Monthly Archives: April 2013

True Colours


Just breathe.

“To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.”
 – Dave Pelzer

What is pain good for? It lets us know when we have abandoned the way of our souls. What can be more painful than the resistance towards something that is right and is meant to bring us joy? What else could there be but pain when we are going in the opposite direction of our dreams, love, light and joy?

I think we already know everything we need to know in order to find and achieve all we desire in our hearts. It is within our souls, in the brilliant colours of our very beings. But once in life when it seemed that being just you is not enough, we started to paint masks to appear as something else…

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What We See


I could not express this better, so I am introducing you to this delightful blog.

Just breathe.

the world in the heart

I have always found it fascinating how two people can look at the same thing or situation with strikingly different perceptions. How someone can see the light in the darkest of places or how someone misses the sun peeking through, because he or she is so focused on the clouds of whatever it is that they are feeling.

I think that the world has an admirable quality to help us determine what we need to work on. Because our own life reflects our inner world, just like clear water acts as a mirror. And if something is very wrong in our lives, then there must be something out of resonance within us also. The feelings we feel are our own. They do not just come because of a situation, they are triggered, yes, but there must be something within that then reacts to that. The things that irritate us the…

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Earth Day is April 22nd



The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.

Gaylord Nelson

Earth Day is April 22nd.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.

— Kahlil Gibran

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Animal Battle // Raccoon Soldier


May 2 – an exciting destination from my new home in OR.

Little Wolf





I heard that soft moss, blades of grass, and tiny mushrooms make for very durable battle gear.  And I can think of nothing more intimidating than a bolo tie bearing a little black scorpion.  This raccoon is tough.  I’d watch out for him.

More – ever more! – work for Animal Battle.  At the risk of sounding like a broken record: May 2nd.  Pony Club Gallery.  Portland.  Allllll this stuff will be hanging on a wall.

And ya know what else?


Affordable, beautiful prints.  Soon to be in my shop.

Here is the official event on Facebook.  Hope to see you there, friends!



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Whispers of the Heart


Just breathe.

Listen to the whispers of your heart

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”


Sometimes I hear my heart whispering,

Sometimes I understand what it says,

Other times I only wish I could.

How can you understand words

That are in no language?

I do not know,

It is an ancient mystery.

But once in a while

There comes a moment

When everything is strangely clear

When all is quiet and peaceful within,

Then you can truly listen

And  hear the words

And know the answers

Without your ears,

Then you can walk your path

And spread your wings

And see the light

Without your eyes.

Even though a tree

has no eyes nor ears,

Its greatest power

is how it feels.

When roots go deeper,

The branches…

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Rough diamond


Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


The computer whirred into life this morning faster than I did… not difficult, of course. I need coffee, copious amounts of coffee. The computer, however, chirps into readiness almost as quickly as the dog.

To be fair to Ani, although she is poised with every muscle frozen mid-launch, those first few moments when I enter the room are special. No-one else will ever see them, she cannot possibly contain her excitement if anyone else is here, but for me there is a quiet hello. She tucks herself into a small, sphinx like bundle of taut immobility and waits near the window, eyes fixed on mine. Other than sleep, it is the only time she is ever at rest. But for those moments the whirly girl is still. I speak to her and she makes odd little grunting noises at me. I sit on the floor with her and we cuddle…

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My favorite explanation for why we laugh states that humor is a learning mechanism, which detects and corrects incongruence between expectations and reality.

Another way to interpret this process is to recognize that stress, caused by cognitive differences between ones hopes and actuality, stimulates adaptation – a life affirming skill.   Laughter makes and strengthens human connections.  According to cultural anthropologist Mahadev Apte, “Laughter occurs when people are comfortable with one another, when they feel open and free.  And the more laughter [there is], the more bonding [occurs] within the group.”

The post funeral scene in the movie Steel Magnolias when the mother of the deceased begins laughing is a pungent example of correcting the stress and promoting bonding.

A similar reaction occurred during my mother’s funeral.   My mother’s name was Madge but the Minister referred to her as Martha through out the eulogy.  My brother setting next to me in the pew, leaned toward me and whispered, “Who’s Martha?”   I recall my body convulsing with laughter as I tried to disguise my eruption as appropriate sobbing and felt the chain reaction travel to my siblings.

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