Monday, December 24, 2012

12.24.2012 ~ tree of gratitude, tree of grace

This is my Christmas tree: an ancient, deceased cholla cactus (sans needles) that's been brought back to life in the spirit of Charlie Brown. A Christmas Cholla.

But more than that, it's a Gratitude Tree. For each day these past few weeks, I've adorned its knotty limbs with a paper tag, upon which I've written something for which I am grateful:

I am grateful for my friends

I am grateful for my awesome family

I am grateful for quiet mornings to write and paint and think and reflect

I am grateful for trees

I am grateful for birds

I am grateful for snowfall

And I am grateful to all of you who, despite relentlessly busy schedules, make the time to read my humble musings here. Knowing that you good people are out there curious about what I do and have to say, warms and inspires me.

Thank you.

Rather than me bringing this cactus back to life, I think it's brought a certain quality of life back to me.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

12.15.2012 ~ the morning after

what do you do

the morning after

when you feel so utterly

angry and helpless

to help

what do you do

but go to the edge

of the forest

fall to the earth

flail your cold tattered wings

and give rise

to 27 snow angels

~ dawn chandler 12.15.12