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Sunday, September 24, 2017

blank

a vertical line pulses on the screen
invites me to write
something
I stare 
empty of banter, tidbits, messages, quotes, words
frozen 
behind a self inflicted sabotage
disappointment holds me 
rocks my floating in place
silent.



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#sundaymood #wearewomenwriting #blogalicious #blogger #photographer

Sunday, September 17, 2017

the good life

For various reasons, I did not have the opportunity to getaway for at least one, week long vacation this year; packing and traveling for my annual pilgrimage to the beach and/or abroad has been missed, leaving me with a healthy vacation envy as many of my friends shared stories about their adventures. This past Friday, I had made plans to escape DC madness, so I packed light, left all work at my home office, and spent half the day at a spa before finding my way to a hotel with a view of some water. 

As I sit now in the comfort of a bed dressed in white linen (the bed not me) propped up on soft fluffy pillows, I can turn my head to the left to watch the gentle flow of the current and I am at peace. In just a few short days, I have met strangers and actively engaged in conversation with them, the introvert in me sitting it out instead of jumping in to move me on to whatever I could do to avoid connecting. I’ve savored the view, taken an unexpected boat ride, eaten some delicious healthy food, walked along the water at sunrise and sunset, taken some “no pressure to be great” pictures, read an inspiring magazine, shopped without buying, received lots of compliments as I moved about (my glow must have been on radiant), and thought about what I want to accomplish in “the next”; I have a major milestone birthday happening in just a couple of weeks so this contemplation weekend, though not planned to be such, came exactly when it was supposed to.

In a few hours, it will be time to go and I will take a different route from the one that brought me here. I always like returning to my place. Reflecting on the weather events of last weekend and earlier this week and month, I will be even more grateful when I step through my door appreciating the simple fact that there is a door to step through. Life is good, so…

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#thenext #lifeisgood #gratitude #peepthis


Sunday, September 10, 2017

when the wind blows

As I watched the news last evening, anxiety arose and settled in my body coupled with a tiny bit of fear; I felt like crying. 

I woke this morning feeling a bit anxious knowing that yet another hurricane was about to reek havoc on more lives in the US, that thousands of people who were unable to evacuate for one reason or another including those who decided to “ride it out” may not have slept well last night and may not be able to relax again for countless hours ahead. 

Besides prayer, meditation, and touching base with friends and loved ones in the path of Irma, I needed to release some of the anxiousness within. I found myself on Pinterest; a silent loving force guided me to create a new board all about being near the beach, guided me to furiously pin to my other boards related to water, to make me remember how much I love the water and perhaps better appreciate the power it holds during a storm. As I pinned, I thought about the day I walked out into the winds of a hurricane with my camera, the rush of feeling my body being moved no matter how hard I tried to keep it still, the crashing of the waves on the beach in front of me, the morning after when a pink, purple and turquoise sky greeted me as I stepped onto the sand, the tides high, water rushing up to swallow my feet and legs as the sun rose like Sandy had never happened. The more I pinned, the calmer I felt until I was at a level of peace, the message for today coming through quite clearly...


There is calm before, during and after a storm. Being able to find it then stay with it when the wind blows us in all sorts of directions turning our lives upside down at times is the key to staying grounded despite the conditions if you tune in, hold on and…

keep your peepers open!®
ps - My prayers are also with those recovering from Hurricane Harvey, those already affected or wiped out by Irma, and the people in Mexico who were hit by a catastrophic earthquake…Mother Nature, we need a break!

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#hurricaneirma #pinterestcalm #mothernature #peepthis #keepyourpeepersopen

Sunday, September 3, 2017

stay strong


As we fire up the grills this Labor Day weekend, let us not forget those who are trying to piece their lives back together...united we stand!

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#houston #hurricaneharvey #peepthis #keepyourpeepersopen #staystrong #unitedwestand

Sunday, August 27, 2017

you time

Everyone deserves a little time for themselves. It’s not always easy to find it, however if we plan to keep it moving forward, every so often, we must slow down, take a few moments, and breathe. 

I don’t know what happens to our sense of well being as we get caught up in the day to day! We wake up and the next thing you know, it’s time to lay down to sleep only to repeat when the sun rises again. It is essential to our overall wellness to not only take a few moments each day to focus on breath but also to schedule longer breaks to focus on the care of mind, body, soul and spirit. So why don’t we DO IT?

Well this past Friday, I did do it, taking myself for a much needed soak in a whirlpool (I set the jets on the lowest speed so there was no noise as I cuddled up in the corner and closed my eyes, warm and cool water bubbling gently around me) followed by a delicious massage (yes, I was holding major tension) then a sit down in the relax room with floor to ceiling windows -- the better to watch the sailboats go by! 

As I got in my car to drive home not even the traffic could shake the calm in my body and soul as I remembered that I used to take time for a massage once a month; my next appointment is already on the books!

I’ve said it before, it’s worth repeating…take time for you as you do you and be you, and as you do…

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#metime #inspiration #motivation #mindfulness #breathe #spa #doyou #bodyandsoul #rejuvenation #keepyourpeepersopen #peepthis

Sunday, August 20, 2017

i confess

I am approaching a big birthday and as I embrace stepping into the next decade of my life, I’m very aware of some changes I must make right now if I want to live to 103! A friend of mine suggested I read a book called, Younger by Sara Gottfried, another posted the book The Supple Body by Sara Black on her FB page after noting some major changes in her body by practicing the exercises (I guess the Sara’s have it going on when it comes to taking good care of ourselves). Anyway, I purchased both because I like the tactile feel of a book in my hands, did a quick scan through them, took the health quiz in Younger, and discovered I am in below average health, aging moderately fast!!! I was none too pleased as I am NOT below or just average!!! However, I was only 2 points below the average range. With just a few minor changes, I could move up to average, so of course my goal is to rise to and stay in the excellent category, though some of my past behaviors may prevent that; I haven’t touched a cig for 17 years, but it doesn’t matter. The fact that I smoked in my lifetime makes a difference. I remain optimistic.

Being very in tune with my body, I was more than aware of the high level of acidity in my system due to me straying and staying off the reservation over the past several months when it comes to eating. I got some advice about juice fasts from that same friend who told me about Younger. She has done and suggested I try a micro fast, which surprisingly was quite doable especially since I was on deadline for a project which kept my attention off my salty snack addiction. A few days later, I wondered if I could make it through a second try without having something to preoccupy my thoughts; happy to report that I was successful (love the cold pressed beet juice I found by Blue Print) and woke this morning feeling more energetic, lighter than I have in awhile.  

So if you need a quick pick me up or your body is feeling off because your eating is off and you need directions back to the reservation, look into a micro juice fast…it’s 18 hours and for part of the time, you should be getting in your 6 - 8 hours of sleep! Caution - Read up on juice fasts because it’s not about drinking any kind of juice, consult your doctor if you have health issues, drinking water is a must, and don’t run out to buy a juicer just yet however, be prepared to pay for the right kind of juices, they can be pricey. Good luck, make it colorful, and…

keep your peepers open!®

ps - started reading Younger and found that it tackles one thing per week food being the first; will read both books cover to cover this week to help me develop a plan for change leading up to my October celebration.

#juicefast #motivation #inspiration #younger #thesupplebody #livinglonger #bigbirthdaywishes #lifechanges #healthyeating #planforchange #keepyourpeepersopen #peepthis #queensareborninoctober


Sunday, August 13, 2017

chaos?


There is nothing like the deadline of a submission to either douse or ignite creativity. Fortunately, the latter visited me when I found out the deadline for a juried exhibition had been extended, giving me time to finish a second piece (in a series of I don’t know how many that address issues affecting women) for consideration. 

I’m not used to working with a specific theme when creating my goddess or paper doll collages (see my gallery). I sit down to the table and either nothing happens and I get up OR they show up to guide me in the creative process until a figure with her message is complete. I wondered if this new creation would seem contrived since it felt like the cart before the horse choosing a topic for a piece beforehand. It was a slow go at the start. I constantly looked at the first piece, comparing, figuring if it should somehow be in conversation with what I was working on until I realized the link was established when I decided to use black and white as the backdrop for each piece and because these images are about women’s issues. Immediately the spell that has always visited me when the time is right to create inhabited my being, taking me to that place of divine focus; the image forming beneath my fingers knew how she wanted to look in order to convey her message. As I worked, a third piece began speaking (see a section of her above; the actual piece is much larger). While flipping through magazines to do what I call a “pull” to find more pictures to work into the collages, I spotted a page that sparked an idea for another issue to address, then conceptualized and have almost finished a fourth image. 

I’m in creative clutter and chaos meaning tiny pieces of cuttings are all over the floor along with magazines and torn out pages. With this state comes a glowing flow which releases worry about anything and makes me more productive in my other day-to-day dealings. I’m truly in my element doing what is intended and let me say, there is only true bliss found here, so as I continue…

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#flowandglow #creativechaos  #creativity #creativespark #collage #collageart #womensissues #submission # deadlines #blogher #wearewomenwriting #inspiration #motivation #bliss #keepyourpeepersopen #peepthis

Sunday, August 6, 2017

cake by the ocean

Well actually it was cake and cupcakes by the bay on Friday when my niece got married and became #newlyschezz and I gained a nephew in law!

Planning a wedding, like any event, is a series of conversations that involve many people and a multitude of decisions; conversations sparked with emotions that run a spectrum of the extremes; conversations marked with changes, disagreements and compromises; conversations that all share the same vision...a most perfect wedding day for two people who have chosen to join hands and walk a path together. And the planning, right up to the day of, for this wedding was no different.

However, whatever didn't go right before the I do's was long forgotten this past Friday evening when all in attendance and those who couldn't be there surrounded two people in love with love as they indeed joined hands to begin the next path on their life journeys. As I watched and listened, tears in check because this is the aunt with a camera in hand, for a fleeting moment I saw a baby in her diaper sporting the red high top Converse sneakers I had sent after she was born; time passes way too quickly.

Wishing the newly wedded a lifetime filled with #schezzmoments of #schezzblissandlove!

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#keepyourpeepersopen #peepthis #theygotmarried #thinkimarriedyou #schezzlove #faithisaschezz #weddingplanning #marriage #wedding

Sunday, July 30, 2017

second slumber

There are mornings when I wish I was a late sleeper and this is one of those mornings! 

I do so love that I’m an early riser, that I’m awake and aware before the masses begin disturbing that sacred peace that is pre-dawn stillness. However, every now and then, particularly when I wake up at 2:30AM and don’t doze off again until 4:30AM or on the rare occasion when I’m out until a wee hour of the morning, I long to sleep straight through until the church bell in the distance rings in an hour when the sun is high in the sky. Today is one of those days; mind and body are up, don’t wish to be just yet and are warning me that if I don’t snuggle back into my pillow for a second slumber, it will feel like I'm climbing up a steep flight of stairs for the rest of the day!

So as that church bell in the distance sounds off the 8:00 hour, down I go to snooze until it’s Sunday afternoon... at least that's what I hope. Until then…

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#whattimeisit #sundaymorningsnooze #secondslumber #weehours #keepyourpeepersopen #peepthis #tinascottlassiter #wearewomenwriting #blogher


Sunday, July 23, 2017

dare you

“If you had one word to describe yourself what would it be?” 

How often have you been asked or read that question? I don’t know about you but, I am multidimensional. There is way too much to me to fit into one word and it has nothing to do with my voluptuous figure! You see, I’ve never been a girl who fits into one box though I’ve tried to many times in order to fit in; it is beyond uncomfortable wiggling around in a space crowded with so much limitation. More often than not, I’ve chosen to architect a path of my own design as I moved through life which can be lonely at times. Somewhere inside me is a guiding belief that it’s okay to have my own ideas, see things differently, to sometimes walk alone, though admittedly there have been moments when I questioned that belief. Thank goodness for the people I know who step in to remind me…it’s okay to be different.

So here’s a thought -- if you find you just have to answer that question in one word get creative and make up a one word description of you composed of many, (think supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...yes, it’s in the dictionary) which will require some planning, so get to it! Dare to be different and…

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#keepyourpeepersopen #peepthis #daretobedifferent #doyou #wearewomenwriting #blogher #dare

Sunday, July 16, 2017

the buzz


With all the buzz about the movie Wonder Woman, it’s no wonder that I came across something I wrote in a journal several years ago. Part of a series of poems entitled wild women, I present…

wild women #3…ode to the super sHero

wild women
wear scars like badges
as they fight the hard fight…with love
defend and protect…with no restrictions
ignore the norm.
bucking tradition
they dive into perpetually changing rivers
and surface with childlike wonder and glee.
bare breasted, no breasts
they shiver with shock sensuality
during uninhibited frolic.
dance, climb, drum, play with abandon
are ready for action, regardless,
mounting challenges (and their lovers)
with equal dexterity
sassy vixens not sex victims.

SNAP! CRACKLE! They SIZZLE!
age less with time
are ageless wonders
who are brave beyond the wild pink yonder.
faster than a whirling dervish
the can     
leap tall buildings in peep toe shoes
rock a jean jacket more skillfully than a cape
catch warm moonbeams with their more than capable bare hands.
a halo across their chests,
they soar like powerhouse queens
over risk free metropolis meadows sHeros telling Herstories
never in disguise.

wild women are strong
yet tender warriors.
they demand their rights
are calculatingly cleaver
using their affluence to influence.
investing in the present moment
they are never afraid of what will be what has been what is
don’t need to be told what to do.
and they do wear red.


Inspired by my participation in the Women’s March this past January, I am currently working on a series of collages that honor the super woman and speak to women’s issues. To hear a little about the series and my creative process, click www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3LrabKPWUo&sns=em to view a video produced by Art Life/Life Art and… 

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#peepthis #keepyourpeepersopen #youtube
#tinascottlassiter #wonderwoman #wildwomenwearred #wildwomen #women #womensmarch #poems #photography #artlifelifeart #collage #amsterdamart #shero #herstory #thebuzz



Sunday, July 9, 2017

about facebook

I read an article about Facebook’s ability to influence our opinion of ourselves as we view and read posts that may cause us to question our choices, what we're doing, who we know.  It’s human to wonder about our own lives when we see folks going to exotic places, grinning from ear to ear with people we may or may not know at a gathering we’ve not been a part of, read congratulatory posts for fabulous accomplishments, etc. 

Let’s face it, all pun intended, FB can not only be an influencer, it can also be addictive! Add that to working for yourself plus those days when you work at home -- you’ve potentially got the makings for a non productive day. I speak from what I know and what I know is an entire day passed without me realizing the clock was ticking until I looked up and it was 6:00PM. I couldn’t remember if I’d eaten anything or even gone to the bathroom! I’d gotten so distracted by whatever was happening on FB, that I failed to finish what I started at 10:00AM.

Facebook has its merits, this is coming from someone who did an about face, no pun intended, less than a year ago and finally chose to get connected. I've had the pleasure of reconnecting with so many people from my past, folks that meant something to me even though we had lost touch. I’ve actually dined, met for drinks or attended parties with some of them and let me say, a real face-to-face hug beats an emoji any day! That said, and this really is the take-away for today, we’re all where we're supposed to be. If we don't like our current situation, we have the power to change it and spending too much time on FB takes time away from focusing on that change. 

A photograph on Facebook is a snapshot of just one moment, it does not begin to tell the life story of the person(s) looking into the camera. Trust and believe, each and every one of us has experienced the dualities of life destined to appear on our path, only some will choose to post their down moments. So see you when I see you and until then…

keep your peepers open!®

ps…as if I didn’t have enough to keep up with, you can also follow me on twitter and instagram @myeclecticeye


#FB #facebook #keepyourpeepersopen 


Sunday, July 2, 2017

let's celebrate?

As the city prepares to celebrate the 4th of July, I'm reminded of something I wrote a little over a month ago...different holiday, same sentiment. 

memorial day

i walked early before hectic woke
remembering DC, the Hill as it was
viewed from a backseat of wide eyed marvel
eyes landmarking a childhood 
looking sadly now at 
a city in lock down for celebration… 
       a necessity 
                a declaration
                      a contradiction.
my city, like many 
imprisoned by circumstance
penalized with watched corners
subjected to searches
barricaded with silver and stone precaution
strategically placed…just in case.

we celebrate 
praying not now
we celebrate
with cautionary eyes
we celebrate
because life continues no matter,
because our city is 

in lock down for celebration.


Enjoy the food, fireworks and festivities and as you do…

keep your peepers open!®


#keepyourpeepersopen #celebration #july #fireworks #spokenword #holiday

Sunday, June 25, 2017

we march

On January 21, with camera in hand, I headed to the Women’s March in Washington DC capturing several moments that caught my eye, struck a nerve; I snapped and sent, making sure those I knew who could not attend were right there with me. One of them enthusiastically exclaimed that I must share the photographs with others because, bless her, she felt I had seriously captured the mood, sentiment, and electricity of the day in a series of shots presented via text messages in chronological order. For some reason, I did not share them, took more than a month before I posted them on my website www.tinascottlassiter.com.

Back in early May, I received or did I see on FB a call to submit photographs and other memorabilia from the March to be considered for an exhibit, “Who’s Looking Back?” which caught my attention. I knew I would submit, reviewed my portfolio, selected five and off they went.



When I arrived at the gallery, I walked into an intimate space, crowded with people looking at walls collaged with over 500 images taken by 100 photographers, one of them being me! I had to wade through chatting bodies to find my pictures, locating four out of five, trying my best to take pictures of my pictures as I squeezed into a spot where I could get the shot! 


It was an exhilarating experience being in a room packed with so much stimulation hitting me from all angles and suddenly I was right back on the Mall on January 21, bodies pressed together in unison for all.

It was oh so right at Gallery O on H this past Friday night for the opening reception. In case you missed, the exhibit will be up through July 28 so please stop by. Until then, below are a few of my photos that aren’t up on the wall, visit my site for more and as always…

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#womensmarch #womensmarchonwashington #exhibit #photography #whoslookingback #keepyourpeepersopen

Sunday, June 18, 2017

who's your daddy

Well this is mine when he was in high school!!!


To all the men who healthily, lovingly and actively take care of, nurture, support, and raise(d) their biological, adopted, foster or other children who may be in their care…Happy Father's Day! Much praise to those who, though they don’t have children, give of themselves and devote time to volunteering as big brothers or mentors…y’all are Fathers too! And finally, on this day may we also remember those Fathers who have passed…you are missed.

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#fathersday #vintagephotographs #praise #inspiration #WhosYourDaddy #keepyourpeepersopen 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

homey

you are a breathing thing.  
a memory to someone. 
a home to a life.
            - nayyirah waheed

When I read this it made me pause for a few moments to reflect, particularly on the last line which immediately got me to thinking about our living bodies as a “home to a life”… 

…thoughts rest in the uppermost level that is our head, minds open or closed like a window…  

…eyes invite light and all that is before us to come in or pull down the shades when there is something we don’t want to see… 
…ears listen for the familiar creaks of our bones, for intruders, react to the unfamiliar, hear what we wish… 

…actions and sounds burst from within when our extremities and mouth are in motion…

…nourishment sits at the table of our belly, waste finding its way to the proper receptacle (or not) without waiting for someone to take it out…

…breath serves as our air conditioning/heating system, skin helping to regulate the temperature of what comes to our doorstep based on its shade… 

…secrets, memories, joy and pain hide in our joints and sometimes need to be acknowledged, even fixed…

…and we decorate the exterior with all kinds of adornment everyday, totally hiding or showing who we really are.

Our body is the living breathing vessel that houses…us. Take good care of your property both outside and especially in, shower your home with gratitude, and coexist with whomever lives in your hood no matter the color of their exterior as you…

keep your peepers open!® 


#coexist #sundaythoughts #hometoalife  #mindfulness #inspiration #quotes #vessels #breathe #nayyirahwaheed #keepyourpeepersopen

Sunday, June 4, 2017

bliss@thequick

I love discovering something new when I walk and the other morning, there was a glorious something new just steps away from my front door!!! Peaceful, serene with water views, it’s a little oasis in the city I can head to when I need a respite or simply wish to spend mindful moments looking and listening to water, air and whatever else reaches out to my eyes, ears, nose and fingers. It’s a “bliss at the quick” spot!

We can all benefit from a few minutes of escape each day, found if we close our eyes and take a few deep breaths. Being outdoors in clean, fresh air can enhance those moments, so go in search of a special place near you sure to be found if you…

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#keepyourpeepersopen #escapes #oasisinthecity #serenity #bliss #mindfulmoments #breathwork