A few days ago I was at my ‘other job’ and I want to share what I think is a fabulous reminder of holidays and meaning. The morning started out as usual with a good morning and ‘how are you’ conversation with my first lesson of the day. The man said something to the likes of “I’m good we are getting ready to celebrate one of my 2 favorite holidays.” I have met this gentleman at work a few times, and I knew he was a ‘good guy’ but his answer was so great that it has prompted this blog post. I said “I too like Thanksgiving, it is actually one of my favorite holidays, no big pressures, the hype is low (all that stuff seems to go to that other very big winter holiday that the world seems to love so much and the retailers can’t get enough of.) This one is about family/friends, some good food, and hopefully a nice day.” Well my answer pales to his. He said, simply and elegantly …”Yes that’s all true, but my two favorite holidays in N. America are July 4th and Thanksgiving… because on July 4th we celebrate freedom here in the USA and on Thanksgiving, everyone hopefully has something to be thankful for.” I couldn’t agree more and thought it was a wonderful answer and reminder of the true reasons for many holidays. I add a tiny bit more , and they get to stop and think about it for a moment. So the obvious question of the day…. just what are you thankful for? No need to tell me or the world…just always a good question to think about. Happy Thanksgiving… and for those that celebrate it- Happy Hanukkah as well!
It is now mid to late fall…and it’s time to let go of 2013 “garbage and badness.” Baffled? What Ollie and I are talking about are the parts of the year you don’t need anymore. The ones that no longer serve a purpose, they may be bad times, they may even be good times but with parts that need to go, or maybe you are just done with them. Maybe you NEED to be done with them, and you have been resisting? With the ever looming holiday season quickly upon us, the time to do the work is NOW. Clean out your mind, your life, get set up for a fresh 2014. We all know that this doesn’t happen overnight, making it another good reason to start now. Sure, you can do the obvious like a deep clean of your physical house and that’s a good start. But lets be real, clutter is clutter, and mind clutter is even worse than house clutter. Mind clutter keeps you from doing things you may need to do, want to do, dream of doing, but are too “cluttered up,” therefore stuffed and stifled stopped you. It happens to all of us, so try not to feel too bad about it. There are many parts to this mind/life cleaning. It’s much harder than house cleaning…it often takes more courage. You most defiantly will need to discard some things, and you still have to take responsibility for them. Pay attention. Sit down and do the needed work. You will then be able to start the new season with a freshness. Winter is the time where we tend to slow down and regroup. Just like the earth, we rejuvenate our roots…. Why would you possibly want to wait until Jan 1, to do this? How about having a truly fresh start at the calendar new year. That means, no more hemming and hawing. THIS is the time. Act like a tree, drop off those old leaves and get ready, make room, for new ones. It seems fitting that Ollie – Minister of Truth delivers this message with me….
107 Vendor spots to be filled with visual pleasures for your eyes! 31st Annual Narragansett Art Festival. Yes that reads Art, not arts and/or crafts fair. That means you see new and different items if you are a frequent weekend show goer!
Heirloom Charlie, just couldn’t resist- he left today for he is riding his tractor down! The rest of us will be there and ready bright and early Saturday (and Sunday) morning!
Free Admission…. June 22 and 23 — 9 am to 5 pm Veterans Memorial Park – that would be right next to the Historic Towers and the water! All in lovely Narragansett R.I.
In case you get hungry, 2 invited Food trucks, and tons of good eats all over Narragansett.
We will be there with our “goods” – art prints, Mini Arts, i.e. cards, Handmade lacquered boxes and trays and a few Beauties on mugs. Come on down and join the visual feast.
Friends are very important. They can be the glue that helps hold you together…. the sounding board for those random and often ever so important thoughts… they are your playmates in many different sandboxes . You smile, laugh and cry with your friends. You may be in the role of the steady tree or the blowing winds and it changes as need be, that what friends are/do.
Friends are chosen individuals you have included in your life. What an amazing concept when you really stop to think about it! As we get older we tend to realize that indeed this is a choice – time is valuable and there are really not enough hours and days to spend it with people who you don’t enjoy, or treasure, and on some level are fascinated by. Fascinate? It can mean many things to me ranging from an individual who makes me laugh, think, wonder and/or ponder, someone who pushes my creative buttons, maybe it’s as complicated as a kindred spirit or a simple as a person to sit and drink a coffee with.
Friends can be of the 2-legged upright variety or the 4-legged horizontal kind. Both are to be cherished, treasured, honored, respected and treated with the up most kindness.
If you are really lucky your friends and your family are one and the same. I am that lucky, and I am very glad for it and about it. You pick your friends but not your family. I lucked out!
For all my family and friends: my comrades thru the storms and quiet times, my confidants when needed, my advocates, my truth seekers and tellers, my supporters and my “go to” people… Thank you all.