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Thursday, March 13, 2014

yesterday… today... tomorrow








want don't want this that
puddle reflections bright light
blue skies change to gray

in the hush or rush
quiet walk or highway slush
wish or wash away

see our tangled life
and love this very minute
more than want don't want



I am a little late posting today. We braved the storm that intensified as we drove north to see my Neurologist for a check up. She is pleased with how well I am! It has been a long, uncertain, messy road to stability and she has been our guide most of the way. This remission is still holding, t-cells and lymphocytes remain low, but steady for me, and that's a good thing. No MRI until October unless I have a flare or new symptoms:-)

And even though I know everyone here in the north is tired of winter, excited for March winds to carry the cold away, for sunny days and warming temperatures like Wednesday's balmy 51F, before driving to the doctor’s office, the fifty five words below describe how my morning began: 


Eyes softly opened after meditation looking out the window, first thought, “This might be the last of the season. It is so beautiful.” Calm, held, transfixed by pure iced ashes of snow, perhaps winter’s last offering tumbling from heaven as my grateful prayer rose up; a state of grace, not wanting anything other than this.

Inspired in part by my wonderful teacher Rabbi Nancy Flam's meditation guidance for parasha Tzav. Thank you Nancy xoxo


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55 comments:

  1. Laura, lovely images. I am so happy you had a great checkup!! Good news! Your sky shots are beautiful and I love the heart tree. Have a happy weekend!

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  2. True happiness - and wisdom - is being grateful for this moment, right here, now. I am so happy to hear your health is holding steady, Laura. Wonderful news.

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  3. Laura,
    Congratulations on the good Doctor report!
    I love the contrast in your first 2 photos and the reflection is gorgeous.

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  4. A wonderful post Laura ... all those wonderful photos ... you have your own style of writing haiku/senryu and I like that a lot. Thank you for participating in Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

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  5. Dear Laura, I am so glad the stability is keeping on, as my daily prayers for you are. Enjoying what we have right now is the best way to go. I thank God for every moment that I am granted o this wonderful planet. My meditation is sitting on my swing seat with my dog at my feet and watching my chickens scratching around in my vicinity. Bliss.

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  6. Beautiful post and poetry! Stay well!

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  7. The poem goes so well with the beautiful photos, dont know how you get those great shots. Glad the MS is doing good! yay

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  8. Glad to know your stable health condition.
    Admire your shots, Laura.

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  9. Beautiful shots, and glad your check-up went well! Have a good weekend.

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  10. ein wunderschöner Himmel Laura
    ALLES GUTE wünscht das katerchen

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  11. I cannot remember the last time I saw a snow truck - have a great weekend!

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  12. Lovely to read that the med check-up is well, and lovely way to start the day with an inspired poem (...) .."see our tangled life
    and love this very minute
    more than want don't want...", such marvelous thoughts and daily instants of "yesterday...today.... tomorow"!
    All the best and thanks for sharing!!

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  13. I am glad you are doing well and that this is confirmed by your neurologist!
    As I type, I am about to go for a walk and enjoy the bluish sky and the warmth of the coming spring.

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  14. Mazel Tov!!!
    If anyone on this planet deserved a little peace and stability in their life it's YOU. As always you have shared part of your fantastic creative genious with us all.
    Loved your 55
    Thanks for playing, thanks for your wonderful support, and have
    A Kick Ass Purim...:-)

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  15. Glad for the doctor's report, Laura. Take care my friend

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  16. My best to you always: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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  17. I'm reduced entirely to want-don't-want right now. I'll deal with the snowplows again later.

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  18. Such a beautiful meditation...

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  19. Love the angle of the second photo. I'm on the "don't want" side of snow and cold right now.

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  20. It's nice to see old man Winter take a hike, it brings out some puddles for us to reflect upon :-)

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  21. ! I like those good shots of the forest, wonderful photos!

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  22. Oh this is a beautiful post and your meditation prayer, awesome! I will be joining in I Heart Macro one of these days Laura, just haven't had any macro's to share lately but I enjoy visiting. Have a wonderful weekend and I am very happy for you with the great check-up report.

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  23. Spring is on his way... You have quite the eye to catch the perfect reflection, nicely done.

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  24. Your words make me sense the spring ... touch me..

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  25. Your photos are all so beautiful!

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  26. Great B&W photo, nice serie!

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  27. Lovely blue skies in the first photos and love the view through the windscreen and capturing the wiper mid action. Looks great in black and white.

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  28. Beautiful shots of the changing conditions. I'm glad to hear that you had such a good appointment and don't need an MRI for quite a while.

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  29. i like the little dance in your words...the quick rhymes and sounding words...smiles. i will be glad to be beyond the hush....

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  30. hooray for a good doctor report! what a mix of weather in your post!

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  31. That second shot just takes my breath away!

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  32. Beautiful. I do think we have to find a way to lover every moment of our life.....it is the only one we have...if we don't love it as it is, what then?

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  33. Excellent photos ! You still have a lot of snow ! Fortunately spring has moved in here now !

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  34. You have it in a nut shell, beauty, words, wisdom...
    Lovely haiku and images...x

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  35. Wonderful post, dear Laura! Have a nice weekend!

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  36. Congrats on the positive health news! So great to hear. I love these amazing pictures.

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  37. I am still having all over body chills from your beautiful post, from word, image, and your intent. Laura, thank you for sharing this moment of being with us all. And thank you for celebrating today with me. We have so much to appreciate... all these this's and that's wants and don't wants... I love them all... and you.

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  38. very familiar black and white from today here in Finland / Ritva

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  39. beautiful photos and haikus...love that heart in the bark

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  40. Beautiful photos. I'm glad you're doing well.

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  41. Good to read you are on the good path ! The Heart tree is really nice !

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  42. So wonderful serie of photos this week!

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  43. yes winter's end still lingers here.... wet rain, lots of it... no mind... I am beginning to hear birds and see squirrels prancing as if they are tigger.... the trees are breathtaking... yes, here right now..not over there... I like that too....

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  44. very good shot through the windscreen, you really captured the mood of the journey

    Mollyxxx

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  45. In spite of the coldness of the frost, it is encouraging to see the buds coming with the promise of spring. I mistakenly deleted my original post and managed to recover it but when I entered the link again the URL had changed so the first post won't open. Sorry!

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  46. Even welcoming the grey days is a spiritual practise!

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  47. Beautiful shots and wonderful words. I adore the middle haiku.

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  48. luxuriating in your bright willingness to accept one moment, and then the next.
    thank you sage counselor of loving life divine.

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  49. I adore each and every one of these photos. I was so taken by the one where the scintillating sun and branches reflect from the water. The tree trunk heart is exquisite! Wow! Great captures, all.

    Also, I'm glad to hear you are doing well. I think about you so often. You are ever in my prayers. What a blessing you are! Happy Guest Heart Thursday! ((hugs))

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  50. Great images and words and I am so glad your health is steady.

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  51. So late in my response... Thank you for your visit to my CD post a while back.
    Continued success in your health.

    May palms sway as they count the ever changing clouds as heard prayers.

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