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simply allowing

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All of my best artwork comes when I turn off my thoughts and allow my heart and my hands to lead. It is almost as if my hands know what to do and what to write.

My job is often just to allow this process to unfold.

I love setting my desk up to return to; it feels almost like setting up a stage to dance upon. Below is how I left my art desk in the studio recently.

I thought about it when I was home. This "returning" to a space set up for me might be a big part of the magic.

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Celebrating and resetting

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“i brought the home inside me here. I unpacked and stayed in the comfort of me”...

For Mother’s Day I spent three glorious nights at the Himilayan Institute in Honesdale, Pa.

It was the kindest, calmest, quietest gift that I will be unwrapping for a long time to come.

The sereni... Read more → layers

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Last week I was waiting in my neurologist’s office where I have waited so many times these almost two years since my concussion.
I love waiting there. I feel seen. Understood. Heard. I would sit in the office happily for hours. Dr. Emil Matarese is a healer of the highest degree.
I thought I was losing my mind back in January... Read more → word for 2021

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My word for 2021 is "ask"...

It has been whispering to me as all my words of the year have in the past; ever so softly and showing up in all kinds of places.

"ASK" as in asking for what I need.  

"ASKING" hard things of myself.

"ASKING" the universe properly.

“ASKING" others to respect my opinions as I ... Read more →

my backyard teachers

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Green beans are one of my quietest teachers.

Pretty much every year for the past ten years, I have grown them. The simple act of picking them reminds me just because I cannot see them doesn’t mean they aren't there.

I can pick the green beans, leave with a handful, go back out in a few minutes, and find more.

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