Wow!  The last few months have been so busy...
Sierra Art Trails in Oct.

Then I had a little Money Doll workshop in November, hosted by the lovely and talented digital artist joyce Whycoff 

We gathered at her mountain home.
She made us homemade veggie sweet is that?

Everyone was busy every minute and I'm pretty sure they had a lot of fun.
I made new friends...
Everyone seemed really happy with what they created.
When we finished it was late and I wanted to get off and home before it was too dark.
 Winding mountain roads and I took no photos....
but joyce did...

 joyce's colorful little Money Doll

This little duo below went to the KPFA Art and Crafts Show in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago and speaks to how much easier a dream or desire comes into being when sharing it with another who wants the same thing.
They found a home.

This show is the biggest I do all year...

My half of the booth that I shared with joyce...
We really did well together..
the travel..
the evenings..
the set-up and break-down..
our time in the booth..
Shows can be a bit of a challenge...emotionally and physically.
It's really cool to have had it go so smoothly and create good memories.

Joyce's half..

My belief about shows is that if you go just for money you will miss a lot.
Of course money needs to exchange hands.
there are booth fees..
travel to and from..
hotel room..
materials for new creations..
and always new items to use for display, etc.

So yes, we working artists need to sell our creations...find them we can keep doing what we are called to do.
But in there too is the opportunity to share why we do what we love....
and that is an amazing high.
Talking to the people who FEEL what my Muse and I offer.

It's hard for me to explain but something happens...magic..
joyce shared this on her blog...

As Saturday began, I started to see the effect of her art on others.  Time after time, women stopped by to tell her which of her spirit figures they had and how important they were in their lives.  I saw women spontaneously begin to weep when they entered our booth, touched by julie and her spirit and the figures that embody that spirit.  It was a great reminder to me of what art can be..more than a decorative object...
a talisman of connection between people and the universal spirit that connect us all..

I am honored by her words...and by the women who open to my figures...
 and who share their stories with me.  
What a blessing.


Custom shoes
amazing craftsmanship


Stunning jewelry
Friendly neighbor all the way from Idaho

Friend and inspiration
the lovely Maggi Belle who comes and plays for both days every year.
We....Maggi, joyce, my daughter jillian, our friends Brian and Shane all headed for Market Street Saturday night when the show closed to share a meal at a tiny vegan restaurant.  Best burger ever!  
and what a joy to break bread with people I enjoy so much!!

These were show stoppers....just wonderful!

Food and coffee are upstairs...
on my way down with a cup of caffeine on Sunday the massage lady said..."deep discount for artists"
sounded good....
but no time and didn't want to miss anyone who might stop by to say hi.

She is called, 'It all leads back to you...'

....and now what?

2011 has been a year of reflection...
...and a year of many changes.

So, now what?

I like to start a new year with direction. 
 A vision.
....and right now I don't have that focus....not  for my personal life or my art...
So many things are you wise readers know...
nothing stands alone

 I am a believer that thoughts become things, that the more I focus, and the more steps taken in the direction I want to go, the more likely I will  experience what it is I call.
Yes, I know that sounds like a no brainer and it is..
 and that's why the need for a clear vision...
gotta get my 2 cents in...
need to let the Universe know my desires....
not just drift. 
 Drifting causes me anxiety.
And I have been experiencing that.  
Maybe everyone is..
The state of the world could definitely cause a bit of anxiety. 
 It's scary here on the little Blue Planet.
I read somewhere that WWW3 has already begun...and it's Man vs Mother Earth.
It's a war we can't win...
She will go on without us.

I know change is coming...and I know it can blow in from many directions....and a wise woman would be getting a little more centered and start moving in the direction of her dreams.
The direction that feels supported and as though the wind will blow against my back.

Wishing you all a new year with the wind against your back, 
blowing you in the direction of your dreams.


Happy New Year

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If it's not yet obvious to you, the real reason for this, and all seasons, is you.  
A more perfect child of the Universe has never lived.
Until now, only celebrations cloaked in myth and mystery
could hint at your divine heritage and sacred destiny.  
You are life's prayer of becoming and its answer.
The first light at the dawn of eternity, drawn from the ether,
so that I might know my own depth, discover new heights,
and revel in seas of blessed emotion.

A pioneer into illusion, and adventurer into the unknown,
and a lifter of veils.
Courageous, heroic, and exalted bye legions in the unseen.

To give beyond reason, to care beyond hope,
to love without limit;
to reach, 
and dream
in spite of you fears.
These are the hallmarks of divinity - traits of the immortal - you badges of honor.
May you wear them with a pride as great as the immeasurable pride 
we feel for you.

Your light has illuminated darkened paths,
your gaze has lifted broken spirits,and already your life has changed the course of history.
This is the time of year we celebrate you.

Bowing before greatness,
The Universe

Thoughts become things...choose to good ones!


From my Sister Friend Megan at Praying Horse...
it is so beautiful...I cried
I hope you can find time to read the whole article...
Thank you Megan!!

The great open secret of gratitude is that it is not dependent on external circumstance. It’s like a setting or channel that we can switch to at any moment, no matter what’s going on around us. It helps us connect to our basic right to be here, like the breath does. It’s a stance of the soul. In systems theory, each part contains the whole. Gratitude is the kernel that can flower into everything we need to know.

Thankfulness loosens the grip of the industrial growth society by contradicting its predominant message: that we are insufficient and inadequate. The forces of late capitalism continually tell us that we need more—more stuff, more money, more approval, more comfort, more entertainment. The dissatisfaction it breeds is profound. It infects people with a compulsion to acquire that delivers them into the cruel, humiliating bondage of debt. So gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us. Elders of indigenous cultures have retained this knowledge, and we can learn from their practices.

They were eager for me to see the recently built school where young Onondagans, who choose not to go off the Nation to U.S.-run schools, can receive an education. A teacher named Frieda, who was serving for a while as a clan mother, had waited after hours to show me around. The central atrium she led me into was hung about with shields of a dozen clans—turtle clan, bear clan, frog—and on the floor illumined by the sky light was a large green turtle, beautifully wrought of inlaid wood. “Here is where we gather the students for our daily morning assembly,” Frieda explained. “We begin, of course, with the thanksgiving. Not the real, traditional form of it, because that takes days. We do it very short, just twenty minutes or so.” Turning to gaze at her face, I sank down on a bench. She heard my silent request and sat down too. Raising her right hand in a circling gesture that spiraled downward as the fingers closed, she began. “Let us gather our minds as one mind and give thanks to grandfather Sun, who rises each day to bring light so we can see each others’ faces and warmth for the seeds to grow.” On and on she continued, greeting and thanking the life-giving presences that bless and nourish us all. With each one—moon, waters, trees—that lovely gesture was repeated. “We gather our minds as one mind.”

My eyes stayed riveted on her. What I was receiving through her words and gesture felt like an intravenous injection, right into my bloodstream. This, I knew, can teach us how to survive, when all possessions and comforts have been lost. When our honored place in the world is taken from us, this practice can hold us together in dignity and clear mind.

What Frieda gave me is a staple of Haudenosaunee culture. The Mohawks have written down similar words, in an equally short form, so the rest of us can have it too. Known as the Mohawk Thanksgiving Prayer, it begins:

....this and that

This is my favorite news guy....
he is brilliant at explaining world affairs and knows our Constitution backwards and forwards.  And he is entertaining. 

You can find his show on LinkTV & Free Speech TV and you can stream him online...I promise you will be more aware.

and I ponder this...

Fox News viewers
are less informed 
than people who don't watch any news at all...

I had the pleasure of leading a Money Doll workshop a few weeks ago.  It was hosted by my friend and fellow artist joyce Whycoff
There were six attendees and they sat at her dinning table as I led them through the process...
What fun we had.
These Money Dolls have a five dollar bill and 20 cents as part of their construction. 
 Seed money...
The one above is joyce's...sitting on her little altar.

This little golden one is on of mine....
We honored Lakshmi the Hindu Goddess of abundance
There is a little ritual that goes along with the dolls
Lighting candles, ringing bells and chanting the mantra below for ten minutes a day for 40 days....with you need in mind.  
“Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha”.
Actually when I find that I drop my resistance and truly open for abundance the process works much quicker.

the movie
Watch will make you smile..

In the late 60's I was a peace activist...
I still am, but then I was really active.
I watched this documentary the other day about the Weather Underground...a group of radicals who split from the Students for a Democratic Society.  They advocated that the only way to get a violent government to pay attention, change, end the war, was through violence.   To be clear, I don't advocate violence...but I do understand why it is almost impossible to have a peaceful revolution.  
And I do understand the frustrations of people living under governments that are corrupt and violent and don't serve the people.  That indeed seem to be intent on destroying any sort of quality of life for the people who live under them.
This is an interesting documentary.  
Not so much has changed in all the years since the Vietnam War or the civil rights movement, of which I was also a part of by registering voters in Texas. 
 A very scary time...scarier now I think.
 We have more war now, and elections are being made more and more difficult for voters to actually vote.
You might enjoy the doc...

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable...
John F. Kennedy


....thank you!

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
Alan Cohen

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
-- Cicero

Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. 
 Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. 
 Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is.  
Appreciating small victories.
Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human.  
Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. 
 And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know.  At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing
 is reason enough to celebrate.
Meredith Grey

If you can't be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.

-- Author Unknown

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
-- Albert Schweitzer

May my feet rest firmly on the ground
May my head touch the sky
May I see clearly
May I have the capacity of listen
May I be free to touch
May my words be true
May my heart and mind be open
May my hands be empty to fill the need 
May my arms be open to others
May my gifts be revealed to me
So that I may return that which has been given
Completing the great circle.
The Terma Collective

Wishing you a wonderful day of thanks...

......come and see us

Please, please come and see me...
This is one great show.  Great food, music, and phenomenal art.  
We can debate the difference between art and craft, 
but the work at this show is both.....
just wonderful. 
 I am honored to be part of it.


The show is for a good cause.  
A fund raiser for 
Free Speech Radio
94.1 fm

They take no corporate advertising money.  And in this economy they are struggling to keep meaningful programs on the air.


I 'm going to be sharing a booth with extraordinary digital artist  joyce Whycoff.

 The two of us in San Francisco for 3 days.  
We will be at the show two of those day but we will be free in the evenings to explore that beautiful city and have some amazing food.  

I do hope you'll'll like it...
and if you know you are going to be in the area and want to attend,
 I have 2 tickets to give away...
contact me.


....the tide is turning

Borrowed from Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

.....11/11/11 dream for warriors everywhere

...seems so obvious

"When you become wise,
your life is controlled by your 
not your head.''

Don Miguel Ruiz

....kpfa crafts show

This is the show I am getting ready for now...
I was fortunate to jury in again this year...loved it last year.  
Met many really nice people 
and sent a few of my Spirit Figures out into the world...
This year I will be sharing booth space with joyce Wycoff...amazing digital artist.

I hope you'll put the date on your calendar and come to the show. 
It is such eye many wonderful artists and craftspeople...
the clothes, oh my.  Great place to holiday shop for unforgettable gifts. 
ps...I'd love to see you...met you...
and it's for a good cause...the show benefits Free Speech Radio


Image: Demonstrators converge on the Port of Oakland, Calif., during a general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement

Well, here I am....I want to blog...I do...but I want to blog political stuff a lot and this is not a political it?'s about an artist, me...but then I am also a citizen.  I vote and pay taxes..I am one of the 99%...and it is impossible for me to ignore what is going on in the world...I think we, are dancing on the Titanic..and I am deeply concerned.  

I spent some time in Berkeley recently...
I was there during the first week of Occupy Oakland.  

 On Wednesday evening, of that first week, I took BART into downtown Oakland with my daughter and our friend Shane.  We planned  to visit with a young friend who was camped out in front of City Hall, and to see what was going on...get a feel of the energy.  And there was a strong and steady hummmm of was dinner time and many were lined up to eat, there were groups making signs, people were bundling trash...there were makeshift clothes had rained hard for two days...There was an info booth. a first aid center, a kitchen, and porta-potties had just been delivered..
a donation from a local hip hop artists.  

This was an assembly night, the first assembly.
People where talking about what Occupy Oakland was about.......the air was filled with excitement....
 kind of a cross between a refuge camp and a company picnic....
There was a feeling of hope...
hope that change could be brought about through civil disobedience...

We made our way to the amphitheater....
my interest shifted to who was there...
Who were the people who were camping, and who were the people filling the park to see what Occupy had to say?

 Yes, there were people there who looked like life had beaten them pretty hard.
A few were homeless no doubt
Drug Addicts maybe
People with medical conditions and maybe even mental problems...
and why shouldn't they be part of Occupy?  
They are the ones the cruel side of the system has failed most miserably....
There were families too.....

Most of the people looked like you and me.
The signs told me they were teachers, nurses, veterans, community activists.
lot's of young people who aren't liking the looks of the world they are being handed....
they were people who care about what is going on in government and wanting their voices heard by a government that has become deaf to us...the People.

Some of the people were very articulate about what needs to be done to turn things around...and others not so much.
But they all seem to realize that we are hanging on by a thread...
the American Dream has nothing to do with reality.  

Oakland 2011

A really good article about the Occupy movement.....

....prayer xo

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Hi dear friends...I apologize for my absence without any explanations to you.  One morning I woke up and all I wanted to post about was the state of the world...sad, scary stuff.
One morning I woke up and lot's of things were happening in my personal and art world, including the sudden deaths of two people I cared about deeply.
So I took a I didn't even think about...just needed too brain was on overload
But today is a new day...
and I hope you will come and read, share your thoughts again as I return to sharing mine..

and now my first offering in a very long time
hope you like it as much as I do.

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Syriac Aramaic Manuscript of the Gospels...
This is a translation of the Lord's Pray from Aramaic....the test was translated from the 

O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos,
you create all that moves in light

O Thou!  The Breathing Life of all,
Creator of the Shimmering Sound that touches us.

Respiration of all worlds,
we hear you breathing-in and out - in Silence.

Source of Sound: in the roar and the whisper,
in the breeze and the whirlwind, 
we hear your Name.

Radiant One:  You shine within us,
outside us - even darkness shines - when we remember.

Name of names, our small identity
unravels in you, you give it back as a lesson.

Wordless Action, Silent Potency -
where ears and eyes awaken, 
there heaven comes.

O Birther!  Father-Mother of the Cosmos!

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