Saturday, 1 August 2015

One petal at a time

I received two colouring books for my birthday.  They contain page after page of intricate and delicate designs and I was quickly overwhelmed by the endless and intricate possibilities.

I have come to discover that colouring is no simple thing.
The urge to colour in every speck of white paper is strong.
The urge to stop after one petal and rest is equally compelling.
Finally, I needed to come to terms with colouring one petal at time.
My son was equally absorbed in his drawing journal, no lines to colour within, only infinite ideas to limit to the page.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Leave behind.

"For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” 
― Thích Nhất HạnhBeing Peace

Walk away from home.
At the end of the day, walk away from work.
As you walk toward the other, resist anticipation of what is ahead, just leave what is behind until you arrive again.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Had to be there.

At the end of last month, I had to be somewhere. That somewhere held me fast in an embrace of saltwater, rose petal fumes and hard granite.

I went to that somewhere, to be where I had to be. That somewhere turned into here and now it is, sigh, there, again.

I guess you had to be there, but your somewhere that you had to be was probably somewhere else.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Fresh roll of tape

There is something so full of potential in a new roll of tape. All the things that can be put up on the wall, all the things that will get fixed or made visible due to this tape's properties.

When the tape runs out, we have to stop and get our bearings. We substitute with stickers for a bit, biding our time, until one of us remembers where there is more tape hidden or until I remember to get more.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Thicken the sauce

One time, my university room mate confessed to me that my white sauce terrified her, along with my driving.  I was hurt at the time, but I got over it and went onto have a life long friendship with the room mate, a good driving record and to crank out 2-8 creamy white sauces a month for macaroni and cheese from then on.  She urged me to take the critique and not overlook the value of a good, creamy, thick (but not too thick) sauce.

For whatever reason, this argument has stuck with me.

During my recent downtime, denaturing on the beach and bulking up on strawberries and kebabs, the words "thicken the sauce" kept occurring to me.

As I roamed the beach for smooth beach glass, I would glance over at the clear surface of the low tide and see little shards of broken shells and schools of fish undulating.  I would hear the words, thicken the sauce.

As I learned (to finally) make yeast raised buns for the first time, and marvelled at the elasticy substance in my hands, I would hear the words, thicken the sauce.

As I dove deep down into the waves and touched the sandy bottom, I would hear the words, thicken the sauce.

We have summer to thicken the sauce and winter to thin it.  This year, that sauce better be thick.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Fuel her ingenious liberations

I got a day older than the day before last week and it was just enough older to warrant a party of a higher order.  A reckoning party, a chance to be bathed in the light of my dear friends and hurl myself at the challenges ahead.

The next morning, another day older yet again, I read my horoscope: "An imaginative soul isn’t predictable as she travels over and around obstacles, but calls on creative magic to fuel her ingenious liberations.”-Rob Brezsny

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sucker Pull

 1. Pick a box, any box.
2. Poke 26 holes in it, all over.
3.Buy 26 suckers (or find them lying around).
4. Choose 10 to be winners.
5. Paint the tips of each of the 10 winning sucker sticks.
6. Let dry.
7. Poke suckers in the holes.
8. Put rocks in the box so it doesn't topple over.
9.Find 10 prizes.
10. Offer friends to pull a sucker.
11. If they pull a sucker that has a red tip they get a sucker AND a prize.
12. If  they pull a sucker that has no red tip they just get a sucker.
13. Save box so you can do this again without having to do steps 1-8.