fawn/doe :: gem/magic
I made a gem painting many months ago in preparation for the arrival of the fawns this Spring. I intended to hang it outside and use the trail cam to photographically capture the magical moment of one of the fawns walking in front of the painting. The idea was lofty at best but I held onto the belief that it could happen. Spring came and went and there were no fawns. It wasn’t until early July that the fawns started to venture out into the neighborhood side by side with their mommas. As it turns out, the placement of the gem painting on the side of the house is perfect because the area is a regular passageway for these families. The composite images below are in honor of Mother Nature and her beautiful reminders of patience and renewal.
This exercise is called “rainbow butt leg lifts” (for obvious reasons). Try it while you’re watching the paint dry!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. In case no one has told you this lately-> you’re doing a great job!
You and your kids, or the children for whom you are a mentor, are perfectly designed for each other. You challenge each other to grow in profound and transformative ways. The amount of love, support and patience you give guides the struggle and enhances the joy.
In honor of Father’s Day I’ll post a Story Corps clip that fills my eyes with tears every time I listen to it. It’s called ‘Don’t Sneak’: Dad’s Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The 50’s and you can listen to it by clicking on the link below (3:29 minutes). http://www.npr.org/player/embed/325917505/326062372.
This is a tribute to my dear friend Lara. We’ve lived in two different cities together and recently she helped me move halfway across the country to yet another home away from home. I am thankful to have such a sweet, creative, intelligent friend who provides so much joy + inspiration in my life.
We didn’t have much time for road trip photos, but we managed to snap a few of the in between moments. Here Lara is making me laugh as we use the remaining produce in the refrigerator to make what turned out to be a very “Earthy” juice for the road trip.
Lara helped unpack, too! She’s a real trooper. And the best part is that she let me dress her up and style her for some photos with all the random stuff we unpacked. Ain’t she something else!?
Lara recently challenged me to do the #stopdropandyoga challenge. In response I created these two yoga videos below for her this week. They include two songs that we listened to on repeat while on our road trip. They’re very meditative and somewhat sleepy songs, so I’m not sure how we stayed awake with this soundtrack while traveling through the dark, lonely roads of eastern Utah, but somehow we managed.
Song – “Asleep” by The Smiths
Song- “Magpie to the Morning (Bonus Track)” by Neko Case
If you like yoga and are in the San Diego area please take my friend Lara’s Ashtanga class at Namaste Pacific Yoga and Wellness Center in Hillcrest. Her class is challenging, restorative, and you’ll be just as mesmerized as I am by her Southern charm.
My graphite portrait of Red Cloud is complete. It has been three years since I completed a drawing and this one took me almost exactly one year to finish. That’s a long time to spend with a single sheet of 22″ x 30″ paper so I feel especially pleased to wrap this project up. My competing hobbies have a lot to do with this drawing taking one full year to complete. Sometimes I’d only spend five minutes working on the drawing and then get lured away for weeks by all the lovely distractions that Southern California has to offer.
The motivation for this drawing began as a special request from my husband for a portrait of Red Cloud- the Lakota warrior and statesman who led successful confrontations with the United States government in the mid to late 1800’s. After studying historic photos of Red Cloud I fell in love with his handsome face and committed to creating the drawing as a gift for my husband. When this portrait is displayed in our new place I will let it serve as a reminder that strategic leadership and perseverance can defeat great obstacles.
To celebrate completing a big project, Alex, Jude and Michael helped paint some arrows that we salvaged from my husband’s archery practice. The kids loved the project and were extremely concerned that I borrowed their painted arrows for a few days to take photos.
“Are they dry yet?”
I also celebrated by purchasing a chunky, beaded necklace from Seaweed + Gravel in Encinitas, CA. After staring at Red Cloud’s bone-beaded vest for several months I guess I had beads on my mind. Many, many, many, many beads. Seaweed + Gravel sells a collection of vintage, re-purposed, and new items and they have beautiful portraits and photos of Native Americans throughout the store. This includes a mural of Sitting Bull on the exterior wall by Muralchemy. Sitting Bull led many war parties against the U.S. Government in support of Red Cloud. They were two incredible forces to be reckoned with.
I like the closing remarks that I read in an interview with Seaweed + Gravel’s Co-owner, Dave Patri,
“Do, Make, Say, Think.”
My sister-in-law introduced me to the power of cultured vegetables. During a dinner conversation she mentioned all the benefits that they provide for your inner ecosystem, building resistance to infections, and greatly enhancing digestion. They’re like a SWAT team for your digestive and immune system- packed with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Fermented foods are potent detoxifiers and contain much higher levels of probiotics than probiotic supplements at a fraction of the cost.
I was convinced that I had to try it out, so I started looking up recipes and tutorials online. I found a video (below) which briefly and clearly explains the preparation process. So far I’ve made five batches over the past five months and I have noticed the health benefits: increased energy, mental clarity, stable digestive system, boosted immune system, and bacterial infections that were recurring are now a thing of the past.
A few of my findings:
I found it difficult to find the culture starter in local health food stores so I purchased the starter from Body Ecology.
I make sure to add 2-3 tablespoons of salt to each batch because I like the vegetables to stay crunchy (otherwise you’ll get a soggy batch). Roughly chopping the vegetables will also prevent sogginess.
When I first started taking them I experienced a mild Herxheimer Reaction as the fermented vegetables went to work removing toxins from my body. I reduced my dosage to just one spoonful per day and the Herxheimer Reaction disappeared. I continued with a one spoonful dosage per day and that seems to be the right balance for me.
Per request from some of my friends, here is what I typically put in my batch of cultured vegetables:
2 small heads of cabbage (if you use purple cabbage the mix will turn a bright pink color like the before/after photo below)
2-3 jalapeno peppers (seeds included, I like it to have a mild spicy kick)
1 head cauliflower (optional)
4 celery stalks blended with filtered water (this will get mixed with the culture starter, I also blend in a large handful of the chopped vegetables to create a brine)
1 packet of culture starter (prepped according to instructions, I use honey to feed the starter)
2-3 tbsp salt
I’ll let this very helpful instructional video take it from here: