Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Sometimes....It helps to remember that there is more way than one to do something. 

Sometimes....I have to nudge myself to remain curious, to ask questions, to explore. 

Sometimes....I need to "de-clutter" to make room for new ideas, new experiences.  

Sometimes....I have to remember to walk tall, engage with my surroundings, 
breathe deep and make room for more of everything.

Sometimes....It is challenging to live bravely and with intention in all that I do.  

Sometimes.... I believe that anything is possible. 

Sometimes....I must remove facades, masks, and expectations.

Always, it's important for me to remain OPEN.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Carl Heilman is an Adirondack photographer that has been teaching and sharing his love of the outdoors for many years.  I've now had the pleasure of joining him twice for outdoor adventures with my camera.  
This weekend, we ventured into the Lake Brant region.  The temperatures were frigid, with high winds, almost to the point of unbearable. Ok, so maybe I wasn't completely dressed for the occasion, and I was just coming off being sick for a week, which didn't help. 
In any case, the time in the outdoors was beautiful, inspiring, and left me, as usual, wanting more. 

I didn't get as many amazing shots as I would have liked.  My fingers were numb from the cold. And dancing behind the camera to keep my toes from freezing, didn't bode well for "in focus" shots, even with my remote. 
Despite the lack of images I was able to collect, 
 I was able to just "be" with mother nature once again, awe struck at the formations of ice, the "golden hour" mountains draped in purple, and quite simply, the gratitude of being blessed with such incredible beauty right before my eyes. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013


It's Valentine's Day. 
Expressions of love all packed into one day. 

I am not one for commercialism.  As a matter of fact, I rebel against it.  Candy coated hearts, a dozen roses, a box of expensive chocolates - all lovely, heart-felt gestures, but don't seem to really define love as I see it. 

There is the deep love of "other". And sometimes the hardest, is self-love.  To welcome, embrace, and celebrate the good, the bad, and the ugly within.  To find love, compassion, and joy in one another and in ourselves, in spite of our flaws, our mistakes, and our failures. 
To notice, to express, to share the simple gestures of love that we are granted each and every day, often in the most unexpected places, and in the most unsuspecting ways.
To feel the swelling in one's heart when these gifts are given, granted, and received. 
To love unconditionally 
This is love. 

May your day be filled with all the many little gifts of love.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


The burst of a new year, 
the bustling of activity,
out with the old, in with the new.

I sit and ponder,
ideas, projects, goals and aspirations for this 2013 chapter.

I wallow in the meanderings of my creative energy,
planting many different types of seedlings in the rich soil of my space.
Waiting patiently to see which of them make their way through the earth. 

Some seedlings will have more potency than others, planting themselves deeply with untethered roots. 
Some will die out. 
Others will continue to grow and develop into something more interesting and captivating,
reaching into my spirit and grabbing ahold of my attention, with a demand for more nourishment and nurturance.

Some will just be sprouts for another layer of seedlings for the future. 
Growth comes from the most unexpected places. 
Inspiration comes with the process of growth. 

As most people are already living out their goals for the new year, I am in the midst of planting, watering and nourishing my fertile field, 
waiting and watching for new growth,
 deciding which of my creative seedlings will become new projects for 2013. 
 Already I can see some of those that are going to take me in new directions, 
demand more food from the soul, 
and become a thing of beauty.