Grace

It is National Crayon Day. What could be more fun than a day dedicated to crayons?!?

 It’s what’s on the inside that matters when it comes to this piece titled, “Grace”.  The real life Grace is one of my favorite humans in the world. She is bright, funny and much, much, MUCH taller than she is in this sculpture. Her personality shines and continues to bring me joy, just like crayons do.

My mom’s birthday

I shed tears this morning.

Noon.

And night.

It’s my moms birthday today. She would have been 77, and just over 6 months since she died unexpectedly.

The first day of spring. Today. Or, at least it used to be..the earth shifted? Something to that effect….The equinox. The egg balancing. A new birth for me. A new season. Onward I trudge at times. Onward I go. Just like the sun. I arise. “Way to lean into that shit.”  The most honest words from a friend.

Plowing through I go. On so many levels. Snow. Earth. Grief. Sorrow. Quilts. Paperwork. Emails. For my moms taxes.

The snow melts and freezes around the car tires. Frozen in place.

Stop.

Hello Moon.

Goodnight Moon.

Hello Sun.

A Vote for WY

Listening to the wind…

The fire rages again.
The earth isn’t happy, she’s on fire after all.

I see the fires burning in my friends.
Wanting to help blow the prevailing winds another way.
” How can we help?”
The masses cry:
“What can we do?”
“Stop,” I say. “Be still. Listen.”

Stop.

Listen to the wind.
Stay strong, upright.

I am stronger because of you.
Wind clears my head and spirit. A big, dust out of the closets sorta thing.

Finding my path clear.
My journey.

Together.
Feel the fire.
Embrace the wind.
Be the light at the end of the tunnel. The god damn tunnel.

Breathe deeply.
Hold your head high.
Fly in the wind.
Enjoy the dance, like a kite in an ocean breeze.

In Stereo

I never took chemistry.

My locker during a of year of high school was right across from Rogers room.

We became hallway friends, and later, bonded over chocolate and The Grateful Dead.

As it turns out, he was also friends with my husband, through different means.

For our wedding, he gifted us a 3-D view of life and living.

I like to think he and my dad are enjoying great conversations together, wherever they are…

Bonding on Blue Boats

When leaving Laramie for my 2nd Desolation River trip, I had no clue it would turn out to be one of my favorite trips of all time. It had nothing to do with the actual river. That part of each trip is usually my favorite. This trip was different from the word go. Small talk flew out the truck window within minutes of starting out. We had amazing conversations all the way across the states we traveled. These continued on the raft as we marveled at our surroundings, wondering which came first, the chicken or the rock. We laughed until we cried. I had just lost my father, so other times I just cried. I couldn’t have asked for better friends on this trip if I had tried.