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Minnesota November

Minnesota November

November 18, 2017

Halloween/Samhain/All Soul’s Day ushered in the dark time, a reminder of death and ancestors, of mystery and shadow. In November, as bony trees appear, cold deepens and days become shorter and cloudier I sink into that bleakness, become more subdued, sleep more, dream more vividly, move more slowly. I make things in my home warmer and softer. I gather blankets and also thoughts, pondering the past, considering the future. And sometimes I just sit and stare at the brown landscape, or let my thoughts wander as I doodle. At least, I do these things when I can. My body and soul, embedded in the natural world, want me to do these things at this time.read more

Allowing Ambiguity

Allowing Ambiguity

October 18, 2017

When doodling to relax the other night, I stumbled into drawing an image that I noticed makes sense the way I drew it and also upside down. Then I discovered more images in it when I turned the paper other ways. I am enjoying this drawing but it also makes me slightly uneasy. Since I don’t see it as purely abstract, how can it be three or four things at once? Which way is up? What is it really?read more

Beyond the Sights

Beyond the Sights

September 20, 2017

I just got back from 2 ½ weeks traveling around Alaska with Tom. Although what I saw was gorgeous, it was when I was startled awake by other sensations that I was most awed. Perhaps because I am usually so visually oriented, it seems that if I get beyond my eyes, especially to my sense of smell, touch or sound, then I can find my heart.read more

Let's Take a Break

Let's Take a Break

July 22, 2017

Because of major travel and other obligations this summer and early fall, I will be taking a break from Whisperings and my newsletter through September. See you in October!read more

Buoyed by the Unexpected

Buoyed by the Unexpected

June 22, 2017

I’ve been marveling at a small miracle this week. I bought a Gerbera daisy, but somehow between the store and home I bent the stem of one of the blooms, bent it at a ninety-degree angle. I apologized profusely to the plant, and I assumed the flower on that stem would die within twenty-four hours. To my astonishment and wonder the blossom remains as lovely as ever a week later, with no signs of fading. I suppose it sounds trite, but the stem has given me hope, buoyed my spirits, when I’ve badly needed it this week.read more

Ants in the Sun

Ants in the Sun

May 27, 2017

Don’t you love how when you’re really tired, that’s when you slam your hand in the car door, or trip and bruise your knees (or break a bone), or forget to make that important phone call, or burst into tears when your coffee cup dances off the table and smashes on the floor—Or when you roll over onto your glasses (glasses which you virtually NEVER take off), distorting and cracking the frame beyond repair. As I did last night. Every year the days of spring and early summer take me by surprise.read more

On Being Silly

On Being Silly

April 27, 2017

A friend was telling me the other day how delighted she was to have discovered someone new who she could be silly with. I was a bit wistful, realizing I hadn’t been silly in awhile and I miss it. We talked about how fun, and how rare, it is to find a true companion in silliness—not only someone willing to be silly, but whose “brand” of silliness meshes with your own (there are so many different ways to be silly!). Kids are often joyously silly together, but adults less so. Were you discouraged from being silly as a kid?read more

Soul Song

Soul Song

March 27, 2017

Do you have a soul song? According to singer/teacher Chloe Goodchild in her book The Naked Voice, the Himba people in Namibia believe that every person’s soul resonates with its own unique expression, its own song. A child’s birthdate is the day the child’s mother decides to have a child, the day she goes off alone to sit under a tree to listen until she hears the soul song of the child that wants to be born. In our culture, where we don’t invariably learn our soul song, I wonder if the sounds that deeply move us might be clues.read more

Being Watched

Being Watched

February 26, 2017

There’s somebody new at our house and she keeps staring at me. I recently fell for a fluffy creature with a big personality that I saw in a catalog. I loved that she was so unusual that I wasn’t sure what she was. I loved that her pink and gray feathers gave her a look both elegant and disheveled. I loved that she seemed insistent on being totally her odd self. She didn’t seem like a child’s toy. And she made me laugh so I decided to buy her. Now that she’s here, though, she makes me uneasy.read more

What Now?

What Now?

January 26, 2017

How can we best navigate this difficult time in our country and the world? Yesterday, with that question in mind, I grabbed an old magazine, took a deep breath, and spoke this question aloud. Then I opened the magazine at random and ripped out the page under my hand. Quickly scanning the page I circled words and phrases that jumped out at me. Those words and phrases, arranged into a rough poem, answered the question this way. Amidst the miasma, shall we resolve to shine ever more brightly?read more

Smiling into the New Year?

Smiling into the New Year?

December 27, 2016

Feeling calm, content, hopeful, thankful and ready to celebrate the New Year? Me neither. Well, I am full of gratitude for family, friends, the fascinating earth we live on, and many, many blessings. But I’ve also been tired, emotional, physically under par, and a bit spacey. I thought I’d share a few old cartoons with you this month. May they make you smile and lighten any loads you carry.read more

A Bolt from the Beyond

A Bolt from the Beyond

November 29, 2016

The image of fiery destruction did not faze this group of six sitting around my dining room table. For several years my husband and I have had four dear friends over for a turkey dinner potluck the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. Usually I ask a question of the group as we are finishing up our feast, after we’ve had time to chat with each other and discuss world events. I like to pose a question that will elicit stories, questions such as “tell us what you harvested this year,” or “tell us a story of a time when---.” This year I decided to let the Universe pose the question.read more

Putting It On

Putting It On

October 29, 2016

Even as a kid, the juiciest thing about Halloween for me was the costume. I’ve always loved costumes. Over the years I’ve donned them for skits and performances at church and school, for Halloween, and just for play. Every few years I ponder throwing a midwinter costume party. I love how costumes transform and surprise.read more

Fish Out of Water

Fish Out of Water

September 30, 2016

Several days ago, on a cool rainy afternoon up on the north shore of Lake Superior I sat at a cabin table, enjoying the music of the surf and doodling idly. At one point I looked at my drawing in surprise. When my drawing or painting looks like a person or animal, I assume it represents some hidden part of myself. It looked to me like an angry fish, probably a bottom feeder. I had intended to fill the entire page with doodles, but as soon as I saw this creature I gave up that idea. I was almost afraid to mess with him because he seemed so cranky.read more

Deer Delight

Deer Delight

August 30, 2016

For some time now I’ve been working on living more playfully (the irony of this is not lost on me). A frolicking fawn and her mother reminded me recently how it’s done. The deer’s exuberance was contagious. We felt the kind of elation—love and laughter entwined with the freshest of breezes--one feels when listening to a baby laugh.read more

Fabric, Evolution and Raspberries

Fabric, Evolution and Raspberries

July 31, 2016

I relish poets that turn things upside down and sideways, make me laugh, and reveal truth all at the same time. I’ve been eager to share this prose poem here ever since it first delighted me. I love the droll images it evokes and the way it lures us into the sensuous. And how can I resist a poem in which God wears an aqua tutu and raspberries are the hero? I love raspberries, my Manna from Heaven.read more

Dirt on the Fourth of July

Dirt on the Fourth of July

July 2, 2016

I recently had an odd dream. In the dream I enter a woman’s public rest room. There I find a woman bent over her baby at a changing table. With calm determination she is trying to clean up piles and smears of pudding-like poop. The baby seems contented, and there is poop everywhere. Without a second thought I pitch in to help since she obviously could use more hands to get this done. With a nod and a brief smile, we work seamlessly together. When our mission is accomplished I go on my way, pleased to be of help and happy to be deflected from my previous plans (whatever they were). Can you believe I dreamt this twice within three nights?read more

Spring in the Maelstrom

Spring in the Maelstrom

May 5, 2016

How’s your month being going? If it’s been calm, peaceful and predictable, I think you are quite unusual. In the last two weeks, I have experienced two birthdays, one retirement, a week’s visit with a friend out of town, a neighbor’s adult child’s untimely death, a dear friend injured in a car accident, my eldest child’s graduation from medical school, my youngest child home for the graduation rear-ended in a car accident, probably totaling the car (he's ok), and a week enduring a miserable cold, including a visit to urgent care.read more

Freedom

Freedom

April 7, 2016

I stumbled across a poem today while doing quite unrelated things. The title made me curious so I read it. Instantly my belly became fluttery, and at the same time I felt profoundly sad. I read it again. Here is the poem. It is by Naomi Shahib Nye and is called How to Paint a Donkey. Before I thought too much about it I went to my studio. A painting seemed the only way today to honor the truth in this poem.read more

An Experiment in Found Poetry

An Experiment in Found Poetry

March 9, 2016

I decided to try something different this month in honor of the new moon and this time between eclipses. I like the idea of found poetry: taking random words or phrases from various sources (newspapers, magazines, advertisements, signs, books) and reassembling them to see if something meaningful emerges. A collage of words. Similar to the magnetic poetry craze years ago, except word choices are wider because they can come from anywhere. And it feels especially appropriate right now to break things up and put them back together in new ways.read more

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