Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Joya entered our lives heavily pregnant, matted, burred and emaciated after having been abandoned on the streets. The day after Joya came here, she got a bath, a full body shave and a vet check.
Five days after her arrival, she gave birth to six large, healthy, hungry puppies.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nicco! Finley! Koko! Rory! Buckie! and Brady!!!
Each of these birthday pups was adopted by a wonderful family and each is having a great life!
Special thanks to NorCal Poodle Rescue, who ensured their survival since Joya was literally on death’s door when she was rescued from the streets. As Joya’s foster, I was deeply impressed with the commitment NorCal Poodle Rescue provided to the puppies and Mom. This rescue continues to help too many wonderful dogs in dire circumstances and spreads joy through the world whenever one of these poodles/mixes is adopted.
DOG CLOUD when clean you feel like a cloud as I finger your hair so soft & light you might drift away if not for Love's Gravity gold as Sun airy as Sky You are our Constellation after we'd raced too long & lost through stars' buckshot until You reconnected those beacons of Light Beauty & Hope with balls & squirrels & a belly splayed for all the love & joy our hands could supply
Thank you NorCal Poodle Rescue for letting me foster the wonderful Joya, five years ago today.
And if you are to love, Love as the Moon loves; it does not steal the night It only unveils The Beauty of the dark
I keep a sachet of your smells in the corner of my mouth.
Religion is a process of turning your skull into a tabernacle, not
going up to Jerusalem once a year.
Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.
David Whyte, The House of Belonging
There is something terribly radical about believing that one’s own experience and images are important enough to speak about, much less to write about and to perform.
Feelings are the language of our soul.