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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

May you all have a year full of joy, clear vision and purpose, quiet in your hearts, peace in your life and the strength and courage to allow life to unfold whatever the circumstances may be. All my love to all of you!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Blueness of Things

she floated with the moon at her back...

The color blue in any shade always has a quieting affect on my mind. In Feng shui they say too much blue can create depression. Perhaps it is the wide open blue of a sky that allows for expansion and wonder. Walking out of work this evening the sky reminded me of a Chagall painting. I did soften the look with an iPhone app, but the moon is real!

...The sky is blue, the earth has no blue. The ocean is the great mirror of the sky. It holds its own reserve of transparent mystery under its blue surface. Goethe says that rather than coming at us or hemming us in, blue draws us after it into the distance. Blue seems to be the colour of the infinite- an endless expanse where darkness and brightness dwell in blue. ~
John O'Donohue

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grounding Required At This Time

I'm searching for solid ground. Just might not be possible. Perhaps it's groundlessness from here on out. Words from Pema Chodrin, "living beautifully with uncertainty...wherever you are in the world, be where you are fully. You deserve to be here-embrace this moment.

And - Failure is not a punishment, success is not a reward; they are both ordinary occurrences.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A List of Now

Listen, whatever it is you try to do with your life, nothing will ever dazzle you like the dreams of your body. Its spirit longing to fly while the dead-weight bones toss their dark mane and hurry back into the fields of glittering fire where everything, even the great whale, throbs with song.
Mary Oliver

a list of now
the whir of electronics on a wintry day and the tree lights lighten up the room.
lucy hackling at the mailman as he negotiates the snow.
douglas fir scent filling up the house while the shared toilet sings a melody.
be more curious, be less afraid; be less afraid of talking about things you don’t
really want to talk about. love even more. step lightly, be present when I’m walking the dog.
listen more when Ian’s speaking. have less judgment/have no judgment. smile/don’t be a sour puss.
go to an even  deeper level with love, with surrender, with acceptance, with joy, with being in love, with allowing. I hear the hourly chime, take three deep breaths and carry on. have gratitude, be grateful, know gratitude. place hand on heart/heart broken open. be even more curious, did I already say that? I mean it…it goes along with fear. don’t be afraid, what can possibly happen really…that I’ll be found out to be just as fragile and tender as everyone else on this planet? not protected, no boundaries, who can hurt me really? stay open, be open, let myself be loved, love my lover like there’s no tomorrow. love my children with abandon and joy. make images, put words together, make sense, don’t make sense. make more time for play. play with creativity, let go of what I think creativity is, what it looks like, where I’ll find it, what it feels like. look everywhere, down the street, around every corner, in the hallway down my office, in my mind, out of my mind. create, imagine, explore, decipher, demand, insist, decide/don’t decide. no right no wrong, only being only now, only love, only love, only love.

~may this time of year fill your hearts with so much light and love that you will feel it not only for one day, not just for a year, but for always~ MS

Saturday, December 17, 2011

La Vie en Rose

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of imagination. ~ John Keats

Friday, December 16, 2011

Inspiration is waiting for me...

Inspiration...she's always there...it's me who needs to simply quiet down and listen to what she can't wait to share!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just Sit

Sometimes one would never know...including myself just how monkey mind this mind of mine can be and then at the end of the day after several incarnations all becomes quiet and gratitude descends upon the day.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

this spirit of now....

This time of year...this year...feels like it's more about settling in. The Christmas spirit....the season of giving...I would have to say that that "spirit" is something that has become part of my nature every day of my life. I believe it's about living from my heart; going deeper and deeper still. It's that groundless place from which all things are possible in every moment and a lifetime in every moment.

Acres bear corn and cost money.
Meadows are surrounded by barbed wire,
Terrible need and avarice laid side by side,
Everything looks wasted and closed in.

But here in my eye another order of things
Goes on living; violet ebbs away
And the purple flows on its throne, and I sing
My innocent song.

Yellow by yellow, and yellow next to red.
Cool blue turns to the color of rose.
Light and color leap from the world to world.
Arch and echo away in a surging of love.
The spirit reigns, healing all sickness,
Green sings out from newborn springs,
The world will share in freshness and meaning,
And hearts grow glad and light.
~Herman Hesse (Wandering, 1920)

(a special thanks to Ms. Papic for finding this early work of Hesses's)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Be Curious

Be curious...about your life, your surroundings, about the people you think you don't like or don't want to get to know. Stay curious and open yourself to the  delight of what the universe has to offer!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

In SIlence We Must Wrap...

In silence we must wrap much of our life, because
it is too fine for speech.
~ Emerson

Today I was filled with a deep, silent reverie and understanding that all is well.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Everything Else is Secondary

...most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.-

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Bending Branch


Aspen Bark



Buddha Applied

Buddha Applied

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

Silence Series

Silence Series

Silence Series

Silence Series

Street Photography

Street Photography

Train Graffitti


Faces From the World

Faces From the World


Folk Art Festival