Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Heading Back Home..."

"There is nothing like
returning to a place that remains unchanged...
to find the ways
in which you yourself have altered.”
~Nelson Mandela

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Happy Sunday..."

from me to you. :)
It's an overcast, rainy, 57 degree Sunday here in
Sycamore, Illinois.
Some may consider it dreary...but...
to this Arizona girl it is a
perfect prelude to the coming of fall.
It is
a day for warm cozy fireplaces, baking oatmeal cookies,
and having good one-on one time
with my artistic Muse.
Add some take out Chinese sesame chicken for dinner
and the day is complete.
Our past week here has been filled with
visiting apple orchards, walking through pumpkin patches,
playing in corn mazes
and even strolling through a Christmas tree farm.
Fresh apple cider and apple cinnamon donuts have
topped off almost every trip.
I absolutely LOVE this time of year to pieces...
fall is my most favorite season of all.
I feel blessed
to be able to experience even this small slice of it
midwest style...
before heading back to desert and her beauty
by the end of the month.
Our time in Illinois whooshed by so quickly this year.
It has really taken me by surprise...
as I left Arizona dragging my heels...dreading the blast of
humidity I knew was inevitable here.
I sit and marvel at the fact
that I now feel I may be dragging my heels going back to Arizona!
Funny, isn't it?
My blog posts have been few and far between this trip...
sorry 'bout that.
I suppose that is normal when
changing and readjusting one's daily habits occurs.
I thank those of you
who still come back for visits either daily...
or every now and then.
I have lots of art to share...and I promise I will do so...

“Shut the door...
not that it lets in the cold...but that it lets out
the coziness.”
~Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Sweet Serenity..."

...the last of my "Sensitive Floral" series of this summer.
Happy Blooming Tuesday...
Happy Belated Birthday to my niece Courtney!!
Love you! XO

“Boredom is the feeling
that everything is a waste of time;
that nothing is.”
~Thomas S. Szasz

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Reflections...A Repost..."

like so many others,
remember exactly everything
about that fateful September morning in 2001
all of our "knowns" became "unknowns".

September 11th, 2001
started as routinely as any regular school day.
My lesson plan for social studies that day was to
introduce the concepts of
"Fact...Opinion...and Rumor..."
as part of understanding current events.
That is the absolute, unbelieveable, undeniable TRUTH!!!
I still get chills every time I think about it.

Needless to say,
during those seconds, and minutes, and hours
of that teaching day
throughout the infinite lessons and journal entries
and broken hearts, and tears, and the thousands of questions
of those days that followed ...
undeniably was one of the most powerfully moving and
spiritually inspiring
moments of my entire teaching career.

I remember that day as if it were yesterday...
it is crystal clear in my heart.
My personal memories of it are wrenching and raw
yet paradoxically serene and filled with hope.
Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is very special.
I was a privilege that day to be a teacher.

I dedicate this post to the memory of those souls lost that day...
to the junior high students who were in my classes then...
to Matt, my team teaching partner,
who "held my hand" throughout it all.
I wish you peace...

Remember...Every day REALLY does matter.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"Back To My Moleskine..."

...after spending an exhilarating, and also exhausting,
Labor Day weekend
making & swapping 25 artist trading cards I guess it's time that I had better
"SNAP" to...cuz my Muse is really a "DRAGGIN' ".
Get it? Snap...draggin'???)
Hehheheh hahahah! :)
Yeah...I know...that was totally lame...:)

“Through humor,
you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.”
Bill Cosby

Friday, September 2, 2011

"The Gathering..."

...posted today in honor of the large gathering of artists
at Illustrated ATCs this weekend
for the 3 day 2011 Labor Day Weekend Artathon!
Pop over for a peek in our gallery!
Just click here!

"True wisdom
lies in gathering the precious things out of each day
as it goes by.”
~Author unknown

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Entries...

...for the 2011 "I Love Japan" swap at Illustrated ATCs.

First, a Gion Matsuri Festival Lantern...
...followed by a "Cherry Blossom Geisha"...
then, an "Uchiwa Flat Fan"...
and finally, an "Uchiwa Folded Fan"..."

“Do not follow the ideas of others,
but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
Your body and mind will become clear
you will realize the unity of all things.”
Japanese Buddhist monk and philosopher