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Coffee break!

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Bruce Kramer - forgiving the body

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http://www.onbeing.org/programs/latest  I listened to this several times yesterday and basically it was amazing.   Listening to anyone who has sought and discovered great truths for themselves, or humanity feels like what I always wanted my religious experience to be,.... Though it never was.  This conversation covers so much, but even after a few listens, I feel so thankful that he was able to share his experience with the world before he left. Among many other things, it was about being present, paying attention, experiencing sadness and gratitude at the same time.  I include this image because yesterday I went for a walk in a mangrove here in florida where i am for the month, and I stood before and under an osprey floating, playing in the wind, catching an invisible wave, in the perfect ocean in the sky, dancing with the wind. And I stopped and watched, and felt it's thoroughly wild airborne presence...  
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Be free

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Living in the moment

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Didn't get a whole lot done over the past few days but sure had fun with my nephews... Here are a few plates I completed inspired by their drawings, Not including the mergirls plus an awesome drawing by Caleb, please croll down to the end of the images So you don't miss it.




Sea Hourse

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Perfection is drawing for hours and hours with an eight year old who hasn't painted boundaries around his creative self yet.   I try to be as free and open in my work as possible.  But, for the past few days I have been a student of my nephews, especially the younger one. These lessons I need to hold in my heart. :)  only to think it, feel it, and express it... No barriers.

Today was a better day.  No elder traumas or near death experiences, and what was lost was fished up from the sea, vision returned, truly a miracle.  Each day is a gift.
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Tonight something horrible happened.  And then unbelievably it happened again.  To the same person, as if one brush with death was not enough.  Life is so amazing, unpredictable, crazy.  We had just been talking about "when it's your time it's your time, and not all that much you can do to prevent it".   From one minute to the next who knows.  A plane can crash....like it did today.... We think we can control things but it's an illusion.   Two freak accidents in one night in my life have me wondering a lot about fate..... And feeling grateful we were spared tonight from a dark ending.... Times two.

Nephew collaboration

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I painted the sketches my nephews drew for me all day. It was super fun.  One brother preferred the serious artist portrait of his elephant drawing that inspired my bowl, and the other brother let his personality shine along with my rendition of his concept of a narwhal in cape and top hat, playing baseball... But if course I am stating the obvious. :)


summer adventure

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Simply together

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Fly me to the moon

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When two great opponents face each other The one with compassion wins. LAO TZU
THE TAO TE CHING

Summoning warmth

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The flower summoner by Betsy Youngquist.  Everything is slowly thawing out.  I am feeling the ecstatic pleasure warmth brings.  From dear friendship ..... and the sun.

Blackout poetry

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I am working from a temporary location, and will share what I'm doing soon, perhaps tomorrow once I make a little more progress.

On another note,  I found this little poem (not mine) today...and  I love it.  So Perfect....I want to try this technique and see what I find..  It seems like it must take a certain state of mind, drawing a poem out of and into darkness and then into the light again!

A little spring secret

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A whisper, a hush, a hint, a fluttering, a stirring inside......
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Spring Break

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I think so......

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Diversity & Inclusion – Love Has No Labels (Gender, Color, Race, Disabil...

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Natalie Merchant - Giving Up Everything

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finally listening to what she was trying to tell me

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People won't often tell you what is on their mind, even when they want you to know the truth.  Sometimes they might not even be able to tell you for one reason or another, but that doesn't mean you can't know or feel or clearly sense what's going on.  I am very sensitive and intuitive in this respect, though I am not always fully conscious of  what it is I am sensing.  Often times we choose to see or hide from the truth that is right before our eyes.  True for people, and also for  animals.

My cat had been trying to tell me something lately.  For a few months, actually.  She would come to me and paw me in the forehead and in the face, relentlessly.  Again and again, something she had never done before.  I tried to ignore it, but I knew she wasn't eating well, and she was losing weight and was in the beginning stages of kidney failure. Still she seemed ok, other than being boney.  Finally, I took her in to the vet today, and the determination was that I should giv…

Pot(Cha) Kutcha

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That was fun!  Our little clay club got together at Allen Kradlak's awesome studio last night and
enjoyed some presentations from different members.. 20 images for 20 seconds....  It was really fun.  I did it, because for most of my life I've avoided doing stuff like this because the idea of public speaking sent me into a real panic, but... I think the more you do it the easier it gets, and it has for me... I almost am to the point where my heart isn't beating wildly out of my chest and I've completely forgotten how to speak.  But.... not quite.  Guess I better keep practicing.  Everyone did something different.  Mine was about going to Turkey last summer, and some recent work affected by the trip.
A real treat was to be in Allen's studio.  Large, warm, nicely lit, and completely dreamy.  I wonder what I might make if I escaped from my fishbowl... And.... the shelves of underglazes and glaze.   I can't even imagine how much fun it would be to play there....It…

Happy Holi!!

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In memory of Puppy Bell

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Presence and absence

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" Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence."
Antoine de Saint Exupéry - The Little Prince

Mes mains sont des oiseaux de mon âme

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Yesterday and today

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Today is my brother's birthday always on the edge of leap year.  I always thought about this date as the end of winter, though in the case of this year with two feet of snow still on the ground a forcast for 10 more inches today and sub zero Temps, it is going to take a while.

Yesterday I finished painting these though they still need to be fired a few times..... and i also listened twice to this interview:  The long and short version.  If you have time, please
Wake up to it....have some coffee or tea and listen!  http://www.onbeing.org/program/joe-henry-the-mystery-and-adventure-of-life-and-songwriting/7313  Joe Henry is about my age, and I felt in awe of his wisdom.  I wrote down a few things to remember like...maybe the obstacle is the road..???. Hmmm not a bad way to consider whatever is happening in one's life.