Life in this arm of the Milky Way

Tabletop reflections Art is everywhere, from the texture of the restaurant table to the lines in the petal of a flower. All one has to do is open the eyes to see these inspirations all around us.

In that spirit, I’ve started to do a 365 Photo challenge. I’m carrying a camera around with me wherever I go, and sometimes I shoot things I see… sometimes I’ll capture my face for the day, too. I’m logging all those photos on my Flickr account, under the 365 set, if you’re interested in seeing quick glimpses into my day-to-day life.

I’ve been relatively quiet here so that I could use that energy in the task of relaunching one of my other websites – possibly the most important to my livelihood, That’s where you can find my herbal bath and body products and my hand spun yarn, and my craft-related blog. I am really proud of the refashioning that I’ve crafted there, so I’d love it if you took a look!
There’s something really satisfying about getting a website to work correctly, and even though WordPress has been really helpful in doing so, it is still a challenge to my self-taught web skills to get it looking and running in the way that I want it. It isn’t quite the same as taking a lovely roving and spinning it into a well-crafted yarn, or blending oils and herbs into just the right proportions… but it is still definitely an art *and* a craft to get things just right. At least for me, that is!

In appreciation for my slow but perceptible health improvements – both physically and mentally – I’m working on adding more posts to my blogs, and more tasks to my life. Slowly, of course, to match my gains, because I don’t want to overtask myself and lose what I’ve gained… but oh, I’m quite excited to feel that things are on an upswing, and I’m prepared and even chomping at the bit to start doing MORE.
One of the things that I’ve been doing is reading Jean Smith’s The Beginner’s Guide to Walking the Buddha’s Eightfold Path. I find it easy to read through, yet sound in writing and stimulating for me to think over and inspire me. Considering that this has always been the way I’ve worked to frame my life, it seems like an appropriate thing to read more about, to help keep my mind in the right mindset. If you don’t know much about The Eightfold Path, this is a good place to start. I am not a Buddhist, but I know sensible thoughts when I see them, and this philosophy fits well with my already established outlook and morals.
If you want to know what that outlook and those morals are, you can’t look to any better place than The Five Precepts or The Five Mindfulness Trainings, as written by Thich Nath Hanh. I, of course, work to reach these goals every day, and in no way have achieved perfection at them – but that gives me something to reach for!

Oh! For those who have been following the work of myself and my Artist’s Way cluster, I wanted to let you know that I did indeed finish The Artist’s Way, although I never did post a definitive wrap-up. I should remedy that at some point, shouldn’t I! I have the next step to move on to – Walking In This World – I should have some posts about that up starting this week, continuing under the “i plant the seeds” tag. Readers, if you are interested in working along with me, let me know! [especially my cluster-folk, because you have been amazing inspirations to me.]

I write, as openly as possible, about my experiences with life, love, creativity, depression and not-depression. I share opinions. I promote compassion and change. I talk about music. I also write poetry and short stories. I like to share them here.

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