Archive for the ‘Books’ category

Invent Your World

August 27, 2010

Love this quote by artist and author Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, also known as SARK. Eat Mangos Naked, Succulent Wild Woman, Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed, Prosperity Pie, Glad No Matter What — you just gotta love anybody who writes books with titles like that — I do!

Make Every Day Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2010

With this Pride & Prejudice-inspired Mr. Darcy Proposal Dish Towel in your kitchen, every day can be Valentine’s Day, with its fab reminder to express your love for your special sweetheart — or your own dear wonder-full sweet lovin’ self! Whatever your passion, proposing to your own uniquely creative muse is a sure start to a renewed and longstanding love affair with Life! Ahhhh …. daily romance …. xo!

Mr. Darcy Dish Towel via Modite via Design Mom via Poppytalk

p.s.  My post wouldn’t be complete without a note of thanks to award-winning author and speaker Jan Phillips as the source of so many of my thoughts on being wedded to your creative bliss. Her wonderful book, Marry Your Muse: Making A Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity made a lasting impression when I first received it as a gift many years ago (so much so, that I’ve practically forgotten I didn’t come up with that brilliant concept myself!) It’s available here, along with a new book called The Art of Original Thinking – The Making of A Thought Leader.  Another book that has influenced my thoughts on the value of keeping all of your love more alive by being passionate about your creative essence is The Conscious Heart by Gay Hendricks and Kathlyn Hendricks.  Brava to all the passionate champions of artistic amour! (and as with everything I post here, this is not something I’m selling, just stuff that I like that makes life more wonder-full!)



Sea Grapes and The Power of Pause

October 20, 2009

SeaGrapes

The semi-wild, abundant island garden in my back yard is full of tropical treasures. This is the season of sea grapes in The Bahamas. These beauties are growing on a big shady tree just behind the house and have a subtly sweet, somewhat tart taste when they turn a ripe purple.  The big sea grape leaves are about the size of dinner plates, and in fact, a wonderful guide out at The Garden of The Groves once told a story about how she remembered her family in the small charming “out islands” of The Bahamas using these sturdy leaves as the perfect natural disposable plates for outdoor dining!  It’s so easy to take the ever-green, infinitely lush landscape here for granted, and so exhilarating to stop and really admire it with gratitude. A favorite author of mine, Terry Hershey, is a great advocate of slowing down and embracing the Sacred Present.  His funny stories and gentle reminders to pay attention to the moments that make us feel most alive are something I look forward to in his weekly Sabbath Moments newsletters, and now in a new blog that he’s just started — can’t wait to read more of his musings and witty wisdom more often! (www.terryhershey.com) I am also enjoying a copy of his latest book, The Power of Pause. It’s so good to stop and savor the sea grapes of life … the sweet and the unsweet … the ripe and the not-yet-ripe beauty all around us and within us.

PowerOfPause.bookcoverhttp://www.terryhershey.com/power-of-pause.htm

Let’s Dance!

August 4, 2009

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Oh, sweet life.

Swaying to a samba beat.

A sheaf of smooth writing paper.

Eclectic embraces of everyday exquisiteness.

Aqua ocean vistas.

Chilled mangoes.

Basil and tomatoes plucked from the garden patch.

Succulent stories.

White sand beneath my feet. Movies screened on a moonlit beach.

Books. More books.

Veni. Vidi. Visa. (I came. I saw. I shopped!)

Luscious Italian everything.

Abundant wispy plumbago plants.

Gardenias. Night blooming jasmine.


Mary Anne Radmacher’s word gardens of inspiration.

Anne Lamott’s writings.

A freshly sharpened bouquet of pencils.

The Beauty & Truth Laboratories of Rob Brezsny.

Daffodils.

Dallying.

The light in my husband’s eyes.

That little inside joke that makes my daughter laugh every time.

Seriously silly stuff.

Long, deep kisses that last three days. (And the movie, Bull Durham, where that line came from!)

Playing with words and images and impressions and ideas.

Dreaming.

Having fun making art. Supporting art.

The steady thrum of a printing press.

Grey’s Anatomy.

iPhone ingenuity.

Vintage wines. (And whines!)

Memorable martinis.

Movie therapy.

Extravagance.

Exuberance.

President Obama!

My dear, dear wonderful family and deeply fabulous and funny friends,

(each enchanting in their own way).

Merrymaking.

Meandering.

Merengue.

Making a difference.

A lot of alliteration!

High tea. High heels.

Serendipity.

Passionate purposes.

Time and tides.

Into-me-see.

Soft landings.

Deep breathing.

Gentle lessons.

A tender touch.

And writing. Yes, definitely writing!

Those are just a few of my favorite things. (I really did start out to make a succinct list of just a handful of things, but then one happy thought leads to another, doesn’t it?) It’s hard to stop once you start to put a list like this together … so many pleasures and inspirations to ponder. I love it all. And I want it all. And writing that down helps me remember that I already have it all when I take a breath and really look and sit still long enough to simply enjoy and reflect on the swaths of sumptuous blessings that flow both through me and to me every day.

That’s what starting this blog is about for me.  I am inspired by the wisdom, wit, and whimsy that wing their way through the web and keep us all connected when we’re brave enough to open our hearts and share all the things we love about life, as well as all the things that haven’t quite made that list just yet! We can talk about those another time; right now I’m just pleased to be giving this blog a first twirl ….

The mysteries and marvels, musings and music, are tuning up. Let’s dance!


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