Monday, May 30, 2011 day...

 thank you
from the bottom
of my
and my family's hearts.
have a blessed memorial day.
just BE.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


we step aside.
she leads.
the tears were on the brim.
my heart smiles.
just BE.



we all say it...
where does the time go.
first day of kindergarten.
to today.
graduation day.
today she will be reading a poem.
that her dad wrote and read to his class.
in 1984.
i believe,
when she reads this,
my eyes will fill up with pride.

by brian goodenow
we have gathered our relatives, our neighbors and friends
to join us on this special day
and the pathway that we have all traveled together
will now lead us all separate ways
our journey has seen sunshine, success and good times
and occasionally a day filled with rain
we enjoyed all the fun times with all of our friends
and we usually learned from the pain
once in a while, the clouds grew too dense
and it seemed that the sun wouldn't shine
but i knew, on those days, that i could depend
on one of you great friends of mine
so i'd pick up my chin, shake off the blues
and once again the sun would shine through
i'd fall back in line with the rest of my friends here today
your sad thoughts will very soon mend
this "end" that we speak of, to me is much more
it's a beginning, a new life to live
a chance to display the colors of our rainbow
and to see what the world has to give
so don't look back with tears in your eyes
don't forget that life holds more
smile at the memories we made with our friends
and head out through opportunity's door
i have high hopes for the class of 2011
we are friends, classmates, and someone to trust
we are jocks, band nerds, rednecks, and preps
but most of all, we are simply us
i wish you good luck and a whole lot of love
as you start your new journey today
believe in yourself; keep hope for the good
and never let your dreams slip away
just reading back over this.
i am getting choked up.
not going to be a good make-up day.
they will not be tears of sadness today.
but tears of immense pride.
her wings have dried.
we have instilled in her what we could.
she is a beautiful spirit.
inside and out.
today is the beginning of her own journey.
how blessed are we...
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, May 28, 2011 nurture your dream...

“be careful what you water your dreams with.

water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds

that choke the life from your dream.

water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.

always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem

 into an opportunity for success.

always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

-lao tzu

i'd like to sit.
with that thought for awhile.
light + objects = shadows.
just BE.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


kindness in words creates confidence.
 kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
kindness in giving creates love.
~lao tzu
does not cost anything.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

...keep to the simple...

in dwelling, live close to the ground.
 in thinking, keep to the simple.
in conflict, be fair and generous.
in governing, don't try to control.
in work, do what you enjoy.
in family life, be completely present.
~lao tzu
doesn't get much
simpler than a single
rosebud shadow.
so far,
this morning.
it is gorgeous.
much to do in the way of an open house.
will i steal some time to just sit and enjoy.
because that is the only way i will
get anything done.
light + objects = shadows.
enjoy your moments.
just BE.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


 "then give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you."
Madeline Bridges, from Life's Mirror

boutonniere - $8
getting hair styled - $18
prom dress - $132 

crowned 2011 prom king and queen...

hug from her daddy.
this smile...priceless.

one of her first
at pine river.
was to be told.
she wasn't needed on the basketball court.
since then.
she has achieved many, many things.
overcome, rose above.
band festival - number one ratings.
district champions in basketball.
calc exams.
all the laughter and tears in between.
but i believe.
this may be.
her greatest moment.
to be voted, by her peers.
in her last few days left at prhs.
she has arrived.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

...profound and secret virtue...

to produce things and to rear them,
to produce, but not to take possession of them
to act, but not to rely on one's own ability,
to lead them, but not to master them -
this is called profound and secret virtue.
Lao-Tzu, the way of Lao-Tzu
busy times ahead.
last band concert.
prom tonight.
open house.
college orientation.
and all the life that goes on in between.
tho it's busy.
i will take this time.
savor every moment.
so that it won't be gone.
and i will regret missing it.
light + objects = shadows.
don't miss HEY HARRIET
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


"most of all the other beautiful things in life
 come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds.
plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows,
 brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins,
 but only one mother in the whole world."
~Kate Douglas Wiggin

i remember vividly.
the days in which
they were laid in my arms.
may i never forget that.
that is when.
my heart was opened up.
a little more.
and allowed to beat outside of me.
mac and cheese.
hand me downs.
scrapped knees.
and all the other stuff in between that life throws at a family.
what i will always have.
that can't be taken away.
is light.
and laughter.
you are the best gifts a mom could ask for.
happy mother's day. to my mom.
and all the other mom's.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

...of the deeper things in life...

"the window of my soul i throw wide open to the sun"
~john greenleaf whittier

your spiritual side may suffer
from neglect
if you're busy with
childcare, or a profession, or simply
trying to make ends meet.
to give yourself a quick reminder 
of the deeper things in life,
visualize a lotus blossom floating on a pond.
imagine light streaming out
from the flower's petals.
let the light fill you
with calm radiance
and bring harmony back to your life.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment

thank goodness
for photos and memories.
i sit here this morning.
with a heavy jacket.
and socks.
warmth and sun.
the flowers are.
trying to stay.
optimistic that spring is here.
as they dodge the frost...
on that note.
let's head to HEY HARRIET
sun, warmth and shadows.
just BE.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


"when i let go of what i am, i become what i might be"
~Lao Tzu
around the yard...


knowing others is wisdom;
knowing the self is enlightenment.
mastering others requires force;
mastering the self requires strength;
he who knows he has enough is rich.
perseverance is a sign of will power.
he who stays where he is endures.
to die but not to perish is to be eternally present.
~Lao Tzu

breathe in.
breathe out.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.