Sunday, October 31, 2010

boxes BOXES boxes

We have internet!
and lots of furniture set up.
and a working kitchen with healthy food to eat, finally. Moving is so hard.
But soon, I will be back here to my regular journaling practice, promise!
in the meantime, in honor of the wonderful bathroom in our new house that I am enjoying, here is an older journal page:

"How should we be able to forget those ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunday, October 24, 2010

a goal for today:

"To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy; To return home at eventide with gratitude; And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips."
--Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, October 23, 2010

packing . . . .

“… whoever you are, whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe.
It’s your mission on earth.
To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation.”
– “The Alchemist“, Paulo Coelho

Friday, October 22, 2010

5 days 'til we move. . . .

The thing about packing up your house and studio to move is that you don't have your stuff to hand while you transition.
So I have no studio.
which I dearly miss.
So in the meantime, here is a mini photo essay of my time in Aix.
I was an exchange student in the south of France 28 years ago, and I had the good fortune to return last June.
I only had two short days there, but to walk around this charming town, to see the markets and public squares and water fountains and fancy shops and sidewalk cafes -- simply magnifique.
The sense of style and beauty and commitment to good food, good wine, good leisure, I love these things about France.
I am right now setting up the new house, planning furniture and paintings on the walls and colors . . . . thinking about the new studio which is LARGE and LIGHT FILLED!
I want to bring some of the inspiration of colors and rich texture to the new house, the sense that a well designed space makes for well designed living.
and maybe one day, I will have more than 2 days in Aix to really soak it in, to wander without aim, just enjoying the atmosphere of a place I lived for 5 months almost 3 decades ago, a place that always has stayed with me.

and I have to admit I am wondering if this blog can grow and change along with me -- I am entering a new phase, a new studio, new mediums are calling to me. About a month ago, as I was beginning to prepare for a journaling workshop I would be teaching, my beloved current journal fell apart. Yes, all the pages just popped right out of the binding, scattering across my desk in a very rebellious act of not being contained in their book. Then the workshop was canceled because not enough students signed up.
I am processing what this all means as I pack and redo my life.
In the new house there are extensive gardens and a greenhouse, and I feel the call of clay and herbs.
What will this mean to my journaling practice?
Well, more to come, just tune in and we will see if this blog can hold all the new adventures on the horizon . . . .
and while we wait for the future to knock at the door, here are some photos from the recent past:

"This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival; a joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and attend them all.

Even if they're a crowd of sorrows... still, treat each guest honourable. He may be clearing you out for some new delight." --Rumi

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

on to new places . . . .

Packing the house, getting ready to move to our oasis gardens and new house.
I am going to listen closely to the abundant and amazing plants there, ask them what they want from me, I will journal about all this as I can -- stay tuned!

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between." --Diane Ackerman