Happy Birthday

Photos
[gallery link="file"]   here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart) - e.e. cummings
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A Song

Notes
I sing a sad song - sadder that the sunset's walk in the city streets; I feel grief in my blood flowering from some hidden spring; my friends, we die - we sail into the end without pausing to say goodbye; our dreams, hopes, loves come to an end like footprints in the sand chewed by the desert. I sing a happy song - happier than the sunrise on another shore; happier than the smile a birthday-child smiles; happier than a new kiss; I feel a stubborn joy conquering my blood; my friends, we live - we live each instant to its deepest cores, collect its treasures, trifle with its secrets lave ourselves within its ecstasy. Of death and life I shall a happy/sad sad/happy song sing... - Shaikh Ghazi…
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One month

Notes, Photos
One month ago, right around this time, while I was sleeping, everything changed. And now my life is divided into before that moment and after that moment. I am sure the after part will get eventually better, but I definitely preferred the before bit. I still can't really believe it is over. [caption id="attachment_159" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="6 April 2012."][/caption]
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Lessons

Notes
The last few weeks have shaken my views of the universe and my place in it. And in the midst of all this, I am trying to sift through the mounds of pain and confusion to find some small nuggets of goodness that might be worth keeping. Two things I have found are humility and compassion. More times than I care to remember during the past weeks, I have been that crazy woman that you see on the street that walks by crying or talking to herself. I've seen that woman before and have avoided her gaze and told myself I would never be her and why can't she just keep it together. And yet here I am now: the crazy lady. So what I have learned is that the…
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