Sunday, October 31, 2010

Art saves sanity!

seek filling
seek repair
seek release
seek understanding

Saturday, October 30, 2010

cell by cell she fades away

barraged by intrusiveness
privacy invaded
quiet and space interrupted
time stolen

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Autumn Riches

Seasonal bounty
covers my path
in gems of ruby, topaz, and garnet.
Fall textures
create beauty
with rough acorn caps,
jagged sticks, and
fluffy skies.
An amazing palette
excites my senses and
soothes my spirit
with one cool crisp day.

Friday, October 22, 2010

How to gain respect 101

  • set your own rules (it is your life)
  • don't answer contacts that are not emergency for at least 2 hours before bedtime (most know I need a couple of uninterrupted hours before bed to have a chance of sleeping)
  • set your own schedule (return calls, texts, emails, etc at your convenience)
  • put your immediate needs first (Learn THEY CAN OFTEN WAIT-they did before answering machines, texts, voice mails, and emails)
  • choose what, when, where, and for how long you need your space (Schedule yourself on your calendar every day' even several times a day if necessary to maintain sanity and function)
  • ignore nonsense from anyone failing to respect your needs ('cause they obviously forget your needs if you don't remind them in someway)
This has rung true for me as of late. I am always too available, too accesible and too willing to drop my own needs to be there for others. The favor is seldom returned.

I know this is not the usual perky uplifting thoughts but I THINK MANY (ESPECIALLY WOMEN) need to think on this.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


                                Gifts come                                 
 from all sources,
in all sizes,
and in unique ways.
Always notice them,
acknowledge the giver,
and give thanks.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Gifts from the Sea

my soul is one
with the gifts from the sea
my spirit is redeemed
by the breakers rhythm
my heart is steadied
by the ocean's cycle
my body is revived
by the constant sound of waves

stretching to infinity
vast and spacious
golden water from the sun
prayers to the creator
mesmerizing waves
soft sand
ceaseless riches from the sea
signs of life
never the same
today and
sound of surf
smell of salty air
glistening shells
rise and spill
life is good

Monday, October 18, 2010

Every year!

At the beach for many years now I have re read Anne Morrow Lindbergh's GIFT FROM THE SEA.Several years ago, I began studying its principles through a journal with both words and images.The next few days I will share from this year's journey.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Return to Life and Giveaway!

My week away in the paradise of Kiawah Island SC was so needed. Much time to relax, think, write, read, and paint. If only I could find that bit of peace everyday in life. I have discovered that simplicity (more on that later) is the way to do it. By paring down activities, things and people to manage, and stuff, you can allow a simpler existence to lead you daily to peace and comfort.

Someone said "Vacation is when you go away and don't come back". I WISH! Someone else said, "Vacation is when you vacate your life for a period of time." This is more truthful. I do believe you can find a few minutes out of each day to do this as well. I highly recommend it for sanity's sake. Let go of fatigue. Release all worry, fears, drama, and irritants. Finding respite is a daily quest and must be practiced diligently. Artists may have an advantage here. They can escape through words, music, images, and such.

The beach's restorative ability is amazing. A tired body finds new strength. A frazzled mind finds clarity. A burnt out spirit finds hope. A hurting soul finds healing. A blocked heart opens up to new possibilities.

A lone shell sits in the wet sand.
Open to possibility.
True it can be tossed and battered in the surf
but it can also find new purpose and beauty in a new home.

Don't forget my giveaway starts and runs all week. See the explanation at this page,
Just leave a comment with your snail mail addie and I will send you a nice little surprise.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Kiawah Escape!

Will be out of town for a week at my treasure island-Kiawah Island, SC.