Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Two-do lists

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It's resolution time again. If you are a resolution-maker, how about resolve to not make BIG expectations with your goals, but rather fewer, more frequent (and realistic) ones? Instead of a to-do list that's overwhelming, big, and abstract, how about a small and tangible list? Here's my spin on the ole' to-do:-keep just two things on that list at a time. Finish one thing. Then replace it with another. Give it a try.
T O D A Y:

— Drink
— Be merry
©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

On the topic of 'resolutions'

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Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Friday, December 26, 2008

A little peace. A little scare.

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S

"this holiday I hope we all have a little peace on our little earth"

Inspiration. Creativity. Life.

Each comes and goes in it's own sweet time. I bend toward making cards more than buying them. I love making cards and gifts. But this year, I didn't have a 'creative spark' till about two days before Christmas Eve, so only these two cards [ ABOVE ] were sent. Had I had this inspiration a bit sooner, please consider the above to be the card that might have landed in your mailbox. I adore the cards I receive each year. It is always so good to see photos and get so many warm wishes, and funny cards — superkeech! And don't worry, I don't plan to "e-card" in the future, but for this year, please accept this image of the simple wish I wish for us all.

The card-pics above were going to be posted solo, but Christmas day and today have been a bit filled-up, contributing to a slightly new perspective on life:

T H I S - M O R N I N G
I went with my sister and saw her baby, via ultrasound. She's due early February. Heard and saw its tiny little heart beating. My sister looks great and is doing fine, as is the baby. The images are a bit bizarre but sweet, nonetheless. Recall the Rachel/Ross episode on 'Friends.'

Life, about to enter this world of ours.

L A S T - N I G H T
Just as we (Grandma and Grandaddy, both near 90yrs old, Mom and Dad, my sister, and me) had finished eating Christmas Dinner here in Atlanta, I had noticed from across the table that Grandaddy had his eyes closed, and I commented jokingly, "Hey Grandaddy, are ya taking a nap over Christmas dinner?" He naps all the time so the comment was really nothing. But when 'nothing' was his response even after someone else had asked him the same question again, I flew over to the other side of the table and held his hand and his head. Talked to him. Placed my hand near his nose and mouth and felt nothing. No breath. Then dad and I laid him down on the floor. My hand under his head. I kept talking with him. I remained upbeat in my voice even though Grandma was really frightened next to him, which made me frightened. At this point, he really wasn't with us. Kept talking to him, even though it felt like we had lost him. Then he began to mumble and respond to questions I asked him, especially relating to the nice dinner we had just had and presents we'd opened earlier that day. Then he began to come to. He looked at me and smiled. I asked him to say something to Grandma to reassure her, too. Then he asked what he was doing on the floor. I said, "oh you were just a little sleepy and started to 'take a nap' we thought you'd be more comfortable here." Then the EMT guys came in and Grandad said, "what's all this fuss for?" I said, "Well, you gave us a little scare, so they're just gonna check things out. Don't worry, we'll save cookies and leftovers for you." You know, once he began to speak of food and was smiling I knew he'd be alright. But what we later found out, was that his heart had in fact stopped last night.

One life coming in, early February.
One almost slipping quietly away from us, last night.

Our church had a very touching service the Sunday before I left for Atlanta. "Blue Christmas." I originally went to it more for the timing of the service than the focus of it. Geared to folks who had experienced loss this year. I had not experienced loss but was overcome with emotion that night, last Sunday, at how grateful I was for that fact. I've been blessed. And I was keenly aware of this. Everyone who came into this year with me was going out with me.

We're taking things a day at a time, but Grandaddy is stable today.

is loss in the world. There is vibrant life in the world. Loss is a fairly easy concept to grasp, abstractly. But a bit tougher when it touches someone who's been a part of your life since the day you were born. I love my Grandparents very much, and there will be a day that they, you, and I won't be here anymore. Luckily for us, last night was not his time.

But what are we doing with our life till then?

While we're on this little earth, let's
have a little peace. Make it a better place. Make some difference that we were once here. Pass something forward. Use your talents. Thank someone. Encourage someone. Share. Make a difference.

And by the way, it's 11:11.

12/30 UPDATE: He had a pacemaker put in yesterday at Emory.
He's now home and doing fine. Unbelievable.

PHOTO ©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

GPS for the Journey

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Have you ever been driving to your destination when you are suddenly greeted by those unexpected orange detour signs in the road? You have to take a different route than what you had planned. It takes more time. You don’t know what you’ll encounter. But what if this detour saves you from an accident? What if it puts you in the presence of someone you could help? Or puts something in your path that could literally save your ‘life’?

A few years back, in 2005, I had ‘mapped out’ this move up to DC for a job. That job later faded out, but I have continued to keep my eyes open during this ‘detour.’ I've realized amazing blessings that had come into my life as a result of making that move up here: -New friends. Great neighbors. Good health. An amazing, supportive church community. Strength and support in my family. You’ve heard the phrase, ‘enjoy the journey.’ Well, if I hadn’t kept my eyes open, during the detour from my original plans, look at what blessings I would have missed out on!

That detour continues even as I write this. But my prayers have never been outcome-oriented. They have always been simply for strength and for guidance. They continue to be. I may not be where ‘I’ thought I’d be, but what if I’m right where God needs me to be?

When we get detoured or lost, there may be a reason we are on that different path. Something to learn. Someone to encounter. Some means to grow, or to help. So take a moment. Look around. Be grateful and aware of what’s around you on your diversion. And if you still feel lost, try this “GPS” for your journey: -Go Pray Somewhere. Ask for direction.

What unexpected detours have happened in your life this year?

God is good. He’s been with me so far and I don’t think he’ll leave me now. Open your eyes. Enjoy the journey, even the detours. Especially the detours. They just might be filled with unexpected blessings.
This is from my essay in the 2008 Woodside Advent Devotional, "Our Journeys with God"
©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Saturday, December 20, 2008

One Month from Today

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
We will walk through a page of our future history books.

Inauguration Day construction today at the
US Capitol (1793)
Washington, DC
If you are planning to join 6 million of your fellow citizens, like myself, on January 20th out here in the cold on The Mall, I'd advise: a VERY WARM long coat, good gloves, warm socks, of course a small camera, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of patience. I don't generally care for 'crowds.' It will be crazy. But it will also be historic. It is solely for that reason, I am happy to persevere for this one day. I'll wave to y'all on CNN!

PHOTO ©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday Photo

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Holly-day decorations. My home.
JARS — $1 each. From a farm in Ohio near my sister
HOLLY — Free. From my back yard
JOY of creating this simple pleasure — 'mastercard'

PHOTO ©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Traditions and 'Try'

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A few years back I decided to try a new recipe and take it with me to my family in Atlanta. Pumpkin Bread. It was actually pretty tasty. My thinking was this — while our traditions at the holidays are nice and comforting — someone had to actually start them. Someone baked green bean casserole for the first time. Or Pawley's Island Pie for the first time. So why not try one new dish each year or so and see if it flies? Well, last night I had nearly 20 people over to my home to close out this year. It was a wonderful chance to be together with good friends, welcome in new ones, and get prepared for Christmas just one week from today. We shared our favorite Christmas memory. We revealed our favorite holiday song. And we also tried new dishes. Mine was a red velvet cake, a la 'cupcakes' [PHOTO]. Okay, so they looked just fine and it was the first time I'd ever made a cake and icing from scratch, but they were heavier than a fruitcake*... well, if you don't try you won't know.

Try something new this holiday. -And enjoy your traditions.
*Another 'try' was discovering that 10 seconds in the microwave can revive anything!
©2008 Wendy Hudgins


Don't be afraid to try something new.
An amateur built the ark.
Professionals built the Titanic.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Photo

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Mini Cooper. Early morning in Corsica.

PHOTO ©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

40 days. 40 nights.

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Just that many days from today until we get a much-needed fresh start for this country. I plan to be down on the National Mall to be a part of it all — with about 10,000,000,000 of my closest friends. The day will
be historic. I pray it will also be safe.
©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Velvet Morning

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At the risk of completely contradicting my 12/2 entry check out this site: 'COLORSTROLOGY'

The one to the right is mine.
Also, please visit: the creative request

Monday, December 8, 2008

Will you draw a flower?

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Everything sounds better in french, so I'll let you look this one up:
le jardin de mes amis.

This idea began at the end of a year living in France when I did a painting exchange with two friends, one now in LA, the other Santa Fe. It later occurred to me the paintings were were both of flowers, and
I love flowers. Then I imagined a space filled with these 'flowers'.
A 'garden' of them created by people who have inspired me: friends, family, neighbors, colleagues. I have over twenty flowers already.
Some are just doodles, others are detailed paintings. I will continue to collect these for years to come, from the folks who come into my life. So, for those of you who have already sent me your flower, merci bien! And for those who have not yet done one...

Will you draw, paint, sketch, or collage a FLOWER and send it to me?
Use an index card, post-it note, or large canvas. A crayon, ballpoint pen, or fine paintbrush. W
hatever you feel inclined to use. Just keep it simple. Easy. Un-fussy. Be creative. Or not. Just as long as you created it. Handmade is best, so no photos. And yes, a circle with a line below it qualifies as a flower.
TWO REQUIREMENTS: It's a flower. You created it by hand.
Email me and I'll send you my address.
Postcard stamp is 27¢. First class stamp is 42¢.

If you are thinking, "this entry must be for someone else." Nope. It's for you. I believe that each person that comes into our lives, has an impact on it. And I would love to add your flower to the garden ...yes, you.
©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Here's my forty...two cents

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©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Which is it?

"Does the person make the journey?
Or does the
journey make the person?"
Yesterday's comment 'loving great quotes', hearing this one last night, and putting together a booklet recently on 'Journeys,' are what make this entry a breadcrumb.
Okay, granted this quote was an ad for Louis Vuitton airing the very same day that the current Recession was declared... )
©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The 'present' — a crystal ball from our 'past'

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
I've never had even the slightest interest in crystal balls, tarot card readings, etc. Okay, I confess I have a saying from a fortune cookie by my computer. But those are more like quotes to me. And I love great quotes. And occasionally I will peek at the horoscope things, I'm a Sagittarius, but never even taking those too seriously. What is very telling are promises made and how the reality then unravels. That applies to all of us. But for people in the public eye, cameras capturing their very own words become crystal balls from their very own past.
Perhaps this should be an entry on making resolutions for the upcoming year? Never-mind. Come to think of it I haven't a clue what my 2008 resolution was!
1) First, think of where we are now, in the year 2008
2) Then check out these words, from the year 2000 -
©2008 Wendy Hudgins
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