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What Children Know That Adults Forgot: Walking Barefoot is Good for You

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

What Children Know That Adults Forgot: Walking Barefoot is Good for You

It’s simple and it’s free, and everyone can do it as often as they like. Whether you choose a riverbed, a beach, a mountaintop, or your own backyard, walking barefoot on the earth recharges and rebalances your earthly body. The best shoes are truly your own feet. Your feet have more nerve endings than anywhere else on your body; about 1300 per square inch. When barefoot, your feet absorb the magnetic energy of the earth and distribute that energy throughout every nerve and organ in your body. Walking barefoot increases blood flow to...

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Bali Rains

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Bali Rains

The last two nights the rains came, cooling everything and bringing gentle winds. From inside the hut, I awoke to what sounded like millions of jewels cascading down upon us. Listening for awhile to the sweet sound, I was unsure rain alone could make this music. I got up, opened the curtains, and walked out the door. Yes, it is the rain. Beautiful rain. And then it stopped. The second night it rained much longer. This time I recognized its music. It is the music of the rain-stick. When you tilt a rain-stick, back and forth, its small...

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Forty Year Anniversary of Going Veg 1974 – 2014

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in blog | 2 comments

Forty Year Anniversary of Going Veg  1974 – 2014

It’s not something I ever thought to celebrate. At least not for the last thirty nine years. Somehow forty years is such a milestone number, it’s worth celebrating! And sharing some reflections. 1974. A lot happened that summer. After my 14th birthday I moved to Laguna Beach with dad. Our second floor apartment rose above the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sixty stairs and I was on the beach. Laguna was a small town of 12,000 people, the majority of whom were artists, hippies, or both. Soon I discovered the best part of...

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Children in Animal Masks: Montessori and The Peaceable Forest

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

Children in Animal Masks:  Montessori and The Peaceable Forest

“Can you come? It would mean so much to the children,” Helen asked. “They wanted me to call and invite you when they found out you live in Gainesville.” Helen teaches art at Flagler Beach Montessori school, about a two hour drive from Gainesville. I met Helen last year when she purchased a Peaceable Forest book to share with her students. Now these students are putting on a play based on the book. It’s their end-of-the-year play, so their families will be there too.   Helen said, “Of all the books they read this year they...

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My Lover’s Embrace

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

My Lover’s Embrace

The aqua green and aqua blue dress he wears, ever moving his powerful wind rushing at me, subduing me, Sand sinking beneath each footstep over and over again, as I reclaim my communion with the beach, with the sea   Some speak of their lovers, men or women of this world pining for their lover’s embrace, their kiss Forlorn and listless when stolen away by separation days pass unnoticed, awaiting their lover’s return   How odd am I, that the ocean is my lover, the one I return to again and again unable to live without his forceful...

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Sunrise Meditation

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Sunrise Meditation

As the sun began its rise in the East, this beautiful verse from a Bengali prayer floated through my mind “With every rising and setting of the sun, a day passes and is lost. Why do you remain idle and not serve the lord of the heart?”* Reflecting on the preciousness of each day, of each moment, was likely spurred by a friend’s letter I read late last night. My friend is recovering from a second cancer surgery, and shared with me, “Every moment is a gift. That’s how I’m seeing my life now.” I appreciate the reminder to not take...

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“If You’ve Seen One Beach . . .”

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in blog | 1 comment

“If You’ve Seen One Beach . . .”

“If you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all,” said an elderly man I thought I knew, until he spoke that one telling line. Aghast by such a shallow perception of millions of exquisite, unique beaches, I recoiled. In that moment I doubted we would agree much on life, love, beauty or the heavens.   I know rock climbers who are full of fascinating descriptions of the terrain they have crossed and the mountains they have climbed.  I know sailors who speak of the oceans and skies with awe and reverence. I know gardeners who marvel...

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A Writing Retreat in Hawaii

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in blog | 2 comments

A Writing Retreat in Hawaii

The following is a true story, and I hope you laugh with me.  I had been hankering for awhile to get away from everyone and everything to write and illustrate my next book. The opportunity came last February when a long time friend asked me to house sit her cottage in Hawaii. She had been away the last several years taking care of her elderly mother. My friend is an artist herself, and spoke of her beautiful large art desk by the north-facing window, the shelves of art supplies, and the ocean view. She sincerely wanted me to come to her place...

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Walnuts and Chocolate

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in blog | 1 comment

Walnuts and Chocolate

Delicious organic brownies in 5 minutes or less While I don’t consider myself a foodie, I do have my weak spots, and brownies are one of them. When I received this recipe (in an email – I kid you not!) I had all the ingredients on hand, and a friend’s luncheon to make them for. There were six of us, so one tray was the perfect amount (so we could all enjoy seconds, too). These brownies were an instant hit. Last week I made homemade chocolates for a birthday bash, and as yummy as my chocolates are, two of my friends requested I bring...

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When Books Become Real

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in blog | 0 comments

When Books Become Real

Printed versus Digital Reads For me a book becomes real when I can hold it, admire it, and turn the pages. In its digital format it is still elusive to me – like it never quite made it to becoming real. (The stories of Pinocchio and The Velveteen Rabbit come to mind.) I have a large collection of books at home, and I visit libraries and go out to bookstores for recreation. While I am grateful for the digital era, I defend the need for children’s picturebooks and storybooks to be physical, printed books. What about you? Have you...

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