Saturday, October 29, 2011

Teaching isn't for wimps: Blogging from the mountains...

Teaching isn't for wimps: Blogging from the mountains...: For those who don't know, I spend four days in the fall each year studying at Quartz Mountain. I attend the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute and...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lest I forget...

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

 

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.


 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

 

Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.


 

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.

 

Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.


Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.


 

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. (this is my favorite part)



 

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.


 

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, 

it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Welcome...

Chloe and Zoe want to welcome Tootie to the blogasphere! Visit her here. She's really cute!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

When...

When I look in the mirror and know I have another day...


When I hear the laughter of two daughters who define my grace...


When I hold my husband's hand and feel the deeper vibration of commitment...


When the Oklahoma autumn wind blows my hair, stirs the high grasses on our land, and carries the dragon flies over the garden...


When the fear of turning fifty weighs my heart...


I understand, I feel it deeply, that I am a lucky woman, living in an incredible place, loved by complicated people, blessed by  the ground of all being. 


Thank you...


(Thank you Beth because I know you won't mind if I steal the "when")