“GET IT DONE”

“GET IT DONE”

Antidote to latest news from the U.S.?
Make art!

As Andy Warhol said
“Don’t think about making art
… just get it done.
Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad
… whether they love it or hate it.
While they are deciding
… make more art!”

Ahhhh, Andy Warhol
… such wise advice.

When we create
we are
… being child-like
… moving further in our process of “becoming”
… growing spiritually.

Making … creating … playing … being
Imagine the spiritual possibilities
… when we make time for each of these.

And when they are woven together
into something tangible
it’s art!
Yes, even these “Four Funky Kids” cards
… made out of cardstock, paper clips and yarn snippets.

Let’s create.
Let’s make art.
Let’s play.
Let’s “Get It Done!”

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“Four Funky Kids” cards, Photo & Text
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Time to make some more “Funky Kids” cards
as these have all found their way into
mailboxes of grandkids, nieces and nephews. ūüôā

“TIME FOR A BREAK”

“TIME FOR A BREAK”

Need a break
… from the stress of life?
Need a break
.. from the news and threat of war?
Need a break from
… busyness
… anger
… fear
… confusion
… sense of helplessness
… something else?

When that happens for me
intentionally
… opening my eyes and heart
consciously
… seeking beauty around, above, below, within
helps in some way
like these cascading blue pansies in our yard
… with their smiling faces
and open mouths
… singing their sweet
“Welcome Spring!” song.

May renewal come our way
through the gifts of Mother Nature
when it’s “time for a break.”

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“WHEN … IF GOD SPEAKS”

“WHEN … IF GOD SPEAKS”

how do i know
… when
… if
god speaks?

is god
… the voice deep within
… the thought that flits through my head
… the heartbeat that races
… the questions
… the answers

is god
… any of these
… none of these
… all of these

is god really
god – holy other – creator – spirit
… or is it simply me

when god speaks
… do i know for certain¬†what i must do
… am i certain it is god who speaks

not really and yet
… yet i cannot remain inactive or¬†unresponsive

higher power – god – spirit – holy other – creator
invites me to live
… to risk
… to move forward
… to respond to that quiet inner voice
… to trust the source
whose Name seems hidden
… in mists of confusion
… in voices of doubt
… in shadows of uncertainty
expectant that what lies ahead will
… nurture and¬†challenge
… bless
and believe that the true voice of spirit
will not lead me to chaos or confusion

 

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“SERENDINCIDENCE”

“SERENDINCIDENCE”

It’s been quite a weekend!

Only way to describe it was to create a neologism:
… one word combining two words.
SERENDINCIDENCE
serendipity (serend <ipity>)
… “a pleasant surprise”
co-incidence (<co-in> incidence)
… “accidental events that might have been arranged but weren’t”)

It began yesterday when I went to the shed to get the compressor
to put air into the utility trailer so garden branches etc. could be taken to the recycling depot.

Opened the shed and heard a “twittering” sound
… a bird had somehow become trapped inside the shed.

But it wasn’t a bird.
It was Mama Raccoon.

I checked the shed again
and she was still there
… menacing, ready to strike.

“Babies – she’s protecting her babies” I thought.
Leaving the door open
I hoped she’d make her way out with her babies.
No such luck.

I want to get rid of them
… humanely
so I googled, posted on FB, made phone calls
and learned a lot (!) about raccoons
and how to get rid of them:
… leave door open
… put bright light inside
… play talk-radio (they don’t like human voices)
… “disturb” their “den”

Last night
… shed door was left open
… talk-radio was played
but shoulder injury meant I couldn’t hang the light
or move things out of the shed to disturb the “den.”

And then co-incidences:
… I left my scarf in church this morning
… a friend came by to drop it off
… I told her about the raccoons in the shed
… and that I couldn’t hang the light because of the shoulder injury.

Before heading home
she noticed a neighbour unloading his car
told him about the situation
and then serendipity
… he hung the light
… emptied the shed and cardboard that Mama Raccoon had used as a nest for her kits.

If the co-incidences hadn’t happened
I’d not have had the serendipitous pleasant happening of
Mama and the Kits leaving.

They’re gone!

And I’d never have had the fun of creating a neologism
SERENDINCIDENCE

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“WE ARE THE EARTH AND THE EARTH IS US”

“WE ARE THE EARTH AND THE EARTH IS US”

It’s EARTH DAY
… a global annual event on April 22nd
celebrated in more than 190 countries
to show support for the environment.


Thich Nhat Hanh’s words
“The earth is not just our environment
We are the earth and the earth is us.”
are a reminder that
the earth and human beings are inter-related.

We cannot
… we must not
ignore the cry from the earth to care.

 

 

For this Planet Earth to survive
… we must care for her.

We must consciously work towards making
Planet Earth sustainable
… for generations to come.

 

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

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<The rhododendrons are blooming in our front yard.
Thank you, Mother Nature!>
“THINK FOR OURSELVES… “

“THINK FOR OURSELVES… “

The words of my parents
“You were given a brain. ¬† Use it.”
often surfaced throughout my life.

At the age of fifteen
I decided to leave the church of my youth
which seemed to expect me
to leave my brain at the door.

When I would ask a question
I was told “Do not question”
but to “read the books of our faith.”
I did.

I had more questions
and continued to be told
“Don’t question.”

“Don’t question?”

Isn’t that why I was given a brain?
… to ask questions
… to doubt
… to consider possibilities
… to challenge situations of injustice
… to think for myself
… to come to my own opinion

When I became a parent
I intentionally taught my son to
… research subjects
… be open to learning from others
… discuss what he was learning
… listen to the opinions of others
… come to his own independent opinion

In other words
he was raised to be a thinker
… not¬†simply go with the crowd
… not simply to agree with my views
but to come to his own opinions about
… what is truth
… relationships
… politics
… religion
… abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment
and more.

I like to think that
… reading and doing research
… becoming informed
… respectfully listening to the opinions of others
… discussing and debating
… and eventually coming to our own opinions
is a spiritual responsibility.

We were given and gifted with a brain.
Surely the Giver of the Gift
expects us to use the gift
at all times
and particularly
in these difficult days of
elusive truth.

We must seek truth.
We must pursue truth
even if it alienates us
… from loved ones
… from political party adherence
… from religious tenets

We
must
think.

Think
For
Ourselves.

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