Recently I was playing around with making inspirational posters. I love encouraging and inspiring people and reminding them of their worth. I have been playing around with various ways of communicating these ideas. Recently I created this poster about you and your dreams. You may have a dream that makes you really excited every time… Continue reading Why Your Dreams are Important: A Brief Reflection
For the last week, I have been painting a series of peaceful thoughts. They are mainly about you and me and our worth as human beings. I really believe each of these ideas below, and I post them here for you, hopefully to inspire, encourage, and comfort you, if you are having a hard time.… Continue reading Seven Peaceful Thoughts for Your Week
Hello, I am Mr. Lumpkins—Genius extraordinaire. I am special. The Greatest, some say. Only truly special people understand me, and if you are reading this, I know you must be one of those special people. So I am going to let you in on a little secret: I have a plan. One day I will… Continue reading Mr. Lumpkins: Genius Extraordinaire–Mr. Lumpkins Lets You in on a Secret
Our democracy (in the U.S.) is going through a bit of a rough patch right now. It's not surprising. Democracy is hard sometimes. But I have hope for democracy, and here is why. Anytime anyone practices the following virtues, they strengthen democracy: Kindness: Use your words to strengthen people's spirits, not crush them. Compassion: Recognize… Continue reading Slugs for Democracy: A Whimsical Watercolor
I have a complicated history with exercise. On the one hand, I loved playing when I was little. My favorite activities were hide-and-go-seek, climbing trees, and roller skating. My mom also enrolled me in a dance aerobics class when I was in high school, and I loved those classes. On the other hand, like most… Continue reading Exercise That Makes Me Feel Like a Magical Unicorn: What if We’ve Been Duped about Exercise All Along?
I have been hanging and playing on monkey bars in my back yard almost every day for the last four months, and I am blogging about it each month. Let me tell you a secret: This is hard; I am still not very good at it; and sometimes I think I will never get anywhere.… Continue reading Month Three and Four of Monkey Bar Hanging: Let Me Tell You a Secret
We all have rough days in which we feel sad, disappointed, or insecure about ourselves. Here are some peaceful thoughts to remember the next time you are having a rough day, whether that day is today or in the future. ***** If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing on social media.
My husband and I had to say goodbye to our kitty Leo last week. We are heartbroken, but it was Leo's time to go. He had lived a long life--we think about 15 years--and his health had been declining recently. Last week we realized that keeping him here with us any longer wasn't doing him… Continue reading Lessons I Learned from My Kitty Leo
It may seem odd to suggest that coloring is a contemplative practice. After all, the phrase contemplative practice sounds very grown-up, serious, and even mysterious. Coloring, on the other hand, is child's play, lighthearted, and easy as a walk in the park on a sunny day. Can coloring really be contemplative? Contemplative practices are activities… Continue reading Coloring: A Contemplative Practice
Humans have been fascinated with circles all throughout history. Circles are everywhere in nature, both in the nature around us (like flowers and forests) and the nature above us (like planets and galaxies). Because of the symmetry of circles, people have long associated them with the Divine, infinity, harmony, balance, enlightenment, and perfection. (You can… Continue reading Creating Nature Mandalas: A Contemplative Practice