Mexico City Part 4: The Place Where Women Become Goddesses

When the Aztecs stumbled upon this remarkable city of ruins, they named it Teotihuacan, or “The Place Where Men Become Gods”. In the interest of equal opportunity for women, I’ve done a little historical updating with the title of this post. I think it only adds to the mystery of Teo – an ancient Mayan civilization that was in its heyday around 200-600 A.D. with an estimated population of 125,000 or more. There are all sorts of revelations about the daily lives of its people as well as how and why the city… Read More


Have you ever looked back on your life’s collection of experiences and opportunities and wondered how things would be different if they hadn’t occurred? Most often, almost always, I have the ‘if one door closes, another opens’ mentality. That is, we can learn life’s lessons and insights about ourselves via multiple paths. There are a few times in my life though, where I know without a shadow of a doubt that it was a one-time offering. A ‘take it or leave it’ proposition. Ilene is one of those times. I knew it… Read More

Honoring Ilene and Frida

Ilene Satala July 13, 1951 – May 16, 2014 Ilene Satala was a beloved teacher, artist, mentor and friend. Her life’s work and teaching resonated with me from the first time I attended her art class in 1994. Through the years, her patience, unconditional acceptance, and investment in me allowed me to explore and manifest the healing power of leading a creative life. Ilene’s extensive body of artwork focuses heavily on cross-cultural images of the Sacred Feminine throughout time. She had a passionate interest in mythology, archeology, psychology, and anthropology. From the… Read More

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) 2014 – Ilene Satala and Frida Kahlo

Written November 10, 2014 The Fort Wayne Museum of Art held their annual Dia de los Muertos festival highlighted by an exhibit of several altars honoring the lives of departed loved ones. I enjoyed being a part of that celebration and exhibit with my altar to honor my friend and art mentor, Ilene Satala, and her deep connection to Frida Kahlo. You can see lots of pictures of the altar and read about the process of creating it in the Gallery section – Day of the Dead 2014. 

Sophia and the Seven Goddesses

Written November 6, 2014 Sophia and the Seven Goddesses: A Journey of Self-Acceptance and its accompanying workbook were written and illustrated by Ilene Satala in conjunction with Beverley Danusis. The synopsis reads:  “Sophia and the Seven Goddesses: A Journey of Self-Acceptance is an Award-Winning empowerment adventure book using Greek mythology and fantasy. “Sophia and the Seven Goddesses” has been approved by The Dove Foundation for Family Viewing and has also received the 2009 Seal of Excellence Award from Creative Child’s Magazine. The book’s main character, Sophie, is a 12-year old girl, visiting her… Read More

Saint Frida

Written November 6, 2014 My art mentor, Ilene Satala, had a close connection to Frida Kahlo. She always spoke of her admiration for Frida’s honesty in her paintings. Her willingness to show her pain, joy and soul was a guiding force in how Ilene lived and created. Ilene shared a powerful story, Saint Frida, she had written about her discovery of Frida. It is as follows. “My connection to Frida Kahlo, the great Mexican woman painter, began almost by accident. People that know me know how passionately I feel about her and… Read More

Frida’s Open Heart

Written November 6, 2014 I recently purchased this painting from Ilene Satala, the artist. Soon it will be framed and hanging in my home, but recently it adorned the Day of the Dead altar in honor of Ilene and Frida at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Ilene’s writing about this piece is below and its Spanish translation follows. Frida’s Open Heart “I love and celebrate the life of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. This painting captures her love of life and her vitality. She painted herself in all works of art because… Read More

Lily’s Collage

Susan Lily Lash created this collage for the altar with the following writing: Cannot Stay  Ilene rises into the mysterious, mystical world we call the ‘other side’. Her toe touches the last time this earth. Behind, the earth plane of existence fades, but the Divine presence does not. Shining her love Light as she ascends to take the hand of Mother Death, to only leave the body back into innocence of a child, back into the bosom of pure Love and Compassion and in her vulnerable surrender, carrying the undeniable, untouchable Light of… Read More

Close-Up Photos

The papercutting art piece is a bit intricate thus below you will find some close-up photos to help you see things more clearly. The back panel rises four and a half feet from the top of the table and is four feet wide. The central image is of Ilene with her signature features – bright red lipstick and orange hair. On either side of her swim one of her favorite feminine images – mermaids. Frida’s eyes watch over her. And above that floats a large butterfly.


Written October 14, 2011 Today is my 48th birthday. As the Facebook messages pop up and my husband and children extend their greetings, my thoughts turn to the topic of receiving. Receiving birthday blessings, of course, but also receiving abundance, receiving love, receiving whatever it is that I need. Earlier this summer I attended a class on ‘Receiving and Love’ offered by my friend and mentor, Ilene. She offered us this image to ponder, a work of art by Marylou Falstreau. Ilene had been gifted with this image a year earlier when she was… Read More

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