darkness and light

December 19, 2011
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Welcome guest author Lindsey of A Design So Vast! In the last few years I have grown more aware of, and more intimate with, the powerful relationship I have with both light and dark, but the truth is it’s a theme that has run through my whole life. There’s no better example of this than […]

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broken goblet, whole life

February 7, 2011
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          This broken wine glass is my altared space today. I love it when a goblet breaks. It’s my opportunity to invite a new beauty into my life.           I pass up gorgeous glasses regularly. My home is full, I think. I desperately don’t want to become one of those people with every cupboard bursting […]

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grief: a grown up sandbox

January 31, 2011
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          Grief can be a mysterious thing. It just kinda wants to pour though me like water or sand. It’s wordless. As soon as I try to put my hands around it, it squishes out the sides, escaping in grains or droplets.           When my mother died I found myself wanting to simply touch things […]

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building a cairn of one’s own

September 22, 2010
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          Today my altared space is this cairn I built. It’s to help me find my way back. We were visiting relatives for a trip to the state fair and I took an early morning walk. Since I can get lost trying to find my front door I paused as I came to a crossroads. […]

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morning has broken me wide open

September 8, 2010
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          My altared space today is walking amid the morning dew. The nights are cooling off tremendously at my house which leaves lots of sparkles on my morning walk in the form of dew droplets. The shining  crystals cling to everything.           These are weeds; the obnoxious kind that won’t be tamed. The dew fairies are dancing […]

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hide and seek with a kitten finds a sister

May 30, 2010
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       Today my altared space is a cat named Nutmeg who died 20 years ago. I pet every dog that goes by, but I’m not a cat person. Yet here I am, at Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary with the kitties.        This is because I love a cat person. There are three of us: myself, […]

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cherry blossoms after a long winter

April 24, 2010
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       It’s been a long winter. We haven’t had a real winter in years. A few token snows punctuated by sunshine and melt don’t allow my mind to go into that state of true hibernation. This winter I froze solid.        The Ingalls family nearly froze to death. One of the great things I did […]

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the cleansing burn of fire

April 17, 2010
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       Black soot covers my shoes as I race around with a white towel turned black from swinging it to hit the grass that’s burning to put out flames. The smoke fills my eyes and it stings. It’s a day of heavy lifting and sweat. So why do I feel so clean at the end […]

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science fair judges and rainbow crashes

April 10, 2010
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       Today I’m giving away a crystal because I learned more at my kindergarten daughter’s science fair than she did. The lessons stayed with me and helped me raise my children more gently.       My five year old daughter and I were enamored with rainbows. We found them everywhere we went: in the sky, puddles […]

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capturing the light with peter fay

April 8, 2010
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      I took a trip down the Grand Canyon with photographer Peter Fay. It was like getting to see through a borrowed set of eyes more capable than my own. He taught me to see with more clarity by teaching me to focus.        “The light is spot on,” he’d say, or perhaps he’d comment […]

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rainbows in the dryer

April 6, 2010
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       Have you ever looked through prism glasses? When my husband was in school, taking Physics, my daughter was in kindergarten. He brought home these magic glasses and turned everything we looked at into rainbows.        The air sparkled that night. We looked at streetlamps and saw rainbows. We focused our glasses on the moon […]

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