Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fasten your seat belt! it's 2015!

2014- Done. 2015- Day one...So here I am back at my blog. My last post was December 31, 2011...!!?? It doesn't seem that long ago... but time has that weird warping thing it does, especially the older you get. (Time flies when you're getting old!) But when I think about it that was my last entry for the Bluebird of Hope Project and that does feel like awhile ago.

Now, what do I have to say on Day One 2015... 
So far so good!?

No really, what else can I say about 2015?

I hope that our landscape nationally & internationally improves...?

I wish & pray & visualize it so...but my cynical self throws up her hands, rolls her eyes and says "Get real!! It's all so big! And so overwhelmingly out of control! Plah!" In order to cope with the many injustices I read & hear about, I have to get into solution. That brings it back home to my little universe and do what I can here & now. Because when we boil it down, it is about each one of us separately that adds up collectively.

So my plan for 2015 is...
listen to more music... and less news radio
be open to possibilities
share more
read at least one book a month
journal & write more
create and express myself in whatever medium moves me
remember to lead by example through respect, understanding and compassion
contribute positively to the world around me in creative ways

I'm going to give it my best shot. So fasten your seat belts! 2015 here I come!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bluebird #31!

Well I did it. I made 31 bluebirds, I placed them around town and I wrote about it everyday this month. It feels good to complete something even though I am melancholy that it is done.

Has this project made a difference? I believe that if this project kept me pointed in a positive direction then the people who followed and read the blog did too. Otherwise I don’t think they would have followed it.

It was said to me this month that hope was like the waves in the ocean… the waves that hit the shore gain momentum by many waves joining together: like energies attracting like. And I understood. The more we feel hopeful and positive, the people around us feel hopeful and positive.

Today I decided to take #31 back to where it started- to Surfers Point. Walking along the bike path I passed the labyrinth where I placed Bluebird #1. Thoughts of walking the circular path came back to me and the anticipation of the project. I kept going following my intuition. I thought of the huge cement circular wall past the river mouth. As I came to where Ventura River flows into the ocean there was a little bridge to cross the stream. It was built out of rocks and tree branches. There were a couple of tall sticks beside the bridge with shells decorating them. Bluebird #31 landed a top one of the sticks.

It seemed like a good idea to bring the project full circle. It also occurred to me that the stream of water was like the hope that we gathered and carried through this month. And the stream meeting the huge ocean was the Hope gathering momentum.

Happy New Year! Let 2012 be filled with hope, happiness and prosperity!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bluebird #30

This is the 30th day of my Bluebird Project. I have one more bluebird to place tomorrow, New Years Eve. This has been an interesting journey. I am sad to see it coming to an end.

Today was the last day of pet sitting Sonny the Dog. I was sad that it was coming to an end. Funny though, half the time I spent sitting outside at 7am with the temperature at about 35 degrees just sitting quietly getting the dog to trust me. My time allotment was 40 minutes but I usually stayed an hour.

Today Sonny’s playmate, Cher came home and when I stopped by for my final visit the two were together in the kennel. They both came galloping out of the gate and ran around the yard. That was the happiest I have seen Sonny all week. I gave them lots of treats… I gave Sonny a couple more than Cher because he is my favorite. I was a little misty as I drove away. This was a last minute booking so I’m not sure I’ll see Sonny again but I hope so.

In honor of Sonny being a rescue dog, I took Bluebird #30 to the Humane Society of Ventura County in Ojai.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bluebird #29

For two years I have watched the transformation of this rundown property on Thompson Blvd. It was City Center Motel. Now it is transitional living for homeless people.

The project was taken on by several churches of different faiths (I say different faiths even though they are all Christian based… ). They cleaned, painted and remodeled. I love the idea that these many churches pooled their resources and were able to coordinate with each other and get this facility up and running: people coming together for a common cause- to help someone else in dire need.

When I drove by today they replaced the chain link fence with a brand new stucco wall with wrought iron. That is what caught my eye. Then I saw the children playing inside the yard. I also noticed that they put in a jungle-gym in the back too. The whole place looks so much better than it did. I could feel the radiant hope.

Bluebird #29 landed on the new stucco wall outside of The Kingdom Center.

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Bluebird #28

There is a building on the corner of Laurel & Main Street in Ventura that use to be a church. Now it is a theater, a small theater but a very good theater. It is called The Rubicon. Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil founded the theater company in 1998 and brought the company into this building on Laurel & Main in 1999.

The first play I saw there was “Night of the Iguana”. I think it was 2004. I was blown away by the level of professionalism of the production. The story, the acting and the set design in such a small space is what amazed me. Since then I have seen several productions and never was I disappointed.

Now I have the privilege of working for the Rubicon as a costumer. Now I get to see the whole thing built from scratch and performed for weeks at a time. I see the heart that goes in to every single performance from backstage. I get to hear the audience respond before, during and after the performance. I see the hope come alive in our community through the magic of the theater. And for this I am very grateful.

Bluebird #27 landed on the front stoop of the Rubicon right next to a spider weaving its daily web.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bluebird #27

One of my grandmothers was a fantastic knitter. She made sweaters, baby bonnets, booties and other items. She did a lot of hand work. I have taken up the tradition. I have been knitting for about a year now having taught myself out of a book. So I have been knitting at home or backstage in between quick changes & costume changes. Mostly I was making wash cloths. I was knitting squares… lots of squares.

I got to the point where I really wanted to be part of a knitting circle so I could expand my horizons beyond squares and meet new people. I mentioned in an earlier blog that in August I joined a group on It is a group of people who knit and crochet.

We meet every Tuesday evening at a Starbucks in Ventura. They are women from all walks of life. We sit and compare knitting projects and share patterns and techniques. There are beginners to advanced knitters. It has been fun getting to know these women.

Lately most of us have been working on gifts for family and friends. But a few of the ladies also knit items for charities and they get the group to participate on group projects. One of the projects was the Mother bear Project ( ) a charity dedicated to providing hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa by giving them hand-knit bears. There have also been local charities they have donated knitted items. Tonight the host of the group was knitting an afghan to be given to some one on skid row.

This is another reason I joined the group- knitting for charities. Knitting is a way I can contribute to the world beyond my family and friends. This group of knitters gives me a lot of hope and these ladies have a lot of heart.

Right outside the window Bluebird #27 landed & watched happily while we sat and knitted our yarn into pieces of hope.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bluebird #26

I have noticed a new store front on Ventura Avenue... AA Grupo 12 y 12, right next to the bakery where I buy my Dia de los Muertos dead bread. I have even seen people gathered outside the door and at night I can see people sitting in chairs. My heart sang when I saw the sign in the window. Hope in my neighborhood!!

Pajaro de Azul numero vente seis!!