Out of the Blue

An opportunity to ride the waves of a mother and daughter’s journey through the heart – with cancer, grief, healing, and the greatest love, grace and presence possible.

This blog weaves together Elizabeth Blue’s poetry and memoir written during her 22 years, and Lucia Maya’s email journal and memoir of her daughter’s last year, her time of living and dying in a state of grace.  Though heartbreakingly sad, it has been breathtakingly beautiful. I hope you’ll join me. This is dedicated to Elizabeth Blue, so that the world may experience her essence and her gifts. She was born January 12, 1990 and left us September 23, 2012.

Elizabeth Blue and Lucia Maya

Elizabeth Blue and Lucia Maya ~ April, 2012

It will be easiest to follow if you begin at the beginning, and follow along chronologically.

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Praying ~ Mary Oliver

elizabeth blue, bird tattoo,PRAYING

It doesn’t have to be

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just

pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t

a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

~from Mary Oliver’s collection of poetry, “Thirst” (Beacon Press, 2006).

Thank you to my wonderful mother for sending this at the perfect time. I’m mostly without words these days, while I’m resting and recuperating from my move and all that was involved. I expect they’ll be back soon, and Elizabeth will have more to say too…

  1. Ghost Cats 20 Replies
  2. Update on NPR Interview 6 Replies
  3. Elizabeth’s 24th Birthday 8 Replies
  4. NPR Interview – “Voices for the Cure” 11 Replies
  5. Gratitude and Clearing Out 18 Replies
  6. Elizabeth Blue – the photoshoot by Jade Beall (part 1) 20 Replies
  7. Coming Home to Die 24 Replies