Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
FOR THE CHILDREN
Digitally altered photo by S. Auberle
Thursday, July 19, 2007
OFF TO THE BEACH
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
BETWEEN CRAWLING AND FLYING
Photo by J. Genereaux
Monday, July 16, 2007
THE TEN FOOT SQUARE HUT
"Tea House" photo by S. Auberle
Friday, July 13, 2007
STUDY IN BROWN
Monday, July 09, 2007
In Memoriam: Sallie D., 1943-2003
First time I've been to your house since you left us three years ago. Thought you'd like to know the frogs are still here, and the pond looks the same. And the old swing on the front porch hasn't changed. But lots of things are different inside. It was just too hard to keep it the way it was when you were here.
Your prized possession--your guitar--still stands in the corner of the yellow bedroom. At first I couldn't look at it. It still had way too much of your music trapped inside, that we'd never hear again. Finally I touched it, read the words, the stickers you'd pasted on the old case. Rubbed my hand over the dark wood. If there's anyplace that still holds traces of you, any place your soul might visit now and then, Sallie, it's surely here. In this little upstairs room, with that West-by-God-Virginia mountain breeze blowing in the windows. If I listen really, really hard, I might hear music drifting in, over the deep bass of frogs every now and then.
Hope you don't mind I took a picture of the old guitar and posted it on my blog. I asked Tom and he said it'd be fine. And knowing you, I'm sure it would be.
Wherever you are, cousin, I know you're dancin' to a whole lot of different drummers. Thanks for teaching us how to love wide and strong and big enough to cover the whole world, just like you did, Sallie.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
07-07-07 LIVE EARTH CONCERT DAY
Photo by S. Auberle - "Cormorant"
Today, around the world, on this "triple 7" day, a series of Live Earth concerts are being held for a climate in crisis. Enjoy the great music, but pay attention to the message, please.
This is a poem I wrote many years ago, which was originally published in WomanPrayers. It was also used as the opening poem for a beautiful environmental exhibit which is still traveling around the midwest, called Common Ground...
PRAYER FOR VILLAGE EARTH
(for seven generations)
O Mother Earth, we pray today to link our spirits with all our brothers and sisters who share this web of life with us and to honor those who once walked upon this land.
Rest quiet, Ancient Ones, we seek only to honor you and to respect the land. We will not take from it lightly, nor do harm. We will respect those creatures with whom we share this sacred place.
Eagle, Snake, Coyote and Lizard, we honor you! Bless us, please, you Flying People, Crawling People, the Swimmers, Plants and Tree People, and all our four-legged brothers and sisters!
Father Sun, we beseech you to shine down your love and light upon us!
Sister Rain and Brother Wind, walk softly here, for we are small beneath your mighty power!
Sister Moon, shine gently as you guide us into dreamtime and when you journey across the world, send your stars to light our way home!
O Mother Earth, accept our prayers, bless us with your energy and healing. Help us to remember that we are connected to all who share your sacred web of life...past, present, and future, that in divinity and grace, we may exist as one!
- Sharon Auberle