The gorgeous cards in this post are the artwork of my gifted Cuban friend Lazaro Iglesias. You can find more of his artwork on FB under the name of La Vie Boheme. He currently lives in Santa Fe. His art always speaks to me, but especially now.
This pandemic experience feels to me as if we are all trapped in a big crystal globe – really pretty to look at – ethereal – the kind you shake to make snowfall – only it has a more sinister trick up its sleeve. I have never in my life felt more vulnerable and I am sure you feel the same.
Every day something happens that is weirder than the day before. We must remain learners now – not knowers who cannot be enlightened about anything at all. There will be many discoveries ahead and we need to remain open and aware, living in the moment and not losing our places in the plot that continues to unfold by the minute.
Concentration is key, but my mind pings around from one subject to the next like a pinball machine and I cannot come in for a landing on any one thing longer than a mosquito bite at twilight.
I decide I want to use my time to re-read the Constitution. No – maybe the entire Mueller report. Or do I want to search on Pinterest for that recipe for gooey sticky buns. I do manage to read an entire book that I absolutely could not put down titled AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins. I have not read such a gripping book in 30 years, I guess because it is so real and relevant to our current world. It is beautifully written, expertly researched and so very uplifting in the bravery its characters display. Please check it out on Amazon and please read it. It is a true page turner.
Maybe I can make myself paint today, I think. While I decide whether or not I can find that illusive creative spark I will have my second Cadbury egg and keep my eye on the third…while I play some older CD’s I have almost forgotten about. John Mayer – I grab for anything of his and wind up with WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE. Couple minutes later SLOW DANCING IN A BURNING ROOM comes on and he croons “we going down….” I look for something more mindless.
The phone rings a lot. One friend who wants me to read a couple Bible verses that she thinks are pertinent. A second friend who wants to gossip….really? How do you know anything about anyone right now? A third friend, a decade older than I am who wants to talk about the good old days, at this sharp point in time when I am all too aware of how old I am in the time of the world pandemic. Each friend is dear to me and holds a place in my overall scheme of things, but I am not in the mood for the wrong friend at the wrong time.
My brother has a couple drinks every evening and two is enough to jolt out his playful side from the darkness of the day, and he wants me to kid around with him on the phone. I live alone, and I hate to drink alone. It does not take me to a happy place. So I am busy doing other things when he calls and starts his silly routine. Because I appreciate the effort, I endure…..and I do love him. Oh ha ha.
Both my kids now live at altitude, after being raised at altitude in Conifer and Evergreen, CO just up the mountains from Denver. I talk to my son or my daughter, who always make me laugh. Kelly and her husband Jay live at Lake Tahoe – I mean they really live AT IT, on the water. Looking out at the Big Blue all day long in its changing light and seasons will keep anyone stable, I think to myself. That scenery is restorative and cleansing. We have good talks and she does keep me just sane enough, but not toooo sane that I completely lose my characteristic craziness. It’s a fine balance.
My outdoorsy, “wolf boy,” mountain climbing, 14’er gobbling son always has a new adventure on the horizon and must have the lungs of a Japanese pearl diver. Every weekend he is Up There climbing something. He must be clean and deep and fine when it comes to lungs. We make a date for him to visit with me next week in the greenbelt space outside my condo. I will order a pizza and have it delivered there, half to him and half to me, 20 feet apart.
The days blend into one long ordeal of time, grinding along and revealing new information every day about what we are up against. I have had some bleak moments, some dismal periods of time that are based in much more than a mere pandemic. There was plenty going on even before the pandemic arrived at my door. But I do see good in each day and spring is coming and the sun continues to rise and set and shine down upon us. Let’s make every effort to keep our chins up, ok?
NOVEL www.acanaryfliesthecanyon.com – Amazon
NON-FICTION Your Miraculous, Timeless Creativity and The Creative Epiphany – Amazon
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Hello my darling Mo-Jo-Jo,
I love receiving your mojo through these postings. And I always love good read suggestions from fabulous people I know. Funny about learners, I’m calling my time “ home schooling” and realize that’s what I’ve been doing all along! Only now I’ve placed myself on the dean’s list to boost morale!!! I continue to cherish our meeting and all the abundance I received, including Robin, Lauri, Kelly, Spencer, and continuing friends in Sharon & Jerry. So grateful the masters cooperated in orchestrating our love fest. When my chin starts a downward, I’ll think of you and self-correct. Deepest love, Kayt
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I love you Kayt! Yes please read that book – it will transport you away from our earthly, daily annoyances and zero right in on the truly terrifying realities….
I wrote one reply but I think it was deleted so let me just say thanks so much for the kind words – You are the best friend, a light in the universe to me. And yes please read the book! It will transport you into a world that will change the way you see your life. ❤️
Dear Jo, You have given me hope for the future. It is such difficult times for all of us. I will keep my chin up if you will, too. Love to you, Karen
Dear Karen! Such hard times for the entire planet… thank you for commenting. Take care of yourself please. Love jo
We must all just hang in there, and stay positive as much as we can. I feel as if the universe pushed the reset button. Unsettling but much needed. Love to you Jo. Stay safe.
And the same wishes for you guys! Feels kinda like a science fiction movie, right? Take care and be safe!
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Great post and even though these are very hard times, I believe that there is a huge and big lesson to learn from it for each individual person. Every morning is a new day, with new HOPES and with new opportunities!- Thank you for having my cards on your psot, they look amazing and fit wonderful with your post! Hugs my friend- Laz
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Thanks again for the cards and also for your friendship Laz! You have such a gift and are using it so beautifully. I wish for you continued inspiration and success!