Spring Equinox 2013
Hope this turn of the seasons brings you many blessings of balance, harmony and beauty!
On a personal note, I’ve been feeling stressed lately, not sure why. Nothing new. Maybe just an accumulation over these past years of two challenging ‘jobs’ – eldercare for my elderly mother; and book publicity (not a natural thing for an introvert). So I sat and chanted and sang to my heart this morning on the Equinox, hoping to get back in... Read More
Inner Views Blog: Writing and Art Reflections on Creativity, Life and Spirit
Most of us would agree that fear is one of worst innerenemies, keeping us from taking chances, moving forward—but hope? Doesn’t hope keep us moving, working to make things better? Yes, that’s the problem. Hope keeps us focused on the future, on striving to get the hoped-for reward. Fear keeps us always looking behind or around for the threat or danger. Unless there is a bear or a... Read More
Are We Butterfly Soup?
The Butterfly has recently been appearing to me in visions and life. A black butterfly woman appeared in one of my paintings; a stained glass butterfly in another. At a retreat, I pulled a symbol from a bag and received Butterfly. So I have been pondering the meaning and message of Butterfly.
Primarily, Butterfly is associated with Transformation, because the caterpillar literally transforms into a butterfly. But, as Maya Angelou says,
“We delight in the beauty... Read More
I’m a bit shyly proud to let you know that I am sharing my tips for writing over on Clarion blog, a well-respected blog for writers of speculative fiction. I call my approach Free-Fall Writing and it is like the expressive art I do.
Hope you will take a look! Click this link: ow.ly/hP0fO
Let me know if it is helpful or inspiring. THANKS!... Read More
Today, I’m a guest on Tracie Nichols’ wonderful blog, sharing my latest painting, “Stained Glass Animals,” and messages of wisdom and compassion from Animals Spirits. Please visit:
http://www.tracienichols.com/blog/... Read More
Last time, I wrote about Finding Quietness (and thanks for the thoughtful comments!) Yet I’m finding myself avoiding emptiness these days. If it isn’t the To Do list or appointments or group meetings, it’s TV or Facebook or Twitter or Angry Birds or Words with Friends. I feel very modern and up-to-date with my smart phone, tablet and laptop!
But I have to ask myself, what am I avoiding? Why am I filling up almost every moment with some activity... Read More
What is calling to me is quietness. How do we find deep peace in this wild whirl of a world we live in? How do you?
The only answer I know is: by letting go. Letting go of the to-do list, even if just for a few moments, a few breaths. Letting go of my connections to others ~ emotional, mental, psychic, and electronic ~ just for now. Letting go of seeking answers, knowing they are more likely to arise... Read More
The Winter Solstice brings us the longest night of the year in the Northern latitudes, but it is also the turn toward the light, the point at which the days begin to grow longer. Under the skin of our brightly-lit civilization with all the various cheery celebrations and busy-ness, there is still the silence and stillness of the longest night. If we weren’t so busy pushing back the darkness and quietness, what would it be like? Perhaps we could sink... Read More
I Thought I was Writing a Fantasy: Shocking Parallels between Dark Innocence and North Korean Reality
It breaks my heart to discover that the story I wrote (Dark Innocence) about a protagonist being born in such a terrible place that he knows only evil, obedience, and suffering, is actually happening to prisoners in North Korea now. Shin Dong-hyuk, now a human rights activist in South Korea, was born and raised in a North Korean prison camp (“total control zone”), where... Read More