Sunday, February 8, 2009

kiss from a rose

a few days ago e of life in progress invited readers to play a word game. I love wordplay, so of course I signed up! the game is simple - the blogger you sign up with assigns you a letter and you come up with ten words starting with that letter that are important to you. I was assigned the letter K.

it won't surprise anyone who knows me that the first word that popped into my head was kermit. I have written about the special konnection I have to kermit before.

recently while in d.c. I visited the museum of american history and checked out the kermit in our nation's attic (as the smithsonian is often called). I'm not exaggerating when I report that it was almost as difficult getting up to the case housing kermit as it was getting a spot on the metro the day of obama's inauguration! in addition to the fact that he is just so cute, I think people love kermit because he is never hesitant to speak out for the things he cares about and really likes learning about how others feel about things. kermit is held in such high esteem that he was bestowed an honorary doctorate of amphibious letters by new york's southampton college.

knowledge is very important - what is life, if it isn't a continual quest for finding out about ourselves and the world about us?

kindness is a very important k word. if I were to order my k words in terms of importance, kindness would be number one. just think of what it would be like if everyone embraced a philosophy of kindness. tenzin gyatso, the current dalia lama, has stated that kindness is his religion. I really like that.

reflecting on kindness makes me think of another k word, although this word I expect won't be familiar to all that many. but since I ran across it a few years ago the word has become important to me. this word is kalachakra. the kalachakra mandala is the most revered and intricate of the tibetan buddhist mandalas and is considered as a manifested prayer for peace and physical balance. it is believed that the simple act of meditating and viewing the kalachakra mandala will promote peace and well-being. if that is the case perhaps you might enjoy this slide show.

kin and kith are two very important k words. along with life being all about the quest for knowledge and kindness it is also all about community (or should I write kommunity). our kin and kith define our community and in turn, one could say they also define us.

kitchens are important. in my house the kitchen is the room where creativity, nutrition, community, and love collide. my mother's kitchen is adorned with a sampler which reads "no matter where I serve my guests they seem to like my kitchen best" - so true, so true.

kittens and kids (as in the human variety although I do think goat kids are kinda cute)

a photo says it all....

karma the basic meaning - action - is simple. yet the concept of karma is quite complex given all the teachings around karma. to me karma is all about the relationship between action and consequence. generally associated with buddhism and hinduism, I believe the concept of karma infuses the world view of most ethical (and spiritual) schools of thought - within christianity is a lesson about whatever we sow we also reap....sounds like karma to me.

there are my ten words.... if anyone hasn't played and would like to play, leave a comment saying so and I will spin the wheel and assign you a letter. if you have played this before and want to share your letter and words leave a comment, I'm sure all of us inquiring minds would like to know....

and finally a bonus word and action - kiss from me to you

today's post is dedicated to gig, who has long been part of my kith and fictive kin community, this song's for you - happy birthday girlfriend!

seal singing a kiss from a rose (2004)

33 comments:

Wildeve said...

I love your ten words, and I learned a new one, thank you. What a beautiful photograph, such colors! I would like to play, I have watched this meme go around but I was too busy last week. I think I can do it now.
I love Kermit! Especially his song "It's not Easy Being Green."
Great statue photo's too!

Cassandra said...

This sounds like fun count me in!!

janice_phil said...

wow!!! just completely beautiful...

R.L. Bourges said...

namaste to you too, kimy. Thanks for that gorgeous slideshow. One of the things that most impresses me about that mandala or the sand paintings of the Deneh people is - it's all about the process, NOT about the result. Which is probably one of the most difficult lessons of all to really learn.

Great words, great song, great photos - just great, comme d'habitude.

bises from Graulhet (word verif adds a zigarile - it's ok, I hear they're tobacco-free).

tut-tut said...

I didn't karma's basic meaning was action. I learned a lot!

Kudos to you, Kim!

John Hayes said...

Nice list-- love the sand painting picture, & also a big fan of Kermit-- & "It's Not Easy Being Green"; we used to do that song in the Alice in Wonder Band-- great fun.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I just pulled out scrabble tiles a-z and have them in a little jar so I can randomly select letters for all that wish to play!!

wildeve - thanks for the lovely comment. happy you want to play - I look forward to reading your words for .....the letter A - what are the odds that the first letter would be the first letter of the alphabet! (duh, probably 1 in 26)

the statue was on my desktop, is from the rodin museum....didn't make thursday's cut, but today found a way to work it in!

cassadra - it is great fun, I look forward to reading your words, your letter is......J!

jp - thank you ;)

rlb - merci....oh my your word verification makes me think perhaps I should remove the z from the jar.....

tut - hugs

john - thanks! speaking of great fun, just love the name of your band

R. Yaeko said...

If it's not too late, I'd love to play!

Also, the mandala photos are beautiful. I think maybe one of my "things to learn" for this term may be about Buddhism and Buddhist practices. My interest has, yet again, been piqued.

And I had never heard the phrase "kin and kith" before. I like it. Alot.

Great post.

R. Yaeko

P.S. I really enjoy all of your photos.

flawsnall said...

informative post! the babies add all the charm one can take! i learned two new words. thank you.

R.L. Bourges said...

After watching the slideshow, just thought I'd drop off this link for anyone interested on mind centering practices

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZKrl5n79hY

What I like about Thicht Nhat Hanh's comments is they remind us to extend to compassion to our own mind when it experiences states that aren't exactly like clear serene pools of compassion. I mean, emotions like anger and sadness do exist, too. :-)

Betty said...

Kimy, that was a lovely post, thank you. (And you have such a beautiful smile.) I had no idea Kermit was in Washington. I shall go see him in May!
Yes please, I'd like to play.

e said...

Awesome posting! You are so creative! Thanks for playing!

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Ten cheers for the letter k and clarifying your connection to Kermit. When will you post a video of you singing "It Isn't Easy Being Green"? Someday I need to post something about my konnection to the letter g since I have a total of five in my name.

distracted by shiny objects said...

...and on that letter I shall close up my computer and share some kinship with my own kiddo. Think we are off to see the movie koncerning kurious kases:>)
Your posting leaves me with a smile and. as my Pilates instructor loves to encourage, a lifted heart. Enjoy your day...

PS. I played and posted my results for the letter E yesterday. Hope everyone has as much fun.

Gig said...

What a wonderful gift dear friend! It captures the beautiful person you are and the gift of having you as a friend. Namaste.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ry - good luck on your quest regarding learning new things - it is never too late to play. the jar says your letter is...... P - can't wait to read what you come up ...I'm sure it will practically perfect in every way!

flawnall - those babies are getting so much bigger - that pic was snapped a year and a half ago! ms t is seen often on the mouse, so you can see how she's grown up! happy to have helped in learning a couple new words ;)


rlb - thicht nhat hanh and ram dass - great....I look forward to coming back to listen to the whole thing when I have 10 minutes.

betty - you will enjoy washington! let me know your dates...maybe I'll be there at the same time (my mom's birthday is may day and I go to metro dc around then) happy that you are interested in playing....your letter is the letter.....T it will be a treat to see what you come up with!

e - thanks for bringing the game to my attention....it was great fun!

junk - I think that would be a great post....I hope I won't miss you great post when you put it up....as tony the tiger might say if he knew you.... grrrrregg is grrrrrreat!

distracted - off to check out some eeeeeesssss

gig - aw gee xxxxxx

Roy said...

What a great collection of words for the letter K. And then the video of Seal singing one of the best pop songs ever.

Okay, so hit me with a letter.

Lover of Life said...

I loved your ten words, believing much as you do. This was a beautiful blog. Thank you.

Dot-Com said...

Very nicely done with the K! I wonder if there are actually any letters left un-blogged *grin*

mouse (aka kimy) said...

roy - drumroll please and your letter is....B! i wait with bated breath to read your ten!

lover of life....thank you so much for your kind comment.

dot com.... there are plenty of letters left if the jar....if interested your letter is.....C

have fun everyone!

Merle Sneed said...

Mouse your smile seems so infectious. I found myself smiling back.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

I'm game to try. Don't expect to match your matchless list, however.

marianne said...

i love the things that your blog makes me think about. game sounds fun, please count me in. we'll see how i do, being more a visual than verbal type...

Megan said...

You are kwite klever, Kimy! Excellent job with your words and what a brainwave using scrabble tiles!

Bwahaha my word verif is "kinded"

mouse (aka kimy) said...

merle - some things - like smiles - warrant being infectious. thanks for a comment that made me smile even more!!! 1-4-3

meri - i KNOW your list will exceed this...ironically I pulled a K from the jar, but seeing that K was already assigned, I pulled another..... that letter is S - depending on how you feel... I say your assigned letter can be either k OR s - player's choice!! have fun I look forward to reading your words....

marianne - I totally identify, I find I'm totally visual...in fact years ago I took some sort of test to ''determine' what type of learner I am, not surprisingly (to me) the results stated that I was a visual learner.... the jar has assigned you the wonderful letter O!

megan - u r too KIND! i swear there is something unworldly about word verification!!!!!!!

Avid Reader said...

what a great post! it sings! I love it.

kudos!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I loved your k list! I played too, my letter was L. I do so love that shot of the sand mandala, too beautiful for words.

ArtSparker said...

Lovely post and tour, and this seems like an adult Sesame Street episode so Kermit seems very much in his element. The sand painting is wonderful, and I like the kiss next to Rodin's sculpture.

In unrelated news, I removed the button off my blog for the rabbit - thanks for making the effort, it wasn't linking in the way I had assumed it was (face red here).

Colette Amelia said...

you're cooking baby!

wonderful!

Reya Mellicker said...

Fantastic K's - all of them!

When the monks made the sand mandala in DC (in the basement of the Sackler) I went to watch them almost every day. I'll admit it killed me when they swept it up.

Love seeing your happy and smiling face!

Patrice said...

Very interesting choices! And I so agree; only kindness matters.

I'd love to play, mouse, et.al., whats the word? er... letter?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

three comments by friends I think of as ar, av, and as....how about that for alphabetic synchronicity!!! and then the next is by ca!

love it....

speaking of loving things, I love sesame street and am most grateful that with a 3 year old who regularly comes over to hang out, I still have an excuse to turn it on every now and then!

reya ;)

patrice - happy to hear you are interested in playing - it's quite fun....your letter is .....W I look forward to reading what wonderful words you come up with!

Cassandra said...

Thanks for the letter! here are my ten: http://mtzedy.blogspot.com/2009/02/letter-j.html