Monday, May 27, 2013

Altered Photo Stairs

An Altered Life – looking through old journals, an ongoing collage telling The Stories. All the old writings in all the old journals finally cataloged and transcribed and illustrated. There’s a cast of characters all waiting to be recognized. There’s a journey to pass on to others and to be told and released and sent on its way out into the universe. Who knows what will happen to it – on and on and on across the universe. We all have our spark of light that’s always been there even when things got really dark and there was no hope. It’s all just always been about the story. Each person’s story adds to the whole and really matters, even if you can no longer see that by yourself. Love the journals. Because even when the story is too dark to be said out loud, it can be whispered to your journal. Life-saver savior. Journals send their healing tendrils out to twine within your heart and bring you back again. Love the journals. Keep doing the journals you have begun or just begin one now. Journals matter . . .

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Ch-ch-ch-choices, not changes
So here's a few thoughts I've been contemplating about what's really important in my life lessons - it's all about choices. Because choices have consequences which lead to changes and Change is Hard. Here in my "elder years" I'm suddenly seeing how some of my choices could have totally changed the stories in my life. And some have made me think "oh I never thought of that" and it's just now becoming clear. What was I thinking? well, I wasn't . . . thinking, that is. But I am now and I can't ch-ch-change the past. 

Most of the choices we make are pretty unconscious, like what to wear, what movie to see, salt/pepper/both, mustard or mayo, etc. But even these choices have consequences - you chose not to wear your raincoat and it's pouring, the movie was too violent and was traumatic, too much salt = too much sodium, and so on. It's especially easy when you're young, to think "oh, I'll just do this for awhile. It looks fun" and then you look up again and 10 years have gone by and you suddenly have alot of regrets about how you spent that time. 

Having no choices is bad, but so is having too many options. Somewhere in between is being more conscious, more present and not just deciding something quickly so you can move on to the next thing on your multi-task list. How can we get better at this? My solution is - learn to play chess. You're never too old or too young to learn it and it willl make you more conscious about choices and consequences. And yes, I'm learning chess again now, a little bit of time with it everyday. And that will make all the difference . . .

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stitching on Painted Papers

Sunshine in Seattle - yes it does happen and sometimes you see things like this. When you get this kind of light it's a moment in time and could change really fast to monochrome grays again in just a few scant minutes. Sometimes it's gray on one side of a building and sunny on the other. So lovely.

“Whatever the present moment contains,
accept it as if you had chosen it.”

--Eckhart Tolle

So I've been doing a bit of stitching on this paper I painted  . . .