Gosh, it's been eons since I posted. A lot has changed, including the seasons.
It's amazing how fast time goes by...
and how, right before our eyes...
all that was old is new again (except me.... I'm still the same-- I don't know why that 'old is new again' stuff doesn't work on people)
The color and lushness is all around us~
All we have to do is look and listen to know how things are changing every minute, how nothing in nature is static, not even us. When we least expect it, we realize we are in a different place, a different mindset, a different season.
Take a lesson courtesy of "Bunny" here (yes, he's obviously a cat, but what you don't see is that he has a bobbed tail and looks sort of like a bunny-- okay, well whatever)
Don't get so focused and busy that you lose time-- your time--in the process of 'living.'
Far greater minds than mine (and Bunny's) have realized that no matter how similar it looks, we'll never have this time back again. There will be more blackberries to pick, more lawns to mow, and more wisteria to swoon over.
But just as the seasons change, so will we. And we'll see and experience things differently the 'next time.'
Pictures are compelling, but nothing beats opening the door, going outside and observing. Why show us a photo of EARTH from outerspace, when we can see it, smell it and touch it.... far better than a photo could ever be.
But there too 'lies the rub.' For some reason, we are of the misbelief that we are singular; as a race, as a nation, as a man or woman. We don't give a lot of thought to collective impact, to the bigger picture, to the sum of all parts. It's in this way that EARTH needs--- begs--- for OUR help.
The following is what I wrote about EARTH DAY in 2010. I feel the same, and can't really think of how to say it any better, so here is that post again.
You and I are not alone, we can make a difference, and our actions do add up.
"Maybe we should call Earth Day, Mother's Day, instead. Where would we all be without her? This gorgeous, wonderous mass of hills and valleys, oceans and deserts, tundras and savannahs... And where will we be if we don't change our habits, just one at a time, until we allow 'her' to be all 'she' can be...... all 'she' should be."
There's something so exciting about gathering a group of cohesive, beautiful items and getting them ready to present!
I'm adding a lot of wonderful pieces, some fresh from France (!!!), some handmade and one of a kind, and some with that 'laissez les bon temps rouler' spirit that we LOVE about New Orleans and this time of year!
New ways to say "I LOVE YOU!" in the Etsy shop... Just click on the Etsy Mini on the left of this page, and you'll be suddenly transported to A Dose of Alchemy, Etsy! Doesn't THAT just make your little heart sing?!
Who says a gal of a 'certain age' has to stop dreaming, scheming, and generally creating a stir (or a splash!) wherever she goes?
Who says she can't enter a room and have the whole world take notice, create an artistic symphony of whims, and then leave them all with their jaws on the floor?
We are the ones who came from a generation that thought we could 'have it all' and knew what to do to get it.
We wanted to be taken seriously, burn our bras to prove a point (or two), and yet hold onto that 'femine allure' that only a mini skirt and a pair of platforms could provide. (Funny how those have all come back around again, isn't it?!)
Being young is a malady that no one can escape, (poor things), but we are more worldly now, more enlightened about the wiley ways of the world, more connected to what it is to be a creative force in this Universe of OURS.
Let's go back and 'find ourselves' again... remember what started our fires buring to begin with, and rekindle the flames that will light the way for our daughters and their daughters.
Show them how it's done; maturing --- I know, but try to learn to love that word----- and owning it. Or at least move to Paris, where a sweet young pear and a finely aged wine can be appreciated together and recognized for what they bring to the table.
This New Year, strike a pose in your life, vogue, vamp and get after it!
Write a novel for yourself, take up oil painting (you have to learn patience to let the paint dry... no more acrylic instant gratification). Learn to skydive or just go on the Big Shot in Vegas, preferably before you eat, not after.
Go back to Disneyland and allow yourself to laugh out loud and a lot. Visit Taos, New Mexico, and soak up the richness of the desert and the artful community.
Bask in the glow of a hundred tealights surrounding your tub. It'll take a lot of time to light them all, but you'll feel like you're in a movie and you are! This is your one take!
Be eccentric, be bold, be the Queen you were born to be. Let the world see your abilities and talents, but most of all, show yourself that it's never too late to have goals and dreams and ambitions. It's not too late to start over, to change your flight plan, to do something else.
The new year with all of the hopes for a better tomorrow, is not just for the twenty-somethings (although I have 'one of those' that I love very much.... hello my Birdie!).
The New Year is for US, too! What will you do in 2012, that you haven't done before?
Life is rich and full of flavor. Now, don't just sit there..... go out and have a great big bite or TWO!