The neighborhood owls are out in full force at this time of the year. Their pre-dawn conversations are a wonder to listen to and an inspiration from nature’s bounty of beautiful things. There is an ancient aura of mystery surrounding owls. Depending on the culture, it has been worshipped as an idol and hated as the reincarnation of the devil. Far from ordinary–these inspirations of mystery, magic and guidance. Continue reading →
I usually paint bigger canvases; but these little sketches seem just the right size at this time. I can control the smaller palettes easily–their size is more forgiving. This small sense of being in control is somewhat comforting since the current violence and devastation throughout the world makes me feel that so very much is out of our control.
Nothing can eliminate the terrible sadness we feel as we see our fellow human beings suffer, but a little relief is appreciated and I am grateful for a community of bloggers who continue to post their stores, their photographs, their poetry, their artwork–all those creative joys that can provide a bit of much needed inspiration on those days when the news stories are just too exhausting. Continue reading →
Our world has been turned upside down. People find themselves asking that same question–why can’t we all just get along? Even discussing the answer to that question can result in differences of opinion which can result in more agitation, more fear and more uncertainty of the future. Feeling grounded takes effort these days.
Fortunately there are numerous ways to instill that feeling of being grounded–of being aware that there are a lot of things going on around you that you cannot control but for the moment you are enjoying just being. Maybe it is cooking or reading or walking or just sitting and noticing the expression on your dog’s face. Continue reading →