Friday, December 6, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
May our friendships continue to grow and our dreams come true and through the fellowship we create, may it bring good things to the world, now and throughout the new year.
I wish you all a holiday season filled with joy and peace. And, may our hearts be sanctuary, full of love and laughter and caring...
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? ~ Dr. Suess
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up we usually had a house full of family and friends and spent a wonderful day playing games, lively conversation catching up, and some music making. I always loved it when the old timers (to me at the time) told their stories about Thanksgiving and holidays from long ago.
I really enjoyed the way the day progressed. Everyone together, then the girls would all gather in one area for awhile and the guys would go off somewhere to the den or the garage. Then back together for more food. Throughout the day these different patterns and combinations of activity would improvise themselves.
It was fun to hear the stories my aunts would tell about growing up during the Depression and driving out to their Aunt Eda's farm in a 31 Ford with rumble seat. Or my great aunties when they lived in Chicago in the Roaring 20’s. And of course the old guys would have some great kid stories and WWII adventures to share.
I used to love hanging in the kitchen with the women. These were the occasions when you’d learn about your families old old friends and all kinds of distant (and once removed) relatives you didn't even know you had and how they were getting along these days.
We had a mostly European mixed bag ethnically in our tribe and it made for awesome combinations of food. In my immediate family we had French, Swede, English, Belgium, German and by marriage and old friendships Italian, German, Irish, Polish, Mexican, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Croatians... Funny, if I threw a big Thanksgiving at my place today I’d have the rest of the planet pretty much accounted for.
With whomever and however you spend the day, have a great one! We do have so much for which to be thankful.
So bring your appetites and warm smiles, tell good stories and enjoy one another with a light heart.
And be at peace... Happy Thanksgivukkah!
A big shout out to John Reinwald and our First American Title marketing department for this really well done Thanksgiving video...
Saturday, November 16, 2013
|A Nap with Pie|
The best gift we can be to ourselves and the world is to relight the beacon, get our proverbial shit together and be a good example of how a nation with vision and compassion takes care of its own and it's true friends. We're supposed to be in recovery from the recession but I've never seen more homeless and working poor.
So I'm whining a little today. I've been flat on my back for 2 1/2 days with a slipped disc in my lower back and a pinched nerve. It's miserable, I admit. And I feel a guilty for sulking about it. I know many that are far worse off than I am and have had some really tough breaks the last few years. My heart goes out to them.
Yet, today, at this moment, it's all about me. As I lay in a pool of sweat trying not to move (or cough) so I trigger the all consuming web of pain it crosses my mind; if it were serious, if something really were wrong and I needed surgery and I couldn't work for an extended period of time, no doubt I'd be totally screwed.
Is that a sign I'm getting older? It reminds me of an old family'ism, "This too shall pass." You'll feel better tomorrow and things will be better.
I gotta go... I need to lay down again. I don't have any pie, but I'm going take a nap in my warm cozy bed with sincere thanks it's not a park bench. I'll play some music in my head and dream about tomorrow. After all, I'm an artist by calling. I took the oath a long time ago. I'm done with the whining and there's no time to waste.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
I was shopping at Fred Meyer in downtown Renton this weekend... Someone had dumped something in the parking lot (not sure if it was for the birds or not) but it was fun watching these crows. As you can see there's a pecking order of sorts (no pun intended) and they're rather fearless when it comes to the vehicles driving by...
Crows on Patrol, Renton, Washington...