Sunday Solace: Week 49

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December 9 #haikuforhealing

December 9

 

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Join Mary Lee Hahn and other writers for #haikuforhealing for the month of December.

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Poetry Friday: Lemons #haikuforhealing

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Terrific poetry can be found at Lisa at Steps and Staircases.  She has a neat visual project with poems invitation:

  Respond to “When Life Gives You Lemons…” or write a poem using an object/making a drawing, as Amy Krouse Rosenthal did with a lemon drop.] If your poem can be expressed visually through a picture or drawing — like Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “When Life Gives You Lemon Drops”

December 8 #haikufor healing

I’ve been thinking about the SoCal fires.  What’s burning it precious ground for me and I am in despair over the winds and the destruction.  This on top of the Columbia Gorge fires of late summer.

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Prayers for the winds to calm and be still and for the wreckage to end.

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Welcome in 2018 with the second annual New Year Postcard Exchange.  Details HERE. Postcards can be mailed in time for Chinese New Year in February.

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December 7 #haikuforhealing

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lives perished
seventy-six years ago
pray for peace

©jone rush macculloch

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Wordless Wednesday: Week 49

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December 6 #haikuforhealing

windy day
scitter-scatter
mom’s wishes

© jone rush macculloch

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mom’s wishes
scitter-scatter
windy day

© jone rush macculloch

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SOL17: Allowing Space

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The other day I was talking with someone about this time of year.  In the past, the holidays have been difficult for me.  I’ve come to understand that my childhood was rooted in family traditions.  Grandmothers visited with regularity as did my father’s sister.

In my twenties and thirties, I tried to make it home during the holidays as much as I could. And in my first marriage, it was easier as my then husband wasn’t a fan of the holidays.

When I remarried, family holidays became front and center with two teen girls and a tradition of a large Christmas Eve meal and opening presents.  Now the girls are grown (like they have almost teen daughters) and the holidays have changed their shape once again.

It’s not been an easy thing to feel comfortable in the quiet, just-the-two-of-you holiday at home.  It’s been a challenge.  This brings me back to my conversation earlier this month.  I made the statement that I was going to allow space to just be this year.  And if it means to quietly change my mind about attending an event or not, I’m okay with that decision.

I’m not sure when I have allowed space during the holidays.  But I feel at peace with it.

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Welcome in 2018 with the second annual New Year Postcard Exchange.  Details HERE. Postcards can be mailed in time for Chinese New Year in February.

 

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