Monthly Archives: January 2014

Winter home

Winter home.

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Winter home

Winter home

Here it is January 2014!
I began painting this at a workshop in late October so it has been a big part of my Advent and Christmas.
John O’ Donohue says that the oldest word for God is ” Home” and the more I worked on this painting the more I thought about this idea. It seems right and true. Humanity is restless and seeking that experience of place and meaning and connection. There’s a song that a friend of mine wrote that has the refrain, ” we live and journey toward home.” ( credits to Ed Bolduc). This snowy road – quiet and spacious- heading toward the promise of home somehow expresses that.
I’ve spent more time than usual reflecting on the month of December and all it held this year. One of the highlights was a quiet day at a friend’s home. She invited several of us to come to her house to have time for poetry, journaling, silence, food and some good conversation. It was lovely and so different than the usual December frantic activity.
Here’s my favorite poem from that day: The Place I Want to Get Back To
Is where
in the pinewoods
In the moments between
the darkness

And first light
Two deer
Came walking down the hill
And when they saw me

They said to each other, okay,
This one is okay,
Let’s see who she is
And why she is sitting

On the ground like that,
So quiet, as if
Asleep, or in a dream
But anyway, harmless;

And so they came
On their slender legs
And gazed upon me
Not unlike the way

I go out to the dunes and look
And look and look
Into the faces of the flowers;
And then one of them leaned forward
And nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
Bring to me that could exceed
That brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
Not waiting exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
Can’t be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
Come to visit, I live in the house
Near the corner, which I have named
GRATITUDE.
Mary Oliver
All I can add is Yes, let’s visit! We’ll take a walk in the snowy fields and keep our eyes out for miracles!