The White Sunglasses. That is the title of this art piece, at right. The youngest daughter is now out of her teens. She is putting her cool sunglasses (aren't daughters the best thing to have to stay with it????) on me. They are much more cool-istic on her. This was at a Mother's Day brunch.
Special moments are always up for reinvention and so are we in this digital age. That Mother's Day Lunch, which happened before she left her teens, will always be remembered. I'm clinging to the remnants of REAL motherhood, when motherhood matters when children are young. Now I'm moving to Significant Motherhood, where living as a woman is a thing full of grace, once the children are grown.
The glasses can filter all, change all, conceal all, be all. Women in White Sunglasses. Right on, mama.
Finally found: a milagro for a leg. When hobbling in a boot cast, giving docent talks at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe in front of the newly restored milagro exhibit, I realized I didn't have a lucky charm for healing.
Alexander Girard's world-wide collection of milagros have been reinstalled after ten years of being in storage and are a centerpiece of the main hallway.
Milagros are easy to find in Santa Fe since they came here with the Spanish Conquest. Unless you are in need of a specific one. I laughed that I couldn't find one. Then... a friend found one for me and suddenly my leg started getting better.
Bellazza linked me for a reading meme and as reading is essential to my life and very being, I'll play. My mother will tell you that as soon as I could walk I carried a book about. Becky's reading questions were more appealing so I've combined her list w/ Bellazza's. So... Tell me what you are reading, too. Or play along.
1). What non-fiction issues/topics interest you most? Media, brain science, science, art, culture, history, biography, ideas.... I have a very wide range of interests, business...
2).Would you like to review books concerning those? Sure and I would include information about the artists of the book covers which is always never included in any kind of book review but is essential to marketing the book. Chip Kidd is my favorite book cover artist and probably the most famous.
3). Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose. I would do either but I mainly review for book clubs. I co-reviewed a book for my second meeting of the book club I joined in Santa Fe.
4). Would you recommend those to your friends and how? I always have a book with me. I'm always bringing up good books in conversation. Frequently I mention what I'm reading here. I give books as gifts.
5). If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.
6). Please don't forget to link back here or whoever tags you.
* What are you reading? The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee, announced Jan 12)
* What do you plan to read next? In Defense of Food, An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollen; and Seeds of Destruction - The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation by F. William Engdahl
* What’s your favorite book of all time? Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor. The author chose a small publisher in Houston rather than a big one that wanted to have the title be Rio Bravo. It is a tale of the veracity of oral history. * Was it made into a movie? If not, do you wish it were? Don't think so but yeah. * What did you learn from it? Good stories are worth writing about and reading. The truth as fiction can be and often is real. * What other book(s) would you recommend reading with it? Hmmmm. Bless Me Ultima. Two books of cultures entwined with US history.
OK, my fellow readers and bibliophiles. Play for the sake of reading!
Or a very short brief. I'm listing five things in my life nowthat I would have never thought would be in my life when I was 25. This is an idea from Parisian photographer/blogger Claude, who like me, isn't fond of memes but I'm giving it a go. If you want to do this, go ahead.
1. Three children who have grown up to be quite likeable and delightful. At 25 I was married but not yet a mother.
2. Blogging on a laptop. Writing on an IBM Selectric was more in my imaginings then, and publishing was via newspapers, magazines or books.
3. A persistent love of cultures and languages. Never satiated. My youngest daughter has caught the flame.
4. A guitar-playing husband. I thought then he might pick up the saxophone. I never would have dreamed that I'd have a drum-playing son and a husband who serenades me. Life is sweet and charming.
5. Gadgets. Cell phones, iPods, digital cameras and all the information available at fingertips.
This was a quick jot. I'm sure I'll think of more. And you?
Virtual and real... just for fun, I chose one word to draw a self-portrait. Me. In my prime. No wrinkles, no grey, no sags, no bags. Immediately, MotherPie came to mind, mainly because at my fingertips on the computer, where I creatively play, the blog title crops to the forefront so hence the word. Now that I think of it, I need to get another life. I am not my blog, my blog is not me. But what is the self, anyway, if not a conglomeration of ephemeral things? What is real, anyway?
So here is a piece of my (virtual) self. What word, at the moment,would you use to define yourself in a portrait. Want to give it a go? If you do anything similar, link back.
My real self is off celebrating. another. birthday.
In this quiet non-routine period that closes out one year and looks to the new, I find myself still with my thoughts, not quite to resolutions...yet. Still... is when silence emerges and self stands clearly. Still...as I sit by the fire, I think of these things. Still...
Still Loving: My Mini
Still Not: Buying Vista
Still Glad: I bought stock in Apple
Still Enjoying: Hiking & the mountains
Still Doing: Daily Blogging
Still Proud: of my 3.95 cumulative for grad degree in Media Studies
Still Amazed: at 2007's Challenges: Juggling a daughter's wedding, a move cross-country from NYC to Santa Fe, finishing grad school, three graduations, moving two kids to new colleges, adapting to empty nest and a retired husband.
Still Enjoying: my 3 children plus new son-in-law
Still Grateful: my parents are in good health
Still Wanting: a convertable Mini in seafoam green (which they don't make, oh well).
Still Trying: to get an excercise routine patterned into my new schedule
Still Failing: To balance my checkbook (ha. some things never change).
Still Passionate About: Art and Reading
Still Taking up new things: docent training
Still Dating: same man I married
Still Not: sorting through storage things
Still Working: to ski with form
Still Reading: Letters
Still Thinking: Happiness, Family & Community
Still Wondering: Why that Lady in the Mirror looks older than I feel.
Still Dressing: in jeans with a basic color scheme of black, brown and white shirts
Still To Do: Find a new pair of jeans that fits a 50 year-old battooski