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"Relax" by Ellen Bass

Bad things are going to happen.
Your tomatoes will grow a fungus
and your cat will get run over.
Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream
melting in the car and throw
your blue cashmere sweater in the drier.
Your husband will sleep
with a girl your daughter’s age, her breasts spilling
out of her blouse. Or your wife
will remember she’s a lesbian
and leave you for the woman next door. The other cat–
the one you never really liked–will contract a disease
that requires you to pry open its feverish mouth
every four hours. Your parents will die.
No matter how many vitamins you take,
how much Pilates, you’ll lose your keys,
your hair and your memory. If your daughter
doesn’t plug her heart
into every live socket she passes,
you’ll come home to find your son has emptied
the refrigerator, dragged it to the curb,
and called the used appliance store for a pick up–drug money.
There’s a Buddhist story of a woman chased by a tiger.
When she comes to a cliff, she sees a sturdy vine
and climbs half way down. But ther…

She's 30!

Today marks 30 years since this shining light came bursting into this world. My love & gratitude to have this amazing woman, this bright soul, dynamic artist, and wise mind as my sister leaves me teary and speechless. Although these days we are, more often than not, many thousands of miles apart, she continues to inspire and teach and give me more than I could ever ask for as a friend, a sister, a creative teacher, a soul whisperer, an aunt to my little girl, and a confidant to my heart. She is one of the precious few in my life who inspire me to aim for God's perfect objective for me rather than my own limited one - a truly irreplaceable gift. I will be forever grateful for her warmth of heart, her generosity of spirit, and the honest, inquisitive way she sees and serves the world.

The biggest of thank you's for the past 30 years, and the greatest wish for love and joy for the year(s) ahead. I love you!