Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
First, get yourself a nice notebook, like perhaps this Fantasy Flower Journal from my online handcrafts shop. Keep the notebook and a pen by your bed, or someplace where you can reflect quietly each evening. Each night before retiring, write down what you are grateful for that day. It could be something simple, like seeing a beautiful sunset. Or it could be reaching a major goal or overcoming a challenge. And it's always good to include daily blessings, like food, shelter, and the well-being of your loved ones.
- I'm grateful for this time of year. Really. Despite the recurring single-person-spending-holidays-alone angst, I really love this season. Yesterday I spent some time raking leaves ahead of the incoming cold front, and I felt so refreshed to be out in the crisp air, enjoying the stark beauty of the bare-branched trees and the colorful crunch of leaves at my feet. I've long said I'm a fall-winter person, and this proves it!
- I'm grateful that I have a nice home, relatively good health, and food on the table. I'm eternally grateful for the loving presence of my dear cat LuvLee in my life.
- I'm grateful for all my loyal blog readers, Facebook friends, and clients and customers of my business. You folks have kept me going all this time, and your continued support means more to me than you'll ever know!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
What do you have to be thankful for?
What I have learned this year could fill a book. When I said I’d volunteer to be the dog trainer at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary I had no idea what it would teach me. I was prepared to help the offenders learn a new skill and help the dogs find new homes but what the dogs and offenders gave me in return can never be measured in words or even emotions.
In this month of Nov. as we think about Thanksgiving in the USA try to look beyond the physical world of “stuff”. The pictures above are of the offenders and dogs in the Walla Walla State Penitentiary. As you look at these pictures remember these men aren’t allowed to have “stuff”. They live day to day without even the privacy of a closed door bathroom. Through their very controlled lives, they have shown me the importance of having someone, human or animal, in your life to love.
This has made me love and appreciate my animals and the people in my life even more than I thought possible. It has brought me back to the importance of life – what a reality check I get 3 times a week!
Here are some other things I’ve learned from them and what I’m thankful for:
I’ve learned to be thankful for the choices I’ve made that have kept me from being in prison where freedom is not an option, where every minute of everyday you are pretty much told what to do and when to do it. I’m grateful to be able to help animals from all over the world and from all walks of life. I knew animals could be a healing factor in people’s lives but until you see a one year old dog turn a man who has been incarcerated for over 20 years into a crying puddle of love - you haven’t seen anything.
I’ve learned not to judge anyone for anything they have done but to look at what they are doing today to help themselves or others. I’ve learned to be thankful for the gift of clairvoyance so I can see what is really happening in others lives as well as being able to see much of my own “stuff”. I’m thankful for all the love animals have shown me over the years and the way they keep teaching me patience, respect of nature, how to be humble and set my boundaries.
As we start into this changing of the seasons, whether it’s winter or summer depending on your location, take some time to smell the air, walk in nature, look at the birds in flight and be thankful for all the small freedoms you have because many people have made choices that have affected their freedom. The one thing I always think about as I enter the prison on my visits to be with the dogs and offenders is I have the freedom to walk out of this razor-wired, concrete walled institution and can make choices about what I’m going to do the rest of the day. I don’t have to go back to a 9 by 20 foot cell that I share with someone.
In this time of history when jobs and money are both few and far between remember the Universe is really giving us time and space to find the real meaning of life. It’s love, sharing, giving, learning, teaching and just being. None of these things cost any money and they are so rewarding. Be like the animals and put your power into life, not money or time and see magic unfold in front of you.
Blessings to all. (co-signed by Jan :)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- November 3 is Sandwich Day ~ yes, we all know it was the gambling British Earl who invented the sandwich dining concept. This day is his birthday!
- November 6 is Saxophone Day ~ and I just added a smooth-jazz mix to my Pandora Internet Radio, so I'm good on that!
- November 8 is Cook Bold & Pungent Day ~ living in New Mexico, that's not difficult. Red or green? Chile, that is :)
- November 8 is Punster Day ~ If the pungent food is too much for you, maybe a rhyming pun will do?
- November 24 is the start of Game & Puzzle Week ~ break out the Scrabble, Monopoly, and Uno sets! It's the perfect way to keep your guests occupied while the Thanksgiving turkey finsihes roasting.
- And last but not least, we come to Sinkie Day on November 29. I had to look this one up; it's the day after Thanksgiving, when we get to nom on all the leftovers while standing at the kitchen sink. At least it's easy on the cook ;)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
.... from a collage by Jan Burch ....
Flow with the ever-moving Air, fellow-traveler,
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I originally made these to sell at a craft fair, but I caught a chill this week and hade to cancel from the fair. So it's a gain for my customers around the world, because these cards are now available as a set - at a great price - in my Etsy shop.
PS: I just posted this to the Graphics Fairy's "Brag Monday" section - you can see it here:
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
UPDATE ~ This afghan was SOLD to a lovely lady at holiday craft fair! But I am happy to do a custom order - write to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested :)
Friday, October 9, 2009
(My comment to the Huffingtion Post article announcing Pres. Obama's award of the Nobel Peace Prize)
Great News!!!! I am just stunned and happy today, as are so many of my fellow Americans and world citizens who share the dream of peace. Congratulations, President Obama - your careful and dignified approach to the complex dance of international negotions and diplomacy is admired and respected throughout the world!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Magician is the one who works with energy; therefore all manner of things dealing with manifestation and transformation will be emphasized this month.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
. Fellow-travelers, that is indeed the central energy we bring to this cycle: The Chair is the gift of organization and evaluation; executive function; and being able to find one's place - both literally, in the real world, and metaphorically - being at home in Spirit.