Waiting for the door to open

(Originally posted on Oct 16 2011 on my “Reflections” blog)

 

The last few months have been very fast-paced and hectic for me. I have been moving at high speed, ridiculously productive, and suffering a variety of stress-related ailments.

Then last week something happened that changed my perspective in a split second. I was opening the sliding glass door for my cat to come in and have breakfast. He and I have a ritual we’ve performed hundreds of times in the past several years. I open the door, and he shoots like a rocket into the house and inhales his breakfast.

Last week, as luck would have it, the door was stiff, I was slow, and the cat was faster than ever. Before I could get the door out of his way, he jettisoned his little skull directly into the glass. I heard a cracking sound, and knew it wasn’t the glass. I aged five years in the next five minutes, as I tried to coax him into the house. “This is how quickly things can change,” was the script running through my head.

As it turns out, he survived the incident with no ill effects. Amazing testament to the strength of feline skulls.

I, however, will not forget that moment. Later that day, commuting to work and in a hurry, I nearly shifted lanes directly into another vehicle. I thought to myself, ”wait for the door to open.”

Passion and energy are wonderful, but I am taking these recent events to heart. I’m focusing on taking things a little more slowly, being aware of the world around me, and tuning myself to the movements of others to avoid the cracking of heads.

Interestingly, my new pace allows me to break out of unconscious habits. I am aware that not only CAN life change in a split second – but it DOES. Every second is new, and nothing can be taken for granted.

Arizona’s poet laureate – Alberto Rios

 

alberto-riosIt will rain here in the desert tomorrow. The living world is hushed and still, waiting. Holding its collective breath.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend 90 minutes listening to the stories and poems of Arizona’s poet laureate, Alberto Rios. Look him up if you haven’t heard of him. Consider buying one of his books of poetry. I have ordered a few myself. Here are the last few stanzas of his poem about rain in the American Southwest, “Sometimes it Rains”:

This place is no different from any other, and rain is rain
Here as much as anywhere. But something happens

In the desert after rain has come. We sleep a good sleep
That night. In the morning, we get up and find ourselves

Standing on the shore of the new world. In the desert,
We watch, if we’re careful, and when we point at everything

We are complicit in the great magician’s trick of the rain:
Rain falls down wet and gets up green.

… You can find the whole poem on Amazon – just flip open “The Dangerous Shirt“, one of Rios’ magical books.

A little shove from behind, compliments of Emily Dickinson…

There’s nobody like Emily Dickinson for having fun with our tendency to personify nature, and then to give us a little shove from behind straight into its mystery. This photograph by MaybeSparrowsPlace captures a little of that mysterious quality I think…

A Bird came down the Walk (328)
by Emily Dickinson

A Bird came down the Walk—
He did not know I saw—
He bit an Angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,

And then he drank a Dew
From a convenient Grass—
And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass—

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all around—
They looked like frightened Beads, I thought—
He stirred his Velvet Head

Like one in danger, Cautious,
I offered him a Crumb
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home—

Than Oars divide the Ocean,
Too silver for a seam—
Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon
Leap, plashless as they swim.

Take a mysterious journey…

What a fantastic quilt of visual imagery, pulled together in a rare Etsy treasury that has become a whole greater than any one of its parts! I’m honored to have my tiger necklace included in this tapestry!

‘The Mysterious Gypsy’ by cidezines

Gaze into the sentiments of a free spirit. All of these pieces deserve an extra peek. This is a compilation of breathtaking charms and images that make these stony treasures pop.

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Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Earliest cave paintings confirmed…

Horses from the Chauvet Cave (Note: This image is in the US Public Domain, as noted on Wikipedia)

Every now and again I like to look for the latest discoveries about prehistoric art. As it turns out, an article was published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science confirming a previously-contested fact: the lovely renderings of animals in the Chauvet Cave in France were indeed painted 30,000 years ago.

The article has carefully traced the patterns of collapse of the cliff overhanging the cave, over time, proving that access to the area with these cave paintings was blocked off at a certain point that is consistent with the radiocarbon dating that establishes these paintings as the earliest cave art currently known to exist.

The artist who painted the horses represented here captures beautifully the grace of the herd. Click on the image to learn more about the cave art on Wikipedia – but for the latest discovery and some interesting graphic depictions of the caves, visit the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Mirror – reflections on human greed

It’s a poetry kind of Saturday.

Enjoy That Dude Eddie’s “Mirror” for a rhythmic consideration of the results of collaborative greed.

Learn more about the cool “mirror image” by clicking on it… you’ll discover some interesting reflections about what we see when we encounter people we can’t abide.