Living Arts Weekly: Turning

Living Arts Weekly: Turning

September 16, 2018 The goldenrod is yellow, The corn is turning brown, The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down  – Helen Hunt Jackson As summer turns to autumn, the fall fruits are ready to be picked. Apples, pears peaches and plums fill our bushel baskets and our bellies. My mother-in-law and I …

Living Arts Weekly: Harvesting

Living Arts Weekly: Harvesting

September 9, 2018 With every deed you are sewing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.  – Ella Wheeler Wilcox Although it’s still pretty hot and steamy in my neck of the woods, I sense the coming of fall. This transition into Autumn, when the light is starting to diminish, calls us to  …

Living Arts Weekly: Laboring

Living Arts Weekly:  Laboring

September 2, 2018 The firewood you chop warms you twice. – Old English Proverb One of my favorite stories to share with young children is the Little Red Hen. The simple, sweet repetition draws them into the story as the process of transforming wheat to bread takes place, and they love the poetic justice of …

Living Arts Weekly: Changing

Living Arts Weekly: Changing

August 26, 2018 The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.    -Socrates This back-to-school time brings us face to face with change. Parents line up their children for the ceremonial back to school photo and marvel at how much they’ve grown …

Living Arts Weekly: Ripening

Living Arts Weekly: Ripening

August 19, 2018 Truth is a fruit that can only be picked when it is very ripe.       –Voltaire When a tomato is juicy and ripe, it’s time to pick it. Timing is everything, which is why the tomatoes we purchase in the grocery store, picked before they are fully ripened, are never as …

Living Arts Weekly: Blazing

Living Arts Weekly: Blazing

August 12, 2018 I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Augustine “Og” Mandino Last night and tonight are the best nights of the year to witness the Perseid meteor showers. Mary Stewart Adams, star lore historian, says, “It was …

Living Arts Weekly: Gathering

Living Arts Weekly: Gathering

August 5, 2018 This is the power of gathering.  It inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful; in a word, more alive.                            -Alice Waters This is a time of year for gathering. In my region of the country, …

Living Arts Weekly: Relaxing

Living Arts Weekly: Relaxing

July 29, 2018 Leisure makes the human more human by engaging the heart and broadening the vision, deepening the insight and stretching the soul.       Joan Chittister As a mom, I remember there were many times when I felt like relaxation was an elusive reward that I would not get to enjoy until my …

Living Arts Weekly: Breezing

Living Arts Weekly: Breezing

July 21, 2018 Air is the voice sounding from the depths of matter, the word made flesh. – Scott Russell Sanders, Writing from the Center   A cool breeze on a hot day, or a mighty gale that knocks us off our center, the element of air blows where it will. It also lives within …

Living Arts Weekly: Refreshing

Living Arts Weekly: Refreshing

July 15, 2018 Love is the greatest refreshment in life.  – John Lennon Last week I was on vacation with my husband’s family in Door County, Wisconsin. There were about twenty of us in one house, and it was as fun and wonderful and chaotic as a family vacation with twenty people should be. Each …