longing for my other home.

yes. i’ve got two places i call home. and that is an amazing gift. one that i do not take for granted, and one for which i am extremely appreciative. in both places, i have family, places i love to visit, things that i love to do, and places that bring me peace. oh yes. i am a lucky, lucky girl.

sometimes, though… ok, many times, i feel pulled in two directions and i find myself longing for the other place.

in north carolina (usa), i lived in a city in the mountains… asheville (click here to read more about my love for asheville). and right now, i am longing to be there. i am dreaming of walking up & down the crowded, funky downtown streets  lined with hippy stores, bookstores, boutiques, second-hand shops, fair trade stores, vegetarian restaurants, little pubs serving local brews, music on every corner, and protesters chanting & holding signs. i wanna be surrounded by the eclectic, diverse people of all ages, all races, all nationalities, all beliefs, gathering in the locally famous drum circle. i wanna feel the sticky, humid summer air heavy on my skin. i wanna smell the southern cooking. i wanna drive the mountain roads. yeah. i just wanna be there right now.

since my beloved asheville is intensely on my mind tonight, i thought i’d share some of the things about asheville that make me smile…

 driving the mountain roads.

 log cabins.

 lexington avenue.

 hip, funky wine bars…

 with crazy, inspiring, awesome friends.

 coffeehouses & cafes.

 afternoons in barnes & noble (an amazing bookstore).

 the river arts district. (where my sister -in-law works as a potter!). a place of beer & art.

 speaking of beer… local breweries all over the city. yum.

 biltmore estate. you gotta visit.

 the drum circle in the smack middle of downtown on friday nights.

 bluegrass music.

 festivals & fairs.

 oh asheville… you are amazing & gorgeous.

 cheers to you, asheville, my love!

 click on the pics for the link to the original photographer.

how ’bout it? let’s plan a trip! yeah.

peace & love.

sometimes it’s just good to say hey.

good evening, people around the world. just a little post about nothing. it felt weird to let the day end without checking in to say hey. so, hey! hope you’ve had a good weekend & are enjoying a cozy sunday wherever you find yourself.  i can’t decide whether my weekend has been busy or not. hehe. there has been lots of time with my love, which feels great. a few tough moments, but that’s life, ain’t it? and a lot of olympic games watching every now & then. some family time – on the phone and in person, plus some much needed moments of quiet every day. i’m thinking i wanna to do some serious yoga tomorrow, loosen up my spine and open up my chakras.  other than that, i’ve got housewife duties on tap: laundry booked for the afternoon. and who knows what else? but, i’m still on vacation for 2 more weeks, so there is no need to plan too much. gotta love that feeling.

so, how has your weekend been? got any plans for next week?!

peace.

street corner musings.

i find myself on sidewalks a lot these days. standing on street corners. waiting for buses. and since i’m waiting around a lot, i’ve got time to think. and people watch too, of course.

today i was waiting at a bus stop and flipping through the news apps on my phone, catching up on the latest info coming out of colorado… the horrible shootings that occurred last night when a masked man walked into a movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding others.

I stood there, on that street corner, and looked around. across the street, 3 men sat outside a pizzeria, laughing and carrying on with each other. people rode by on their bikes, no doubt getting off from work and ready for their friday night to begin. everyone just doing their own thing. living their life. and thousands of miles away in colorado, families are forever changed because of the act of violence one man decided to unleash in a public place.

a few days ago, the same violence was news in bulgaria, where a suicide bomber killed himself and others. and in so many other countries violence occurs daily. i stood there, thinking about all these people i don’t know all around me, and all of the people all across the world whose lives have changed in an instant.. unknowingly, life as they once knew it is gone. and now they are faced with the reality of learning how to adapt to a completely new way of living.

while i have not been a victim of violence lately, i have faced unexpected moments when life as i knew it ceased to exist. some of the changes i brought on myself, and some of them have happened to me. but, changes will happen. they are inevitable. changes are what life is all about. the question is, how am i gonna handle them? how am i gonna react?

as i stood on that street corner, i pondered all these things, and my heart ached to have everyone i love around me in that moment, so i knew that they were safe. but i stood there alone. watching life happen all around me. and then i smiled.

yeah. this is what it’s all about. learning to live with and appreciate each other. learning to never take one single moment for granted. soaking up everything good around us, and working to spread joy, not hate. i can’t change what’s happened in colorado, but i can make a difference wherever i go… i can decide how i will face and deal with life, how i will treat others, and whether i will live a life of love, non-violence, & peace. or not.

i looked around one more time. my bus was coming. time to meet up with my love.

be safe. peace, my dear friends.