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What a 107 year old poet can teach us about Mindfulness….

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

It’s a special kind of person who can find meaning in the seemingly pointless, never-ceasing task of daily bed-making. Peggy Freydberg does just that in the first pages of Poems from the Pond, a recently published collection of her poems, all of which she wrote between the ages View More

It’s a special kind of person who can find meaning in the seemingly pointless, never-ceasing task of daily bed-making.
Peggy Freydberg does just that in the first pages of Poems from the Pond, a recently published collection of her poems, all of which she wrote between the ages of 90 and 106.
“It’s the ultimate lesson in mindfulness,” says author and producer Laurie David, who edited the book. “I now look at the task of making your bed as a gift the day is giving to you. That’s how she did. Making the bed is no longer something you do out of drudgery, it’s something you do out of celebration of waking up.” (With every crease and fluff.)

Meet Peggy Freydberg

 

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PoemsfromthePondDavid discovered Freydberg after writer-educator and NPR commentator Nancy Aronie organized a small reading of her poems on Martha’s Vineyard last year. Freydberg was 106 at the time, and when David heard her read, she decided the words needed to be shared with the world. “I knew I had to put it together really fast because my dream was to be able to hand it to her,” she says.
Seven months later Poems from the Pondwas published, and while Freydberg didn’t make it to the official publication date, David did get to show her a copy of the finished pages before she passed away at 107. Since then, the book sold out a first printing almost right away (a second just hit shelves) and has been endorsed and read from by people like U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins and actress Meg Ryan.
I picked it up and read it cover to cover in days, dogearing pages as I found verse after verse that spoke to me. “We’re all struggling with these issues of loss and aging and anxiety and fear, and she addresses all these things in her poems,” David says. She does it by spotting beauty in the mundane and big truths in life’s smallest struggles in a visionary way. A poem about a lost hair comb, for instance, is also a treatise on attachment and searching for answers. And, of course, the bed-making.
Inspired to stop complaining about crumpled sheets?

Read “Chorus of Cells,” here. —Lisa Elaine Held

Chorus of Cells
Excerpted from Poems from the Pond, by Peggy Freydberg
Every morning,
even being very old,
(or perhaps because of it),
I like to make my bed.
In fact, the starting of each day
unhelplessly,
is the biggest thing I ever do.
I smooth away the dreams disclosed by tangled sheets,
I smack the dented pillow’s revelations to oblivion,
I finish with the pattern of the spread exactly centered.
The night is won.
And now the day can open.
All this I like to do,
mastering the making of my bed
with hands that trust beginnings.
All this I need to do,
directed by the silent message
of the luxury of my breathing.
And every night,
I like to fold the covers back,
and get in bed,
and live the dark, wise poetry of the night’s dreaming,
dreading the extent of its improbabilities,
but surrendering to the truth it knows and I do not;
even though its technicolor cruelties,
or the music of its myths,
feels like someone else’s experience,
not mine.
I know that I could no more cease
to want to make my bed each morning,
and fold the covers back at night,
than I could cease
to want to put one foot before the other.
Being very old and so because of it,
all this I am compelled to do,
day after day,
night after night,
directed by the silent message
of the constancy of my breathing,
that bears the news I am alive.
(Photo: Eli Dagostino)

Excited About New Construction Project @ Atlantic Beach, NC

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

…….Stay Tuned for progress during the next 12 months!!!    

…….Stay Tuned for progress during the next 12 months!!!
 

 

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I’M SO HAPPY TO BE INCLUDED WITH THIS FANTASTIC GROUP OF DESIGNERS

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Who is the best designer in Raleigh, NC? Here are 15 contenders. VOTE for your favorite and suggest others that we’ve missed in the comments section. BEVERLY TAYLOR DESIGN Raleigh is part of the Research Triangle, where notable universities and development centers have contributed to a thriving, diverse locale. View More

Who is the best designer in Raleigh, NC? Here are 15 contenders. VOTE for your favorite and suggest others that we’ve missed in the comments section.

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BEVERLY TAYLOR DESIGN

Raleigh is part of the Research Triangle, where notable universities and development centers have contributed to a thriving, diverse locale. This fast growing and family friendly city has a healthy housing market and booming economy. All of this is happy news for the interior designers of the “City of Oaks,” who proudly support Raleigh’s art and design communities.

In every community, there are leaders that stand out from the pack. Raleigh is no exception, and we’ve gathered the top 15 interior designers who have made their mark on the city. They are listed below in no particular order. Vote for your favorite in the poll below, and if you know a designer who should have been mentioned, let us know in the comment section.

Read and vote by clicking the link: http://blog.builddirect.com/the-15-best-interior-designers-of-raleigh/#ixzz3Ye9dnuhd

HAPPY St. Patricks Day…..

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

whether you are inside…… …..or outside

whether you are inside……celerie kimble green bedroom

…..or outside

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February 5, 2015-Nutella Lover’s Unite!!!

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Love This Quote And Would Love To Have Used It When I Taught School

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” from- The Imitation Game   in the words of someone I think the world of…”Happy Day”!

“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of

who do the things that no one can imagine.” from- The Imitation Game

 

in the words of someone I think the world of…”Happy Day”!

Harmless Banter Is Doing Some Updating…..

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Please stay tuned!!

Please stay tuned!!

Happiness…What’s yours??

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Have you read the book? Well, the movie is coming soon. Scroll down to get a sneak peak! Click- Hector And The Search For Happiness to view the preview.

Have you read the book? Well, the movie is coming soon.

Scroll down to get a sneak peak!

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Click- Hector And The Search For Happiness to view the preview.

Schumacher Shows Us What Happy Looks Like!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

  Love Love Love These Wallpapers!!!  

 

Love Love Love These Wallpapers!!!

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Chiang Mai Dragon 5001060 Aquamarine

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Pyne Hollyhock 5006920 Charcoal

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Zanzibar Trellis 5006940 Canary

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Katsugi 5006963 Fuchsia & Chartreuse

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Katsugi 5006960 Blues

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Iconic Leopard 5007012 Graphite

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Vientiane Ikat 5006950 Coral

 

Loving This Edgy Striped Wallpaper We Saw At The Vegas Market….

Friday, August 29th, 2014

….by Kelly Wearstler for Kravet

….by Kelly Wearstler for Kravet

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