Just Breathe 

It can be as simple as walking outside and seeing the ladder there, rungs stretching up into the tree.

Or my lapis lazuli earrings. Chatting about Afghan men tromping over and beyond blue boulders on their way to chip off a bit. Stones flying across the world. The ears that wear them today. Hearing only silence. 

Sailboats. Swimming. 

Arabella. My father’s trophy. The images side by side.

Young eyes entranced by your gifts. You called her gorgeous. And she is. I’ll tell her you said so, one day.

Weedy dragons. Witty children. Opals. 

Morning glory. 

Morning glories.

Water. Water. Lovely water. 

Me, living in the wild with two little boys. You, raising two girls way out in the bush.

Facing southwest.


Waving across an ocean.

Smiles about. Meeting those certain ones who turn your life upside down, right from the moment you meet, even if it takes awhile to catch on that, indeed, your life has turned upside down. 

Those same certain ones who then turn you right side up. 

Make us want to be better. 

We each had that; recognized kindred hearts-in-love; our damn good luck.

Our failures.

Love of the wild. The bush. Noise, lots of noise, but no electrical hums, no racing toward deadlines. Peace. Elusive peace.

Mothers the exact same age.

More smiles. A few laments about lonely beds. Feet padding down the hall. 

When the article came out last month stating we with European DNA are all descended from ancient Belgians, I laughed out loud — then cried. I wanted to share it with you, make you laugh.

Only silence rings.


I must admit, my friend, dear Badger, I’m glad you no longer have need of warm toast. Nothing in the world pains you, nothing is making you bleed.


I’ve wished you the Happiest of Birthdays for years now. Today (it’s July 13th, now, in Australia), for this particular year, you’d be sent the requisite Beatles tune. The same farewell:

“Love to you and yours, and more to you.”

You are missed. 

When hummingbirds buzz by. When deer leap.

Kim Hunter Gamble / July 13, 1952 — February 19, 2016

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Comment by greenheron on March 4, 2018 at 3:14pm

catch, if I could get away with a skull ring! I have favorite skull socks though.

That was a fun open call. There used to be ads in the back of magazines like Readers Digest for the Famous Artists School. Their admission test was to draw that pirate. As a kid, I pestered my mom to let me send my test in, but she would have none of it. The draw the pirate image still lives on the internet, which is what inspired the smackdown. People did some really funny stuff. Kim's I saved of course, because he drew me :) 

I love that we both have Kim's Ladder and Tree as our desktops. Such beautiful color, innit?

Comment by catch-22 on March 4, 2018 at 3:48pm

I’m compelled how effortlessly kim has me confusing land and sea and sky and time. That yellow hello tone of home rings clear, though. Mostly.

Comment by Anna Herrington on March 4, 2018 at 5:21pm

Oh, how cool to see your comments and pictures ~ and what a great idea to somehow add Kim's painting to your desktops  : )

My 6 year-old grandgirl was just walking by and noticed the excellent pirate greenie pic ... "Wow! That is really a good pirate!"

xo to you all !

Comment by greenheron on March 5, 2018 at 6:33am

Anna, it was lovely to get up this morning, having forgotten that I'd set the desktop to Kim's painting and then be surprised. It snowed overnight, a big storm forecast for Weds, and it's good to look at warmth and palm trees.

Glad that as a pirate I did not frighten the grandgirl :)

Comment by Anna Herrington on March 5, 2018 at 8:14pm

Rita, I love this painting of yours, have thought of it so often over the years.... what a lovely, lovely gift.... and I feel honored I got to see it in person. (Your hair really *is* beautiful... even more than this!)

: )

Comment by Anna Herrington on March 6, 2018 at 10:00am

Comment by Anna Herrington on March 6, 2018 at 10:06am

I thought he'd sent this pic of his last painting .... said friends helped.... thought it was posted here, somewhere, too, but I found it this morning in old email, thought I'd add  : )

I love the Arabella/Peter Pan ship flying off, the dancing creatures coming in from the forest, the lavender coated musician, various homes... lovely mountains off in the distance... and the red lining of the artist's coat. The held rake....

Comment by Anna Herrington on March 6, 2018 at 10:12am

And then, in typical off-topic fashion, I add this Romanian woman from 1960, a photo from twitter feed - she, carrying water from well in pot on her head, the bundle of firewood picked up along the way, the baby, and might as well keep the hands busy spinning wool while walking back home....

I want to frame this photo and never complain again about chores!

(Kim would've appreciated this photo, right? so it sort of goes...   ; ) )

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 6, 2018 at 11:06am

Earlier I espyed moms and children rolling a snowman astride our small town War Memorial. I paused for awhile later on and photographed the street signs at 84th and Wedge, read you and this GREAT TRIBUTE Anna.

Superb! But I wish it weren't so. Hence, pen to page, I wrote a 'free fall poem' and thought I'd include it here in loving homage of Mr. Gamble.

For now, I can only thank you for writing as I embrace the sadness of this winter day.

Wow-kow-pow I see Kim was born moments before Bastille Day!

Comment by Anna Herrington on March 7, 2018 at 8:39am

Mornin' Rita : )

Did you see this same painting on the page before? I posted yesterday with comment.... I think your photo of it is better though...


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