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Operation, Gratitude, Haiku

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Gratitude | 0 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Haiku

Yesterday I called my friend Valerie and said we have to go see the tulips! It was a fine day, my husband reminded me it was tulip time on the Pearl Street Mall and I should get out there. The city plants blocks and blocks of tulips of every shape, color and size. I did not feel very well, but since Valerie said yes and I needed to see both her and the tulips, I dragged my sorry self to the Mall. So glad I did! We ran in to Alix who walked with us and took this picture. Here is my Haiku, for both me and Valerie. Blooming testament all is...

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Operation, Gratitude, Prayer Flags

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Prayer Flags

          I have a creative stitching group of talented friends that organized a call for Prayer Flags for me. Since they are up on the wall in my family room making the room cheerful and blessed, I cannot tell you right now the names of all the 40 dear ones who sent me these flags. I think Kathy York stitched them together, but since I was a bit under the weather at the time I do not know for sure. If your flag is here and let me know! I think I might just leave them up forever, they add so much color and lovely...

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Operation, Gratitude, Books

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Gratitude | 4 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Books

The week I had the surgery I was supposed to teach three classes at Art and Soul retreat in Portland, Oregon. This is my crowd, and I look forward every year to being amongst them. Disappointed did not come close to how I felt about missing this, for many reasons. Life’s best laid plans……. If you have read my blog for a while you know that one person I met and love there is Connie McDowell, who gifted me a fantastic journal she made a few years ago. I have filled it up, and it is gorgeous. She collages the page edges and...

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Operation, Gratitude, Artsyille

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Gratitude | 4 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Artsyille

My friend Aimee Myers Dolich is one creative energetic gal. I saw her work a number of years ago in a magazine and invited her to be a contributor for my first book. I love her work and immediately loved her through our back and forth conversations. Aimee is a very creative mother, an artist and a thinker of great thoughts that she illustrates and prints. Her work is colorful, beautifully written in both the words and the lettering. I got to meet her once here in my town when she was visiting with her hubby Jared who I thought was so, so...

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Operation, Gratitude, Paperworks

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Gratitude | 11 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Paperworks

It has been 7 weeks since my surgery and it still feels surreal to me. So much has gone through my mind, and my body has gone through so much too, it is strange territory. One unexpected waterfall of goodness happened during this time that filled me with appreciation, fondness, joy and so much gratitude, and that is that so many of you SHOWED UP in the way of messages, cards, emails, gifts, flowers, prayer flags and more. I hope to show you as much of this gracious goodness as I can. Paperworks is a guild in Arizona, actually their subtitle...

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Two weeks down the road

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in About me | 68 comments

Two weeks down the road

Hello all. It has been two weeks since my open-heart surgery, and the first day I can sort of read and type. Before now my brain was fairly scrambled with anesthesia and medications. The surgery went well, all in all, but I did wake up tied to my bed with the intubation tube still stuffed down my throat, which was one of my biggest fears. It was ghastly, very frightening an I am having a lot of trouble with that memory. So I came home a miracle: one in a million chances of having this condition and odds likely similar that it was diagnosed...

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Tomorrow is the Day

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in About me | 116 comments

Tomorrow is the Day

I have been in the cardiac ICU for five days now. The nurses are letting me be a bit mobile, thank goodness. Most people in this ICU are not healthy like I am, so at at the beginning I was treated like a geriatric sausage, someone to roll around and do for. It is hard to be treated that way when you are able bodied, so I got permission from the surgeon for more freedom. Now I can shower by myself, unhook all my wires from the Great Tree and go the the bathroom on my own steam. I come back and hook myself back up and all is well. The pulse...

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My Detour from art to the ICU

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in About me | 301 comments

My Detour from art to the ICU

I am typing this from the ICU cardiac unit at St. Anthony hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Last Wednesday I went to the allergy doctor to get a new inhaler to help with allergy and asthma symptoms that I had dealt with my whole life, but which since my flu in December seemed a little worse. The cough would not go away, the feeling in my chest was congested. Nothing  that a new inhaler would not take care of. When I got there, the doctor took my vitals, gave me a breathing treatment and a new inhaler, then sat down with a serious look on his...

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Map Art Lab, Join the Book Club!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Map Art Lab, Join the Book Club!

online book club featuring Map Art Lab

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Winner of Pigments of Your Imagination!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Winner of Pigments of Your Imagination!

The Random Number Generator picked Lou Haines! Congratulations Lou.  

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