My Haiku Poems

haiku poems

This year I made it a goal to email a friend daily haiku poems, that I write spontaneously each morning. I’m really enjoying it! I never have to think. The poems usually write themselves. I’ll share a few with you in this blog post. (Scroll down, they are black & white images.)

Please note: I’m writing the haiku poems in my own way, but following the traditional Japanese three-line rule, of seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Within those rules, I pretty much say whatever comes to mind.

life_haiku

good haiku

child haiku

spirit haiku

time haiku

grace haiku

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I Am Okay

i am okay

As many of you know, more than 200,000 acres of land has burned in Northern California. While standing on my porch (in the Napa Valley), I could see blazing fires in the hills. I actually didn’t know there was a fire happening until I was woken up by a knock at the door.

At 12am midnight I packed a bag and grabbed my furry sidekick. Most of the bag was her stuff; dog food, water, sweater, carry-bag (she’s little and old), leash, harness, etc.. The only things I could think to take for myself were my wallet, jacket, laptop and cell phone — which did not work in my area.

I slept in a van that first night, and then spent the next 7 days in the east bay, checking on my home periodically.

Thank goodness I am totally fine, my sidekick is fine too. And I’m pretty certain that our home will not be part of the fires. I think we’ll only have to deal with smoke issues. We plan on returning home on Monday.

I’m so thankful for all the text messages, calls and emails I received. Thank you. It really made me feel loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Before I sign off with much love & gratitude, I’ll just say this, when emergencies happen, it really becomes clear what is important to you.

If you got a knock at the door at midnight, and had to flee your home, what would you bring? Who would you call first? What do you care about most? What is key to your well-being and survival?

When I went to bed that night, I never thought that I would have to answer those questions. And now that those questions have been answered, I have more/different questions.

This week I plan on doing a lot of reflection. I think this disaster, along with all of the other disasters globally, is just the beginning. Our world is changing swiftly. The weather is different, how we communicate is different, the way we work and transport/travel is different.

Things are evolving at a rapid pace, whether we like it our not. And if we don’t adapt and rethink how we live, as well as what we want, it’s going to be an up hill battle.

I want to redesign my life in a way that suits these global changes.

For the time being, I’m just keeping my mind and heart open, staying aware of all possibilities — while I begin to make necessary changes little by little.

I don’t have any answers for myself at the moment, I only have questions.

Quotes like the ones below make me feel less alone and more on track. Thank goodness for like minds and their writings. It’s always been a source of comfort for me.

“Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.” ― B. Watterson

“So much of life isn’t about having the right answer; it’s about knowing the right question.” ― D. Hewitt

“Perhaps we shouldn’t try to answer the questions now – let’s just note them down. …the power in a question is not in the answer, it’s in the way the imagination gets busy when the question is at work.” ― J. Winspear

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One Elementary Truth

Begin it now quote

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

― William H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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Rich Roll: Just Begin

rich roll begin

Rich Roll 2017

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Alan Watts: Incredible Nothing

Alan Watts

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Russell Brand: Addiction, Conditions & Community

Russell Brand Addiction

“Why is it, that through my life I felt this sense of irritation? This agitation, this emptiness, this hollowness? This feeling that something is not quite there. The feeling that there is something just beyond my grasp. This sort of loneliness, a hollowness in me always. It nagged away at me. When I found, sort of, every progressive drug; cannabis, LSD, crack, heroin — each of them were greeted as tiny little powdery profits — solutions to the problem of my inner angst. But, you know, none of them worked. The thing is, what I have learned is, that what I was looking for all that time, is a sense of union, a sense of connection. I heard once, that all desire, is an inappropriate desire to be one with God. Who knows that more than we? I think we drug addicts are very religious people. I think we have a yearning for something potent. Life is just not enough. It’s enough for other people to go have a few drinks, a bit of a smoke, even a couple of lines. And they’re alright with it. Why for us must there be more? Why for us is there the subsequent misery? Because for us, these flimsy scraps are never going to be enough. We want the real connection. We want the absolute connection. And the thing is, that kind of connection exists. It’s possible that you in fact could find it now. But first you have to remove the chemicals and substances. You have to get rid of them. I believe in abstinence based recovery. I believe that if you are a drug addict in the nature that I am, you have to remove drugs from your life. Then what I think is, you have to create the conditions for a spiritual experience. You have to create the conditions. I heard a wonderful analogy once, apparently if you live in rural America — and I can’t imagine what that must be like — but if you do, you have to build a post box. You have to put a post up and build the post box to the exact specifications. Otherwise, the U.S. mail ain’t going to deliver your letters! So every morning, if you are thinking, “Eh, I can’t be bothered to build a mailbox. They can just chuck it on the lawn.” You might not get any letters, and you might therefore receive the information in your head that no one loves you, that no one cares about you. But you didn’t build the conditions for the letters to be delivered! I’ve been getting clean from drugs and following 12 step based abstinence programs. It’s creating the conditions for a spiritual experience. We have to create the conditions for the letters to be delivered. Once we create the condition for the spiritual experience — which isn’t easy — it isn’t easy, but it’s easier than being a drug addict in active addiction. Once you create those conditions, it’s possible for the spiritual experience. Then, you will need the support of a community, a community of like minded people. I think this is true for any transcendence, for any spiritual life.” — Russell Brand

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Happy Anniversary Lovers!

heart cake anniversary

Here we are. At a pretty big milestone.

Lots of ups and downs. Somedays were easier than others.

I admit, I was to blame for all those moments where it seemed like the relationship was losing its magic, as well as its momentum.

I’m so sorry for any promises I may have broken, or any moment when I simply didn’t show up like I should have.

But here we are! And here I am. Ten years later.

Yes, you read that right. TEN YEARS later.

Happy 10th anniversary! Sunday Is For Lovers began September 8th, 2007.

It’s kind of a long story, but it was originally an accountability blog for my creative projects.

When I was living in New York, I’d have Sunday brunch with my friends Genevieve & Charlie. We would discus personal projects, ideas and things we wanted to create, that weren’t part of our professional careers. (I was doing creative work and making art full time, but not usually my own art. You can see what I mean via this link.) During brunch I would discus my ideas and my progress, and they would hold me accountable for them. I loved this routine! But it was short lived.

Genevieve & Charlie decided they wanted to move to Los Angeles. Great news for them, but not good news for me. I was losing two best-ies, as well as my creative accountability partners. When I expressed my concern to Genevieve, she came up with a great idea. She convinced me that I should blog. That I could use it as a vehicle to help me stay on track, and a way to stay in touch with them.

It sounded like a great idea. I thought maybe I could use it keep to contact with other friends and family at the same time.

Well, the blog pretty much became an eclectic journal from day one, and then a positive news feed for a while, and then an eclectic journal again. I never used it as a creative accountability log, but it has been a fantastic way to stay in contact with both family and friends.

And to my surprise, I have made lots of new friends online as well! So many amazing things and wonderful people have blossomed out of this blog. The relationships I’ve made through Sunday Is For Lovers have lasted for years, and continue to this day.

This blog has been such a big part of my life. I know it will continue to grow roots and limbs and blossoms. Sometimes it hits a lull (because I get too busy with work and fall into blogging dry spells), but I’m certain a major upswing is on the horizon. I can feel it in my bones. So look out for that!

And… I’ll tell you a little secret. I started another blog on September 8th — this year. It’s not ready to share publicly, yet. I’ll reveal it soon. It’s going to be my weekday blog, to compliment this Sunday blog. For anyone that is interested in lots more posts, or weekday updates — this new blog will be for you.

Happy 10th anniversary! Thanks for reading this blog, and thanks for being a friend.

Thanks for being part of this crazy journey. It’s only the beginning.

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