Taking a timeout

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Today while spending time with my grandchildren who are staying with us for a couple of weeks I was reminded once more of the value of taking a timeout. It’s the fourth day of a visit expected to last about 2-3 weeks (with my daughter and her family staying with us as her husband works at his new job in Minneapolis and they wait for the move-in date for their new home up here). I …

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We Are All Artists

Once again I am reminded that we are all artists. Yesterday after picking up vegetables at the Hopkins Farmers’ Market I grabbed my camera and went for a walk at French Regional Park. There were lots of folks out enjoying the beautiful day and many of them were quite talkative. I had conversations with several people about my photography and camera. Apparently my gear made people think I must be a “professional” photographer and they …

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Discovering Me

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Recently I began combining my photographs into composites and making a new kind of still life photographs. Discovering Me… I discovered that these new directions in my work have brought me home to myself in a way I haven’t done before. It started accidentally (as many good things do). I am a member of an artist way group that follows the practices identified by Julia Cameron in her Artist Way Trilogy. One day I was …

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Being Here

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It has been a perfect wide-open-window weather week. This morning it was cool enough that it felt good cuddling underneath the covers in the early morning light. I love weather like this! I’ve been enjoying picking and eating my black raspberries this week also. Tasting their juicy sweetness takes me back to my childhood when we grew strawberries, cherries, black raspberries, rhubarb, and apples in addition to a large vegetable garden. Summertime in my childhood …

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Summertime Greens

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It seems that summer arrived suddenly. Everywhere I look I see the gorgeous deeper greens of summertime. The brash bright yellow-green and shy light greens of spring are gone.  Trees and bushes are all dressed up in full-size leaves and the landscape has taken on a lush fecund green fullness. Fruits have formed on my backyard black raspberry and blueberry bushes. I’ve begun harvesting lettuce, parsley, basil, and rosemary from my container garden. The first …

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The Way Back

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I found this quote in my reading last night and felt that it was true. It is a question, practically of relationship. We must get back into relation, vivid nourishing relation to the cosmos and the universe… For the truth is, we are perishing for lack of fulfillment of our greater needs, we are cut off from the great sources of our inward nourishment and renewal, sources which flow eternally in the universe. Vitally, the …

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