Together We Pray

Together We Pray

This photo from my old collection is probably one of my favorite for inspiring hope. In light of Sunday’s tragedy at the Sikh temple I think we could all use a little hope. This image is from the Buddhist Stuppa in Sedona, Arizona, the items or all offerings different visitors, the uniqueness showing the diversity in prayer. While I don’t believe in Buddhism like my father, or Christianity like my mother, I recognize the good in both of them. I thought it was scary enough when Columbine in the City where my Uncle lived. My cousins new people who were there. That hit close to home, this weekends Temple attack in my own hometown, the city next to my current home, that is, disorientating. I never imagined that the world would ever know where my hometown is. Hearing the boring town you group in mentioned on BBC world news is scary. When we went to Batman last week I commented that it’s good we live in nowhere instead of a big city, we don’t have to worry about scary terrorist attacks, and then this happens. It might be a hate crime, but it’s still a terrorist attack, hateful killing of American Citizens. And As someone who loves to study and absorb different cultures I just do not understand the hate. My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones, and to those who will have to live with the scars caused by a monster. I pray for a world with more peace and cultural understanding.

The 4th in Greendale Wisconsin Part 2

ImageA bit delayed, but here are the rest of the images from our wonderful 4th of July Celebration.  It’s hard to believe the summer is more than half over.  While these images are only from a few weeks ago they seem like forever ago.  Good times in the sun really to fly by fast.  Soon it will be chilly and cold once more.  Best to enjoy summer while we can and make the most out of ever sunny day.

Image One of the best things about summer is seeing all the cool classic cars out on the road.

And of course it’s just not summer with out some delicious roasted corn!

Reminders of Home

Hollyhocks in a Thai temple garden in India.

When I was India I got so excited to see the tall stalks of hollyhocks growing in the temple garden.  I was surprised at how many flowers I knew from home were in the garden, I never associated India and Wisconsin with climates compatible with the same vegetation.  It really starts the mind thinking on how the plants around us come to be there.  What are truly native and what are the ones that are just so loved that we can’t imagine a garden without them?  Hollyhocks will always remind me of home, especially my Grandma.  Every year when the hollyhocks bloom my Grandma would make me hollyhock dolls, something her mother taught her to do and her mother before her taught her.  When I saw these in India I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone ever figured out how to make hollyhock dolls there too.  I love hollyhock dolls because they remind me of fairies.  Now that they are blooming in my Grandmother’s yard too I can’t resist making one, after all it’s a tradition 🙂

All The Way Back Where I Belong

It’s been over a month since my last post and I apologize for that.  I had to prepare to leave Thailand, just in time before the riots got very bad.  Spent a week in Tokyo on my route home, then at last back in Wisconsin.  Right after returning home I not only spent my time settling back into life in the Dairy State, but also moving into my knew apartment with that wonderful companion in travels and crime of mine.  This was a big move for me, probably even bigger than moving to Thailand.  For the first time every I am sharing my space with someone seriously.  That and I am readjusting to a completely new city, an hour away from that social life I was so eager to return to.  It’s working out pretty well though, an decrease in my normal social life puts me more at a normal level and allows for getting things done.

A few of Brady Street in the evening from my favorite outdoor spot.

I truly am glad to be home though.  And home to me is and always will be my little coffee house, nestled in the heart of one of the trendy streets in Milwaukee.  Delicious coffee in an atmosphere I feel perfect in, what more could one ask for.  It’s good to be home!

An amazing tea selection and a warm atmosphere, what more could a girl ask for?