NPM 27 of 30 (New Mexico Declaration)

Last week I traveled to Taos, New Mexico for a creativity retreat. While I plan to write in more detail about the whole experience, I’ll whet your appetite with this poem. I wrote it on the last day (along with everyone else writing their own versions). What’s interesting (maybe?) about this exercise was that it’s…

the rest of the week

After the disappointment of Wednesday night, the rest of the weekend has been pretty good. On Thursday, out of nowhere, I decided to see a movie. Instead of a variety of Oscar-nominated films I could have chosen, I selected “Winchester” starring Helen Mirren. It’s about Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle company fortune and…

My Night with Janis Joplin

The dinner I had before the show was fabulous. . . . . . . . I had seen a version of this show, “A Night with Janis Joplin,” many years ago, but it was called “Love, Janis” after the book Janis’s sister, Laura, had written. I saw it in the small Lyceum Theatre, and…

music is a beautiful thing

Last night I was gifted with an invitation to the symphony with one of my BFFs, The Becky. At first, I thought, “The symphony?” But then I looked at the link she’d sent with the invite: John Williams. THE John Williams. Musician, composer, conductor. He’s scored such films as, oh, Jaws, Close Encounters of the…

NPM – 26 of 30

I wrote this poem in October during the full moon. I thought with tomorrow’s early morning lunar spectacular (blue moon/super moon/blood moon/lunar eclipse), this poem was appropriate. Oh yeah, and also the president’s first SOTU. ~~ Moon Shine Last night I kept the blinds open, unconcerned about who might see into my bedroom, spy the…

NPM – 25 of 30

I hate to leave things hanging, though, inevitably, it’s exactly what I do especially with regard to this blog. I abandoned the December reflections after my dad went into the hospital. I plan to write a lot more about what happened in December, but for now, I’ll say that my dad died on January 3,…

Green

Today’s reflection is ‘green.’ I opened up my photos to see what stood out as being green, and lo and behold the one photo I took today had a green background. It’s the color of the sheet on my dad’s hospital bed. That lighter green (or turquoise) in the foreground is his ventilator. My dad’s…

Favorite Photo of 2017

This one was pretty easy. It took place on that favorite day this year. The house is the Hamilton-Turner house, and then this horse-drawn carriage giving tours of the Historic District just happened to pass in front, the horse clopping on the cobblestones. The air was heavy and hot, and I was utterly charmed.

I was challenged by…

Today’s reflection is “I was challenged by…” I gotta say this one is tough for me, not because I didn’t have challenges, but nothing that defined my year, which is a good thing. But I did think of a couple things, one personal and one more global. My job These last 6 months or so…

Best Book(s) of 2017

Again, thankful for my weird penchant for listing things. This time, instead of a handwritten journal, it’s a technological help, a little website called Goodreads. Today’s reflection was Best Book of 2017, so I looked up the list of books I’ve read this year (already beat my goal of reading 36 this year), and I…

Circles

When I saw the reflection for today was “circles,” I wasn’t quite sure what to do with that. But as I left my apartment, suddenly the shape was everywhere. Doorbell, peephole, elevator buttons. Then in the parking garage, I saw wheels which then threw me into two songs I know called “Wheels,” both great songs….

Best Day(s) of 2017

Thank goodness I keep a daily gratitude journal so I can look back at my year. Some days are very vague like “I am grateful for salmon,” while other days I really capture everything that transpired. It’s become a micro-journal which is much easier for me to maintain. Today’s December Reflection is “Best Day of…