Monday, May 19, 2008

Bird Blessings

I have had a life-long love affair with birds. I've been intrigued with birds since I was a child and even earned a Master's degree in Birds. (Actually, that's not exactly true...I did do my thesis on birds, "The Geographic Ecology of Acorn Woodpeckers", but my degree is really an interdisciplinary degree in Biology, Ecology, and Statistics.)

Birds really are quite magical, aren't they? I recently traveled to Minnesota and Georgia and on both trips, I was enchanted when I heard bird songs I had not heard in a long time.

One morning, as I stood out on the deck of my friends' home in Minnesota, I heard a familiar chant: "Poor Tom Peabody Peabody Peabody". And instantly, I knew who was hidden in the brush: a white throated sparrow. And then one night in Georgia, I stepped outside and heard the clean call of a Whip-poor-Will from the nearby woods.

Both experiences some how transported me to a mystical place between worlds...the natural world, the physical world and my inner and outer world. It was a rich, wonderfully alive space.

(The painting above is one of the Mockingbirds that call my yard home and argue with the cat about who owns this tree.)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Celebrating New Life

This is my new little niece, Ashlyn Susannah, born May 4th, 2008. I took this photo with my cell phone yesterday... believe it or not, she was 4 days old when I took this picture. She doesn't look or act like a newborn! She holds her head up and looks around taking everything in. She's AMAZING!

I'm in Georgia with Ashlyn's mom and dad, her grandparents, aunts and uncles and we're all having a wonderful time welcoming her into the family.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Full Heart

My heart is full after my short trip to Minnesota last weekend. I am so thankful that I made the trip...I was touched deeply by the deep faith and love of this dear family and their community.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

He Loved Well

I got a call yesterday from a friend of a dear friend. She was letting me know that my friend's husband had passed away rather suddenly. Needless to say, I was shocked and saddened.

My friend's husband was a fun guy and a wonderful husband and father to their 4 children. His physical presence will be missed but his spirit will remain with us and continue to be a strong presence because he was that kind of person. If my friend is open to suggestions for his grave marker, my suggestion will be: "He Loved Well".

I will be leaving in the morning for St.Paul, MN to be with my friend and reminisce. I knew right away which pictures I wanted to contribute to the gallery at the wake and was very thankful to be able to find them in my big box of photos from years past.