Monday, August 17, 2009

Stinky Whale Breath & Cookie-Smelling Trees

Lately I can feel that little spark coming to life again inside of me.
This summer...wait, no...these last few years...but mainly this summer, has been really tough.

And I think I've withdrawn.
And pulled away.
And lost energy for extra blogging and writing and photography and friends.

But this week...I've been feeling that spark flare up just a little bit now and then.
It kind of tickles.
Makes me remember there's something inside...something that inspires me and makes me want more.
It flares a little, and I find I need to sit down and write.

So, here I am. Trying to kindle that spark, turn it into a tall flame, so that I can burn towards my full potential.

I saw the movie Julie and Julia this weekend with my mother, my grandmother, and a friend of ny mom's.
It was a great movie!

It made me want to cook, it made me want to eat, and more than anything, it made me hungry to find my place in the world.
To find that lifeline I can grab onto to pull myself out of the downing ocean.
It's a great movie.

And I listened to stories about a woman trying to catch the horned whales, the Narwhals, on National Public Radio.
And how as she struggles with the whale to put on the tracking device, she is blasted with whale breath.
And that sounds disgusting and amazing all at the same time.

I also heard a story about Ponderosa trees in Arizona that can be hit by lightening and not burn. And they smell like cookies baking.
And it reminds me how much nature amazes me.

Wikipedia says, "The bark of the Ponderosa Pine has a smell similar to vanilla.Some describe it as the smell of a "cookie".[1] The Ponderosa Pine has a very distinct bark. Unlike most conifers, it has an orange bark, with black lining the crevasses, where the bark "splits"."

Have you heard any good stories lately
involving nature or something amazing?

Do you have a spark inside of you?

I've missed the blogging world.


Susie said...

Baking really reeves me up:-)

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

I saw Julie and Julia this weekend, too! I am actually on the wait list at the library for Mastering the Art of French cooking :-)

Jen said...

You what, I have missed you.

Alison said...

I can see that Rhea spark, dancing through this post!

I think Narwals are amazing creatures. I heard the other day about an Octopus in a Canadian aquarium that was found as the culprit behind building wide power outages. There was a halogen light that was shining directly into his tank and they finally caught on tape, the Octopus shooting a jet of water at the light to put it out! Incredible nature at work! :)

Scary Mommy said...

I've been catching up-- I had no idea what was going on with you. I'm sorry things have been so rough, hun. Sending you a virtual hug!!!

Misty DawnS said...

Dang - I want some of those trees!!!

Sweetie - I hope you keep your spark going... I love your writing, your creativeness, and your personality. Please don't let it burn out.

My spark has been going out too... even with photography *gasp*. I've been putting in over 50-hour weeks at work, and I'm too tired and stressed to have any interest in anything else :-( Like you, I've got to re-kindle the spark, or I'll be in for a seriously bad depression.