Showing posts with label Season Gratitude. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Season Gratitude. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Prairie Garden Time

Our front garden--yard--is a prairie.  And now the butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, is in glorious bloom.  The butterflies and bees love this plant.  

We have some pale purple coneflowers, echinacea pallida blooming now and the yellow ones are echinacea paradoxa--yellow coneflower.

Each year there are changes.  It's fun to see how the plants grow and change through time.

Here's a poem called 'Hum,' by Mary Oliver


by Mary Oliver

What is this dark hum among the roses?
The bees have gone simple, sipping,
that’s all. What did you expect? Sophistication?
They’re small creatures and they are
filling their bodies with sweetness, how could they not
moan in happiness? The little
worker bee lives, I have read, about three weeks.
Is that long? Long enough, I suppose, to understand
that life is a blessing. I have found them-haven’t you?—
stopped in the very cups of the flowers, their wings
a little tattered-so much flying about, to the hive,
then out into the world, then back, and perhaps dancing,
should the task be to be a scout-sweet, dancing bee.
I think there isn’t anything in this world I don’t
admire. If there is, I don’t know what it is. I
haven’t met it yet. Nor expect to. The bee is small,
and since I wear glasses, so I can see the traffic and
read books, I have to
take them off and bend close to study and
understand what is happening. It’s not hard, it’s in fact
as instructive as anything I have ever studied. Plus, too,
it’s love almost too fierce to endure, the bee
nuzzling like that into the blouse
of the rose. And the fragrance, and the honey, and of course
the sun, the purely pure sun, shining, all the while, over
all of us.

Thanks to the Honey Bee Conservatory for this poem.   
For more about Mary Oliver visit her website or connect and become a fan on her facebook page.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Looking Inside and Outside

It is the season of summer in Minnesota. Though the summer solstice marking the beginning of summer is 10 days away, the heat and humidity are high in our land.  The days are long with sun and everything is growing.  Here are some images around Winona in these beautiful days.

 Peonies are blooming and oh so fragrant.

 Fox live at the edge of the city

 Mississippi River is part of my favorite walking trail

 An inch worm on Bob's biking jersey

 Baby robin  fledgling

 End of the day--thanks for all the beauty on the Earth.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thankfulness and Sharing

Autumn Flowers 
13.5" x 16.25"
Petal images embedded in cotton,
Machine stitch drawing 
October 2016

It’s time to say “Thank you.”  Thank you for the air that I breathe.  Thank you for the hands that love to create.  Thank you for a body that loves to move and sense joy.  Thank you for the gift of thinking and being able to learn and change my mind or shift my thinking to more kind ways.

On a using hands and head note:

I’ve given myself a little time to get to my art studio to create.  'Autumn Flowers' has its origins in flowers long past.  By putting the pigments of the petals in the cloth and stitch drawing, the energy of the flowers live on.  


Details of Autumn Flowers


If you're curious to see some of my small art quilts up close, I'm sharing a few at the Winona Arts Center's Holiday Show on December 3, 2016, 9am -4pm.  The Winona Arts Center is located at the corner of Franklin and 5th Street.  You may also  see other art in my gallery on Breeze on my Skin

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day 2015

I woke up today with a heart filled with gratitude.  I made a list of all the people, things, loves of my life that fill me with joy and with gratitude.

Here's a poem by George Bernard Shaw that shines on how I want my life lived:

This is the true joy in life—that being used for 
a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.

That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, 
selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining 
that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community 
and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. 
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work 
the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. 
It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment 
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it 
on to future generations.

— George Bernard Shaw 

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all.  It is good to have a day to give thanks.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stop Existing, Start Living; A Blog Post by Scott Grossberg

 This blog from Scott Grossberg, Thinking Magically  The Art of Actively Living  came across my desk and it resonates with me in the light of Quen Hummerhee, my daughter's father passing on October 31, 2014.  Life is so precious; death a gift in life.  Challenging for me to wrap my brain around--but yes, a gift.

Thinking Magically™ | The Art of Actively Living

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
– Steve Jobs
We all come to grips with death
Like everyone, I have had to deal with the death of loved ones. And interfacing with some of the hospice workers involved in those passages has been remarkable. In one instance, a hospice worker said to me: “He’s on a remarkable journey and will be learning lots of things.” I discovered that the journey was really that of everyone involved in the process. And we all learn lots.
Hospice workers have a checklist to determine whether someone moves into the actively dying stage. Relax. It’s not morbid or offensive. It’s a way of tracking the changes that take place as someone moves closer to dying and it is a natural way for them to help ensure that the person in their charge has comfort and dignity.
The dying process begins well before death actually happens. That got me to thinking. How many of us actually think about the process of living? Dale Carnegie once said: “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
It’s time to stop wishing. And start having.
We do not all come to grips with living
I’m going to borrow now from the hospice checklist. And I know that hospice usually refers to the care of the terminally ill. And the term hospice also means a lodging for travelers.
Aren’t we all just travelers at any given time? So that seems appropriate to me.
Borrowing from the hospice checklist then, there are two aspects to living — the Preactive Living Phase and the Actively Living Phase.
Preactive Living is that phase of your life where you take action and make an effort to actually participate in your own life, success, and dreams. This is not about living a life of reacting to things. Quite the contrary, this phase of your life is all about predicting your own future and then creating a life in accord with that anticipation, desire, and belief. This is the time when you consciously plan the changes in your life that will take you from a living a life of loss and reaction to living a life of fulfillment and power. Think of this as the design part of your life.
Actively Living is that phase of your life where you change, adopt, and manifest what you have predicted for yourself. It’s as much about actually producing your Now and Then as it is about actively controlling those things within your control. It is about living a life that might have some obstacles and yet you know that these can all be targeted and vanquished. Think of this as the implementation part of your life.
Signs that you’re ready to finally enter the Preactive Living phase
You will begin to notice some or all of the following when you are ready to start predicting and taking control of your life:
1.   You are increasing restless, confused, aroused, impatient, unable to stay gratified about things, and feel the need to take a firm stand about something (even if you don’t know what it is, yet)
2.  The social activities that used to interest you don’t excite you anymore
3.  You have less alertness, feel groggy, and feel like you’re walking through mud or water as you make your way thought Life
4.  You lose interest in those things that used to excite you
5.  You start daydreaming and fantasizing about what another life would look like for you
6.  You don’t just feel like you’re ready for a change — you are starting to say that out loud to others
7.  You find yourself getting sick more often than usual
Signs that you’re ready to finally enter the Actively Living phase
Once you enter the Preactive Phase, you will sit down and actually chart out the life you want to have instead of the just getting by with the one you’re living now. I’ve outlined in prior articles how to create the life of your dreams in complete detail. You might want to take a look through my blog for various ideas. Here’s one good place to start:
The Actively Living phase is all about doing. As such, you will begin to notice some or all of the following when you are ready to start LIVING:
1.  An inability for others to negatively influence you or deflect you away from your personal success goal and dreams that will fulfill you
2.  You become a crusader for your own dreams, a maverick of your own thoughts, and somewhat of a nonconformist to others
3.  You find that you are actually breathing easier and have an increased confidence in your ability to handle anything that comes your way
4.  You start taking better care of your health, heart, and habits
5. You have little tolerance for stupid people and those who waste your time with their own little dramas
6.  You are so busy with your own life that you begin to notice an “out of sight, out of mind” situation with those things and people you don’t see or encounter frequently
7.  You stop complaining without also having a solution
8.  You stop complaining and simply take charge
Stop existing. And start living.
Actively Living is not easy. Everyone would be doing it if it was easy. But it is a simple concept. And it’s simple to put into practice. Just stop wishing. And start living as if you already have what you want.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sneek a Peek of Spring

Purple crocuses in a garden near the river.

Buds on a nearby bush.

The Mississippi River is high.

Looking at the river near Levee Park in Winona, Minnesota.

Purple daisies--a gift to cheer the Spring to come soon.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Gratitude List for 2013

Just a few things that I’m grateful for; there are many more; these are some highlights.

I gathered a jar created by Kim Hammer to collect my notes of gratitude for 2013. I jotted down a quick note of thanks. Today I reviewed the notes.  Hmmmm, yes, a good year was 2013.  I’ll write down gratitude notes again for 2014.  Here are some things that I’m very grateful for in 2013:

1. I’m grateful for beauty of the sky.

2. I’m grateful to win a kayak at the Frozen River Film Festival.

3. I embrace gratitude for the creativity of children at Ridgeway  & Dakota Community Schools.

4  I’m grateful for Kendra Dicker Deutsch.

5. I feel deep gratitude for the beauty of the Mississippi River.

6. I am grateful for teaching Nia to students at Winona State University Scrubs Camp.

7. I’m grateful for little Annie and her Mom, Ruthie.

8. I appreciate and am grateful for the beauty of the wildlife around us.

9. I’m grateful for reliable transportation.

10. I’m grateful for the Blue Heron Coffeehouse.

11. Gratitude for a beautiful sunset.

12. I’m grateful for Kim Hammer.

13. I see gratitude in the yellow lotus’ located in the back waters of the Mississippi River.

14. Gratitude for beauty blowing in the wind.

15. I’m grateful for the teachings of Nia; the Co-founder Debbie Rosas; trainers Jaimie Klausing, Winalee Zeeb, Caroline Kohls, Barb Wesson; and Nia instructors all over the world, Kendra Dicker Deutsch, Kathleen de Miranda, Jacqueline Paulsen, Crina Tarasi, Dori Steinfeld, Jana Dawson, Lisa Radtke, Jean Jambas, Stacey Peper, Daniela Bell, Stephanie Cirihal, and many more.

16. I’m grateful for white egret.

17. Gratitude to white egrets for teaching us about taking flight.

18. Gratitude for bald eagles.

19. I’m grateful for Jenny Marquess and Joyce Carey.

20. I’m grateful for sunflowers.

21. I’m grateful to dance Nia with friends.

22. I’m grateful for Barefoot Bliss—a weekend of dancing and art in Midland, Michigan.

23. I’m grateful to be able to stop and notice the sun going down.

24. I appreciate and am grateful to have Lynn Horness, Inge Chapin, and Karen Smaby in my life.

26. Gratitude for Oreo.

27. I appreciate the gardeners of the world.

28. Deep gratitude and awe for the immense fresh water body of Lake Superior.

29. Gratitude for music makers everywhere.

30. Gratitude for flowers that grow in water.

31. Gratitude for artists.

32. Gratitude for Susan and Dale Krageschmidt.

33. Gratitude for food to eat.

34. Gratitude for beauty.

 35. Gratitude for uniqueness.

36. Gratitude for making.

37. Gratitude for friends who dance Nia with me and celebrate together at the Boathouse.

38. Gratitude for growing friendships.

39. Gratitude for snow.

40. Gratitude for fire.

41. Gratitude for animal friends.

42. Gratitude for family.

43. Gratitude for Amaliya in my heart.

44. Gratitude for mothers.

45. Gratitude to good sound guys.

46. Gratitude for babies.

47. Gratitude for grandmothers.

48. Gratitude to collaborators.

49. Gratitude for stitchers.

50. Gratitude for learning.

51. I’m grateful for Lori Eschweiler.

52. Gratitude for friends forever, near or far.

53. I’m grateful for Amaliya.

54. Gratitude for Light.

55. Deep gratitude for Bob Stuber.


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