December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
A woven Guadalupe Hanging in my living room.
“Our Lady seems to often come to those of us who are in some way,
frayed little ropes,
tiny leaves blown about.
Thus, she is known too, as Reweaver of the Unraveled.
Calm Center of the Storm.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“December 12 is the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as Tonantzin. Her story begins long before the colonizers went to Mexico. She was honored on the he hill of Tepeyac where Tonatzin’s temple had been burnt by the Spanish priests. When she performed the three miracles for Juan Diego, (now a Catholic saint and possibly one of the first indigenous converts to Catholicism) the indigenous people accepted Our Lady of Guadalupe as Tonatzin. I like to think that she wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t forget her during the trying times of the last 500+ years, and now many of us are remembering who she really is”.
Penny Opal Plant
My Visit With Our Lady of Guadalupe
When I went to Mexico City I expected to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe only to be too tired to get on the bus to go so I spent a quit day with my family wandering the City, eating at my daughter’s favorite restaurant, and sitting on ancient stone steps in the sun. Because I thought I was missing out on something special I paid close attention to everything that happened that day and it became special. That is how the memories from July 4,2011 became my a blessing, from Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Pay attention there are many blessings awaiting you around every corner!
Thanks for the many blessing from Becca Givens the curator of Nurturing Thursday,
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 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?
I hope you open this in a browser so you get the full effect of the snow falling on these images. The Challenge was macro photography which I love because I can discover new worlds just by moving in close. The intimacy created with such attention give the mind and imagination a lot to play with. It Creates Wonder!
With the current technology (iPhone 4s) I was able to flip and edit it the images in minutes; something that once would have taken hours and days in the darkroom. Where do these images take you?
All week I had planed to post Twilight Time but I have added a tribute to Nelson Mandela as well.
I feel compelled to post something for Nelson Mandela today. Because Hugh Masekela used music to call attention to the agony, conflict, and exploitation South Africa faced during 1950s and 1960s, I find his song “Bring Back Nelson Mandela” speaks to the longings of the people at that time. We can’t bring him back now, but we can remember this great man and keep his legacy of freedom and justice alive.
What I remember the Anti Apartheid movement here in Berkeley is the sounds of helicopters 3 miles away and hearing stories, from my friend who was in school at UC at the time, about running through clouds of tear gas.
For years I had these words taped to my mirror. They worked for me and my friends who saw them told me they meant a lot to them as well.
About the photo: This juggler kept dropping her pins but just picked them up and started over. I was so impressed by perseverance and self-esteem. Maybe it didn’t hurt that she had a small fan encouraging her.
Everyone and everything needs love, encouragement and support. I mentioned paper whites yesterday and it’s not to late to start them NOW.
My paper white have started to bloom after less than 10 days. I attempting to keep them upright with grape-vine stems and ribbons.
Perhaps they had some encouragement too.
Paper whites rooting in the dark overseen by Tara and Quan Yin.
May each and every one of you know you are love and receive all the love, encouragement and supported you need to grow and bloom.
Nurturing Thursday is the brain child of Becca Givens for more nurturing or to join our merry band of bloggers feel free to visit her site.
Folks are beginning posting their favorite holiday food ideas,which I haven’t gotten around to, but I was inspired to put together this collection of “hunger game” snapshots when came upon this Edsel in a parking lot yesterday. By the way I was going to the Dollar Store next door. They have great decorations and containers for Paper whites.
If you start now they could be blooming by Christmas if you put them in a dark room. And if you want to know when it is dark here is what Wikipedia has to say about the setting of the sun. They call it twilight.
Paper whites just putting down roots
The Three calcification of Sunset or Twilight are: Civil, nautical, and astronomical twilight. The Sun is shown to scale.
Twilight is defined according to the solar elevation angleθs, which is the position of the geometric center of the sun relative to the horizon. There are three established and widely accepted subcategories of twilight: civil twilight (brightest), nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight (darkest).
Why? Sailors, who navigated by the stars, needed to know when it would be dark enough to see the first star. Usually Venus or Mercury. If you’re still reading you deserve a star. Happy Wednesday!
Early sunset makes December a colorful time of year. The Christmas lights and decorations seem to be joint the sky party. Because of the difference between the clock noon and “solar noon” the earliest sunset of the year is two weeks before winter solstice. It is still the shortest day and the time when the sun stands still and changes directions. I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the light show sometimes this month.
Who knows the three different sunset?
Rising and setting times for the Sun In the san FRANCISCO Area
Length of day
Dec 3, 2013
9h 42m 14s
− 1m 02s
Dec 4, 2013
9h 41m 15s
Dec 5, 2013
9h 40m 18s
Dec 6, 2013
9h 39m 25s
Dec 7, 2013
9h 38m 35s
Dec 8, 2013
9h 37m 48s
Dec 9, 2013
9h 37m 05s
I have abandoned myself to the mysteries of sunset at the suggestion of Margo Rody whose word for the day is ABANDON.
4. Sticky Succulent with spider webs, I didn’t even see them till I looked at the photo.
I don’t really know any of the names of these beauties, because a friend passed these on to me, and she got them from a friend. That’s how my mother and her mother gardened. I love those kind of neighborly traditions. Sure beats the new tradition of shopping on Thanksgiving.
Photo Notes: Singing “On the First Day of December…” while snapping pictures with my iPhone 4s yesterday. Edited with Phototoaster. Do you have a favorite?