The Art of Living Lost: Enduring the Waves of Time

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StampI will start by saying I lead a blessed life!

In 1979 my Mom graduated from college and I graduated from the 8th grade; to celebrate both occasions my family took a cruise from New York to the Bahamas.  As many of you know, cruising is a great family experience; adults can eat, drink and relax while children are offered opportunities to go on new and inspired adventures.  One of the shipboard activities called “letter in a bottle”, encouraged children to write short notes about themselves adding their return address.  It was all very exciting!  Once the letters were written and stuffed into a corked bottle, we were trotted to the stern where we tossed the bottles into the Atlantic Ocean.  Done.  Fun.  Find me some mini-quiche!

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The Art of Living Lost: Holy Cow!

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CowLet me start by saying, I have a varied set of interests, and when I heard a local farm had a newborn calf in residence I knew I had to get in on the action!   Now cows are not the most active animals on the farm but mere words cannot explain the excitement I felt when I crossed the farm and stepped into the barn.  My first introduction was to Gus and Ada and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if they were horses or big cows.  Don’t judge.  Comparatively speaking it’s easier to tell the difference when you get a closer look.  Horses.  Yes, they were definitely horses.

Next I met Blossom (heifer no babies), Daisy (cow named after the flower), Lilly (cow and my new BFF) and Dazey (cow named after the butter churn).  Alongside Dazey, was her beautiful yet to be named calf who is lovingly pictured above.  His tangle of legs, snugly brown color and big soulful eyes had me wondering — could I live and work on a farm full-time?  I mentioned this to my guide and she replied, “After reading your BLOG, you could probably do anything” and that’s the point, I CAN do anything.  I can take an hour off and witness the beauty that is a cow.  So while it wasn’t a far-flung adventure, it did provide a great sense of accomplishment and joy.

What did I accomplish you might ask?  I milked Lilly but that’s a story for another time…

Have a great week!

The Art of Living Lost: P.S. I Love You!

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Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand. – Patti Smith

Last year this quote added a bit of a tail to the drifting kite that was my life.  At the time, I didn’t know who Patti Smith was but I made a vow to personally thank her for the light she brought into my life.  Fast-forward, I’ve repeated the quote many times and when I sat to research Patti, I realized the full genesis of her quote and immediately fell in love.

For those of you who don’t quite understand the artistic differences between Patty Smyth, Patti Scialfa and Patti Smith, let me explain; Patty Smyth is the artist who’s famous for the songs The Warrior and Goodbye to You.  Patti Scialfa is the stunning red head that was the first permanent female member of the E-Street Band. The Patti Smith who initially voiced the prophetic quote at the beginning of this BLOG is a true Renaissance woman.  She’s a painter, a poet an author and a singer. She’s a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend.  In 1978 she released Because the Night a song she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen.  Bruce would go on to re-release the song in 1986 followed by a rendition released by 10,000 Maniacs in 1993.  Ironically, Patti’s resume as a musician doesn’t come close to describing the genius of the individual I encountered on Saturday at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. [Read more…]