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DESERT GURL: Inspiration When It's Bugger Down Here on Earth


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Marion
- 1797 days ago - desertgurl.com
Saturday. I love Saturdays. And though I'm retired and you'd think the days would run together, Saturday still feels extra special. Saturday is such a relief after a bugger of a week. And this week seemed to be more so than usual.



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Marion Y. (322)
Friday August 28, 2009, 9:10 am
Saturday. I love Saturdays. And though I'm retired and you'd think the days would run together, Saturday still feels extra special.

Saturday is such a relief after a bugger of a week. And this week seemed to be more so than usual. President Obama is on vacation and a fierce battle wages on to prevent his health care reform proposal from becoming law. The lies and fighting have become so vicious that historians are predicting this will be one of the biggest turning points in American history. I can vouch for that, as I try not to lose too many friends over this issue.

Then, Ted Kennedy died. We knew it would happen because he was terminal. But now? He's the grandfather of health care reform and he tried to stay alive to see it become law. I have several family and friends without health care insurance, so this battle wages close to my heart. One friend may die within a year or so if he doesn't receive care soon. Millions of people across America face this. That I gained five pounds this week, my daughter moved away and the tomatoes may have worms is so insignificant.

So this Saturday is very much welcomed from the storms of this week.

What's a girl to do?

I stay inspired. There's inspiration all around. For me, I watch the sun rise in this California desert, as the hawks fly in the morning sky looking for their next meal. Keeping the blinds shuttered, I put on the coffee and play some light jazz music that is not too loud to jar my husband from his sleep, yet just enough to rouse him gently with the soothing sounds.

A great cup of coffee. Step out on my patio. Take a deep breath of the desert morning air. Check the flowers. Are the tomatoes and herbs okay? Check to see if my husband is still asleep, or does the smell of coffee and music wake him? Call my daughter and tell her I love her. Go back to the patio with my coffee and watch the birds and dragonflies circle and flit here and there. August is the time of dragonflies. Did you know that?

I say a prayer. Grateful for my family, friends. Comfortable home. Fresh air. My health. I pray for others and the planet. This is not the moment to worry. I must help inspire the planet through my own serenity, the works I do and prayer.

I'm taking a mental vacation. Done this for years. I close my eyes and I can be anywhere on the planet. My best friend is now awake. We won't talk about the worries of the week. We pretend we are on vacation. Every Saturday for as long as we can.

I remind myself the Universe is unfolding as it should.

Let me know how you stay inspired.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Friday August 28, 2009, 9:12 am
Special thanks to my friend, Janet Wintle, for the inspiration to write this article.
 

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Friday August 28, 2009, 10:03 am
Not much of a traveler I am but with not so many years left decided to go to a place off the beaten path not many tourists visit. So I went to the Owens Valley and the Mojave where I stayed with a long lost cousin. The desert is simply fantastic set between two Sierra ranges but one wouldn't know that as it is not much mentioned by the poets . The town and surrounds are semi-isolated and it is almost like a Shangri-la absent, all of the political commotion. The prices of everything are higher because of the logistics of bringing things in.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Friday August 28, 2009, 10:14 am
Frank...You know how to live, my friend. Interesting you mentioned this place. I live in the Mojave desert and can't agree with you more that it is fantastic here. Temperatures are expected to be 120 degrees today. Not for the faint of heart. In the 70s at night. Homes were affordable so we retired here. Retrofitting so we can live off the grid and do little damage as possible to the environment. Thank you for posting!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 28, 2009, 10:15 am
Lovely article, Marion ... thank you for sharing it with all of us. My Saturday mornings begin with a walking meditation in our roof garden; I love hearing the birds in the morning, especially at the "crack of dawn" ... then 20 minutes of Chi Kung/Tai Chi ... yoga stretches/practise and then my first cup of green or white tea. A very long shower ... get dressed, put on a hat and my sunglasses, pick up my canvas tote bag and I'm off to the largest Farmers Market in NYC ... this usually takes an hour or more because I know many of the farmers in our market and the chat is pleasant and full of information about nutrition and healthy choices.

My best friend usually comes to our roof garden for lunch on Saturday and we sit in the sun, enjoy our often fresh from the frarmers market vegetarian lunch with sun tea or lemonade.

We're both retired ... we're both in the Medicare Advantage Plan ... life is good.

IToday is Friday ... I'm off to Trader Joe's to get some staples which I can't get at the farmers market on Saturday.

Can you believe it ... summer is almost over!
 

Marion Y. (322)
Friday August 28, 2009, 11:16 am
Blue...What a wonderful way to spending your Saturdays! Tai Chi is a fabulous martial art for health and longevity. It's on my list to do. Really. The yoga, green or white tea, mingling at the market, and time with your friend sounds refreshing and relaxing. Your healthful lifestyle is inspiring. Trader Joe's is one of my favorites too. Thanks for sharing, my friend!
 

sue M. (184)
Friday August 28, 2009, 12:52 pm
I admire anyone who can live in the desert. I just could not do it and long for Mendocino where the grass is green and the redwoods hide the beating sun. It is where my mind goes once I shut my eyes and see the whales dancing and the deer prancing. We all need that break even for just a few minutes to drown out the noise. Good article Marion I am there..........
 

Marion Y. (322)
Friday August 28, 2009, 2:44 pm
Sue...Mendocino, CA..wine country...lush...leisurely...a great getaway! I've passed through Mendocino, but never stayed to enjoy it. I am there too. Thanks for reminding me of this beautiful place, my friend.
 

Pamylle G. (461)
Friday August 28, 2009, 2:52 pm
Lovely, Marion !
 

Pete Conrads (91)
Friday August 28, 2009, 4:24 pm
That is fantastic Marion, for me the week is quite stressfull but my weekend is all mine :o) I truly let go of work, I will not even watch for our commercials on TV to make sure that we are staying within regs... :o)

Breathe....... smile :o) great to have you all as my friends, thank you Marion, Namaste
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Friday August 28, 2009, 6:08 pm
Fantastic, Marion, thank you. Now, I'm excitedly looking forward to tomorrow morning.
Last Friday I awoke to an eagle snatching breakfast out of the lake we were exclusively camped on with my nearly five year old daughter exclaiming "Wow! Did you SEE that, daddy?"
Like Blue, The Farmers Market is my destination and though not as grand as NYC, I spend at least an hour there listening and learning from those that endeavor to feed us.
You, Sue and Frank have made me homesick for the Golden State, where I lived for 32 years. I'm so glad to hear of your enjoyment of a truly wonderfully magic place for those that take the time to look.
 

Joycey B. (750)
Friday August 28, 2009, 6:37 pm
Wonderful article. Noted with big thanks Marion.
 

Janet Hughes (390)
Friday August 28, 2009, 9:18 pm
Marion...love your new profile pic, love the new blog, love your inspiration! Keep up the great work!
 

Elainna Crowell (174)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 3:33 am
I loved the music and the article. You definitely know how to get inspired. I lived on the upper Mohave desert near the town of Phelan for about 10 years during the 60's. I was inspired by the view of the mountains and the incredible clarity of the night sky. So keep writing & sharing. Its well worth reading.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 7:15 am
Pete...Turning off the TV and BREATHING is another great way for weekend unwinding and relaxing.

Locan...You may not get away to California to unwind, but you have found a wonderful place where you are. We can find inspiration right where we are...we just have to look for it. Watching birds, animals and nature is a perfect way.

Janet...Thank you much for the complments!

Elainna...Thank you for the encouragement! Phelan is about 1 hour from me. The mountains and night sky are magnificent.

I appreciate all your comments, my friends. And I hope our ideas to get inspired will help others now and in the future.
 

Mary H. (47)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 7:26 am
Loved it! Thank you for sharing...
Saturdays have just become special to me since I have retired -- seems I always had to work weekends. I enjoy them now as a lazy day -- grandkids are out of school, we usually do something, be it watching the sunrise & listening to the birds or just looking at the sky to see what the clouds appear to be to us...enjoying nature and all her wonders...
 

Marion Y. (322)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 10:20 am
Good for you, Mary! Retirement can be wonderful years, as you are now enjoying. We now have the time to slow down and and OBSERVE and ENJOY nature's gifts to us each day. Like you, when working and raising a family, I was not aware of relaxing as much as I do now. But I can see that we don't have to wait for retirement. We can take moments throughout the day to pause, reflect and enjoy at any age. Life is shorter than we know and nothing is promised. Best to enjoy it as we can. Thank you, my friend.
 

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 4:34 pm
Help me find the geek
This is off the subject but I don't know how to reach the geek. For one ting when I get a message I forget to move to the post your own comment section and instead i write directly in the answer box and of course it comes back. I feel so stupid when that happens. The other thing I get this notice that I have about 1000 unread messages and it lists them all. It seems I have been reading quite a few messages; where do i mark them as read when i read them? When I post a comment after opening a message it doesn't seem to register.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 6:18 pm
Hi Frank...I'm not sure I fully understand but will do my best.

1) Post your own comment section - when you receive a message and want to reply, select "reply". Type your message in the comment box, then select "send". Be sure to wait a few seconds while the message re-enters the message box and you can see the person's name appear who you are sending to. If you start typing too fast, an error may occur.

2) Yes, all your unread messages will list in your inbox. When you have finished reading the message, select "delete" or "save". Messages you save will go in your save box for later reference. Delete, forward and save choices will appear above the message.

3) This post you created in this thread came out fine. In the message, you selected the link to the article and posted your comment here.

You could have taken that same message and selected "reply" and sent a reply message directly to me. So there are several things you can do with one message. You control what you want to do with it: link to the article and comment there, reply to the originator of the message directly, forward the message to someone else, save the message for later reference, or delete it completely.

Even if you do all of that correctly, the system sometimes runs slow because of the heavy traffic. Messages don't get sent right away, don't get sent at all, glitches happen and well, you get the picture. Care2 is still wonderful. You just need patience.I will send this reply directly to you so you can respond directly back to me rather than this thread. I hope this helps.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 9:55 pm
I read news of the socialist revolution that my socialist movement is making, in Latin America, Nepal, etc.. That is inspiring enough for me.
 

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Sunday August 30, 2009, 6:51 pm
Thank you Marian I replied to the message as you said and printed out the page with the instructions. But my replay message did not go to you but to the box belonging to Panda in Australia and it was sent back from there. That is what has been happening. So I don't even know how to askPpandas about this. The old joke about the guy who couldn't get rid of his boomerang.

I'm glad you like Saturday. It was also a day when I could go to the lab in the morning and work in peace and quiet especially when the boss wasn't around.
 

Sherri O. (257)
Sunday August 30, 2009, 7:43 pm
Thanks, Marion. Beautiful picture.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Monday August 31, 2009, 8:10 am
Frank...It sounds like a glitch. You might send a message to HELP and get them to look into this for you.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Monday August 31, 2009, 8:16 am
Simon...I'm glad you mentioned your work with the socialist movement as inspiring. Good for you! Anytime we have a strong passion for something and lose ourselves in it can be very rewarding!

Frank...Same with you as Simon. You both really get lost in your work. That is a good thing for passionate folks like you!

While some may not understand how either of you can relax and get inspired in this way, it is only because they have not been passionate enough about something. I know that feeling and take my hat off to both of you.

Sheri...Compliment is much appreciated!

Thanks, my friends!
 
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