Felicity: A Writer Wednesday Post

January 8th, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays | Publication News

FelicityFelicity, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014

I offer you a quiet wish from my retreat: felicity.  One illustration of same is the image above, composed of two recent birthday gifts.

My dear friend Tracy brought me the hand-carved owl from Pipestone, Minnesota, site of an ancient quarry, sacred to Native Americans. The special red stone there has been used to create ceremonial pipes since prehistoric times. My father (a pipe-smoker himself) loved visiting this area.

The two knitted, felted bowls were made by my gifted sister Robin. You can feel her warm embrace as you hold them, soft as owl-down.

Two gifts, perfect for each other. Both relate to my family, about whom I now write.  Happy concord: the very portrait of a writer on retreat, seeking her wisdom, finding her nest. Felicity.



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  • Lara

    Robin’s nest with a sacred owl – so perfect it makes me shiver with pleasure. What exquisite gifts – and now we receive them too in this spiritual “re-gifting”

    • IreneOGarden

      Didn’t even pick up on Robin’s nest! Thanks for pointing it out, kind Lara!

  • Vay David

    I want the pattern for the bowls! Felicitous retreating, my dear.

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks, Lassie! I’ll talk to Robin, (or maybe she’ll see this!)

  • ZarkWriting

    As the gifts fit together, so do your words. I never would have thought of it – but felicity is a perfect one!

    • That such a compliment from such a wordsmith! Thanks!

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