Gems 5.13

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.13

Photo by Myriams-Fotos, Pixabay

“And something else was plaguing him too which he could not confide to anyone. He was receiving vague, emotional impressions from people whether he touched them or not, a certain free-floating telepathy it seemed…It wasn’t information he received. It was merely strong impressions of like, dislike, truth or falsehood. Sometimes he was so caught up in this, he only saw people’s lips moving. He didn’t hear their words at all. This highly-charged intimacy, if that was the proper thing to call it, alienated him to the core.” -Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

 

 

When did you stop dancing?

When did you stop singing?

When did you stop being enchanted by stories?

When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

 

gabrielle roth shamanic wisdom

Graphic art by Niki Flow. Photo by Picmonkey.  Quote found on Warrior_Goddess_Training  on InstagramWarrior Goddess Training (Warrior Goddess Training by HeatherAsh Amara)

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Gems 5.12

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
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5.12c

Photo, “Blue Sky and Dragon Clouds” by Niki FloW

The Tip of My Tongue
The Civil Wars
You’re a red string tied to my finger
A little love letter I carry with me
You’re sunlight, smoke rings and cigarettes
Old lines and kisses from silver screens
Oh dear, never saw you coming
Oh my, look what you have done
You’re my favorite song
Always on the tip of my tongue
You own me with whispers like poetry
Your mouth is a melody that I’ve memorized
So sweet, I hear it echo
Everywhere I go day and night
Oh dear, never saw you coming
Oh my, look what you have done
You’re my favorite song
Always on the tip of my tongue
The tip of my tongue
Oh dear, never saw you coming
Oh my, look what you have done
You’re my favorite song
Always on
Oh dear, never saw you coming
Oh my, look what you have done
You’re my favorite song
Always on the tip of my tongue
Tip of My Tongue lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

 

 

Gems 5.11

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.11

Photo, “Beautiful Day” by Niki Flow.

 

“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.” Anne Frank

 

 

 

 

 

Movement Memorial

This is a special post today with a special announcement.  Our under1000skies on Facebook page is now linked on Facebook to our other page there, Running-for-Joy5k.  This year marks the 9th year since we began.  The story of Joy is here, “Joy” as well as on the Facebook page.

running for joy collage

The 9th Annual Running-for-Joy5k
Saturday and Sunday, December 28-29, 2019
Barnegat Light, NJ / USA -and- Worldwide

☼ New This Year ☼
This year we’ll be carrying the names of friends who lost loved ones and the names of those they lost. We’re posting the event early this year to give everyone a chance to write their name, and the name(s) of the loved one(s) they want to celebrate, in the comments below.

☼ Date Is Tentative ☼
The date is tentative. We still need to hear from other Team Members. We hope to stay again at Minerva’s By the Sea in Barnegat Light. If you plan to travel to Barnegat Light, we highly recommend their establishment. (Link in comments) We set the time for 9AM on Saturday, December 28th until 3PM Sunday, December 29th. That way, if you are able to get down the shore that weekend, we can join you any time during those two days.

☼ Run/Walk/Movement Memorial Anywhere. ☼
It’s not necessary to be in Barnegat Light to join this event. As in past years, anyone anywhere can honor Joy where you are. We’re so incredibly grateful to all the friends who have made the time to do that over the years.

☼ You don’t have to walk or run a 5k or a mile to participate. ☼
We do this because Joy was the athlete and runner. We aren’t, at least not yet. But, we live in hope and train in hope again this year too. In the past few years due to illness and injury, Micky hasn’t been able to walk even the 1 mile. Being there, however, on the beach close to where Joy’s ashes were scattered, was enough to feel close to her. So walking/running isn’t necessary to join us. There are so many ways to honor Joy, and the joy of someone you loved and lost — lighting a candle, saying a prayer — anything that you feel moved to do is a gift to us and a path toward healing the grief.

☼ Your Movement Memorial ☼
You are very welcome to submit your name and a loved one’s name to be carried during this event. You can come back as often as you think of someone or hear a story perhaps that touches your heart. Just post your first name and theirs in the comments below with a picture if you like. Or, you can send us a message if you wish to keep it anonymous. We’ll carry those names privately.

☼ Birthday Memorials ☼
So many of us have had to say goodbye to a beloved family or friend much too soon. This event has really helped us, since the first, to honor Joy every year on her birthday. You are welcome, also, to include your loved one’s birthday in your comment (just month/day). If you do, we’ll make sure to celebrate their life on our page every year on their birthday.

☼ Samples ☼
Here’s a sample of how to submit your loved one’s name to be carried this year for the 9th Annual Running-for-Joy.

Your name: Micky
Your loved one’s name: Joy
Birthday: 12/26
Photo (optional*): Attached.

mick and joy

*If you prefer not to post a photo, think about posting a photo of something that was important to your loved one. In the space next to photo, you can write something about the photo you are posting.

I posted three examples on our Event’s page.

Your name: Micky
Your loved one’s name: Joe
Birthday: August 15th.
Photo: This is a photo of me and my dad, Joe. He was 92 when he died seven years ago. He was my heart-dad, so not related by blood, but connected since age 5 by love. I miss him every day.

me and daddy

 

Your name: Micky
Your loved one’s name: Samuel
Birthday: September 14th.
Photo: This is a poem I wrote for my son after he died in my 7th month of pregnancy. The painting in the collage is by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I don’t know the name of the photographer for the necklace photo. I feel him with me, always.

for samuel, goodbye

Your Name: Micky
Your loved one’s name: Joanne
Birthday: July 3rd.
Photo: This is a photo of a memorial I wrote for Joanne when she died a few years ago from a stroke. I’ll ask her children if I can post her photo or if they wish to.

for-shelandra-goodbye

 

 

Here’s a template you can cut and paste:

Your name:
Your loved one’s name:
Birthday (optional)
Photo (optional):

Wishing you joy every day in 2019. May the beautiful memories we hold of the loved ones we miss so much bring us comfort, every single day.

∞♥∞
The Running-for-Joy Team

“Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them.” George Elliot

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Gems 5.9

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.9

Photo “Italy, Sicily Sea” by Pixabay

The Moon is distant from the Sea – (387)

By Emily Dickinson

The Moon is distant from the Sea –

And yet, with Amber Hands –

She leads Him – docile as a Boy –

Along appointed Sands –

He never misses a Degree –

Obedient to Her eye –

He comes just so far – toward the Town –

Just so far – goes away –

Oh, Signor, Thine, the Amber Hand –

And mine – the distant Sea –

Obedient to the least command

Thine eye impose on me –

 

If you know any homeless artists who would like their poems, photos or art featured on under1000skies, on our social media accounts and through our email list, please pass on our information. Thank you!

We’re also always gratefully accepting photos, art, poems or quotes or any Gems anyone might want to share. Special thanks today and always to everyone who has shared these so generously over the years since we began.

Have a great weekend.

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We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 5.8

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.8

Photo by Pexels, Pixabay

Astrophil and Stella 39:
By Sir Philip Sidney

Come Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace,
The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe,
The poor man’s wealth, the prisoner’s release,
Th’ indifferent judge between the high and low.
With shield of proof shield me from out the prease
Of those fierce darts despair at me doth throw:
O make in me those civil wars to cease;
I will good tribute pay, if thou do so.
Take thou of me smooth pillows, sweetest bed,
A chamber deaf to noise and blind to light,
A rosy garland and a weary head:
And if these things, as being thine by right,
Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in me,
Livelier than elsewhere, Stella’s image see.

Courtesty of PoetryFoundation.org

 

A summary of a classic Sidney sonnet

Astrophil and Stella is one of Elizabethan poetry’s finest and brightest gems. In 108 sonnets and a handful of songs, Sir Philip Sidney produced the first sustained sonnet sequence in English (though not, contrary to popular belief, the very first). Sonnet 39, beginning ‘Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace’, is one of the most widely anthologised poems in the sequence – and this analysis is going to attempt to explain why it remains so popular.

Source:  A Short Analysis of Sir Philip Sidney’s “Astrophil and Stella 39”