LASTING IMPRESSION

Vincent Van Gogh Handbag by Louis Vuitton

Artful Writing

A recent visit to Las Vegas inspires this short story.   To my delight upon arriving at the resort, we discovered all sorts of art galleries and specialty boutiques across the boulevard.  There  – is the famous Louis Vuitton showroom and this extravagant handbag, which today sells for $4,900 gently used  – yikes!  Never mind – I was thrilled and satisfied to see how my favorite artist Van Gogh trumps our flamboyant pop culture.

POEM

MEANDERING DOWN THE PROMENADE

AND EVERYONE AIR DANCING

TO THE PIPED MUSIC BLARING IN THE SKY

SO MESMERIZED BY THE CLASSIC HANDBAG ON DISPLAY

THINKING, HOW COOL, VINTAGE ART STILL BEATS POP CULTURE!

…so thankful for these happy memories…

Vincent Cypress Tree

…Vincent’s painting of the ‘Provencale’ landscape depicted on the handbag…

OJIBWA WISDOM

Sonoran Desert

Artful Writing

THE FOUR HILLS OF LIFE

The wisdom that native American Indians offer can lead us to a more compassionate life close to nature.

According to Ojibwa Native American wisdom, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter give meaning to life.

This wisdom embodies seven teachings of the Chief Elders:  Humility, honesty, bravery, wisdom, respect, truth and love.  What ‘hill of life’ are you now experiencing?

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Here are some of their powerful quotes to transform the human conscience.

Cheyenne – “Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark.”

Tribe Unknown – “Tell me and I’ll forget.  Show me, and I may not remember.  Involve me, and I’ll understand.”

Apache – “It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.”

Duwamish – “Day and night cannot dwell together.”

Maricopa – “Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.”

Comanche – “All who have died are equal.”

Iowa – “A brave man dies but once, a coward many times.”

…my thoughts…whatever ‘hill of life’ you find yourself on…keep going forward…be not afraid…the final act of life is heavenward…

 

THERESA OF AVILA

The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Sculpture by Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel, Rome

Artful Writing

October 15 honors this radiant Spanish saint for reforming prayer and the Carmelite Order with the assistance of her spiritual director Saint John of the Cross during the 16th century.

Theresa encourages us to ascend the heights of prayer while staying rooted in the realities of life.  Her prolific writings include her Autobiography describing mystical visions and revelations from Jesus as shown by Bernini above.  She wrote:

“I saw in his (Saint Michael’s) hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire.  He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me on fire with a great love of God.  The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it.”

Theresa’s motto is “To suffer or to die.”  She promoted that prayer without charity displeases God and founded 17 renewed convents.

Her other two masterpieces are “The way of Perfection” to guide the nuns and “The Interior Castle,” a study in mystical theology.  In 1970, Pope Paul VI declared her the first woman Doctor of the Church for these treatises witnessed by her sacrificial life.

Once Theresa asked Jesus why He wanted her to accomplish a task, Jesus replied:

“Theologians will do nothing to enter into personal communication with me.  Repulsed by them, I must choose women to open to them My Heart and speak of My Affairs.”

I owe a deep gratitude to God and Saint Theresa for my deeper conversion and membership with the Secular Discalced Carmelite Order.  She is famous for saying:

“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you.  All things are passing away:  God never changes.  Patience obtains all things.  Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices.”

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Saint Theresa of Avila

Patron of headaches and heart attack sufferers, Pray for us

Help us to master the Prayer of Quiet

 

SURREAL

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali 1931

HAIBUN

I vividly recall studying this Catalonian Surrealist painter during my college studies which ignited my passion for all forms of art, even this one.  My first impression of Dali’s ‘melting clocks’ was ‘how weird.’  Now I am less shocked by his uncanny interpretation  of how the mind and memory work, especially during dreams.  His flat clocks spread out in a desert may not seem as crazy as some of my strange dreams.  The manner in which Salvador Dali painted ‘surrealism’ complements what he said:

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”

MY REFLECTION

The “perfection of imperfection” makes us timeless, tossing out the boring and oddly contradicts the adage that ‘practice makes perfect.’

GARDEN MOMENTS

The Bench by Edouard Manet 1832-1883

Short Story

This idyllic garden scene reminds me of my grandmother’s little courtyard before entering what I thought was a mansion.

Placing twine and pruning shears in her checkered apron pockets and me carrying the basket ready to be filled, we followed the fragrances of the garden.  All the herbs of Provence were there, plus gorgeous roses, of which I would secretly snip one and quickly carry off to place in a bud vase on her nightstand.  I continued this tradition by plucking Hibiscuses from my mother’s flower patch.  Now the roses I grow remain uncut as they stretch to the sky for them.

I’m so glad you sat with me on this mystical bench.  Hopefully you come away refreshed and happy.

APAQUOGUE

Apaquogue by Adolf Gottlieb 1903-1974

QUOTES & HAIBUN

“Paint quality is meaningless if it does not express quality of feeling.”

Words from American born Gottlieb, abstract Expressionist.  This oil  on canvas is his landscape view of the road he lived on by the ocean at East Hampton, Long Island.  He also believed:

“The role of artist has always been that of image-maker…different times require different images…in a desperate attempt to escape from evil…to my mind, certain so-called abstraction is not abstraction at all, on the contrary, it is the realism of our time.”

His quotes explain his art.

HAIKU

ROSE, PINK, RED CIRCLES

SOOTHING TO EYES YET STRUGGLING

OVER TURBULENT STROKES

What may seem abstract to you may be total clarity to me and, thanks be to God, we each have that freedom of choice.  Abstract art has the phenomenal surprise to stretch one’s imagination…