Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This town puts up it old display
Streetlights hung with candy canes and bows
The earlier it gets each year
The scarcer is my Christmas cheer...
I haven't been to church since God knows when
I'm not someone who usually attends
Truth be told there's just two wishes
on my list every Christmas
Peace on Earth and a snow storm now and then...
but around here winter seems to come
with rain, mud and lots of sun
It's not exactly Currier and Ives...
I don't mind cold if it brings snow
Delivered Christmas day and knee-high
and every year...it makes me wish it were so.
lyrics by Mary Chapin-Carpenter
Friday, December 18, 2009
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'!
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5.. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it.. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
Monday, December 14, 2009
This was the weekend I was supposed to get my Christmas tree and put up my Christmas lights as well as get some Christmas cards out but that may not be happening this year. I think instead the money spent on a Christmas tree and cards will go into the Salvation Army bucket next time I pass one up. Once I get past this flu, I will have all I need...home, health, family, friends, loved ones-far and near and more importantly a job, so I won't mind if Santa goes past my house.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Today is December 8th and is Buddha's day. I refinanced my house today a year and a half after I moved in and my how time has flown. This will be my 2nd Christmas at the house and I'm hoping to get some decorations up this weekend and dress the house up nice with some holiday cheer/color and give thanks for the blessings that have come my way since moving in. Any free hands are welcomed to stop by and help with decorations too!
As I close on my house again, it looks like parents are coming close to signing on another house in Katy and thus the big move might be happening in January. This move has been two years in the making and I have mixed emotions and feelings that I've been trying to put aside.
So as leaves change color and fall onto the ground so begins the dying and the rebirth. The leaf here on the photo seems to be still but in reality the melting ice is moving the leaf-in another direction and so too must we move onto other directions.
To me the color of winter is blue and it's one of my favorite colors and favorite times of the year. Some people abhor winter and the coldness it brings but I welcome the wonderful winter blue as it makes me feel happy and alive and thankful for the blessings the season brings. Look around you...there are many in this season of winter blue.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Set list as follows from U2.com
Get on Your Boots
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Stuck In A Moment
No Line on the Horizon
Your Blue Room
Until The End of the World
City of Blinding Lights
I'll Go Crazy - Remix
Sunday Bloody Sunday ...the song that introduced me to U2. I was simply mesermized by the band!
Where The Streets Have No Name
With or Without You
Moment of Surrender
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
1+49=Say It Ain't So!
Another blurry photo but this one is even more special on this early morn....my juice cup from way back when. I'm up late on this nite but no matter as I'm taking the day off from work...I think it's the only one I've ever taken off.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
...Listening to the Seduction from Under the Rose and it's just taking me away to another realm. The new music from Rahim AlHaj and Ottmar Liebert is exquisite and if you haven't done so yet, stop by the website and download this free music, which is also for a good cause.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Anyway, interesting to read up on Wiki about how the game got started. Will have to check out the online website.
What were some of your favorite games?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Well BACK online via faster connection from Comcast and so long AT&T!! Here is a happy Shrek listening to and saying..."Don't Wait, My Love" ....hurry and rush to the free music from
Treat yourself and be sure to Invest in Peace!
The photo was taken last week at the office after I broke another piece of glass...this time a frame. Previously, I had broken two glasses at home...one wine glass and a vase. When I bent down to pick up the glass in my office it hit me that maybe this was some kind of sign. So, I asked my massage therapist on Saturday and sure enough her reply was "reflection of self and the changes...a disconnection of the past and a connection to the future by way of CLARITY. Of course, I mentioned my upcoming 50th birthday next month and her reply was...."there you have it...the explanation.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Summer began with Erika moving out and returning back home but for good this time as she decided to pursue her studies at the Community College, which makes better sense given finances. Just as I was getting used to her being gone and re-arranging her room into the guest room, came the request from my nephew asking if he could move in. So, he and his sister traded spaces and three months later he's moved in and still settling into his new surroundings but so far all is well. He comes and goes as much as Erika did and maybe even more, which is fine...just as long as he pays the agreed rent for the next year then we'll be in good terms! ;-)
BTW, is Martin next in line to move in? Only time will tell.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
The past few days/week and a half has taught me that patience is a virtue and usually I'm pretty patient but as always August is one of those months where..."everything is f...... up!
Friday, August 14, 2009
In honor of a true American hero/heroine... Eunice Kennedy Shriver. No matter the belief of your politics she was such a true role model and pioneer!
Years ago, I was a volunteer for the Special Olympics games and their motto was, "you can't finish the race until you start it". I remember the faces of the many competitors that day and their wonderful smiles because you were cheering them on. Thank you Eunice for your gift, for the olympic torch has brought you to your true home. May we never forget your eternal flame of light.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
On my way to the bank & Whole Foods this morn and think I will stop and treat myself to special brew of java at WF.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
A weary heart and a lonesome eye
Tracks along an empty highway
Lead to somewhere else
All my past and all my wishes
Tears reflect on muddy ditches
My own mind is searching for
An answer from the eyes that look right back
I want to know about the outer reaches
Everything that heartbreak teaches
questions of survival that in every soul exist
What about the endless sky
What about the child that wants to know just why
The world spins round and people die
And does it hurt, well baby so do I
Walking/(biking) on the streets I've known
along a place that I once called home
A stranger now...another time
That doesn't want me back
Poems(songs) in my native tongue
Whisper where I used to run
The river brushing by a shore
That knew it all along
Here I stood and there I dreamed
of future bright as magazines
Without the shades of sorrow in between
Where we've been and what we've seen
Are we taught or are we teaching
Reaching, seeking, needing, preaching,
Pleading, speeding, screeching to a halt
Cattle guards and power lines
Mark the distance of our times
Like wheels that roll and bells that toll
Of hours and aging wine
Love we gave and love we made
Gone astray and then forgave
Naked as a masquerade
for truth to figure out
Voices shout and voices sing
Words slip out and some stay in
in symphonies that live within the pockets of our soul
Colors of the open sea
Paint the edges of a dream
with crystal blues and deeper hues
Of wind and earth and God's own open road.
lyrics by Tish Hinojosa and one of my favorite songs.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Numbers of the day: 7/7
Sitting here listening to the wonderful titled song, Indigo by Stephen Duros from his cd Thira. A very appropiate song given my wonderful Reiki massage this afternoon. Thanks to the massage my chakras are aligned and in perfect harmony. Wikipedia states: "the color electric indigo is used to symbolically represent the sixth chakra (called Ajna), which is said to include the third eye. This chakra is believed to be related to intuition and gnosis (spiritual knowlege)."
Usually after my massage, Frances says, "now I see your aura glowing". Next time, I'll have to ask her what color(s). Also read in Wiki that people with Indigo auras are said to be in occupations such as computer analyst, animal caretaker, and counselor. Now, I know why indigo has always been one of my favorite colors.
Because of the lucky 7's given this day, I meant to go out and buy a lottery ticket but forgot to do so. :-( Numerologists love days like today and just came across this, which given the memorial for Michael Jackson is a bit eerie.
Monday, July 06, 2009
The photo is one of my favorites of the many photos I took watching the sunset that night up on the hill at the Elks Lodge in Santa Fe. I think I spent a good hour outside after dinner capturing the beauty that was just breathtaking! I'm ready to go back!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Accidents and inspiration lead you to your destination...(words and music by Mary Chapin Carpenter)
Back around the year 2000, I accidentally ran into Kim after stepping outside from my office to catch a breath of fresh air and looked to my right and here comes this student. She was like no other student I had seen before as she was walking with a cane steadfastly to the bus stop with tears in her eyes. She had just failed her Algebra exam and had made up her mind, “that’s it, I’m quitting college”. Well, to make a long story short, she didn’t quit college. I made her come into my office and the very next semester with the help of tutors she turned that F into an A. She struggled and persevered beyond her visual limitations and two years later had graduated, separated from her abusive husband and met Jhon her current husband and also visually impaired.
Over the years we kept in touch and became good friends...(because of Chulo as he was a gift from Kim). Funny how it all went by so fast and now she’s looking over her shoulder at the past….accidents and inspiration lead you to your destination. She’ll tell you that I inspired her that first day we met but I can tell you that today she inspired me and never ceases to amaze me. Today, Kim received her Master’s degree from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, my alma matter (undergrad) and I was never more prouder or honored to witness her success and inspiration as she graduated Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) not once but three times as she did with her Associates and Bachelor’s degree. So here’s to you Kim and to Jhon as he continues to amaze me as well. This summer he will be finishing top of his class from the Massage Therapy program at the community college where I work. Kim has limited vision but Jhon is completely blind but to meet these two individuals you would never know it. Never once, have I heard either complain about their limitations and in fact you’re more likely to hear them make jokes about it.
As an academic counselor at the college, I love this time of the year when commencement comes around as it's a time of celebration and jubilation in academia. Over the years, I've attended many graduation ceremonies but today's was special and I was honored to witness such success and perseverance. Congratulations to the Graduate and the class of 2009 for today was your destination Kim.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
Check out the just-released video
Super cute! And touching!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I'm sure there's a lot of laughter going on up there.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Photo and words by Erika Rivera.
...and the cleanup begins. Thankfully house did not flood but backyard is a mess. Puddles of water everywhere and even in the bird cage where the parakeets are. It was bad! Sadly, 5 kids lost their lives when the car they were riding in lost control and plunged into a swollen ravine and perished. Only 2 have been found and the others are thought to have been swept away. Please pray for the families.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I feel like I'm coming down with a cold or something and been trying to fight it off but it's lingering. Taking time this early morn to relax, read a bit, maybe drum and then the afternoon will be to tidy up around the house. I think this eve, I will make some shrimp quesadillas with a salad and a glass of wine. Might watch a DVD. It's been so long since I've seen a good movie.
Yes, this Easter weekend looks to be low key and that's just what the doctor ordered.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
"Thank you home, for allowing me to live within your walls.
Thank you for giving me shelter, warmth, and security.
Thank you for allowing me to live my life in your womb, for staying strong and sturdy, for supporting me, and for your beauty.
Thank you earth, for the land that I live on and for allowing me to steward life with you.
Thank you for allowing me to walk upon your soil, cultivate you, and live in partnership with you.
Thank you for supporting my home and my family.
Thank you... plants, minerals, and animals that dwell on the land that I steward.
Thank you for allowing me to experience your beauty, share in your wonderment of life, and for the honor of living with all of you on this earth.
Thank you for the wisdom and joy you bring to humanity.
I honor you."
taken from Daily Om.
Celebrating a year in my year my house and just finished painting the last room, so a celebration was in order. Special thanks go out to my parents and family for their endless support and help. To my friends who have been so instrumental in the past year from the very first day to now and you know who you are. I have been truly blessed and as the days and months go by I am mystified by all the signs that brought me to where I am today and it all started here. Tomorrow, I will begin working on my new altar (now that my meditation room is painted) and he will take his rightful place for I truly believe that he brought me here. As I close this blog and get ready to meditate, I am listening to "Silence: No More Longing" by Ottmar Liebert and it is a fitting tribute in which to honor this special day.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
For some time I've been wanting to purchase a drum and become part of a ceremony by way of drumming (Native American). As I near the milestone of my 50th birthday, I decided that the time was finally here and this past weekend I became the proud owner of a 15 inch Dark Buffalo Hide Drum (hand made). The creator of the drum was Deborah and she writes:
This drum skin was surprisingly dark and finished dark and somewhat translucent in nature. It has a maple frame and is made by hand requiring 6 hours to produce.
This drum also has a stick made EXCLUSIVELY for it and no other.
There were two drums to choose from and I chose the Buffalo drum or rather it chose me as Deborah states..."the drum should sing to you". Buffalo Wisdom Includes:
*Abundance and Generosity
*Hospitality and Sharing work
*Courage and Strength
*Challenge and Survival
*Giving for the greater good
*Formulating beneficial plans
In the near future, I am looking forward to joining a drumming circle. Until then I will continue to drum and find my own rhythm. Side note: Chulo isn't too happy about the drumming as he tends to burrow under his bed and hide.
Thank you to Deborah Lane/SheGoesLaughing for her gift and insight. For more information see her website.