Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Slow motion.

Hello. :)

 I like to write impulsive thoughts when night wraps itself around New England and I find myself left with echoes from the day that has passed.  When the sun began to dip at 4 pm today, I felt nostalgic, noticing how people seem to disappear into the soft hush of winter, lost in schedules that seem to swallow them until spring. It makes me want to hug them a bit tighter, tell them to stay awhile.  I often speak of beautiful stillness and  my love for the ancient cycle of dark and light, but despite the astonishing wholeness of everything, I think that sometimes...
 winter goes on a bit too long.

Oliver Tank.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Hometown glory.

"I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas:
It brings people together while time stands still.  
Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children 
trudged sleds and chased snowballs. 
 No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other 
than the glory of the day, with each other,
 whenever and however it happened."
-Rachel Cohn

I just wanted to pop in and wish you a very Merry Christmas. :)
I hope you're in a cozy, warm place remembering that without feeling overwhelmed, the pangs of nostalgia, seeing beauty, knowing real love or feeling a sense of fear, that life would be too easy.  Embrace it all.

"Round my hometown, memories are fresh.
Round my hometown, ooh the people I've met.
Are the wonders of my world, are the wonders of my world."

Photo source: here and here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A few December things.

Good morning!

 I thought I'd get us into the Christmas spirit a little. :)

Glitter for this glamorous season.
The season filled with dresses, 
festive nights and candlelight......

The gorgeous combination 
of rose and gold...

Christmas nostalgia. 
 Things that take us back to the magic that children feel during this season....

Everything white......

Dreamy wintry cities, 
villages, and towns.....

..... and this song by She and Him. 

Photo source: here, here, here and here.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bright eyed.

Hi guys.  Whew, what a month! November has been 
absolutely gorgeous here in Massachusetts. :)

I'll take the sixty degree weather, gorgeous end to the foliage, and vivid sunsets another few weeks.  :)  Life has been a series of ups and downs but isn't that... well, life?  It's mainly been fully wonderful all around throughout the tough times and I shall keep seeking, striving, and forever remaining....

 I came across this lovely quote tonight and thought I'd share....

"I'm grateful for anything that reminds me of what's possible in this life.  Books can do that.  Films can do that.  Music can do that.  School can do that.  It's so easy to allow one day to simply follow into the next, but every once in a while we encounter something that shows us that anything is possible, that dramatic change is possible, that something new can be made, that something can be shared."
-Jonathan Safran Foer

Here's a beautiful song by Gregory Alan Isakov 
that's been fitting my mood as of late. :) 

 Have a wonderful night.

photo source: here and here

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The sound of English.

Good morning!  

I'm in bed drinking my apple cider tea procrastinating 
before I must bolt out of bed and get on with my Wednesday.

Have you ever wondered what English sounds like to foreigners?  This short film using fake English shows you exactly that! It's brilliantly done so you can see how you would perceive the English language if you didn't know English. Fascinating!

Have a lovely day. :)

photo source: here and here

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And then I stop.

Hello!  Oh my goodness you guys, I've somehow picked up three more followers and haven't even been posting! Welcome. :)

 The days keep on coming and flying so fast that sometimes I have so many things on my mind I must remember to stop, and breathe it all out.  In my attempt to hold on and control I keep forgetting to let go because it's not until you let go that life is free to go in the direction you want it to.

And when I pause... 
I'm so happy to live in a world where Octobers exist. :)

Focusing on the things I've loved lately: the taste of hot tea slightly burning my tongue, the scent of chimney smoke rising into crisp air and through rustling pines, the billowing clouds above hinting of great storms to come later, and the crunch of leaves under my brown boots.  We need to slow down from the running and just stop to look and listen to what's happening around us.

"But it keeps on coming and I just stop."

Photo source: here

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

One of my favorite quotes of all time from someone I've always admired;
he was a brilliant, innovative, visionary, creative soul with incredible inspiration to share about taking chances, following your heart, and believing in the great potential of a vision long before the dream became a reality. 
 I'm quite saddened by his death tonight.

"Remembering that I'l be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.  Because almost everything- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is important.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.  You are already naked.  There is no reason not to follow your heart.  
Stay hungry.  Stay Foolish." 

R.I.P. Steve Jobs. 
 Your incredible impact on our world will never be forgotten.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Road full of promise.

So here I am at work, sitting and writing. I actually have been writing often due to a rather large project I’m working on, but I don’t want to speak on it too soon. Instead, I think I’ll sit and wait, quietly watching what unfolds.  I will say however, that it’s been a gift, and I hope with everything I am that something wonderful becomes of it.

Anyway on another note:

So now we’ve passed Autumn Equinox, feeling the seasons change once again.  Here in the Northeast they shift in such a dramatic way that when you walk outside and allow yourself to be present, you feel the urgency of the surrounding trees and animals, as they all brace themselves for the cold just ahead, looming over us. The ground is hardening, the color of the leaves are ripening into darker earthy colors and there is a distinctive chill in the nighttime air.
 Soon the colors will rapidly build into a brilliant, climatic symphony of hues until everything bursts and dies down to a slow show of leaves falling softly to the ground, one by one. Over the weekend I went to a lovely place called Phantom Farms in Northern Rhode Island where you can purchase a variety of fresh apples, cornstalks, caramel candies, mini pumpkins, cider, vanilla chai and thick fruity pies to bring that spirit of autumn home with you, and that we did. I love Autumn and its fascinating contradiction between quick change and comfort.

Maybe autumn is the reason for my slight restlessness- wanting to lose myself into something that takes me into an exciting direction yet still allows me to hold on safely without fear of falling and getting lost along the way.  As I desire quick change with comfort, I think sometimes, we may mirror seasons in many ways, picking up the energy in one way or another.

Here's the wonderful Avett Brothers with 
Head Full of Doubt/Road full of Promise.

"Decide what to be and go be it."

Image source: here, here and here