts from my kiddos, originally uploaded by poetic mama.
Such sweetness. Dh facilitated a handmade gift for me from the kids. I was imagining construction paper and markers... he delivered the middle bouquet. Lot's of tears poured out over the kids gifts to me this year. I so heart being mommy for Boo, Baby J and Bubbas! (formerly known as Sweet Pea)

Mother's Day Garden

Mother's Day Garden, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

Thrift Finds...

I know, I know...I teased you with a weekly-ish installment of thrift finds, and then nothing for a while. Ooops... here's a peak of my new finds!

There really is a good use for a remote control with a finding remote...

When your toddler throws it in the trash can you will be able to find it underneath the coffee grounds and muck. The money some people can expunge from tired parents of toddlers... I mean really!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day to you...

Whether you are a mother, or you have ever taken care of someone in need... be kind and gentle to you and those around you today!

Happy Mother's Day to Me...

Mother's Day Tattoos, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thursday Thoughts- Simple vs. Easy

It's been a few weeks and I am still trying to formulate my thoughts in a concise manner... and now I realize fark that. I'm just gonna go for the simple and the easy...

Life is multi-dimensional. Emotion is big. Reality is hard. Love is good. Connection is dangerous. People are depraved. And every day brings new opportunity.

And I like it that way.

Break the Sun

Break the Sun- April 29, 2001

chaos moving in and through
a part of me get it out
everyone exists lives within
can’t survive don’t want to try
be myself be my own
break the mold
break the sun
out in the cold harsh reality

chasm created experience changed
though a part not within
breaking free created hate
hardened rocks
chaos reigned
now questioned real
break the mold
break the sun
out in the cold harsh reality

casual cruel humor wrapped
love skewed packaged last
nightmares nightmares
don’t fit reject
folded cards
hatred shrewd
break the mold
break the sun
out in the cold harsh reality

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Do not go gentle into that good night

by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Confessions of a Mostly Crunchy Momma ...

...that still likes to take her kids to McDonald’s

I cannot stop my fast food addiction. I have traveled so far into the lifestyle where my ideals and my behavior are congruent…but there is a huge gaping hole in this area of my daily living. In the past five years I have been able to switch from toxic cleaners to natural non-petroleum based cleaners. I have made the transition to organic eating in the home. I don’t eat red meat…or much meat at all anymore. I shop local when I can, buy used if I can find what is needed, and use cloth in many areas of my home. I have gone from a junk food junkie, T.V. watching, gas guzzling diva,… to a conservation minded, canvas bag toting, NPR listening, knitting, thrifting momma.

But here is the truth. Not only do I still take my kiddos to McDonald’s and other fast food establishments… I actually enjoy it. Way Too Much! From the horrible for you , but oh so tasty french fries, to the crappy, non eco-friendly plastic toys for my kids. McDonald’s sure did make a huge impression on me. I can know in my head how horrible the food is for me, how hurtful the labor practices are for their workers, and how atrocious their waste is for our earth. I can know this in my head, but I still need to take just one more hit. That’s some masterful marketing… and now they don’t even need to worry about marketing to my children… I make the Micky- Dee’s case to my kiddos for the corporation. And that’s all free to them. Maddening I tell you.

I need to break the cycle. Seriously.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Handmade Toys

Handmade Toys, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

So the family.. and a few friends, headed out to the handmade fair yesterday and what excitement it was! Great people, good music, and lots of great things to look at, be inspired by, and take home. Boo has a new favorite toy... a robot, that he has named Robot Box, or R.B. Baby J has a new doll that she named fox.

Here's the greatest part though, when we brought the toys home today, we explained that they would have to choose one toy to give away. Baby J went around the house finding anything that was one of her brothers' to give away... I don't think she quite got the point. But Boo, he totally got it. He chose a favorite Lightening McQueen toy, and if any of you know my boy, you know that is serious giving. He told me that he wanted another little boy to have has much fun with it as he did. What a way to make a momma's heart swell with joy!

Yesterday we made a huge stride in our family to move away from plastic and commercial, and move towards handmade and natural. It is good...very good!

Fox and Tic Tac Toe

Fox and Tic Tac Toe
Photo Credit goes to Baby J

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Baby Shower Fun

I had so much fun hosting my friends' baby shower yesterday. It has been a long wait for this little boy, and everyone is so excited! Look at how cute this cake was!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hug a Tree

I was hurrying around the other day... you know, taking care of the oh so important busy work of life and as I drove by the local high school, this is what I found. I immediately stopped in my tracks, headed home for my camera and came back to enjoy this art installment in celebration of Earth Day. I heart my high school alma mater. It made me proud, and it made the whole rhythm of my day change. I needed that change!

Today is a Pajama Day

The kids have a mid morning dentist appointment and so I took Boo out of school today and we're laying low for the time being. It is just so important for us to stop the go, go, go, go every once in a while and enjoy each other. This weekend will be filled with fun and friends, so we might as well start it off right... with rest and a bit of peace. I hope your weekend is one of rest and relaxation!