Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.  —Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese American artist, poet & writer

Happy Birthday to My First Lady
 
She is the little girl who dreamed
she would grow into life–
The comforting, beautiful shell of life.
But she grew so fast and so big
she shattered the fragile glass.
She could glimpse horizons
beyond today.  But not today.
Today she’s too busy catching
the lovely, falling glitter.
 
 — ©2010 poetgranny
 

Happy New Year!

This is the time of year for pondering the purpose in our lives and the stuff cluttering our lives.  Yay!  Do I sound too perky?  Yes?  Probably because I love to organize.  It’s therapy for me all year long.  I actually feel a bit haughty, like the lady who shows up at church every single week and then has to put up with the clumsy holiday-goers a couple times a year.  Yeah. I’m so ahead of you clueless-plastic-bin-shoppers-at-Target!  Surely heaven has reserved special-plastic-bin-angel-wings just for me the faithful!

Seriously, this time of year I’m on to more serious stuff, like fine-tuning my picture organizing.  I’ve also been thinking a lot about pictures and life lately:

  • The big picture of my life.  I turned 50 today.
  • Playing with pictures, aka altered art.  I’m learning Photoshop Elements, which is the non-pro version of Photoshop.
  • How a seemingly meaningless object in a picture can wrench a heart with its story.  I posted what I thought was just a baby picture of my niece K. on Facebook.  Well it was so much more to her.  To her it told the special story of her Lamby, a favorite toy given to her by her Granny.

Yet even the most beautifully organized and displayed pictures cannot begin to tell the messy stories of life.  If our days and minutes were indeed as neat as our photos we’d all be, well, just flat.  And boring.

So I am paying homage to my 50 Years on Earth with my Very First Lady.  My very first digitally-altered (Photoshop’d), vintage photo lady, that is.  If you are not familiar with altered art check it out!  Think doodling, glittering and tattering old pictures and text (“real” or digital).  I have several links on my list, including http://www.artchixstudio.com/shop/home.php?dir=home and http://www.timholtz.com/.

I’d like to thank Jane at http://pixie-gypsy.blogspot.com/ for her inspiring artwork.  I happened upon her blog a few nights ago and haven’t been the same since!  She’s now on my list too so visit her any time.

May Your Shells Be Broken and Your New Year Blessed with Glittering Goodness!

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