Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
"Don't turn off your engine. Just wait. I'm afraid when I walk through the gate the guard will say, 'Mr. Hernandez, stop; turn around. We've changed our mind. You aren't being released today.'"It was early summer 2006 when we drove away from the Monroe Correctional Complex, slowly making our way down the winding drive that led to freedom. Driving in silence along Route 2, all senses fully engaged, his eyes scanning the long-familiar landscape kept from view for 7 years. I remember he opened his window then, leaned his head out and tilted his face toward the late morning sun, eyes closed, his waist-length hair caught by the wind.
Healer of our ev’ry ill,
light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.
You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness,
Spirit of all comfort: fill our hearts.
In the pain and joy beholding
how your grace is still unfolding,
give us all your vision: God of love.
You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing,
Spirit of compassion: fill each heart.
Give us strength to love each other,
ev’ry sister, ev’ry brother,
Spirit of all kindness: be our guide.
We walked a bit and stopped at a towering cedar, stepping close, encircling the trunk with our arms, joining hands. He rested his cheek against its thready bark and drew a deep in-breath.
I remember. Oh, how I remember.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
In my ongoing rehab for plantar fasciitis, I'm proud to announce I've progressed to a new level of therapy called eccentric exercises. I'd been working with my wonderful PT, Dean, of Olympic Physical Therapy, since June on some hip stretching and strengthening exercises when I developed the pesky foot issue a month later. Since that time, we've been trying to keep the hip exercises going while focusing our efforts on the foot, since the pain was quite intense and disabling. The foot injections, anti-inflammatories, laser, ultrasound and exercises have paid off; hallelujah!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I awoke in the early hours, called to explore thoughts and ideas mingled with feelings. I turned things over in my head, composed a piece of writing and applied edits with eyes still closed, tossed and tussled with the blankets, rearranged the pillows, gained a different perspective, then found sleep once again.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Or perhaps it's as simple as forgetting. Whatever the case may be, precious feline girl, Delilah, has returned to the master bedroom as of last night, 4 months after fleeing the second floor following the installation of our ceiling fan.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.