8.10.2013

Time to Say Goodbye

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I've rearranged my bedroom, dining room, and living room.  I've cleared out closets and emptied drawers.  I've dropped off several truck loads of stuff at the donation center.  I've created space and simplicity. 

Yet there's one thing I've been hesitant to get rid of.  I've been ignoring it for months now, but today is the day I pack it away for good.

It's time to say goodbye to A Foothill Home Companion. 

The era of the family blog has passed for me and my family.  My children no longer want me to take their picture and tell their stories.  I appreciate their boundaries, and I too am creating some of my own. 

I'm ready for a new space.  A space all my own.   Spare, clean, and simple, like my newly arranged rooms. 

It will likely take me a while to settle in, but feel free to stop by and see my new digs:

mollydunham.blogspot.com

Goodbye and hello.
 

5.10.2013

An Ode to MineCraft, in Haiku

an ode to minecraft

together they play
inside a virtual world 
of their own making.

4.10.2013

Listen

a day at the beach

{photo by the Meaty Bohemian}

I am a collector of quotes.  I pin them on Pinterest, like them on Facebook, and cut and paste them into my writing.  Sound bites I hear on the radio, funny things my kids say, and sentences I love from books find their way to the backs of receipts, used envelopes, and sticky notes.  Recently in a dark movie theater, I blindly jotted down a quote from "Oz" in the middle of my grocery list.

These collected quotes are distributed all over the place - the bottom of my purse, the pocket in the car door, tucked into books and magazines.  I stumble upon them when I least expect it, and sometimes exactly when I need them.

Rustling through my kitchen junk drawer for a paper clip, I ran across this little gem:

"Anything you dislike in others is somewhere in you."

It amazes me how a few words and punctuation marks can hold together so much truth.

I started playing around with this quote in my head.  It's rather negative, the word "dislike".  What if we replaced it with its antonym?

"Anything you like in others is somewhere in you."

Now we're getting somewhere.  The original quote struck me with it's capacity to free me from judgement, the second quote fills me with the promise of acceptance.

A friend at the gym recently advised me to "get out of my head".  Now there's a quote worth writing across my forehead with a Sharpie.  As I listened to my friend, however, I realized he was talking to himself as much as he was talking to me.  He, too, is too much in his head.  It occurred to me that the advice he was giving me was advice he needed himself.

Let's change that original quote one more time:

"Anything you see in others is somewhere in you."

We possess the traits which we like or dislike in others.  We judge and assess ourselves through judging and assessing those around us. We give others the advice or encouragement we ourselves need, perhaps even more than they need it.

So listen up.  Hear what you have to say.  Be your own audience.  Your thoughts and words are telling you something you need to know about yourself.  And yes, I am talking to myself.  I just needed to get out of my head and put my thoughts into words.

3.20.2013

It's Spring for Me

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almond in bloom

almond in bloom

a bird flew into my window

bess

preying mantis eggs

flowering quince

"I used to love fall," she said to no one in particular. "All that mortality and pangs of loneliness, but now, it's spring for me. I must be getting old." 

Joseph Monninger, The World As We Know It

It's cold enough to have a fire in the wood stove and a pot of soup on the stove top, but still I want to leave the front door wide open and let Spring breeze right in.  

Welcome, promise, renewal, vitality, light, growth, change.   I've been waiting for you.

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