Friday, January 29, 2010

The Empire State Building

I saw a post on a blog once about how some boys had created the Empire State building out of sugar cubes.

I mentioned this to Snowden, our resident builder...

and she engaged Dad in the purchasing of the Styrofoam and other materials.

She created this...

Monday, January 25, 2010


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I love these cartoons. It helps to lighten up on the parenting thing.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Love is all you need

That Beatles song says it all...

But how is love defined? So many injustices are committed in the name of love. Sometimes love is weaved in ideology making those outside the realm of such ideology deemed unlovable.
Love is listening. Love is being present. Love is allowing self expression. Love is acceptance.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's winter in AZ

Cold and dark.
But nothing that warm coffee cannot fix.

This is one of my favorite trees in the neighborhood.

It has been raining so much and we even had a tornado watch. I'm just glad for the rain, for water is needed in these parts.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Collage Making

I am testing software.

Do you hear your life's song?

A recent Yoga Journal magazine featured an article about the benefits of silence.

We are surronded by noise, a product of technology.  Do you hear your inner song with all the sound pollution?

Walk a labyrinth in silence, be still and listen to the falling leaves, the steaming clothes iron, and the running water in the dish sink.

Sshhhh.....  Find yourself.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shed a little light

Light sources.  There is somthing to be said for creating soothing, calm, safe places.

We replenish our bodies and souls and get ready to face each day with resolve to make it the best it can be.
I dislile overhead harsh lighting.  Lamps provide the best lighting and bring the added bonus of design choice to incorporate in our safe places.

I love the lamp above, now shinning in my sewing space.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


What a lovely train layout it was...

This group ran it.


If I see [a] gift as mine alone to give, I might give hesitantly, even grudgingly, considering my options, then giving from a sense of ought. If I see the gift as God's who allows me to use it for a time, then the gift can flow more freely, as I join with others to be a channel for God's love and mercy.

- Roberta Porter, from her poem, "Grace in Giving"

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I saw this today...

Hospitality does not seek power over others. Cruelty does. Cruelty deliberately causes harm, especially by crushing a person's self-respect ... The opposite of cruelty is hospitality, a sharing of power.

- Richard M. Gula, from his book To Walk Together Again

Bodies matter to God. Matter matters. Until we can proclaim that wondrous truth, ecology will be a sideline in our pastoring and preaching, our theologies and liturgies ... Wetlands and rivers, wheat fields and dough rising, people dancing in the aisles and people sleeping in the streets of our cities. Matter matters to God.

- Barbara Lundblad, from her sermon "Matter Matters"

Friday, January 01, 2010