So in the class I’m taking, we’re talking about happiness and kindness this week. Basically, the Buddhist belief is that the key to true happiness is kindness. Kindness is not indulgence, though. Kindness is compassion and wisdom and love and generosity. It’s figuring out what’s needed and providing that. It’s not “here, I’ll give you… Read More “does the sun ask itself….”
We watched The Lego Batman Movie last night. This part had me rolling on the floor- this is pretty much what goes on inside my head whenever I don’t want to do anything. Or when I have to do anything that involves a lot of interaction with people. Or when I have to sit in… Read More … just, no.
Hi there. How are you? It’s been a busy few months. (Okay, I wasn’t going to do a “around here” kind of update, but it’s going to turn into one, so I might as well give in and let it happen.) Gracie stuff. The big news is that Grace “graduated” fifth grade – she moves… Read More June 16th, 2017 (
I spent a good part of this week making my own “fandex” (swatch book) of all my heavy body acrylic paints. I took some blank ATC cards, punched some holes in the corners, and painted a few stripes on them for each paint I have. I just painted the top stripe as color straight out… Read More making my own swatch book for acrylic paints
“We can’t enchant the world, which makes its own magic; but we can enchant ourselves by paying deep attention.” — Diane Ackerman “This is not the sound of a new man or of crispy realization. It’s the sound of the unlocking and the lift away…” – Bon Iver “You get your confidence and intuition back… Read More watercolor project – 002 & 011
I have been thinking a lot about gratitude these past few days. If you’ve been reading this journal for a while, you probably remember I did a year-long series on gratitude in which I did weekly lists and lots and lots of posts related to the topic of gratitude. It was my effort to try… Read More gratitude (again) and change
“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi I know the 100 Day Project is going on now, but I’m not officially joining in. But I’m still inspired by all the creativity and momentum, so I thought this year what I would do would be to make a concerted effort to post more… Read More watercolor project – 001
“Think of all the joy you’ll find When you leave the world behind And bid your cares goodbye You can fly, you can fly, you can fly!” – Peter Pan “I’ve been thinking ’bout catching a train, Leave my phone machine by the radar range, ‘Hello it’s me, I’m not at home, If you’d like… Read More if you’d like to reach me, leave me alone. (AiM part 4: aka intention.)
Again, I hesitate to post this. It’s funny… from my years of posting on Facebook I’ve gotten so into the habit of sanitizing and editing everything I write that it’s *really* really really weird to just sit and write something – all of something- and hit “post”. It feels like I’m almost *imposing* on people in… Read More why I swim (also, adventures in meditation/mindfulness, part 3)
Right now I’m struggling a bit with the shift from Daylight Savings Time. I don’t get into my art studio until late afternoon, and the truth is, I like it to be dark outside as I work. Even though natural light is much better to work with, if there’s daylight, a little part of me… Read More playing with diffusion paper
I was all set to put a little note up here apologizing for the repetition in content and insanely long posts. And maybe even the cussing. And in the past few weeks I have found myself brooding over topics for the blog (how much is too much talk about Buddhism and my classes? Can I post… Read More adventures in meditation, part 2 – (aka: SH*T JUST GOT HARD.)
So… meditation. This was another topic I wasn’t going to discuss here but then I got this quote in my email from Martha Beck: “There are words waiting for you to write them, and they are alive. Let them push you past your self-doubt. Let them speak to people you may never meet.” – Martha… Read More adventures in meditation/mindfulness part 1 – (aka: AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?!!!)
This started as an “around here: outside my window” post but it evolved into a brain dump about weather, and the seasons, and mindfulness, and social media (yes, again. Now that I’m off chatty social media, I really can’t help notice all the little ways it influenced me and the way I move through life.) I think… Read More missing the seasons, (not) missing social media
I mentioned in my last post (or the one before it, whatever) that I had kept an art journal back in summer/fall but then sort of let it go when I got back into painting. Also, let’s be honest- the weeks leading up to the election (and the weeks after) were extremely anxiety-ridden and the idea of… Read More art journal pages from the second half of last year
What’s going on around here: In my head… It’s been so long since I wrote one of these I don’t even know where to begin. I guess a (not-so) quick update? …. Me: back in school for Buddhism, still swimming every day, making art almost every afternoon. I’m actually making more art now than I… Read More around here… late February 2017
“… you should dwell with the doors to your senses well-guarded.” – Buddha That’s what I have been doing the last few months- dwelling with the doors to my senses well-guarded. That’s the reason I haven’t updated- I’ve just been keeping quiet and busy with art and with school (more on that later) and with… Read More dwell with the doors to your senses well-guarded.
I know I haven’t posted in a while, but this summer was actually a lot busier than I assumed it was going to be! Foot Surgery: As far as my foot surgery/recovery, I’m right at the tail-end of that. My surgical incision *just* finished healing, and the welt I had on my ankle (reaction to… Read More recovering from surgery, raising butterflies, and doing what you love
After my last post I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness and looking for little ways to increase it whenever I have the opportunity. There were two things this week that actually really made a big difference in my overall level of happiness, and I thought I might write them down. One thing I discovered… Read More A Field Guide to Happiness (in progress…) and a bit on creative freedom
I got my stitches out last Thursday! Awesomesauce. … Read More so what now?
Hey, How are you? I wanted to say I’m sorry that I haven’t responded to any comments or emails- I’ve been kind of “off the grid” when it comes to social media for the last several months and I’m not doing such a good job of hopping back on. I’ll be honest- this election has… Read More social media hiatus