be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of [most] everything…


dreaming of warmth

chilly new autumn days on this side… a recipe for sadness for those of us who adore summertime and springtime too.

i’m trying to warm things up a bit with soothing music, candle light, mulled wine in the evenings, sometimes, and a new read that’s off to a good start. it seems to be all about mystery and intrigue in another time and in another place. which might be a nice idea for me as I so wish to be in another time, like springtime, and another place, like not here…

but there is the thought that right where we are is a gift all on its own. we just have to unwrap what we have with care and appreciation and be open to all the surprises within. they are there. just to be still and see is the tricky part…

where you are dear reader… I hope you are well and warm. hugs!

the bots

what is it about art… that can move us? said simply, I know. I saw last night on television a band of two, two brothers making music. the bots! I was struck by how young they are. my mind marveled watching them, they are so young, I thought. the music is pretty good. they were dressed ‘strangely.’ two young beautiful men dressed like a teenage girl from the eighties, I was thinking. okay not quite, but not far, to tell the truth. intriguing! I enjoyed the music. respect for such success at such a young age. my mind reeled.

(they don’t like when people refer to their ages. but, when they are older, they will know the significance and strength in what they are doing. most people live their whole lives… trying to find themselves. they’ve stumbled upon something they love and like and are good at early. this too is a gift in connection to the hard work they’ve put in. well done.)

curious, I wanted to know more. I did some research, incredible how long they have been making music. it looks like they’ve been on the scene more than ten years. and they are like somewhere between eighteen and twenty two, I think. there is very little about them personally. mostly what one can find on google is about their music. just as it should be, in my opinion.

i’m fond of the way they blow my mind. not that their music is mind blowing. it is good, though. just their whole authentic approach to beauty and art and good energy and really good music. and I suspect they will continue to grow and create even more cool music as time passes. and I say it’s all authentic because you can see that they’ve been doing it since they were little. I really mean little, like since they were about eleven years old or before. incredible. i’ll shut up now.

almost. it’s just that I am in awe, and always moved by beauty and art and their approach to life. cool music… and I am reminded that life is not a dress rehearsal. wear your clothes that you like, the way you like to. play your music, write your stories, dance…

who the hell is sam smith?

just getting started with writing on this side… and wishing I had the lovely music of sam smith to allow the tunes to flow through out the house! do you know his music? I kept hearing his name and thinking who the hell is sam smith? and when I saw him, as he hasn’t the ‘bling’ or flash of a beyonce, or one direction, I thought, …so.

and I thought, what kind of performer has a name like… sam smith?

but, um, when you hear him sing… a name like sam smith is perfect, ’cause one need not dress up talent like his! his voice is incredibly stunning and beautiful… treat yourself lovelies to his music.

first snow fall here in nyc… the new year and all… so much sweetness! bisou!


if you know or feel anything about Irish culture, do tell… I’m watching now the beginning of the film Ondine, and the Irish land looks stunningly lush and lovely! The sound track of the film is soothing, smooth and sweet. I just love it! It all makes me want to go to Ireland now and learn and learn of the culture. I heard too that they have good stories… and I love a good story…

And this one is nice. It would be nice to enjoy as well with a really fine glass of wine. But alas, I haven’t any wine in the house. I’ve some chocolate. A cup of tea, with chocolate… will that do?

While we wait… Be inspired

Let’s see… I am waiting for a copy of a sermon that I heard in church this past Sunday. It took me by surprise in its inspiration and comfort. The speaker spoke on the idea of… What do we do when what we want is taking so long? How do we comfort ourselves and, how do we inspire ourselves and keep going when what is desired is taking so long?

These words caught me at a good time. Just in time, as I was wondering if there is any use, and hope in wanting and waiting, when so much time has passed. Perhaps I should give up, I thought. The wisdom shared helps me to not let go… but to keep what I want and need in heart and mind and action…

When I shared this idea with a friend, she looked at me wide eyed. Yes, what do we do, she asked. What was the answer she wondered. She caught me off guard. I did not know the answer. I was so fired up about coming into awareness of the idea of keeping ourselves inspired for the long haul, until goal reached, until dream come true… yes, what is it that we do to keep ourselves inspired?

I said to her, um, I don’t know. I guess that is the question we must get to ourselves.

I have been talking with friends. Reading. Writing. Dreaming up new plans… Unconsciously these are some of the ways to keep my lamp burning in what seems like a dark and aimless way. I cleaned one of my closets this morning. I am revisiting the book that speaks to so much of the writing I want to do, and to write, and to write like that too. I am thinking of people who I love. In these thoughts and connection with them, I am comforted and inspired, and less lost. I have made a list of some concrete actions that I can take…

And you? What are your thoughts to keep yourself inspired until what you long for comes into fruition? I wish you love and hope and inspiration… and me too.