Friday, September 12, 2014

The Burning Pines 5k Run

Up before dawn…. 
 At Bastrop State Park, laced up and toeing the starting line.
 #428 the buff blonde Dutch boy is my husband…. (me on the right) tucked in just behind him. He sacrifices his times to run with me, he could have easily placed 1st in his division! 
 Leaving it all on the finish line…. 
 We both placed 2nd in our divisions! 
In 2011 97% of the beautiful old pine trees were lost to a huge wildfire.  You can still see many of the burnt trees standing upright and blackened. 
 Each year this Race provides funding for new trees to replace those lost.
 On the mend and growing back….
 Something to feel good about! 


From a confirmed non runner a year and eight months ago to running steady, six days a week, rain, shine or snow!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WHERE WOMEN COOK

WHERE WOMEN COOK The Heart and Soul of Cooking…

The new issue of WHERE WOMEN COOK is on newsstands now. One of the most fabulous aspects of what I do is having the opportunity to interview some super amazing people! I am continually inspired by their passion, creativity, uniqueness and talent. As a matter of fact I just got off the phone with an incredible, world renowned chef who completely blew my mind! (shhh! I have to keep it on the hush hush for the time being!) What ishappening in the world of food at this time is truly unbelievable and so very exciting! 
I am honored to have interviewed THE MEN WE CRAVE - featured Chef Willie Degel of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse (the best steakhouse in NYC) and the Food Network's hit show RESTAURANT STAKEOUT fame as well as Country Music Super Star Rose Falcon Atkins for our Fall 2014 issue. Grab your copy today and learn how to cook THE PERFECT steak!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Applied Imaginations: my contribution

Over the years I've come to realize that my greatest desire in life is simply to leave some small contribution. 

 Something creative and positive to share with others. It is only too obvious that our time here is but a brief cycle in the grand scheme of things.
  To me that means not a moment to waste…. no stone left unturned. And while it can be a challenge to follow an unpredictable fickle muse…. if that is where you thrive…. make a concerted effort to seek it out at all costs. You can only be rewarded.
By choosing to pursue an uncertain route you are opening yourself up to the absolute adventure life truly is.
 Start from a predetermined point and gradually move outward, step by step into larger and larger ever widening spirals.
 Compromise when you must while fully cultivating your imaginations…. a huge endeavor to be sure and one that calls for bravery but well worth it.
 The reward is your own accomplishment,
 a sense of deep fulfillment at having witnessed your own eclipse!
 "Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and
  the desire to hide." Dr. D. Winnicott



Never were truer words spoken….

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Extraordinary Inspiration

The definition of Inspire: to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative…. to stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, awaken, ignite, trigger….
One look at the new WHERE WOMEN CREATE magazine cover tells you it is an exceptional issue! Beginning with the magazines Creator and Editor In Chief, Jo Packham's "From my Kitchen Table" letter….. to the artist featured in my "Creative Rituals" column - the incredibly talented Christiane Cegavske: Creator of Many Things. The creative insights shared through its pages are priceless… meaningful and may just be the one last little thread you have been waiting for to help push you into awe inspiring creative endeavors of your own!!! Oooo, just got chills! Check it out at
Stampington & Company, or Where Women Create.





Monday, July 21, 2014

The World is Your Oyster


We race through our lives, silently…. repeatedly walking into the fire, treading daily thru vast mine fields, surrounded by interruptions and yes, armed sometimes solely by our delusions. All the while the challenge is to remain focused. 

To continue forward thinking. To be creative and constructive. To get in there and open things up. To discover the pearls. To learn a lot. To explore eternally and enjoy profoundly….repeatedly. 

To exhaust and relinquish ourselves…. repeatedly.
 

Ignite the spark, creating tall flames that in turn prevent poverty of the mind. So what if we submit to fear and sadness once in a while… run thru it to the other side. 

We are limitless if we so choose. Let the answer to all your questions always be YES, Absolutely. YES will guide you to the magic!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Organic Experiments


Organic Experiments

 There is nothing more beautiful to me than that which can be found in the natural world. Sheer, raw…. perfectly flawed beauty.
 Freshly cooled molten lava and what once was wood that gradually turned to stone, petrifying over millions of years…. re-imagined, re-created, re-cast in dyed resin.
 Quartz crystals formerly hung from the ceiling of a cave… can you tell which one is real and which is resin?
 They both are resin (the natural ones are in the background!)

  And one last piece, something absolutely magical Hemimorphite (Ore of Zinc) cast in my favorite color… turquoise (it's the smaller chunk on top). All especially cast to mimic and honor mother nature.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

where women create BUSINESS

where women create BUSINESS
For all of you jewelry lovers and entrepreneur's be sure to check out the newest issue of where women create BUSINESS it is an especially interesting issue!
Gina Riley's (of Rebel Designs) business tips are very insightful!