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10/6/18 Prayer/Intention/Affirmation

Posted on October 6, 2018 with 0 comments
I pray often during my days. When I hear about people in need, for my friends and family, for Charleston, and for even bigger images I have of my extended family to include all on the Earth. This morning my prayers are specifically for The United States. “We the people” are at a crossroad, As many have said, there is a deep divide among us. That seems so true. Solutions are not forthcoming, and that creates more divisive actions, and so much fear and animosity. 
I was reminded today to put the prayers out there, imagine the desired outcome, feel the joy of that happening and the deep trust that it will occur in perfect accordance for the good of all. I have seen this way of prayer manifest miraculous things in my own life. I’m thinking, why not expect it on a grand scale too. So, I pray today for America, for all Americans to be able to weather these times of upheaval and necessary changes that are before us with the faith and trust needed to believe [...]
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Summer 2018

Posted on August 16, 2018 with 0 comments
It has been a lovely summer so far.  It started with a surprise gift of time at Springbank Retreat Center.  Sisters Trina and Theresa were able to get some time off from their many duties running this wonderful place.  So, friends of Springbank have been taking turns keeping things going this summer.  
I got to be there for 2 whole weeks.  There was only one other person there at that time, so it was extraordinarily quiet and peaceful.  Yes, it was hot, and at times a bit buggy, but the beauty of nature and the serenity of the days were such a treat.  I didn't watch any tv during this time.  I read a great deal.  I meditated morning and nightly too.  I journaled and walked the labyrinth.  So much came up to be examined, clarified, observed, etc. That can be unsettling at first, but there are always lessons to be learned and new levels of understanding to be had.
I left full of gratitude for my time in nature.  I look forward to [...]
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Spring Happenings 2018

Posted on April 14, 2018 with 0 comments
2018 began quietly. In January and February I was hoping to do a lot of reflective exercises,  journal and paint.  Then, we got dumped on with snow. That was anything but restful.  The heat went off, the roads were impassable, and it took a little while to get back in the swing of regular life. It was cold, gray and dreary. I was anything but creative.
Then March came.  Taxes were processed and sent in quickly--always a relief for me.  That practical side of me is not my favorite place to operate from.
Then, I headed to Springbank Retreat Center in Kingstree, SC. to teach flute.  I really enjoyed that!  Springbank for me is a haven of natural beauty, and just teeming with Spirit.  I enjoy my time with the Sisters very much. It always awakens my creativity. 
My sister Betsy came for a fun visit. A few days later my friend Joan from New Jersey was here exploring Charleston. I loved having time with them both.
April brought the Southern Sampler [...]
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Summer into Fall

Posted on September 25, 2017 with 0 comments
I began a 90 day journey on June 21, 2017.  My instincts directed me to lay low this summer, to journal, organize, let go of some possessions, to engage my body in a dialogue ( that one is hard to explain)-- basically to listen to my physical cues that came along, to complete a story that has been rolling around in my mind since the mid 90's, to do some art work and to play my music.  
Well, I accomplished some of those goals, and found the summer to be a challenge at times, a great reward at other times.  I feel I know myself better for having followed my inner guide.  I think I relinquished some old patterns of behavior that were very ready to be replaced. I feel more comfortable in my body, my life, and especially in my house.
You see 3/4's of the way through my quiet, reflective time a very sassy, very large hurricane changed my plans for the summer.  I ended up evacuating to Durham, NC to escape the wind and water that was coming with full force to Charleston. [...]
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Spring Happenings

Posted on May 18, 2017 with 0 comments
It is mid May already.  Wow! Time is flying by.  
April was a fun time with my sister's Mary and Betsy, and many cousins together in Myrtle Beach.  We have all been sending in our DNA samples to Ancestry.com and that has led us to really go back in time to discover many new facts about our parents, grandparents and great, greats!!!
It all makes me aware of how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family here, and having had all the enormous love from those who have made their transition.  I feel the same way about appreciating my deep current friendships and honor those from the past, or those of friends passed on.  All of this has made me feel so grateful, in the deepest way, for my family and friends.  That appreciation has brought me much deep joy and peace.
I got to spend an evening opening Sacred Space for the Southern Sampler Artist Colony.  We gathered in a beautiful beach house in Folly Beach as a wild thunder and lightening storm provided the back [...]
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