Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring Again

Spring! And Earth is like a child
who has learned many poems by heart.
For the trouble of that long learning
she wins the prize.

Her teacher was strict. We loved the white
of the old man's beard. Now we can ask her
the many names of green, of blue,
and she knows them, she knows them!

Earth, school is out now. You're free
to play with the children. We'll catch you,
joyous Earth. The happiest will catch you!

All that the teacher taught her—the many thoughts
pressed now into roots and long
tough stems: she sings! She sings!

Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Phenomenal Woman & Local Food

Happy International Women's Day,
my lovely international women friends!
Wishing each and all of you lots of happiness and joy this day and always!
Being a woman is awesome! I think each and every woman is phenomenal, 
and we all are here to discover that phenomenal woman within ourselves!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Love Can Still Win

City, just as nature, is full of surprises. Take this little hand painted message which Justin spotted on a bush with bright red berries during our photo session. "Love can still win." Who wrote it? Who was the addressee? Was it a personal message or a social statement? I don't know the answers to these questions, but just like the artist who put thought and effort into this, I too want to believe that Love can still win, if we let it, no matter the situation.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

Outshine the Sun

No worries, Pacific Northwest! 
When sun is hidden behind the clouds, I will come to the rescue. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Welcoming Sun and Blini Recipe

Happy Maslenitsa!

Today (Sunday) is the last day of a week-long celebration of MASLENITSA - an ancient Eastern Slavic folk holiday which, as I understand, is the only pagan holiday approved by the Russian Orthodox Church and included in the church calendar - it is always the week before the Great Lent (40 day long, before the Orthodox Paskha). Maslenitsa is believed to be the oldest surviving Slavic holiday and celebrates the end of long Winter. In Russian, the name comes from the word "maslo" (масло) which means butter, in English we could call it Pancake Festival because the most important tradition is to bake blini - pancakes or crepes every day of the week. The deeper meaning of it is celebrating the Sun and the arrival of Spring.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Reset Button

14 days without a new photo shoot is all I can handle! Thank goodness for good health, no rain (though I missed many sunny days that we had while I was sick), and of course for Justin who is good with the camera. 
I am happy! I am celebrating all of the above!