I set a goal on Tuesday that I will follow a day schedule starting with meditation in the morning. I meditate from 20 to 30 minutes. It is a spiritual meditation which opens with a centering prayer suggested by Thomas Keating, a Benedictine, who wrote about Centering Prayer.
Breakfast follows with coffee and slice of bagel smothered with peanut butter. I read our local morning paper.
The following hour or two I read the books collected on my bedside table. Then I go to the internet for the eCourses I currently taking.
Tuesday night Mrs.Abstract attended a Valentine’s Day party in my Rotary Club.
Yesterday morning Mrs. Abstract and I went to church for the Ash Wednesday service and received the ashes on our forehead. It is a sign of change, repentance and preparation for Lent and symbol of life impermanence. In the evening I attended the meeting of our Napa Valley Writers. We had an open mike and bilingual poetry reading. Three students from our local high school read some of their poems. Napa Valley’s poet laureate read of his poems. I listened and didn’t read any poem. It was a lively and wonderful evening.
Today I just returned my walk to the river. It was sunny and 69.
In two hours I’ll be going to the library to attend a presentation by one of our local writer/photographer who will present and narrate with photos the story of the wildfire in October, 2017 that devastated Napa and especially Sonoma County with 245,00 acres of burned area, burned down 8,900 buildings & houses and 44 deaths.
Oblique longings of yellow and red pedalboats
green hills, blackbirds with red shoulders
pink blouse and black shirt
are not the end but a beginning
of Wednesday’s wanderings
Come before nature change her mind.
note: I walked along the river in the Riverfront Thursday afternoon enjoying the unusually warm 70’s weather and took these photos.
Books I’m reading: Sourdough by Robin Sloan and Emma by Jane Austen.
Small boat and a slightly bigger one
Could have been two brothers
A young one and the other slightly older
Teaching navigation on a misty day
Or could be a stormy night
Wait for me
Walking today, one Sunday morning
in the sacredness of ordinary things
the sky like cinnamon rolls, a divine touch
on the street, a flower decorated car,
a steel bent to shape like infinity scarf
an art of human creation.
note: Art Walk in downtown Napa, Napa Valley, CA
Books I’m reading:
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
The Brothers K by David James Duncan
Lighted Art Festival
“Napa Lighted Art Festival, (under the stars),large scale art works painted entirely in light.Using light projections and sound system artists from the U.s. and Europe turn Napa’s (Napa Valley, California, U.S.) streetscape into an open air gallery.” The art works are projected on major buildings in downtown Napa from December 8 to December 17.
Below are two of the nine art works.
note:the stained glass is part of the church and not of the art work.
the three photos above is titled “Language of Love”, by Birgit Zander and Daniel Bandke.
Flow by by David Sullivan.
above 2 photos are titled Sonic Expression Exhibit by Cecil Lossy and Eddy Mclay
The wind circles in spurts.
My early afternoon walk to the river
Brown leaves and empty chair.