A few wonder moments

A lesson from a white egret about staying with difficulty. Despite gusts, this bird continues to work with the wind. August 2015.

Light shines through maples leaves in Adena Brook ravine. Columbus, OH

Image credit: Dan Trittschuh

Hummingbirds visit over 1000 flowers every day. Looks like they sit after sipping.

Image credit: Sue Metzger, from her backyard probably. Columbus, OH

My husband makes and gives this journal to me after my son continues on. I keep it in a grief box along with other special memories. September 2006.

This photograph shows what I write just weeks after his passing. This message continues to help me today.

What a treat to see this sunflower wake up this morning.

Image credit: Susan Michael Barrett. July 4, 2013

Holy Fibonacci! This sunflower in our garden is 6 feet tall. Notice the Fibonacci spiral? June 23, 2013

I know how Nemo feels!

I drop daughter Erin and grandson Dylan off at the airport after their visit (at the time we live in different cities.) I return and find Dylan's toy Nemo under the table, a bit lost missing family.

Image credit: Susan Michael Barrett. June 18, 2013

 Bath peace. March 2013.

No, this isn't Dorothy's Oz. It's the sky above our neighborhood (Denton, Texas). Mammatus clouds signal the big storm has passed.

Image credit: Brent Hirak, photographer. May 20, 2013

Grandbaby Dylan sleeps. He reminds me of a baby Buddha.

Image credit: Erin Purdy. December 18, 2012

I ask 3-5-year-olds, "If you could pick your own name what would it be?"

Maggie says, I'd call myself Let Her Shine."

Image credit: Susan Michael Barrett. September 14, 2012. Pictured, Maggie. Maggie talks to a trouble doll."

I make clay, super power necklaces with 3-6-year-old children. They're hits! I get a belly kiss, marriage proposal, and an invitation to move in.

Image credit: Susan Michael Barrett. September 13, 2012

Sweet love Juliet! Being almost 2, she wants whatever anyone else has and screams till she wins. Sister Tess (8 years old) says with lightness and understanding beyond her years, "She just wants attention, distract her." 

It works! We grab hugs when she isn't expecting them.

Image credit: Susan Michael Barrett. August 26, 2012

Friendship wonder. Mailing a fragrance memory. Peonies. Dear friend Betty snips and mails flowers from her garden in Michigan.

Image: May 29, 2012

A good companion. While in chemotherapy and not feeling well, I take a walk. A butterfly flies with me for almost the entire walk. 

October 4, 2011

We are interconnected. A preparation sketch for a mandala drawing drawn by monks visiting the Crow Asian Museum (Dallas, TX). 

Image credit: Susan Michael Barrett. August 19, 2011.

After a visit to the Modern Wing of the Chicago Art Institute and sharing photos, I wonder who this is.

"Oh. That's me?" 

My hair was just beginning to grow back after chemotherapy.

Image credit: Terry Barrett. July 2, 2011.

Openness. Looking skyward often. 

Image credit: Cindy Pitt. March 19, 2011

Knitting anyone? My dear friend Andi says, "Let's take our threads and knit a little, putting more together than life takes apart."

January 24, 2011.

No matter what I read or someone else tells me, only I can do my work. Margaret reminds me.

"If you and Dad always tell me to think for myself, then why are you always telling me what to do?"

Image credit: Margaret, 7 years young, to her mom. September 3, 2010

Kittycat calm. Nesta sleeps in the shadows of the setting sun.

Image credit: Susan Michael Barrett. 

My first surf lesson. Exhilarating.

Afterward daughter Erin and I sit on the beach. 

Image credit: John Purdy @2000