Thursday, March 31, 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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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 
along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What a Desire




What a desire!  

To live in peace with that word :
Myself. 

Sylvia Ashton-Warner


Monday, March 28, 2011

Signs of Spring



Spring has returned. 




The Earth is like a child


that knows poems. 


~Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, March 26, 2011

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.

Photo from HGTV.com


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.


Friday, March 25, 2011

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box 
along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!



Sunday, March 20, 2011

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!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Orchid



For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE




Shadow Blush © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian




blush spreads magenta
across her porcelain cheeks
demure flirtation

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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 somewhat firm to the touch. 
You may need to bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes, 
but keep an eye on it to make sure you're not over-cooking.

If using 8 x 4 inch loaf pans, bake at 325 F/165 C for about 1 hour.

I never put in the raisins (yuck!)
but I love its slightly sweet taste.





Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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
to create photographs and works of art 
that might touch someone's heart.



It fills me with JOY to see beautiful things,
whether they're the creations of people
possessed of ancient wisdom or current inspiration


or God's own handiwork.



It gives me JOY to stand at the edge of the sea
and drink in the juicy air,
to hear the roar of the waves and the songs of seabirds.


It gives me JOY to know that our dear friend NOELLE
is finding concrete ways for us to make a difference
in the lives of people in Japan.
Click HERE to join in her efforts.


BLESSINGS AND LOVE to you --
especially all those whose hearts are heavy
and spirits sagging.

What gives you JOY?
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 
along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Meditation and Healing


Besides sending financial contributions
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.