Posts by Mary Beth

hope from an anomaly

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in inspirations | 0 comments

Witnessing beauty of this nature gives me hope. Outside our home cars stopped in awe. Walkers found the highest point to just “be”. We raced around the house for the best view. All eyes in one direction. A moment of solidarity. Might our love of beauty become a bridge for love and harmony? I hope.   * gratitude to my husband for capturing the moment, one of his many...

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a confession, all 88

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in inspirations | 0 comments

The moment I heard Jessica Williams play Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie something inside of me cracked open and my love for the piano was released. I am a closet piano player (can’t even say pianist yet).  I take weekly lessons (which make me sweat) and I try to sit at the piano 15-20 minutes each day. I allow this art to change me, work me, and turn me inside out. The process of making art is a scary act of confronting the perfectionist in me.  Daily it brings me face-to-face with my lack of confidence, vulnerability, insecurities, and  beginners mind and skills. I often ask myself...

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the elder speaks

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in inspirations | 1 comment

I want to introduce you to Sylvia.  Sylvia is a 600 year old fir tree who is nestled in a park near the shores of Lake Washington.  With a girth of 26.3 feet in diameter she stops you in your tracks.  When she calls it is hard to deny. In the words of Mary Oliver, “I let my voodoos of ambition sleep” today and made my way to this beautiful being.  I took the day off to just listen.   Listen to the maple leaves fall on the thick bark of Sylvia’s back, listen to the slug meander through the crevasses of her trunk, listen to my fingers rub on her belly until there was no...

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Bee-ings. What do you refuse to destroy?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in inspirations | 0 comments

As September trickles through our home, I decided today would be the day to harvest a bit of fall honey. These warm afternoons have seemed perfect; the bees should be fairly docile in the heat and I can use minimal smoking, which I hear is not altogether benign as some might imagine. I have decided to harvest one bar from the Topbar hive, then plan to harvest the rest in the spring once they start foraging again, this ensures plenty of nourishment through the winter. I don the closest thing I have to a “bee suit:” long sleeve button up shirt, pants (with pants tucked into socks), sun hat...

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soulful parenting – the fire of the comet

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 in featured post, inspirations | 1 comment

soulful parenting – the fire of the comet

At the core of every human is an imperishable flame,  the same energy that permeates all things,  the fire of the comet, the twinkle of the stars.                      ~ James A. Connor For my children, I will do anything.  This is true about me.  I have even been called a mother bear at times.   For my children and yours, I am a commitment for the souls of our children to shine.  Can you imagine a world with children whose parents had a practice of holding them with as much awe as a comet. A great read is The Soul of the Child, by Michael Gurian Opus Group NW offers...

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