Browsing Tag

ponderings

  • culture

    a world full of art.

    “Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how…

    3 Aug 2012
  • ireland photography

    gettin’ artsy in august.

    i love the beginning of a month. it’s like a chance to start over every 30/31 days. a clean slate. something new. new possibilities. new opportunities. new adventures. there’s truly something about a new…

    1 Aug 2012
  • culture

    tragedy & beauty.

    i could be angry. but i choose to channel that anger into passion. i could live in fear. but i choose to face my fears. i could feel overwhelmed and give up. but i…

    22 Jul 2012
  • culture

    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.…

    20 Jul 2012
  • life

    immigration butterflies from an ex-pat.

    i’ve got butterflies in my stomach. my palms are sweating. my heart is pounding in my chest. mentally, i feel quite calm. but, my body clearly feels otherwise. what’s the deal? i know it…

    19 Jul 2012
  • be meditation

    wakey wakey.

    why is it that yesterday, when i had nothing i had to do until lunch time, i woke up at 4:30 and struggled to fall asleep again; and today, i woke to my 6:30…

    3 Jul 2012
  • life

    i’m busy. hoping to get rich.

    my entire bedroom has an orange-pink glow to it as the sun sets. it’s warm & calming. i’m under the covers, computer’s on my lap, and the cat is trying to figure out where…

    3 Jul 2012
  • be

    settling in.

    i feel stressed today. no real reason why, i guess. true, i have quite a bit to do, but it’s not bad stuff. it’s not that tough either, just things that need to be…

    2 Jul 2012
  • life

    6 down. 6 to go.

    how is it possible that today is the last day of june?! where has this year gone? we are halfway through 2012 already. it’s crazy. well, because it’s the last day of the first…

    30 Jun 2012
  • ireland

    on my mind.

    wanderlust. wanderlust. wanderlust. i wanna travel. it’s summer & i wanna get outta dodge. i’m ready for a change of scenery. but, for now, i’m staying home. gonna enjoy some time right here, and…

    24 Jun 2012
  • life

    how ’bout we kick some ass?

    if you know me, in real life or in the blog world, then you know that most days i am seeking the calm, peaceful, and meditative vibes in life. and that’s just fine &…

    14 Jun 2012
  • photography

    from a low angle.

    “if you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden to click this pic i found myself crawling on the ground, laying in…

    12 Jun 2012
  • be north carolina

    up-close. (and personal).

    today’s photo challenge prompt is up-close. i first took a picture of the bracelet i was wearing, making it look a little artsy. you can see it here. then, i snapped this up-close shot…

    4 Jun 2012
  • be

    day 31: something beautiful.

    my something beautiful from today: our friends’/lina’s “brother’s” newborn baby girl’s hand. we’re aunts again. yippee! good evening, good people. well, it’s the last night of may 2012, and the birth of a beautiful…

    31 May 2012
  • life

    day 30: my personality.

    “why am i as i am? to understand that of any person, his whole life, from birth must be reviewed. all of our experiences fuse into our personality. everything that ever happened to us…

    30 May 2012
  • day 29: numbers.

    i kept trying to think of something really creative for today’s photo challenge… numbers. but, nothing came to me. though, i did keep looking at this clock this afternoon and thinking about how time…

    29 May 2012
  • be

    wearing my emotions on my sleeve.

    well, maybe i’m not really wearing my emotions on my sleeve since i’m not really showing them much these days. it’s not that i don’t want to, but i don’t really know how. its…

    24 May 2012
  • sacred space

    23: technology.

    with technology, we always think about moving forward. progressing. everything getting better. faster. thinner. sleeker. cooler. smarter. and to be honest, that is what happens with technology. it gets “better” with time. it improves.…

    23 May 2012
  • north carolina

    homesick.

    it’s nothing really. just a little case of homesickness… wanting to take my love & head down south to the beaches of north carolina, see my family, and stay a while. deep sigh. peace.…

    21 May 2012
  • be

    do your thing. be you.

    good tuesday morning, everyone! as i get back down to business (after some hours off yesterday), i wanted to share with you a quote that i stumbled upon. i love it. it speaks truth.…

    24 Apr 2012
  • be north carolina

    my cup is overflowing.

    i did it. i made it. i stood up, opened my mouth, and let the swedish flow. ok, perhaps it didn’t flow perfectly. perhaps i stumbled over some pronunciations and mixed up some grammar.…

    22 Apr 2012
  • be

    on being present. here & now.

    sometimes, something comes along at just the right moment. call it karma, providence, serendipity, luck, whatever. somehow it just happens… it’s a mystery. a sacred, secret, wonderful mystery how these things happen. but they…

    21 Apr 2012
  • be

    sometimes i just need a reminder.

    some days you expect the sun to shine, and instead rain falls from the sky. and then, other days, you believe it will be rainy & cold, only to realize that the sun breaks…

    12 Apr 2012
  • be

    tonight’s last thoughts.

    there are four questions of value in life: what is sacred? of what is the spirit made? what is worth living for? what is worth dying for? the answer to each is the same:…

    9 Apr 2012
  • be

    what would you die for?

    for me, today is all about passion. surrender. and trust. passion for a cause, or a belief, that is so strong that one is wiling to risk his or her life – literally or…

    6 Apr 2012
  • culture

    re-writing history.

    quote of the day: history, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. ~ Maya Angelou today i took this picture of the church where…

    27 Mar 2012
  • culture lbgtqai+

    you are you. and i am me.

    quote of the day: “they say the most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you realize why you were born.” ~ Viola Davis, 2012 Critic’s Choice…

    21 Mar 2012
  • culture lbgtqai+

    at the end of the rainbow.

    i’m hoping to find something at the end of the rainbow today, since it’s st. patrick’s day. i’m hoping that the luck of the irish will shower down on me and at the end…

    17 Mar 2012
  • be north carolina

    blogging from bed.

    that’s it. i decided that this cold is gonna leave me and i’m forcing it out by staging a bed-in. that’s a sit-in in a bed. yep. i’ve been in bed all day (ok.…

    14 Mar 2012
  • life

    je ne sias pas.

    i don’t know why, but i have a french music obsession today. i’m playing one soothing playlist after another. perhaps somewhere deep inside of me i’m tapping into my french-ness. i have no connection…

    21 Feb 2012
  • life

    life in the fast lane.

    oh my gosh. where do i begin? life is crazy right now. really good, but crazy. working 1 job 50% and having an internship 50% is about to rip me in two. don’t get…

    17 Feb 2012
  • be

    saturday night streaming.

     me hanging out at work friday night, waiting for the youth i work with to arrive. i drank waaaayyy too much coffee last night at work. can you say hyper & unable to sleep?…

    11 Feb 2012
  • be

    a conversation (pep talk) with myself.

    it has worked out that i have some time in front of me to use as i wish. some hours, at least. so, why is it that when i have the time, i have…

    9 Feb 2012
  • be meditation

    i caved.

    for my own mental health, i have given in to the new year’s resolution/promise thing. i figured i needed some discipline in my life. some routine. and it felt like a good decision this…

    5 Jan 2012
  • year summaries

    counting down the hours.

    looking back over this year, i realize that it has been truly, truly amazing! i have completed my first full year as a resident of sweden, traveled around the world some, learned a new…

    31 Dec 2011
  • life

    welcome to the middle days.

    hey, my dear readers and welcome to the middle days. the ones in-between christmas & new year’s day. and you know what, i’m determined to use these middle days for myself… to take it…

    28 Dec 2011
  • be the seasons

    surrounded by darkness.

    it’s here. the longest night of the year. today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere of the world. the shortest day of the year, which means that there is more darkness today…

    21 Dec 2011
  • be greece

    say yes. even if you’re totally unsure.

    i got this card almost 4 years ago when i visited greece for the first time. i have always thought that icons & images are interesting and beautiful, but when i saw this one, i…

    19 Dec 2011
  • culture meditation

    winter song.

     the december winter sky outside my window. it’s friday. i’m stressed because i have so much to do over the next 3 days. it’s all christmas-related. how is it that we get so over-booked…

    9 Dec 2011
  • life

    late at night.

    on wednesdays it feels like i work forever. and when i finally get home, i can’t help but turn on my computer & click on all my favorite sites… catch up with friends &…

    1 Dec 2011
  • be

    breathlessly waiting.

    i’m still in the middle of my little personal retreat. i’m not quite ready to share what i’ve read from joseph campbell (the guy i referred to in yesterday’s post). i’m still soaking it…

    29 Nov 2011
  • be

    what to do with my monday.

    a rainy window, with christmas lights outside, on the first sunday in advent. last night there was a storm all across southern sweden. kind of a scandinavian hurricane, you could say. it’s been chaos……

    28 Nov 2011
  • be

    simplicity.

    sunday was a good day. it felt simple. that’s just the best way to describe it. simple. ordinary. and yet, extraordinary.   i woke a few minutes after ten. that doesn’t happen often at…

    14 Nov 2011
  • life

    what a wednesday.

    ok. finally a teeny, tiny bit of time to write. wednesdays are my long days. i go to both of my jobs. church and then the youth organization where i have a paid internship.…

    10 Nov 2011