Brave enough to live a Jeremiah 29:13 life.

flower child of the 60’s, young woman of songs and prints, communes and ecology, of poems and bell-bottoms

love beads, headbands, puzzle rings,

peace and harmony, love children if it feels good, do it

we were encouraged ‘go find yourself”

far from the post-war pendulum swing of the 50’s

conform or be banished

but where does one look for oneself as a young woman set free to be unlike anything before

looking for the soul in the bookstore

looking for the lover in the nightclub

looking for life in a living in the 70’s, the ME generation

monetarily making it while the consuming soul wastes the spirit

groping blindly for a place to settle in the 80’s

only to fall feet first into a black hole in the ground attached to HELL in the sewers of cities

‘go find yourself” so very far away from the starting points

lost and languishing until…

we were found by Light’s Originator,

found in the darkest places, blind, broken, belittled

but called by name and we heard a Voice Call our name

encouraged to Come and be brave

come close by following the voice until the dark was gone

close enough to hear and learn more

encouraged to take hold and not let go

to hold on and let go all else

to be:

Brave enough to live a Jeremiah 29:13 life..


An Incidental Teaching Opportunity

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Who says holiness, observance, spirituality, faith and values can only be taught in a church building , synagogue, temple or mosque?  If wellness, the manifestation of wholesomeness and healthy living, were only found in those venues, as a species we would be so more WORSE off ~ even more than we already are!!

As beauty may only be in the eye of the beholder, so wisdom, holiness, agape and graciousness may only be in the heart of the perceptive and receptive.  Perhaps again Tablet Magazine shuffles a soft step around traditional orthodoxy, but the message of core values and pathways to enlightenment may be missed by those to whom it was directed.

Pokémon Has Solutions for the Problems Facing America’s Jewish Community

I live with a Pokemon aficionado, dedicated fan and practitioner.  Admittedly, maybe some of his enthusiasm for the game and the long-running story-line has rubbed off on me.  But hey,  I hope more of my son’s character and example of courageous advocacy rubs off on me too 🙂

Custom-made Plasticine

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This fall term, I began making a large-scale sculpture of a woman figure. I was molding her out of water-based ceramic clay. She was very high-maintenance, always needing to be watered and kept moist. One week, I left campus and went home. When I came back, she had cracks all over her! It was absolutely horrifying,both from an artist’s standpoint (seeing my project literally falling to pieces) and that she looked like a petrified mummy. I was very frustrated and desperate for a solution.

A wonderful professor helped me move forward, suggesting I start over with plasticine. Plasticine is a non-drying, oil-based clay. It’s typically expensive (a 2lb block of Roma plastillina is about  $12So we researched plasticine recipes, experimented and came up with a custom batch of clay!

If you have the time and patience, I highly suggest the D.I.Y route. This recipe is cheap, clean and easier…

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Vulnerability: The Birthplace of Creativity, Connection, and Authenticity

What lovely content! Clarity and charity wrapped together is refreshing and not easy to find. Much appreciated. Visit some time!