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Dog Days of Summer

Man it is hot out there! It feels like summer came on fast and is staying a very long time. I was watching the The Weather Channel this morning as they were talking about how hot it is in Texas (I am not in Texas). In Austin they have a place called Barton Springs that stays naturally cool. I saw Austinites flocking there to get a cool dip during the plus 100 degree days. When did Austin become the new Arizona overnight! Hot and dry and well, hot and dry. Of course for me it is hot and humid, ugh!

The “Dog Days of Summer” have set in, haven’t they? I don’t know about you but when this time of year rolls around I get the blahs. No wonder we love summer vacations! So I thought, hmmm, what are some things to stimulate interests again as the Dog Star travels over the northern hemisphere until about mid-September? So the first thing I did was go get a haircut today. Nothing like a clean new haircut to set things straight, I was feeling unkempt so this was the perfect choice. Next I am onto facial, manicure and pedicure. After all these glorious things are done time for a good book.

Mid July through Labor Day are “in-between” days. I just can’t get really started on something, I feel stalemated. Not like the holidays or a new season that carries with it a certain excitement. So I took some time off work and school and decided to what I call “Spiritual Housecleaning” based on a read that Kathryn L Robyn wrote. It is about how women clean their environment; home, office, yard or vehicle, as they process their changes and growths within. Men just don’t get it, it isn’t about a clean house, and it is about processing as you go. I can’t think of a better time to do this than right now in this “Dog Days” stage with weeks of it still ahead.

And it is so working. I am processing a lot. As I go around cleaning, collecting household items for the second hand store, collecting in piles for “giveaways”, and basically reorganizing I am finding that it is unclogging my brain. I am carrying around a pen and pad and writing ideas down as I clean. And the Flow is beginning to take place. I love being in a flow. It is like a connection to my inner self. We all know about it, it is that space when we are hitting on all pistons and the creativity is at an all time high. And so between the spiritual housecleaning unclogging things and the flow kicking in this week I see the light. Yes! Summer can be dealt with!

So wherever the dogs days of summer have you stuck may I recommend a haircut, a good spiritual housecleaning or something that get you in the flow! And if you are already in a flow, that is so great!

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Embrace the Goddess Soliel


Summer is upon us. It is starting to ramp up to be a very hot summer. But this craziness about our country is bogging us down. In the movie Forrest Gump he ran across America. And just kept running and running then one day he stopped. When asked why he stopped he just said he thought it was time to go home. He was done with that part of his life. I get that. I have been running from project to project, job to job. Moving here and moving there all my life. And this summer I just feel like it is time to go home. My muse had not been as active as it has been in the past. Which tells me a lot of why I need to go home.

And with so much that has gone on in America and is going on I am moved to share my all time favorite poem and it seems to say a lot about where we are and who we are:

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

By  Robert Frost

Right now we are all under what Winnie the Pooh calls, “a little black rain cloud”. If you watch the news we get a steady diet of negativity. I say lets not play that game! We can’t fix this mess with worry, either way as Frost says, fire or ice will do the job. But what we can do, what we should all do, is find that place to enjoy the little piece of earth we have. So I say, lets be like Soliel, the goddess of summer. Lets be alive and full of energy.

Soliel was gracious and strong.

Soleil is full of life, energy and love.

She is nurturing, gracious and strong.

Soleil represents fertility and blossoms in full bloom.

She is the richness of the green earth,

and the warmth and heat of summer.

She is the Mother of all living things.

So lets reach out and embrace summer in its fullness. Maybe redecorate our home or dust off that bathing suit and go to the beach. This is the time of year that all the summer goddesses are in the air. Get your favorite jewelry out and wear it! Embrace the summer! One of the scariest things I ever did was stop and relax. The silence was deafening and heavy. But once it is overcome you hear birds and wind and mowers in the background and airplanes. The sounds move to the foreground.

Then to see all the things around us, I mean really looking. I have been “looking” lately and I can see I wasn’t paying attention.  Like recently I went to visit my daughter and her family. My granddaughter and I got up before anyone else and just sat and talked for almost an hour. I saw how pretty she was, how smart she is and how lucky I am she is in my life. And she is only 6 years old! It was one of those moments in life I won’t soon forget. We embraced the morning. It was great.

Now I am energized to embrace the summer! Thank you “Q” mom for giving me such great grandchildren!!!