Little Mrs. Livings

Though difficult to ever fully translate or convey a life…a whole…a being, I find in who I was, much still I be...(Though of course much growth between...much sight and change)...But still...much remains the same...

Here's a glimpse in pictures...

I've always loved to be outside...

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...and made friends with many beings...

...I've always seen the beauty...and loved to watch the light, and be out in nature...marveling at it all...the birds...the blossoms...the woods...the wind...the waters...the leaves...

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The woods have always been my peaceful place...

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And the sea...Oh how I love, and have always loved, the sea!

I have always loved to play the piano, and started playing when I was very young. Even when I was very little, I would play for hour upon hour every day. I loved, and love, it so. I play each day...

And I have always loved to read...and still leave the library arms full...

...and also really loved it when my parents would read out loud to me...(Here is a picture of my Mom and I in my room with her reading to me)...

I've always loved to write my pieces, and make my art, and think my thoughts...they are still some of my favorite things. (Here's a picture of me in my childhood bedroom full of my notebooks and sketchbooks and books to read and nature posters on the walls...I spent so much time in that room growing up).

...the room also held my treasures including my stamp collection and my rock and shell collections, and most special of all...the dollhouse that my grandfather had built especially for me...

I've always loved to cook and bake and try making new and tasty things. (Here's a picture of me baking cookies with my mom, something the two of us often did together while I was growing up).

And I have always loved going to the thrift stores, another thing my mom and I did often together, that I always loved to do with her...where we bought our clothes and browsed for specials, treasures, and great finds...This was something we did just the two of us together, and that we still love to do...

I've always loved sweet things...and each year still get my favorite birthday breakfast...

And wonder...

...always wonder...

...In wonder at it all...at everything...and especially my beloved woods...and the moss and fern I have always loved so much...

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...And the garden...I’ve always loved the garden…and especially I loved, and still love, flowers…(daffodils were my favorite when I was young - now I have a hard time picking a favorite flower - they are all just too lovely)…I still love growing them, and arranging them into bouquets to enjoy inside...to bring inside a bit of the garden’s loveliness…and scent. They are joy.

...And trees - I have loved and witnessed so many wondrous trees in my life...Like this magnificent oak in the backyard of my dad's best friend. I have loved this tree my whole life...

...As well as the trees in my beloved rose garden that I have been coming to my whole life...Though, sadly, almost all the trees I marveled at and walked amongst when I was young, knowing every branch and line of, have since been cut down. Even so though, that rose garden still means so much to me...It is a lovely place where every I that I have been at every age and time, still exists simultaneously...Such places lie inside...

Like this magnificent theater in Oakland, which is also such a very special place to me. I have been coming here since my earliest of memories. They used to have a special Saturday morning children's feature, at a low price, which I greatly enjoyed as a special treat. Throughout the years, I would walk to this theater from my home and arrive early to listen to the wonderful classical music playing softly while waiting for the film to begin, looking at everything around and above in its wondrous theaters within. I have watched so many incredible movies there over the decades. Every I that I have ever been exists inside this theater simultaneously. To me, this theater feels a second home. I love it so.

Another thing I have always loved is to go camping...Mr. Livings and I still go often...and still use my old tent. (Here's a picture of me and my little brother on a family camping trip when we were young - we had a secret pact between the two of us at dinnertime - I'd eat his canned peas if he'd eat my canned spam...we'd covertly swap)...

...and I have always loved my brother...and loved being his big sister so much...

I have also always loved all creatures...I have been an animal and bird lover my whole life...

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...who is someone a hummingbird stops to hover in front of...and lingers in the air, as we look each other in the eyes for a long time. This is one of the greatest honors I know. This has happened many times. Mr. Livings even painted a painting, last winter, of me with one of the hummingbirds that, on my birthday one year, flew right up to me, inches from my face…so close…and looked deeply, for over a minute, into my eyes..suspended in the air, before it flew away. I will share that painting with you sometime. It is a true treasure of mine.

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I have also always loved to take photographs, and have been taking them my whole life. I received my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, and rolls of black and white film, when I was eight-years-old, and also began learning darkroom photography at that time, processing my negatives and making black and white prints, with my father in the make-shift darkroom he had made in the attic of our Oakland, California home...

And I have always loved to learn new things...

...And am now an artist and a writer...

...and a pianist...(Here's a photo of me playing my piano in Mr. Livings and my first apartment in Oakland many years ago)...

Who is with my "one" and my best friend...like he too is with me...(Here Mr. Livings and I are on our wedding day).

...(And here we are out together in nature, our favorite place to be.)

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Who is just one small Living...living in one place (Earth)...in one time...

Through these pictures, here be a little bit of I...

Greetings, friend.