Back to the Creek and to the Easel (for now)

Back to the Creek and to the Easel (for now)

After what felt like a long cold winter Friday and Saturday’s warm sunshine felt like such a gift. I took Dini and Maggie back to one of our favorite places for walking, swimming, and inspiration. I also have returned to the easel in preparation for a couple of exciting events; the Art of Caring last […]

Brilliant Resilience in My Drawers

Brilliant Resilience in My Drawers

Today’s post from What’s in My Drawers is a post election response to the state of affairs we are facing as a nation, and in the world at large. Koi fish have a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by their ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. In the winter, when the temperature drops, […]

Playing Koi

Playing Koi

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it. Jonathan Winters Often there seems to be a push/ pull in my psyche; Go for it vs. Allow life to happen. After my first cancer diagnosis in 2002, a good friend said that this was an opportunity to take time from my high energy ambitious […]

Leap,and the Net

Leap,and the Net

“Leap, and the net will appear.”    John Burroughs (author, 1837-1921) I don’t recall where or when I first heard this quote by the american author John Burroughs, but there was something in that declaration of faith that resonated with me. It’s one of my favorites. Perhaps on some level, that is what led me to the imagery […]

Laying Low: Life Lesson from the Koi Pond

Laying Low: Life Lesson from the Koi Pond

Nothing like a blizzard with howling winds, dumping 2-3′ of snow to remind us what many mammals and some fish know. Winter is a time to hibernate, or at least, lay low, like the fish in our backyard koi pond. While fish don’t truly hibernate, they do go into a “state of torpor.” As the temperatures fall, they drop to the bottom of the pond where the […]

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