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Friday, September 30, 2011


Five Things Friday (Sprouting)
Who ever said wings only sprout in the spring?  The fullness of summer is stirring growth within me.  My hands keep moving, my ears keep hearing, my heart keeps seeing and I'm harvesting something here.
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A beautiful gift of life and death arrived in the mail today, sent by a handsome feline.
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I'm mourning a kindred spirit's loss.  Flinging tears like swinging incense, beseeching the heavens to allow me to carry some of the pain for her.  It never works that way.  So I will soldier up and broaden my shoulders incase she needs to lean this way.  And even if she doesn't, I'll be close, waiting.  Because sometimes love requires stillness, sometimes it requires patience, and always it requires space to breath.
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I've lost myself in a book this week; chapter two is titled Moth Love.  I was exactly halfway through another book, and thought I'd just peek at the first chapter... 120 pages later...
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Work in the studio has felt cumulative: one shape informs the next, one color educates my eyes, one motion becomes fluid and then we see the birthing of image.  My studio feels like a university of one: knowledge grows through trial, error and just showing up.  Showing up every day.
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My family of five will only be five for one more week, before four more legs descend in a wiggling ball of energy.  All books must move up to high ground, all low swinging plants raised.  Batten down the hatches!  Say a pray for chair legs!

Here's to you, and me, and another week lived!
~ Umber ~


Cat said...

I love your words!

happy weekend Miss Dove

love and light

amy komar said...

you're some kind of fabulous!

kerin rose said...

oh Dove, what can I say...but your keen awareness of the cycles of life lifts us up and keeps us on our toes...
thank you for the reminders...
love and blessings for your aching friend
open welcoming arms for your new fur baby! :)


kerin rose said...

oh, and thank you for coming to 'visit' me this week...I needed a bit of your light !

thewindhover said...

you beautiful shouldered, winged thing you...

Sunny Rising Leather said...

Oh my stars, you are a vison.


Sunny Rising Leather said...

er.... vision ;)

pencilfox said...

siskin wings look good on you: indeed.

[angelo agrees....]

Melinda said...

This reminds me, I have a book recommendation! Have you read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating?

UmberDove said...

Melinda - I had not, but the reviews I just read intrigued me enough... consider it used-book-ordered!

sunny smiles said...

A calender by chance? How exciting, can't wait to see more. :)