Saturday, January 17, 2015

photos, paintings & nature

impressionist sky
i just finished another wonderful photography course with my favorite teacher, joy sussman.  one of the coolest things i have learned in joy's classes has been to view art in order to learn new ways to view the world and photograph it.  the other day i visited the houston museum of fine arts to see an exhibit of monet's work along the seine river, and i was surprised to find alot of inspiration and even parallels to my own work.
impressionist sky
museum of fine arts, sculpture garden

museum of fine arts, sculpture garden

museum of fine arts, sculpture garden

Friday, December 26, 2014

project 2015

my 2015 = life, love, creativity, family, health,
& attention to every moment.  
right now.  no more waiting.
this is my year.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

omg omg omg!

look what i did today!  i started on my path!!!!
thank you for the inspiration, joy!

i am really happy.  almost as happy as this!  but not quite as happy LOL.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Joyfully Green Photo Class Shout-Out

Joy Sussman, you rock!
What an awesome photography class. 
I am feeling so very much more creative, and excited about the future!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

getting there


letting go

i need these things so very world has become incredibly noisy lately.  literally.  all day, every day, nothing but big-city human noise - mostly construction.  at home, at work, driving in-between.  everywhere i turn there is construction; even at the park!  ALL the parks!  i'm all for progress, but we never seem to "get there".  i dream of just sitting in silence, hearing the birds and the wind in the trees.  our man-made noise seems to drown out all of nature, and i'm longing to feel part of the whole again. 

i'm currently taking a wonderful photography class, and i'm reminded that the act of photographing the world around me helps me experience the underlying calm...when i slow down to see, prepare and execute the shot, i re-join the slower-moving world that lies beneath our self-conjured sound & fury.

and the low-key rhythm i find there fits and feels so right. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

a new year?

to the human mind, it's a new year.  a fresh start.  time to set up the coming year and maybe do a little better for ourselves than last year. 

to the plants, animals, earth, and multiverse, january 1 was just another rising and falling of the sun. 
i'll admit, i'm with them...for the true me, the constructs of clock and calendar make no sense, and days simply flow like a river. 
but i'll join my species in wanting to actively create a really nice future, so this post is all about my plan to set that in motion!
i've nearly recovered from a crazy holiday season, a trip to the frozen northeast and a lovely illness picked up at work.  i've already started the first two components of how i'm changing in this new year:  work less, and get a handle on finances.  i realize those two don't seem to go together!  but they must, and it's going well on both parts!  next up is a commitment to an even deeper level of health. 

currently i'm participating in the Rawfully Organic 21-Day Challenge.  while i'm working on my gallbladder health i can't eat only raw food, but i'm filling my days with delicious fruits and veggies more than ever.  currently i'm eating buckwheat cereal for breakfast with my various gallbladder-healing supplements mixed in, a large fruit smoothie mid-morning (bananas, blueberries, cherries, dates, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice!), soup for lunch, vegetable juice in the afternoon, a salad when i get home and something awesome for dinner like vegetable soup or stew or grilled veggie wraps, with some veggie side like green bean casserole (green beans, mushroom gravy and spices) or steamed broccoli.  if there's time for dessert i've been having apples that i cooked in my crockpot:  cubed apples, raisins and cinnamon.  so that all sounds AMAZINGLY healthy.  BUT.  i'm still stuffing myself with crackers and bread.  and it has to stop.  because of course, if i eat the bread i'm too full to eat much of the good stuff.  and bread is a known cause of gallstone formation.  and gluten is a known cause of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which i have.  so my one tiny vice that really isn't a vice, has to go.  happily i am finding wonderful alternative snack options in the beautiful Fresh Energy Cookbook by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi.

i've also been bringing yoga back into my days, and am really thinking about doing the Blissology Project, which would be awesome for many reasons:  to commit to and complete something just for me, to get great exercise, and to get blissed out...the project is all about slowing down, feeling grateful and experiencing life at nature's pace.  i like it! 
after the Blissology Project i have my eye on this gorgeous dvd, Earth Body Yoga:

Monday, November 11, 2013

mama earth calls to me

there is a thread weaving through my life right now that is making itself heard more and more: earth. 
soil, plants, the life cycle, and my place within it.
i wanted to capture a few of these disparate threads and get them pinned down in a blog post, because they are truly clamoring now for my attention; and as serendipity is wont to do, they are flooding in with perfect timing - seemingly unbidden but quite obviously exactly as planned. 
photo:  katie hess, lotus wei

in the above photo, katie hess is living the life i once lived, and the one i still do in my head; immersed in nature, observing and being at one with it. 
let's look at a word that keeps popping up in my world with increasing frequency:  biodynamic.
from the Crofter's Organic website:
"Biodynamic agriculture strives to transmit the life-giving forces of nature through foods which are grown by working with the rhythms of the earth and the cosmos. The forces of nature are captured in quality foods with character to feed the body, mind and soul. Biodynamic practices use the most sustainable methods of agriculture and support fair trade principles."
this strikes me as a manifesto too for whole living, not just the food aspect but EVERYTHING.
when i read articles like the following two, i am flooded with the word YES, and that marvellous gut-level feeling of something fitting absolutely perfectly.
how fun is it to contemplate gettin' down and dirty in the real world as a panacea for the modern allergy epedimic?  :)
one of my favorite authors on the subject of biodynamic life is Prince Charles.  His books The Garden at Highgrove and Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World are truly wonderful.  here is an exerpt from a Huffington Post article about Harmony:  "The universe displays evidence of a "grammar of harmony," Prince Charles asserts in his new book, "Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World."  In the book, the heir to the British throne shares his belief that mankind's most pressing modern problems are rooted in our disharmony with nature, and that we can solve them by regaining balance with the natural order."

and just to put a momentary end to an endless topic, i'll close with personal favorite Alys Fowler, whose videos on gardening literally get my heart pounding with longing to be able to follow suit:

here's a link to a page of several Alys videos:
enjoy perusing the many links above, and let's talk about what all of this means to us...i for one am slowly but confidently putting together a picture of how deeply this river of land and life runs through me, and how rich the rest of my life could be if only i can heed its call...