FINDING MY DANCE FOR
WRITING, BECOMING ARTFUL
FOR MY AUDIENCE
“Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
The Buddha by French Artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916)
Isn’t this a fascinating rendition of The Buddha?
In studying this dense art form of Symbolism, Redon uses the effects of light and darkness to take the viewer on a journey according to his imagination. Then he adds facets of nature to connect the senses with the outer world. The Buddha and the tree are recognizable while all the other colors create a phantom-like fresco for the mind to interpret the painting.
In his words:
“My paintings inspire and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us as does music in the ambiguous world of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor.” That’s the definition of Symbolism.
Redon had a definite fascination for eastern spirituality
“I have placed there a little door opening to the mysterious. I have made stories.”
…like writers do with their words…
PINE CONES, SCENTED WAX SWIRL IN SMOKE
WARMING HIGH SPIRITS
…so be creative…be generous…enjoy this wondrous season…
“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than we were in September. I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”
QUOTE by Oliver Herford
“December has the clarity, the simplicity, and the silence you need for the best FRESH START of your life.”
QUOTE BY Vivian Swift
O WINTRY SIGNS
SHORTEN DAYLIGHT AND FROSTY GROUND
LIKE WHEN JESUS WITHDREW TO THE WILDERNESS
SACRIFICES EXCAVATING THE SENSES
PRIORITIZING THE TRIALS OF LIFE
ESPECIALLY LOSING LOVED ONES
IT STIFLES BREATHING
YET, WHEN OFFERING A PRAY
ONE RECEIVES A MERCIFUL LOOK
HOPE RENEWED FOR OTHERS NO MATTER WHAT
THEN JESUS BEACONS HIS WARM SAVING LIGHT
AND THE MIND WORKS A MIRACLE
IN THIS MANNER YEA! WARDING OFF HOLIDAY BLUES!
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys” (Song of Solomon 2:1)
Flower by Joseph Stella
…may we all open up as harmonious flowers for paradise…
Winter Coffee Drinks
One of the best trends these days is drinking plenty of coffee…since science shows java is good for the heart. This popularity creates new specialty flavors every holiday season. Here are some new flavors:
Peppermint dark mocha
Rose and pistachio
Dark chocolate mint
Vanilla nougat latte
Cranberry white chocolate mocha…
and of course, whatever is your favorite custom blend!
let’s not forget hot chocolate, mulled wine and umpteen coffee creamers…
all perfect to warm up your spirits on a crisp winter day
“Love isn’t how you feel, it’s what you do.”
QUOTE by Madeleine L’Engle
CACTI SOAKING UNDER
SNOW COVERED GROUND
…at the heart of Christmas…a babe in the manger….as fragile as snow…so we would not be afraid to approach and love him…
“IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO LOVE
PEOPLE HAVE TO FEEL THAT THEY ARE LOVED.”
QUOTE by. John Bosco
Do you feel loved as you read this? If not – I Love You!