Saw an ad in our little local advertising publication for a company named "Ponderings". This company builds landscape ponds, water features, etc. I really loved the name of this company, loved the play on words. But then, I love words. I'm not good with them, but I love them. I do most of my creative endeavors under the name Gypsy Gold Studio because that name summons images of big, dangly gold earrings and I dearly love big, dangly gold earrings. The words "Gypsy Gold" just appeal to me. Gene and I were on one of our camping trips at FDR State Park one year when we passed a little junk type store on the side of the road. It was named "Consolidated Diversification" and I immediately responded to the name. That is such a wonderful juxtaposition of words and it describes me so perfectly. It's just ME! Consolidated - to unite or combine. Diversification - the act of introducing variety. A united and combined variety of activities and interests. I love it. I have a sister-in-law who is a wonderful wordsmith. She is a breast cancer survivor (11-12 years now) and she wrote the most beautiful poem. I include it here for your reading pleasure:
I Can Fly
First, I imagine a warm sunny day,
Take a deep breath and let my mind play.
I bask in the sunlight,
Then look toward the sky.
The burden is lifted, now I can fly.
From the tip of the grass, to the top of a tree.
There isn’t a mountain too tall for me.
I swing on a rainbow, dance on a star,
Tasting life’s nectar, both here and afar.
I light on a jasmine, then float in the breeze.
Without a disturbance, I do as I please.
Quietly, blissfully, I start to cry. Because
Just for a moment, I believe I can fly.
Jane Barton Jackson
Breast Cancer Survivor