Monday, November 30, 2009

Mindful Monday Gift Guide #2

A garden is half-made when it is well planned. The best gardener is the one who does the most gardening by the winter fire.~Liberty Hyde Bailey

This Monday's mindful gift/stocking stuffer is for the food-producing gardener in your life. Let them know you understand and appreciate their willingness to root around in the dirt for hours on end because you've tasted the results and you want more. So, really, this gift might be a tad selfish if you are giving it with the intent of receiving more homegrown, homemade pesto...

Olive Wood Plant Identification Markers- Set of 5

Monday, November 23, 2009

Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.~Lao Tzu

Something to remember this holiday season: amidst all the buying and selling, we can be mindful of what is necessary and of what truly is a "gift."

We often say "stocking stuffers" as if we must have so many gifts that we not only have those under the tree, but those that are stuffed to overflowing in our stockings. In the past, the gifts in the stockings were the only gifts that were given. It seems sad to me that that idea would now be ludicrous to the average Western family.

This holiday season, why not give less tangibly and celebrate more lovingly? The gift of your company is all I really need.

Every Monday until Christmas, I'll feature a mindful gift/stocking stuffer from a seller on Etsy. Today's featured item:

Blue Nebulae Tiny Tea Bag Bowls (Set of 4)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.~Buddha

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pretty Is as Pretty Does...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.~Miss Piggy

I like for pretty things to have practical applications. Just like I like pretty people to be useful members of society instead of vapid, shallow, selfish consumers of fashion and adulation. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and I like beholding kind, compassionate, loving, caring, thoughtful, intelligent, and self-aware people more than I like beholding people who like to be beheld.

So, I agree with Miss Piggy. Even though I suspect she may be one of the vapid/selfish people/pigs, I think she has a valid point. Sometimes you need to knock people over the head to help them see where the true beauty in the world lies.

I made those coasters with pretty colors, but they are, oh, so useful for protecting fine surfaces, so I feel just fine about them.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fear of clowns could lead to success...

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. ~George Washington Carver

(G.W. Carver is one of my all-time favorite historical figures. I read a biography about him written while he was still alive. The interviews with him are priceless.)

Unfortunately, excuses are so easy to make. It'd be great if every time I want to excuse myself from doing something I need to do in a timely manner, procrastination being one of my chief vices, a clown (I fear them the most) would pop up in front of me and shout "You're making an excuse!" I have a feeling I'd be top notch in no time.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Ant and the Apple

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.~Mark Twain

Luckily, I have these covered. So, success must be minutes away.

This quote reminded me of the little ant I found eating an apple in our garden last year. I assume she is completely ignorant of my existence and supremely confident in her ability to eat that apple. I'd like to emulate that. Whatever big, bad possibilities and obstacles might be out there, I'll just keep on feasting on my apple.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On fortitude...

"We all want to be strong all of the time; we want to enter the race at our best; we want to be swift and graceful and embody all the attributes the world seems to reward most. But in the real world we are not all strong; we are not all swift; and we can't face every circumstance with every attribute or resource we should. But whatever we have or don't have, whatever we are or aren't, no matter how tired or disillusioned we are, there is still a need to be met--an objective to be reached, a dream to be realized. Chances are we won't reach our objective in one giant step. Success is rarely the result of one fell swoop, but more often the culmination of many, many small victories." Joseph M. Marshall III

I've been in school off and on for ten years working on an elusive bachelor's degree. Sometimes, it seems that it will never happen. Now, I've been working on my Etsy shop and it is burgeoning ever so slowly. I found this quote yesterday when things were looking down. I hope it lifted you, like it did me.

P.s. We found that snail in a beautiful redwood grove in Northern California.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inspiration comes from the past...

I've been reading "The Lakota Way." The stories the old ones told remind me of the best parts of me that seem to be so neglected in this modern world. Working with my hands, communing with the natural world, living sustainably, harvesting food that I planted in the earth, living with nobility, and being true to who I am.

I'm already planning for next year's garden. I found a picture of last spring's beans and it makes me want to stick my hands in the dirt.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dear, Chemistry,

I've been studying you all day, yet the promise of "better living through chemistry" remains empty.
Still, I'll try to believe that my artistic pursuits will somehow be enhanced by what seems like a sidetracking of my time. My artwork has always been informed by my anecdotal, albeit not technical, love of science.

At least, some people out there are enjoying you:


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Dreamer, Compiler of Facts, Idealist, Compulsive Yarn Handler, Last Person Picked for Kickball, Willing Participant in Mayhem