Thursday, July 02, 2015

An Irish artist has opened his heart about why it was so important to him to honour the Choctaw Indians.
The Choctaws demonstrated great kindness to the Irish people during their darkest period – the Great Famine.
The Native American tribe were not a wealthy people, and had suffered tragedy themselves, but they raised $710 for the Irish Famine relief. That is the equivalent of €68,500 today...
Thanks Sue Doran for the link!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How to make a tufted titmouse nest...

Bring your family of titmice to a cute chick relaxing in a lawn chair watching the birdfeeders.  Sneak up behind her and test her hair.  mmmmmm.... soft, long, nice color, smells good, seems to be willing to weave easily.  Let's go for it gang!  Sure hope she visits more often.  Need some power to yank it out though.  Maybe upside down will do it.  Who are those people giggling at us?

 

Smile today...

"You must learn to forgive yourself as easily as you forgive others. And then take a further step and use all that energy that you used in condemning yourself for improving yourself. After that I really started to get somewhere - because there's only one person you can change and that's yourself. After you have changed yourself, you might be able to inspire others to look for change.  ~Peace Pilgrim~

"Now, please do as she asks. Please forgive yourself completely. And smile today at someone you don't know, yet. Make it a big smile, brighten their day.
Om Shanti. May all know Peace."   ~Swami Sankarananda~

Friday, March 20, 2015

Remember...

God, I am often so sloppy or lazy at my prayers, or, even worse, my prayers are lovely and pure and the
next sixteen and a half hours are a mess.

I do not pray to become holy,
but simply this: to remember.
To be mindful of your goodness,
to remember that you are here,
to be present in the moment you grant me,
to look around me, to listen...
to remember. Amen.
                                                             From Unfolding Light by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Smile...

"Smile with the flower and the green grass.
Play with the butterflies, birds and deer.
Shake hands with the shrubs, ferns and twigs of trees.
Talk to the rainbow, wind, stars and the sun.
Converse with the running brooks and the waves of the sea.
Speak with the walking stick.
Develop friendship with your neighbours, dogs, cats,
                               cows, human beings, trees, flowers, etc.
Then you will have a wide, perfect, rich, full life.
You will realise oneness or unity of life.
This can hardly be described in words.
You will have to feel (this) yourself."

~Swami Sivananda~

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lenten poem...


 
O God, who makes all things new,
 
new stars, new dust, new life;
 
take my heart,
 
every hardened edge and measured beat,
 
and create something new in me.
 
I need your newness, God,
 
the rough parts of me made smooth;
 
the stagnant, stirred;
 
the stuck, freed;
 
the unkind, forgiven.
 
And then, by the power of your Spirit,
 
I need to be turned toward Love again. Amen.

From The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent by Pamela C. Hawkins

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Susan Seddon-Boulet, artist...

She drew her inspiration from a wide variety of sources: mythology and poetry, Jungian psychology and worldwide spiritual traditions, as well as a deep love of animal and the natural world. There is a fairy tale quality to her work, a sentimental reacalling of childhood dreams of fairies and castles and magic. Her art exerted and continues to exert a profound influence on the lives that it touches.
 
Today Susan Seddon-Boulet is considered one of the founders of the visionary art movement in the United States. Her paintings are widely held in collections around the world. Published works include "Shaman: The Paintings of Susan Seddon Boulet", "Susan Seddon-Boulet: The Goddess Paintings", "The Power of the Bear" and a most magnificent overview of the artists' life and art "Susan Seddon-Boulet: A Retrospective" .
Anais Nin wrote:
"These figures are out of our dreams, those which flee from us upon awakening, those which are dispersed like dew at dawn, those which fall apart between our fingers like dust-roses.
Susan has a more muted step, or perhaps she is invisible...more soft-voiced, soft-gestured, as the images do not escape from her. She can return from her voyages with intact descriptions...from places never visited by us but which we remember."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Auschwitz liberation...

70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.