Moments of Silence

It must have been love, but it’s over now.” – Roxette

Sometimes an overflowing of hate can make a person like me shut completely down. The shards from words that cut can fly through the room. When you’re not looking, sometimes those airborne pieces of glass can pierce straight into the heart.

You may notice it got quiet. You may not.

The Burning Bridge
The Burning Bridge

What happens when even the people who fight for good are tired and weary?

This is no terror ground, or place for the rage.” – A Strange Kind of Love by Peter Murphy

My recent break from social media left a few of my friends questioning if I was alright. (Don’t worry, I’ll be back by Friday morning. I know a few days in *internet time* adds to about a year or something in reality.) I had to unplug for my sanity.

With all of the racial tensions, gun debates, political arguing, and just good ol’ fashioned hate going on, my brain simply shut down. I’ve been through this before.

Example 1: In the Cold Light of Day

Example 2: Not Tomorrow

(Not forgetting the countless other incidents before those.)

I’m tired.

I’m weary.

I’m sick of people being ugly to each other.

Perhaps when I return, I’ll be refreshed. Or perhaps, this will summon someone.

Some—

thing.

 

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Sleepy Sundays: Night Lights

Night Lights Night Lights

For as long as I can remember, night drives have relaxed me. This weekend our little family went on another trip up to New York. We stayed most of the day, chatting and catching up with our loved ones. The ride back was the tiny lockets of time that dreams are made of. There was jazz playing on the radio as the city lights danced among the night sky. I couldn’t help but snap one photo while the music tickled and soothed my eardrums.

It was like a lullaby for us grown folks.

To go along with this busy, yet somehow mesmerizing photo, I chose an artist and song that was much like the music we had the pleasure of listening to on our ride home. It’s none other than the legendary Miles Davis. Enjoy, fellow dreamers…and be lulled on this Sleepy Sunday.

Miles DavisBlue in Green

Has a song ever hit you like a lullaby? What kind of music or particular artist relaxes you?

Have a jazzy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Cloud Hopping

Cloud Hopping

Cloud Hopping (Click image to view larger)

Although life can throw a series of curveballs at you, there is one aspect that helps a lot of us stay sane. It’s an emotion I’m almost certain us as humans are not the only ones to feel. Animals show signs of expressing it, plants respond to it, and (generally speaking), our world is happier for it. I’m talking about that complex but boundlessly elating feeling called love. There aren’t enough words in the universe to describe it. I could go on for ages speaking of the up and downs of it but, my Sleepy Sundays posts are meant to be short and sweet.

So with that said, I hope all of you reading get to experience a little bit of it this Sunday – after all, I just so happen to love all of you too.

To go with this wispy, whimsy, little artwork I’m adding a song from a few years back that not only goes fits this art, but reminds me of my love as well. We both always stop what we’re doing if we hear it come on. It’s an unspoken “reminds us of us” kind of song.

What was the greatest love you’ve ever felt?

Have a hopping Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Yellow Mist at Sundown

Yellow Mist at SundownYellow Mist at Sundown

Sometimes sadness can have a way of entangling you. There seems to be a lot of that going around lately. Not much seems to be going right. I’ve hit obstacles on the way to publishing. Art sales have been dwindling when they once soared. I find myself less inspired due to a staggering amount of personal issues. To top it all off, a friend of mine is in trouble and in desperate need of help.

With all that going on, it could be difficult to smile. I stepped outside yesterday in need of some fresh air. In the middle of some deep thought, there was a pleasant and very welcome distraction. The sky appeared to be putting on a show before the sun went to bed. It looked a lot like what I sketched up above. It’s like life keeps on trying to tell me to just relax.

So I did.

Brian D’Oliveira – Relax, Why Don’t You

(From the Papo & Yo Original Soundtrack)

What calms you?

Have a relaxing Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Mother

Mother Mother

Sharing this with all of you after a very rough and trying last few months brings a wave of warmth over me. This celebration of mothers everywhere isn’t always pleasant for everyone. There are some struggling as single mothers with no one in their corner. Some sons and daughters are mourning the loss of a mother. Couples all over the globe may be struggling to have a child, and some may have just lost one.

Much like life, not all aspects are glittery, and yet not all are so terrible either. The mother in me wants you all to be at peace. I want for each one of us to just imagine this picture of a growing child in their mother’s womb and feel comfort. You are not alone.

Happy Mother’s Day

from CardCastlesInTheSky

The song I chose to go along with this artwork is from one of my favorite videogame soundtracks, The Unfinished Swan. The song is titled “New Growth”. It’s quite peaceful and serene, don’t you think?

Hug a mother this Sunday!

Still feeling down? If you’re looking for something uplifting this Mother’s Day, read this.