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Waves of Grief

Just when I start feeling stronger, heart full, mind clear…something hits me again.  Stomach hurts, head hurts…I sit, meditate, or try to catch up on some much needed sleep.  Yesterday I plunked on the piano for the first time in….who knows how long.  Trying to find some music for a tribute I’m working on for next weekend.  Shall I call it the pre-memorial?  I’m not sure but something was telling me I needed to tell my story of my final hours with Uncle Hal.  And there’s probably some other messages weaved in there that I’m only just now unearthing.

One thing I’ve let go this year is my photoblog ritual.  Perhaps I’ll be re-committing to this again.  In any case here are a some photos from before Uncle Hal died. Oh and part of today’s horoscope:  Relax your resistance and trust your intuition to teach you how to navigate the murky waters of your heart.

10/11/15: The Violin owned by Word Girl (Amelia) or Wonder Woman (Alice) my Star Gazer Star Dancers

10/11/15: The Violin owned by Word Girl (Amelia) or Wonder Woman (Alice) my Star Gazer Star Dancers

10/13/15: Entry to Uncle Hal's Office, I say goodbye

10/13/15: Entry to Uncle Hal’s Office, I say goodbye

10/12/15: The Hunt, trying to find His Story to read and print for his boys

10/12/15: The Hunt, trying to find His Story to read and print for his boys

Uncle's Organization: Wishing I had a wall for a chalkboard like this!

Uncle’s Organization: Wishing I had a wall for a chalkboard like this!

One of his beloved bike bags: Where is he going now?

One of his beloved bike bags: Where is he going now?

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Lessons of Gayle

Today marks the 65th birthday of my Aunt Gayle. My heart is full thinking of her many lessons over my 35 years of living. Her home welcomed my family and me at 6 weeks of age moving from Modesto, California to Springfield, Oregon. A back bedroom on C Street that years later became my room once again. Gayle has taught me many lessons of love, forgiveness, patience, music, faith, and reaching for dreams. She has been there to answer the hard questions, to affirm the soul of me when I was questioning everything. She taught me how to play piano, knit, keep an organized calendar, and that money doesn’t always come with strings attached. Thank you dear Auntie, glad I could always be your “baby girl.” IMGP3794


Lessons of Akin

Lessons of Akin

1. Do your best & be your best.  Life is not fair but you can still do your best.

2. Laugh & laugh well.  Akin was a quiet witty guy.  He was still really serious but could definitely turn that frown upside down.

3.  Love.  Love.  Love.

4. Don’t be afraid.  We can live in fear, or we can face the fear.  And we will be stronger for it.

5.  Love, love, love.

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Happy Birthday Akin! Honoring my cousin Akin’s life & legacy today. A strong, witty, sweet, stubborn, loving, courageous, honorable, & wonderful soul.


Roses From My Valentine

Received roses from my Valentine today, this is our 9th consecutive Valentine celebration! I can say, it hasn’t felt like 9 years, maybe 5. IMGP3714 Jeremy has stuck by my side through many life changes; always provided his love, sense of humor, wit, and creative thought processes.

IMGP3718 Hope you all have had an extra sweet day.