Over the course of the years
I have moved from an obsessive church lady
to a more contemplative loner.
On Good Friday
I spend time alone listening to
Jesus Christ Superstar
It never fails to bring me to tears.
Posted at 01:41 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Divine Feminine, Gratitude, Music, Mystery, Prayer , Religion, Surrender | Permalink
I collect bits and pieces of paper
Nothing is out of bounds.
If I cannot get the whole label
off a wine bottle ~
just a scraped off bit will do.
I have had lots of fun
and postcards to send to
Victoria in London
and Alex in Chicago.
It's a fun way to share some of
my favorite quotes
and they enjoy receiving
my art postcards and each uniquely
Lots of fun!
Posted at 01:25 PM in Being Present, Creativity, Family, Parenting | Permalink
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings ~ nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And ~ which is more ~ you'll be a Man, my son!
Posted at 12:36 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Family, Gratitude, Letting Go, Parenting, Prayer | Permalink
While I truly understand
resisting the rhythm of the Universe
is indeed foolish and fruitless....
I am hoping today
for a visit from spring......
In the meantime....
A Blessing of Solitude
May you recognize in your life the presence, power
and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you
intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here,
that behind the facade of your life there is something
beautiful, good and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation which with God sees you in every moment.
John O'Donohue, Anam Cara
Posted at 03:13 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Gratitude, Letting Go | Permalink
*Looking through a few journals this morning I came across this piece.
Now that she is a junior in college
and studying this semester in London, it made me miss her that much more....
Victoria sinks into her cuddly bed,
filled with soft cushy pillows and more
down comforters than any one 17 year old girl needs for a lifetime.
Her long hair sweeps softly about her round flushed cheeks
in silky cascades and tangles too.
Her room is barely bigger than her bed, now her throne as her favorite stuffed animals
and dolls gather at her royal feet.
The walls are filled with theatre posters of the many shows she has seen with
a special section reserved for her Broadway adventures.
The worn rug lying beside her bed can easily trip the unaware; rags and pieces
of garments long gone,
tied together with the loving hands and nimble fingers of a grandmother.
The sharp edges of her desk protect her personal papers and high school secrets from intruders of all sizes.
The room smells of little girls; sweet perfumes and scented candles.
Move in a little farther I snuggle my toes into soft flannel jammies;
lying right where they were taken off, still warm....
Posted at 02:06 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Family, Gratitude, Letting Go, Parenting | Permalink
I am trying a "new" kind of resolution this year.
It's not about doing or losing
Not about accomplishing or goals.
It is about gently cultivating tenderness,
Within and for myself as well as for others.
It is about seeing with reverence,
eyes soft and non-judging.
"When you regain a sense of your life as a journey
you return to rhythm within yourself.
When you take the time to travel with reverencea richer life unfolds before you.
Moments of beauty begin to braid your days.
When your mind becomes more acquainted with reverence,
the light, grace and elegance of beauty
find you more frequently."
Happy New Year to us all.
Posted at 01:29 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Divine Feminine, Family, Gratitude, Mystery, Prayer | Permalink
A week full of emotions,
much elation and excitement
sprinkled with bittersweet
endings and goodbyes.
The Student Athlete Bill
was signed and brought to the House floor.
Stevie's passion and eloquence
took center stage
as he wrote and championed
a cause so close his heart.
Alex brought her boss
and his family to South Bend
for the final home game of the season.
The Kool-aid may have been
a bit frozen and another trip necessary.
Now the bittersweet
as we say goodbye to young men
who have become family.
Our last Thursday night dinner....
Their last time running out of the tunnel....
Their last game in Notre Dame Stadium.....
We will see them often
but this magical time at Notre Dame
has bound our hearts
and lives together....
always and forever.
Wishing you all a
Thanksgiving filled with
love and family.
Posted at 03:12 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Family, Gratitude, Parenting, Prayer , Sports | Permalink
Notre Dame had a bye week
so the Botsford family
spent the weekend in
taking our family Christmas photo.
The weather was a bit rainy
but we were able to take our photos indoors...
at the Capitol
The autumn foliage was just beginning to change.
It was my first time in the Capitol building
and the art work and architectural majesty
was magnificent and inspiring.
I could almost hear the frustrated sighs
of our Founding Fathers
as they watch us struggle with our countries seemingly
There lies before us, if we choose, continued
progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom.
Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot
forget our quarrels?
We appeal, as human beings, to human beings;
Remember your humanity and forget the rest.
Posted at 01:11 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Current Affairs, Family, Gratitude | Permalink
I have been on a leave of absencse from most of my creative endeavors of late.
I needed time to re-adjust and get comfortable in my own skin again.
It seems life sails along at a speedy clip and all of a sudden I awaken to an inner chaos,
rendering me desolate and empty.
Lots of new and different changes in so many areas of my life
can leave me searching for my blankie and a dark corner to hide in.
And while change is the only constant in life, it takes me a little while to get my new sea legs
and feel some sort of balance again.
Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
Tao Te Ching
Posted at 01:21 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Family, Gratitude, Letting Go, Mystery | Permalink
We arrived in Paris just after noon.
We strolled down de Champs-Elysees
and found an adorable FRENCH cafe.
After a tourist lunch of escargot, french onion soup,
beef tartar and red wine
we wandered the streets in a satiated fog,
soaking up the Paris atmosphere.
had mentioned at lunch how I hoped to "stumble" upon the historic sites
the same way I had in Greece years ago.
Steve laughed and shook
When suddenly I turned and
The next day we started at the famous bookstore near Notre Dame.
Steve found a cafe and a beer
as I wandered the haunt of some of the most
famous authors of our time.
A bibliophile's heaven...
We wandered back across the Seine to the doorstep of Notre Dame Cathedral.
I took photos and photos and photos until we needed an espresso/Heiniken break.
We returned to find the Cathedral locked down and swat teams everywhere.
No one seemed to know what was going on except the Police
and they were not sharing.
The next morning Steve was reading the paper
and we found our answer.
Stayed tuned for part 2
Posted at 04:16 PM in Being Present, Current Affairs, Family, Food and Drink, Gratitude, Travel | Permalink