Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

January 1970 Archives

“God Wanted Me To Tell You This…”


Are You Listening?


“What SHE Said…”

Perfectly expressed by my fellow writer, Ellen Lambert (who blogs at EllenOutLoud at  I woke up hearing the words, “Children don’t like it when their parents fight.”  Ellen captures this sentiment perfectly. I grew up in a family where […]


Can There Be Peace in Your Home?

What to do?  What to do after hearing the President plead for cooperation and putting the needs of the country first?  What to do after watching a dysfunctional Obama/Boehner face off in prime time?  How to answer your growing anxiety […]


See this picture?  I am certain it is apparent to you that it should be vertical rather than horizontal.  It is apparent to me, too.  I’ve edited.  Flipped.  Turned. Saved. Rinsed. Repeated.  And the demonstration piece meant as a visual […]

Maybe We Need to Remember…

Everything we learned in Kindergarten!   I remember my kindergarten room was all about cooperation, community and acceptance.  Sharing. Doing things independently and then learning how to do them together.  “Hands are for making things, not for hitting.”   “That’s okay […]

Wednesday Encouragement

If you need this message, particularly, print it out.  It’s a gift from me to you.

The Tone of a Dragonfly is a Purposeful…

Calm. Yesterday, after a full creative day at my bench, I took on the task of five off-island errands.  Which meant organizing myself for a ferry trip and getting to five establishments before their night time close.  Since I started […]

Virginia Woolf Said, “No need to sparkle…

no need to shine.”  The dragonfly disagrees. The iridescent sparkle of the dragonfly is disarming to many of its predators. The conclusion is easily drawn!  Particularly in business, women are encouraged to flail themselves into the competitive fray of business […]

The Reflective Mirror of a Dragonfly’s Wings

Today I am going to imagine what those highly efficient and beautiful wings might reflect to me if I were able to “read” their iridescent shine.  Imagine with me…. A message for you from the dragonfly… You cannot become perfect. Because […]

Lessons FLY Past You at 45 MPH

In THIS case, the lesson that might be flying past you is a Dragonfly. The dragonfly is capable of reaching speeds upwards of 45 miles per hour. Yes, that little thing.  That prehistoric, perfectly aerodynamic shiney, little thing.  And it […]

My Case for the Dragonfly

Over the coming few days I’m going to make a case for the dragonfly as a model for modern behavior. I am utterly taken with all the lessons the dragonfly holds for me and I hope you will find some […]

Share with Your Washington State Friends!

I will be in the historic barn with other working artists demonstrating a wide variety of art techniques.   Share the opportunity for a fun day with your friends in Washington State!  It’s lovely on Whidbey Island this time of […]

A Blessing for you on Monday

before you:  promise. behind you: presence. beneath you: integrity. around you: source. within you: joy. may what you see be what you wish.  may what you know serve you well.  may what you sing bring kindness to others. may all […]

Hail, Atlantis!

I can date my life by where I was in various Shuttle launches.  The wonder with which they were greeted in my childhood has chilled somewhat for the generation that has seen so many technological advances.  I hear many people […]

Experiment Turns Into Experience

  My experiment using Carmen Torbus’s book, THE ARTIST UNIQUE, has turned into a wonderful experience.   I used her book, internet resources, and the advice of friends to explore this entirely new medium.  I invited a good friend of […]

Questions for the “Self-Taught Artist” Carmen Torbus

Today I’ll share the rest of my interview with Carmen Torbus, author/editor of THE ARTIST UNIQUE.    I am providing another perspective through the view and questions of my friend and fellow artist, Christine Mason Miller.  Her interview with Carmen […]

Hammered Copper, Paul Revere and July 4

I marveled aloud as I worked on my party favor for our Independence Day gathering.  I am quite fond of learning details of the lives of our founders…and I pondered that I was using essentially the same tools and methods […]

One Day Everything Shifted…

All through high school I wrote in my journal, “I want to be an artist.” I kept writing it through my first several jobs after high school  Somewhere in the midst of becoming the Director of Public Relations at a […]

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Overwhelm kicks in when the "everything" is considered in the context of getting it all done. The penchant for expressing our worth  by how busy we are has woven itself into the fabric of our culture. Our worth as a human begins by virtue  ...

posted 12:34:45pm Jun. 15, 2015 | read full post »

I Saw My "Shadow" At The Store
I am often in a hurry.  I try to be mindful as I hurry, but still, it's a hurry-up-and-get-the-next-thing-done kind of hurry. And I have lots of "next things." When that hurry-ness combines with anxiety, or concern, or just plain 'ole  tired ...

posted 6:38:58pm Jun. 03, 2015 | read full post »

The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA

posted 3:38:54pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Creative Retreat with Mary Anne Radmacher and friends

posted 3:37:27pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Rarely do I share book reviews here, and yet this book prompted me to do so. If you are in need of a curriculum for a young person or a jumpstart at retirement, this book is that.  If you are looking for fresh ideas to lift your creative ...

posted 12:31:12pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »


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