shadow skin self-portrait

shadow skin self-portrait

Sunday, August 13, 2017

My Daughter Katana

Tomorrow at 6:06am my Daughter Katana will be 28 years old. I have always been extremely proud of her, but I am moreso now than ever. Katana has become the strongest woman I have ever met. Despite so many difficulties, she remains completely focused and absolutely determined to continue improving education here, preparing her students for this challenging world, and supporting fellow educators in this ongoing battle. She actively supports and promotes a genuine love for eco-harmony and egalitarian society everywhere. She is steadfast by her loved ones, family and friends alike, and is always soulfully available for laughter and tears and sharing Life. For me, celebrating my Daughter's Birthday is one of the most important Celebrations of Life every year. I'm the luckiest mama in the world to know her.

O Bon (Old Calendar)

Today begins the 3 day lead up to the climax of O Bon Matsuri in Japan (Old Calendar, directly related to the Chinese Hungry Ghosts Festival). Here's the Wiki Quickie about O Bon

Thursday, August 10, 2017

a year ago ...

One year ago today I found out that the lymphatic cyst in my neck was NOT Necrotic as had been flagged in an MRI (Yay!), and I was about to find out that against all odds and to the great surprise of my doctor, me, and everyone else, my lumbar puncture results indicated I almost certainly did NOT have Multiple Sclerosis at that time. Unfortunately no one was willing to accept my ACA based insurance to do more testing, and I have been completely on my own since, not knowing exactly what I have that is so very R/R MS like and just trying to figure out how to manage my condition as it has continued to get worse on top of already having ongoing ovarian cyst issues. 44 was a REALLY rough year for me, and I'm hoping 45 is better.

a new haiku: rain gently falling

Rain gently falling:
Tears of peace and happiness
In the cool gray air.
~ Mihoshiryu Senninë

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


August 7>8 is Risshu, which begins Aki (Autumn) in Japanese Tradition. August has been known as Haochizuki (month of falling leaves).

Happy Birthday to Whimble and Naome the Cats!

Today my Daughter Katana and I celebrate the known 9th Birthday of Whimble the Burmese (long hair Siamese) Cat, as well as the estimated 3rd Birthday of Naome the Blond Tabby Cat who came to live with us a year and a half ago. I photographed this paired portrait of our Kitties on Mother's Day this year here at our new home when they were getting their first experience outside in our patio. We love our Kitties very much and are grateful to have them in our lives every moment!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Today is my 45th Birthday

In addition to the Full Moon in Aquarius and Lunar Eclipse along with Tanabata Matsuri (Old Calendar) today, I will be 45 years old at 5:40pm this evening. My Birthday Wish is that being 45 will go a lot better than being 44 did for me. Aside from that I hope everyone has a really lovely day and makes at least a moment to Celebrate Life along the way. Cheers!