A sweet sojourn from the busyness of life.

This blog is a journal of forays into my loves of creative writing,
humor, and photography. It is a departure from daily stresses.
Some of life's greatest journeys are detours.

The real act of discovery is not in travelling to distant lands
but rather in seeing with new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Quotes-The Great "Ahas"

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” William Blake

I really like this quote, William Blake was an inspiration to the Doors and in fact this quote was the inspiration for their name. This is very interesting to me to think of infinity; the vastness of it all. I have to admit…truth be told ,I am in a bit of a “the world is flat ” phase so infinity is kind of cool. So I am presently working on cleansing my doors of perception, this is way more fun that cleansing the windows of my house!

I really love quotes, they are the great “ahas” in someone else’s life; when the proverbial light bulb goes on. We all know these moments of clear focus tend to be fleeting and sometimes rare. So to me clarity is when you take the “fuzzy stuff” in life and examine it through the lens of wisdom. ( If you are like me, there is no lack of “fuzzy stuff” in your life).It is only from this perspective that we can truly bring things into focus.
And we have to have a “lived” life to gain this wisdom, there are no shortcuts. Intelligence and enthusiasm are contributors but real wisdom comes from trying to make sense of it all and learning from it. So that is why I really appreciate quotes, I like to share in others’ moments of clarity. I don’t have time to learn every thing first hand and I am not too proud to learn from the insights of others.
Second hand wisdom works for me!

I really like to take a list of quotes and pick one that speaks to me and journal about it.It tends to awaken different insights depending on my perspective at the time.
It is always interesting the insight that comes from this.

So take care and don’t forget to cleanse those doors of perception.

Coming up What is your RLAI? Real life age index?

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Ballad of the "Travelvestite"

To begin with, this ditty is in no way intended to reflect negatively on the Midwest or its inhabitants. We are very awesome just ask us.
I wrote this when I was having a bout of "travel envy". My friends were basking in the sun in the land of fru-fru drinks and deep blue waters. This was their reality. My reality was sub-zero temperatures and shoveling snow. (Hmm figuratively speaking of courseI must interject here that my contribution to snow removal is that of a consultant, I am very supportive just ask my husband.)

The Ballad of the Travelvestite
There's a name for what I am
I know it must be true
For one who yearns to wander
And is ever "fleet of shoe"

Each day brings a new journey
To lands I haven't met
Yet I must confess these journeys
are on the internet!

Near and far I travel
I tap those pearly keys
Send me to exotic places
I'll even learn Chinese!

It's a serious affliction
to people just like me
to be a world traveler
trapped in a midwest body.

It's an aberration to venture very far
to want to go to places
where you can't go by car.
"Travelvestites" are what they call us
They humorously jest
Trapped in a midwest body
and wants to leave the nest.

Have a great day and through all your journeys remember there's people who love you a ton!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Sweet Sojourn

An introduction to "A Sweet Sojourn"

One of the very positive things that I have experienced since I have returned to Michigan from Seoul, South Korea is my reconnection to a lot of my "loves". It has been wonderful
to connect with friends, family and familiar traditions. And especially nice has been the opportunity to reconnect with one of my true loves, writing. In this blog I am sharing some of those creative renderings. In this time of world turmoil and uncertainty, I find that taking a time apart from all the busyness makes my corner of the world a brighter place. One of my favorite quotes is from Marcel Proust; "The real act of discovery is not in traveling to distant lands but in seeing the world with new eyes". This is an oft repeated quote and a great reminder to appreciate where we are. To see our world with "new eyes"and appreciate what we have.
Hmm On a side note I should add that I would very grateful just to see with my "old eyes"
but that is another topic!
I look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Coming up...The Ballad of the Travelvestite. A modern tale of woe!