And the dying and the living cry out: Remember Me!
We live in a “feel good” world where magazines, advertisements, and other media assault our senses on a daily basis. They shout at us: “If you would only do such and such, or buy this or that, or change so and so, you would be whole; you would be perfect; and all life would be happy and content.” Continue reading “Ponderings: Remember Me”
If you are reading this then you are probably using a computer of some kind: a Mac, PC or Smartphone. You might have taken the liberty of customizing your lock screen or working screen background. You may have adjusted what happens when your computer is idle by turning on a screen saver of some ilk (it’s here we drop the smartphone which usually turn off). Screen savers originated as a result of a problem of image burn-in on the old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors where if you left an image on long enough, it literally becomes burned into the display and nothing will remove the ghost image.
In an earlier epistle I commented that sometimes a picture could be enhanced by words. I then blithely went on to talk about how to make a picture or combination of pictures speak for themselves without words.
Recently I read an article that repeated the saying “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” and I had an “ah-ha!” moment. And that thought was…”sometimes, not all the time, a picture is literally worth a 1,000 word essay”! Whether the essay is an explanation of its environment and setting, or the feelings and emotions felt and depicted in and through the image, there are times when words will add another layer of color and hue to it.
It is said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” and there are times that I agree with this statement and times when I believe the written word can add so much more when giving a story to a picture. Continue reading “A Picture is Worth…”
Dedicated to all of us, for we all suffer the pain of loss and our internal stories of regret.
A time of joy and cake
A time of presents more for the adults than the children who are entranced by boxes, crinkly paper, balloons, ribbons and soundsA time to remember and celebrate From the first smiles to out loud giggles From rolling and crawling to the first faltering steps to running at breakneck speedsBut then time slips by... And the past becomes a shadowHugs that are but memories Snuggles that are missed Laughter and wonder that have fadedPhotographs, videos, doodles, drawings, writings and cards are our time capsules Snippets of moments some beautiful, some enchanting, some upsetting Providing ways to observe the changes and take note of who this person is becoming Messages from tiny scratchings on various media to live video and artwork drawn with care giving us a clue into the heart, mind and soul of othersAnd a memory, song, place, smell, and story can catapult us back... to where we can experience and re-live how we felt the joys we felt the smiles we shared the hearts that were joined in an unending symphony of gratitudeHere's to dreams -- fulfilled and unfulfilled to joy and wonder -- experienced and sharedAnd as we remember our grief amid the whirlwind of loss
may friends surround us keep us hear and listen to usSo that they too may know who once walked this world who once discovered a smile in the simplest of things who once shared a secret or message shining light into even the darkest cragsAnd with that... help ease the loss Quell the regrets And focus on the blessings and lessons imparted by their presence in our life
Our lives are a kaleidoscope of memories, thoughts, experiences and built-in instinct. And of all of those only instinct might actually be shared between people. Continue reading “Kaleidoscopic Memory”
Have you ever found yourself looking at something sitting on a shelf, buried in a box or being tossed out and find your thoughts snapped back to the time when it entered your life? A simple coffee cup…one of my favorites…can do that. It reminds me of a couple of mission trips to Arizona, the times spent there, the connections made, the services performed, the difficulties encountered, and always the shared laughter. Continue reading “Life Anchors”
Sometimes disparate and distinct ideas, which weren’t initially meant to be tied together, can be used outside of their original context. It produces interesting results and most of the time I just note them and keep going. Today I am sharing one tidbit of insight…an “Ah-Ha” moment.
I have always enjoyed music — almost any kind of music. Whether it’s country , bluegrass, rock and roll, gospel, classical, movie soundtracks, doo wop, crooners, new age, or other, for me music is a way of getting excited, calming down, feeling reflective, staying focused, becoming inspired, seeking wisdom, finding solace and escaping for a brief period of time. Continue reading “Musical Interludes”