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Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

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I was born and raised in the far north of Fairbanks Alaska where the moose trample your garden, northern lights dance and darkness rules the winter. I adore raspberries, tea, body painting, lazy nights watching movies and drinking wine, hiking, gardening, beekeeping, writing, creating art and traveling. I live with my husband Keith (the brilliant human behind Keith Dixon Studios) and the five children we brought into our relationship. My current career is in makeup artistry/body painting where I get to meet interesting people and paint diverse faces and bodies.

Monday, February 27, 2006

I need.....

Cleaning out an old notebook tonight, I stumbled across something I wrote in a flurry some time ago. It was scribbled on construction paper and I don't even know the date (it's at least a couple years old I believe). Somehow the timing of finding it again seemed appropriate. I was thinking about all the things that matter to me in life, and the things I need to surround my days....
Here it is:

I need stars and moon magic and cloaks of velvet, purple shoes and boots that dance.
I need window seats with fairies visiting, ships that sail into sunsets, grapes dripping with the sweetness of the suns energy, nights of darkness and snow with long fires burning, smoked salmon and wine.
I need laughing, happy children moving to the rhythm of life as they pull me into their world.
I need stories and magicians and artists and dreamers and soul seekers and musicians to fill my days and nights. I need to live fantasy worlds and periods in history and food that transports me to other places.
I need culture that satiates my hunger, my passion for life and leaves me breathless.
I need color vibrant and electric to wash over me and fill my mind with dreams so rich I am unable to paint them dramatically enough.
I need sacred, quiet space, altars upon which I pay tribute to this great and marvelous universe.
I need mountains and trees and wild rivers and canyons and caves to explore.
I need sunsets and sunrises and the darkest depths of night with holy places to heal.
I need shaman and rituals and roots and energy that reminds me who I really am.
I need spinning planets and silly moments and hidden paths and great mysteries and splashing dolphins and diving pelicans and writing and death to remind me how great it is to live.

3 Comments:

Blogger Sandra Dodd said...

Nah, you don't need all that. If some came by I bet you'd appreciate it, but need needs some neediness, and your life seems hugely full.

I'm glad I had kids when Raffi was popular and putting new music out, because I got to immerse myself in that, and I liked it. But one of the most interesting was "All I really need." It reminded me of "All You Need is Love, by the Beatles.

The first verse says "All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly and love in my family." That was sweet.

But he went on with a long list of other stuff he needed too, so by the end of the song I was always trying not to giggle and critique the logic and the meaning of "all."

Your family is cool, Ren. I'm glad you have big land now that you can play with and on, and it was fun to read about your new weeping willow and fire pit and all, even though I've posted my appreciation on the wrong post, I know. Cheers! Happy s'mores.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Sandra Dodd said...

Nah, you don't need all that. If some came by I bet you'd appreciate it, but need needs some neediness, and your life seems hugely full.

I'm glad I had kids when Raffi was popular and putting new music out, because I got to immerse myself in that, and I liked it. But one of the most interesting was "All I really need." It reminded me of "All You Need is Love, by the Beatles.

The first verse says "All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly and love in my family." That was sweet.

But he went on with a long list of other stuff he needed too, so by the end of the song I was always trying not to giggle and critique the logic and the meaning of "all."

Your family is cool, Ren. I'm glad you have big land now that you can play with and on, and it was fun to read about your new weeping willow and fire pit and all, even though I've posted my appreciation on the wrong post, I know. Cheers! Happy s'mores.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Sandra Dodd said...

Nah, you don't need all that. If some came by I bet you'd appreciate it, but need needs some neediness, and your life seems hugely full.

I'm glad I had kids when Raffi was popular and putting new music out, because I got to immerse myself in that, and I liked it. But one of the most interesting was "All I really need." It reminded me of "All You Need is Love, by the Beatles.

The first verse says "All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly and love in my family." That was sweet.

But he went on with a long list of other stuff he needed too, so by the end of the song I was always trying not to giggle and critique the logic and the meaning of "all."

Your family is cool, Ren. I'm glad you have big land now that you can play with and on, and it was fun to read about your new weeping willow and fire pit and all, even though I've posted my appreciation on the wrong post, I know. Cheers! Happy s'mores.

5:54 PM  

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