Survivors

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Tiny feet shuffle
Feathers ruffle, wings flap, bunched
black, against the cold.

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Guerrilla Aging: Nourishment Comes in Many Forms

ARoyzle:

This guest post from one of my favorite bloggers gets at the heart of many things wonderful about older women, friendship, laughter and style.

Originally posted on Life in the Boomer Lane:

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I’ve just returned from five days in Florida, visiting two dear friends, Joyce and Jean.  These women were also my co-authors for the two books we wrote about life after 50. For that reason, our journey of friendship has been life-altering. I brought with me another friend, Judy, who came with me to visit several years ago, not long after her husband died. The first trip was a revelation for her, in that she could experience joy again.

The four of us did what we do best: We laughed. I’m not sure if we are actually as clever as we believe ourselves to be.  But it doesn’t really matter. We laughed through our days, until we exhausted ourselves.  We probably laughed all night in our sleep.

I brought a video with me, Advanced Style. It was made by Ari Seth Cohen, a brilliant photographer who started by photographing…

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City Light

Just one of my photos today. Soft early morning city light.

jan 13 Pink City

 

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SunWinks January 11, 2015: Theme: Writing and Spirituality

ARoyzle:

Today I am bringing you the words of an old friend, fellow blogger and spiritual traveller. I find this essay thought provoking and timely considering current events.

Originally posted on SunWinks!:

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I need a new God. I need somebody to pray to. For a few years now, I’ve been working on emancipating myself from my poisonous Catholic upbringing (a ridiculously belated enterprise which I only undertook in my fifties) and building a new kind of personal integrity, one that allows me, among other things, to be a poet with courage.

But being a human being, I share the religious impulse, the sense of the numinous. I want to avail myself of the benefits of meditation and centering prayer. But who do I pray to?

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Look Sharp

Life is how we view it.

Iowa tree in winter? Or...

Iowa tree in winter? Or…

Tree Guardian in a mythical kingdom?

Tree Guardian in a mythical kingdom?

 

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Enter Significance, Stage Right — Birdman

 

imageDisclaimer. I am not a film critic, buff or aficionado. I just know how movies make me feel.

I saw the movie Birdman yesterday. It’s a riveting, beautifully acted and filmed, claustrophobic, noisy, intense and soul numbing look at modern culture as “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing.”

This particular quote, spoken by the title character in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is used to great effect in Birdman. It is the central theme of a film populated with characters filled with emptiness and despair at the hollow world they inhabit.

Despite a glimmering thread of some sort of redemption that weaves through Birdman and becomes the ultimate statement of the film, I am struck by the fact that there isn’t a single character who isn’t focused entirely on themselves and their own ability to feel relevant in a world defined by the latest viral video on social media. When they act, whether onstage or off, they do so solely for their own benefit, and therein lies the tragedy.

Every day, every minute, every second we exist, we choose how to be in this short life. We can take it all personally, curse the fates and suffer alone or make others suffer, or we can help build a shelter for our fellow travelers, provide what solace we can in our mutual dilemma and ride out this beautiful maelstrom in wonder together.

If it were up to you, and it is, which would you rather do?

 

Birdman, an Alejandro González Iñárritu Film, 2014

 

 

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