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    Notes on Hope | Yayoi Kusama.

    As part of this year’s journey with hope, I’m paying close attention to seeing and hearing the word “in the wild”. Yesterday’s event was full of it. and, perhaps surprisingly, so was the Infinity Mirrors exhibit we saw a few weeks back. Set apart from her mirror rooms, paintings and sculptures was a tiny space that looped a video interview. I sat through three viewings (also subtitles) before I grasped what Kusama shared about hope. I wish the video had been played while we were waiting on line to enter the exhibit. It changed the way I saw it. The effect of infinite, constant repetition leads us to finding our…

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    The Time is Now.

    Yet who knows whether you have come into the kingdom for such a time as this? ~Esther 4:14b (NKJV) I had the privilege of participating in my community’s MLK Service and Unity Walk today. There wasn’t an empty seat in the sanctuary at St James for the Service, which was moving, inclusive and inspiring. truly. Three weeks into my year of Hope, this was a most welcome signpost. The Unity Walk was another. We left St James’ sanctuary and walked to City Hall. I had the opportunity to talk with several folks (the walk is a little over a mile) and we all agreed that it was cold, that Alpharetta…

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    Grateful.

    …for every word that Mary Oliver gave us. Her poems were the first I truly loved. She showed me the importance of paying attentionĀ and so much more. Heaven welcomed a new angel yesterday … with dancing for sure. Angels You might see an angel anytime and anywhere. Of course you have to open your eyes to a kind of second level, but it’s not really hard. The whole business of what’s reality and what isn’t has never been solved and probably never will be. So I don’t care to be too definite about anything. I have a lot of edges called Perhaps and almost nothing you can call Certainty. For…

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    Three on Thursday | Georgia Aquarium.

    This past Sunday, Marc and I visited the Georgia Aquarium … the perfect activity for a chilly, wet day. This was the first time either of us had been (nothing like being a tourist in your own hometown!) and I think we were both surprised by how much we really did enjoy it. Sorting through the dozens of photos, here are my favorites, neatly organized into a group of three (because Thursday!): We started with the penguins – oh my goodness are they fun to watch! I had no idea starfish came in so many colors. Or that jellyfish really could look cool. My only prior experience with them has…

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    Looking Back | December 2018.

    Is it just me, or does December seem like it was a year ago?!twinkle lights :: twinkle lights :: twinkle lights šŸ˜‰ little boys :: three of us ā™„ :: family (who are friends) :: holiday decorations :: knitting :: reading … and the start of this year’s amaryllis watch. Sometimes I look back at these mosaics and think “oh, it wasn’t really as wet/cold/rainy/ as I remember”. This month, I thought “whoa, it really was wet, cold and rainy!”. Only two (yes, TWO) of those photos were taken outside – those gorgeous camellia blooms on the 22nd and the very foggy lakeview on the 31st. Much of the knitting…

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    Three on Thursday | Infinity Mirrors.

    Hello and Happy Thursday! As I mentioned in my last post, I was fortunate to spend a good bit of yesterday with my friends-who-are-family visiting the High Museum to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit. I wasn’t at all sure what to expect, but even in my wildest dreams, this exhibit would’ve exceeded my expectations. I also said I’d be sharing “three things” today (because Thursday), so here goes: Thing One – Ā It was about a lot more than mirrors. There were signs all over the entryway warning visitors not to touch, sit or lie down in the exhibit. The first thing I saw when we got off the elevator…

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    Amaryllis Watch 2019 | Week Six.

    When I snagged that frozen pond photo for yesterday’s post, I noticed that last year’s amaryllis were way ahead of this year’s. Week six last year I had two stalks well above their copper stakes and one just about there. This year, I have one stalk barely above the stake … and the other two bulbs lagging behind. sigh. I’m wondering if I’ll see any blooms this month?! Also, I noticed that my Looking Back post for December was on January 5 – y’all it’s January 8 and I don’t have plans to even make the collage until this weekend. sigh. Nevertheless – 2019 feels like it’s off to a…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …make you question the date*! Here’s what I saw when Holly and I walked in the afternoon. And here’s a glimpse from the same day last year. Weather is a crazy thing for sure, but last year it was February before we saw the Lenten Rose bloom. I hope your week is off to a sure start … for Monday, January 7! *full disclosure, this post should probably be titled Sometimes Sundays because the photos I’m sharing are from January 6 … which in 2019, was yesterday.

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    TGIF.

    My Friday morning book group is still on holiday hiatus, so I had a few extra hours this morning. I put it to good use and cleared out my inbox and then – finally! – my Feedly reader. I didn’t leave a lot of comments (so as not to clutter up too many other inboxes), but I must say, this little corner of the internet where I spend my time is already enjoying a most fulfilling 2019! Here’s to its first Friday! Thinking about Hope and how often I throw the word around when I really mean “wish” (or “want” or “would like”). I want to give it more meaning.…

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    Welcome 2019 | Hope.

    This One Little Word started stealing into my heart in early December when we lit the first candle – the candle of Hope – on the Advent wreath. and when I set out this year’s lovely amaryllis bulbs. Of course my brain countered with other options that seemed more practical, sensible and … grown-up. But then this past weekend, I read the introduction to Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark. She says “Hope is an embrace of the unknown.” She quotes Martin Luther King, Jr: We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. and Maria Popova: Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is…