What's Your Canvas? The World Needs Your Art.

Everyone born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. Maya Angelou I don't think of myself as a painter. But when my one word for the year found me, the first impression that came was the most literal. My word this year is canvas. I instantly thought of a painter’s canvas - that smooth, toothy white expanse where one (not me) could add color and texture with a paintbrush. While I wondered if it was too obvious, I still signed up for a painting class at a local studio. Don’t miss what’s right under your feet Continue Reading

First Footprints in the Snow (a fresh way to start your day)

Lucy woke out of the deepest sleep you can imagine with the feeling that the voice she liked best in the world had been calling her name. C.S Lewis The snowflakes started falling lightly at around 6 pm and fell all through the night. I woke up early to a full foot of snow, a white downy duvet thrown across the Beaver State. Snowfall in Portland is usually slight and short-lived, but this Christmas blanket had settled in for a long winter's nap. The world out our window was all dressed in marshmallowy white. I stepped into the backyard Continue Reading

My One Word for 2017 (and a bit about how it arrives)

Can one word really represent a whole year? Maybe as an alternative to New Year's resolutions that start fierce and fade fast, many have begun the year with a single word, phrase or theme to explore in the coming year. Of course, a good word will encompass your goals and give you a wider view for change and growth in your life. I don't know how other people do it, but here's how it happens for me. Usually late in December, I start intentionally paying attention to an undercurrent in my life with eyes and ears to the coming year. Continue Reading