Monday, November 30, 2009

The first thirty-nine [Part 2]

B R E A D C R U M B S
Coming into December this year, "thirty-nine" has had an unexpected and surprisingly scintillating appeal to me. Plus, after a year of blogging I'm very much in a mode of embracing. We are what we are.

With the internet and our over-interconnectedness to everything (this blog being a perfect example) gone are the days of covertness. High school photos seem to pop out from the cob webs, DOB's appear on the freaking white pages. Really? Is that necessary?

Anyway.... hello transparency. So with that, I've actually found I'm embracing the upcoming "thirty-nine." Afterall, thirty-nine is a pretty rich number. Check out my random finds:
  1. 39 is the calling code for Italy.
  2. The city I currently call 'home', Silver Spring, MD is at 39° latitude.
  3. Hitchcock’s book, 39 Steps.
  4. Dictionary defines it as: being nine more than thirty. Profound, I know.
  5. Thirty-nine. The opposite of nine-thirty. Just sayin'.
  6. This week's #39 on the Billboard's Top 100 chart, is a song from Reba McIntire's "Keep on Loving You."
  7. There are Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
  8. At thirty-nine weeks, a baby is getting situated to enter the world
  9. The 39th question @ McSweeneys.net of 39 questions to Charley Daniels is "Are you implying, Mr. Daniels, that Johnny actually wants to get hustled?"
  10. It is a song on Queen’s album “A Night at the Opera”
  11. It is comprised of a quarter, a dime, and four pennies
  12. It's an album that holds a song by Jen Foster called, “A Little Help”
  13. “Reading Ambassadors” group consists of 39 U.S. Gubernatorial Spouses encouraging kids to read four or more books in the summer
  14. Channel 39 is the Travel Channel on my tv. Ha! LOVE that one!
  15. MCMXXXIX
  16. January 1, '39 – The Hewlett-Packard Company is founded.
  17. In '39 my grandma turned 20
  18. Batman first appears in '39
  19. 1939 is the last year of the guillotine was used in France
  20. In '39 Siam becomes Thailand
  21. 1939 was the premiere of The Wizard of Oz, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
  22. December 15, 1939, Gone with the Wind premieres Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
  23. 9/1/39 first shots of WWII were fired
  24. In '39 CBS begins transmission
  25. In '39 Judy Collins was born
  26. In '39 Ralph Lauren was born

  27. Pier 39 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
  28. In Psalms 39... "But now, Lord, what do I look for? 
My hope is in you."
  29. Movie with Renee Zellwiger, "Case 39"
  30. 39 House Democrats Voted Against Their Own Party's Health Care Bill
  31. Dallas police ticketed 39 drivers in 3 years for not speaking English
  32. Poll: Just 39% believe in evolution (First Read on msnbc.com)
  33. Trente-neuf

  34. At the 39th "bottle of beer on the wall" you're probably ready to ring somebody's neck.
  35. "Michael Jordan, Y2K, hurricanes, and the 44th" was my 39th blog post.
  36. Celebrities also celebrating their '39' this year: André Agassi, Ani DiFranco, Beck, Claudia Schiffer, David Gregory, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Reece, Jo Frost (SuperNanny!), Julie Chen, Kelly Ripa, Jo Dee Messina, Lara Flynn Boyle, Macy Gray, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Mariah CareyMatt Damon, Minnie Driver, Naomi Campbell, Niecy Nash (Clean Sweep!), Queen Latifah, Queen Rania of Jordan, Sarah Silverman, Sean Hayes (Will+Grace), Sherri Shepherd, Tina Fey, Uma Thurman
  37. Yttrium (Y) is number 39 on the Periodic Table of the Elements. It has a silvery-metallic lustre and is found in rare-earth minerals. Moon rocks contain yttrium. It's also used to produce the red color in tv screens.
  38. 39° Longitude passes through: Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Ehtiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Antarctica.
  39. It is also the age I will proudly be one week from this Wednesday.
Plus, I figure full-disclosure this year, will possibly make for a softer transition next year...
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, November 23, 2009

The first thirty-nine [Part 1]

B R E A D C R U M B S
Online news stories, catering to our browsing and skimming tendencies, will often be confined to a small number of words at first. Then you can explore more. Dig deeper. A friend of mine recently called out this online news story. These are the first thirty-nine words you see of that posting:
"Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 constitutional amendment designed to ban gay marriages erroneously endangers the very legal status of all marriages in the state."—HUFFINGTON POST

So while the first thirty-nine aren't the whole story, they sure can lay the foundation for things to come.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Photo

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K

National Zoo, Washington DC - L E M U R - I S L A N D
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bloody good choice, mate

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
I'll admit, I'm not a fan and haven't seen or read, Twilight. But in an interview this morning, the star of the ridiculously popular movie revealed that the very day before he went to the audition for this Twilight role, he was going to quit acting. "Because I never got any acting gigs," he said.

Let me repeat, he almost gave up on his dream of acting the very day before landing the leading role in a movie series that's now pulled in nearly 400 million dollars at the box office. And that's just from the first movie.

I love hearing stories of why perseverance is a wise choice.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Don't yell 'fire' in a crowded brain

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
My grandma once had a great explanation for a recent dilemma I seem to be facing. Those moments when there is entirely too much in our heads. She said that all those thoughts and things were crowding the 'exit' of our brains. When we get overwhelmed, rushed, or panicked to get our thoughts out, or the things on our lists done, it actually feels like nothing gets done. So, like the fire drills from when we were kids, slow down, calm down, and handle one thought, one thing, at a time.

Oh, yeah, and Thanksgiving is one week from tomorrow.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, November 13, 2009

1st Friday Photo

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K

1ST FRIDAY PHOTO- Aix-en-Provence, France
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Saturday, November 7, 2009

One year of blogging

November 7th. I've been blogging for a year now. And what a year it's been. I began this blog
a year ago a
midst the energy and excitement surrounding last year’s presidential election. Remember that?
I had decided that if the president-elect of our country could blog, FB, twitter, and so on, that I could at least give it a shot, too.
I love doing this. Last week, I re-posted some of my favorites entries. Thank you for reading over this past year. For your comments, your support, and your encouragement. What a year. Bonjour Y'all!
N O V E M B E R
[ F I R S T - E N T R Y ] WAS a logo for one person. Now a hope for us all...
Moving forward
Perfect timing
What is a ‘breadcrumb’
What happens when you give your dreams a chance?
It’s a sign
What is ‘Plan B?’
Searching. Finding.
Two Months from Today
Giving Thanks


D E C E M B E R

The ‘present’ — a crystal ball from our ‘past’
Which is it?
Here’s my forty...two cents
WILL YOU DRAW A FLOWER?
Velvet Morning
40 days. 40 nights.
Try
Traditions and ‘Try’
One Month from Today
GPS for the Journey
A little peace. A little scare.
On the topic of ‘resolutions’
Two-do lists


J A N U A R Y

Have a good journey!
Finally, New Orleans
Family Tree
‘Google-stumbling’
since november seventh
Final prep for the 20th
Come to the table
Michael Jordan, Y2K, hurricanes, and the 44th
What ARE you doing right now?
“Quilt of YOUR Quotes”
Lincoln Memorial Event
Then and now
Today
Your Inauguration Messages
What a day
One more moment
First ‘Plan B’ of 2009
Flying or falling
Was she serious?


F E B R U A R Y

Well, how was January?
There is only one of you
Paint your piano
Ten Things
Charging a toll for emails?
10yrs ago — my decision to move to France
One song
leçons françaises
Was she serious?
Out of twenty-six letters...


M A R C H

Try this...
Ad-campaign-life-wisdom
Whack on the side of the head
This entry is not for you
Last week of winter
New Chapter. Little Sister.
Beginning. Ending. Waiting. Deciding.
‘Thursday Inspiration’ life wisdom
Learning through repetition


A P R I L

Golden Seams
Question everything
This I Believe
Gaping Void
One Verse First™
Shoot the year
100%
The last thirty seconds
Within
Dawn
Departure
Real
The layers of ‘us’
Our shell
Our lids
Our vision
Our voice + 100

M A Y
A deep spiritual breath
Notre coeur
Boldness
The impact of messages
Making room for life
Coastal sunrise. Soul refueling.
Raise me up
Get a Grip
Gravitational pull
Resting
Fishbowl
Flower hunting

J U N E
Order of importance
Waiting
Breadcrumb about a breadcrumb in a breadcrumb
People need to funnel better
To grow...
Just do it
Faith
Where dreams start
If it’s not yours
This is the 100th ‘what’?

J U L Y
Friday Photo [July 4th]
It’s 11:11 in Paris
Tiniest bit of light in the darkness
Lux in tenebris
New grass. Old lot.
Doubt. Faith.
Which one wins?
God doesn’t throw dice
Creativity. Art.
Heart. Head.
Colorblind
Blue, yellow, and green

A U G U S T
How do you tie-up an email?
Where we find ‘soul’
Eyes wide open
Three wishes
How does that garden grow?
When my work on earth is done
Four years ago
August — a season of ‘soul’

S E P T E M B E R
Wildest Dreams
Nowhere to change
One link in the chain
Friday 'Painting'
How to know we’re growing

Fired up?
Great falls
Aujourd’hui
Words in my home [No. 1]
Words in my home [No. 2]
Words in my home [No. 3]

O C T O B E R
Words in my home [No. 4]
The house(s) that love built
Friday Photo — Recap of the trip
Fall, autumn, et ma tombée
What’s your song?

N O V E M B E R --HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OF MY FAVORITE BLOG POSTS
Flower hunting
Doubt. Faith.
Have a good journey!
What is a breadcrumb?
1st year of blogging

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What is a breadcrumb?

B R E A D C R U M B S
I created this story in 1992, when I lived in Chicago, after 'coincidences' kept piling up in my life. Ones that made me do a double-take. You know, when you think of someone you haven't seen in ages and turn the corner and there they are. Weird. Well, as these piled up, I began to feel that they meant something. Like they were almost directional in life. Then coupled with the feeling that, growing up, I didn't have any really neat, unique, rich, 'stories' and traditions to pass along I realized... well, SOMEONE has to START those stories, those traditions. Why not me?

Inspired by Hansel and Gretel's story of leaving breadcrumbs in the woods so they could find their way home, I began to call these coincidences, "BREADCRUMBS." Or if it's a really big coincidence, we've called them loafs, croutons, even 'factories' if it's a really, really, crazy-big coincidence.

The idea is that your life should have these 'breadcrumbs' scattered throughout your life, it sort of reminds you you're on the right path. If you haven't had a breadcrumb in a while... you might just want to step back and take a look at things. Now I do not propose to have lofty powers or crystal-ball insights, nor would I ever want that. This is merely a story. An idea. But life can be big and crazy, and to gain a sense that there is some rhyme, reason, and order to the often messiness of life through a simple story, why the heck not?

So, how do you 'use' this word? It's a noun. You'd say, as friends of mine now report in to me, "Wendy, I had the biggest breadcrumb today!!" or "That's a breadcrumb."

On a separate note of neat things, of all the numbers on a digital clock, the time of 11:11 always looks impressive to me, like something big should happen then, and it always catches my eye. So as I'm turning off the lights downstairs last night, I happened to glance at the clock and right at that moment, it was... 11:11pm. That was a breadcrumb.

One final thought to leave you with, I'm new at blogging, I LOVE this outlet, and the fact that I happened to choose to explain this story today... November eleventh... yes, that would certainly qualify.
©2008 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Have a good journey!

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
I should say bonne année for this first day of the new year. And by all means, Happy New Year. But I am more enticed by the way the french say, "have a good day." Bonne journée. Yes. Have a good journey today. After all, this fresh gift of a new year is made up of 365 of them. But as we can only open one of them at a time, enjoy today's gift. Enjoy all the journeys yet to come. And have a wonderful year.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Doubt. Faith.

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
When we have doubt, it limits our faith.
When we have faith, it limits our doubt.
—WENDY HUDGINS
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, November 2, 2009

Flower hunting

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
I'm a patient person with this request. This isn't the first time I've made it. It won't be the last. And I have received some wonderful flowers since the last blog request (and 12 new ones from recent trips, some on notebook paper) and hope this will encourage you to pull out that ball point pen, that can of spray paint, the macaroni noodles, or the Parisian oil paints, whatever... just looking for your flower.

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...

THIS IS MY CREATIVE REQUEST FOR YOU:
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 or digital, please.
And yes, a circle with a line below it qualifies as a flower.

TWO SIMPLE REQUIREMENTS:
It's a flower.
Y
ou created it by hand.

If you are thinking, that this entry is not for you, "this entry must be for someone else." Nope. It IS 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.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

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