Great Advice From A New Role Model

Rachel Maddow is by far my favorite news analyst. I happily planned my evening around her regular 9:00 broadcast. And so with good reason, I have been quite sad and even a little lost that she has pulled back to work on other projects and will only be on air Monday evenings. It created quiteContinue reading “Great Advice From A New Role Model”

Opening Pandora’s Box

some thoughts from Charlotte Joko Beck Now one of the illusions we may have about our practice is that practice will make things more comfortable, clearer, easier, more peaceful, and so on. Nothing could be further from the truth. All of us feel we are separate from life; we feel as if we have aContinue reading “Opening Pandora’s Box”

A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece

Quilt:Voluminous layersCountless hues and valuesEmbedded with meaningPersonal herstoryMinuscule patches that speaks volumesEnsconcing with warmth and protectionHand Stitched patternsEndless sizes, shapes and formsPiecing, Stitching, Darning, Mending, Ripping Producing Quilts:The next one is always better than the one beforeOrganized cutting and construction stepsStaying at the machine until the entire set is piecedProcess over productCreating something original comesContinue reading “A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece”

Moving Through Loss: A Wise Woman Ritual circa 2000

A Letter to the Most Illustrious the Contessina Allagia degli Aldobrandeschi, written Christmas Eve, Anno Domini 1513 I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, youContinue reading “Moving Through Loss: A Wise Woman Ritual circa 2000”

THE WAY

Cleaning Piece IVWrite down everything you fear in life.Burn it.Pour herbal oil with a sweet scent on the ashes.Yoko Ono It is no easy feat to walk 115KM/70MILES, the minimum requirement to receive a compostela, the certificate of completion of the pilgrimage and be awarded the credencial, the official St.James stamp; but three of us,Continue reading “THE WAY”

Program Application-Artist Statement

For over forty years I have been fashioning fiberart that celebrates the loving and healing capacity of spirit. In the seventies, an article in MS magazine about quilt making as a women’s art form lead me to patchwork as my chosen means of expression. In the eighties, leadership in our local fiberarts guild helped meContinue reading “Program Application-Artist Statement”

Ending The Search

In this very moment lies an invitation to the Silence that reveals itself when you simply stop.Perhaps your mind is asking, “Stop what?”Just stop. Stop asking.Stop trying.Stop pretending.Stop believing your stories of whom you are or where you have to go.Stop thinking you know something don’t know something.How?There is no “how”; “how” is more mindContinue reading “Ending The Search”

The Power of Seventy

Seventy is made of two perfect numbers, seven- representing perfection and ten- representing the ten commandments and the completeness of The Holy One’s law, symbolizing perfect spiritual order carried out with all power. Midrash: The Holy One, Who has seventy Names, gave the Torah, which has seventy names, to Israel, which has seventy names (NumbersContinue reading “The Power of Seventy”

Life Is The Practice

Do not do a spiritual practice as if your life depended on it. Practice as if it is your life. Let it be empty. Let it be light. Let it be sweet. Let each moment be a mystery that brings you to the next moment. Empty means without preconception. Without preconception means you are freeContinue reading “Life Is The Practice”