Life is an Endless Creative Experience


It is no secret that life is but a dream we renew each day. It is up to us to infuse the dream with artistic expressions of love.  Hopefully, as I reflect on the past 48 hours of my life, you will be inspired to think about the creative moments that have filled your past days.

Visiting my mother this past weekend was a time for reflection and celebration of what was happening in our life.  During the trip, I presented her with a Memory Quilt.  The quilt included photos of special moments we had shared with family members over the past years.  I must admit, when making the quilt, my childish feelings of , “it is not good enough” for her eyes set in and I almost did not complete it. Due to the encouragement of friends, I finished and gifted it to her. Watching as her eyes lit up and her emotions swell, the realization came over me how much this meant to her.  She exclaimed “she had never received such a beautiful gift ~ this is a family heirloom!”

What I learned was, never underestimate the power of giving something from the heart.  We should just let the creative juices God gifted us with flow ~ he will take care of the rest.

“ Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen” ~ Hebrew 11:11

Create Our Own Reality for Inner Peace

 

Green Bus Project

 

It is my understanding there is not one wisdom or tradition that says peace comes out of war.  All speak peace coming from peaceful means.

Thinking of world peace is overwhelming, yet it seems more possible if we can think of working on a smaller, individual scale , something we can directly work with ourselves. Dali Lama sums it up: So the challenge for each of us is to find some method -be it meditation, prayer, slowing down, or self-reflection-to bring us back to our softer innate nature.

Believing this, I created my own reality for inner peace on Saturday…I got out of  bed at 3:30am to meet others committed to  the 4:00am-6am, Kundalini, yoga chanting, meditation Sadhana Class. Those two hours were spent with a very talented and peace believing yoga teacher, from the Green Bus Project, Moses. He and his wife Zenia along with little Bobo are on a journey of healing and transformation while teaching at over 108 studios across the country.

In addition to the early class, we had the opportunity to participate in Organic Vinyasa Flow from 10:30 – 12:30.  Both the experiences were mystifying as well as gratifying as I worked my body into a good sweat that morning!

I have no doubt that others are as thankful as me for the gift of health and happiness this beautiful couple is sharing.  Here, in Panama City,  appreciation also goes to Yoga for You for supporting their journey and providing us with this opportunity.

Moses w/ Green Bus Project and Paul w/ Yoga for You

Artful Truth

Artful Truth began in the fall of 1998 when the Wolfsonian-Florida International University was invited by the Florida Tobacco Pilot Program to design a learning unit to increase student’s awareness of visual culture.  They discovered that by strengthening student’s ability to interpret visual culture they were less susceptible to manipulation by persuasive visual images- tobacco advertisements chief among them.

Summer of 2009, a group of tobacco prevention advocates selected to create an Artful Truth Exhibit with 300 local youth in Bay County. The total Visual Arts Center was rented to showcase the art and educate others.

Our initiative included the creation of two Anti-Tobacco Silk Quilts. Tobacco silks were used by the tobacco companies as early as the late 1800 to promote their products.  Women would buy silks and create quilts with the fabric.  Women were as addicted to tobacco silks as their husbands were to tobacco products. After hearing the history of the tobacco silks and this early form of deceptive marketing, participants used a 4×6 piece of fabric and choose to do a collection of owls. Under my guidance, teens took the fabric pieces and incorporated them into quilts. These quilts have traveled as far as Tallahassee where they were displayed on the first day of the 2010 Legislative Session.  They now hang in the Bay County Health Department and in May will be on public display at the Bay County Library.


A Psalm of Life

The beautiful scenery inspired me to be in an extra thoughtful mood tonight…

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of times;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing shall take heart again.

Your Thoughtfulness Inspired Me

Each time I look at a magazine, I am grateful God gifted me with an inquisitive nature. I am appreciative for that gift every time I check out a cover or tag a page ~ feeling the desire to create. Of course, I am most thankful and exuberant ~ when I get to put the project that was inspired into action and see it through to completion!

To my friends and family that have gifted me with these magazines… I thank you.

“You have always been kind to me.  I pray the Lord will be just as kind to you.       Ruth1:8

This Fons & Porter “Love of Quilting”  magazine provided the inspiration for my Paris Patchwork Quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasured Friend

Sister-friend; life-long friend; kindred spirit; treasured friend; sorority sister.  These are people we hold dear to our hearts.  Many times our minds wander back to the moment we met and what bought us together.  Memories made with these friends make time pass too quickly though a certain day we were sharing may have seemed so long.

Today, I went to our mailbox.  A life-long friend who has always been my kindred spirit sent me a package loaded with a special touch.  She wrote, “Tucked inside this box are things that I wish we could be sharing together”.

Thank you, my dear sister-friend, for your thoughtfulness and all the joy you have brought to my life.  Delta love is sent with this toast, “Here’s to 44 years of friendship”!

To you, I dedicate my haiku…

days seem long

life is too short

treasured friend

Mirth and Motivation

What can I say…under the weather a bit and could use some mirth to get me motivated to straighten the house.  It is so much easier  to get myself motivated to quilt.  The reality is I do not like housework.  I so easily overlook all the “need to put things away”.  A magazine with the newest patterns and fabrics or the thought of watching a favorite cooking show gets me sidetracked.  Maybe writing to admit I have this problem will help…

Lets see what can I do to complete those housekeeping task.

  • Put on some  music.
  • Get comfortable with work out clothes.
  • Put on an apron with pockets to load the tools.
  • Select the perfect cleaner.
  • Oh, I know check out a magazine for housekeeping tips and or google some sites.

I think I may be a lost cause… Does anyone else out there have this problem?

Inspired to write a haiku poem

i glimpse at

the solemn housework,

then let it go

Heightened Awareness of the World Around Us

Haiku, The Japanese form of poetry written in three short lines and is celebrated by people from many different cultures for it’s ability to express a simple moment in a profound way.

When my day seems so busy or cluttered with life’s challenges, reading haiku poems, offers me an easy way to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life.

Looking out my window,  I am reminded to take a moment to notice the stillness of the water or the serenity  of the scenery.

With themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion, Patricia Donegan’s book haiku mind, offers haiku and commentary.  She wrote the book to share the idea of “haiku mind” and to hopefully inspire others to live with more clarity, compassion and peace.

haiku poem found in Donegan’s book

closing the gate

alone with the stones

on this beautiful night

Shuoshi Mizuhara (1891 – 1981)

The following is how Patricia Donegan describes the haiku in her book.  (It is the commentary that helps me to enjoy the richness of the haiku)

The poet here has stepped beyond loneliness and embraced being alone in silence, in solitude. Most of our deepest moments occur when we are alone in silence or with others in silence.  It is a gateway of nurturing, of healing, of renewal, and sometimes of revelation.  The reverence for silence is in most religious traditions such as the Judeo-Christian statement, “Be still and know God, usually embodied in the Quaker’s silent meeting. And it is often through solitude that we find the soft-heartedness to connect further to others.

Ms. Donegan provides a bio of the poet at the end of every chapter.  They go back centuries and are from all walks of life.

I pay homage to this book because I  find it beautiful, educational, profound and helpful.


Best-Loved New York Vegan Restaurant for ALL Taste Buds

  • If you wish to select a hot New York Restaurant while visiting the Big Apple.
  • If you are are vegan or just interested in food that has earned the praise of food critics, celebrities and countless New Yorkers.
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  • http://www.candle79.com/

Both these restaurants serve up a wonderful array of organic delights and delicious food in a warm and eco-friendly environment as it works towards it mission of health and sustainability.  I highly recommend you include them in your travel plans.  Your body will thank you!

Beautiful setting enhances the experience!


ad-van-tage~noun 1. circumstance or condition favorable to success

The weather! Living in Northwest Florida truly has it’s advantages. Today, the sun was shining and all I needed to wear were boots, socks, jeans and a light sweater. Yet, I am still envious of those that get to experience snow.  The world is full of all sort of advantages.  A pessimist would say, “are you sure”? An optimistic would say, “there are too many to share”.

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