Monday, July 24, 2017

How do you not go mad?

The woman stood in front of the tree before she went mad.

She wrote a book and then she went mad.

How do you go mad?

How do you not go mad?

from The principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman

Saturday, July 15, 2017


In Plato's Symposium, Aristophanes spoke about how human beings were originally round, perfect spheres - and were exceedingly happy.  And ambitious.  They thought they could roll up to Olympus!
So Zeus chopped each of them in two.

The result is that everyone must go through life in search of the other person to round him or her out.

learned by reading Anne Carson's book Eros the Bittersweet

Monday, June 19, 2017


my wounded softened heart

a feeling of tenderness tinged with some sadness

in the process of finding this, the journey goes down, not up.

moving toward the suffering and doubt...sliding into it...tip toe-ing into it.

exploring the reality of insecurity and pain....trying not to push it away.

moving down and down and down.

with me are millions of others, awakening from fear.

At the bottom is water.

Healing water of bodhichitta,...the love that will not die.

still reading Pema Chodron and am still healing

Saturday, June 17, 2017


The decision came to me to put these pieces together - make a second show.
Drop 'close ur eyes' from my David Kaye work - and put it with the canvas Ralli piece and the pinwheel madder square in square luminous path piece.  Also my Amish mirror diamond in square, and the red damsak with burnt holes.

I have so many pieces that are nearly done -

These ones make emotional sense to me as a group.

Maitri means loving kindness (pema)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How To Defeat Fear

Fear says:

"My weapons are that I talk fast and get very close to your face.  This unnerves you and so you do whatever I say.  If you don't do what I tell you, I have no power."

Listen to fear.  Have respect for fear.
Even be convinced by fear.

But don't do what fear says to do.  Fear has no power.

(Pema Chodron)

Monday, June 12, 2017

take off your shoes

Wow and yikes
It's so hard to bear when the people you love die
but remember, that person will live fully in your heart

Also, that person will make you laugh out loud sometime
grief and friends
tears will bathe you

The first thing that God said to Moses "take off your shoes"

Death is as sacred as birth

anne Lamott - her ted talk  (my notes)

Sunday, June 11, 2017


wool textiles carry fertility

they hold metaphor and story telling

wool is a metaphor of spiritual force

symbolic of the benevolence of nature

wool happens because God gives rain

wool is the end result

wool is a life force

wool is an amulet

when wool is in a restless pattern, it confounds and confuses the bad spirits