Archive for Spring
I wonder if we become old souls simply by being here, giving it our all, and choosing to learn the hard way (via experience).
It can be difficult at times walking in our human shoes, but if we recognized the challenge of it all and honored our efforts, we might be easier on ourselves and others. And this compassion could then yield an awareness of and renewed appreciation for all the fun stuff also at our fingertips…
So my springtime wish to all of you is that you find as many ways possible to feel joy,
as many reasons possible to be grateful,
and as many chances possible to laugh out loud and just let go a little~
When winter turns to spring – or just pretends to – it is to adults like Christmas coming early is to kids. And if we look close enough – where the natural world has been ravaged by winter – we also see where the seasons meet – in the sun’s buttery glow, the blossom’s buoyancy and the wild creature’s resourcefulness.
Wandering through McKinley Park on a fair-weathered, wispy-clouded, wind blustering day, I can almost see our ancestors gathering here as they did (on their only day off) every Sunday 150 years ago. I see two grey and white squirrels stashing nuts and dancing about, and ducks and geese careening elegantly upon the mossy pond. I watch mothers with babes in strollers and fathers pushing their daughters on swings. I see teens playing basketball, people taking pictures, and one man crouching to converse with a chipmunk.
What does it all mean? Nothing, really. Or everything, depending on how you look at it. But I think that’s exactly the point: Just be sure to really look.
For a humble little photographic journey of McKinley Park, which is sandwiched between Midtown and East Sacramento, click on over to the right.
And p.s. If you want to feed the ducks don’t bring bread or other white flour products; they’re starting to affect the birds’ health. Instead, bring seeds and whole grains. Or just sit back and watch them do what they do best.
The blossoms are bursting sweetly and the greenery is rapidly revealing itself; the temperatures are mild and the sky is blue and clear to see. We are all appreciating this fine fresh weather, while hoping that the impending spring storms are fertile enough to moisten the soil and add to our water supply.
But it’s an odd time in history, wouldn’t you say? Do you feel it? And what do you do about it? I write to make sense of it all, for one. I also try to regularly converse with nature in order to relax and feel connected to something much larger than myself. I try to create a balanced lifestyle that includes healthfulness and harmony of thought, feeling and deed. And, I try to have as much fun as possible.
So speaking of fun and meaning, Mother Nature and Man… this is a good weekend to start envisioning, creating and framing the rest of your life. And a little bit of abandon is a great way to loosen tense muscles and minds.
How about supporting education, art and youth by attending the premier performance of SOURCE at the Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy. It visually tells the story of an artist (and his muse), who journeys through life’s ups and downs, discovering that his source of inspiration is always close at hand.
WHEN: Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10
One of Sacramento’s greatest inventions – the SECOND SATURDAY ARTWALK – is a free self-guided grid tour of Downtown and Midtown businesses, sidewalks, streets and creations. Whether visiting art galleries, other shops that feature art, or dining establishments serving mouthwatering works of art, it’s all at your fingertips. Along the way, notice the vibrant murals that pop up here and there, or the sculptures and street art ripe for public viewing pleasure.
WHEN: Saturday, March 10
(Find hotel information here too!)
Immerse, Enjoy, Rest ~