Thursday, May 26, 2011

When I Am Among the Trees


l to r 1. miss yucki 2. ayrelia lt 3. ing00te 4. the tree wiz 5. go make me 6. stella hats 7. the fire pit gallery 8. dress me

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.


Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light
, and to shine.”

['When I Am Among the Trees' by Mary Oliver - a poem for each of us because we do forget don't we, forget to go easy, forget how we are each filled with light, how we each naturally shine]

an update on animated gifs - i've found a very easy free program for playing with. the quality isn't great but it's fun. go here to try. here's one that i made with a photo of our shrine at the buddhist centre last week, overlayed by a pic of the full moon.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hanging about...

Let's play in the outdoors inspired by this magnificent animated gif art from Jaime Martinez.
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This weekend, I'd like to nestle into one of these Nestrests, above, from Dedon, or maybe one of these found at Marie Claire Maison and just rest and reflect.
If it's too chilly to be outside, this painted wall (seen on Desire To Inspire) might inspire some arty activity.
And I could always Google 'how to make an animated gif', but, from past experience, I could be sitting at the computer all weekend and still be pretty clueless...If you've used a particular free program successfully please let me know...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Go the F**k to Sleep, a bedtime story for the sleep deprived...

Please don’t read any further if you’re not happy to read the ‘f’ word. It’s Mother’s Day here tomorrow. Many mothers would forego all gifts just for a bit of shut eye. A new book, written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Richardo Cortes, may not be the book you’d read to your little ones, but the big people in the house will get a laugh from it. Go the F**k to Sleep will be released in October this year. You can pre order a hardbacked copy here for around $15 including postage to this side of the world. Sweet dreams...PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket