Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Harry Baker: The power of self-acceptance

In honor of this.

Stay Gone, But Do Not Disappear

“Leaving is not enough. You must stay gone. Train your heart like a dog. Change the locks even on the house he's never visited. You lucky, lucky girl. You have an apartment just your size. A bathtub full of tea. A heart the size of Arizona, but not nearly so arid. Don't wish away your cracked past, your crooked toes, your problems are papier mache puppets you made or bought because the vendor at the market was so compelling you just had to have them. You had to have him. And you did. And now you pull down the bridge between your houses, you make him call before he visits, you take a lover for granted, you take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic. Make the first bottle you consume in this place a relic. Place it on whatever altar you fashion with a knife and five cranberries. Don't lose too much weight. Stupid girls are always trying to disappear as revenge. And you are not stupid. You loved a man with more hands than a parade of beggars, and here you stand. Heart like a four-poster bed. Heart like a canvas. Heart leaking something so strong they can smell it in the street.”
Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell by Marty McConnell

Friday, July 29, 2016


Because poetry is for the soul.

Scott Orr - "In The Belly Of The Whale"

This has been my morning song for nearly two weeks. I can’t get enough of it. "In The Belly Of The Whale" At the first glimpse of light I’ll be looking for you Lord I’m in the belly of a whale The first step I’ll take I’ll be headed the right way I’m in the belly of a whale The first song I’ll sing I’ll sing it to you God I’ll sing Hallelujah From the belly of a whale Why do you love a heart that’s not beating I have a heart that’s not beating But I was born for Hallelujah I’m in the belly of a whale My spiritual life is pretty private, though I’ll speak about it if asked. I’ve had a great deal of bible training and this speaks more, to me, as a contemplation on finding direction and purpose while feeling adrift. Personal redemption even. It’s beautiful and calming and a joy to listen to while reaching for a new day.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Four Minutes Has Been a Big Thing

Seafret did a new version of it late last year.

The 36 questions are here.  It's less about romantic attraction than forming fundamental connections.

We need more connection.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I Really Expected To Be Productive Today

Instead, on the spur of the moment I went to breakfast with a great friend and then let the day take us. It was brilliant and one of those days that hasn't happened in far too long.

Maybe "productive" has different meanings.

But The Uphill Battle Is Worth The View

When you've explained and push and pulled and made some movement an finally can savour a sweet sleep that has seemed so distant, it feels worth the effort.