Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Landscape, Language, Teaching, Wildness, Beauty, Imagination


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Dewdrops Birthday

First summer bouquet

First summer bouquet

Happy Birthday to Us!

We celebrate our 2nd birthday in August. Two years ago I wrote, “So here is my hope – that this blog will be doses of writing, dewdrops, that might knit us together in this wild, heartbreaking, and exquisite experience of life. Inevitably along the way, there will be thoughts and questions about language, culture, writing, teaching, the land, kids, and anything else that composes the chapters of life. I look forward to our journey together.” 

So much has happened since that time—and along the way, we’ve laughed, cried, questioned, and been Still. Here is the last year of writing. As I composed this piece, looking back over the past year, an image of dewdrops beaded together on a leaf came to mind—each unique and beautiful, and yet in their cluster create a whole. Just like our community.

First touch

First touch

So deeply grateful to share the journey,

Dawn

One Year of Dewdrops

A Blessed Busy

It’s About Illuminating Life on Earth

Beauty, Skulls, and Culture

Today’s the Day! MEADOWLARK Book Launch

Cove, Dominican Republic

Cove, Dominican Republic

Birthing Rain: Meadowlark’s Book Launch

Deadwood to the Dominican Republic

The Blizzard that Never Was—and its Aftermath on Cattle and Ranchers

It Takes a Ranch—South Dakota Ranchers Affected by the Blizzard 

Storm Atlas

Storm Atlas

Kindnesses and Bones

Rhythms and Day of the Dead

Touchstones

Gratitude Amidst the Messy Parts

Threaded Beads

Writing the Land Class 

Cut tissue paper - Papel picado

Cut tissue paper – Papel picado

O’Keeffe—Spirit of the Winter Solstice

Christmas in Santa Fe—Photos and Recipes

Books to Curl Up and Savor

Magic and Dreams in 2014

Friday Night, Family Night—Love of Place, Belonging… 

Horses on prairie.

Horses on prairie.

Snow-laden Nest Waiting for Spring

When I am an Old Horsewoman

Women of Atlas: Song through the Storm 

Tucson Festival of Books and “the Benson kids”—Roots and Love

Starfish, San Juans.

Starfish, San Juans.

Language and Story: TESOL, Puebla, and the Story Catcher Writing Workshop

What Creates Heroes

Rainbow Between Storms

Story Catchers: The Story Catcher Writing Workshop

The Problem and the Fix on the Ranch: Broken Powerlines

The World Cup—A Surprising Love Story

Gift from the Sea—The San Juan Islands

Dawn

Dawn

I have birthday presents! In honor of our birthday, I have three copies of Meadowlark to gift. If you would like a copy, just mention this in the comments below. I’ll sign, bundle, and send to the first three people.

Gratitude.

 


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One Year of Dewdrops

Bouquet from garden

Bouquet from garden

Today marks our One Year of Community within Dewdrops. August 4, 2011 I wrote this and sent to those and sent to those near and dear:

Welcome to my blog, Dewdrops.

The Hummingbird's Daughter

The Hummingbird’s Daughter

One evening this past week, I went to Luis Alberto Urrea’s (author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Devil’s Highway) blog and read “Love and Discipline” about his brother’s recent brush with mortality. I wrote Luis a note thanking him for sharing his heart and soul in his blog, my own initial resistance to writing a blog and recent reconsideration, and thanking him for a blog written as doses of writing that knit us together in this wild, heartbreaking, exquisite experience of life.

And Luis Alberto Urrea wrote me back how his fans on Facebook formed Team Juan for his brother, started a prayer chain and Juan is now doing great. Luis finished his note with, “I think you should blog! Yrs., Luis”

When Luis Alberto Urrea tells me, “I think you should blog!” — I listen.

So here is my hope – that this blog will be doses of writing, dewdrops, that might knit us together in this wild, heartbreaking, and exquisite experience of life. Inevitably along the way, there will be thoughts and questions about language, culture, writing, teaching, the land, kids, and anything else that composes the chapters of life. I look forward to our journey together.

Smiles,

Dawn

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. My life seems to be a series of, “Leap, and the net shall appear.” I had no idea of magic possible, across miles, mountains, deserts, prairie, and oceans. At that time, 39 brave souls subscribed to Dewdrops. I knew they did this out of love and friendship, probably knowing in their hearts that I had no idea what I was doing, yet another leap of faith, and out of love, they leaped into the unknown with me. Our community has grown exponentially since that time. The vast majority of our community has joined since Dewdrops inception. 

Clouds outside our front door.

Clouds outside our front door.

I look with amazement at the past year. It has been, and continues to be, a year with ever-increasing blessed busyness. There are light years between the busyness of crisis and the busyness of blessings. When the days feel far too short, and I wish I could add hours to each for all that that needs tending, I return again and again to this thought. Energy builds and attracts similar energy. Vast worlds of positive energy swirls and whirls around Dewdrops, because of You. What I have experienced in the past year:

• The paths of life expand and deepen when shared. Life without community of kindred spirits begs loneliness and a mistaken sense that we alone face the hurdles of life. We are all in this together. Each of our lives overflows with blessings and challenges. Alone, this often feel overwhelming. Together, we recognize this shared experience of humanity and are strengthened. Our individual laughter, tears, challenges, loneliness, and wisdom gained flows when shared. I believe this is why we read—to know that we are not alone in this life. 

In honor of our one year of community, I include a few of the writings of the past year. I composed many of these pieces, and many were composed by the members of our community. I only organized and shared what you wrote. For those 39 souls who have been members of our community since August 4, 2011, perhaps (I hope), you’ll find some old friends. Those who are newer to Dewdrops, perhaps some new friends along our shared journey:

The Nest

The Nest

Textures of Guatemala

Early morning editing

Writing Meadowlark

Vincenzo’s Ghost

Words to Write By—for Writers, Teachers, and People Experiencing Life

The Nest

Will This Book EVER Be Published? What To Do in the Meantime

Ripples

What I Wish for You—Wishes for Teachers

Webs

Dreams and Deadlines in 2013: Some Ideas on Organization

Doris Quintana Brandt, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Doris Quintana Brandt, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Writing Spaces of the World

Mosaic: Creating Beauty and Wholeness from the Broken Bits of our Lives

Artists Among Us

Meadowlark—The Veil Thins

Dear Wyatt, Luke, and Wynn—Why We Go To Church

Teaching—Freedom Within Structure and Teaching With Stones

TESOL and Veins of Turquoise: Migration, Immigration, and Language

Good Friday Pilgrimage to el Santuario and Chimayó

Meadowlark—Publication Announcement

Dewdrops, Brian Carnation

Dewdrops, Brian Carnation

Dewdrops Quotes

Anne Hillerman on Writing and her Dad, Tony Hillerman

The Nest Behind the Skull

Lifelines—The Fierce Love of Grandmothers

My Mother’s Hands

Authentic Creative and Professional Community Through Social Media

Raven’s Time: Wildness and Beauty Online Class

Meadowlark

Meadowlark

When Your Dad’s a Cowboy

Photo Journal of the Ranch

Pre-Order Meadowlark and Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Book Launch for Meadowlark at Collected Works, September 14, 4:00 pm

You will find it necessary to let things go…

Meadowlark on Amazon and Discovered Reading Treasures

Dawn Wink

One year ago, with no real idea of the path ahead, I wrote, “So here is my hope – that this blog will be doses of writing, dewdrops, that might knit us together in this wild, heartbreaking, and exquisite experience of life.” 

Sisterhood

Photo by Michael Brandt

This past Friday, we experienced the potential and possibility of sharing, friendship, and love. Our dear friends, Rachel and Taylor Gantt, surprised us and another couple with the gift of sharing what they’d won at a fundraiser for our kids’ school before Christmas. We were told to be at their house at 4:00 pm. We didn’t know anything else. Imagine our surprise when a limousine rounded the corner into their driveway to whisk us off to wine tasting, dinner, and sunset on the rooftop terrace overlooking the plaza! Here, a photo of the women’s hands as we rode.

To me, this photo symbolizes that essence of shared humanity, of we’re all in this together, of love. This has been my experience with Dewdrops and remains my hope. From my heart, thank you.

Love,

Dawn

We rise

We rise

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Dewdrops Quotes

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Dewdrops

The world globes itself in a drop of dew.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

A bit of beauty for your day.

I’ve been collecting quotes about dewdrops over the past several months. It’s been a journey in beauty. I find myself reading some of these quotes again and again, and their wisdom very much guides how I feel about our Dewdrops community. I hope you enjoy.

Longfellow dewdrop

Longfellow dewdrop

Every dew-drop and rain-drop had a whole heaven within it.

                                                     ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”

                                                      ~ John Muir 

Hubble starburst

Hubble starburst

The dew, “Tis of the tears which stars weep, sweet with joy.

                                                      ~ Philip James Bailey

And every dewdrop paints a bow.

                                                       ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

                                                      ~ Kahlil Gibran

Drop of dew on a life

Drop of dew on a leaf

Man’s life is like a drop of dew on a leaf.

                                                      ~Socrates

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a life.

                                                     ~Rabindranath Tagore

Dewdrops

Dewdrops

Words are things, and a small drink of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

                                                     ~ Lord Byron

I have learned so much from this wisdom shared.

I also wanted to share with you that I received a surprise email, since the last time I wrote. I belong to a wonderful community Story Circle Network: For Women with Stories to Tell. Story Circle Network wrote to tell me that our Dewdrops community has been selected to be featured in their national eletter and we’ve been selected as a Star Blog. A true honor. I am beyond thrilled. Thank you and thank you, Story Circle Network.

A lovely day to all,

Dawn

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