The Sustenance of the Psyche

Mystics Hear Voices

Mystics hear voices. the question "Do you hear voices?" is used to sort the sane from the insane. And yet, as artists, we do hear voices and most insistently when we seek the guidance for our art. We are led. We are prompted. We are urged. We are called.~ Julia Cameron, from The Complete Artist's Way, the 2nd Book, Walking in This World...more

How I Became Content Creator for my Kids on the Information Super Highway

 The thing is, the world of the internet is exciting and terrific and mind-blowing and brilliant. It can also be terrifying. My kids got hand-me-down phones that were so worthless, and non-functional that my husband and I had bought new ones for ourselves. Somehow, as soon as they were in our kids' possession, they worked perfectly, and the kids had ipods....more

Big, Giant Love and the Theatrics and Science to Make it Happen

Yesterday, after completing Tax Season, and being home again, I was able to finally put into place our new Eat Art feature. Ben and I figured it out on one of our recent walks. We decided on the following schedule for feeding ourselves a rich diet of Art.Monday - MuralsTuesday - The UniverseWednesday - Wonders of the WorldThursday - Theater and DanceFriday - Figures / Sculpture...more

The Soundtrack of our Lives

Curvy Roads and Short-Cuts

Just the other day the thought hit me that I would rather take a curvy road any day over a straight shot. On a long, straight road, there is no mystery, no surprises. It can become monotonous. A curvy road keeps you on your toes. You have to be alert to the swiftly changing road conditions. There is a spike in adrenaline around every deep curve, because you can't actually see what's on the other side, or what is coming at you....more

A Really Long Downhill Toward Freedom

Ben gave me a 20-week Fitness Challenge which will take us right through summer and hopefully become so habit forming that we never stop doing a little something every day that is good for us. Together, we have walked and ridden bikes and even tried a little running. We are building up our hearts and lungs with longer walks to get ready for even more running. We live in the country and have endless paths to walk or ride in every direction with lovely views all around. ...more

Soul Candy

As artists living with the drone of commerce, we have forgotten that "rest" is a musical term, and that to hear the music of our lives as something other than a propulsive drumbeat, driving us forward as the war drums drove men into bloody battle, we may need to rest. The ego hates to rest. The ego doesn't want to let God, or sleep, mend up the raveled sleeve of care....more

Ancient Alchemy in Matters of the Heart

There may actually be too many things percolating in my head this morning, for any of them to come together into a cohesive thought, but I'm going to try....more

Designing Castles without Plans

Ben and I were reading about Castles in the Middle Ages yesterday, and we decided to try to find a YouTube video of some of the greatest castles in the world. Sadly, we didn't find what we were looking for. We found some with music, and some that were about haunted castles, we watched part of one about The Castle of Fear, but the video quality was so bad, we started getting headaches....more
I loved David Macauley's Castle (book) when I was young. Apparently there is a PBS movie about ...more