Here is my gratitude journal entry for the recent past. It includes my new dahlia stencil and circles cut from paintings my boys did in preschool. My husband has a hard time parting with memorabilia and this is one compromise that helps. Plus I really love how the colors and textures of their uninhibited painting come together. I had attached the circles from their art before I found the quote that is written on this page.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
― Albert Einstein
I’m taking a class at my Unitarian Universalist Church called Building Your Own Theology and it is an exploration of what I believe. Part of our homework this week was to find a quote about human nature that resonated for us.This one really works for me.
I finished a new coloring page this week also. It is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
The quote from the 18th isn’t super legible but it says,
“I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point – namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation…” C.G. Jung
I have lots of pink on these pages because I’m knitting 2 chemo caps for good friends who are currently fighting breast cancer. Neither one of them is into pink at all, but I have it here for them where it won’t bother them.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
I have a whole bunch of lovely door photos to share with you all! Thanks Norm 2.0 for providing us with a venue and community of fellow door lovers. I have been admiring quite a few of these doors since we were first looking for a house in this neck of the woods. I’m happy to report that I got some mid-day pictures and hope to go back for some golden hour photos in different seasons.
I’m going to start with one of my favorite places in Morristown, the library. The main entrance is a little mundane, but it has some wonderful alternatives.
It doesn’t look like much from the street, but there is a vestibule before the door that has some interesting views.
Here is a view of the whole building. The older part of the building dates back to Dec. 13, 1917. It has an interesting history if you want to know more click here.
The sunny side of the building has a really wonderful door. I took some closeups so you can really appreciate it.
The quote on the door is from Wordsworth:
“Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow.”
― William Wordsworth
Did you go somewhere beautiful recently?
My hope in life is to contribute to peace and beauty in the world. I’m taking that very literally this Christmas/Holiday season. I’m individually painting & illustrating my cards. Here is the first set of 10.
I made a stencil for the large paisley and for the word Peace and then I played with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, Ranger Distress Markers, some random gel pens and my Pigma Micron pens in 005, 01, and 03 of course they are all the blues. Making peace and beauty out of the blues. And I used my Pelikan Opaque Watercolors for the backgrounds. Each card is Zentangled and doodled and signed by me.This really fits nicely with the Diva’s Zentangle challenge #297: Give the Gift of Zentangle. For more tangled holiday fun check her out at
The quote on the inside of my cards is
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie
I have uploaded one of the cards to Fine Art America if you want to purchase a set to use for your Christmas cards.
I know this quote is generally showcased with a bell or something with a crack barely letting in the light, but I love the quality and abundance of light in this photo with my husband who is just as cracked as I am. May your broken parts illuminate your life.
The last few days have been really difficult. I have thrown myself into art and music to get through. One of my African American sons was verbally abused by a stranger in a store today. Both of my boys are very concerned and so am I about so many things in their lives. Education, health care, and basic safety in a country that has elected a bigot and condoned abuse of the vulnerable. I am listening to We Shall Overcome and Imagine. I am donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The name is misleading. It has been working through legal, social, and educational channels to make the United States a better country.
“For more than four decades, we’ve won landmark cases that brought systemic reforms – toppling remnants of Jim Crow segregation and destroying violent white supremacist groups; shattering barriers to equality for women, vulnerable children, the LGBT community and the disabled; protecting migrant workers from abuse; ensuring the humane treatment of prisoners; reforming juvenile justice practices; and more.”
This helped me today and I hope it helps you. Lets work on healing.
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