Hi friends 'n fam!
Here is just one example of how you/your love & support help me EVERY DAY!
For years, I have been sleeping with a bed full of STUFF - books that touch my heart, various crystals and rocks, stuffed animals, photos & cards & letters & etc. under my pillow...
This is what my bed currently looks like (I hope these photos are working!):
The whole bed is from Ana; the cozy sheets are from Tina, Alaia, and Maialen; the frog reminds me of Tammie; the (now broken!) sparkle ring is from Bronwyn; the Lapis Lazuli blue stone (that blends in with the sheets, oops) is from Leah; the Miss Piggy pillow case reminds me of private jokes with Grace ("Tough guy, tough guy!!"); the pink, lavendar-filled eye pillow is from Deena; the poster above my bed is full of wonderful messages from Supriya, Sage, Zoe, Marta'elena, Shawna, Erica, and Anneka; and not in the frame is the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address booklet (from the Gathering in Gratitude play I did with Luz Elena, Heather, Lisa, Radha, Jahnavi, Stephanie, Amy, and lots of people!), and it's not in the frame because it fell in that space between the wall and the bed. Also lost somewhere in that space are my MichFest bracelets, to remind me of times with my fest sisters.
The books: Wise Child, my favorite book in the world; the Tao te Ching (that is, one of the 100+ translations); Audre Lorde's The Cancer Journals (not only relevant, but also a reminder of my happy days with Corinn and my Women's Studies friends); and The Lesbian Tent Revival Sermons by Carolyn Gage, one of the best parts of Michfest for me.
And of course there's my obnoxious-but-loving cat, Maru, and I sleep in pajamas that used to be my sister's.
And here's what's currently under my pillow:
Printouts of lots and lots of supportive, inspiring, loving emails and FB messages from ALL OF YOU! So I can read your words when I'm feeling down, and soak it all in all night! Oh, and a photo I printed that makes me laugh every time I look at it, for it captured an amazingly sillycrazyhyper moment with Those Who Shall Remain Nameless. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! ;)
Thank you, friends and family!!