The Road Goes Ever On

walker2This is my last post at Elderwoman Musings, and I write it with both gladness and sorrow.  A little less than four years ago, Kathleen Martin began thinking about a place where elderwomen could meet, share their art and their thoughts, communicate the lushness, colors, music and wild grandeur of the trail they were walking along together, but from far flung corners of the continent.  In the beginning, Kathleen said:

“We elderwomen have each walked the earth for at least six decades and have a measure of contentment in our worn paths and comfortable shoes. We are less concerned about growing old gracefully and more concerned about growing old consciously. The images we capture with our cameras and the words these images evoke help us to live in our world more mindfully. We delight in sharing our awareness with one another and are grateful for the insights and appreciations that emerge through this communal effort.”

Kathleen, Donna and Ellen, I am grateful for the great good fortune and privilege of knowing you, and richer by far for your friendship.  Wherever I go, I will remember your art, your words and your wisdom.  Thank you too to Ernestine, Sharon, and Tabor who visited often and shared their thoughts.  You have all been the finest of companions on this journey.  May you find joy in creating, may all your lessons be gentle, and may fulfillment grace your  life.  Wherever we go in future, may we turn a bend on the trail now and then and find ourselves standing together in the sunlight.

Cate Kerr on July 15th, 2014 | File Under Cate Kerr | 5 Comments -

We Shall Bring It Forth

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The frogs are chatting outside, some with their bodies pasted against my kitchen window waiting for insects drawn to the light inside my home. The moon is moving toward her full-out gorgeous phase, and I am puttering about this evening doing a bit of artwork and housework. The dogs are quiet.

In the morning I will venture out to inspect the makeshift lotus habitats I have created to see how the plants are faring. I am so enthralled with them, it is a bit like visiting favorite friends. Thus far I have been graced with one large white bloom and a small rose-colored one. And there are several more to come!

Speaking of visiting favorite friends…this evening I am making this last contribution to Elderwomen Musings. I will ever be grateful to Kathleen, Cate, and Donna for having me share this space with them. What an honor to be part of such a talented and passionate small crowd of friends!

And I am no less grateful to the women who have read these posts and to those who have made comments. Among those are Ernestine, Sharon, and Tabor, whose heartfelt remarks have always lifted me up. Thank you so much.

The frogs will chat, the insects will thrive, the moon will rise, and we women will continue to hold a vision of a planet, loved and cared for, and a world of humans able to love and care for one another.

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It is a sweet dream and we shall bring it forth.

Ellen Hamilton on July 12th, 2014 | File Under Ellen Hamilton | 7 Comments -

I am not alone

DSC_2780Over the past four years, we have shared our thoughts with each other and those who have joined us along the way. Over time, we have discovered deep connections, similar fears and dreams, an appreciation for life with all its hardships and its joys, and a rooting in the ever-changing seasons. It has been a journey of opening our hearts, taking off our masks, and being forthright with our words and photographs. The best thing I will take with me is the knowledge that I am not alone, even when I may feel that way. Strangers from different locales and different backgrounds, and yet strangers no more. We have more in common than we could have guessed. I thank each of you for your soul-sharing, those of us who posted pictures and musings, and those who were consistent readers and offered your thoughts as well. I, too, better understand the meaning of community, and it is not limited to where you live. Thank you, my sisters.

Donna Bearden on June 29th, 2014 | File Under Donna Bearden | 5 Comments -