Archive for June, 2010

There is nothing…

Monday, June 28th, 2010

…a good pair of rainboots and stripey socks can’t handle…no road too broken, no hill too high, no sadness too deep, no situation too mussed.

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Oh, the road gets so bumpy and rain falls. Good thing I love rain, love, love, love it. And bumpy roads make for great photographs, don’t they? I will move forward through the muddy times, through the sadness, through the tears and find new photographs to take, new books to read, new friends to make, new adventures, new cubbies to explore.

Life is all about the cobblestone and rubber boots. It is all about the rain and the struggles and the unexpected connections. It is about the frailty and exposed state of being exactly who you are…

Caww Cawww

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Did you know crows are a lot like humans in how they socialize with one another? According to the Humane Society,

Offspring spend up to six years with their parents, helping to care for subsequent nestlings and learning parenting skills. Most crows do not survive past the first year of life. Those who do survive often live 17 years or more. (The oldest known wild American crow was 29 years old.) [This is the equivalent of human youth staying with their parents through their teens and longer!] The groups of crows in your backyard are extended families, usually numbering six to nine, which gather into larger groups to roost, a practice that protects them from predators.

Illustration by Honor C. Appleton from Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen 1926

So, it makes sense that crows are so protective, cawwing and swooping when you come near their family members or that they remember when you were standing by a crow that died or if you harm or threaten a crow. It makes sense why a mother crow would seem absolutely crazy flying straight towards you despite your ability to harm her—just to protect her young.

I say to the mother crow, good for you, fearlessly love them while you can!

I feel crow-like this week, this month, this year, this life. I feel fiercely protective and unable to resist the urgent rise of worry that forms as inherently in me as breath. And I am swooping, hovering, and crazed in my attempts to keep you safe. I’m tired but never too tired. Never too tired but sometimes alone. Perhaps I’ll tell it to the crow…maybe they can understand.

A Nameless Woman

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

As we were taking photographs in the cemetary the other day we came across a sad grave from 1910:

It appears the baby, Kathryn Trow, only lived 18 days. This is sad in and of itself but then the nameless mother was buried at her feet or vice versa without any recognition at all. This woman will forever be unknown, forgotten deceased mother of a deceased baby. This makes me think of all the forgotten women, all the women who die(d) in childbirth. All the women locked up in insane asylums because they misbehaved or refused to follow the directions of a man. All the women who spend their whole lives devoted to children and never receive acknowledgement, let alone a thank you.

To all the forgotten women, I want to say thank you, and I think of you. And for Kathryn Trow’s mother… you are not forgotten. I will write a story about you, give you a life, a name, a story. And even if it is not true, it will be something to call your own.

A journey of 1000 books…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

…begins with one! I am about to embark upon a reading sojourn.

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Goal: 1000 books.

If you care to follow my journey or to join me, you can find it here

Lilith Fair 2010

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Oh! This is going to be such a wonderful musical fest… Lilith Fair 2010. It is this summer all over the country, so everyone can join in the fun. Seattle’s is on July 3rd. There will be a variety of ladies singing for each stop along the way. Some main headlines like Sarah McLachlan will be at all the venues but others will be joining in throughout various locations. Some of my favorite lady singers will be there:

This is not an event to miss! =) Check it out…

5 Books, 1.75 weeks

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

My campaign to read aloud has been working out wonderfully! I have read 4 books out loud and 1 to myself in the past 1.75 weeks! How fun is this? Today, I read aloud Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. It is a little over 100 pages long and an easy read and it entertained my house this afternoon for a couple of hours. It was fun. I read it aloud and we laughed together at the crazy things his father says. How fun! If you still haven’t started reading aloud, you should! Come on! Pick a book and a friend or family member and DO IT! =)

What are your waiting for?

I can definitely recommend, Sh*t My Dad Says as a quick, funny read…his father is hilarious and crass. Chelsea Handler’s father would be proud…

Be the change…

Monday, June 14th, 2010

It is time we Americans help be the change we voted for with Obama. He said he could not do it alone. It is time we help him. It is time we help ourselves and each other. Your time is precious. My time is precious. We can still give an hour or two a week. You can find local volunteering opportunities here.  Or maybe it is time to really give our time and to get back something far greater than we can imagine by committing to a year or two of full time service in programs like AmeriCorps or PeaceCorps. Long-term service commitments have financial compensation as well, not much but enough, particularly for students. (They even offer scholarships!) But mostly, it will offer you a new lifeview. It will change your life forever.

Or start researching what is needed in your community and figure out how you can help fill that need. Nothing is impossible with motivation and imagination.

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
    Albert Schweitzer

It's your world, your chance to make it better. Join AmeriCorps. Click here to learn more.

You'll actually look forward to your morning commute. Life is calling. How far will you go? Learn more about the Peace Corps

United We Serve - Let's Read.  Let's Move.

A summer reading aloud…

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

My intention is to read aloud at least an hour a day this summer. Every single day. So far, so good. I have read finished reading 3 books aloud this week and half alone: “The Cardturner” by Louis Sachar, “Northward to the Moon” by Polly Horvath, and “My One Hundred Adventures” by Polly Horvath. They are all juvenile fiction but they have been fun to read aloud! =) It has been nice to spend that time with people I love. I have a commitment for a few more books thus far! YAY! =) “Manic: A Memoir” by Terri Cheney starting next weekend and “Welcome to the Monkey House” by Kurt Vonnegut. Woot!

I am also reading to myself as well but it is fun to read aloud and a good diaphragm workout. =) Try it, you might just like it…and I thoroughly recommend all the books I’ve read this week…they have all been worth the read. =) Good stories, strong characters, fun reads.




Saturday, June 12th, 2010

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On the wings of hope…

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is so profoundly sad. It is causing widespread damages that we cannot even begin to access or understand accurately. It is such a shame. And most people feel so helpless… what can we do?

Well, when 5th grade Olivia Bouler heard about the oil spill in the place she vacations with her family, she sat down to write a letter with an offer to help the birds…

And so began “Save the Gulf” operation between Olivia, her drawings and the Audubon Society. As of today, June 11 2010, she has helped raise over $80,000 to help rescue the birds from the oil spill still happening. You can read the news story here. Or visit her AOL artist site and enjoy her drawings here. And you can donate to help save the birds here.

It only takes a willingness to help. And one person can make a difference. Thanks Olivia… you give hope to the future! I look forward to seeing you become an Ornithologist one day. The birds are lucky to have you!

(Originally posted elsewhere on one of my other sites for birds. However, I felt it worthy to share as many places as possible.)