Daily Post: Palace of Earthly Desires

Shop theater

What was once a grand old movie palace is now a 99 cent store. It might be sad to see the old elegant old building filled with junk, however this store has canned goods, clothes, as well as, fresh fruits and vegetables so it has become a good place for low income and homeless folks to shop surround by beauty.

Beautiful butCrumbling facade

Beautiful but crumbling facade

For me it’s a great place for whimsical party decorations, gift boxes and art supplies. Heck, I couldn’t pass up a $1 pound of sugar. Every time I go to the “dollar store” I always feel like a little girl again going to the dime store with my pennies tied in the corner or a hankie I don’t remember what I bought but I do remember the smell of pop corn and waxed hardwood floors. Daily Post suggested we write about what we desire, well the Palace of my Earthly Desire is: to go  back to Kress 5 and Dime on Grand Ave. in Ponca City, Oklahoma. What is yours?

A Storm Story with a Blessing of Marmalade

IMG_0623Marmalade on pumpkin bagel,

one bite crunch, then

crack! The storm breaks outside.

Does she have time to finish

before running for shelter?

“Might as well enjoy it” she thinks,

“this may be the last food for a while”. Crack! rethinking,

she stuffs the sticky treat into her pocket, calls the

Last look out her window

Just before a storm

dog and they run toward the basement

just as kitchen windows shatters…


Friends around the world this is fiction! Tuesday Tryouts by Margo Rody suggested we write about eating and weather. Having grown up running for the cellar on more than one occasion, it was easy to imagine this story. Of course tornadoes are on everyone’s mind with twister’s still dancing around the mid west. I was born very near this week’s Illinois tornado swarm.

May All Beings find shelter and be safe and well fed.

Wonder Wednesday: What Do You See in the Moon?

Super  Full Moon

Super Full Moon Last Week

Sharp Rabbit  in the Moon

Full Moon Last Week

The moon was so close and full last week I finally was able to capture the ???? with my little point and shout camera.

Our Japanese Brazilian student looked at my picture and said, “Oh, you have a picture of the rabbit in the Moon!” I simply agreed with him then I realized that so many people from around the world see different person or creature in the full moon.

I could do a research paper on cultural views of the moon, but is so much more fun to ask my friends from around the world to tell me what they see. I can’t wait to hear your stories of: What You see in the Moon.

I looked up Rabbit in the moon stories in case you want to learn more about this willy critter.

Wonder Wednesday: Zooming In!

I had fun with street photography Saturday at the farmer’s market and Gordo’s Taco shop.  There is no zooming in with an iPhone, you have to take a wide scene and then go home and edit  and crop.

I really wanted to take a picture of the little girl peddling her pink bike around the farmer’s market, but I knew no parent would like a stranger takeing their child’s picture, so I took photos of the orchid and took my chances that I would get an interesting picture and honor the child’s privacy.  Same at the restaurant. I was intrigued with how the gentleman with the hat that mirrored the mural. I pretended to photograph the mural but I got caught by the little girl giving me the stink eye in the foreground. I didn’t even notice her until I began to edit.

Same can be said for writing: throw down on to the page everything you might want to say and then go back and edit, crop frame or zoom in on what tells the best story. The story you started out to tell on paper or in pictures might not even be the one you end up with!  Let yourself be surprised. A second set of  eyes might be useful too. Which pictures do you prefer out of this batch?

To see a slide show click on any picture the arrows on the right.

Unravel The Pantoum

The room was filled with Light

At Dawn: The room was filled with Light

Write This Down

A Pantoum

I found a book of writing prompts

2  sitting on a chair beside my bed.

3  What stories will unfold?

4  The time to start is now.

2  Sitting on a chair beside my bed

5  a great angel folds his wings

4  the time to stat is now

6  dawn will be here soon.

5  A great angel folds his wings

7  the room is filled with light

6  dawn will be here soon

8  I must hurry to write this down.

7  The room is filled with light

6  dawn will be here soon

8  I must hurry to write this down

3  What stories will unfold?

Carol Carlisle

Pantoum is a mystical equation according to prompt book beside my bed. I numbered the lines to help you see the pattern. I’ll let Wikipedia explain in more detail if you want try.  Wiki Pantoum

Rainbow Cloud Caption Monday

Guest Photographer Kit Hewitt offers us these beautifully lit wispy clouds to stimulate our imaginations. I look foreword to what pictures, stories of poems this picture might stimulate.   And hey if you have photos of clouds send them along or let us know about your post. I’m willing to be a cloud clearing house.  Hmmm maybe in more ways than one. After all Light Words is here to brighten your day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life with Rainbow Man and Bodhisattva

Photo taken at our locals street fair. I tried to snap a candid when these two strangers posed for me  in the late afternoon sun.

One of these two people is the Rainbow Man both are Bodhisattvas.  I love this word even the way it sounds, In Buddhism a Bodhisattva is one who has achieved enlightenment  or nirvana and chosen to stay in the world to help guide and protect their fellow human beings . You can think of many founders of world religions, saints and perhaps angels who were Bodhisattva. I believe we they exist among us all the time. And from time to time we can be that ourselves, even if it’s just for a moment, like the time we hold the door open for a stranger then give them a big smile. Who knows how that act simple act may affect the rest of the day.

The Story of the Rainbow Man.  Is he was once, in his own words, addicted to travel.  If you look closely the medallion he is wearing, it is a Tibetan Wheel. Nothing you could buy at your local gift shop. He went for many years never staying in one place for more than 5 months. He has now settled down in a space in Berkeley where he has a dance and art studio and makes his own costumes. He makes a living as a street performer.  As many of you guessed he really does want to make people smile. At the end of a very long day he got the lovely police woman laughing and smiling and giving him advise on the best spot for his next performance. I suspect she is quite the Bodhisattva herself.

FYI The Rainbow man mentioned that he also has 6 foot wings he often adds to his already astounding costume. He does it just for the AWE factor! To see the peoples faces light up. How many of us could pull that off.

Below is yesterday’s post from Carolisle blog but I think the Celestial news and the TV news need to be woven together as we step through the door way of change.

The  external revelation is being televised as I write.

But that internal change, letting go, expansion or up-against-the-wall personal revolution will not be televised.  What was once dependable patterns will no longer hold. This week and next look for shifts that are far beyond anything you ever expected.

Time Line

Virgo New Moon September 15.  Plant seeds of kindness in thought word and deed. Set intention to become the Bodhisattva, Angel, or Girl Scout you have always known you were called to be. As always being good to yourself comes first. Please, I beg you ,don’t believe the mindset that says: you are a failure or not enough. Jettison those thoughts completely off this planet. Every cruel thought arrow you turn on yourself or others hurts. Brain sciences has proven that your mind can’t tell the difference between “just” thoughts and actions.

Sept. 18-19 Pluto Ruler of the Dramatic obsessive depths turns around comes out of hiding and slams into Uranus God of revolutionary change. We are already feeling the rumblings of this interaction. Pluto squaring Uranus  not a sudden out of the blue moment it has been in the works since March 2011 and will Become exact for the second time on these days.

“Many of us are already suffering with soul fatigue, especially those of us trying to make ends meet or working overtime to help others to make it through to safer ground. But because this square is a symbol for cultural and collective revolution, and because it always signifies social unrest, many of us are also suffering from the despair that our global situation may not change as quickly as it needs to for future generations to flourish. This would not be the moment to give up hope. Revolution happens one heart at a time, and yours could be the heart that makes the difference.” Ralfi Finn The Aquarium Age

Wonder Wednesday: What Do You Say to The Rainbow Man?

Or what if you put some thought bubbles above the Rainbow man and the folks around him?  Might make an interesting story.

He certainly to expands your imagination and curiosity!

I happened to meet him later in street clothes and he told me about himself where he comes from and what his plans and dreams are. You could make up your own story about him.  Is it time to write that space alien sci-fi short story you had been thinking about?

Let me know what you come up with and please come back and read and  gently comment on each others light words.