Where The Heart Calls Home

Watching the cranes lifting beams and stacks of blocks all around me

As the heat rises off of the already abundant supply of concrete

My heart and feet yearn for the soft feel of the bare, green earth

With no other sound than birdsong and the wind rattling the leaves of trees

Perhaps a musical brook dancing over smooth stones, or waves rushing the shore

Looking out the window once more with a desire to roam free, away from the crowds

Free of the sounds of construction noises, car engines, and the same old urban drone

My daydreams carry me to places with more birds and animals than people

Where streams run cool and clear through meadows of tall grasses and trees

When I close my eyes, it is so easy to feel the sun warmed earth beneath my feet

And the breeze ruffling my hair, as rays of sunlight turn everything golden

Once upon a time, the forests and the seaside were more common for me than asphalt

This will be true again as my dreams carry me to the place where my heart is at home.

 

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This Week’s Work & Play

I’ve still been hard at work on writing projects. Lately though, I’ve been taking out time to do some “just because” things too. Some have turned out nicely, others not so much. No matter what, I had a good time playing around. Local veggies are really starting to come in and I’ve been stocking the freezer with some of the early crops. Plus,  I’ve been in the mood to knit washcloths lately for some odd reason but hey why fight it. I  even made some time for a few very quick art projects and to get outside-just to make my heart happy. Below are a few pics of some of the stuff I’ve done this week.

 

 

World Environment Day

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It seems that we have a “day” for everything now. World Environment Day however, is one that I love. In looking into the history of this worldwide day of awareness and action for the environment, I discovered that it was begun in 1972 (also the year of my birth, neat coincidence) by the United Nations “to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment:”. The environment has always been an important issue to me, and has been one cause which I have placed at the top of my priority list.

Without a healthy environment, we have nothing. Our water is a mess, the air and soil are filled with toxins, our food supply is compromised, the habitat of animals has been systematically reduced and polluted to the point of mutations and extinctions…put simply, it’s time to change. We can no longer ignore what we’ve done to our environment. This planet of ours is a beautiful place, with wondrous abilities to heal itself. The problem is that we are destroying it way faster than nature can cleanse itself.

I do not want for this post to be negative, however. My wish is to foster more appreciation for our home in hopes that we can all become more aware of how serious the need is for us to begin taking much better care of the Earth and the people, plants, and creatures inhabiting it. I myself used to be much better at doing my part, and a few months ago, I made a commitment to begin doing better again by doing simple, everyday things like recycling and conserving as much energy and water as possible.

I recently participated in a march asking for action in regards to genetically modified plants, and will be keeping my eye open for other things which I can take part in. Every little bit helps, and it all matters. When I wake up every morning, I look out my window and think…what a wonderful world!

Photo Post ~ Miscellaneous and New Sketch

Below are some random photos I’ve taken over the past few months. Included are a few of the fall foliage this year, a lovely little bouquet of roses picked for me by a neighbor and friend, and my latest sketch. The sketch is my first attempt at a mountain lion. I’ll be doing more versions of this until I get what I want, but hey…they can’t all be perfect. Still, for my first try at a subject like this, I’m not disappointed.

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Exciting News

My dear friend Heather Tokas, owner of Butterflies from Heather, has truly honored me. I have to admit that when she first made her request that I was intimidated and doubted my ability to pull this off. Heather is participating in the Mother Earth News Fair again this year. Last year was her first time, and let me tell you…it’s a big deal! She has worked really hard over the years with her lovely butterflies and I was tickled for her when she was invited to take part.

Of course they loved her, and asked her back this year. Well, she asked me if I would consider doing some paintings of butterflies which she could take with her. The reason I was so intimidated was that a few weeks ago I was attempting to paint wings to incorporate into another piece of work that I had done. For the life of me, I could not figure out how to do it. So I thought…oh boy…not just wings…whole butterflies. It was like being on a game show and hearing the wah-wah-wah-wahhhhh sound when you lose. Yes, that’s how well I thought I would do.

Well, to my great surprise my first painting, a skipper, turned out really well. Below is a photo of my maiden voyage into painting butterflies. I’ll be trying to paint other types of butterflies too, so that I can give her some variety…wish me luck. Please click the links above to visit Heather and to check out the Mother Earth News Fair. Really Heather…thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

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Latest Sketch ~ Motherwort

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This is an herb which has many medicinal and emotional uses/properties. It is said to be very calming, beneficial for women and mothers (not used during pregnancy), a heart medication/diuretic, to bring peace to the home, and to prepare the mind for prophecy or similar work. There are other uses/properties as well, but I’ve only outlined a few key ones here. 
I enjoy learning about and using herbs both from a natural medicine and a pagan standpoint, and enjoy sketching some of what I come across in my learning process. Watch for more sketches of this nature in the future. 

Beauty Is…In Darkness and In Light

I was snapping these photos fairly rapidly about fifteen minutes ago to try to catch the show before it was over. The play between the darkness and the light was unmistakable. Serves as a good reminder that there is good in both. I especially enjoy the way that the light is shining it’s way down to the ground under that dark heavy cloud. What that says to me is that the shadows can be a place of illumination. What do you think?