Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

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 year!

 

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 you give bring mercy in a circle back to you. and may you be confident in the hand that will always be extended between you and your friend.

like the trees: may you stand/ firm/ ever reaching.  in the wind: ever bending. in the rich and healthy sail may you be ever rooted in your own knowing of the source of all things.

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 wonder about the importance of the Space Program when there are so many financial needs right here on earth.  I believe that space exploration is a wonderful teacher.  Many of our most significant innovations have evolved out of the space program.  You might not know…those ubiquitous sticky notes that are used everywhere…are the result of a space program experiment.  In many ways, the “space program” reaches into our every day, ordinary space.  Even our cellular technology owes a vote of thanks to the Space Effort.

Atlantis has launched.  And it called to mind COLUMBIA and how it fell from the sky in 2003.  I am going to share a piece from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE, from the Curiosity Takes Courage chapter.

I remember when the spacecraft fell from the sky to Texas.

I weep that we Americans seem to be defined more by what we have colelctively lost than by what we hold as a whole.  How is it we can call ourselves champions?  On this day I weep for our American star which fell from the Texas sky.  (They say everything is bigger there, I wonder if their grief is larger than mine?)  I remember another loss of this sort from my childhood.  I remember feeling the fear of throwing lives into the sky and wondering if they could possibly find their way home.  How these decades of progress have jaded my wonderment and my sense of risk.

Perhpas my loss imapirs my vision.  There is a spark of hopefulness in this tragedy.  It is the true spirit of a champion which allows us to continue to explore, after such collective loss we still wish to be pathfinders  We still long to answer questions and blaze a new way of seeing.  We still reach nonpartisan hands across borders and invite, “Let us be bigger together than we are alone.”

We are victors in this:  that tomorrow we will reach again for the stars and be sobered by this loss. In that reach for a higher excellence we will ask bigger questions and work, like champions, for the discovery of the answer.

All good wishes and prayers travel with this shuttle as it carries out its mission.  And good on all of us for the having the courage to continue to explore and discover.

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 mine to experiment with me.  She had the materials and equipment on hand, but had never invited herself to jump in.  So with music playing and good conversation, we had a great creative day together.  And both of us knew more at the end of the day than we knew when the day started.

Part of the commitment to this creative process was that I would make something to give away.  I used my circle on Facebook and over a dozen of  my Pride Pods found happy homes.  Gifts sent out into the world as messengers of tolerance and community.  I’ve worn one out into the world on three occasions – and each time that someone commented on the piece with some statement resembling, “Where did you gete that – I’ve never seen anything like it,” I gave it to them.

This process ignited a real interest in the world of polymer clay.  I used my new found skills to create a party favor for my guests at our Independence Day celebration.  I hammered copper to make a bookmark base and attached the Red, White and Blue pod.  Another “Pride” Pod.  Pride comes in all different colors!

Creativity comes in all different modes and ways.  This is a new expression for me.  I am committed to continue turning Experiments into Experiences!  And Carmen Torbus’s encouragement started this all.  I wonder what her inspiration might get started for you?

 

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