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The fog and the frosted grass

The fog and the frosted grass

The fog and the frosted grass (photos from 2008-10-29) The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing. /Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever you go there you are, p. 17) When I came out of bed I noticed the […]

Colors that whisper softly

Colors that whisper softly

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. /Man Ray Most of the time I’m drawn to things with several strong colors. Bright shiny colors that sparkle. What I create […]

My Diary is my Best Friend

My Diary is my Best Friend

My hand moves across the page, and I’m liking my own handwriting. It feels strange to like it now, I’ve disliked it for so long! I want to create sentences that are beautiful, like poetry. But what comes out is mundane daily ephemera. Nobody will remember what we had for dinner, but I will. I’ve […]

Hand sewing is my new knitting

Hand sewing is my new knitting

As I’m tired of knitting I’m turning to handsewing for the first time, as a craft. And I like it a lot. Stitching those tiny stitches to attach pieces of fabric to another one is as meditative and repetitive as knitting. It has proven this last week that handsewing is great on quilt meetings, waiting […]

The power of the mind

The power of the mind

While traveling by train this week (3 times!) I’ve listened to podcasts and knitted on a striped cap (thanks for sending me the pattern Elena!), thinking about the power of the mind… Listening to inspiring podcasts really is something I love to do, and when I find a new one I get all exited and […]

Advent first marks a beginning

Advent first marks a beginning

Do not dwell on the things of the past or consider events of long ago. Pay attention – I am doing something new! It’s happening right now. Don’t you see it? These words from Isaiah proclaim the central message of Advent and the Christmas season: Be attentive to the new things happening around you; don’t […]