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Today’s Adventure Begins With WordPress

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jewelry 9-14 013This a picture of a Storyteller that I created. I love them because they represent one of my passions. Writing. Truth is, I’m writing a book. In order to write the book, I have to read books. The book I’m reading is, “WordPress for Dummies,” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. While I read it, I’m suppose to do what is being explained. There is hope on the horizon. I am going to learn how to make my page function like I want it to and to help people find me.

The things in life that bring me joy are (in descending order): family, friends, dogs, writing, creating art, reading,  hiking, cooking, yoga, gardening, camping and movies. Which means that I am enjoying the process of creating something that will, I hope, be an inspiration to people to be the best human they can be. While it’s true that nobody is perfect, we can allow our “reach to be greater than our grasp.”

I tell my yoga students that it isn’t about the end result, it’s about the journey towards it. Sure, it’s nice to have a great outcome, but is it necessary? Joy is found in the doing, in the being. I believe that’s why we’re all here: to actively create a joyful experience, or not. Maybe there are those who are here to create a miserable experience, but the fact is, at some very deep  level, you get to choose. Of course, I believe in a free-will Universe in which we are all just “experiencing.”

That being said, I intend, to the best of my ability, to share this little journey with you. Of course, you can buy the book and do it alone, but what’s the fun in that? So, here’s to WordPress and ” WordPress for Dummies”.

This is What Real Adventure is About

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Wow! I’m finally settling in from our camping trip to the Maze in Canyonlands. For those of you who don’t know where that is, think of the four Corners area of Utah. It is incredible big sky country and the most remote place in any National Park in the U.S. of A.

Start out at the ranger station with eight trucks loaded to the max and 20 passengers, then head down the Flint Trail for the Doll House campgrounds. It only took us 12 hours! That should give you some idea of how difficult the trail is and how remote the location.Image

But boy was it worth it. We spent 5 days in camp–days of leisure, hiking and fun. Mostly fun. But, being a bit of a princess, I like real accommodations, like indoor plumbing and sheets. We slept in a tent on an air mattress that couldn’t seem to keep air. My wonderful husband did provide a heater for the shower water and an enclosure. But the main toilet was outside behind a rock.

The park service has new regulations. With the dry weather, the fire hazard is great, so no fires. That means not charcoal, and that means no dutch ovens. Propane stoves only. We pretty much cooked everything at home and sealed it in cooking bags. But it was still great!

We traveled by truck to Chimney Rock and Indian Cave and then hiked. This is a picture of Chimney Rock. Awesome doesn’t even come close. This is created by erosion from wind and water.Image

My greatest breakthrough came on the way out. Because the climate is so dry, the fallen juniper trees twist themselves into wonderful, evocative shapes. The bark is shredded and textured to look like scales, so I saw dragons everywhere and wanted to bring one home, but no–illegal. But those wonderful dragons inspired me to create some from polymer clay and fabric. They are still whirling in my head awaiting creation. I’ll post one when he’s done.

Here are a couple more photos for your pleasure. Check out the big sky country.Image

This next photo shows what the area Surrounding the Doll House is like. Enjoy the photos, we enjoyed the trip.

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A Little Detour

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I’ve been thinking that some of you might not understand how art can be an adventure or an adventure be art. Well, all of life is an adventure and putting it into art just makes it more interesting.

People tell me how busy I am. Well, of course, I know I’m busy, but you see, life is for living and if you’re not filling it up, then what is it for at all? Every day should be full of stuff–hopefully stuff that is creative and rewarding and fun. Even drudgery can be meditation. Even the dullest things can be fun.

For example, I have a quarter-acre of land (minus the house) to keep cleared of weeds. I don’t believe in using chemicals, so that means getting on my hands and knees and pulling out the little buggers before they turn to seed. Now, this is the desert, so an over abundance of weeds isn’t usually a problem, but we had a good deal of rain last year. That means all bets are off. So, I put on my sun protection, including a really ugly hat, grab up my kneeling pad and digger and go after the weeds. Nothing interferes and I find that I am at peace with the world. I watch ants working to bring in the harvest, lizards scurrying off to hide under a rock and the neighbors cat slinking along the fence. If we put seed out in the feeders, I am accompanied by a chorus of little finches fighting over the feed sock. 

All of this can be turned into art. I discovered that one of my cactus plants has at least 30 buds getting ready to burst into bloom. Have you ever seen the desert in bloom? It is magnificent. This plant is showing its spring blessings in fuscha. I also have red and yellow and purple blooming around the yard.

There is inspiration in the color, the texture, the form. Nature gives us all we need to be inspired. And we are all creative creatures that need to express ourselves, whether in words, song, paint, dance, craft or movement.

Adventure becomes art when it is carefully thought out and planned for and then executed with design and gratitude. It can be as simple as a picnic in the desert or a 10 day campout in Canyonlands (which we are doing in Sept.). Just take your creative nature along with you and see what happens. I will take my sketch pad, my camera and a beading project, but I don’t need to leave home for a creative fix. I can walk out my back door and there it is. I am surrounded by life and the adventure of living.

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This is just one of many cacti that bloom in the spring.