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casting roses

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once i saw a jumper standing on the bridge
over the twirly cold waters of the Piscataqua river
the only thing stopping him
from falling into the cold dark drink
was the arms of the emergency personnel wrapped tightly around him


i happened to be following a friend to a meeting at seven o'clock that morning
I could only spare a glance at the line of flashing lights 
in the rear view mirror
later that afternoon on the way home
there was no sign 
of his spell
but I know 
 that he stood right there
and cast his roses 





the sunday whirl



song for a Saturday

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This has always been one of of my favorite songs.



a fair wind over my shoulder

keyhole
I feel old

I'm not complaining

I have a happy life 
and I celebrate every birthday with great joy
I'm just saying
I feel old
in my younger days
i danced barefoot on the beach
and walked up wooded paths in the moonlight
i do that still
 I look at the world I grew up in through a key hole
So many of those who shaped me
are on the other side
and one day I will join them
but now I live in a world that is rapidly becoming unfamiliar
my music is dying
my poets, my teachers, even the way I form letters has gone...

one day I will peep through the key hole and see that
everything and everyone I knew is there
I am not so very old yet
but tonight
i feel old
It's not a sad thing
and I don't feel bad
I am privileged  to have lived in such an amazing time
It's such a beautiful ride


WOODEN SHIPS exerts by Paul Kantner, David Crosby and Stephen Stills

Wooden ships on the water very free and easy Easy you know the way it's supposed to be Silver people on the shorelin…

Tuesday Afternoon

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morning in the dining room
jam session


won't you come with me and see the beauty of Tuesday Afternoon Your post can be about anything  that feeds your spirit and the family friendly nature of  a spirit of simplicity  Please link to your post and not your entire blog Please comment on at least, the post before you Please post a link back to A Spirit of Simplicity so that others may join   If you choose to follow me I will follow you back I always return comments Peace and Love  Kara





An InLinkz Link-up

L#7

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I remember you
L#7
You died about this time last year
 sweet boy 
I'm sorry you lived in a world with too much hurt



the boy who lived up the street

I miss you






soulfood friday

21 january

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a little snow
it would be nice if we didn't get quite as much snow as we had last year.
Little things Thursday

20 january

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B is for .....Bowie
a terrible loss for all of us

ABC Wednesday

18 january

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the good
From the archives -February of 2014. 
Our little kitchen and the snowy weather out the window.
It looks so cozy and sweet.


the random
In October we went to the open house at the UMass marine center 
here in Nahant.  Among the many child friendly activities
was making a seaweed drying press.
This is a macro picture of what we pressed....
I know -you are completely blown away...it's that impressive.






the fun
the first sorta-real snowstorm of the year...the first snow that has stuck anyway,  here on this rather tiny island. 
And, it's a holiday...calls for a little warming drink if you ask me.







Mosaic Monday
The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing
I love macro
macro monday 2

the sunday whirl

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they came like some kind of revenant engagement

a fluctuation in the hum of her world

her bustling ceased for the slightest of moments

as if she were searching for movement in the air around her

not a roar exactly or a drop in temperature

 more like a sigh

that claimed her in the middle of her day

gave her no leave to dismiss her duty

or wonder if they be real
nothing but spirits she thought

throwing imaginary shafts to try and pin them down

and hoping they would treat her justly













The Sunday Whirl

17 january

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monochrome


complimentary

sea glass -a gift from the sea

and

glass jars -from pickles, jellies and other what-nots


draw



mostly white


treasure

My daughters are a priceless treasure


Scavenger hunt Sunday

tuesday afternoon

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won't you come with me and see the beauty of Tuesday Afternoon Your post can be about anything  that feeds your spirit and the family friendly nature of  a spirit of simplicity  Please link to your post and not your entire blog Please comment on at least, the post before you Please post a link back to A Spirit of Simplicity so that others may join   If you choose to follow me I will follow you back I always return comments Peace and Love  Kara


An InLinkz Link-up

11 january -

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the random
 I awoke to the news that David Bowie had died.
He succumbed to cancer after being sick for 18 months
He was just 69.
Huge loss for all of us. 
the fun
I grew up listening to David Bowie. 
I place myself in time with Bowie songs
sneaking cigarettes in the girl's bathroom (I haven't smoked in over 30 years)
being with friends at parties, bouncing around my kitchen, singing Kooks to my babies...
I feel so fortunate to have grown up in an era with so many amazing musicians. 
That music defined who we are today. 
Previously, music reflected who we were as nations -in history.
But the music by Bowie, and a few others of that time, 
influenced so many lives.
Their music defined who we are today.
Their music left a mark because it was intelligent lyrically, it was talented musicians,
and it was fun!
It seems that most of the music today is missing those things. 
There will never be another one like Bowie.
the good
We've been having a HUGE Bowie fest  this morning - lis…

10 January

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new

new year - new calendar



red

Our neighbor and old friend died in September

He was 81 and had lived a good life.


I had helped him plant red geraniums in the yard

every year for the last 3 years.

This is one of the plants I dug up just after he died.

I don't normally have geraniums bloom at Christmas tide

It's nice to know he's smiling down on us.



breakfast
shitake mushroom and cheddar omelets


simple 

A walk on the beach of an afternoon


circle
Christmas moon


scavenger hunt sunday

keeping Sabbath and a poem on Saturday

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the day hardly paused when you left
angels stand cold in the graveyards
as you turn to dust beneath them

the call of the poppy dialed in on you
slowly ensnared you

slapped with your sudden departure
i remember 
the child - the beautiful sweetness that was you
days hardly paused when you left
and

stand
gasping




SUNDAY WHIRL
this is not a piece I wrote about any one particular person though
I will say that I have lost many people due to drugs these past few years.
People from "good homes", people between the ages of 19 and 53, 
people who died accidentally, and people who chose to take their own
lives rather than suffer one more day.
They are saying now that addiction is a disease....
Perhaps that makes them feel better.
They are not talking much about the pharmaceutical companies who push this stuff
legally and then abandon those they have addicted.
Here on the north shore of Boston there is an epidemic....
and not just here but across this country. 
But we do not hear much…

8 January

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shoulders down against an easy breeze
a-rovin' on Dog Beach
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soulfood friday

winter arrives

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the coldest morning of the year 
finds Joe and I hunkered down in bed
under flannel and woolen blankets
low gray light through the window
stirs me toward coffee

~ ~ ~ won't you come with me and see the beauty of Tuesday Afternoon Your post can be about anything  that feeds your spirit and the family friendly nature of  a spirit of simplicity  Please link to your post and not your entire blog Please comment on at least, the post before you Please post a link back to A Spirit of Simplicity so that others may join   If you choose to follow me I will follow you back I always return comments Peace and Love  Kara




An InLinkz Link-up

4 January

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the good
the chair in the kitchen
a study of three pears 
and always the light
the fun 
We had a lot of fun over Christmas!
Christmas Eve we went to Joe's aunt's house to be with his family.
She is a Christmas Eve hostess extraordinaire! Hannah, Bonnie and Dan were here on Christmas day
Joe made his famous lasagne
and we exchanged gifts in a quiet way
I liked that
The day after Christmas we had 17 people in the house...
things were a bit less quiet.
We had lots of great food, exchanged gifts, 
and enjoyed the company of friends and family.


the random
puzzle pals at the dessert table
and me in the background working in the kitchen

The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing



at New Year's morning

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2015 has been a banner year for loss of those we loved and cared about.
I don't know if it is because Joe and I are over 50 now
and it is the natural progression of things....
or if 2015 was just a very difficult year to make it through...

We have lost a few who had lived long enough to be ready to say goodbye

and we have lost a few who were sick enough to be ready to say goodbye

we've lost some in mid-life who died of hard living and mis-adventure...

we have lost those that were too young to be taken from us...

and one that hadn't even had a chance to begin...

these seem the saddest of all.



I find that the older I get the more poignant the lyrics:






soulfood friday