“Praise the bridge that carried you over.” ~George Colman
This is the first gluten-free sandwich I ever made. Okay, so as a fabric artist I love soft sculpture. The plate is even fabric.
Bob and I chose many years ago not to get caught up in the frenzy of the holidays. We celebrate a quiet, spiritual Christmas. That doesn’t mean we don’t have fun, we simply try not to get drawn into the excesses of the season.
Several years ago I began what I call A Season of Angels. During December I work on an angel art or craft project each day. The purpose of this is to take a little time each day to focus on the spiritual teachings of Advent and the role of angels as God’s messengers.
This year I invite you to take a few minutes each day to slow down the holiday craziness and relax in and reflect on the Light of God.
“The first duty of love is to listen.” — Paul Tillich
Story Corp. began the National Day of LIstening on the day after Thanksgiving in 2008 as a non-commercial alternative to Black Friday Shopping. We all need a reminder that life is not about how many things we collect, but about the relationships we build. On this day after Thanksgiving take an hour to record an interview with a loved one. This is your opportunity to let the people close to you know their stories won’t be forgotten. You might be surprised by what you learn. For more information on the National Day of Listening including a Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide visit: http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/
“Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.” – Ute Prayer
I have learned in my own life that achieving physical, mental and spiritual balance is possible but not a once and for all kind of thing. It is more like walking a balance beam.
If you watch a gymnast you will notice she makes subtle shifts in balance to stay on the beam. So it is with life.
To live a balanced life we make subtle changes as required. At first there may be very big, noticeable changes. But as time goes on the shifts become so natural and so much a part of daily life we may not even notice them.
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~William A. Ward
“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” ~Alfred Painter
What would Fall be without fruit and vegetable carving? I know you’re thinking Jack-O-Lanterns, but what about carved watermelons or pineapples? I doubt you’ve seen anything like these. Please follow the links to see some beautiful pictures (there are a few magnificent Jack-O-Lanterns included) and don’t forget to bookmark us before you go.
I just found one more I had to share. If you’re not into carving check out these beautifully decorated pumpkins. All you need is a pumpkin and a permanent marker. http://rainbowelephant.com/pumpkins-for-non-trick-or-treaters/
Now it’s your turn. Have you ever experimented with fruit or vegetable carving? Or maybe you are quite accomplished in the art form. Perhaps you have been inspired by a fruit or vegetable carving demonstration or display. Do you have another way of decorating pumpkins? Tell us about it.