How I Get My Joy On #ExpressiveAugust on Laundry Line Divine

My Moon Faced Girl by Suzi Banks Baum

Almost every morning my body wakes me up to I can see first light.
I just love to see it, especially out my window at home.
It is something sort of ancient in me. I love to see how the light colors day.

Right now, I am sitting on the terrace of my friends home, above Lago Maggiore in northern Italy. I have been on my #summeradventure2013 with my family.
Today is our last full day of vacationing. Tomorrow we turn towards home.

Morning light over Cannero Riviera Lago Maggiore

I read my pal, Stephanie Gunning’s newsletter this morning. She offers a challenge to make August a month of Self Expression which fits right in to my views for Laundry Line Divine. This website is a hub of self-expression for me and for the guests who post here. I am very attracted to people who express. The women of the Out of the Mouths of Babes blog series, like me, are pressed to express. Even the people who comment on this site, especially in last week’s post about 6 word memoirs, are pressed to express. How I love the community of Laundry Line Divine.

This morning, as I greet the light and joy settles in to my heart once again, I am filled with gratitude for getting to live another day. Curiosity opens my eyes and fuels my steps to see what this day will bring.

Now the moon is rounding in to fullness again. Each of us are, no matter our exact location at this present moment, connected by light. Maybe that is the key to what wakes me daily, early and eager. I love knowing that wherever you are, we are both touched by this light.

That is one way I get my joy on.
How about you?


With much love,



PS Here is a poem by Mary Oliver titled Why I Wake Early. She likes morning too.

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  • Coleen Davidson

    My perfect day… Strolling around in the early morning, fresh sea breeze, in my garden with the few early birds & very good coffee

  • Laurie Buchanan

    When I “let go” – my effervescence is free to breach the surface — much like a joyful whale fluke.

  • Mary-Anne

    Very beautiful view. Missed you. All’s well. Have a safe journey homeward.

    • Suzi

      Oh MaryAnne, thank you for all you do to keep us watched over with such love. xo S

  • ursulaute

    Dearst Suzi,
    cycling back from the beer-garden with my whole family I was accompanied by the moon light in a very warm and clear summer night at Munich – only six hours later this light will reach you – so good to know!
    Thank you for being connected! Ursula

    • Suzi

      So good dearest Ursula…that the light brings some of you to us. xo S

  • Lorrin Krouss

    Dear Suzi,
    Thank you for keeping in touch with all of us even during your vacation time. I wake up every morning, head downstairs and open the front door. And there I stand on my porch, in my pjs, just being so grateful that I am here in this place in this beautiful summer time.. I gaze fondly at all my flowering plants and If the sun is shinning brightly, I imagine I am Greta Garbo, saying the words in Sunset Boulevard “All right, Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up”. A bit dramatic I agree, but then it is my fantasy!

    • Suzi

      OH Lorrin! I can see you, ready for the close-up in your jammies, well lit! Dream on dearest! xoxoox S

  • monicadevine

    Suzi…I just wanted to say thanks for everything you do! I love how you connect us to each other, & remind us of the mystery and beauty and messiness in this wild, wonderful world. Safe travels.

    • Suzi

      Thank you Monica. I take this in to my heart. I am happy to be home. xooxox S