… the image of a tree against the sky through my sunroof while stuck on the 405 freeway
… the single tear that rolls down my cheek when my meditation goes deep
… my dear friend’s kitten’s toes
… the water wheel of activity in my mind that churns even when I am far from the river
… the last gasp of breath and then the release during my mother’s passing
… the realization that my family’s laughter would not be any sweeter if we lived in a bigger house or had nicer countertops
… unchanging … my husband’s eyes and how they look at me … the wave and smile from a construction worker as I pass the detour … my daughter’s fingertips
… being called young lady by the guy at Coffee Bean
… the unexpected delight and surprise at the synchronicities around me
… when I am hit deep to the core by Truth
… the older woman’s warm hand as I help her over the curb
… the voice that allows me to see my path
… my son’s jokes
… the forgiveness I afford myself when I forget
… our bed
… our home
… knowing the perfect thing to say even when I am convinced I don’t
… the gratitude for all this
… the space between the spaces and the spaces themselves
… the silence in the noise
… the voice in the silence
… the knowledge that there is no difference between the two
… in all
… as all
Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Emilia, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, Boldfaced Secret, living life like your socks feel real good.
The theme this month is Gifts, so Alison turns inward and after much hand-wringing comes up with fours gifts she has given herself.
We all have one – someone who is challenging to buy for. Jean shares how she deals with buying that special something for that special someone.
This time of year is always so busy. It’s great to have some easy recipes for those last minute parties and gatherings. Jean and Patti thought you’d enjoy this one.