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NEXT TIME

Ginko trees live 1,000 years.
Eating the leaves will clear your brain.
When I heard about them, I thought of my mother,
how much I would like to sit under one with her
in the ancient shade, nibbling
the flesh, the stem, the central vein.

– NAOMI SHIHAB NYE –

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In between clients and the dailyness of life, I’ve been painting a “spare” room. This concept is barely within my grasp. After close to seventeen years of being married and raising a blended family with five children, we have an almost empty nest.

I spent a considerable amount of time with paint chips. Looking at them in the store; taking them outside into natural light; bringing them home and taping them to the wall. I bought a sample jar and painted a small patch of color…made my decision and invested in two gallons of Benjamin Moore “Camouflage.” My husband, who is an army brat, grew up with white and off white walls. Little by little, I’ve been adding color, but “camouflage?”

The first coat, was a bit scary…I was painting flat paint over eggshell–it looked splotchy. I have to admit, I had the momentary thought that maybe this was a MISTAKE. The second coat changed everything…I love it! My husband’s comment? “I don’t think I would have picked it in the store…it’s growing on me.”

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LIVING WITH MISTAKES

They won’t wear boots.
They march ahead of us
into our rooms, dripping.

Give them a chair.
Where they sit,
the fabric will be wet
for days.
We have to talk about
everything else
in their presence.

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

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