Taormina

The path of stones is crowded with wild parsley, yellow sour grass, pink and magenta sweet peas, prickly pear cactus. The stones are uneven, the path built on an ancient trail dating back a thousand years. At the end, what will we find? There are many stories, but the one I like best includes a[…]

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Inviting The Muse – Beginning

Some days ideas crowd around struggling to get my attention. Other says I have set aside the time for work and there is only emptiness. Beginning – even setting a loaded brush to a fresh canvas or pen to paper with absolutely no idea in mind – is a daily practice that short-circuits the second[…]

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Day Two: The Second Habit.

The Walk The walk. In Cornwall on Hudson we walked through a quiet neighborhood of brick houses and groomed lawns breathing in the rich saturating sweetness of laundry, so present it was almost visible in the icy air. We walked up a narrow country road to a lookout from which we could see miles and[…]

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The creative warm up: 10 minutes

8:04 am In my workshops In Mexico last week I gave automatic writing assignments as warmups before painting and collage. I always think everyone will be familiar with this concept, and there was one girl who nodded her head and looked ready to jump in, the standup comedian from NYC. Otherwise, though, not so much.[…]

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Day Three. The Meditation

This month’s focus has been on building the structure of my days. Habits toward health. Habits toward peace of mind. Energy. Well being. Peace. Patience. Purpose. This morning I got up earlier than usual to bake off two loaves of sour dough bread I’d left to rise overnight. Tom, up even earlier, had already preheated[…]

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Planning The Day The Night Before

The new habit, day one. Planning my day the night before. The night before, when I am in the midst of my winding down rituals, my sleep hygiene protocol, my end of day doings. My sleep ritual begins by going to bed an hour earlier than I normally would, plugging my cell phone into a[…]

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The Art of Now at Esalen Institute

A painting and creativity workshop for non-artists May 12-17 2019 What if you could connect with a sense of peace, power, and meaning just by taking ten minutes a day for creativity? What if this became a daily habit? There are profound benefits for every person in crafting work with your hands. It is not[…]

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