Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Make a Book

My current personal projects involve gathering stories, recordings, and photos for my kids. To this end, I would ask anyone who has known me, from childhood on, to help me make a book of stories for Lyla and Finn to have.  Stories are easy to visualize, talk about, and remember. Here is what to do: 

Write a letter to Lyla and Finn, who will read it at some later time. It can be any size paper, up to 8 1/2 by 11. Please tell them how you met me/know me, and share a typical or memorable situation we were in, specific experiences we had together from specific times and places, and/or one or more telling anecdotes. Close with your name and your contact information. The most important thing though, is to write and send the letter (or email, or audio CD) at your earliest convenience. Like right now. 

Please send ℅ Louisa Peartree. Get in touch if you need our mailing or email address.

P.S. For background/context if you need it: I am off the clinical trial and have made the difficult but liberating decision to forego further systemic (cancer) treatments. We are just managing symptoms and reversible things. Hence the focus on spending quality time with family, enjoying life to the fullest extent possible now, and as Mason Jennings says, "...let the future come/ Into each moment, like a rising sun." 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Why are you stingy with yourselves?

"Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now.”
-George Balanchine

Found inspiration the other day while picking up my daughter from ballet class at TWIGS. A page in a magazine had been tacked up on the bulletin board outside her dance studio, with this quote and photo. "Yes," I nodded. "Exactly!"