Grace

Alcohol ink on yuppo paper, 20" x 26" I have enormous respect for the human being, because they’re asked to take on a lot. And I don’t think there’s any easy solution. But I think the journey is what you have to finally be satisfied with, but not be afraid of the lessons one has to learn…it ends up as grace. And you grow; you find a way to continue.  Horton Foote, Christian Science Monitor, 3/6/09 a:  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b :  a virtue coming from God c :  a…Read more …

LEAN INTO LIGHT

Rewired living far from the big cities of Ft. Lauderdale, Boston, and Charlotte took me by surprise in 2006.  A stop in Tryon on the way home from a visit in Asheville opened a door to “country living” and my very own “querencia” …from the verb “querer” …it means to want, to desire…literally: “a wanting place.” Querencia is a metaphysical concept in the Spanish language… a place where one feels secure, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn…a place to recharge, get grounded and centered. Ten years of living here…Read more …

I’ve Looked at Life from Both Sides Now…Maybe

  Sitting here thinking about Bowie’s reminder: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes/ oh, look out you rock ‘n rollers…” Change happens. But there is the transition. Transitions are part of the horse-and-buggy metaphor of change…a continuous cycle that seems to race at the speed-of-light-from-every-direction. Fast & furious. Sometimes. Sometimes transitions ripple like a slow moving muddy creek. Slow can be a good thing…gives me time to think about what’s next. Possibilities. Challenges. Opportunities. Progress. Winter is my transition time. I’m a wanderer…and a wonderer. Sometimes on the road. Sometimes in my chair. Cold & clouds are signals:…Read more …

ON & OFF THE ROAD WITH POOH & PUCK

                    Go and do the things you can’t. That’s how you get to do them. Pablo Picaso, Advice in 2015 & it’s good for 2016 Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.    Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture https://youtube.com Advice for today!     The magic of the magical city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico welcomed me back in September with open arms. I’m now a “repeat” visitor who joins the almost 20% of expatriates living there…playing, working & re-wiring….sometimes re-inventing who they are. Some have become good friends.…Read more …

Rewired & Loving It!

  Or How I learned Spanish, drawing, painting & coloring outside the lines & beyond the boundaries The Commerce Department reported that the percentage of all retirees traveling abroad rose to 13 percent from 9.7 percent between 1993 and 2012 [NY Times 8/30/204]. Woooohoooo! I was one of that 13 percent. I retired for the 3rd time in January 2011. Yep! It’s all about the charm of the third time. Or for me…well, I finally took Pablo Picasso’s advice: “Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do…Read more …
Hurrah 2015!

Hurrah 2015!

Each New Year prods me to think about the past and improve the future. However, I, more often than not, wind my way back to Mary Baker Eddy’s reminder:  “Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty and holiness.” Ah-ha! I turn off the “best-of” and “worst-of” buttons. Turn attention to my-list-of-thanks. Listen. Quietly. Hurrah! 2014 was great…with the usual opportunities to prove that good is more powerful than evil…. 2015 will, of course, unfold more good…and more dragon-slaying-opportunities. As I prepare for another 6 month trip south of the border, I unpack my art…Read more …
My Blog Begins….Again!

My Blog Begins….Again!

My blog journey began in 2011 when I retired….or as I was soon to learn, when I re-wired. Pooh Bear, Baggans and I boarded a plane and headed south of the border to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Life changing. Perspective altering. Identity defining. Dire warnings from family and friends predicted death from cartels or worse--nasty germs in water and food. Lyrics from OLD DOGS looped around my head … but remember for all your pain and gain, you’re still gonna die…stop drinking booze but you’re still gonna die….you can eat a lotta…Read more …
Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

"Mexico celebrates a yearly tradition called Day of the Dead during the last days of October and the first days of November.  As in many Latin American countries, Mexico commemorates the Day of the Dead or All Souls' Day on November 2nd.  The legacy of past civilizations is graphically manifested on this occasion through people's beliefs that death is a transition from one life to another in different levels where communication exists between the living and the dead.  This communication takes place once a year throughout the country.  The Day of the Dead…Read more …
Silence

Silence

Casa Karmina seems empty without Donna & Cheryl here to laugh and plan our day's adventure.  Baggans misses Cheryl holding up the squirt bottle to "threaten" her if she nips.  Pooh Bear wants to know where her walk-to-the-park-buddy is....and I'm busying reviewing verb cards for my tutoring sessions.  And so we're settling into our non-routine life in San Miguel de Allende....waiting for our next visitor....anticipating the next unplanned adventure.  After the late night chats and giggles over stories of our past escapades,  silence seems louder than the jostling on the streets. in these…Read more …