Monday, July 14, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
|The Wellness and Lap Pools of the Lynnwood Recreation Center,|
a much-loved sanctuary.
Ed had something to say about his affinity for underwater swimming: "I grew up in a staunch Republican family, always at the country club. I was the black sheep, preferring swimming over golf." He says his goal is to practice calm. "When I swim along the bottom and begin to need air, I calm my thoughts and slowly come to to surface."
That explains a lot. When not letting go in his underwater world, Ed can be found smiling and conversing with fellow swimmers as though he has nary a care. I love that this man is intentional in his search for calm, that he finds it at the bottom of the pool, and that he felt comfortable enough to tell me so.
Now, excuse me while I resume my lap swimming meditation, albeit on the surface!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
|Molly, better known as the traffic and safety fairy at the Seattle|
3-Day in the mid-late 2000s, displays her airborne style.
A mid-thigh style with a conservative cuff, these eye-catching light lime-green shorts were festooned with tiny turquoise whales. I could not help myself, and so I approached to give him two thumbs up on his kick-ass attire. He smiled and replied, "I've gotten so many compliments on them!"
Here's to each of finding our true colors and wearing them with pride.
Monday, May 5, 2014
|Sandi seeks connection with mama and her ducklings,|
Usa-River, Tanzania, 2004.
I took a different tact and waited my turn. I know how Zulli and Shamim love to connect with their customers. There's a drive there that goes beyond superb customer service, which they always deliver; they minister to folk. Thankfully, their approach has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with extending compassion, courtesy, and grace.
After a brief interaction over the items, Zulli stopped mid-stride and looked me in the eye: "You're keeping well, then?"
"Yes, Zulli, thank you; very well."
I ask you, is there anything more comforting than having someone check in with you and really mean it? Which is why I waited my turn, so grace could flow between us.
Friday, April 25, 2014
|A beaming Mimi receives a stately escort|
from her eldest grandson, Michael, at the
Derick-Helbig wedding, July 1998.
It began with a soft-pink camellia last spring, a gift from our neighbors in honor of my dear mother's passing. Over time, other things found a home there: a rock cairn, a blue-bronze heron statue, and just today, a set of wind chimes with a rich deep timbre.
All of these things hold signficance and help me more fully embrace my mother and my memory of her. Though I have many varied images and feelings of Mimi in my head and heart, I realized today that I most commonly picture her as this photo so aptly depicts: an engaging, vibrant woman of 58; the age I shall be this year.
Coincidence? Fodder for psychoanalysis? Bah! I have a different theory. I think I remember her this way because it was an especially happy time for her. Finding her stride after several life-altering experiences, Mom seemed at the top of her game. She and Andy were 12 years into their 25 year marriage, her interior design business was thriving, and her life appeared balanced in a deeply rewarding way. Meaningful work and good health; time for volunteering and travel; adventures with family, a measure of quiet of her own crafting; her life was all of these things.
Today I remember Mimi in her 50s and celebrate with both arms raised!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
|Ma (Heang), Jenny, Riley, and Nicholas: co-creators of "Toys don't eat dirt"|
|Every cool thing needs a flag.|
|Autographs offered willingly by twins, Riley and Nicholas, nearing 4.|
|Treasures from my storied life, 1975-2014.|