HER-story:

With words and images, I am telling my story. Through art, through sculpture, I am remembering HERstory...
CASIMIRA

Wednesday, June 30

surrender

in the light of truth
surrender to live life with nobility, grace and elegance

Tuesday, June 29

al ritmo de mi alma

with one of my favorite feathers
me regalo plumas y rosas
bailo al ritmo de mi alma
y soy feliz...

Monday, June 28

hope for hope

remembering Tia Hope
hope for today.

hope for tomorrow.

hope for peace.

hope for love.

hope for light.

hope for children.

hope for mothers.

hope for fathers.

hope for families.

hope for hope.

originally published in June 2007

Sunday, June 27

soy mujer

a warrior, a queen, a gypsy, a woman

soy guerrera de otros siglos

soy reina desde antes

soy gitana bailando

soy esa que grita su verdad en silencio

soy mujer

Saturday, June 26

watching the moon

detail from a portrait by Robert Barberena De La Rocha


Watching the moon
at midnight,
solitary, mid-sky,
I knew myself completely,
no part left out.

- Izumi Shikibu (c. 974-1034)



full moon tonight

partial lunar eclipse

opportunity for enlightenment

Friday, June 25

she invites us to play

my son's hand covered in volcanic sand

juguemos con Ella
exploremos
esculquemos
descubramos
Ella nos invita
bañemonos en Madre Tierra Bendita

let us play with Her
let us explore
let us search
let us discover
She invites us
let us bathe in Blessed Mother Earth

Thursday, June 24

only soul

freedom to create

"The beauty of art is that there are no rules..." - Mia Michaels

no rules to follow

no rules to break

only soul

Wednesday, June 23

om

Om Mani Päme Hum
"The mantra Om Mani Päme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pä, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom. So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?"

- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (c.1910-28 - 1991)

Tuesday, June 22

mad, naked summer

summer hats, summer shades

Press close, bare-bosomed Night!
Press close, magnetic, nourishing Night!
Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars!
Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night!

- Walt Whitman (1819-1892)


wishing you mad, naked summer nights...

Monday, June 21

true sun is within

summer solstice

With praying hands I face the sun, feeling love and joy in my heart.

I stretch up my hands and let the sun fill me with warmth.

I bow before the sun's radiance and place my face to the ground with humble respect.

I lift my face to the sun and then remember, to achieve such heights, I must be as the dust of the earth.

I stretch up towards its light trying to reach the greatest heights and again surrender.

I stand tall as I remember the true sun is within me.

-- Ancient Verse, author unknown
years ago, one of my yoga instructors shared this prayer with me

Sunday, June 20

father's day

this picture is worth one thousand words...
Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 19

soul dance

I love how the grass grows tall and proud despite the concrete
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.

- Mother Teresa of Calcutta


yesterday afternoon, I lay upon the sweet grass, looked up at the rising moon and setting sun and felt my soul dance

Friday, June 18

curiosity

he holds the ring of the future
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

what are you curious about today?

Thursday, June 17

on the edges of time

one of my rings landed in the midst of flowers and continued dancing

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)


let us surrender to the dance of life, let us dance, let us dance

Wednesday, June 16

sounds of life

let us sing louder, let us sing stronger
I have been watching the World Cup and I miss the human voices. I miss the songs. I miss the cheers. Plastic horns drown out all sounds of life, but people continue to sing.

Tuesday, June 15

of the soul

Rumi of my soul...
Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.

- RUMI

Monday, June 14

only sacredness

Rumi speaks to me in dreams...

Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. - RUMI

Let us taste the sacredness in the ordinary.

Sunday, June 13

time

craving complete solitude
Empty the cup.

- Zen Master Nan-in (1868-1912
)

our lives are so busy, so full...how do we begin to empty the cup? meditation. time alone with our innermost self. even 5 minutes makes a difference.

Saturday, June 12

new moon

tonight, let us dance barefoot under the new moon
new moon, new beginning
open up to universal energies
visualize your dreams become realities

Friday, June 11

enano de mariposas

an excerpt from a short story written in 2007
El enano era un galán. Entró al Salón de Escudos como un sultán. Dos tigres, una avestruz y seis jabalíes lo escoltaron a los aposentos de la Diosa Blanca. El enano le traía las mejores Mariposas Maravillas para adornar sus cabellos de plata.

Thursday, June 10

pouring petals into words

from one of my 2007 journals


she dreams in roses

pouring petals

into words

angels up above

dancing round

full of love

originally published in January 2007

Wednesday, June 9

ayer me enamore

yesterday I fell in love...
ayer me enamore locamente

de un árbol...

Tuesday, June 8

another part

behind a leaf

behind a leaf
I see your soul

behind a leaf
I sense your struggle

behind a leaf
I sing your praise

behind a leaf
I discover another part of myself

Monday, June 7

she speaks

in the silence of the soul, she speaks
goddess of the sea

whispered

you belong to me

write of my lovers

sing of my pirates

dance with my waves

make gems of the soul

goddess of the sea

mother nature and me

excerpt from “The Goddess Speaks” a manuscript in progress

Sunday, June 6

believe

what do you believe in?
she wears memories around her neck

she kisses dreams by moonlight

she believes, do you?

Saturday, June 5

Déjame hablar contigo: A Julia Casimira Sacasa

la mano del "Poeta Carpintero" Raúl Xavier García
Déjame hablar contigo

-- Por Raúl Xavier García

-- A Julia Casimira Sacasa


Esa inquietud. Esta necesidad de saber

lo que no es tuyo ni mío,

es lo que te obliga a obedecer:

nos lleva desprotegido hacia el peligro.

Más tarde, con los golpes que te da la vida,

con ellos puedes empezar a comprender

y medir distancias, si caminar sobre el mar

o en las brasas del fuego.

Y en la serenidad te niegas a sí mismo,

sería como huir sin esperar, amar sin ser herida.

Y mañana correr la sangre en abundancia

no así, el asma.

Friday, June 4

writing

secrets, memories, dreams, detail from a recent beach altar
writing has been a central part of my existence for decades...

Thursday, June 3

todo cambia

one of my tshirts, some of my turquoise
I have had this song about CHANGE on my mind all day...life is change...change is life. Change is part of our transformation.

Cambia lo superficial
Cambia también lo profundo
Cambia el modo de pensar
Cambia todo en este mundo

Cambia el clima con los años
Cambia el pastor su rebaño
Y así como todo cambia
Que yo cambie no es extraño

Cambia el más fino brillante
De mano en mano su brillo
Cambia el nido el pajarillo
Cambia el sentir un amante

Cambia el rumbo el caminante
Aunque esto le cause daño
Y así como todo cambia
Que yo cambie no es extraño

Cambia, todo cambia
Cambia, todo cambia

Cambia el sol en su carrera
Cuando la noche subsiste
Cambia la planta y se viste
De verde en la primavera

Cambia el pelaje la fiera
Cambia el cabello el anciano
Y así como todo cambia
Que yo cambie no es extraño

Pero no cambia mi amor
Por mas lejos que me encuentre
Ni el recuerdo ni el dolor
De mi tierra y de mi gente

Y lo que cambió ayer
Tendrá que cambiar mañana
Así como cambio yo
En esta tierra lejana.

- Julio Numhauser

Wednesday, June 2

studying the sky

amidst old lace & roses
"Once I was beset by anxiety but I pushed the fear away by studying the sky, determining when the moon would come out and where the sun would appear in the morning." - Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)

Tuesday, June 1

wonder

joyfully discovering the sands of ancestors
every little thing is new and full of wonder for my 22 month old son