Backstory

Ordinarily a story has a beginning, middle and an end. But some stories take decades to unfold, so much so that the beginning sometimes fades into a distant memory. Such is the backstory with our recent decision to relocate from California to North Carolina. One would like to say it began Christmas morning . . . → Read More: Backstory

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

Serenity

Some art activities are just soothing. They feel good, they smell good, they look good. Without too much effort. And sometimes they invite a kind of serenity because of what they express. That’s what I hoped when we introduced last week’s art activity at the Lighthouse, a year-long, faith-based residential treatment program for . . . → Read More: Serenity

Salt

The art workshops at the Lighthouse are a challenge for Theresa. Art doesn’t come naturally to her which often leads to frustration and a lack of confidence. She’s not necessarily alone so we purposefully offer a variety of art experiences for the ladies who are part of a year-long, faith-based residential treatment program . . . → Read More: Salt

Dreams

I seldom remember the dreams I have when sleeping. I’m far more in tune with what I call waking dreams, the dreams that enliven my imagination – the I wonder what ifs, the step by step planning of something I hope to create, or the myriad ideas of how to use the arts . . . → Read More: Dreams

Birth

Before Christmas, our family had another important birthday to celebrate – grandson Ian’s 8th birthday. This is only the third birthday we’ve celebrated with him. Ian was born December 23 and was abandoned two days later, on Christmas Day, in the hospital where he was born in northern China. After four years in . . . → Read More: Birth

Midwinter

Here is the bleak midwinter scene the creative arts team installed at Encounter/Bible Fellowship Church last week. Concurrently, a dear friend, Hannah Frances Devol Thomas, released her debut CD In the Bleak Midwinter. The image and carol’s poetry have stirred in me a quiet waiting this Advent.

The . . . → Read More: Midwinter

Sitting

This last week I’ve spent hour after hour, day and day crawling on my knees, standing, bending over, and walking around my 8′ work tables creating paper lace pieces to support the Advent worship art at church. The smallest piece at left, a 4′ x 3′ hanging for the entrance, was relatively . . . → Read More: Sitting

By Design

Some things happen by design. Other things happen with the most sublime serendipity…even if there was a certain lightly sketched design for the day. An art day hosted by my friend Susan at her home last Saturday. Ten to four. Bring what ever you want to work on. Spend the day making art. . . . → Read More: By Design