Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Poem for the day, sharing words

LK Ludwig is hosting a day of sharing words, hop on over and read the many selections of bloggers, and enjoy their images. This photo captures what my family calls a "bibical sky".

When I was in high school, my friend Becky and I shared a love of poetry, especially e.e. cummings. Though he is considered a bit of a light weight now, I got out some of my books and found this one, which I loved then, and still love now.

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any--lifted from the no
of all nothing--human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

circle journal swap

I am in a circle journal swap, and posted one spread I did on the great day of Nov. 5, 2008, and I have now finished my work in the three journals I had, so time to post a few peeks.

This is my favorite spread, that is me in 1971, this journal is "Magical Mystery Tour", and I got my inner hippie out. The full spread is below. I had the fortunate experience of finding exactly what I wanted to use, the first place I looked for it! Believe me, folks, that is a RARE occurrence!

Working on these journals has been a lot of fun, and I feel inspired to work in my own journals now, and to finish the journal I started when we went to Austin.
There are seven of us in this swap, and I have worked in 4 books now, so that means I have two more to go, and that my graffiti book will (hopefully) soon be returning to me. I am really excited to see what has happened in it.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I have been tagged...

I don't usually do these, though I enjoy reading them, but Celeste has tagged me for a meme, and also asked me to start posting again, so I will play along! And, thanks to Binky, I can link to others without having to type out the whole address...I am a slooow study on computer things!
The photo is of my hubby and I with our daughter and her wonderful boyfriend in Austin, TX where they live (for the time being). We visited them in October. I am working on my travel journal from the trip, and will share later.

So, here are the rules:

1. link to the tagger, and list the rules on your blog.

2. share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some wierd

3. tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog

4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are the 7 things about me.

1. My name is Gwen and I am a complusive reader. I have a tendency to read the way others
might drink, I go through periods when I read constantly. Like the last few months.
2. I love the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace, especially the ones about their high
school years. I couldn't count how many times I have read them. They were written in the
early part of the last century, Betsy gets married at the beginning of WWI.
3. I was a member of the Young Republicans in highschool for about 2 weeks. I have never
voted Republican in my life! Don't hate me, I discovered the error of my ways with lightning
4. I am very vain about my red hair, and plan to have it until I die!
5. I collect crocheted potholders and also cloth ones with faces on them
6. I commune with trees.
7. I have a degree in Japanese language and Asian studies that I have never used once in my entire life!!

I probably can't think of anyone to tag, as Celeste tagged most of the people I would feel comfortable tagging. I read a lot of blogs, but most of them aren't personal friends of mine.
I have reviewed this post a couple of times, and when I preview it, the line spacing is all out of whack. I do not want to re-type the whole thing, so I apologize for the ridiculous line breaks. It
doesn't look like that when I type it.... who knows?

It is a New Day, and the fog has been lifted...

My last post was about the dark day that started the nearly eight years of fear and hate and ineptitude that was/is the Bush administration. This post is about the joy I felt on the day after the election!

I am working in three circle journals that started the rounds in May and June, and on the morning of Nov. 5, I HAD to journal about Obama! His face mirrors the jubilation I felt and still feel. Like many of you, I cried throughout the day; with the waitress at the cafe in Bothell when I had lunch, with my co-workers at the clinic, when I read other's blogs, when I watched American Prayer on You-tube, listening to NPR, what an amazing day!