DANCE ME…….

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Tango Dancing

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love ”
Leonard Cohen

I love this quote, Leonard Cohen’s poetry and music touches the soul. I seem to have a lot going on right now, but some of it is just busy work, including looking back and sorting old photos, while working on new ideas. Thinking about where I have been, and what I have done while planning what is next. The ongoing dance of evaluating what has happened and planning where I what to go, and projects that will touch my soul.

I do have to be careful, busy work, can keep me from the hard work, thinking and planning about what is next.

Ideas are wonderful but they need plans; without a plan nothing gets done. Decisions about what projects or ideas to move forward and on but how to move forward. This means, at least for me, weekly and even daily tasks. The ideas, plans and tasks can, and do get amended, just like dancers on a crowded dance floor, watching, turning, sometimes moving backwards, but there has to be a plan, and a good lead.

Busy work can feel good, like I have ticked off a bunch of tasks in a day, planning work can difficult, initiating a new project can be, at least for me, daunting, there is, at the beginning no forward momentum, sometimes there is doubt about where and how to start, who to bring into the conversation first, it’s like waiting for the music to start and “lift me like an olive branch….”

I do have a few new projects, like selling my work on Society6 that have been kicked off, the next stage will be sending out, only occasionally, information about the sales, and I will be announcing a new project in the near future. I can hear the music, now to step to the dance floor!

 

 

 

 

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Be Still and Breath

Treasures at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Treasures at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

I wrote last week that I was enrolled in an online still life course, BeStill 52; the class manifesto from  Kim:

I believe ….. there are bits of lovely everywhere….stop, PAUSE… look…see…
Shadow, light…. lines and cracks…the weathered, the worn….tattered, torn….
Life is messy………ups, downs… ins …. outs….
Amongst it all… there’s beauty …just waiting to be found

I too believe there is beauty everywhere, we just have to take time to see it. We have been spending time reading and relaxing at the beach, walking down the shoreline and find little treasures.

A simple subject, and an uncluttered background! I hope you are having a great weekend.

Chalie Chaplin in the store window

Charlie Chaplin; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Charlie Chaplin; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I love looking at the store windows, some of the designers are so creative. There are often an interesting juxtaposition between the products shown and the street scene reflected in the window, and there are times during the day when you can hardly tell where the street ends and the display starts.  Reflections are a great way to present a different perspective of the street.

Charlie Chaplin communicated expertly while using the minimum of movement and expression and he is the face I remember when we think of silent movies. Instantly recognized as he sits in the window I know exactly how he is feeling as he sits here on the curb, it is easy to forget that I was looking at him through a window.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted”  Charlie Chaplin 

I hope your making the most of your day, and it is filled with laughter and joy.

Floating Leaves

Floating Leaves; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Floating Leaves; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

-John Burroughs

Inspiration and the Spider’s Web

drew dops on the spider's web

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape from a spider’s web.  Pablo Picasso

It is hard to walk past the beautiful spiderweb, when it is decorated so wonderfully with dew drops. It is the beginning of a new year, and a lot of people are setting goals for 2014, making plans, dreaming and looking for inspiration. Bill and I are making plans to walk the Via la Plata, another camino in Spain. This walk from Seville to Santiago de Compostela is just over 1000k, and is often called the Silver Route.   As we plan our walk I wonder what inspiration I will find.

Tell me, if you will, what inspires you.

Beautiful Baby Miya; may your week be filled with smiles

Baby Miya
Baby Miya

Babies touch the world with love.
— Author Unknown

It is Monday I and could think of no better way to start the week than looking at this beautiful little smile. I think her mom, who you can’t see, is giving her a little tickle! I photographed little baby Miya a couple of weeks ago, and every time I see her smiling happy face I smile.

I thought I would bring a smile to you this wonderful winter morning.

Happy Monday to everyone!

 

 

Words, may they be as beautiful as pink tulips

Words can travel thousands of miles.  

May my words create mutual understanding and love. 

May they be as beautiful as gems, 

as lovely as flowers……………….Thich Nhat Hanh 

I am reading a good book by Thich Nhat Hahn. In it he offered this lovely poem, or rather mediation prayer, as a reminder that our words have impact. If you are angry or irritated the other person will receive your negativity, he suggests we be mindful of our words and the impact they have.

So I offer you a lovely flower; may your day be filled with flowers and gems.