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Haiku Friday: Empty Nest

July 16, 2010

Our little robin bird flew away sometime on Wednesday, and we’re keeping our eyes out for baby and momma who are both staying nearby. We are both happy and sad to see him go.

To honor our little one:

In less than two weeks

You’ve grown up and flown away

Fly high, little bird

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Haiku Friday: Hotlanta

July 9, 2010

Oh my, it’s been a hot one this week across all parts of the country. Here’s my dedication to the hot and humid heat of Hotlanta:

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot

Sticky, sweaty, frizzy mess

Come on October!

And because you’re probably singing it now, check out this blast from the past.

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Haiku Friday: July 4th

July 2, 2010

So I got this idea on my way home from work. There are many different days out there claimed for certain activities. On Twitter, for example, there’s #followfriday (or #ff) where you tweet the names of people you think are groovy enough to follow. Or, like our local radio station and probably many others – Two for Tuesdays – where they play two songs by the same artist. You get the point.

So I’m instituting my own day: Haiku Friday!!

Why? Because I can, and it’s fun. It’s haiku for crying out loud.

Why haiku? So “Haiku Friday” doesn’t start with the same letter nor does it have a catchy rhyme to it, but that’s what I love about haiku! I can’t remember in what grade I first learned it or how old I was, but I do remember loving it and loving the idea of creating “poetry.” Check out Wikipedia to refresh your memory on haiku.

Why Friday? Well what better day to be creative and have fun? You’re at work, it’s 4 o’clock, not time to leave yet but surely not enough time to start anything before you do. Great time for haiku!

Let’s get started! Everyone remember the one simple rule of haiku? That’s right, the 5-7-5 thing. There are three lines to a haiku poem: the first line is 5 syllables, second line is 7 syllables, and the last line 5 syllables. No rhyming necessary.

So here we go, my first haiku on my first Haiku Friday in celebration of this 4th of July:

July 4th weekend

Peachtree Road Race on Sunday

Our first 10k race!

So no pictures this time, folks. Just good clean poetry. And if you’d like to share your haiku on this Friday…

Have a great holiday weekend!!

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The Artist’s Way

June 14, 2010

So I dusted off a book – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – that I’ve had for a number of years, but read a little bit of a long time ago and then stored it somewhere. And then I moved, and moved, and moved, and lost track of it, also losing track of the reason I wanted to get the book in the first place ~ I want to be more creative. I’ve spent many years using my logic brain. Not just in my career, where I’ve chosen safe and financially stable paths but also in my everyday life (“I should probably spend the day cleaning rather than enjoying the day or doing something to exercise my creative spirit.”) Over the years I’ve looked high and low for ways to express my creative side. There were pottery classes and drawing classes and guitar classes, etc. you get the point, and after every one I’d just go back to work and the real world and not spend much time doing any of those things.

So now I’m making a commitment to myself to let my creative self out and (hopefully!) thrive. It’s why I’m taking up photography, and why I hope to pursue other interests that once I start spending some time being creative, I think will come alive.

The first step to doing this, per The Artist’s Way, is to recover a sense of safety, giving yourself the freedom and permission to listen to your inner artist, nurture it and not judge yourself, or beat yourself up, or listen to unfair critics that may be jealous of what you’re trying to accomplish, what you’re willing to put out there. It takes baby step – painting bad pictures, writing bad poetry or taking crappy photographs. You can’t judge those first attempts, because that only discourages your artistic self from “continued exploration,” for improving and making oneself better. So you must make mistakes, you must stumble and get back up. You must ask the stupid questions about the camera you just purchased. And you should make slow and steady progress while not expecting perfection.

And on the perfection note, I also recently ran across a newsletter article by Wendy Watkins, a personal and business coach and creator of PassionFruit and The Joy Factor, as well as a fellow Decaturite. The article, 5 Ways to Get Started without Being Perfect, specifically addressed this issue of not starting something until we have it down perfectly. As a perfectionist in almost everything I do, this rang so true for me. Bottom line, in Wendy’s words “Don’t let perfection hold you back from taking the actions needed to achieve your perfect idea of what you want to be, do or have!” And I’m not. So here goes with some more pictures I took this weekend, at home and around Oakhurst. I know these aren’t perfect, and I’m 110% ok with that. My personal favorites are “Camo Cat” (we’re still not sure if Cricket ever saw the cat), “Dog Waste,” mostly because of the very fine illustration (where exactly is the poop coming from?) and “Mirror,” where Cricket’s like, wtf?

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