Showing posts from March, 2011

Making a Difference

When things the magnitude of the disaster in Japan happen, we often feel so overwhelmed and so impotent that we do nothing.
Not because we don't care, but because we just don't know how to make a meaningful contribution.
Here's a way.

Your contribution can be small or large, so long as it comes from the heart.

(Clicking on the doll photo will take you to our team's fundraising page so you can join our effort.)
p.s. My friend Jen's contribution got us
really close to our goal of purchasing a second box --
so it's time to think bigger!

Thanks to all of you who've opened your hearts
to make a difference.

Share the Joy: Some Little Things

What inspired JOY in me this week?

Using my talents to help a project I believe in, one that will benefit the art museum and the community as a whole.
We're working on a redesign of the entry areas, plus partnering with the city to make the downtown corridor more pedestrian-friendly, beautiful and welcoming.

Hearing the latest Logan-isms from my son, his daddy.

Scheduling studio time to work with encaustics.

How about you?
What's on your JOY list?
To play along and share the joy:

1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.
2. capture the URL of the specific post  and paste it into the Mr. Linky box

What a Desire

What a desire!  
To live in peace with that word : Myself.
Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Signs of Spring

Spring has returned. 

The Earth is like a child

that knows poems. 

~Rainer Maria Rilke

Some Things You Might Not Know

Some things you might not know about me:

1. My two signature fragrances are Hanae Mori  for daytime and St. John for special occasions.

2.My favorite brand of shoes is Arcopedico -- pure comfort!

3.I have an HGTV obsession and a secret crush  on Mike Holmes. Guys who can fix things are sexy.

4. The last book I read was The Swan Thieves  (a fun read even if not the most erudite book on the planet).

5. The last film I saw was "I Am."  I loved it, but I wish he hadn't scrimped on stock footage.

Haiku My Heart: Stream

spring water cascades down a waterfall, rushing past the old homestead

For more Haiku, visit Rebecca, the leader of our merry band.

Share the Joy Thursday: Short List

What's on my JOY list today?
1. the smell of melted beeswax for encaustic work

2. the heft of a hardback book in my hands,    especially one so well-written and engaging that    I can't wait to turn the page.

3. seeing blue in the sky amongst the clouds

4. watching sunlight bounce off water --
in the pond behind my house or

in the harbor in my quaint little town -- or anywhere, for that matter

5.  knowing that I'm infected once again with the     creative writing virus  after being in the doldrums Yippee! 

What's on your JOY list?
To play along and share the joy:

1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

Time to Bloom

If you're in need of a little inspiration, visit Rebecca and her friends at Postcards from Paradise.
Rebecca asks "How is Spring awakening you?" and talks about the challenges and burdens we all encounter on our walk through life.

And I realized that after having my heart broken into a million pieces a few years ago, I've let it harden so it's not as vulnerable.

I think it's time to let it bloom.

Wish me luck!

Haiku My Heart: Orchid

For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE

blush spreads magenta across her porcelain cheeks demure flirtation

Wee Bit o' Green

On the day that people everywhere seem to become Irish for a wee bit, I'm showcasing green.

You'll find another bit of Irish color HERE.

And here's my recipe for Irish Soda Bread, just in case you're in the mood to bake.
Irish Soda Bread Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time -- 30 - 60 minutes, depending on loaf pan size
INGREDIENTS 4 cups all-purpose organic flour 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
3 large eggs 1 pint sour cream
Optional: 1 cup of raisins for raisin lovers.
DIRECTIONS Preheat over to 325 degrees F (165 C).  Grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans or four mini loaf pans (5 x 3 3/4 inches).  A squirt of PAM also works.
Mix all dry ingredients. Stir in eggs and sour cream  (plus raisins, if you so choose); mix just until all ingredients are combined.
Divide batter evenly between the loaf pans.
If using mini loaf pans, back at 325 F/165 C  for approximately 30 minutes; check for doneness.  The loaf should be lightly brown and …

Share the Joy Thursday: Prayers and Beauty

There's a prayer called the Metta Prayer that's part of the meditation practice of a spiritual community headquartered in Boise that some dear people I know are involved in.

There's so much heart in this prayer and it's so acutely relevant in these troubled times that it fills me with JOY to share it:
May all beings have fresh, clean water to drink. May all beings have food to eat.
May all beings have a home. May all beings have someone to share love with. May all beings know their true purpose. May all beings be well and happy. May all beings be free from suffering. Today I shall do what I can to make this so.

It brings me JOY to think of the energetic shifts that would occur if each of us said this prayer every day, as often as we think of it and for each of us to put our words into action.
It brings me JOY to share my light and see the light in you.

It brings me JOY

Meditation and Healing

Besides sending financial contributions  to reputable organizations doing hands-on services in the heart of the quake-tsunami-nuclear disaster zone
(and don't forget the quake victims in Christchurch, NZ)

I think we need to meditate on LOVE and HEALING ENERGY because .......
Well, that should be obvious.
The Japanese find the chrysanthemum symbolic of the sun. 

They consider the orderly unfolding  of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection.
Confucius once suggested they be used  as an object of meditation.

Given the devastation wrought by earth forces, I think we could all benefit  from meditating on healing for the Earth and her people.
Sending blessings and pure love -- in all its perfection -- can only help.