Jon and Gus. Big Men and Little Dogs….

June 25th, 2017

“The Fabric of my Healing Life”

June 25th, 2017

After India

Elizabeth, like my friend Mandy, is a healer.  Except I’ve never met Elizabeth, we’ve gotten to know each other online, she lives on the West Coast.

Elizabeth does long distance energetic healing work.  So athough she has a healing space that she works out of, her clients never see it.

When she saw the first quilt I made after coming back from India she knew she had to have it.  Some of it was personal, her own connections to India.  Some of it was in the design of the quilt.  She immediately saw a “doorway” in it that resonated with her work.

Elizabeth sent me an email a few days ago telling me how she’s using the quilt in her work.  This is what she wrote:

Loving my quilt in my healing room. Because I’m only working remote, I get to work with it on my table so it is literally the fabric of my healing life.  I’ve always had this sense of a “door” in that quilt and I think it helps my clients open their own doors.
Since I do my healing work by phone, I place the person on my table energetically so their solar plexus chakra is on the golden door.  It has some magic juju!!

“Gorges Unexplored” In Its New Home

June 25th, 2017

Gorges Unexplored hanging over Mandy’s bed.  That’s a pillow I made for her years ago, on the elephant spread.

Thank you for your medicinal work” Mandy texted me with a picture of my wall hanging “Gorges Unexplored” that she bought from me.

Jon and I went to Mandy’s yesterday.  We brought Gus for a visit and I helped Mandy hang the wall hanging over her bed.

She wanted the wall hanging since she saw the elephant.  And as I worked on it, it seemed to become more and more hers.  I was unconsciously using images,  like the crows and snake and tree  that are important symbols to her.

Someone else had written to me asking about “Gorges Unexplored” and when I told Mandy she thought maybe it belonged to this other person.  From the beginning Mandy saw the wall hanging as a kind of “medicine” and wanted it to do its work where it belonged.

Being that Mandy’s a healer and that we’re good friends, I trusted the process.  So I offered it to the other woman, but it was bad timing for her to buy it.  When I told Mandy, she accepted the “medicine” of the piece as hers.

As the artist, it feels really good to see how much  “Gorges Unexplored”  means to Mandy, how much she loves having it in her home.  If I ever needed inspiration to continue working, this is just the kind of thing that would do it.

Gus and the Apple

June 23rd, 2017


Gus’ First Day

June 23rd, 2017

We picked Gus up this morning and went right to see Connie at Battenkill Books, visited the Round House Cafe and ended the morning at The Mansion.

Once home we took him and Red and Fate outside so they could get to know each other.  Red, of course, had no interest in Gus at all.  Fate was afraid at first, hiding under Jon’s legs.   But she eventually got comfortable with him.  She kept an eye on Gus and his toys, trying to find an opportunity to steal them.

So far, it’s been a good first day.

Jon, My Scepter, Fanny And Lulu. A Polaroid

June 22nd, 2017

I took this picture of the Polaroid on the grass in front of the gate where I took the Polaroid.  I didn’t notice the fly on the edge of the Polaroid until I saw it on my computer.

Dream Scepter

June 22nd, 2017

The Tin Man, Jon and my double faced Scepter

“Stop asking me questions about it,” I snapped at Jon,” I don’t know. ”

But he’s intrigued, trying to figure it out, so that’s good.

I saw the Scepter when I was falling asleep.  Then it came back to me again when I was having a massage and energy work by my friend Mandy.  I told Mandy I wanted the massage to focus on being a threshold for me getting back to work.

That was yesterday morning.

The scepter isn’t exactly what I saw in my mind.  My work never seems to translate so directly from what I see and how it actually manifests in the real world. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m just not that good an artist or if it’s because my mind and the real world are two different realities that can’t overlap in that way.  I prefer to believe the second option and have also come to embrace it, most of the time.

I still don’t know what this is all about, or what it’s called or have answers for most of the other questions Jon has about it. (I have to admit I have my questions too and some thoughts).  But for now I’ve decided to just let her live in the world, to have some fun and see what happens.

Jon seemed to take to her right away.  When I asked him to hold her so I could see what she looked like from a distance he held her up as if she was an extension of him.

When I wanted to take a picture he went right to the Tin Man so the three of them could pose together.  Then he took her to visit the donkeys.

Now I’m thinking of taking her to lunch with me, Mandy and Athena at the Round House.  She’s a little awkward to carry around, but as Jon suggested, I can get her, her own chair.



Mary Kellogg Reads Her New Poem “Meadow Beyond”

June 21st, 2017

Mary Kellogg is a regular at our Open House.  But this past Open House Mary wasn’t there.  She had been ill a few weeks back and wasn’t feeling  well enough to come.

Jon and our friend and poet, Jackie Thorne and I visited Mary last week.  She was looking so much better than she sounded the last time I spoke to her on the phone.

And of course, when I asked Mary if I could take a video of her reading one of her new poems she was happy to.

Mary plans on being at the next Open House in October.  We’re even talking about putting together a new book of her poetry.   It will be her forth, since she started publishing her work, in the past ten years.

Liam, Lulu and Fanny

June 20th, 2017

Liam’s a handsome weather (neutered male sheep) and he has a nice personality too.  He always comes up to say hello to me,  but he’s not pushy or aggressive.  His mother, Suzy, is a Border Leicester and his father is a Cheviot.

Fate And Her Pool

June 20th, 2017

I filled up Fate’s pool over the weekend when it was almost 90 degrees out.  But that day she chose to take a mud bath in the marsh instead.  It wasn’t until the next morning that she used the very clean pool water to cool off.

You can see the video of that, to the lower right of this photo,  just above my “blog roll”.