Friday, May 30, 2014

Random memories and thoughts

See the two red spots? Those are cardinals. That is about the best I can do with bird photos.

I was sad to learn of the passing of Maya Angelou on Wednesday. I admired her a great deal.
In thinking about her, I got out my copy of her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she wrote for and read at Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in January 1993.
I was teaching English at the time. I videotaped her reading and used it in class to aid in discussing the poem with my students.
Here’s a lovely part of that poem:

"Here, root yourselves beside me.
I am that Tree planted by the River,
Which will not be moved.
I, the Rock, I, the River, I, the Tree
I am yours--your passages have been paid.
Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again."

From "On the Pulse of Morning," by Maya Angelou


It has been rainy and stormy off and on this week. I hope Larry and I will be able to be out and about a bit today.
I also need to check in more with my garden and see if there’s anything ready to eat!


I love my times of sitting quietly, listening to my breath and to the sounds around me. Sometimes I get uncomfortable—physically uncomfortable, bored, distracted. But in the end, I feel better after even a 10-minute meditation. It helps with intrusive thoughts and makes me feel less anxious.


I started updating my blog information since I’m gaining a year today (I am turning 51 today). I decided to leave my age off the About Me section. I’m not ashamed of it, but I don’t think that’s the first thing people are interested in knowing.
I found that I needed to update other pages, too, including the page about my cats. It hurt to have to change it to reflect that Larry and I don’t have two cats anymore. The last time I updated that page, Sam was still with us. I miss her, and all my babies, so much.


I’ve been thinking about my life (yes, I’m a thinker). I know it is in part due to my birthday. I suppose getting older makes many of us think about the past and wonder about the future.
Some of what I’ve been pondering is what I really want to say with my writing. I love to write and, I say with gratefulness, I can write well enough, though there’s plenty of room for improvement. But what do I want to say? What do I want to say?


And where in the world did May go?


  1. Happy Birthday my sweet friend! Hope it is a blessed day.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!!! And by the way, 51 is young! You're still a spring chicken.
    Yes it was so sad to hear of Maya Angelou's passing. What an inspiring soul she was and will always be. I hope you have a great weekend :)

  3. Happy birthday! Birthdays and the quick passage of time ALWAYS put me in a "thinking" kinda mood. Sometimes good...sometimes not so good. But probably always a bit necessary in order to make adjustments. Embrace it :)

  4. HaPpY bIrThDaY!!!! birthday's are wonderful, i usually celebrate mine for at least a week. i am 55 ;) i was also sad to hear about the passing maya, such a beautiful woman!!

    may was a quick month. just write and don't think about it so write beautifully. be confident of that!!

    have a wonderful weekend!!

  5. bless you, bless you on your 51st! i'm following you on july 4th. :) yes, birthdays always seem to bring the life thoughts to the forefront. i hope you can get outside today - it will bring you joy. :)

  6. Happy birthday! Wishing you a beautiful day and weekend. :)

  7. Happy birthday! You ask an important question about writing. What do I want to say? I think (I do think!!!) we say things but they are very disorganized and we don't really recognize what our message is. (How's that for grammar? I could do with an editor! Have a good day.

  8. Happy Birthday! Yes, May flew by. I'm trying to update too -- especially blogs I visit, which I'm still in the process of doing. It takes awhile. Like you, Maya Angelou's death saddened me. What an amazing woman.

  9. Happy happy birthday Tina!!! May you have a wonderful day and many more to come.
    And may the Sun shine brightly for you this weekend!

  10. Happy Birthday to you, Tina, and my son Dan, who happens to be home visiting :)!

  11. I know what you mean about the animals. I have not been able to update mine in some time. It hurts to think about taking off the animals that aren't with us anymore.

    Happy birthday!

    I would've liked to be in your class. English was always a favorite for me.

  12. Happy birthday wishes for a wonderful year.

  13. Happy belated birthday! I am not sure where this whole year has gone. Slow down, time! It is sad to update your life to leave a beloved behind. I'm sorry about that. But you'll never be as old as I am since I have almost ten years on you. So take heart in that! LOL.


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