Time

Time, especially this time of year, has a paradoxical quality to it. There’s never enough of it as we busily shop, bake and decorate for Christmas. There’s way too much time as we anxiously anticipate with mixed expectations the gifts, other surprises, and even disappointments, of the season.

As a collage . . . → Read More: Time

Thanksgiving

There is so much to be thankful for this time of year…and this year in particular since there have been so many transitions in our lives. Ordinarily, on the other side of the continent this time of year, I’m madly baking dozens of Christmas-themed gingerbread houses to be shared with our Fresno family, . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving

Clothing

Admittedly, I’ve thinned the herd of clothing that used to be in my closet. But still, there are those cherished garments that I may have worn once yet will never wear again that reside sleeve and collar next to my current go-to wardrobe. Enclosed in plastic garment bags are my maternal grandmother’s 1907 . . . → Read More: Clothing

Joy

It’s been an usual spring at the Lighthouse in terms of the weekly therapeutic art projects. Some weeks there was no discreet end product. We’d simply spent the morning painting and texturing old calendar pages, or creating complex papers with randomly pasted bits of colored paper on a tracing paper foundation, or even . . . → Read More: Joy

Balance

Finding balance is the hard work of recovery. Right relationships with God and others, healthy choices, attitudes, feelings and behaviors. Easier said than done as the ladies of the Lighthouse, a twelve-month, faith-based, residential treatment program for women recovering from substance abuse know all too well. Invited to create a composition where the . . . → Read More: Balance

Retreat

I have a friend who thinks that retreats intended for rest, renewal and spiritual growth are wrongly named. She thinks they should be called advances. She’s got a point. Particularly since I enjoyed a glorious retreat this last weekend at the C Gallery in Los Alamos, hosted by artist/owner and consummate hostess Connie . . . → Read More: Retreat

Home

Some say you can never go home again. But we did…twenty years or so ago when we revisited our homes in Spain where we had lived during the time we were stationed at the Rota Naval Base. As civilians, we weren’t allowed to live on base. Most of us settled into nearby communities . . . → Read More: Home

Done

Done! Not as in under done. Not in as over done. Just plain and simple done. I’m finally done…well almost. I’ve been working on restoring, actually reconstructing a Better Homes & Garden cookbook we received as a wedding present fifty-two years ago today – St Patrick’s Day. Over the years the familiar red . . . → Read More: Done

Art Day

Recently I hosted an art day….one of my most favorite things to do. Ordinarily I pack an art suitcase along with my regular bag, schlep everything to an airport, navigate a particular airport’s version of security, and fly to a distant destination. But last Saturday the art day was at my home. Twelve . . . → Read More: Art Day

Intentions

I had the best of intentions. I intended to write my weekly post about the lovely fans the ladies had made at the Lighthouse to symbolize aspects of their substance abuse recovery. But I confessed to a friend at lunch I didn’t want to. So with her encouragement, I’m not.

I’ve . . . → Read More: Intentions