INSPIRATIONS

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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when courage is lost – the fatal wound

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in inspirations | 0 comments

when courage is lost – the fatal wound

It happened to me. I started to care about what others thought of my writing and images. There is so much tension in this space.  It feels like an internal log jam of the soul.  In one moment my heart would burst open with a moment of pure sweetness that I wanted to express and in a flash the internal critic/editor would say … but “what will they think”.   Whoever the hell “they” are. This blog is a canvas to express mySelf, share tiny moments that inspire me or the team, and to excavate my Opus. What I love...

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sharing the honey

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in inspirations | 1 comment

Look closely at this image. These bees are creating an air conditioning system.  Really.  Select bees create a beard outside the hive to fan the bees who are raising young, forming honey combs, and harvesting pollen. That alone is just awesome, but what brought me to tears was learning that the bees always create chains to the honey source.  These chains insure that every bee has access to the honey. Can you imagine living in a community where every person was included in the food chain. Just writing about this brilliance makes my heart...

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the kiss

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

the kiss

  I can spend all day at the shore, the place where water meets stone.  I feel like a voyeur as I watch the water kiss the belly of each stone.  The stones transform as they are enveloped in the molecules, as they tumble onto one another, revealing beauty.  I too transform, as I feel my body soften, receive, and expand as I enter another world.

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Sustenance

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

My son handed me this stone as we sat on the shore of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. “Here Mom. This stone is for you.” He said with intention.  I felt my whole insides fill up – full to the brim.  The kind of full that melts out your eye balls.  How does the beauty of a small stone that is rippled with red scales coming from a little boy, sustain me so deeply? I actually felt seen by my son. What is really needed to sustain a relationship? Hafiz reminds us that, “We don’t need sugar, flour or rice or...

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