La Vie En Rose, Happy 100th Birthday, Edith Piaf

La Vie En Rose, Happy 100th Birthday, Edith Piaf

100 years ago you were born, dear Edith, December 19, 1915. Thank you for singing your heart for us, dear rose and little sparrow, your voice opens my heart. (more…)

Summer Sojourning

Summer Sojourning

Summer Sojourning

Summer is here,  a time of minimal online interaction because so much is calling me elsewhere. It is a time of external growth in the garden and internal slowing down long enough to allow new ideas to steer my direction. I have joined Cigdem Kobu’s Summer Sojourn, Slow Down and Get Spacious, a 21-day virtual retreat that guides you to slow down, feel grounded and recharge. Based on benefits from her  programs, like the Winter Joy Retreat and  as member of Progress Lounge, I look forward to allowing creativity to percolate in expanded ways. (more…)

Rivers and Roots, a Poem from Stan Brunn for Earth Day

Rivers and Roots, a Poem from Stan Brunn for Earth Day

Rivers and Roots, a Poem from Stan Brunn for Earth Day

Last week Stan Brunn, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky sent me this lovely poem, with a suggestion that it could be a good theme for a painting or a song. So I took him up on it, as my way to say thank you to the Earth and my friendship with Stan. (more…)

Finding Purpose

Finding Purpose

Finding Purpose

 guest post~by Fox Hutt

Over the years the first person I think of to call with gardening question that will be answered from a holistic perspective is Fox Hutt. She kindly shares some of her philosophy here, and in a few weeks at the next Sunwise Celebrations event “Spiritual Gardening”.

“You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you.”

 ~George Alexiou

Being of like mind with Mr. Alexiou, I am glad that a good share of my purpose in this incarnation is being “me” while in my garden. A lovely rain shower just brought me in from my flowers and vegetables where I once again felt that wonderful deep sigh, that release that comes when I stand up from my work and look across my garden and pond at the radiant vital beauty around me, and know Satchitananda, which, in Sanskrit means “Awareness of Being is Bliss.” (more…)

In Light of the Snow, guest post by Greg Orth

In Light of the Snow, guest post by Greg Orth

In Light of the Snow, Guest Post by Greg Orth

The recent snowstorms brought the expected challenges, but it surprisingly also brought light, bright, evenly diffused light from all directions. As the builder of the studio, I had hoped to bring in light from as many directions as possible, even bouncing it off of the cathedral ceiling, yet I had not imagined the effect snow would have. (more…)

The Fourth Day of Christmas, Cancer

The Fourth Day of Christmas, Cancer

Each of the 12 Days of Christmas – December 26 until January 6 – corresponds to a sign of the Zodiac in the coming year. This is the fourth day of Christmas, corresponding to Cancer,  (approximately) June 21 – July 21. It is an auspicious time to observe what happens on this day, make note of your dreams, use your foresight and take this quiet time to plan that month ahead. To prime the pump of your imagination you can engage in some Cancer type activities like make your home cozy. (more…)

Jacob March, Bead Master

Jacob March, Bead Master

As I was saying in my last post, I love visiting Jacob March at his Nomad Beads in Boulder, Colorado. I love to buy beads from him whenever I can. He travels and finds the most unusual beads and artifacts and knows more about them than anyone else I know. He loves to share his knowledge. I can trust him completely, which is important when buying old beads. He is always busy either making an extraordinary necklace with Tibetan or Roman beads or helping his many loyal customers fix a project.  (more…)

New Year Plan

New Year Plan

It’s hard to believe that it is mid-spring and that I had a new year plan. That’s not true, I do revisit my plan regularly, it’s just that I am such a Present Moment Person, that some things I foresee manifesting take longer than a year because I forget how slow I am. As soon as I returned from Twinrocker paper mill, I began this drawing, so it is the first in the series that will premiere at Birds of a Feather exhibit, May 2 at Rezny Gallery.

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52 Sound Paintings, Helen Davey

52 Sound Paintings, Helen Davey

Helen Davey is celebrating her 52nd year by composing a piece of music to and art work once a week, 52 Sound Paintings. I encourage you to check out her varied styles and sounds, I am so amazed. In preparation for her composing to my Pentad we shared a delightful 2 hour Skype chat – Switzerland to Kentucky.

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Spring, Eagle, East

Spring, Eagle, East

Years ago I learned from my spiritual teacher, Grandfather Wallace Black Elk, about correspondences between the seasons, the direction and the animal who guards that season and direction. Spring, Eagle, East = East is the direction we face in the Spring, with Eagle flying guard. There are other correspondences like the color yellow, the time of rebirth, and the time of youth. This drawing of an eagle feather was done in 1985, and it was the inspiration that called me back to drawing at the beginning of this year.

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