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the journey, the process

This is a series of photographs documenting the progression of a painting by the Pennsylvania artist Reed Dixon.  Its interesting to see the technical process of his paintings and how they develop into his vision.  I’m fascinated in every step, from the beginning to the end… the intricate pencil sketch that serves as the “skeleton”, the different washes of color, the textures and how all of these steps transform the composition.   His process definitely showcases the play between right brain and left brain.

What I do is imagery. By that I mean the end result is not necessarily a study of the subject, but how I feel or think the image should look in the end. I arrive at that image most of the times when that little art voice in my head says “STOP”.”

– Reed Dixon

I’d love to paint/draw like this.  But the idea of creating streetscapes with such detail and the proper proportion is incredibly intimidating, so I live vicariously through Reed!  I am also lucky enough to have been gifted some of his “tapescapes”… they are part of my small, personal collection of art.  I’ve known Reed since the day I was born.

His process encourages me to pursue life in the same way he creates art: practically and methodically but led by creativity and intuition.


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a better body

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Sh*t People Say on Pinterest

5. “Possible living room idea?????????”

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3. “This is an awesome idea!”

2. “Crunchy, garlicy, cheesy (insert protein or vegetable) bites…. YUM!”

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a few of my favorite things

I bought these spoons in Prague, Czech Republic in 2003.  I flew over there with me, myself and I and a few random Eckerd College folks to study “Central Europe” for a few weeks and then ventured off to Switzerland to visit with my dear friends Helene and Philippe for a month.  After that I spent another month or so traveling around the rest of Europe with a study abroad organization.  I am so lucky to have been able to experience so much of Europe.  Its a memory I’ll always cherish.

I purchased the spoons at a small kitchenwares shop for around 10 cents each my first day of the trip and use them almost daily.  Its really interesting how I gravitate to the most primitive tools in my rather well-stocked kitchen.  They are perfect for cooking but cute enough to use as serving ware.  I love the little spatula because its great for spreading dips.  The spoon is perfect for mixing and serving sauces and the fork is a wonderful guacamole maker.  Love these little guys.


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my god

My barometer of the collective consciousness or mood of people around me is Facebook.  Status updates can be very telling and usually there seems to be a common theme or tone.  Of course, factors like the day of the week or month tend to affect people’s outlooks too.  For instance, my wall is usually berated with “bad day” or “why, me, why?” updates on Mondays and proclamations of the love of happy hour on Fridays (“margaritas!” or “beer, glorious beer”). Overall, it is interesting to observe the pulse of emotions that filter through social networks.

I’ve noticed a more broad trend over the past few months in relation to spirituality on Facebook.  More than before, it appears people are turning to the Divine for solace, answers or affirmation in general.  I’ve noticed my Christ-following friends to be at the forefront of this, posting testaments and prayer requests multiple times per day.  As a person who believes in the connection between thoughts and reality and the auspiciousness of the year we are in currently, I find this to be interesting but not surprising.

From an astrological perspective, the year 2012 is powerful on almost every plane, culminating with the end of a 26,000 year cycle when the galactic equator aligns with the ecliptic at 0 capricorn on December 21, 2012.  This is the date that has sparked apocalyptic predictions and mania ~ the end of the world, as we know it.

I feel a strong sense that change is on the horizon. Personally, I do not feel the planet will explode, implode or disappear.  I don’t take the predictions literally, but I do believe there is an opportunity to activate on a different spiritual level happening as we speak.  Lately too, I feel almost as though I’m spinning around, or moving quickly, as though I am more in tune with the turning of the Earth on its axis.  And being more aware of my place on Earth is not a bad thing, although I will admit there is a lingering sense of urgency/anxiety in my core.  I’ve been trying to direct these feelings in a positive way, channeling my anxiousness or fears proactively into breathing exercises, physical exercise, yoga and cooking.  I often think of Alice in Wonderland lately, particularly the caterpillar’s notorious query ~ “who are you?”  I’m not sure I know, but I believe I’m closer to figuring it out and I’ve been catapulted by an energy that is bigger than me.

Back to Facebook. My Christian friends who are vocal on Facebook seem to be expressing a similar feeling or sense of urgency, akin to what I feel.  I notice themes of “surrender” or “giving it up” to God.  I see a ton of prayer requests.  I notice Christians “saying it” aloud ~ putting their trust into God or essentially releasing worries, fears or negativity into God’s hands.  Ultimately, these people are trusting their lives are in total control by releasing themselves to the Diving, the ultimate, the truth.

The astrologist I follow expresses her opinions eloquently: “the meaning of the word apocalypse is ‘the lifting of the veil’.  the end of this year can be a time where the Truth is known to all.  what Truth?  some speculate the Truth of life from other planets, the Truth of what our governments are not telling us, the Truth of our own Divinity.  who knows?  maybe it’s all of the above.  i personally am not making any predictions about 12/21.  all i know/feel in my heart is that it is NOT the end of the world.  maybe the end of the world as we know it- meaning the entire structure upon which we have built our lives (personally and collectively) needs to radically change.  but i do not believe the world is going to explode or that we are all going to die in some horrific cataclysm.  i could be wrong- who knows?  but honestly i feel that a lot of the ascension talk is polarizing and splitting.  it’s keeping us stuck in good versus evil, dark versus Light, us versus them.  i think the most powerful thing that can happen on this date is that we all see the Truth of ourselves and the Truth of the world around us.  this is my wish for humanity- and for myself!”

The world could use some change, so I say we hold on, release and wait for the amazing possibilities of what 2012 could be.  Hopefully we can all recognize that we are spiritual beings searching for the answers and solace we innately crave.  The Divine, when viewed through different lenses, is simply the same image.  It is the essence of what Christians, Muslims, Mayans and Hindus seek.  Everyone, everything, is interconnected.

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show me the signs.

I’ve always believed in signs. Little things that the universe sends ones way to nudge one in the right direction.

Lately, my go to site has been Mystic Mamma, a collection of information and inspiration related to consciousness, astrology, moon cycles and all things mystic.  The images on the site are just as beautiful as the words, particularly in the subsection entitled Read the Signs.

The cosmic situation is particularly potent right now. This really is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and Mystic Mamma is a wonderful source for those of us who feel the need to align.

Here are a few of my favorite:

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Please visit Mystic Mamma for a few moments and absorb. The Read the Signs section is underneath the header entitled Visual Worlds.

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your home is your castle

The home is, in many ways, a sacred place.  The daily rituals of life that take place inside of it, the care one takes to make it a sanctuary… in a lot of ways, it is a holy place.  In this case, the home actually is a church.  How would you feel about living in a refurbished chapel?

On a trip to the Smoky Mountain’s in November, we made a long drive down an intimidatingly windy road (my dad did the driving, thankfully) into the Cataloochee Valley to see elk.  Its a scary trip down, but the rewards are big.  We saw many, many elk, grazing on dew soaked grass.  There was moody morning fog, filtered light, a cemetery and  the century-old Palmer Chapel.  If a confederate solider would have appeared in front of me, I wouldn’t have been surprised.  This place had old, old energy.   I keep thinking of that chapel as I look through these photos.  There was such a presence there, I really can’t imagine turning it into a home.  I wonder about the history of this church-home in Australia?

I found these photos via Pinterest via  I’m a big fan of both.  Lots of inspiration to be found. That is a good thing.

When its all said and done, I really do love the idea of using repurposed buildings as dwelling spaces. A reinvented space with personality trumps brand new anytime, in my book,
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