Beginner's Heart

Beginner's Heart

October 2011 Archives

animism, my car and beginner’s heart ~

I used to run. When I needed to escape, I would hit the pavement. But first my knees and then my feet rebelled, and running passed from my life. Now? I go outside. Or I write. And while I love […]

what goes around ~

Usually when people say this, they mean bad guys get theirs :). But today I had  lovely news: a former colleague, one of the nicest people you can imagine, was given a prestigious award. I won’t name him, only because […]

what I learned today ~

For my students, writing a personal narrative — even armoured w/ attendant scholarship — is walking on verrrry thin ice. Their toes curl up, I suspect. They go oh-so-slooowly, each word a careful footstep forward. Each sentence almost too much […]

questioning death and impermanence ~

My students are struggling with death. This has been a week where two have lost childhood friends — close friends — within 48 hours. Their grief, disbelief, and questions fill the classroom. Why? they ask me. It isn’t fair. I’m […]

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the fragrance of lilies
These are two of the lilies growing against a rather derelict fence at my son's & DIL's. Beautiful, pale yellow, with only a light lily fragrance. Not the heaviness that always seems to suffuse funerals. I love them, of course. Cut them while my DIL was away at a working retreat, and placed t

posted 2:22:33pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

dreaming of houses
We visited a realtor today. Just looking for information, nothing formal. But it set me to dreaming of houses, a thread that connects me with all three of my sisters. We dream of houses the way other people dream of jewelry, or vacations (note: we also dream of those :) ). This past week-plus, sp

posted 3:28:25pm Jul. 08, 2014 | read full post »

what you do comes back to you
Right after we married -- literally a couple of days later -- my husband & I left for his new job. In Algiers. Or Alger, as the French call it. My mother-in-law bore this with the fortitude of prairie pioneers, although she did take us to see her cousin, who had lived in North Africa. Well, her

posted 1:49:44pm Jul. 07, 2014 | read full post »

when hot sweaty work is NOT a royal pain
This was my morning. My elder son & I wrangled over each individual magnolia branch, pretty much. See, I'm a tree person, and Nathan is a landscape person. He wants a useful and beautiful landscape for his home. I want trees treated like people, allowed to grow (with help -- AKA judicious prunin

posted 2:16:17pm Jul. 05, 2014 | read full post »

just add water: swimming with little fishes
I took my grandson swimming today. To a tiny inflatable pool off the side of the deck at the 'kids' house. We sat in the 85 degree air, in tepid water, liberally coated w/ SPF 50, and splashed. And splashed. And splashed again, with great enthusiasm. Then we filled a Solo cup with a pink floaty

posted 3:26:21pm Jul. 02, 2014 | read full post »


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