This day on Memorial Day weekend, I remember two amazing women who saved me during one of the hardest times of my life. Kathleen is the inspiration for the song: "Garden of the Goddess". Memorial Day isn't just about remembering those who died in wars.
Kathleen Smith, my earth mother, is a powerful Reiki Master and massage artist. The pillows surrounding her in the picture above are her creations. I experience her art to be like her - soothing, healing, beautiful. She lives in Montara, California near where I used to live and near the redwoods. It seems to be magical when you are with her.
Tringali is: Linda Tringali. She was my precious sister and partner. I first met Linda at a co-op preschool carnival. She came walking up to me as I sat on the edge of the outdoor play area. Her homemade chicken costume completely hid any human detail. My first view of her was her chicken feet house-shoes. Her first words to me: "I am supposed to know you." We became instant best friends and called ourselves: "Tringali/Roth". We performed together for nearly three years. I did my first two albums with Linda. Linda lives just north of Kathleen in Pacifica, California.
I love these friends and feel close to them even though we never see each other or talk. I have moved to Oregon.
Today, my dear friend, Fillus, is coming to watch a movie with me. I will serve lunch and we will laugh. It is such a blessing to have friends.
Yesterday I enjoyed two of my other dear friends, Sharon and Scott. We walked through the Growers Market then enjoyed organic lunch, that was divine at a cafe as the parade danced by.
Friends: My best dog friend, got a trim this morning from me. She feels so very happy and now she needs to nap.
I will be mindful of the blessing of my friends this weekend. My very best friend is Russ. He is looking for a place to watch the Indie 500. It is fine that I do not enjoy all of the same things he does. I will be here when he gets home and I will listen as he tells me about it. Ahhhh, Friends.
Today, I will also enjoy the memories of times with my step daughter, Karuss, her amazing husband, Jeremy and our brilliant little Abigail Grace. My song for Abigail is called: "One Big Smile". The words are on this site.
Karuss and Jeremy have made me feel loved and cherished. Abigail Grace has helped to heal me by making me a grandmother. Grin!
Memorial Day is also about those who have passed on. I send my mom and dad a heart throb of feeling - love and sadness that they are gone from this place. My father used to say that nobody has the right to criticize you. He and my mom were so very much in love. Dad was 5'3". Mom was 5'1". They seemed to be made for each other and were always within reach.
I suppose the last person I shall honor today with my memory is my daughter, Tara. Tara refuses to have a relationship with me. You can find a video of the song I wrote in my coping with this sadness from my daughter, Tara Roth at this link.
The song is called: "On the Other Side" the link is: