Thursday, January 29, 2015

Get Rid of Everything (except Writing and Reading)

I have been focused on things other than poetry lately and I miss it. 

At the same time, I’ve been constantly sitting with words, reading and writing, writing and reading. I needed something active, so I pulled out my collage supplies and put together a couple of new cards. 

Collage Art Poetry by Linda G Hatton
Promises of Love - a Collage Poem

Life Stories

his style.
But there's 
the visible sign
of new youth.
the Red of the sea.
he is the length of 
a good 
every day.


Collage Art Poetry by Linda G Hatton
Downsizing (a Vision Board)

Downsizing (a Vision Board)

Roll with It.
imagine serenity
to be amazed!


Check out what some of my friends have been up to:

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Toast (Veronica's Drawing Challenge)

Photo and Artwork by Linda G Hatton
Mastering Minimalism

I make a toast 
to the year ahead, 
full of possibilities, 
full of letting go, 
leaving my bread
full of everything 
and nothing,
full of looking back
and looking ahead,
nothing to do 
but move forward
from the mirror 
back to the clock, 
my knife ready
for new spreads.

A poetry collage inspired by Veronica Roth's drawing challenge. 

Check out the posts of the other participants at these links: RebeccaKatrin, Barbara, Marian, Kristen, Roberto, Renee, Nadine, Patrice, Lucia, Anneke, Eric, Joke, Sabine, Tammie, Mano, Stefanie, Carol, Renilde, Susan, Kelly, Dawn, Jennifer, Melodye, and Dot


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Theme of the Year

Do you ever notice that your years have themes?

Last January, I had a spiritual reading in which I was told 2014 would be my year of “nose to the grindstone.” That turned out to be true. I also noticed though, that it was my year of the purge. I let go of many things that no longer seemed to fit into my life. The older I get, the more minimalism attracts me. Of course I have trouble imagining giving up the things that feed my soul. Things like my books, my art supplies, and the gorgeous jewelry handmade by my mother that she has gifted me.

Forced outside of my comfort zone many times in 2014, it was one of my most difficult years yet. However, the benefits of that discomfort made it worthwhile. The best problem I said good-bye to was my swollen lymph nodes. Through a bit of hard work and magic, I healed a lump in my lower cheek that had baffled every doctor I asked about it over the years.

Photo by Anita Berghoef
Like a Branch Waiting to Bloom

During that same spiritual reading, I was told that 2015 would be my “social year.” I really hope that’s true. I could use more fun times with friends and family. I still have things to purge from my life—not only material things, but habits I no longer need. I am ready and open for new experiences. I've already noticed a theme in the books I've chosen to read. Wild and free. I could live with that.

So what about you? Did 2014 have a theme for you?