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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” C. Day Lewis

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin' - Can't beat sunrise in Hawaii

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ – Can’t beat sunrise in Hawaii

What does summer lovin’ mean to me? Summer is about relaxation, fun foods, and lounging about with loved ones at exotic or favored locales. I can’t help it, but summer puts me in the mood for … a vacation.

When I think of summer, I dream of languid days spent at a beautiful tropical beach, with clear blue water, palm trees tossing their fronds in the wind, and freshly squeezed lemonade served in a tall glass filled with ice. Sounds simple enough eh? But that’s not my reality at this moment, so I’ve chosen to inhale some summer loving from this photo shared by my dear friend, Karen Asplund Velez, lawyer, writer/blogger at Solodialogue.

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” Russell Baker

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin' - with blooms and  more.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ – with blooms and more.

What does summer lovin’ mean to you? I asked a couple of friends and while most agreed with my position, hanging out poolside or beach-side won hands down. Something we tend to take for granted, once the warm weather kicks in, is the vibrancy of summer floral colors and clothing. I love the bright yellow, red, white and pink flowers blooming in gardens and by the roadside in my area.

I love that I can walk on the aqueduct, and be greeted by pretty flowers and gaily dressed kids running along the trail with mom and dad sweating away as they try to keep up. To cool off, a serving of lemonade, ice cream or even freshly cut mangoes and pineapple help complete celebrating the joy of summer. What about you? What do you cherish about the season? What annoys you about it too.

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Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” Rumi

Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… my light on the fearless path

You might not be here
But I know your spirit’s near
Each tear and smile … caught

Whenever I’m down
Your comforting light appears
Telling me: Be Strong!

Happy Father’s Day
My light on the fearless path
Guiding me each day

Each Father’s Day, I experience my father’s absence differently. Some years, the memories are wistful, and other years they are reflective. However, one thing remains constant and that is my gratitude for his influence on my life. I know we each come to this conversation with different stories, but, my prayer for each of us is that we will use our experience and memories of this precious relationship to make a positive impact on someone’s life. Happy Father’s Day to you and yours.

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Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou

” A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Dr. Maya Angelou

Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou, RIP

Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou, RIP

On May 28, we lost a consummate renaissance woman and an inspiring influence to many of us. In her rich and varied lifetime, Dr. Maya Angelou wore many hats; she was a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, film/television producer, professor, actress, educator, dancer, dramatist/playwright, historian, filmmaker, gourmet chef and civil rights activist. She lived life with gusto and taught me, and I believe many of you, the beauty and power of words. When I heard news of her death, I was numbed into silence. I felt a deep sense of loss as Maya was a cherished mentor to me, albeit from afar; her writings and measured words always filled a creative gap in my spirit.


Letter To My Daughter

Whenever I needed a dose of unfettered truth and a touch of mirth, I would reach for Maya’s books and poetry. When she wrote Letter To My Daughter, and And Still I Rise, I felt her words speaking directly and personally to me. As a foreign student in the USA, her books gave me clear and intimate insights on the soci0-political milieu that formed the fabric of her stories. Her books offered a lens into the daily life and struggles of an African American woman and I soaked up every morsel of information they shared. So you can imagine the pain I’ve felt, and the difficulty I’ve had writing this note of gratitude to Maya Angelou.

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