Monday, May 31, 2010

La Plus Ca Change

the more things . . . change, which is a good thing when it involves sacred spaces and sacred memories evolving unbeknownst to me, with artistic devotion.

From one end of Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Va. (our destination this weekend), to the other, these photos capture change I deem loving.

First, a Reformed Baptist Church, built in 1833, remodeled by the First Christian Church in 1890 and site of my wedding in 1998 whilst it housed the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg. It is also the space where I practiced yoga hours before the ceremony. The structure is now the home of Trista's luscious
Eileen's Bakery & Café.

And a loft-like space, part percussion center and part art gallery, where the reception following said wedding took place. Imagine the rough hewn floors, dynamic art and
Ken, an engaged community artist. Ken recently moved to the beat of his own drum and relocated mere blocks away.

Yesterday, as I paused outside of Eileen's, my iPhone rang. It was my brother Tom, calling from Boston and creating what Carl Jung called a meaningful coincidence. Twelve years ago, my dearest brother served as my lone attendant and Man of Honor at my wedding inside the 177 year-old sacred space in front of me.

Ah, the art of evolution and synchronicity.

Dites-moi, svp, how has art, evolution or synchronicity made your life even more beautiful?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday in the City

À pied in Washington, D.C., this cool yet muggy, overcast afternoon. Destination? My yoga mat at my studio of choice, Tranquil Space. Once firmly on the mat, I look inward a process of self discovery and find limitless joy and lovingkindness. Imagine that! It was well worth the trip.

Tell me, how did you spend your day?

Photo note: The shot of the Asian Diner is a nod to Clint, my message-in-the-bottle friend. Have I told you that marvelous story?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nurture . . .

. . . your fearlessness, as Papaya inspires. So,

  • Dream

  • Plan

  • Breathe

  • Leap!

  • Celebrate

  • Repeat

  • Dearest Papaya, words cannot express how much I love you. Sure hope it's okay that I've posted your image here. xxxooo

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Positively Golden

    The sun and moon together are extraordinarily radiant today, according to the vedic calendar. May 16 is believed to be a powerful day to begin new ventures. Most auspicous. What meaningful endeavor are you choosing to create?

    Sunday, May 9, 2010

    Shine On and On

    Revlon 720, Fire and Ice. My mom wore this warm, bold red lipstick every day for the last several years of her life.

    Some flavor of dementia erased mom’s memory, replacing her practical, everyday self with a woman who beamed a lovely bright red smile toward her daughter, a stranger now. The smile asked, “Do you have any children?” (No children by choice, as we first discussed years and years ago.) “And, dear, how long have you been married to that man?” (10+ years.)

    It was heart breaking, yet endearing.

    Near the end of her life, Tessie was diagnosed with lung cancer, which rapidly spread to her brain and beyond. Thankfully, she would forget that she was a cancer patient. The pain was ever present, though, an ongoing reminder to the rest of us.

    Mom had moments of lucidity, despite her Alzheimer's. I am grateful to have been fully present with my mom for three of her final five days of her life. I am grateful to have bathed and dressed her, as well as witness her refusal of food for the final time. And, I am grateful for the space to tell her again and again how much I loved her.

    Our last bedside exchange, before the morphine mercifully dulled the pain, provides comfort. I stepped to her bedside, smiling, “Good morning, mom.”

    She looked at me with what seemed to be full awareness, layered with awe. “Oh, hi ! You're a shiny, shiny lady,” she exclaimed before slipping back into the dulled pain and confusion.

    What did she see? A celestial, end-of-life being? Her guardian angel? My aura?

    I consider her pronouncement as a blessing and final gift. The blessing of radiance. Along with the vibrant Revlon 720, a gift Tessie’s daughters and granddaughters wore during her final good bye.

    Rest peacefully my dearest, beloved mother.

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

    So Honored

    . . . to see my photographs accompany one of Kimberly Wilson's recent Tranquility du Jour blog posts. I am honored to bloom in her presence!

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Her Pretty Pinkness

    This beautiful little girly girl waited patiently as an artiste worked her magic in pink and white. A perfect complement to her Hello Kitty earrings and artfully twisted locks. Isn’t she lovely? Simply radiant.