Inspired by the Rule of Saint Benedict
In 529 Abbot Benedict created a school of divine service at Monte Cassino, Italy. He spent his life desiring to please God saying, that when man finds Him, man cannot sustain a mediocre life. This filial relationship grows only by Grace given through the Holy Spirit, where man attains freedom from selfishness and receives Agape Love to serve neighbor.
Saint Benedict, pray for us and the whole world
MAN SEARCHES FOR GOD
RISE ABOVE FOAMING WATERS
TRUTH SUSTAINING LIFE
…because we live in the time of Mercy…
“the kingdom of heaven is at hand”
A Fluttering Prayer
This morning crowded my focus with many errands to run before the blistering heat. As I opened the front door there was this amazing butterfly weaving the air before my eyes then landing on the bush. My heart began to pray silently…realizing…God was praying with me through His beautiful creation before I venture out.
YOU SPREAD YOUR WINGS WIDE
GENTLY ON THE GREEN FOLIAGE
RELEASING MORN’S PRAYER
Opium Poppies, Iris, Tulips by Simon Verelst
I found this oil painting rolled up snug in a cardboard tube nestled in a dark corner of my parents’ garage. Now framed, it hangs by a window where the early dawn’s light brightens the flowers and this Haiku came into being:
MORNING’S FRESH HOPE TO REST IN
…of Divine Love…
Designer Ettore Sottsass
What an eclectic display of today’s modern taste for living decor situated in a 18th century Parisian apartment!
COLOR, PATTERN, CLASH
NEVER ENDING DISTRACTIONS
HIT OR MISS DESIGN
“A fad is a flash in the pan”
“A trend is something with a little more practicality and purpose”
“A style is something that continually re-invents itself over time to become a classic!”
“The human being is classic!”
…re-inventing is my penchant…What is your style?
The Noisy Critters of Provence – Cicadas
O those sticky hot summer days in Southern France – I can still vividly recall them especially after enjoying a robust lunch, everybody gets sleepy for a siesta. The hotter the temperature gets, the louder do the cicadas sing and croon for mating. Then around 4 o’clock the shopkeepers reopen their doors and the rhythm of life resumes.
SUNSHINE MAKES THEM SING
LOUD AS A ROARING FREIGHT TRAIN
FAMOUS CIGALES MATE
…the Cicada legend continues…
“Il ne fait pas bon de travailler quand la cigale chante.”
“It’s not good to work when the cicada is singing.”
The Cicada is Provence’s mascot found in all sorts of bric-a-brac for tourists like…
House Abandoned to The Insects by Charles E. Burchfield
Recently my husband drove me down memory lane of his childhood in the Alabama countryside – we forged ahead on winding dusty paths, turned and circled about until he spotted the land he had lived on for 12 years. This painting from Burchfield captures what was left behind so long ago.
RUNNING THROUGH TALL GRASS
BAMBOO CANE IN HAND – GOING
FISHING FOR SUPPER
…besides stoning snakes and plucking wild berries along the way…
The Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji
I recently saw the spectacular televised trail runners’ event – a 24-hours, 100-mile course at the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Not an easy challenge – men and women from around the world compete at this most gruesome trail run following an ancient Japanese tradition that Mt. Fuji is the closest place to heaven.
AT FIRST ALL GUNG-HO
NARROW TRENCHES AT MOON’S LIGHT
ALL RETURN ACHING