Monthly Archives: October, 2009
Savor the Moments
Just an old fashioned girl dreaming on a summer’s day
Boys of Summer
A group of boys and their bird dog pose for a picture before they go on a hunt on a lazy afternoon.
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Wow!, Wow!, Wow! That’s my review of “The Help“, a novel by Kathryn Stockett. As a first novel, she has sure hit one out of the ballpark with this story. As a naive “Yankee”,with no first hand knowledge of life in the deep South in the early 60′s, I found myself holding my breath through half of this book. I could smell the fear, feel the tension understand the dread of the brave maids and the woman who dared to help them tell their stories!!. Whew…I feel as if I’ve just been on a roller coaster ride. This is an awesome story. Don’t miss it.
Just something really fun and silly. Wouldn’t this be great in a child’s room?!
A fun and lighthearted collage. Acrylics & Watercolors. I love to layer these mediums.
Well, we had about an inch of snow here in Northeast Pa. yesterday but it was gone as quickly as it came. Today we had flurries again but no accumulation (thank goodness)! It is a damp and miserable day. A fine day for Maggie to sit by the patio door and watch the critters at the feeder. A great day to have the fireplace glowing and to “warm your buns” in front of it now and then. A wonderful day to tune into a good football game and cheer for your team. Even a miserable weather day is glorious for “something”………=)
Visitors to our house always get a “seasonal” welcome! And Fall is no exception. I love all things Autumn… as you can see from this shot of the front porch!! There is an over abundance of eye candy in nature right now as well as heavenly smells of fresh, crisp air, spicy ripe apples and drying leaves. I know some folks think of this as a “dying” season but I think of it as a time when all of our senses should be alive and aware of the changes taking place all around us as Mother Nature paints a new scene for us each day. Don’t miss a second of the beauty, my friends. This is the most spectacular show on earth!!
The central figure in this collage is another beautiful piece of vintage ephemera that just cried out for an unusual background treatment and presentation. I love the muted tones of the victorian lady juxtaposed with the bright colors of the acrylic painting.
A combination of a watercolored background and an application of collaged bars of watercolored paper cut into different shapes and sizes make for a nice soothing contemporary arrangement.
I was thinking about the topic of “Connecting”, which Leah Piken Kolidas has suggested as a theme for the month of October on her blog, Creative Every Day. Connecting is something we all do on a daily basis whether we realize it consciously or not. Connecting with others is one of the most important things we do for ourselves as it helps us to be more grounded and well rounded people. Think of the electric impulses we receive from being around dynamic folks…how charged up we feel after being in their company. Think about how bogged down we feel after being in the company of stagnant, boring or negative people. In his book, Wisdom of the Ages, Wayne W. Dyer explores the teachings of many great minds and the eternal truths that they have taught us. One particular passage speaks very clearly to the benefits of connecting . Dyer says that “mystical teachers and poets are always reminding us of our connectedness and the oneness of everything and everyone.” He refers to the well known passage written in the early years of the seventeenth century by English poet, John Donne who wrote “No man is an island of itself; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
So we see that even as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries, enlightened minds were promoting the rewards of connecting! See who you can connect with today and how it will affect your life!
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