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21 August 2014

30 Words :: Our First Dance



take my hand
follow my lead
a tug on your shoulder means
you turn
we t-w-i-r-l across
the dimly lit floor
sashaying
between the couples
our first
father-daughter
dance

Excuse the dim lighting, poor sound and shakiness on this impromptu video from our niece Megan's wedding last weekend.

Paul and I took ballroom dance in college and the only thing we remember is the swing (which we do pretty well!) and the mechanics of the lead. He is the only man I have ever danced with that does this exceptionally well. He dislikes that most couples simple stand still and sway when slow dancing, not using the entire floor. I love being glided around the floor by him. 

He is explaining to Tiny Dancer how this works... a tug on the shoulder and you turn, a pull on the hand to guide you. Elvis is a particular favorite of his, so this was a sweet choice for what I suspect is the first (of many, I hope!) father-daughter dance.

May our Tiny Dancer one day find someone who will take her hand, hold her close and guide her just like her daddy does.


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14 August 2014

30 Words :: My One Wish


She always brought me
gladiolas
from the farmer's market 
on my birthday.
This year
I bought glads
for myself. 
My one wish
is that she would
know me and 
r  e  m  e  m  b  e  r



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07 August 2014

30 Words :: Travel Companion



The road may be bumpy 
and the weather may not always be sunny
but there is
no one
that I would rather have by my side
as we travel
together.



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31 July 2014

30 Words :: St Louis



630 feet
rising straight to the heavens
stainless steel arc
gleaming
in the noonday sun
this monument
is a testament 
to American ingenuity, determination
 an architectural wonder of the world


I am visiting St Louis with my daughter's softball team in the Northwest National ASA Softball tournament (btw...they won their first two games 18-1 and 11-2). It wouldn't be a complete visit without a trip to the Gateway Arch. It truly is a marvel. You get two pictures (and a bit more than 30 words): the first is one with awesome perspective and framing that my husband (!) took with my regular camera, and the second is on that I took on my iPhone with my new Photojojo.com fisheye lens that snaps on to the outside of your smartphone camera from the same spot. How cool is that!

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24 July 2014

30 Words :: Moving On


Fifteen years
to-and-fro,
schlepping 
carseats
duffel bags,
sticky fingers
never once stranding us
(except that summer of the battery, remember?)
...moving on...
trading up
to a
quieter,
comfier,
rust-less
ride.

Thank you, Bessie, for a long, safe and winding ride.
Just a note... I will be taking my new wheels (she needs a classy name....what say you?) on her first road trip next week for our big adventure to St Louis for the ASA 12U Northern National softball tournament. I am not sure if I will be able to put together a 30 Words while I am away, but I will try as I am sure there will be lots of pictures! So do check back and don't stop just because I don't have the link-up. We can have a double-whammy the following week. ;-)


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17 July 2014

30 Words :: Look Up


Dreading my Walmart outing
head down
grumbling
about the price of milk

might have missed the 
glory
right in front of me like
liquid gold
illuminating
the gathering
dusk.
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16 July 2014

Musings On Friendship

I think the greatest joy that I have is in the few friendships that I have made.  I have never been one to have oodles of friends. Sure... I know lots of people the world over but, close friends are very few. I always envy those I see hopping on jets for girls' weekends in New York or Vegas, or having weekly dinners filled with girl talk and wine and laughter. I pine for and wonder why I don't have that. Perhaps my life is too busy for such a thing to happen, or I am not the sort that others would think of to spend a getaway weekend with. So when I do get the chance to convene with those that I feel know me the best, I relish in it, as it is truly few and far between.

The selected beads from Michaels. We can fill in with up to two others and our own focals.

I know I have said this before, but I will say it again: Heather Powers is my best friend. We met through this crazy online world, like finding ships in a stormy sea. We took a chance on each other in that airport in 2009. We share a common love and language that neither time nor distance diminishes. I count my blessings every day that she is in my life. She only lives one state away, a mere 6 hour car ride! Unfortunately, I don't get to see her but twice a year, at Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee and at the annual fall Inspired by Nature Retreat in October (are you going? I am!). It is not enough, I tell you! I imagine what it would be like if we lived in the same area... oh the shenanigans we would get into and the collaborations we would make! That would fill my soul with happiness.

The inspiration palette

So when I see that she is hosting a color challenge, and that color is inspired by the fabric of a happy top that I love to see her in, and that fabric was the inspiration for a pretty pendant that I sent to her as a gift, how could I possibly say no?

Simple Truths pendant I created just for Heather... to see what she made, hop on over to her blog
Humblebeads
The quote on that pendant is from the writings of Kahlil Gibran. Someplace I have the copy of The Prophet that my mother had in college. I can remember reading through that book over and over again. As a young teen I kept journals filled with poetry, song lyrics and quotes, including things that I wrote myself. I really should dig those out. I am sure that most of it was pretty trite and angst-y, but it really hints at where I have come from and why I do what I do. In Heather's reveal post she said that I have the heart of a poet. That is one of the finest compliments I think I have ever been given. And it might be because I didn't start working on all of this until after 10pm (the hazards of parking your butt on a bleacher every night of the week) and didn't get finished until after 1am (I am a glutton for punishment and my procrastination knows no bounds), but it made me all misty-eyed this beautiful day.

So to honor my friend, and to share what I made, I will just leave you with the words that inspired my pendant and sum up my feelings for her perfectly (emphasis and slight adjustment to gender, mine).
On Friendship
 Kahlil Gibran
Your friend is your needs answered.
She is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And she is your board and your fireside.
For you come to her with your hunger, and you seek her for peace.
Named for the Indian elephant, Indiraja, who leads the ceremonial procession of one of Buddhism’s most significant festivals, the Kandy Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka. The 10-day parade centered on Kandy’s Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the elephants trusted for the procession wear elaborate costumes.
Do you see the elephant in this pendant from my friend Vlad at Golem Studio?

When your friend speaks her mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when she is silent your heart ceases not to listen to her heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in her may be clearer in her absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.


A sweet little cream enameled bird floats in a swirly Marsha Neal Studios sky.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
A Simple Truths Wanderlust pennant with the message from Tolkien 'not all who wander are lost' on the back paired with gunmetal and old gold accents.

And let your best be for your friend.
If she must know the ebb of your tide, let her know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek her with hours to kill?
Seek her always with hours to live.
For it is hers to fill your need, but not your emptiness.



And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

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