I recently caught the story of Ursula Populoh, a fibers-enthusiast who has begun an undergraduate course in Fiber Arts at the age of 70 at The Maryland Institute College of Art, Mrs. Populoh grew up in Germany during the aftermath of the Second World War, and after emigrating to America, she focused on running a business and raising a family, not having the opportunity to pursue secondary education until recently. From an interview in Juxtapositions: “We walked by a studio, and I […]
Paula Kuitenbrouwer keeps a lovely online portfolio and shop of “Mindful Drawings.” Most masterful artists would likely have developed a refined quality of mindfulness, but Paula’s work breathes from a deep and clearly-articulated intention to work from a place of mindfulness. “I carefully prepare my drawing session by laying out all the tools. I think long about what I want, and I pay attention to the composition. I also do research, because I like to know what I am drawing. […]
“I meditate. I don’t look at my mobile device. The greatest days are where I take the time to be silent.” – Oprah Winfrey via Third Metric // Third Metric is redefining success beyond money and power, to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and our ability to make a difference in the world.
If you haven’t yet been acquainted with Tuna the Chiweenie, he is a rescue dog made famous for his heart-opening powers of cuteness. His owner, Courtney Dasher, keeps a well-curated Instagram with over 400,00o followers, which captures the daily life of this vulnerable little being. Looking at photos of Tuna reminds me that even when life is difficult, there are lovely, loving beings like Tuna, who persevere despite lacking evolutionary conveniences like opposable thumbs and credit cards. Thanks, Tuna, for your […]
What I Know of this Life But what of our lives Sunlight warms the crinkly bark, Birds touched by morning sun Sing cantatas at daybreak. The clouds at this hour Rest motionless, While even the waves Pounding the shore Fail to stir the stillness, Which can be carved with a blade. What I love in this life Are the simple things. The curved reach of the sun, Leaves fallen to earth Left behind by the passing moon And feathers found […]