37 Days Adrift

© 2016, Theresa Mae Funk.

It’s well known that he who returns never left…
(an excerpt from the Pablo Neruda poem Goodbyes)

After 37 days of self-imposed exile, I sit down at my desk in the day’s fading light to write these few lines,
taking pleasure in knowing that my quiet return has not disturbed your slumber.
I’ve been drifting on a river full of memories and dreams while casting off  regrets and wonder,
If my absence went unnoticed, why is it that I care?

© Theresa Mae Funk, 2016. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

Passing Shot

© 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

© 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

Snapping photographs with my mobile device from the passenger seat of a car usually requires a bit of editing before I publish it to my creative diary.   This endearing image was taken during a recent visit to Valley Springs, California.

American Ninja Terrier: Big Adventures of a Little Dog

Stella will be four years old on Valentines Day, according to the date of birth that is listed on her Circle of Hope K-9 Rescue adoption papers.  Bianca, (her former name) was one of five puppies that were left in a box near the Rescue’s kennels.  At least whomever abandoned the baby dogs had the sense to leave them in a location where they knew they would be cared for.

baby stella

How could I not give this dog a home?

Also noted on Stella’s adoption papers was her breed.  Rat Terrier/Pomeranian mix.   Pomeranian?  Highly unlikely. She is an American Ninja Terrier through and through I thought, as I looked at the photos of the litter that had been sent to me.  Adorable? Absolutely. Garden guard dog potential?  Possible.  Knick knack, paddy-whack, give the dog a home?  Definitely.  And so her journey from Milan, Tennessee to Middlebury, Vermont began.

Stella Transit

Yoda?

I adopted Stella in March, but had to wait until June to receive her. The adoption fee includes spaying and neutering, first round immunizations, complete health assessments, and transportation fees.  Once given a clean bill of health, the adopted begin their journey to their new home.

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Stella and her litter mates share a crate for the journey.

1,200 miles later, Stella and her fellow travelers arrive safely to their destination in New Hampshire where they are released to their adoptive families, or foster home volunteers.   It is an amazing network of compassionate people that willingly give of themselves to make these types of programs work.

Stella and T

A shy Stella and her human are united.

I’ll be making Stella a special batch of her favorite dog treats for her birthday next week, and will be making a donation to the Circle of Hope to express our gratitude and support.  The little dog, I think, approves.

Stella

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The Elephant in the Room

Elephant

Hand painted Satsuma Moriagi elephant ashtray, circa 1942.

A four-inch tall elephant occupies space in my studio.  She serves as a visual reminder for me to be more courageous about speaking up and out against behavior that is detrimental to the physical and emotional well being of others.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
~Margaret Mead

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Passing Shot: A Farewell to Christmas

January 6th marks the first day of Epiphanytide for some Western Christian denominations.  My twelfth day of Christmas was spent wassailing through aisles of a Portland Oregon antique Center with my niece.   I snap a passing shot of Santa in a clock frame next to a salt-shakered pine tree and sled:

Farewell Christmas

Christmas bric-a-brac, circa 1972.

My attempts at reviving certain Christmastide traditions each year are received with varying degrees of enthusiasm, and not everyone appreciates my unique sense of humor:

Carrollers

Three Christmas carolers, circa 1959.

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Passing Shots: Today’s Inspiration

The morning sky reflected on the surface of Lake Jankyville was one of the first images that gave me a spark of inspiration today.  (Lake Jankyville isn’t really a lake; it is the name we’ve given to the puddle that forms on the backyard patio after a heavy rainstorm.)  As thankful as we are to be receiving days of consistent rainfall, it was nice to catch a glimpse of blue sky and clouds with silver lining.

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Today’s second spark of creative inspiration is captured in this passing shot taken just outside my studio door.
Brilliant red and rain soaked petals of a Shasta Daisy glistening in mid-morning sunlight makes me realize how often I have missed the opportunity to appreciate its unique beauty.   We would be wise to remind ourselves to make time to acknowledge our own unique gifts and the beauty that we are capable of sharing with the world if we will only allow ourselves to do so.

© 2014 Theresa Mae Funk. All rights reserved.

Community Supported Agriculture and One Dog Friendly Kitchen

Capay Organic

This month’s Farm Fresh delivery to our door from Capay Organic.  (Dog not included.)

Our monthly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivery from Capay Organic’s Farm Fresh to You  produce arrived on Friday.   We initially signed up for the service with a short-term commitment in mind; bridge the deficit that our back yard farming efforts do not provide us so that our nutritional needs could be better met.   Shopping at local grocery store chains for vegetables trucked from the Central Valley is one thing but to buy produce from Canada or Mexico?   I  prefer not to be a part of that economy because it isn’t necessary for us to do so.  We have access to fertile land in a garden I call Eden, otherwise known as California.   What might our world be like if more people were granted access to land to grow their own food and help sustain their communities?

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Stella sneaks a lick of the King Richard Leek when she thought I wasn’t looking.

Please support your local farmers.  Plant seeds of your own.  The rewards are worth the effort.

~T.

© 2014, Theresa Mae Funk. All rights reserved.