by Naomi on December 31, 2009

in Bulletin Board

All the BEST of the BEST for 2010 . . . GIVE IT HORNS!!!

FIREWORKS - Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

FIREWORKS - Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

FIREWORKS - Breckenridge, Colorado, USA


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Amy MacLeod January 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Happy New Year to both of you, Naom! Love the expression, “Give it horns” – says a lot to an animal influenced human!

Salt Spring Island sits drippy and foggy in it’s spot of privilege in the Pacific. My fire blazes in the living room, all warm and cozy, where my little buddy rat-cat, Duc, pretends to be on fire duty. Still no snow which continues to be a blessing for those of us who may have to hit the road on a moment’s notice (seniors).

I just finished a night of terrific dreams again – wow have they ever flourished since South Africa. Something has opened. The richness, in every way, feeds my creative itch.

I am determined to do some more writing today – along with all the domesticity that does have to be done. We have a filmmaker on the island who doubles as a creative coach. He gave Face Book friends a peek at his pep-talk and I’ll send it to you via email. The gem that sparkled out of his pitch is the reminder to think of myself as a WRITER. Not the manager of a senior’s residence who writes when she can! I write. I am a writer…

And I am grateful that I can afford to leave the house cleaning to my cleaning lady!

However, I am doing exactly what he warns about – I’m doing something else while sitting here at my desk. But I know my priorities and this is something I want to say to you.

Thank you for your spirit-felt sensitivity about organizing a “photography jeep” on the Safari. Those couple of days were the highlight of my trip. It was peace. It was quiet. It was a gentleness that nature deserves. It was not just the fact that we could learn some tremendous tips from Dave (and you) and it was not just the thrill of getting an occasional great photo. It was the experience of forming a circle of commonality in more ways than photography. It was a ‘being’ of gentle souls who were in love with what we were doing and breathing it in with grand moments of total presence.

As much as I can be, I am humbled to have you in my life,
Love, Amy


Naomi January 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thank you, Amy, exquisite friend! Your words are a bouquet of sincerity, wisdom and wit πŸ™‚

I’m having a look at a map of your little island and becoming more intrigued by the minute. I hope that the weather continues to be kind to you and Duc…Jina is curled up on our massage bed, enjoying the cooler weather no doubt as it’s been scorching for a few days (just the way I like it, but then I’m not a Wegie with waterproof fur!)

It’s magic to hear more of how the trip here touched you, as it surely did each of us, and especially that you’re getting into your writing. All inspiration and perseverance to you!!! Thank you also for sharing your filmmaker/creative coach’s pep-talk. It sparked a soul-tingle πŸ™‚ I’ll email just now to elaborate.

With regard to our ‘photography jeep’, thank YOU for initiating the idea with such genuine appreciation of the process! I love your description of the experience and agree entirely. It was equally treasured by Dave and I, as is our friendship. WE are the ones humbled πŸ™‚

Lots of love in return,



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