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Sunday, August 6, 2017

California Dreaming

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During the 1970"s, I lived in the bay area for about 6 years.  It was  definitely a unusual and exciting time. What made it special were the people, the creativity  and the newness of thinking out of the box. The fifties and early sixties was  so very predictable and stable.  I remember feeling that I would suffocate if I stayed in the East Coast and got married as many of my friends were doing. So when I went out to Ca, I had options that were unavailable back East. I was able to express more of who I was through music, art, living situations, relationships, food, classes and traveling. Its hard to imagine that I felt that my only employment options were to become a Physical Therapist or a Teacher. Relationships options were to marry or date in order to get married. Food was very bland and uninspiring.
In California, there were so many more options and we were so  high on those choices. ......
There was magic in the air and  all things were possible. There was an openness that was delicious.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day

Words Matter
I was listening to the Lee Greenwood's Rendition of God Bless America and thinking about today,  I  do not wish to live anywhere else in the world and yet there are days that are truly discouraging with our current President. I find myself having a mix of strong emotions every time I get a news link to a new tweet or simply another disparaging head line. I also know that reacting with such strong emotions continues to perpetuate where we are. Words and our emotional reactions matter.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Trouble talk v. troubling talk

Frog Clearing

Debra Tannen states that
"Troubles talk is a conversation where women share their moments of frustration and irritation but without expecting a solution. Men, on the other hand, find it very hard to listen to such talk without wanting to help, and provide problem-solving".

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Part 2- Heron's message

Digesting Life
Right after I published the blog post, I glanced outside of the window again and saw a great blue heron with an 8 inch fish in its mouth. The herons visit the pond frequently but I have not seen one swallow a fish whole.

Integration at last

In the midst of change
My last blog talked about slowing down as we move into the next stop on our life journeys. I have certainly slowed down and was amazed to see that my last post was in April. Since then, I have taken the time to continue  reconfiguring my life in all ways. I am changing  my work, my clothing style, my painting style, my relationships, my health, and my way of communicating . I am in the midst of creating a clean slate. It is overwhelming, exciting, refreshing, stimulating, scary and wonderful.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Slowwwwww Downnnnnnnnnnn

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Today, I am sitting outside on this glorious windy, sunny day in Florida. I am watching the pond behind my home as  the wind picks up and  blows the tiny, crisp leaves on my patio, as  the water moves in bumps and starts, the birds fly in and out and the sea creatures poke their heads out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jumping into the unknown

Yesterday, I was sitting and doing my taxes at the computer. All of the doors and windows were open and I heard a distinctive noise of  something moving quickly over the grass. I looked up and it was a foot long turtle moving towards the water. It reached the cement embankment ,  hurled itself over the edge
and fell with a splash into the water. By the time, I reached the pond, it was several feet from the shoreline.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Noticings and Real Change, Beginning Now

I took this photo of the back of a tombstone in a very old English  cemetery. I posted it on facebook and received over a dozen comments on what people think that they saw.  I saw the image of a dog sitting down, someone else saw a camel, a bear, and a priest etc. We often  rely on others to tell us what we see in our world.  We listen to the "truth" about politics, economics, cancers, climate changes.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

New Rules, New World

Proud Pixie
I have been asked a couple of time in the past two days, when is the new blog post. I am very grateful to everyone that reads my post. I does take time and a great deal of integration to write clearly.  There is so much chaos and attempting to distill the chaos and see the bigger picture is challenging. And I love doing it.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Creating Peace in this Moment

Rainbow Heron
I was painting this heron statue this  morning and noticing that my thoughts were racing all over the place. At that moment, I was listening to a song by Karen Drucker, titled
In This and Every Moment. If you have not discovered her yet, she is an amazing singer/songwriter.

This song had the effect of calming down my sympathetic nervous system so that I could jump out of  the fight / flight/ freeze moment and simply return to painting.  Please know that we are given thousands of moments to return to peace every single day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Loving myself, let me count the ways

Chow Love
When I wrote the title down, I felt so many twinges of uncertainty? Is that really what I wanted to write? What were your first thoughts upon reading the title?   It feels amazing to sense it inside and yet it feels blasphemous to say it aloud.