|Filtered light and real light above my table. Will you join me?|
Each year about Thanksgiving time, I pause for more than a moment to express my feelings about treasured friends--both close and far away--and, of course, families, past and present. Julian and Lucille Davidson, my parents, and Scott Davidson, my brother--nephews and nieces in various places with their own wonderful children.
One year it was a series of cups collected over time that reminded me of friendships. Now, the theme is sharper, with more feeling and less tangible reminders of it, as I buy my cups from Atwater's Coffee Shop in Catonsville, MD. Perhaps the trend over time is to simplify and thus focus on the real, the genuine...spirit...stripping away things that are extraneous to joy and
|Ariella, throwing leaves and skipping in the Fall air.|
Of course, I am indebted to my cats, Camilla and Jacuzzi. They keep me grounded. Ariella, who brings me joy with her smile and confident pace, and her father, David Weeks, whose constant devotion has shaped this adorable little girl. Wonderfully bright and beautiful daughter, Alison, in Portland, Oregon, whose focused energy continues to shape my life. David Curtis, her partner, for his intelligent, patient ways (he is a sculptor) gets a big smile...and another one goes to his Aunt "Helen," Elaine Bane.
Nancy and Charlie Suter, whose community dinners here in Ellicott City are now legend...weekly and with peace, great conversation, and always, love.
|Kite flying at Chacala Beach, Mexico|
Sharon Crain, my wonderful many-facteted friend who lives in Catonsville--we "talk" online and in person as well as dance.
Lauren...far away in Annapolis, but gratitude sent your way with a big hug. Stacey...thanks...You bring rockin' spirit into every class.
|Costa del Sol, Marbella, Spain. By Margaret Scott.|
|Kay and Yunji at Library, 2010|
|RETROPOLITAN bathing suit display, Summer, 2011.|
|One view of the carriage house living room.|
Ellicott City! Yes, I leave, but always come back to "my" Patapsco River, relishing all seasons (Summer less so), even the turkey buzzards wintering here and creating circles in the sky, and especially the sweet deer families on upper Church Road and in this yard. Trees, sunrise, sunset, all a constant joy.
Travelers: Cheers to Keisha, Mary Jo, and Pat from the most recent AHI trip to Spain and Morocco!
Before I get dizzy on gratitude, let's go Online: Gratitude flows outward from my center to Caroline Gill, Wendy Webb and fellow poets in Facebook and in my life! We have a good time and speak in "form" doing it. Anne Hilary Sanderson, and David Norris-Kay. And, of course, Wendy Mary Lister!
|Pink ball rising - sunrise in St. Petersburg, FL, May 2011.|
My dear poetry teacher, Melody Gough...my thoughts are with you and Paula Pug. But I must stop somewhere. The gratitude will not, however. And no doubt, I will be right back in here adding names and adding gratitude!
|Green horizontality with geese. 2011.|
11.21.11 and revised 11.22.11