Sunday, September 22, 2013

Do People Even Blog Anymore? I Guess So.

It's really like writing in my own diary. No one, but no one, reads it but me.

Mind, caught. Eye, caught.

"Everything I see will outlive me." Anna Ahkmatova

Friday, September 20, 2013

Gratitude Again Again Again Again Again

Gratitude Photo Challenge Day 11: Something Old

My Great Aunt Martha's Cross, Dedicated 1938

Five New Things. Five. Five New Things.

  1. Cats ruling the Internet
  2. The amazing catharsis of laughing...every day
  3. The way I inherited pursing my lips into a kissy face when concentrating
  4. Building up aerobic stamina like a boss. Like a boss.
  5. Going back to work soon.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Gratitude Photo Challenge Day 10: Nature.

A Florida sky.

Five New Things. Five.

  1. Getting swept up and carried away and transformed by a novel
  2. The depths my heart and soul has been reaching lately with the help of amazing people
  3. The wisdom of reaching out and asking for help and receiving lovingly provided options...choices
  4. Finding the gift of a heart and the phrase, "only love" come into my consciousness during meditation 
  5. My beautiful, mysterious, hilarious cat and her beautiful, annoying way of laying on the pages of my books

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thank You Very Much.

Gratitude Photo Challenge Day Nine: Inspiring Person.

That would be the amazing Geraldine Kaler, my grandmother, who lived to be 103 and packed so much life and love and hilarity and strength into it all from beginning to end. To quote "To Sir With Love," she was the one who taught me, "right from wrong and weak from strong." My hero forever.

Thank You. Five Things. Five. Five Things.

  1. Sweaty yoga this morning
  2. A fridge fulla new groceries
  3. A nice hot yummy shower
  4. Luigi's blue raspberry Italian ice
  5. Choosing to look forward, never back

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Gratitude Photo Challenge Day 8: Your Favorite Color.

I'm an indecisive sort of girl. These are three of my favorites.

Five New Things. Five. Five New Things.

  1. My Bella cat's adorable little belly
  2. The freckles I once I hated are now the ones I love
  3. Having a group of the most amazing friends in the world (20 Years and Running)
  4. John Fogerty doing a surprise opening for Mumford & Sons at the festival today
  5. Learning to recognize old, damaging thoughts as they start up in my head; and waving them away

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Yes. Thank You. Please. Thank You.

Gratitude Photo Challenge Day 7: Funny.

Behavioral therapy has literally changed me. This was the best I could do.

 Five Things. Five. Five Things.

  1. Sweating it out to old Sonic Youth
  2. Water delicious water down the gullet
  3. Beautiful, crisp brand-new books
  4. Living free and not dying
  5. Drowsy afternoon naps with the sun filtered through the window

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thanks. Thank you. Merci.

Gratitude Photo Challenge Day Six: Books.

(This one was a breeze.)

Five Things. Five New Things.

  1. Having a sense of humor in the face of ridiculous despair
  2. Angel Hair pasta, butter, and Parmesan/Romano cheese for dinner
  3. Out of the blue, my BFF inviting me to upstate New York to be with her and her baby
  4. Yet another chance to explore and be and see and share deepest pains and get better every day
  5. A new poem soon to be published on a wonderful website, The Art of Living Guide 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Gratitude Photo Challenge Day 5: Morning Sky.

Five New Things. Five.

  1. Waking up looking forward to the day
  2. Homemade coffee-sugar scrub on mah face
  3. New movies and books and music from the library
  4. Pink cheeks and endorphins and sweat for real what?
  5. Smiling. Just smiling for no particular reason

Monday, September 09, 2013


Five New Things.

  1. Opening myself up and being vulnerable and honest
  2. Bills paid
  3. The cool chill of air-conditioning on a hot day
  4. The red rose and pink carnations on my desk
  5. The wonderful love and support I'm receiving right now

Gratitude Photo Challenge Day Four: Leaves.

"...And I won't forget to put dead flowers on your grave." (Stones)

Sunday, September 08, 2013


Gratitude Photo Challenge Day Three: Happy.

This love is truly eternal. And it literally made me...and my beloved family. What's happier than that?

Five Things. Five Things.

  1. The pink and purple sunlight filtered in by my pink and purple bedroom curtains
  2. My beautiful love Fluffeh Bella Boo Kitteh always licking her tail when she's caught doing something
  3. Voting for myself and being on my own side no matter how flawed and fucked up I feel like I am
  4. Going to yoga with my mother this morning
  5. The nearby palm tree swaying in the morning breeze

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Night Still Comes

Catch a catch a catch a fallin' star/But wash your hands of it/Catch a catch a catch a fallin' star/Because you can't own it. {Neko.}


Five Things I'm Grateful For Today.

  1. Listening to Claire de Lune in Cathedral Basillica
  2. Trusting the universe to release my fears
  3. Working out at a motherfucking gym
  4. Having a blue raspberry Icee
  5. Spending sweet time with beloved friends

Gratitude Photo Challenge: Smile

My baby brothers are all grown up. But I remember these boys as babies like it was yesterday. What smile is more pure than a kid with cake and ice cream?

Friday, September 06, 2013

Gratitude Photo Challenge

Day One: Favorite Food


One of the best prayers. Day one of a daily list of five NEW things I am grateful for.

  1. My mother.
  2. My friend Tara.
  3. My new free gym membership.
  4. Learning life-changing new ways to behave.
  5. Spending last evening with inspiring women.

There. That was easy.


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