Monday, July 16, 2018

"Bathtime" A Poem

I wrote this poem exactly one year ago today. It's called...

"Bathtime."


I have a little dog named Kaiser
Who likes to visit me when I take a bath.
As I sit
Letting the warmth relax my sore muscles,
He approaches with tail wagging.
The tail is always wagging when he sees me:
When I come home after being gone for a while,
When I let him back inside after he’s been out chasing squirrels,
When I ask him if he’d like to cuddle with me on the couch.
Bath time is no different.
His head barely reaches the edge of the tub,
But I can still see the happy tail.
Standing on short, stubby legs,
He waits
For me to sprinkle water down the porcelain sides.
As he licks the liquid,
He is present.
His presence brings me back into the now,
And out of my head,
Which compulsively frets about yesterday
And worries about tomorrow.
I come back to him
And offer the water,
Giving him kisses in between trickles.
I don’t know if he likes the taste
Or the warmth,
Maybe both.
It is one of our routines.
We have many routines.
I have become accustomed to them over the years,
As quirky as they all are,
Having built my life around each one.
I like accommodating his simple needs.
After all,
What are these predictable patterns in return
For the blessing of a tail that always wags?
Sometimes I think
How nice
It would feel
To be greeted with that same unconditional love
By another human being
Each time I entered a room.




-Carrie

Monday, May 14, 2018

Horror Plant Art

I got this little guy at the Texas Frightmare convention last weekend. Isn't it cute (and kind of creepy)?




It makes me think if a Xenomorph from the Alien franchise had a baby with Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors, this would be the result.

See if you get what I'm saying:








The artist had all kinds of other cool offerings, including a potted face-hugger from Alien, so clearly there was an influence there. I am kicking myself for not getting his card, so I can't tell you who the artist is! But I love the evil-looking little thing! It adds character to the shelf. Don't you think?


-C.J.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Bone Chewing

When Kaiser chews on his bones, this is what I see VS what I believe is going on in his head.







Friday, February 9, 2018

The Moody Blues Live!

A couple of weeks ago, I got to experience one of the most fulfilling Bucket List type of experiences in my life. I got to see The Moody Blues live in concert with the man who introduced me to them when I was a tiny tot: my dad!




I have memories of sitting in front of Dad's stereo system in his "record room" and listening to albums on both vinyl and CD. I remember getting lost in the album cover art while being mentally transported into another dimension by the Moody Blues' beautiful and mysterious tunes.


Some of Dad's vinyl Moody Blues albums


The venue was the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, which is a newer venue and one I've never been to before.




When parking, I like to take pictures to remember where we are in the parking garage. I've had nightmare experiences where I've forgotten where I parked and had to wander around for hours before finally finding my car! So on the night of the concert, I had Dad pose for this pic to remind me what floor we were on.




Before the concert began, there was a sad but fitting tribute to Ray Thomas, one of the band members who just passed away. They had pictures of him behind candles and played some of his recorded songs such as "Melancholy Man."




Once the concert started, it was such a treat! It was like finally getting to see family in person for the first time. Having grown up my whole life with this music, it felt like home to me getting to experience it live.






They played so many of their well-known and loved hits. The audience was great, so laid back and fun, and we all knew the songs and sang along.. After the intermission, there was more tribute to Ray Thomas, as well as an announcement that the second half of the program would be dedicated to him. Then they commenced to play the entire Days of Future Passed album - an album that just saw its 50th anniversary! When Justin sang "Nights in White Satin," it was perfect - still hitting those notes with accuracy and feeling. The audience cheered and cheered.

If you have never heard this album, I highly recommend you listen to it. And if you have heard it, listen to it again. It is a masterpiece.

The Moody Blues have been an inspiration for my imagination like no other band. I don't think there will ever be another band like them, and there doesn't need to be. They are one of a kind, something very special. It was truly a blessing to get to experience this concert, especially with my dad. 




Friday, July 28, 2017

Three Churches

While in Santa Fe (and the surrounding area), I visited four churches: Loretto Chapel, St. Francis, San Miguel Church, and El Santuario de Chimayo. I got some good pictures of all of them except for St. Francis, so I thought I'd share:

 LORETTO CHAPEL: This church is located right next door to the Inn and Spa at Loretto, where I stayed. I could hear the bells chiming the hour during the day, and first thing in the morning, I could hear crows cawing from atop its roof. It's known for its staircase, which miraculously was built without any structural support. This church was so beautiful inside that it filled me with appreciation of its loveliness and a wave of emotion that accompanied my gratitude.











SAN MIGUEL CHURCH: This was my favorite place I visited on this trip. It's the oldest church in the US and has a strong, firm vibe of peace. Perhaps this was due to both its age and all of the fantastic archangel imagery.










EL SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYO: There were no photos allowed in this sacred space. The interior of the church disturbed me. It was filled with bloody crucifix imagery. People travel from all around to pray here and take with them a type of healing "holy dirt." I felt a sense of collective agony and also believe the place to be haunted as I had a ringing in my right ear when leaving the location.




- Carrie