Happy New Year! I realize today is January 1 and New Year’s greetings are resounding throughout the world. January 1 means a clean slate, a fresh start, a brand new year to get some things done and get some other things right. In those various ventures, I “wish above all that you would prosper and … Continue reading Happy Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
I sent the final letters for Love Notes 20 this morning. Sigh. I’ll send postcards periodically to my Love Notes pals while we wait for the next round, but the return to work tomorrow and preparation for the 2017-18 academic year means I must take a short break from my role as a snail mail revolutionary and focus on the life … Continue reading Hello Beautiful!
I couldn’t make up my mind about what to write about for today’s microblog, so at first, I decided I wouldn’t post today at all. Then, almost miraculously [slight exaggeration], I happened across the postcard above sent for a “Poetry on Postcards” swap four years ago. The postcard features the artwork of Victorian artist John … Continue reading Acquainted with the Night: A Painting and a Poem
“If I had an extra hour every day I would…” That was one of the topics for “Postcards with Prompts,” a fun swap-bot postcard series I participated in last year. Swapper Susan sent the beach-themed postcard above with her response: If I had an extra hour every day, I would go to the beach and … Continue reading An Extra Hour? What Would You Do?
Have you ever had an encounter with an individual who was so filled with joy that it spilled onto you? That’s how I feel every time my niece, Tiff, posts or sends pics of her escapades with her toddler. As you can see from the photo above, Tiff oozes joy. She always has, and her … Continue reading Joy Break 4 | Catch Some Joy
Around this time of the year, I usually begin a weeklong series of kindness posts, but this time around, I decided to focus on joy. Despite the trauma and drama of the past several months (see last Monday’s post), I’m okay. As I mentioned at the very beginning of the year: I’m learning to practice a steadying joy … Continue reading Joy Break 1 | Discipline and Practice
I began my second locs journey a week ago. When I first loc’d my hair 13+ years ago, I was five months pregnant, dealing with the losses of Post-Katrina New Orleans, and adjusting to a new normal. Although I had “gone natural” four years before, the time never felt right for loc’ing. Until then. I … Continue reading Loc’d: Second Journey
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. –Twyla Tharp I’ve mentioned–on numerous occasions–I’m not an artist, but I’ve been playing around with my few art supplies lately, enjoying the feel of ink and colored pencils on the pages of a hardly used sketch journal tossed out by a friend. This summer … Continue reading Doodle Flowers: Show Me Your Art
I always want to talk about important subjects, but with hope. Music is supposed to heal people. — Fatoumata Diawara At the beginning of the year, I thought I’d focus on developing my monochrome photography skills, but life got in the way. Before I pressed pause on that venture, though, I was able to coordinate … Continue reading Good Vibes | Music, Hope, and Monochrome Mayhem
My home office is a complete, utter mess. The books and papers are literally closing in on me. There is a narrow path from the door to the desk and my favorite thinking place–the window. Other than that, every space is covered with stacks of books and piles of paper. At some point, I’ll spend … Continue reading Be the Light!