Tree of Life Blessing for Twenty-Ten

May you choose outrageous actions that challenge who you are and encourage who you are becoming.
May you take one step, however small, toward that which you have always longed for.
Now is the “right time.”
May you recognize the unique and powerful contribution that you bring to the people whose lives you touch.
May you be as wonderful as you really are, and do things because you want to, not just because you should.
May you celebrate your creativity and believe that you are an
artist with a unique vision that no one else has.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Art Celebration and workshop this weekend!

Featuring Northern California Women Artists at Electric Rose Gallery on Saturday, December 12 at 6:30 pm

“Love Cafe” Art Celebration hosted by Dori Etter,
Ali Weiss, The Bond Sisters and Shiloh Sophia McCloud

Featured Artists include Sofia Harrison, Laura Pope, Sue Hoya Sellars,
Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Chelsea Bond, Elizabeth Gibbons, Patti Valentine, Laura Delanty, Susan Miron, The Cowgirls Junkies, Lynn Bond, Caron McCloud, Dori Etter, Alise Sheehan, The Powell Girls and more!

Electric Rose Gallery – 107 Plaza Street, Healdsburg, California 707-431-1124

Practicing Peace – A 30 Day Plan for Thriving During Challenging Times

I send you greetings this bright December 1st! I woke up thinking about you again…

and about what so many of us are going through! What a time we are having right now! Whether our challenges are being too busy, being financially stressed or moving through the kind of blues that seem like it will never end, there is always something we can do to lift the dark clouds. I believe!

One of the hardest parts of going through challenging times is that when in the very midst of it, it has this impermeable quality that seems to echo lies like: “this it is how it is now”,which continues to create the sinking feeling we already have. Or we have been skidding downhill for a while now, and it appears there is still very much more skidding ahead, so, despair comes and pounds on the door of our heart and says things like: ”you have been in denial, you are too optimistic, face it, you are going down.”

We have tried red wine and chocolate and festive gathering with friends. We have even tried making a decision to “shop anyway”. But somehow the old quick fixes aren’t fixing. That is because it is not just us – we know of many who are also challenged right now – and it is not that misery loves company because misery is so morbid, it is because we do not want to feel alone in our dark night depth diving.

Red Thread Nation

Years ago when I first thought of the red thread, and I googled it, there was nothing there but a small reference from the Chinese tradition which states that those who are supposed to meet are connected by an invisible red thread since before birth.

It was given to me in prayer, on the way to a Native American women’s circle being held up a Lake Isabella, as well as at the Delores Huerta Foundation. I was working with Native American Elder Tonantzin Guerra Rennick, who found me through my coloring book and journal, Color of Woman.

After filling hers to the brim, Tonantzin asked the Tribal Taniff for the Bakersfield area to work with me to so that I could come and bring creative journaling to the women. On the way there, I prayed to Our Lady to show me how to identity myself as ‘being of love’, right away, so as the create trust among the women, so we could get to work. The circles were to last but a few short hours, and to make headway into creative journaling and the practice of it I would need to move swiftly into deep territory. Plus I was nervous.