Wednesday, March 31, 2010

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.  You know I can't let that go by without notice and proper celebration.  I am taking a challenge and writing a poem a day in April.  I plan to post them here, so hold me to it.  Why don't you do the same?  Or, if you aren't up to the writing, try READING a poem a day in April.

TweetSpeak Poetry

I Force it to Rhyme
Laura Boggess
L. L. Barkat
Kathleen Overby

I may share some more as the month goes on.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Artist's Dates

There are two basic practices I will be doing as part of the Artist's Way group I am in on Tuesday mornings.  One of these practices is called Morning Pages and means I will be writing 3 pages a day - longhand - in my journal and not sharing it with anyone.  Practice #2 is to take myself on a weekly Artist's Date.  I have been brainstorming what some of these dates can be.  My goal is to keep them free or very inexpensive.  I decided to list some ideas here and see if anyone has some to share in return.

Labyrinth Walks - I was introduced to labyrinths while living in Brandon, MS.  I love them.  There are 2 that I know of in Tupelo.  I use the one behind the Catholic church offices most often.  Find a labyrinth near you via the Labyrinth Locator.

Hobby Lobby - Visit any craft store, really.  Even the craft department at Walmart ('cept many are being phased out).  You don't have to buy anything.  Just take in aisle after aisle of inspiration.  Or, find the aisle full of kits and choose a quick craft you can make.

Color - The last time I bought my boys new coloring books, I bought one for myself, as well.  I chose a Lisa Frank book, b/c that brings back so many fond memories of childhood and allows me to use a lot of bright colored crayons.

Visit a Cemetery - I love a graveyard.  Names and epitaphs and untold stories abound. It is usually quiet and peaceful.  An easy place to find solitude.

Camera Walk - Take your camera, or even your camera phone, and walk around downtown or in your church or a mall.  Take pictures of anything that strikes your fancy.  Colors, textures, words, food...

Collage - I have been making collages since I can remember.  A few old magazines and a theme.  Sometimes I collage words or colors or things I want or things I dream about.  You can make a collage of things that remind you of a friend and give it to them.

Bookstore - Or a library, but there is just something about a bookstore for me.  I like to choose poetry books to sit with.  Or, art books.  The big expensive ones I would never actually buy.  So much fun!

Local Attractions - We have the Buffalo Park here.  And the Gum Tree Museum of Art.  I have not visited either, and I really should.  There are parks all over town and little eateries I have never been inside.  Try to view your town as a tourist one day.

Movie - Go to a movie alone.  See whatever you want.  Have whatever snacks you want.  Laugh as loud as you want.  This is more fun that you might think it could be.

Water - Go anywhere there is water and look at it.  The beach or a lake or a pond or even a swimming pool if that strikes you.  Stare at the water.  Think about the water.  Write about it or draw it or paint it or dance near the edge.  If it is warm enough, go into the water.  Sing and dance and recite in the water.  Float.  Sink.  Swim. Water never fails to inspire SOMETHING inside of me.

Legos - Build something.  Legos or wooden blocks or K'nex will work. My boys love me to build with them and our fingers love the new ideas.

Childhood Memories - Do something you loved as a kid.  For me, that could be...  Riding a bike, playing in the woods, building in the sand, drawing dresses or making a fort from blankets and chair.

Reread - There are some favorite books that will always inspire me.  Little House, Oz, Dr Suess, Shel Silverstien...

Old Letters - Do you have cards and letters from high school?  College?  Two years ago?  Pull them out.  What about journals and diaries?  Read those.  It is amazing what we can find in these places.

Rearrange - I love to organize my books or my closet or the boys' clothes.  What seems like work can stimulate my brain in ways I would not have imagined.  My mind likes ordering the colors and titles and styles.

Bath - Take a hot bath.  Watch the water running into the tub.  Rub oils on your skin.  Smell aromatic candles.  Shave.  Lotion.  Powder.  Comb your hair slowly. 

What do you suggest?


Sunday, March 21, 2010


I have Rihanna on Pandora.
I have eclectic taste in music, I know.
David has been hiding his socks.
21 pair stuffed behind his dresser!
Ai yi yi!
I built the media for church today.
First time building on the Mac by myself...
It is baby shower weekend!
Presents are wrapped.
Decor is ready to go,
Except fresh flowers.
I'll buy those Sat morning.
Leila is looking BEAUTIFUL!
Pregnant women never seem to realize how gorgeous they are.
I have said before...
Pregnancy is the most beautiful poem God has written
and I am sure there is a poem there.
I will write it...
I am reading my first Eudora Welty novel.
I love it!
It feels like curling up in a down quilt.
I am pretty good at ignoring offenses to myself.
I am.
I suck at ignoring offenses to my husband...
or my friends.
Am about to start The Artist's Way with a group...
I do so love the Tues morning girls!
Can you believe I have never done this book?


Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Felicities ... 3-12-10

In honor of Natalie Rose York...

Friday Felicities

Pandora radio
Photoshop on Mac
Seeing Alice with Corey
Abby Grace babysitting for FREE
Funny t-shirts for Haydn
Writing Quiet Times for Senior Trip
New bag for church Mac
Fab new bag for me
Making prayer beads
Painting things purple
Season 6 of Gilmore Girls


Currently: March 2010

Current Books: I am reading a review book called The Hand that First Held Mine.  I just finished reviewing Didn't I Feed You Yesterday by Laura Bennett.  That was hilarious.  Also, I am using Power of a Praying Wife for my morning devotion time. My Bible Study group is finishing Stepping Up by Beth Moore. Oh, and I listened to Madame Bovary on audio, thanks to Librivox.

Current Playlist: Lucy Kaplansky on Pandora. I am wanting Rihanna's new album: Rated R.  I also want some more women bluegrass singers in my collection.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Going to Brandon next week.  I shouldn't spend the money on gas, but I want to see my very pregnant Leila and have some girlfriend time (Cat, what ya up to next week?).

Current Colors: I am really into brights right now.  I like to stand out, and the weather getting warmer makes me feel brighter.

Current Fetish: All things Mac.

Current Food: I have been on a hummus kick lately.  I discovered a really yummy flat bread at Kroger.

Current Drink: Diet Coke.  Oddly, I started feeling sick when I had Diet Pepsi, but Diet Coke is fine.  ??????

Current Favorite Favorite: Alice in Wonderland.  Corey took me to see it last night, in 3D.  So much fun.   I listened to both books, last summer, as I was driving to Mom's.  As always, Johnny + Tim = Dark Fabulousness.

Current Wishlist:  Sewing machine, 13" Macbook, Teleportation device (hey, it's a WISHlist, right?)

Current Needs: More God.  Always more God.

Current Triumph: I had a poem accepted.  It will be published by The Mom Egg.

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: Small pieces of paper.  Scraps everywhere.  Haydn has been using his How To Make Paper Airplanes book to make all sorts of fancy flying contraptions.

Current Celebrity Crush: Loralie Gilmore. Started watching Parenthood on NBC just to see more of her.

Current Indulgence: Using the Mac to blog and type, etc...  It helps me get used to how the thing works.

Current Mood: Hmm... I think my choice of bracelets today shows my mood.  I have the prayer beads I made at Confirmation, the heart and peace sign charms from Karen, and my "happiness" bracelet Lynette gave me, years ago.

Current #1 Blessing:  My marriage, the most constant thing in my life, the ship I trust for sailing, even when the seas are stormy.

Current Slang or Saying: Curiouser and curiouser.

Current Outfit: Faded Levis, a purplish top with a leafy/feather print, my gold-glitter Toms and a big green sweater, tied at the waist.

Current Link: I want This Bag for my laptop.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Felicities ... 3-5-10

In honor of Natalie, some things that made me happy this past week...

Friday Felicities

Hugging Sherry
Hearing and seeing Andi
Giving Corey a wee gift today
Playing with the new church Mac
Talking to Leila
Yard sale money still coming in
Chris promising to move the leftover YS items
Laughing with Rosemary, Weds night
Haydn translating for Andi

I could list so much.  But this is good for now.


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