Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day Trip to the Farm

As you may know, I live in a housing coop in Chicago, IL. Today some of us took a field trip to Warren, MI where seven families own 70 acres of land collectively. The land is a conservatory which means that the land can never be developed for commercial purposes. They have a house, a smaller house and tool shed on the premises. There is a lake completely covered in a layer of algae that one arrives at by taking a very enchanting path into the wooded area. In the middle of nowhere you come to a bench that has a closed box that upon opening it contains a journal and writing utensils. You can sit in the midst of nature and write your reflections.

The thing that was so interesting to me is that they are milling some of the lumber on the land to finance some of their projects. In talking with them about my family land they suggested I might do the same for our family land which is located in Hawkinsville, GA. I could start by taking pictures of the trees on the land to see what kind they are and to see if they have any potential lumber value. Georgia here I come!

Q. What adventure is coming your way that you might need to get ready for?

Q. What adventure might you create for yourself to invite enchantment into your life?

Blessings! Rev. Qiyamah

onions in the tool shed. It looked like someone was drying them!

This is a real farm with real farm equipment. Nice little tractor. It is used to help haul the trees to the shed where they saw it into lumber.

This is some of their handiwork. I was advised, "Don't try this yourself. Get a lumber company to do this."

Another view of the shed and tractor.

Here are some of the felled logs which they have cut down.

Beauty is everywhere!

More beauty!

Tree house

An additional building on the land.

Apple tree that appears to have been planted when it was small enough to be placed inside the tire that surrounds it. Now it a lot taller and the base of it completely fills the tir.

One of the enchanted trails that I went for a walk on.

Virgilio Vincente, my neighbor takes a break to read.

This bridge leads hikers deeper into the land. At the time I crossed it there was no water in the water  bed below.

L-R Wilda, Bonnie, Cathy, Robin and Pat. I took the picture so I am not in it.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Six Month Hiatus

 I don't know these women but they look like kin that I should know. Perhaps they are from Hawkinsville, Georgia where I was born and where I hope to return and build on the land that my people have managed to hold onto. I wonder what their story is?
Now these women. I know them! They are me! I am packing up my bags and headed to the next adventure that life is still unfolding for me. I just wish it did not take so long. My six month hiatus has been me preparing the transition that I know is just right around the corner! It might be six more months before I can bring myself to blog again. My soul is restless and I feel the change but it is not quite time.

Have you ever felt that way?

This is a recent picture of me. I have cut off all of my hair! Free at last! What took me so long? Oh, I thought I was cuter with longer hair. And then I looked at all the time and money I spent on being cute and decided I like short hair. I have not had a bad hair day since that decision! lol

ok, I am going back into hibernation. I am dreaming, conjuring and calling out to the Universe to show me the next phase in my life. So many possibilities! I am blessed to have options!

Meanwhile, stay tuned as I spend the next three weeks engaged in some intense writing and editing of some old pieces that I have been sitting on for way too long! Time to get off the pot sista girl! Can I get an amen and maybe even a helping hand?

Question - What in your life have you been sitting on? What needs to happen for you to step off into living your life? What are you waiting for?

This ain't no dress rehearsal! Do not die with regrets!

Blessed Be! Rev. Qiyamah