Life Breaks My Heart

Life Breaks My Heart (Image thanks to GraphicsHunt.com)

Life Breaks My Heart (Image thanks to GraphicsHunt.com)

Life breaks my heart.
Life breaks my heart.
There it is land-sliding
Down my lover’s shoulders
When we discover his dog:
Dead in the backyard.

Life dissolves my heart.
Life dissolves my heart.
There it is flowing in the river
Of my mother’s tears
Because she can’t go home:
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Frozen Bananas? Who Knew? (Day 10)

Frozen bananas

Frozen bananas

Yippee! We made it to Day 10 in Susan’s Last 10 Days in May Magic Bullet Muffin & Fat Back Buster UnDiet & Weight Release Thing)! (Actually, today is Day 11, but don’t tell anyone…)

It is excruciatingly hot in my corner of Quebec, or at least it is by Canadian standards : 31 C is OTT for us Canucks. Doesn’t hold a candle to Erbil, Iraq, though. That’s where my friend (and author) Carolyn Theriault is. She’s a sucker for punishment is Carolyn. Continue reading

Hot? Getchya Some Gazpacho (Day 9)

FB thumbs up iconIn the last 10 days, we’ve had rain, rain, SNOW, freezing cold, and everything in between.

But now that Facebook has turned around (in this statement), so has the weather.

Today (or rather yesterday, because I fell asleep at the keyboard when I was about to post this last night, and then decided to go to bed instead) was hot, hot, hot, and tomorrow is supposed to be sweltering, by Canadian standards anyway (and yes, it’s tomorrow already and it’s a humid scorcher). Continue reading

What keeps us going?

Love and prayers going out to Oklahoma, Syria, Palestine, the whole of Africa, pretty much all of South America as well. Central America too.

Ummm. Pakistan. Afghanistan. In fact, all of the “stan” countries. Ah what the hell, all of Central Asia. And Southeast Asia. Comet to think of it, most of China too. The former USSR. The Balkans. Oh. That would be most of Eastern Europe. Hmmm.

Drought, floods, tornadoes, war, rape, killing, disease, depression and violence everywhere. One wonders what keeps the human race from just pulling the plug.

Oh yeah. Now I remember…AWR Hope

Morning glory

Apple blossom

Apple blossom

I adore walking early on spring mornings. The air is fresh and crisp. The world is full of promise. Anything and everything seems possible. It’s gorgeous and glorious.

Last year, when I cared for my mom in her rural home, I treasured getting up at dawn in spring and summer for a bit of alone time.

I would sneak out of the house while Mom was still asleep (and before Caroline arrived to share the care-giving responsibilities), and take pictures of the beauty I found around me. Continue reading

10 Notes in an Ode to Joy

A beautiful accident

A beautiful accident

According to a happiness test I once took, I score highly on the “happiness scale.”

But I don’t often feel happiness. Rather, I frequently feel joy, which for me is a different and deeper emotion, and which can be evoked by the simplest everyday things.

There are countless notes in my continuing ode to joy; here are 10 of them: Continue reading