Tuesday, March 25, 2008


"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea."
~e.e. cummings~

{final photo, amazingly blurry, but taken with much love by my daughter featuring my mother, my sister, and I at the very high-class--note: glass and expensive antiques plus my three children and a heady dose of maternal anxiety about what all of that could equal--at my fellowship awards reception where our secretary of state gave me my certificate "For Artistic Excellence in Literature-Fiction". Sigh...that day came on the heels of my seaside weekend writer's conference where I can honestly say I started to feel "found" after some extended time lost. How good it feels to be circling back to myself again...migrating home.}


Blogger Melba said...

You look so lovely and happy!
How wonderful!!!
Your photos of the beach reminded me of going to the beach on the first day of spring last year~the rainy weather kept us away this year, but I feel the beach calling me this week.

11:45 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

so glad to hear you are circling back to yourself ... beautiful photos, xo

3:32 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

WOW! heheehe! That just sounds SO COOL. I am so happy for you, and proud of you. :)



1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats and you look so happy.

The ocean pics were amazing.

9:45 AM  
Blogger ...deb said...

Gorgeous photos, all. (I was smelling salty ocean breezes and longing, so lovely were the ocean pictures, and you three glow! It's a good thing it was a tad blurry or we couldn't have stood the radiance.)

I hope to read more about the doings, but my echoed congrats!

1:05 AM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

Loved all the photos, and that award is such an affirmation... "artistic excellence"! Wonderful! Congratulations again!

6:43 AM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

beautiful photos...
migrating home...i love that this is true for you...

1:58 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

So wonderful! I'm so happy for you. May the writing flow!

2:44 AM  
Blogger Frida said...

that makes me smile. the knowledge that some where across the ocean an extraordinary woman I know through her extraordinary words is circling back to herself. finding her self home.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

melba: i hope you made it seaside!

daisies: thank you...

amber: it was a *very* good day.

andrea: thanks for the congrats!

deb: that is a very sweet way to describe the blurred images--she really was laughing so hard at us trying to hold our smiles that she couldn't get the shot!

greenishlady: i have the certificate on my kitchen counter and i probably look at it two dozen times a day.

liz: thank you!

laini: i hope the writing flows for you as well...

frida: you know a thing or two about being extraordinary!

Thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts...

10:48 AM  
Blogger January said...

Congratulations! Artistic excellence? Well, of course. We're known that for years!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Congratulations, and those beach pics are gorgeous. Sigh, I love the ocean.


5:20 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

January: well, i could say the same thing to you about your book of poems going to press--it's well-deserved and about time!

Claire: thank you...i cannot wait to get back there, but the off-season (no crowds, moody weather) seems to suit me much more so i may have to make it sooner rather than later.


12:02 PM  
Blogger odessa said...

love the quote, love the pictures, love your words. congratulations!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

odessa: thanks so much for the love!


2:50 PM  

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