"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." (Carl Jung)
Under the Cherokee Moon



April - Month of the Flower Moon

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I Recommend and Use

On The Nightstand
  • Long Life: Essays and Other Writings
    Long Life: Essays and Other Writings
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • The Evening Chorus: A Novel
    The Evening Chorus: A Novel

Catching Up

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 
― Maya Angelou


I haven't posted here in so very long. It's been a very busy year so far, which is a very good thing, considering how long I was a bit dormant. The more I accomplish, the more confidence I gain. I missed a whole lot of time spent doing the things that bring me joy while I was ill.

My hobby of creating wearable art has grown in leaps and bounds. I picked up my beads and theads mainly as a way to stop smoking after my heart attack. Beading keeps my hands and my mind busy, and that's a must as my physical health continues to improve.

I've opened a new shop at IndieMade and I'm very happy with the user friendly interface thus far. I have much sprucing up to do yet, but come on over and take a look around. You may just find that piece that was meant just for you. 

All profits will go into a fund to create crucial habitat for wildlife.  A very large undeveloped forest that is being clear-cutted right next to our property will be displacing so very much wildlife, and I hope to make our place even more wildlife friendly than it already is.  It's the least I can do to help all of the wonderful birds and creatures that have given me so very much joy over the years.


The Need to Read


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” 


― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Since my eyesight has become so very compromised, I haven't been able to read as much as I would like over the past year or so. I have a library full of literally thousands of wonderful books, but the text is usually too small for me to handle.

Enter a new router that works together with our sattelite internet, and I'm finally back in business with my Kindle; and what a treat to discover Amazons' unlimited plan. I'm downloading books and reading them as fast as I can. Only voracious readers can really understand the need to read. I've had it my entire life.

One of the last text books I read was 'Braiding Sweetgrass' by author and biologist Robin Wall Klimmerer. Even though I had to use a magnifying glass, I think I read the entire book in 3 days. I made a connection to the author immediately. 

Even though I highlighted much text in the book,  I'm re-reading it again on the Kindle because it struck a chord on so many deep levels. Right off the bat. She begins by sharing the traditional story of Skywoman. . Like most traditional stories, Skywoman is one star in a constellation of teachings. Traditional peoples did not have 'commandments' or rules, rather a compass of sorts for living. They provide an orientation, but not a map. Robin says so eloquently "The work of living is creating that map for yourself'. I fell into this way of being so easily with my traditional relatives and I still do. When I read any book that resonates this deeply, I can't help but open the pages again and again because I always miss something. Those 'somethings' have carried me though some very difficult challenges.

Throughout my health struggles, I have learned over and over again to never take anything for granted and I'm truly grateful for the technology that brings treasured books, old and new, into my home in a format that works for me.  I have been a bit removed from the world for a very long time but reading always, always, keeps me connected. One cannot put a price on that.


Our Journey

We're all just walking each other home.”
― Ram Dass

Dark Wings

'To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. 
To know the dark, go dark. 
Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, 
blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.' 
~ Wendell Berry


“Happiness is a warm puppy.” 

  Charles M. Schulz

Dreaming of a White Christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” 
― Norman Vincent Peale