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Posts tagged ‘Gardening’

Daily Prompt Love <3 Seeking Solace

26 July 2017

The world is in so much pain right now, so much anger, so much fear. If I am not mindful, that collective despair will weigh down on my back, settle ’round my shoulders like a yoke, until it chokes me, and I am become part of the problem, rather than doing what I think I should–choosing light, choosing peace, choosing Love–doing all that I can to be a force for compassion and Love in this world. So I have to make sure that I care for myself, body and spirit. I personally seek solace in the natural world, in my garden.

It reminds me, daily, that we are made not from our successes, but from the narrative of learning embodied in failure, every lush, red tomato now the product of years on my knees, learning, lessons gifted by seeds that did not germinate, rain that did not fall, soil that wasn’t ready, woodlings that wandered in and ate the fruit, reminders of my rent being due, for sharing this space.

Reward, and humility, in equal share, mistakes and losses, the cost of carelessness, the reminder that I own no space alone in my time on this planet, reside always in the garden. But even more, for me, in that small space, dwells possibility. Even in the darkest winter months, I imagine what will come, with spring. I find solace in the garden’s persistent gift, the imagining of an unimaginable future.

Make art about where you find solace. 

abundabce

Daily Prompt Love Catch-Up <3 Carnivals, Weeds, and a Fistful of Stars

10 June 2017

Accompanied my daughter and son-in-law today for that GrandPerson’s first trip to a fair.

Make art inspired by a fair, or carnival.

Max Merry Go Round 2

11 June 2017

Traveling on back roads today, my favorite way to get anywhere.

Make art about back roads, country lanes, two-lane blacktops cutting through nothing but countryside.

12 June 2017

Grading and gardening day.

Make art about pulling weeds, about weeding things out.

pulling weeds

13 June 2017

Dreamt someone I love brought me a gift.

Make art about a fistful of stars.

hand filled with light

Daily Prompt Catch-Up <3 Family, Ground, and Grief

8 April 2017

First Birthday party today for my grandson!

Make art about the miracles of family. 

max laughing

 

9 April 2017

Tilling in the summer garden today.

Make art about breaking ground. 

breaking ground

10 April 2017

A friend of mine lost ten family members in the recent tragic events in Syria. 

Make art about extreme loss, or extreme grief. 

grief-reaction

Daily Prompt Love <3 Reconnecting through Common Ground

10/9/2016

Make art about connections made through food, connections in the present, or to the past. 

food-common-ground

Daily Prompt Love! <3 Cooking and What Woke You :-)

 

11 August 2016

Spent all day canning and preserving food. Always takes me back into the company of all those over time who did this before me, especially the women who taught me, as a child, to can and put up food for the winter.

Make art about food as heritage.

child cooking

12 August 2016

Was abruptly awakened by a crow at the window, informing me—loudly–that the suet cages needed filling 🙂

Make art about being awakened suddenly.

crow

Daily Prompt Catch-Up <3 Sometimes the Prompt Is All About What You Believe

 

6 August 2016

Time with my daughter, son-in-law, and that miraculous GrandPerson. Looking into my grandson’s eyes, I can see eternity ❤

Make art about what you see in a child’s eyes.

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7 August 2016

Love coming home to find tomatoes ripening to red, okra reaching fingers to the sky, even those last cucumbers still making their climb up the trellis 🙂

Deep within each one of us lies a garden.~Julie Moir Messervy

Make art about the garden that lies within you.

heart as a garden

8 August 2016

Had the chance today to spend time with my sister and a beautiful cousin I haven’t seen in years. So good for my heart!

Make art about extended family.

Crickett and Sherrie and me

9 August 2016

Thinking on this today.

Make art about the power of belief.

gita belief

Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Porches, and Pictures, and Plans–Oh My!

 

 

13 May 2016

Headed off to teach a weekend Promptathon workshop at The Porches Writing Retreat 🙂

Make art about porches.

upper porch

 

14 May 2016

Saturday morning at The Porches Writing Retreat, and we’re working on Voices.

Make art about the voice you hear down in the hall.

hallway_to_heaven_by_aleco247-d7z1jqv

 

15 May 2016

I have a habit of collecting discarded photographs in thrift stores, those precious memories sold in estate sales, so many beautiful faces, so many voices, so many stories.

other people's pictures

Make art about other people’s pictures.

 

16 May 2016

Had some sweet winged company.

A luna moth emerges from its cocoon with not long for this earth. The average lifespan is a week, during which time they have no means to eat (no mouths). Their week (and life) goal is simple: to reproduce. To make love, the strongest of human emotions.

Many observers believe this to be a reminder of the importance of love in our short time on this earth. Live and love to the fullest and enjoy every experience that gets thrown your way. 

Make art about Loving fully in the moment. 

 

luna moth

 

 

17 May 2016 

Okay, so the garden’s cleaned up and turned over, but it’s pouring cold hard rain outside. So I guess I’m sewing, instead of planting today.

Make art about having your plans thwarted.

hard rain

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