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In the Stream Together

In the Stream Together

July 18, 2020

I’ve been remembering my friend who died last July, just after her 66th birthday. Our connection was an uncanny one, with twists and turns. In this blog I talk about our 2 years in high school, 40 years apart and then reconnecting 8 years before she died.read more

Brain Jam, Spilled Emotion and a Butterfly

Brain Jam, Spilled Emotion and a Butterfly

June 22, 2020

My mind is clogged with words and ideas: news reports and commentary; essays and articles about policing, racism and white privilege; related podcasts and seminars; lists of resources; urgent calls for action. When I look up from the computer to try to clear my overstuffed head, feelings of anxiety, anger and powerlessness remain. That’s when I turn to artmaking. Or to the wonder of nature.read more

Advice from the Cards

Advice from the Cards

May 20, 2020

A tarot reading for these times, as we begin the third month after the pandemic was declared.read more

A Question to Ponder on Earth Day in a Pandemic

A Question to Ponder on Earth Day in a Pandemic

April 21, 2020

This "Mrs. God Poem" by Connie Wanek holds a question to ponder on this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in a pandemic.read more

An Art Path In a Pandemic

An Art Path In a Pandemic

March 23, 2020

An experiential walk through some paintings during this pandemic.read more

Ode to a Sweatshirt

Ode to a Sweatshirt

February 21, 2020

As I reached happily for my well worn hooded sweatshirt again this morning, I wondered suddenly why I feel such affection for it, and for all those I’ve ever had, why I am always on the lookout for new ones to replace those that wear out, and why I am so excited when I find one. I’m a little sheepish to discover all the energy and meaning that I associate with my hooded sweatshirts.read more

Painting With My Dead Friend

Painting With My Dead Friend

January 23, 2020

Holly, a dear friend of mine, died last summer. She was a writer and a creative soul in many ways, including artmaking of all kinds. She unfailingly encouraged all my artistic efforts, at the same time subtly jostling me out of my comfort zones and into new creative territory. I have discovered that even after death Holly continues to inspire and challenge me well beyond what I had imagined.read more

Deep Rest

Deep Rest

December 26, 2019

Still resting in the pause of the sun, the eclipse of the new moon, listening to the stars sing in the dark… What is singing to you now? Where is stillness waiting for you?read more

Buzzing Bees

Buzzing Bees

November 25, 2019

In numerous cultures around the world bees were sacred, associated with the Divine Feminine. Archeologists have found images of bees, bee priestesses and bee goddesses dating back millennia. I wrote this poem in fun, in honor of our group, but also for all the Bee Priestesses across time and space, and for all women.read more

Respite from the Mind

Respite from the Mind

October 29, 2019

am not willing to abandon this place of embodied enchantment. Life swirls around me, and it will continue to do so, making demands, throwing at me welcome and unwelcome surprises. Yet I believe I can remain response-able to the outer world, while also holding enough space and silence within to feel that I belong to a rich, wondrous and many-layered universe. So instead of more words I share a few seasonal photos, some from my time up north. May they provide a little pause in your day, a little beauty, a little humor, perhaps, or a little magic.read more

Images of Insecurity

Images of Insecurity

September 27, 2019

Inner voices told me who I was and how I was living were inadequate... I had the sudden impulse to draw these thoughts somehow, to get them out on paper without words. I felt relief at pouring these thoughts out in images. Emotionally detached from what I was hearing. Already I felt lighter. Curious about what would evolve on the paper, it began to be fun.read more

Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

August 30, 2019

The surprise on this trip were mushrooms—mushrooms everywhere. Though we visited places we had been before, we saw mushrooms this time that we had never seen. And once we began to see mushrooms, we saw them all over. Amazed at the variety and beauty thriving in just a small area, we took lots of photos. I share some of them with you, knowing that the photos cannot fully show their artistry, or convey our excitement at finding mushrooms tucked under evergreens, hiding amidst grasses, or poking out of rotten stumps or lichen-covered stone. We felt like kids on a treasure hunt.read more

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

July 31, 2019

I love birthdays. Not just my own, but everybody’s--the idea of birthdays. Maybe because I came from a high-achieving family, I relish the idea that everyone has a day once a year to be celebrated, for no achievement, for no reason other than being alive. When else do we do this—at least for people outside our close family and friends--aside from birthdays?read more

A Poem for the Fourth of July Weekend

A Poem for the Fourth of July Weekend

July 5, 2019

A poem, "In the Fourth of July Parade," by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for this Fourth of July weekend.read more

Lesson from a Horse: Part II

Lesson from a Horse: Part II

June 3, 2019

In last June’s blog I wrote about one powerful experience at this workshop learning about love with a dear horse named Shooter. In this blog I’d like share another part of the adventure of that day.read more

Summons

Summons

May 4, 2019

My day had changed. The invigorating warmth and cheer in my heart and belly remained. I sent another “thank you” to the Universe for so sweetly breaking my trance of thinking, rushing and planning. Plunging me back into true life. So many things can do it, especially at this luscious time of spring, but that day it was the determined, gleeful babbling of a child (I can see and hear that baby still.)read more

Recognition

Recognition

April 4, 2019

It’s a truism that we all affect each other. I am reminded how surprising and nourishing a chance meeting with a stranger can be as I recall fondly an incident that happened several years ago. The writer Christina Baldwin calls it the “invisible internet,” the way we sometimes profoundly influence each other by what we do, or say, or by our presence, in ways we may never know.read more

A Search for Home

A Search for Home

March 5, 2019

I’ve been thinking about home.  And the longing for home. For a long time I have wanted to move, probably out of Minnesota, but when I think about where to go, I get muddled. Because I think there might be several kinds of home, and mine pull me in different directions. Yet they intrigue me.read more

Fragile

Fragile

February 5, 2019

I’ve been feeling small the last few days. Fragile. Young. Sensitive. I want to be held, snuggled, tended. And I’m tired. And weepy. I’m fighting off a skin infection and I’ve had a busy couple months—that must be it. Why must I always search for a reasonable explanation for feeling under par? I’m disappointed to see how hard it still is for me to truly rest. Without anxiety or guilt.read more

Looking and Not Talking

Looking and Not Talking

January 7, 2019

I’m hanging in a wordless space, even as I write these words. Looking and not talking. Yes, I’ve been in this space and do not want to leave it. So this month I offer a few pictures for you to look at and ponder if you choose, with some white space around them…read more

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