in her dreams,

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in her dreams,
I present these oracle-like artist trading cards for your review and possible edification! You remember such items from the past, maybe – here they are again.
I make these cards and then I give them a phrase cut from printed matter, chosen at random but maybe not. See if you get any kind of push or insight or set off on any train of thought from looking at and reading these, even if it’s just to say, “Whaaat?!”

scribbling

scribbling

scribbling

 

I present these oracle-like artist trading cards for your review and possible edification! You remember such items from the past, maybe – here they are again.

I make these cards and then I give them a phrase cut from printed matter, chosen at random but maybe not. See if you get any kind of push or insight or set off on any train of thought from looking and reading these, even if it’s just to say, “Whaaat?!”

this particular morning

Today I return to posting these oracle-like artist trading cards, for your review and possible edification! You remember such items from the past, maybe. Here are some more.
I make these cards and then I give them a phrase cut from printed matter, chosen at random but maybe not. See if you get any kind of push or insight or set off on any train of thought from looking and reading these, even if it’s just to say, “Whaaat?!”
this particular morning

this particular morning

seemed as if they had forgotten

seemed as if they had forgotten

seemed as if they had forgotten

This time

This time

This time

 

By Whom? And Why?

I don’t know. I just liked the look of this mud-encrusted root system, dried up, and with these holes bored into it. Just fascinating.

And what will happen when it rains?

Sunshine Project – Day 49, Building, Abington, PA

My husband and I took a trip over to our local Penn State college campus this morning and brought along a sunshine to drop off.

Why were we going here? Well, I wanted to have a look at the library as a possible site for more Poetry Marathon editing. To be specific, I wanted to figure out about the parking situation – from reading the website I could not get a grip on visitor parking, but I did get the impression things were crowded.

Actually, I knew this already. More than twenty years ago, my husband and I both took real estate courses here. We never went into that line of work, but at the time it was useful nonetheless. I remember that I had to allow extra time for finding a parking space and for walking to the classroom building.

This campus is small – it’s a satellite Penn State campus. But it’s built in a very hilly location. That means a bit of a workout going from building to building. It also means the campus is very attractive. The buildings all look out into a valley with a pond in the middle. it’s nice to be outside here.

So we set the sunshine on the concrete wall of the stairs coming down  from the library building and out into the middle of campus. Someone will see it very soon, I think.

The campus has no students living here – they are all commuters. So on Saturdays it’s deserted and very quiet.  The library was closed, reopening tomorrow. So I’ll just have to call to have my question answered about where my car can wait while I work. I liked the look of the place and I’ll be back.

Everything you need to know. Almost!

Everything you need to know.

From my research I found out a couple of interesting things. I can get a library card here, being a Pennsylvania resident. And when I turn 60 years old, not too many years from now, I can take classes tuition-free. And the notice boards were full of signs and flyers – I was reminded there is a whole cultural life going on here, art exhibits, talks, music. I can sign up for emails to alert me. If not for the Sunshine Project I wouldn’t have thought of any of these things. Thank you, sunshine, once again.

Happy sunshine!

Sunshine, February 7, 2015.

Sunshine, February 7, 2015.

Sunshine Project – info – here! Or search the category “Sunshine Project”.

Sunshine Project – Day 20, Bird Stand, Fort Washington, PA

We have a beautiful sunny day today, not as harsh as yesterday, though a good strong breeze is blowing. The brightness of the day put me in mind of a place I’ve gone to for years in warm weather but not often in colder seasons.  So I decided to make a visit to the bird stand at the Fort Washington state park and see what things are like there right now.

The bird stand. I set the sunshine on the upper level.

The bird stand. I set the sunshine on the upper level.

What’s the bird stand? Well, it’s an observation platform for viewing hawks, mostly – this location is well-known for the number of raptors in the sky. The upwellings and wind currents are favorable and the woods are full of prey for them. There is a staunch group of bird-watchers who use this location. And it’s also popular just as a place to sit in the sun and rest.

Hawk Watch Site.

Hawk Watch Site.

Feeding area for smaller birds. In the summer it is planted with flowers and bushes to attract birds and butterflies.

Feeding area for smaller birds. In the summer it is planted with flowers and bushes to attract birds and butterflies.

I’m not a bird follower, myself – I mostly have used the park as a great place to run. There is a great 5K cross-country run laid out in the park, used by several local high schools as well as some groups who set up 5K events on it. I’ve run in some races here and I really enjoy the course just doing it on my own. For a park set in the middle of a busy area, it’s very peaceful and secluded feeling.

This time of year things are not too busy here. Just one other person was at the bird stand while I was there.

Sunshine in place on the table.

Sunshine in place on the table.

But it was not too cold to take some time to look out over the scene and to anticipate summer, when the hill is covered with little yellow flowers and I run down it to pick up the trail along the railroad tracks, and birdwatchers lean on the rail of the stand, looking at the hawks circling above. All of us enjoying the warmth and the sun and the feeling of freedom this place seems to evoke.

View from the bird stand toward the railroad tracks.

View from the bird stand toward the railroad tracks.

View down the hill - at the bottom the choice is to turn left to the Green Ribbon Trail or right to run along the tracks.

View down the hill – at the bottom the choice is to turn left to the Green Ribbon Trail or right to run along the tracks.

Happy sunshine.

Sunshine, January 9, 2015.

Sunshine, January 9, 2015.

What is the Sunshine Project all about? Look here.

I wrote another post about this park: Day 7, Green Ribbon Trail, Fort Washington, PA

And yet another one, in my poetry blog: Winter and Summer and Winter

I Don’t Have to Go Back There

I felt I needed to close the door – firmly – on the last two years. I have waited for New Year’s Day to do this little ritual, this little ritual that makes a lot of sense to me. What I did – I burned the appointment calendar I’ve carried for the past two years.

Now, all the scribbled appointments are gone – I can’t finger through the pages and relive this visit or that one to this or that doctor. No more looking up the day that I heard bad news, or felt like someone had reached in my head in order to pull my thoughts apart; no more remembering the weeks I had to spend at my husband’s work so I wouldn’t be left alone. No more.

The very spaces the days occupied are now gone and can’t be retrieved. It’s all gone. No matter what happens, I can never be forced to go back and to live through these things again.

Sure, bad things will happen again to me. But these particular ones will not. When you think about it, it’s really an encouraging thought. And even more, I want to concentrate on the happy things that are coming up for me – family events, art work to do, poems to write…Seemed important to get things cleared away so as to make room for the future.

So my husband and I went out in the back yard, pulled out the grill, and I set the pieces of 2013 and 2014 in it. Lit the match and off the years went! Just like that! And as we stood there, the wind blew the ashes away…

So now I’m going to go into my studio and paint a bit.

Happy 2015.

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