leaves wings and other such things

human creature

peace, mistletoe & wings

a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices.

wishes for a happy holidays.

child holding mistletoe in holly scarf with blue winged cardinal

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in the wind

detail of wind blown hair

the wind brushes against my body & i am aware.

 
the wind brings the smell of water, the ivy, the trees, the dirt.

in it i can hear the birds, the leaves, the dogs barking in the distance.

it is cool. it is forceful. it is soft.

it is not petty or false.

if you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
     Khalil Gibran

woman brushed by wind brings the sense of the leaves, blossoms, & trees

 

trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going & coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, & through space heaven knows how fast and far!
  John Muir

 

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riding the wave

Land and water are not really separate things,
but they are separate words, & we perceive through words.

—David Rains Wallace, The Untamed Garden and Other Personal Essays

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woman's face in wind blown leaves

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woman riding the waves on a fish with leaf filled fins

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Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
—Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

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fur & feathers

animals bring sincerity to our lives.
we learn from them & learn about ourselves with them.

we can imagine our best selves through them.
that connection is a gift—it is honest.

 

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions,
  grateful & loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”
   —Alfred A. Montapert

winged woman with a precious dog

 
“Dogs are my favorite people.”
   —Richard Dean Anderson

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i’m late little alice

White Rabbit— Why, Mary Ann! What are you doing out here?

Alice— Mary Ann?

White Rabbit— Don’t just do something, stand there… Uh… no no!
  Go go! Go get my gloves! I’m late!

Alice— But late for what? That’s just what I…

White Rabbit— My gloves!

White Rabbit— At once, do you hear!

Alice— Goodness. I suppose I’ll be taking orders from Dinah next.

—Lewis Carroll

whiteRabbit_stanislawakodman

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cheshire smile

Alice     And as for you… Your Majesty! Your Majesty indeed! Why, you’re not a queen,

Alice     But just a – a fat, pompous, bad tempered old ty…!

Alice     Tyrant.

Queen of Hearts     And uh, just what were you saying, my dear?

Cheshire Cat     Why, she simply said that you’re a fat, pompous, bad tempered old tyrant!

 

smiling cheshire and screaming queen

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song through the trees

Song birds

nature’s singing voice.

little bird happily sings in a floating baritone 
trumpet bird singing while nested in a pod of leaves 

And many another chorister
That time would fail to tell,
Who helps to make the woods resound 

With bursts of rich melodious sound
That answering echoes from around
To one grand chorus swell. 

woman in landscape listens to the bird song in the trees

 

 

—poem excerpt from To the Birds by Martha Lavinia Hoffman

 

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together you and me

Imagine me and you, I do

I think about you day and night, it’s only right
To think about the girl you love
And hold her tight, so happy together

bird masked figure and goat from together illustration

If I should call you up, invest a dime
And you say you belong to me and ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be, so very fine
So happy together

 

I can’t see me loving nobody
But you for all my life
When you’re with me, baby
The skies will be blue for all my life

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they tossed the dice, it had to be
The only one for me is you and you for me
So happy together

bird woman & companion goat move into the beauty of wind blown flowers

I can’t see me loving nobody
But you for all my life
When you’re with me, baby
The skies will be blue for all my life

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they tossed the dice, it had to be
The only one for me is you and you for me
So happy together
How is the weather
So happy together
We’re happy together
So happy together

—songwriters alan gordon and garry bonner—©trio music company—performed by the turtles

 

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we need mystery

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats

what would it mean to see

calla lily stems

 

 

 

 

 

something for the first time

captivated by something unfamiliar 
to wonder & imagine.

detail of a calla lily blossom

to embrace mystery
&  “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius

illustration of mermaid in awe of something unfamiliarthis desire for depth in life, is my wish for 2013.

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owl & pussycat love

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

    Wrapped up in a five pound note.

love bird—pussycat & owl cuddled together detail

The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar,

O lovely Pussy!      O Pussy my love,
      What a beautiful Pussy you are,

the owl & the pussycat snuggled together in tree branches
          You are,
          You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!
          —Edward Lear 

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