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To Call Myself Beloved

As seen on my coffee table 12.11

Late Fragment by Raymond Carver

And did you get what
you wanted from this life even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

Did you get what you wanted from 2011?

Here are a few of my favorite frames- moments where I received something so fine I have to share it with you.

1. Swimming with 2 of my sisters, my daughter and husband out in to the middle of a beautiful, clear Upper Peninsula lake. What did I get? Happiness.

CBB sparkles in Spruce Lake

2. Saying goodbye to my dear pals, Isabel and Willem, who moved to Canada and the sweet hugs they wrapped around all of us here. What did I get? Joy.

Me and my pal Willem, who I love. June 2011

3. Spending 3 and a half weeks with our German family making art throughout the Northeast. What did I get? Inspiration.

Plein Air Tiny Paintings of the Darling Hill International Artist's Club

4. Leading two FeMail workshops at the Museum of Motherhood with my collaborator, Karen Arp-Sandel. What did I get? Affirmation that my work is important.

FeMail for Karen Arp-Sandel from Suzi Banks Baum 10.1.11

5. Fulfilling the role of Big Sister in Mastery, 2011 while assisting my dear Jill Fredal Rogers. What did I get? The gift of leadership with compassion, clarity and fun.

Jill Fredal Rogers and me at the SWA Miami weekend, May 2011.

Sitting there, reading mine, I know there will be many of yours bubbling up from the wellspring of your bounteous life.
I send you sunlight upon all that blesses you today.


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