Friday, December 31, 2010
I can't see the stars anymore living here
Let's go to the hills where the outlines are clear
Bring on the wonder
Bring on the song
I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long
I fell through the cracks at the end of my street
Let's go to the beach, get the sand through our feet....
Bring on the wonder....
The past year was filled with wonder and surprises both dark and full of light. With a new year there is always much anticipation and more fittingly opportunity. Still, one can easily get lost in the darkness of clouds that tend to follow us by our own hand and at the hands of others. It was very cloudy at the beach yesterday as have been the past few months but amidst the rough waters I still felt a sense of peace, renewal, hope and more importantly wonder.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
and music by Ottmar Liebert
marking the Winter Solstice
and the celebration of Christmas.
I remember years back, I had a student comment to me in my office
when he saw my Buddha on the bookshelf...
"Shame on you, you worship Buddha"
all the while shaking his finger at me.
My response to him was first of all.
"I am free to worship whomever I want"
and second of all the statute was a gift from a student
We may not agree with all religions and all their teachings but
we should nonetheless respect their beauty, grace and reverence.
The Buddha, a special Guardian, and the Virgin May are just a few of the statues that grace my meditation garden.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
and bike bells. This past Saturday, I joined the Houston Bicycle Club on their annual evening Holiday bike tour through the streets of downtown and over to the neighborhood fest of, "Lights in the Heights". Riders (myself included) dressed up their bikes with Christmas lights and decorations. What a fun night! Despite a roaring cold front that came blowing during our ride, the evening was such as blast. The photo is taken at the porch of my co-worker Gail who hosted a party for the bikers. BTW, she bikes to work almost everyday. Sadly, though I didn't take any photos of my bike. I still have all the lights hooked up and will try and get some in a few days. I'm eager to take the bike out again and ride around the neighborhood the next couple of nights. Anyone want to join me? BYOB! Get it?!
Oh and Santa, I've been a really good girl this year and really would like a new bike!
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
If I owned this city then I'd make it behave
and if I were fearless, then I'd speak my truth
and the the world would hear this
that's what I wish I'd do
If my hands could hold them,
you'd see it take all these secrets in me
and I'd move and mold them to be something I'd set free
I want to darken the skies, open the floodgates up
I want to change my mind, I want to be enough
I want the water in my eyes, I want to cry until the end of time
I want to let the rain come down, make a brand new ground,
let the rain come down, let the rain come down
Make a brand new ground, let the rain come down tonight
I hold on to worry so tight, it's safe in here right next to my heart
who now shouts at the top of her voice
let me go, let me out of this, it wasn't my choice
and I always felt it before that the world was filled with much more
than the drowning soul I've learned to be
I just need the rain to remind me
I want to darken the skies
open the floodgates up, I want to change my mind, I want to be enough
I want the water in my eyes and I want to cry until the end of time
I want to let the rain come down and make a brand new ground.
title inspired by Sara Barelies and her beautiful song, Let the Rain from her CD, "Kaleidoscope Heart". These flowers in my garden had been transplanted, and the night before it poured rain whereby splashing some more dirt onto the petals. So not only did the rain come down but it's making brand new ground in my backyard-especially since my Japanese elm was taken down. It's always good to let the rain come down and make a brand new ground. BTW, congrats to Sara for her Grammy nomination. Her music is so fresh and I have certainly worn out the new CD.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Way down here on earth, I could feel its pull.
The weight of gravity or just the lure of light,
Made me want to leave my only home tonight.
Yeah I'm just wondering how we know where we belong.
Is it in a photograph, or a dashboard poet's song?
Will I have missed my chance to right some ancient wrong,
Should I find myself between here and gone?
Now I could grab my keys and peel out in my truck,
With every saint on board bringing me their luck.
I could drive too fast, like a midnight's thief,
As if there was a way to outrun the grief.
Yeah I'm just wondering how we know where we belong.
In a song that's left behind in a dream I couldn't wake from.
Could I have felt the brush of a soul that's passing on,
Somewhere in between here and gone?
Up above me, wayward angels, a blur of wings and grace.
One for courage, one for safety, one for just in case.
I thought a light went out, but now the candle shines.
I thought my tears wouldn't stop, then I dried my eyes.
And after all of this, the truth that holds me here,
Is that this emptiness is something not to fear.
Yeah, I'll keep wondering how we know where we belong,
After all the journeys made, and the journeys yet to come.
When I feel like giving up instead of going on,
Somewhere in between.
Yeah, I'm just wondering how we know where we belong.
Is it in the arc of the moon, leaving shadows on the lawn?
In the path of fireflies and a single bird at dawn,
Singing in between here and gone.
title/music/words by Mary Chapin Carpenter. I guess you can tell what I've been listening to lately. I do love her music and feel as if she's writing about my life at times. BTW, the past few mornings there has been a bird at dawn that awakens me. Thank you angels for showing me grace and beauty the past few days somewhere in between here and gone.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I could not recognize the faces and I never felt so alone
I found myself between two choices to settle or to run
All my life I've heard the voices but this time mine's the only one
I wanna feel what the wind feels like, I wanna go that high
and feel no fear instead of being down here holding up the sky
Life astounds us in an instant, changing all we know
Blink just once and then you've missed it and all that you can do is watch it go, watch it go.
I found myself between two lifetimes, the sunset and the dawn
I reached out and took the lifeline offered up between here and gone
I want to know what the wind feels like
I want to go that high and feel no fear instead of being down here holding up the sky.
words and music by Mary Chapin Carpenter... and yes, I really want to go that high and know what the wind feels like...to be master of my domain and be a bird with wings.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Mood: Mellow-thanks to the wine, Las Rocas-Garnacha (Spain). Viva Espana!
Here we are in October and fall has finally arrived-somewhat. It was a long, hot summer and my favorite month has arrived. I can come out of hibernation now! ;-) In September, my camera bit the dust and I ended up purchasing another cheap Fuji and here is the end result. I so wanted a Nikon and almost gave in but have to keep expenses down.
Been taking advantage of the nicer weather and sitting outside and soaking in the feel of the north wind, which is exhilarating, especially at night. Sitting under the stars by candlelight with the burning of incense--it's become my quiet time before going to bed. Soon, I can light up the chiminea! Next week lows are supposed to be in the 50's! Bring it on!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Thanks Michael for the idea. Tropical storm Hermine brought dark clouds and heavy rain making it hard to see the light but here it was in my own backyard. BTW, wouldn't mind the rain, if only it would bring cooler weather. Can't wait to kiss summer (with all its heat, humidity) goodbye!
Monday, August 30, 2010
My brother Arnold and his 25th Wedding Anniversary cake! BTW, those are not his words but his wife's instead! ;-)
It was good cake and wish I had some now.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
and looking down at the world below a bunch of whining, fighting schmoes... There's pools, and lakes, and hills and mountains, music, and art. We live in our own condos with to die for views and you come as you are. Lots of stars just for wishing and where we say a prayer for levitating. You can look back on your life but it can't matter what you're not because by the time you're here, were all we've got. Welcome to my heaven".
inspired by Mary Chapin-Carpenter titled song, "My Heaven" and thank you Mr. Gull for your grace and beauty and sharing a small slice of your heaven. Finishing up the photos traveling down Highway 101 on the Oregon coast,
where I took a wonderful walk on the beach.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
I went with my friends Kim & Jhon and we were celebrating her 50th birthday. She called this morning to thank me for such a wonderful evening of music and friendship and an even bigger thank you for her surprise gift- CD - Petals on the Path, which Ottmar graciously personalized and autographed. Thank you Ottmar! Kim's husband commented that she's been on cloud 9 since last night, said she's been "Dancing Alone" to the music...even in her sleep! ;-)
We were already making plans for the next time Ottmar comes to town but might prove to be difficult since they might be moving in the fall. Nonetheless, memories from last night will always be there.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
we reflect upon the good things
and those thoughts always settle around those we love
and I think about those people
who mean so much to me
and for so many years have made me so very happy
and I count the times,
I have forgotten to say "Thank You"
and just how much I love them.
music by the Carpenters.
A very dear co-worker is leaving for her new promotion in Qatar
and we had a little going away party for her today
at work. There were many tears shed by students
and co-workers and so far I've held mine back...until now.
Godspeed Iffat for you will be truly missed
and Thank You for always lending a listening ear.
You are truly one of a kind.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ottmar Liebert CD
Petals on the Path
and track 5
Very much looking forward to seeing
concerts in Portland and Houston
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Shadow on the things you know
Feathers fall around you
and show you the way to go...
Tomorrow see the things that never come today
It's over...it's over.
I''ll always remember those childhood days
in Corpus Christi.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
There are a few nice things I am looking forward to this summer. June brings the release of Ottmar Liebert's new CD-POP/Petals on the Path. July brings another week of vacation and seeing an Ottmar Liebert concert at House of Blues and in August, Lilith Fair stops by at the Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavillion.
The next three months will seem like an eternity but I only have to look back at how fast the last three months have flown.
BTW, today was Memorial Day and I never forget this special day for all our veterans and always remember that some gave all.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
that loved to fly,
catching the wind as it went south
and I could touch every inch of sky
and the sweetest songs trilled from my mouth
but I'm no bird anyone can see
and there's no wind waiting for me
It's just a dream, it's just a dream
to be a bird flying free....
lyrics by Mary Chapin Carpenter
and for a second I so wished I had his wings.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Mary Chapin Carpenter.
CANNOT wait for the April 27th!
Lots of great music coming out soon.
POP by Ottmar Liebert on June 15th
New music by Mana and tour to follow
New music by Sarah McLachlan of Lilith Fair
which is coming to Houston in August!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Advising several of my students today.
Here's someone else that made a difference
the great educator-Jaime Escalante
who died yesterday.
Thank you Jaime for your 'ganas' -determination
in making a difference.
You were truly an inspiration and have left behind a great legacy.