The Dry Riverbed


Yesterday I managed to make it to the Frye Museum to feed the Muse-  and myself because I did manage to score a lavender flavored  cupcake and a Ginger Beer on the way- but as luck would have it they were between exhibits so there wasn’t a lot to see- happy day for me regardless… one of my favorite paintings was there so I visited that for awhile:

The Sin by Von Stuck

The Sin by Von Stuck

I did check out a few more paintings and then I hit the gift shop- and there on the table was this little blue book in a neat little pile of other little blue books surrounded by other books in stacks and holiday cards and I think some postcards.

The cover was simple and uncomplicated

It had a silver acorn in the middle and it was by Yoko Ono.

I watched my friend pick it up and leaf through it, and a few more people did the same after her. So when there was  a clear spot, I went to the table and picked up the book and opened it.

I read:


Imagine water coming down a dry riverbed

I saw myself standing in a dry riverbed… I saw  the water before I heard it. As it raced towards me the I watched the water push pebbles and rocks ahead of it as it crashed down  towards me. I Could smell the dust, hear the parched earth crackle and hiss…

I closed the book and held that image in my mind for a moment.

Then I read a few more pages and these ideas for stories just flooded into my head.

It took my breath away.


So here was this simple looking book written by a woman I had only ever viewed in one way ( and it wasn’t bad, I like her -she’s has a quiet dignity about her, but I saw her as the other half of John Lennon.) and I open this book to a page read a few words and a story starts to write itself in my head.

My friend Heather Blakey has several GUIDED IMAGERY PROMPTS that I would suggest trying out at the her site the Soul Food Cafe.

In addition I would suggest picking up a copy of Acorn by Yoko Ono. It is truly inspirational.


Content is an imperative

Wonderful advice!

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Establishing a new website can be tougher than it sounds. It actually takes a good deal of time, effort, skill and imagination to build and maintain a vibrant web site. Many web designers quite literally tear their hair out, grumbling about the fact that their clients have not provided them with enough content to induce visitors to return.

One of the things that separated Soul Food during its heyday was the fresh, authentic content. It has not been updated for many years now but is so big that it maintains a significant, relevant presence today. This ongoing presence is a result of the authentic, appealing content. Explore a feature such as the Soul Food Alchemy Alphabet and you will find that it is quite literally packed with stimulus that still appeals to the would be writer or artist.


The importance of content was highlighted on a recent visit to amazing…

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