Deep in the heart

Spring time in Houston, can it get any better than this?


The Blues

Writing about this topic may be the most challenging for me yet.  Actually, the writing is easy, the difficult part will be when the time comes to click the ‘publish’ button.  And if you’re reading this, you’ll know that I found the courage.

The Daily Song: Call It Dreaming/Iron & Wine

Christine at Brave and Reckless not only inspires me with her own writing, but also with her beautiful curating of art – both songs and poems. Reblogging her January 26 ‘Daily Song’ to celebrate Australia Day – this one finds that sweetest of human spots where melancholy, joy and hope all collide. And the video clip has some shots of the wide blue skies streaked with magenta light! Beautiful.

Brave and Reckless

Usually its the music that captures me but this video resonated somewhere really deep inside.  For everyone us who has ever felt alone, isolated, invisible.

“Call It Dreaming”
Say it’s here where our pieces fall in place
Any rain softly kisses us on a face
Anywhere means we’re running
We can sleep and see ’em coming
Where we drift and call it dreaming
We can weep and call it singingWhere we break when our hearts are strong enough
We can bow ’cause our music’s warmer than blood

Where we see enough to follow
We can hear when we are hollow
Where we keep the light we’re given
We can lose and call it living

Where the sun isn’t only sinking fast
Every night knows how long it’s supposed to last
Where the time of our lives is all we have
And we get a chance to say
Before we ease…

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Leaving Melbourne …

Does anybody ever really leave Melbourne? I flew back to the US a few days ago.  Who knows exactly how many times I have left, too many to count.  The feeling never changes, a small sense of anxiety that I am leaving some part of myself behind. I went out for an early morning walk before leaving, in search of my last caffe latte – Melbourne coffee simply is the best in the world. 

Winter Holiday Writing Prompt Challenge: 9000 miles from home-Carla Santamaria — Brave and Reckless

When I started Magenta Blues earlier this year, I hadn't fully appreciated the joy and connection that the blogging and writing community would bring me.  There are many amazing writers and poets to be discovered - not least of which is Christine Ray of Brave and Reckless who so graciously and generously shared my latest … Continue reading Winter Holiday Writing Prompt Challenge: 9000 miles from home-Carla Santamaria — Brave and Reckless

Simple Wisdom for the Season

There is such simple wisdom in the tales and the fables we heard and read as children. Perhaps none more so than the collection of Dr. Seuss favorites.  A unique combination of humor and lightheartedness with thought provoking wisdom.  My first, and favorite, Dr. Seuss book was ‘The First of Octember’. 

Heartbreak Harvey

I spent most of Sunday glued to the television, crying.   Feeling anxious after a sleepless night, feeling incredibly grateful, and truly amazed at the capacity and grace of the people of Houston.  Not much has changed in the days since then.

Magenta: My Anchor for Balance

Magenta Blues, is all about intentional balance, inspiring ordinary joy in everyday moments, and nurturing resilience.  For those times in life when stress, sorrow or disappointment are present, or everything seems overwhelming, the stories and ideas at Magenta Blues seek to provide comfort and connection in managing through those feelings.  

Magenta Musings

Magenta has become a positive thinking anchor for me -  it is symbolic of transformation, universal harmony and emotional balance.  It is the colour of strength and truth and peace.  I love the way magenta sounds, it reminds me of evocative words like magic, majesty and imagination.


The poetry of Jeff Buckley's songs still get me every time. It is twenty years ago today that our world lost this amazing artist. Grace was a pivotal soundtrack for me, and for my life. Read more…