March 29, 2014

The Whole World to Dance

On this lovely Saturday morning, I woke up at 4am next to my best friend/the love of my life - who I haven't seen - awake or asleep - for more than 20 minutes at a time for the past month.  It was mere minutes until he had to get up and head into the hospital, but for a moment, my world felt at peace, a way it hasn't felt for a little while now.  

Now, of course, he's off at work, and I have a whole day to myself.  Soon, I'll head out on a long run, tackle the journal that just arrived in the mail, do some laundry, and head out to meet friends, but for now - sitting here sipping my coffee with no feeling of rush is kind of the best.  

For your Saturday morning to start off as nicely as mine, my current favorite song (and dance):

I want to see our bodies burning like the big old sun
I want to know what we've been learning and learning from

-edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, man on fire

March 22, 2014

my favorite wedding readings

dock photo - i really like the faded black and white effect for SOME photos

it's been a tough few months for me and my family.   before processing some of that stuff on this blog, I'd like to have a purely happy post about wedding planning (!!)   after much combing through all beautiful, thoughtful words on blogs and books galore, I thought I'd share them here.

First, an excerpt from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decision that made the state the first to authorize gay marriage:

"...marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideas of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family...Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity...marriage is an esteemed institution and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's momentous acts of self-definition"

Next, a poem from Maya Angelou:

Touched by an Angel 
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Finally, a poem from Neil Gaiman

This for you, for both of you,
a small poem of happiness
filled with small glories and little triumphs
a fragile, short cheerful song
filled with hope and all sorts of futures
Because at weddings we imagine the future
Because it’s all about “what happened next?”
all the work and negotiation and building and talk
that makes even the tiniest happily ever after
something to be proud of for a wee forever
This is a small thought for both of you
like a feather or a prayer,
a wish of trust and love and hope
and fine brave hearts and true.
Like a tower, or a house made all of bones and dreams
and tomorrows and tomorrows and tomorrows