The poem I've written today was inspired by the writing of Jimmy Pappas. The Secret Ingredient For a simple dessert I wash fresh raspberries to remove any trace of Covid-19. I pop one in my mouth, let water squish with the flesh of the berry on my tongue. Now I make butternut squash soup with produce purchased on the first outing in a month: fresh butternut squash, leeks, onions and potatoes, unsalted butter and farmer market carrots. A granny smith apple, peeled and cored adds a hint of tartness. After it simmers for awhile I add fresh cream, a sweet childhood delight, that swirls rich and smooth. The table is set for many guests. Please join me. I have prepared a bowl especially for you.
Each day as the numbers rise, the lump in my throat grows larger as I am reminded that they are more than just numbers. Someone is losing a loved one. Someone is worried they will lose a loved one. Someone is feeling cut-off and alone, like there may be no way out. I feel helpless and the tears cannot be held back. I shed tears filled with love because love is one thing that has not been stopped when the brakes were put on the world as we knew it.
I am posting the link to two songs that I feel offer hope and peace. I send love to you, my fellow readers.
You’re Gonna Be Okay by Brian & Jenn Johnson
Be Still My Soul by Kari Jobe
These photos were taken with my cell phone so I apologize for the quality. I had to find a spot to pull over to try and capture the dark, brooding clouds with a rainbow chasing them.
Creative beauty filled with light
An Auspicious Find by artist Lori Sobkovich: four pixelated images on stone columns; made with 15,000 glass marbles set into riveted steel.
Channeling Peter Pan!
Look for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Find wonder in your day 🙂
Maybe we can all learn to rephrase the question, how are you doing? Or to at least, hear the question differently. What interesting things are happening with you? How are you holding up? How is your heart today?
Omid Safi offered the following advice:
“One of the things that breaks my heart, whether in the corporate world or in the academic world, is that I ask my friends, “How are you doing?” and all I get in answer is this head nod, “You know, I am so busy, so busy.” And I feel like, “You told me nothing.”
How do we remember that we are human beings, not human doings? When someone asks you, “How are you?” Don’t shout back your to-do list. I am not asking what do you need to get done today. If we have to rephrase it, what I am really asking is, “How is your heart today?”
Take that risk with the people who deserve it, who are worthy of it, make yourself vulnerable to them, actually tell them, actually share with them: “I am really struggling today. I am doing my very best, but I can really use a hug.” You might just find that it changes the dynamic of your connection with them.”
This is the view out my window this morning. -4C and light snow.
One year ago this is what we were experiencing at the beautiful Kuekenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.
((personal photo taken when we were visiting Vancouver Island)
May 2018 be filled with Peace, Love and Joy for you and your families!!
a foreign galaxy
in front of our eyes