Wednesday, December 30, 2020

🔥 Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye 🔥

Scooby & Garfield on my lap & my Christmas toes... 


Burning the Old Year

Letters swallow themselves in seconds.   
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,   
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.

So much of any year is flammable,   
lists of vegetables, partial poems.   
Orange swirling flame of days,   
so little is a stone.

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,   
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.   
I begin again with the smallest numbers.

Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,   
only the things I didn’t do   
crackle after the blazing dies.

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Burning the Old Year” from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (Portland, Oregon: Far Corner Books, 1995). 


Scooby Doo with his long arms, napping on his couch...

May your 2021 be filled with joy, peace, health and happiness.

From:  “Little Gidding”

Amen & Hallelujah!!!

Friday, December 18, 2020

Merry Christmas! We’ve Survived 2020!

I pray you all have a peaceful, healthy, blessed Christmas and an enlightening New Year!  

I’m amazed & grateful to God that I survived 2020.  I’m finally off the Gabapentin/Neurontin completely after titrating for nine long, slow, grueling, horrifying, deeply depressing, painful, mentally disturbing months.  I’m still having bad days, but I feel my brain healing.  I feel as if I’m coming out of a coma.  My memory has improved 100% & I’ve lost 10 pounds since stopping completely.  

My sweet 91 year old mother and brother-in-law have both survived COVID, so we’re grateful for that, especially since Mama smoked 2 packs of ciggies a day for 75 years.  She had zero symptoms. 

Even though our brindle Pit Bull literally ate our old sectional sofa—-cushions, wood and all—- this year, we’re happy to have our crazy Scooby Doo.  Now I can get a new couch—-that’s bulletproof!  There’s nothing on earth that Scooby won’t eat or attempt to eat.  The two cats are happy and healthy at 18 years old.  Garfield runs from Scooby, but Little Debbie stands her ground and scratches his nose or Velcro’s herself to his head.  It gets wild and funny.  

Thank you to all of my faithful blog followers and visitors.  I appreciate you all.

Wishing everyone love, blessings & happiness,

Marion 🧚🏽‍♀️

Luke 2:8-20 (NET)

Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

    “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord has made known to us.” So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. When they saw him, they related what they had been told about this child, and all who heard it were astonished at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. So the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told.

A couple of my favorite live Christmas songs:

Little Drummer Boy