The Art of Letter Writing Update

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I am still writing to to my friend in prison.  He is teaching me a lot about appreciating life, letting go of things I cannot change, and not forgetting things I am blessed with.

In his own words he is afraid of forgetting things we take for granted each and every day such as the taste of certain foods, smells, and relationships.  He has no choice of foods.  He misses the smell of a forest.  His incarceration has been hard on his relationships.

He is afraid of losing what is the core of his essence, his tenderness, empathy and kindness.

I continue to write to him, mostly about every day things, attempting to make him a part of my life.

I would not have been brave enough to start sketching if I didn’t know him.  He is the most talented artist I know and so I sometimes send him my sketches.  He graciously compliments my efforts and tells me to keep working on my art.

The thing I think he is worried most is his relationships, especially will we be here for him when he is released?

 

 

 

The Dream Maker, Part One

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Mary Lou loved working with clay.  She fully intended to start on that teapot Dennis was begging for.  Alone in the usually busy studio she sang out loud and reached for the lump of clay.

Her stomach was growling and her hands were screaming.  She was exhausted and one of those bullying migraines was dancing around, trying to find its way into her head and threatening to take over her life.

She looked down at the piece she had created and realized that several hours had passed.  The migraine, her empty stomach and her hands were forgotten.

This was not a teapot, she had made a tube of some kind.  It was something she recognized from the edge of her memory, from her dreams.  The wood block she had used to make impressions on the tube was not something she recognized.  She had seen similar blocks used by fabric artists, lovingly hand carved and used to create amazing designs.

A small pile of clay balls was piled next to the tube.  Each ball was wrapped twice in some delicate tissue paper.  So that was what she had made!

One end of the tube was already sealed.   Her breath entered the tube with a soft “haaaaaa”.  Counting as she dropped each ball into the open end, nine, her lucky number.

With another whispered “haaaaaa” she sealed the tube with a disc of clay.  Several small holes were added to each end to allow moisture to escape the tube as it baked in the kiln.  The tube joined other pieces waiting to be bisque fired, looking ordinary in their company.

Cleaning up her space her thoughts were interrupted by her stomach.  She would figure this all out after some sushi and a nap.

May Lou laughed to herself when she realized that Dennis wasn’t getting that teapot anytime soon.

Tomahawk

image My friend Jane received this Tomahawk, a gift from a friend of hers, a Native American Indian who made it by hand.image

She accidentally dropped it and as the tip lodged into the floor she realized she how truly careful she needed to be.
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The woodwork is truly amazing I’m sorry my pictures don’t do it justice.
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The tomahawk is a symbol of war and peace.

A buried tomahawk meant peace.

If the Chief decided the his warriors were to engage in war he would raise a red tomahawk at the war council meeting.

If a previously buried tomahawk was dug up this was a sign of war.

To bury the hatchet was a sign of resolving a dispute.

Ceremonial tomahawks were decorated with the best feathers and paint. A smoking bowl sometimes incorporated into the ceremonial tomahawk.  The pipe of peace and a weapon of war.

Tomahawks used in war as weapons may have been decorated with eagle feathers earned for acts of bravery or medicine bags for protection and victory in battle.

Making a tomahawk is a time consuming task. Learning to use a tomahawk is just daunting.

This weapon takes strength and skill to use effectively.

The tomahawk was a weapon to be thrown or swung like a sword or axe.  An unwieldy weapon, a sharpe knife was more likely the weapon of choice for scalping.

This gift was given to Jane as a ceremonial symbol of peace and friendship.   The detail and work put into the making of this Tomahawk makes it that much more special.

Today’s Haiku, The Maze Continued, Part Five

Refuge Maze
Refuge Maze

 

Something has changed.

Anxiety changes to doubt.

Hallways are no longer dangerous.

The wind, still screaming, somehow smells fresh and is invigorating.

Terror subsides to doubt.

The familiar voice calms you:

  • walk into the wind
  • be brave and trust the future
  • be stronger than doubt

 

 

Guest blog post Monty a Blizzard!

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Hi my name is Monty and I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.

 

Thank you for your support and reading my dog Haiku!

We had a blizzard yesterday here in Arvada, Colorado.  I am sure it was a blizzard because Mom came home early from work.  Roscoe and I helped her make a batch of home made dog food, yum!  We loved having the extra time with her.

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Here are the pictures of Mom’s parking lot at work and the street in front of her building.  This weather prompted her boss to let her come home early.

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Here is a picture of one of our cars and our yard.  A true winter wonderland.

Mom is one of the few people who loves a good snow storm so us dogs are lucky to live with her.  Here is my Haiku:

  • snowflakes bite her face
  • she romps with us in the yard
  • fearless as a dog

 

Kyle meets The Flash, page four.

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Barry Allen aka The Flash kept me on my ass, his piercing gaze daring me to move.

To proud to look away I met his stare and fell into the mystery realm, Calalus.  A castle on a hill.

In a dizzy “Where’s Waldo” moment I realized there were three flying machines hidden in my vision….

And the Silverbell artifacts? I needed to see these in person. Discovered in 1924, right here in Arizona…, pictures drawn by some wannabe sanseilife archeologist artist would not suffice.

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Might I be destined to save the universe?  I would need help and I knew there was help in Calalus.

Still on my ass I realized I was headed for a great adventure.

Kyle, page one

Kyle, page two

Kyle, page three

Today’s Haiku, The Maze Continued, Part Four

Refuge Maze
Refuge Maze

 

Anxiety fills your chest.

Racing down unfamiliar hallways your instinct tells you to find the familiar but your fear leads you down dangerous pathways.

Is this a nightmare?  You scream in an attempt to wake yourself up.  The wind screams back pushing you further into the unknown.

Overwhelming terror.  You are truly lost.

The familiar voice reaches out to you:

  • do not trust your fears
  • you must fight or you are lost
  • you are not helpless

 

 

Today’s Haiku – Theodora Guest Blogger

 

Theodora, Teddy's sister
Theodora, Teddy’s sister

Hi, my name is Theodora.

I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.

My brother Teddy lives in a Jeep but I live in a house.

We both write Haiku.  Here is one we wrote together, we both felt invisible today.

  • the wind twists my heart
  • as you rush past me again
  • i roar with that wind

 

Today’s Haiku, The Maze Continued, Part Three

 

Refuge Maze
Refuge Maze

The building that was once your refuge now terrifies you.  The wind that rushes through its corridors is the breath of the building itself and pushes you toward something unknown, heedless of your needs.  With each step new hallways appear until you have lost your way.  No longer familiar and safe your refuge has become a monster.

Are you alone?

The familiar voice speaks to you:

  • Can you trust yourself?
  • Listen to the wind, your heart.
  • You can trust yourself.

 

 

Addicted to Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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Adapted from the novels by author Kerry Greenwood, the adventures of Phryne Fisher.

A glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne.  Phryne is single and independent and proves with her brilliant tactics that women can have both exciting personal and professional lives.

I am totally addicted to her courage and her amazing wardrobe.  Her clothes are made with fabric authentic to the times, lots of flowing romantic creations.  I not only look forward to each of her new adventures but what the heck is she going to be wearing?

Seasons 1-3 can be found on Netflix.  No word on season four yet but as amazing as Phryne and her supporting cast are I am sure there will be many more episodes.

What next?  Well hopefully season four and I am really looking forward to reading the over 20 novels written by Kerry Greenwood!