My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.

What is...

What is, is the great teacher.  -Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs

What is, in this moment...

I am realizing that it takes courage to be true to my self.   I used to be chameleon-like in order to fit in, but found it exhausting.  Better to just be me.  The gift in this decision is discovering that what is is enough.  

I am feeling a pull towards becoming more involved in my community.  We moved here when the girls were in their teens and so I never had the opportunity to meet other moms through playdates.  In addition, I was a teacher in another town, and for years I lived with tunnel vision; work, family, houseclean, repeat.  Now I find myself thinking of returning to church, to volunteering at the food bank, to connecting with others in this lovely town we call home.

My husband's work requires him to spend long days commuting back and forth to the city.  I see him growing more and more weary with each passing year.  This is our what is and I find myself trying to find ways to make our home a refuge for him.  A place where he can let go of the day and rest.

The purpose of prayer and religious seeking is to see the truth about reality, is to see what is.  And at the bottom of what is is always goodness.  The foundation is love.  -Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs.

Sometimes what is is hard and often it is frightening.  It is during those times that it becomes necessary to dig down deep, to fearlessly face adversity.  It isn't easy to do.  When my cancer recurred I was angry and frightened but I knew it was important to accept what is and find the courage to adapt and grow in spite of it.  To let go of fear and let love in.  To admit that I was afraid, confess my vulnerability to those I love and trust that they would be there when I needed their help.  I received so much goodness in return.


All we can do is try to keep our hands cupped and open and ask God to teach us how to keep our hands cupped and open.  The events and experience of life teach us how.  -Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs


Sharing Nurturing Thursday with Becca.


Sunday Silence

Sunday Stillness