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  • Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead
    Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead
    by Mike Dooley
  • The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing
    The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing
    by Bronwen Stiene, Frans Stiene
  • What's Your What?
    What's Your What?
    by Julie Moret
  • California: Then and Now®: People and Places
    California: Then and Now®: People and Places
    Pavilion
  • Security is a Thumb and a Blanket (Peanuts)
    Security is a Thumb and a Blanket (Peanuts)
    by Charles M. Schulz
  • The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's Wisdom for Walking the Red Road
    The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's Wisdom for Walking the Red Road
    by Sidian Morning Star Jones, Stanley Krippner Ph.D.
  • Myths of the Cherokee
    Myths of the Cherokee
    by James Mooney
  • What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn)
    What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn)
    by Seth Godin
  • Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison
    Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison
    by Gary Tillery
  • Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
    Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
    by Bill Shapiro
  • Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009 (Beatitude Literary Magazine, Volume 50)
    Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009 (Beatitude Literary Magazine, Volume 50)
    by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
    Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
    by Shel Silverstein
  • Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal
    Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal
    by Robie Rogge, Dian Smith
  • PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God
    PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God
    by Frank Warren
  • The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors (Nonpareil Book)
    The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors (Nonpareil Book)
    by Daniel Carter Beard, David R. Godine
  • American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others (Nonpareil Books)
    American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others (Nonpareil Books)
    by Lina Beard, Adelia Beard
  • The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year
    The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year
    by Gary Goldschneider, Joost Elffers
  • American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
    American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
    by Harvey Pekar
  • I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
    I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
    by Amy Sedaris
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
    by Donald Miller
  • The Growing Edge
    The Growing Edge
    by Howard Thurman
  • Mind as Healer Mind as Slayer: A Holistic Approach to Preventing Stre
    Mind as Healer Mind as Slayer: A Holistic Approach to Preventing Stre
    by J.K
  • Kindred Spirits
    Kindred Spirits
    by Matthew & Terces Engelhart
  • Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
    Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
    by Thomas Moore
  • 1000 Ultimate Adventures
    1000 Ultimate Adventures
    by Lonely Planet
  • Last Words
    Last Words
    by George Carlin
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding
    Seriously...I'm Kidding
    by Ellen DeGeneres
  • Cash: The Autobiography
    Cash: The Autobiography
    by Johnny Cash
  • It Happened in Oklahoma (It Happened In Series)
    It Happened in Oklahoma (It Happened In Series)
    by Robert L. Dorman
  • Lost Austin (Images of America)
    Lost Austin (Images of America)
    by John H. Slate
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
    by Gregory Boyle
  • Milk and Honey
    Milk and Honey
    by Rupi Kaur
  • Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately
    Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately
    by Alicia Cook
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Wednesday
Nov032010

Lately

I've played a lot of dress up.

Boo! Bees!

 

Coookie & Medusa!

 

And, I've traveled for my friend Jocelyn's wedding.  We went to Las Vegas for her bachelorette party (nope, no pictures of that trip, folks) and then I traveled to Austin last weekend for the big wedding.  (Which was LITERALLY the perfect wedding of all time.)

I walked home alone that night hailing a taxi in my bridesmaid dress in downtown Austin - and I was thinking just how awake I felt.  How alive - and fully on my own.  It was a rush of a realization - I'm still not certain it has settled into my brain, though. 

One of the dearest friends of mine drove for hours to see me and he took me to a Gospel Brunch at "Hill's Dinner" - on South Congress in Austin.  I had the Migas for $4 and it was delicious.  They served their water and tea in large jars and everything was family style and friendly.  The music was a fun addition to our morning coffee chat.

Hill's Diner - Sunday Gospel Brunch - Austin, TX (SoCo)

 

Why's it feel so fancy and fun to see your nickname on a big sign?  I don't know...but, I like it!

Imagine how "The Seekers" feel!

Saturday
Oct302010

American Splendor - Ordinary Lifeis Pretty Complex Stuff

Photo Courtesy of: http://thenewgay.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/american_splendor_fondo.jpg

 

I just bought the dual anthology of American Splendor and More American Splendor and read nearly all of it on my flight home from TX to FL.  The dude next to me commented on it for me - and bought me a glass of wine - so that was cool.  And, I found myself laughing out loud several times.  Usually the macabre times, you know me.  But, there were plenty of those.  And, I suppose why I kept turning the pages.  There was a realization coming around the corner....and I just knew it.

I highly recommend reading the comics - or at least go to see American Splendor The Movie.

It's subtle good stuff.  And, it leaves yu shaking your head grinning - and relating.

Give it a look.  Lemme know what you think!

 

Monday
Oct182010

Thoughts on Love

Thoughts on love are thoughts worth thinking.  Even if they differ in philosophy or opinion.  I believe they al speak to the vast power of love.  Check it out:

"Maybe a guy could fall instantly in love, but I doubt it. I think love creeps over you like a warm feeling on a clear blue fall day. This person is in your thoughts most of the time-all of the time actually. You see her when you close your eyes, when you look off into the distance, when you pause from what you are doing and take adeep breath. You remember how her fingers felt when they touched you. The loved one becomes a part of you, the most important part. At least it is that way with me when I think of you."  - Stephen Koontz

 

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." -Aristotle

"True Love is to see forever in his eyes." -Me, Aged 16

"Love is a dog from hell..." -Bukowski

 

I've been defining my love on a few different scales - trying to see how it weighs out.  Lemme know if you've got any feedback.  ;)

Thursday
Sep232010

Autumn

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

George Eliot


I love fall - it seems to always arrive with such thunder and fanfare.  The leaves remind us to celebrate colorfully as we change.  Growing doesn't have to be painful.  Sometimes it's nice to shed your foliage - and just lay yourself bare.  It is at that time that you're most ready for a new beginning.

Happy Fall, my friends.

Friday
Jul162010

Vacation = Baby Palooza, Class Reunions & Q.T. with the Family

I finally took a vacation!

2 weeks off from work to go home and see my family in Oklahoma.  I have three older sisters - and all three of them were expecting babies near the first of July - so I scheduled time to be home for all the arrivals.  Turns out 2 of the 3 babies came early - so they were already ready and waiting when I arrived in OK.

I am now a very proud Auntie of four amazing children.

First, meet Will.  He's already a globetrotter at 22 months - having lived in TX, OK, KY, and now TN.  His Daddy is in the Coast Guard - so they get to see a lot of the world.  As you can tell - he totally inherited my sense of style.  I just love this lil' Dude.

Next, I'd like you to meet Makayla.  She was born mid-June - and is currently giving Alvin the Chipmunk some serious competition for cutest chipmunk cheeks.  She's cuddly, she's sweet - and she lives entirely too far away from me:

Then, there's Ike.  Ike only listens to Beatles lullabies - and he loves to check out new sights and new sounds.  He's very alert - always listening and looking.  He was born on "The Day of the Performer" - (same day as Prince) - and I can tell, already - he's got an ear for good music.  I like to think he got some of that from me...

Last, but certainly not least, Ace decided to make his earthly debut.  He is very active, always kicking his feet and lifting his head to check things out.  He decided to pee on me, to mark his territory, I guess - when I was helping to change his diaper.  I have to say...I was surprisingly chill about this.  I mean...I'm not going to say it was cute...but, I will say, I'm gonna give him heck about it when he grows up.

If I thought I knew what it felt like to be home-sick BEFORE these little guys decided to join the family - I was wrong.  Because my missing home is like TEN times more, now that these little guys are here.  I just want to hold 'em - and be the auntie that squeezes their sweet lil' cheeks.  (There's no shame in my game, guys.)

It just so happened, that while I was home - it was the Cordell High School All-School reunion - which means I did get to see a few of my favorite folks from my not so glorious days in h.s.  That was a ton of fun.  The biggest head-trip for me was seeing the niece of my high-school boyfriend/first love.  She looks so much like him - cute as a button.  I've already started teaching her to appreciate the finer things in life, like FIJI - Meet LuLu:

All in all - it was an amazing two weeks.

I plan to spoil every one of these Sweeties.

And, if you're curious if seeing all of these babies has given me baby fever - no.  I think witnessing my three sisters' deal with diapers, feeding and zero-sleep has been the best birth-control I've ever heard of.

I think I get the best of both worlds - I can play with 'em, spoil 'em - then send them home to their mommies.  :) For now, I'm very happy and content being an Auntie.