The Sacred Feminine Today

I used to shy away from the term Sacred Feminine. Three reasons. One: It so often seems to elicit only religious connections for folks. This is fine if that’s your frame of reference for viewing the world and expressing your truth. But if it isn’t, then the term doesn’t resonate and you read no further. Two: Sacred Feminine can be considered New Age-y. Remember New Age? Again, it isn’t bad if that’s your language for seeing the world. It’s just that if it isn’t, then the whole concept can feel wrong or… Read More

In Summary…Keeping the Peace

This week was all about Keeping the Peace, or rather, keeping the connections, or rather, seeing where we’ve forgotten the connections and illuminating them. That might make more sense if you read this blog and this poem. And Rumi entered the building with his wise words that I tried to incorporate into this blog. You can never have too much poetry. The artwork for the week was one of my own and one of my favorites – Web of Life. This one is mounted on an old pastel piece I did 30… Read More

Keeping the Peace

That phrase – Keep the Peace. It’s been something I’ve done all my life. I’m a mediator. A Libra. One who seeks balance and consensus. I meditate and pray. I hold spaces for love and hope and healing. Rocking the boat makes my heart race and not in a good way. For a long time, peace meant balance for me – quiet, still, conflict free. Shhhh. But these days it means something different. Peace = Connection. When I feel really truly peaceful, I feel the connections to everyone and everything, seen and… Read More

In Summary: #Web of Life

My focus during the month of June was the Web of Life. Actually it was OUR focus in that son Calvin joined my pondering mode and shared some of his own wisdom. The Instagram and Facebook posts are shared again below.

The Web of Life

Several years ago I realized that every aspect of my life kept boiling down to one central belief. Everything I learned or unlearned, practiced and felt came together in this: We are all connected in the deepest, most intricate of ways – each of us to every one and every thing, seen and unseen. There is not one thing we do or action we take or belief we hold that doesn’t affect the whole. I became so obsessed with this belief that it filtered into every piece of artwork and writing I… 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. 

Connected

Written January 22, 2014 The fall of 2013 presented an interesting shift for our family. We now preside over an empty nest. We were prepared for this transition particularly since Drew has been counting down toward it since he was a junior in high school. And, having been through it twice before, the transition itself moved along without a hitch so no biggie there. There is one difference, however. We’re REALLY empty nesters. Past years of kids moving to college and living out on their own still allowed for weekend visits –… Read More

Web of Life

I originally created this black papercut web image to center around a painting I had done about 20 years ago in pastels called Lonely Tree. (Try to imagine the image without the black web over it and that’s Lonely Tree.) I always loved the color and form of my Lonely Tree piece and can distinctly recall the time I spent creating it – undisturbed, intent, completely focused, confident, and solid. I framed it immediately and it has hung in various spots in my home for all of these years. A few years… Read More

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