June 30th, 2009

alan's flowers

touch -

I woke this morning to the words of Charlotte Selver, "A moment is a moment."

I've been reading about light and how, as we know, the faster we go, time slows. We age more slowly as we approach the speed of light or that is the theory as I understand it. The idea then is that if we are present with and in our life, truly riding that wave of light, then, we have more time. It seems as though time expands. We've all experienced that place of flow of which Mihaly C. writes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)

What I'm feeling this morning is the importance of touch, touching what is going on within, all the little connections and spins and bridges and flow. We are active even as we sit. The earth turns and moves around the sun, and all this activity is happening and we can touch it and feel the touch of it, and then, there are other people. Oh, my! Tears come to my eyes at the beauty that is here.

I was talking to a good friend about the place of grief. Lately, I've been feeling like a child lifting my arms up to my parents, saying, "Carry me. Teach me. Let me walk both alone and with you, always with you. Let death not bring us apart."

She said that place of sorrow, that tenderness, the ecstasy, that is where we pass the threshold into heart.

My intention is to understand that threshold more and more, to honor touch, touch within, touch without, and the connecting of the streams, mine, yours, one.


alan - morning glory center

Comfort




Pablo Picasso:

I do not seek.  I find.  


It occurs to me now is that this missing my parents, this perception of myself these last few days as a child, is missing that place of security that the 50's seemed to provide.  The world is shaky right now.  We are living in "interesting" times and yet, I continue to believe it is where I put my focus, place my steps, that really matters.

May this continue to be so!



book lovers

I am so out of it!!



I prepared my lunch and sat down with the New Yorker which flopped open to a Profile of Nora Roberts, who I must admit I haven't heard of or if I have, it hasn't registered.  I learn that she is America's most popular novelist.  Lauren Collins in the Profile informs us that Roberts has written a hundred and eighty-two novels, in addition to short stories and novellas.  "Twenty-seven Nora Roberts books are sold every minute. There are enough Nora Roberts books in print to fill Giants Stadium four thousand times."   (I'm fascinated with who came up with that statistic.  How high do the books fill the stadium?  Do they reach over it, touch the sky? Does the figure account for seats?  What about Yankees stadium?)  

"Roberts grosses sixty million dollars a year, Forbes estimated in 2004, more than Grisham or Stephen King, who is, incidentally a Roberts admirer."

She is a worker, sits firmly at her desk many hours a week. 

Collins writes: "According to my calculations, it takes Roberts, on average, forty-five working days to write a book."

There are Nora t-shirts, Nora water bottles, and Nora stadium cushions.

She is clearly smart, savvy and deserving of her success and certainly this great deal of success is something of which, until now, I've been unaware.



alan's poppies

Pete Seeger!

In the newsletter of the Integrity Foundation is a tribute to Pete Seeger. This is a wonderful cause if you are looking for a place to support.

http://www.if-integrities.org/


Pete Seeger:

"I honestly believe that the future is going to be millions of little things saving us. I imagine a big seesaw, and at one end the seesaw is on the ground with a basket half-full of big rocks in it. The other end of the seesaw is up in the air. It's got a basket one-quarter full of sand. And some of us got teaspoons, and we're trying to fill up sand. A lot of people are laughing at us and they say, 'Ah, people like you have been trying to do that for thousands of years, and it's leaking out as fast as you're putting it in.' But we're saying, 'We're getting more people with teaspoons all the time.' And we think, 'One of these years, you'll see that whole seesaw go zooop in the other direction.'
And people will say, 'Gee, how did it happen so suddenly?' Us and all our little teaspoons. Now granted, we've got to keep putting it in, because if you don't keep putting teaspoons in, it will leak out, and the rocks will go back again. Who knows?"


Pete Seeger:

"Realize that little things lead to bigger things. That's what Seeds is all about. And this wonderful parable in the New Testament: the sower scatters seeds. Some seeds fall in the pathway and get stamped on, and they don't grow. Some fall on the rocks, and they don't grow. But some seeds fall on the fallow ground, and they grow and multiply a thousand fold. Who knows where some good little thing that you've done may bring results years later that you never dreamed of?"