Above the Baltic
Between Saint Petersburg and Paris
Where is the sky
Where is the sea
Imagined arms in first position
A ballet beginner
Embracing a ball of light:
I’m not a nationality
I’m not a passport
I’m not a language
A political party
A family member
A marital status
A skin color
A job title
A news cycle…
Maybe a visitor
A soul in a body
©Aliss Valerie Terrell 2019
Thank you everyone for your warm reactions to my Return to Russia story on Facebook and Instagram, May 1st to May 8th.
This photo may seem strange for Mothers Day, but it expresses many things for me. It’s a statue at the Baby House near St Petersburg, Russia where I found my son on Nov 12th, 2007 and finally picked him up on May 8th, 2008 after three years of obstacles. The statue needs repairs, like the Baby House, closed down ten years ago.
I send love to all our mothers, all of us blessed to raise our own children and those of us who raise children whose mothers couldn’t. We stand on a fragile pedestal of joys snd challenges.
And love to my beloved daughter, who first made my wish to become a mother come true…
Happy Mother’s Day
(Glass walkway and trampoline under the dome at Galeries Lafayette, this week)
Horrendous world news… What to do? Vote, donate, vote with our spending, listen, support any way we can and keep looking up… From all the brain research I’ve read, literally directing your eyes upward stimulates the frontal cortex, center of creative imagination and projecting ourselves into the future. MRI tracking shows that when this area is activated, the brain functions as a whole, harmonizing the fight or flight and emotional areas, with the inventive part. So this is what we need to design a different world.
Reposted from March 2017*
Embedded in the cobblestones in front of Notre Dame Cathedral is this marker, the starting point of all main roads leading to French cities and the endpoint used for measuring their distances, the very heart of the country. The cathedral itself is a visual encyclopedia of French culture and history.
Beside the main altar stands a 14th century statue of the Mother. No matter what tradition you come from, she is the incarnation of compassion enfolding soul, reminding me of Kwan Yin, (Guanyin) the Buddhist bodhisatva, sometimes compared to Mary.
I’m grateful to have this sanctuary nearby, to sit in silence, in candlelight, sending and receiving love through this portal, always, but especially in times like the ones we are living.
To be continued xxxxx Aliss
*Photo: Jean-Jacques Breton, Paris à vos pieds, editions Parisgramme, Paris 2013, p. 106. (Scan and color-adjustments, Aliss Terrell)
Excited to share “Margaritas at Midnight” my first music video as DIRECTOR (AND singer songwriter) 🙂
Recorded with the British band Rough Score, guaranteed tequila buzz with bluesy lounge beach music…true love, shamanic dream or cautionary tale?…
Includes DIVINE margarita recipe demonstration 🙂
Here’s the link:
Now on i-Tunes
And Apple music
Officially switching to my 2019 calendar, made with love for me by that special someone: each month a funny pic of my favorite feline. It’s nice to be a paper person in some areas 🙂
This is how I juggle family, creativity, jobs, health, travel, money–the months at a glance, a whole year I can flip through easily, space to take notes + a blank journal to spill my revelations and numerous to-do lists I can scratch out and toss with smug satisfaction. Order and chaos.
How do you juggle? Bullet journals are the big thing now, but are too time consuming for me. I’d rather take photos, write, sing, hang out, than decorate and organize the pages…
A whole new calendar year to fill…
xxxxx love Aliss
Some hand-painted café windows to usher in the new year while we think about our intentions 🙂
All the best and love xxxxxx Aliss