Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ordinary Magic

Collage by Lani with layers and photoshop brush from Jerry Jones, a very generous artist!!!

In “Number Our Days”, anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff decided to study the elders of her own cultural heritage, Jewish elders in a retirement community in California. She discovered that although their funds were very limited and they rarely got to see their children or grandchildren, they could create joy out of next to nothing, by creating ceremony, by paying attention, and by finding meaning and significance. The elders were in possession of a philosophers’ stone, Myerhoff felt. Through this secret of attention, they were able to turn the “base metals” of their existence into the “gold” of a life valued. One of the elders said to her, ‘“I think this attitude you are talking about, paying such attention to life, is what we mean by ‘a heart of wisdom’... In the psalm it says, ‘So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom’”’(p.231).

So here's to getting a heart of wisdom and creating joy out of next to nothing... and finding ordinary magic on a morning walk with the boys.
Bruzzi posing for the camera.  Layers in all the images are from Jerry Jones.

We found some magical things in the forest, a little memorial perched on a bolder.

And here's a little pagoda bird house, also in the forest.

Someone had decorated a pine tree with Christmas ornaments and they are worn and weathered now.

The boys find it enchanting too.  But really it is a simple, ordinary magic; this enchantment we feel when we pay attention to the world around us!


Keggy Featherwolf said...

Beautiful Lani! These photos are amazing!
I am curious if you have you ever worked with glass negatives? I tried scanning a few yesterday, but I do not have your ability to add texture and color.

Lani Gerity said...

Oh, thank you, Keggy. I've never worked with glass negatives. I'd love to see what they look like.

watching kereru said...

Hi Lani, I just received a beautiful card from you today here in Lyttelton, NZ. "We are love beyond our ability to comprehend" is the message you sent and it is beautiful right now, here in this town which is still figuring how to move forward from the earthquake a month ago. Thank you. You might be interested in seeing the little "love project" we have been doing here with a small group of women since the quake occurred.

Anonymous said...

dear lani,
i could hardly wait to get home to check out your web site and blog-i met you at bead breakout today. my
hunch was correct- that you would be amazing and
special-and i was right!!! i am so humbled to have met
you! amazing-truly amazing. debbie

Lani Gerity said...

Thank you so much, Debbie!
And I can't wait to get home to play with all those beautiful beads!