Archive for the 'Journal' Category

Gift From the Sea

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

This ATC was created for a swap focusing on something in nature. At least one item in the card had to be from nature. And a couple of haiku! A sand dollar moon peers heavenward, smiling to her silver sister. ***** Ocean origin star within echoes secrets hidden in apples.

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Some Knowledge

Monday, November 24th, 2014

“And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sexsin?” He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on […]

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ATC – Red

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

I haven’t participated since 2006, but I decided to get re-acquainted with the site Swap-bot. One of the swaps I joined is to make nine Artist Trading Cards, each focused on one color. Here it is before I pop it into the mail. It felt so good to make. If I just carve out a […]

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Naming

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Sometimes it helps to name my inner state. So here goes. I’m lonesome. Restless. Edgy. Feeling isolated, weighed down, slothful. Muffled. Not really engaged by anything. Or rather, not able to settle in and get absorbed by tasks. Avoidant of things I want to do, like writing or making art. Avoidant of things that need […]

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On Staying or Leaving Abusive Relationships

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

These are excerpts from a powerful essay about domestic abuse. How many times did I find myself on his bathroom floor cowering beneath him, feeling the hot spit land on me as he screamed? Stop crying like a baby. You’re crazy. No one else would put up with you. … How many times did I […]

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The Reason I Love to Bake

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

There is another reason for the priority of pastry: pastry chefs are the only ones in the kitchen who are alchemists by necessity. Where the rotisseur or the man with the sauté pan does his best work when he does least, it is in the nature of pastry-making that you begin with ingredients that don’t […]

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The Privilege

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

She lies on her side curled into a C, tucked under a fuzzy blanket. Her body radiates fever; her wan face sports bright red patches. She moans every so often. She sipped a little tomato soup. Her head aches. It hurts to chew. A whine slips out. Everything hurts, sleep won’t come. “Please come sit […]

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Advent Ideas Focused on Kindness

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” –Edith Wharton Advent is approaching! (Yes, I know I’m thinking way ahead.) Every year I put special activities (written on slips of paper) in our calendar pockets for us to do each day. This year, we’re going to […]

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Reverence

Friday, October 17th, 2014

What is real for me in this moment: life feels bittersweet. It’s October again. Soon it’s Christmas. It’s “Where did the time go?” Then it’s a new year, and the school year ends, and summer vacation evaporates, school begins again, and then: another new year. Life is like this, every year. I recognize this, every […]

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A Hot Tomato

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

SoulCollage® Committee Suit: Hot Tomato I am one who is juicy and curvy and full of life. I am sweet and tangy. I am tempting. I am the dame they call a Hot Tomato. What is your gift or message for me? Be in the fullness of your body. Take up space. Tomatoes go with […]

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