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Thoughts on gratitude

I am glad to be alive today. We had Thanksgiving dinner with 15 family and friends — and since our house is tiny, we hosted it at our art gallery. What fun! It was an experience I hope everyone there remembers. Thanks everybody. I am grateful to have had all the experiences of my life, […]

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July Garden Variations and Color Combinations

Midsummer is a glorious time for a garden. Our garden is filled with little vignettes of beautiful colors, textures and shapes. The bees are hard at work collecting nectar from the many insect-friendly flowers. After our rainy June, this month is hot and sunny, just right for sensual flowering — and nectar gathering among the colors.

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Contemplative Art in the Garden

If we strive to deeply understand and perceive our world as inseparable from ourselves, then we will have empathy for every part of creation. We are an integral part of everything. Every one of the ten thousand things is, in the true sense, part of us. And everything is perfectly arranged!
This — whether we paint, draw, sing, pray, dance, cook,write code or write poetry — this empathy makes every one of us an artist and a spiritual being.
Today, go out into a “Garden,” no matter where it is and see your connection to nature as a work of art and as an act of prayer: in a wildlife refuge, in your back yard, on your balcony, in a city park, in a plant nursery or just in a clay pot on your kitchen windowsill.
Find your connection with nature: watch the unfolding of leaf buds and see not just a “plant” but also freedom, flight, wings, wind, the lightness of a heart.

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June Calendar

Welp, it’s that time of month … guess I’m a bit early this month, but wanted to get out the June calendar because it’s the month my family (my mother and siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews) are having our 2007 Family Reunion and there is lots of planning still left to do. Sooooo…. […]

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March Calendar: Dualities – Contemplation or Play

Welp, it’s time once again, my dear blog visitors, to publish my monthly calendar gift for you. Here are two March 2007 calendars for you to chose from. This first calendar is full of exuberance, joie de vivre … the kind of outdoor fun that’s possible if you live in a place that has true […]

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Calendar for December

Hi everybody: this month I am ahead by a couple of days with my calendar. Please feel free to download and print this calendar — I publish these downloadable calendars monthly as a gift of appreciation to you for sharing your lives with me through your writings and photos and comments on my blogs. To […]

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November Calendar

Hi friends and family, I haven’t posted calendars for the last couple of months, but I’ll try to be more regular about it starting right now. So here, again, is my (almost) monthly offering to readers of my blog, this calendar which you are welcome to download, print, use for personal (not commercial) purposes. Click […]

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Calendar for October: happy birthday to my mom

even though i didn’t write this poem, it conveys what i feel in my heart: there are times in life when one does the right thing the thing one will not regret, when the child wakes crying “mama,” late as you are about to close your book and sleep and she will not be comforted […]