Monday Blues: Hope Note

Hope Note“When two violins are placed in a room
if a chord on one violin is struck
the other violin will sound the note.
If this is your definition of hope,
this is for you.”

Excerpt from Andrea Gibson’s “Say Yes”

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or to learn more about depression, warning signs, and treatment options,
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Monday Blues: Blossom

“This is for your grandmother,
who walked a thousand miles on broken glass
to find that single patch of grass to plant a family tree
where the fruit would grow to laugh.”
Andrea Gibson

Blossom

My grandmother once wrote of her concern that children, especially grandchildren, would probably never know their stories down through the roots “Of what happened in this world before their arrival in it.” She would probably smile knowing that my favorite word/concept is Ubuntu.

Ubuntu : I am because we are.

С Днем Рождения, Babushka.

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If you or someone you know is in need of help,
or to learn more about depression, warning signs, and treatment options,
call or visit the National Suicide Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Sometimes

CrackedWall“It’s the devil’s knife carving holes in your soul
so angels will have a place to make their way inside.”
Andrea Gibson

A Milestone

Hard to believe it’s here…my 100th post. And, coincidentally(?), the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that inspired the creation of this blog. Mourning and death are important, should not be taboo; they have the power to clarify life. This blog is about life. From Andrea Gibson’s poem, Titanic:

Have you ever had the feeling that you owe somebody somewhere
a really good reason to live?
To grow old?
To be ninety-eight-and-a-half
with a laugh like broken glass
so whenever folks walk barefoot
they’ll get hidden pieces embedded in their souls?

In my grief, I’ve selfishly felt that that owed “somebody somewhere” has been me. While I wanted to share this space in the hopes that maybe once in a while it might inspire or brighten someone’s day, I started it more for myself as a form of grief therapy. As a collection of “really good reason[s],” so that I’d always be focused on and hunting for them, and so that whenever I needed to I could come here and be reminded of them. And because for a very long time I said that before I died I would buy my dream camera to capture and share the reasons to “Why did Rumi dance?”

Here’s to 100 posts.

To every day and life that I am so blessed to experience.

And especially to you, Daryl, for the loving encouragement you always gave me to live, and for the many lives you touched, inspired, and continue to influence with your beautiful soul.

BeforeIDie

Live

What will you do before you die?

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