Category Archives: Feeling

every MOMENT

Two years ago I died. Medics brought me back to life, doctors and nurses brought me back unaffected. But the luckiest thing was I realized:

every MOMENT a MIRACLE every breath a blessing.

So, feel your energy know your power sing your song dance your day re-assemble your mystery dig a pony LOVE YOUR LOVE walk this way and that flora fauna

hearten your heart.

for swift kat – noblsavaj 060612


Three Mirrors

My dresser has three mirrors
And not one has the truth.
Left outrages when wrong, yet
Plays so strong when right
Right cringes with who I am
Frightened by the actual
Center accepts the whole,
Resting in faithful fortune.
These are the man that travels
To meet his son known for eight years
Through an exchange of words,
Personal and scholarly
Heart and mind
Such gift cannot be deserved
The man I am travels this Friday.



unfinished gifts

don’t go back to sleep

MANIFEST your self, destiny, purpose

love without money is open to question

the door is round and open

take care of busine$$


I am




a minute is a terrible thing to waste

connect mind and action for positive result

in the arc of the mallet

you must ask for what you want


the only way anything gets done is when you do it

work for a true living

plant more, till more, pay attention to the farm

the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you

people are going back and forth across the doorsill



get ‘er done

* – italics are excerpts from Rumi poems used in Philip Glass, Monsters of Grace




No treasure more valuable than a person you can count on time after time


long time comin…




righteous fatherhood

some serve by knowing how it begins, how it ends and what song comes next



God bless a soul who takes dreams seriously and does somethin’ about it

for John Whipple by noblsavaj 091711

life is all about what you value

life is all about what you value

for every kiss given and received from beloveds and babes, we give thanks.

for the privileges of work and parenthood
for a free country
for canine loyalty and feline appreciation
for coworkers and friends
for every good night’s sleep and every pleasant dream
for things that are free and things that are worth what you pay
for that fascinating woman in the mirror
for every clear breath
for every morning in its freshness
for entertainments both enriching and distracting
for today and tomorrow
for questions easy to answer and fulfilling to consider

for every lesson given that leaves us wizened but unscathed, let us give thanks.

for Kristi Kjendalen by noblsavaj 091911

no better use of a day

(garynote: at band practice one night, the subject came up about what Mark does on his days off.)

no better use of a day


culinary science

singing in the shower

long conversation





a mighty fine walk with the dogs


for mark mason by noblsavaj 070811

annie’s egg company policy: keep laying

right or wrong, write. roll camera. crossfade to cut 2431. everything you know will change.

because every life has a truth to share – herstory. the children, the animals, the land. growth.

California. Texas. El Paso. Las Cruces. New York. Paris. Tennessee. Mexico.

for Alana Cash

doin’ good

doin’ good

“people aren’t either wicked or noble, they’re chopped salads resolving confusion and conflict” with doin’ the best they can… (twisted up from Lemony Snicket – sorry sir)

nearly everything we do is voluntary. we choose our actions, consciously, morning to night. everything we do teaches us more. everything we do affects the immediate consequence, the sustained effect, the legacy – for good or ill. inspired by our highest considerations, well-attended intentions produce activities that shape the community. together, lively people achieve missions that help the helpless, conserve natural and cultural resources and evolve the species.

our divinity, hallowed be. our perfection comes in dreams to guide us as we work for heaven on earth. you present our day with sustenance and time. you reconcile our differences as we cooperate with others. you wisely counsel against temptation and deliver us with grace…

dancing with abandon, looking directly into the eyes of the eternal beloved

life is generally chaotic. an individual floats in a swarming soup of people bent upon a cacophony of motivations shaped by accidental childhoods and confused social melee. let us not float, but swim. let us use our moment to create new ways to thrive in a free and equitable community. listen to the better voices, hear wisdom and laughter.

sublime in the aggregate

nothin’ cant’ be survived

distinguish this moment with inimitable love


for laura carterĀ  noblsavaj 061311

Holly Turns 30

You are exactly who you are, and you are very good at that

professional mom lover friend

No one knows how to parent Emeleia like you and Mac. Parenting books nor college courses prepare you to parent a child the way she needs to be parented. But if you study the chold, if you know her breathing and you see the meaning in her eyes, you learn precisely how to parent her. You taught me that.

Long life lovers have a burning passion and a steadfast fidelity that sustains them when passion is challenged by reality.

You are very professional, but there aren’t many – if any – social workers like you. You pursued this career partly because you could see that social work can be done better. You must continue to learn, to achieve a professional (graduate) degree, study, research, and then write, present, teach the profession – show them how effective a social worker can be, and how to make a difference no matter what.

Friends love you best by manifesting the opportunity to be a friend.

061111 noblsavaj aka Dad

sweet: it runs in the family

Our Great-Aunt Neal had it on my dad’s side, and his mother – our grandmother – Zonetta has the reputation for it. On my Mother’s side, you could see it in my Great-Aunt Pat and Aunt Carol. It’s more than mere love – it’s a sunny, everything-for-the-best perspective. Each of these women thrilled in the good times, and when bad things befell, they persevered to appreciate survival and recovery with indomitable spirit. As a family, Darlene and the other sweets carry an emotional culinary trait: sugar in the gravy.
husband daughters nieces work friend love nephews sons laughter grandchildren
two little girls growing up to know that no matter what, they were loved.
sometimes the only thing you can control is how you react, and even then it’s chancy.
peace in the face of it all
when she was a little girl, Darlene had to wear shoes attached to a board in an attempt to treat a spinal difficulty. it was the sort of brutality that would make any three year old scream in confused terror. I have a clear memory of Darlene in a crib, board attached, looking up and playing with Mom and Dad, smiling then sleeping peacefully.