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June 30, 2008

beautifulstrangeday

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silver man, green wall ~ canon 20 d


wishing you a beautifully strange day...

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June 27, 2008

face.

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new orleans, canon 20 d

one smile is all it took.

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June 21, 2008

yes. . . . .

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new orleans, garden district, canon 20d

i loved you new orleans.

the thick and sticky heat,
the gardens,
the gumbo, the oysters,
dear old ida calling me "dawlin",
the dancing,
the music,
the art,
the raw,
the dark,
the magic....

each day i walked your streets
and i soaked in your history and your stories
and the richness of your colorful culture.

i also felt the heaviness and devastation of the hunger
that so many are ruled by now. looking at the water lines on buildings made me sick. ghosts still roam the streets, and even a non believer cant help but see and feel them.

and then there were those who were rebuilding and
recreating that which was lost. such brave ones. so deeply
appreciative for support and business. ive never,
ever,
experienced such incredible and sincere hospitality.

i am so aware of how i dont fit so many places,
that when i do fit, my skin takes on a whole new feel.
and i feel a sense of freedom in every single cell of my being.

thank you for the dance.
what a gift you were to my soul.

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June 18, 2008

today's sermon. . .

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new orleans, canon 20 d

you are not crazy...

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June 17, 2008

keeping it raw. . . .

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guest suite ~ louisiana swamp, canon 20 d

i crave the raw
and the dangerous
and anything that
takes me out of the comfort zone.

it is there where i feel the most alive.

this week has been about returning to the root of who i am,
finding fire,
and shedding old skin.

nothing like the voodoo rhythms of the deep south to
stir up the magic in my blood.

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June 13, 2008

again. . . . .

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all in a day's work, canon 20 d

so you find yourself in that same old mess
and you wonder why this is happening AGAIN....

and you can curse it or hate it or ignore it or walk away or roll over for it.
(i prefer just to leave town) :)

or....

you can take this thing that is happening AGAIN and decide to see it as an opportunity to learn something that is probably most necessary for your healing and for your growth.

this could be your chance.
a chance to handle things differently.
a chance to act from the strength in your heart rather than driven by the chaotic emotional body.
a chance to break that label, that title, that old pattern, that powerless feeling.
a chance to show to yourself that you are capable, you are strong, you are wise,
and you do not have to remain stuck.

at the end of the day, i want to make choices from a place of love.
this gets hard to figure out when i am feeling sad or angry or scared or just plain tired.

but its what i have to keep going back to.

seems to be the only compass that does it for me.

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June 10, 2008

wings

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ginger's kite, canon 20d


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June 09, 2008

the best you can. . . .

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porch medicine, canon 20 d


sometimes, all i can think to do is sit on the porch and get lost in
watching for the coopers hawk to visit in the old pine.

and that is the best i can to do.

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June 01, 2008

there,...

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his, hers, mine, ours ~ canon 20 d

even though there are many days,
my life feels so far from what i had ever imagined....

even though i feel like i could go crazy by the
confinement and restrictions of so many, many, things....

even though i sometimes cry my eyeballs right out onto the floor...

i still believe i am exactly where i am supposed to be at, for one reason or another. and i still believe there is soulful purpose to be found even when i am smack dab in the middle of what seems to be so far from who i am.

i cant give up looking for the magic, the lesson, the opportunity to give, to grow.

life would really be the pits without that hope of something more.

and isnt it a hoot when it all perfectly makes sense at the end of the journey?...

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