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Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

.~ Come Alive vs Drained .~


I have been soul searching and I think I am getting close to the answers to the questions I posed on my last post.  I am enjoying this quest very much so far.  How about you?  Are you coming up with answers to the questions as well?

Question #1.
 What are the things that have energized you, tasks or activities that make you "come alive"?

Question #2.
What are the things that have drained the life out of you?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

. ~ 2017 Quest Day 1 . ~


It is the first day of a New Year! 
Thus starts my focused quest to find out to discover who God wants me to be in 2017.

I think its best to start with asking God that question directly. Matthew 10:39 states, "If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me" (paraphrased in The Message).

Perfect so I will look first to God to discover the gifts he gave me.

John Thomas writes in part 3 of the article What's God's Will For My Life this advice: "Discovering these gifts can be a bit of an art form. Of course, experience is one of the best indicators. As you look back over your life, what are the things that have energized you, tasks or activities that make you "come alive"?

Alternatively, what are the things that have drained the life out of you? Are there any underlying themes that rise to the surface? The key is finding out what is it about you, and what is it about those tasks and activities, that make for the connection or disconnection. Your answers to those questions will help you begin to recognize some general ideas about your design."

Question #1.
 What are the things that have energized you, tasks or activities that make you "come alive"?

Question #2.
What are the things that have drained the life out of you?

That is a great place to start today.  As I move through this day I will ponder these questions and share the answers as they surface.  Perhaps you might want to ask yourself the same questions too.

May your day be filled promise of good things to come.

Cheers!~

Saturday, December 31, 2016

. ~ Farewell December 2016 ~ .


How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? 
                                                                                                                Dr. Seuss

12/30/16  ~ View from my backyard. ~

This morning I woke up anxious to start the day.
My spirit is excited that I lived through 2016.
Many did not.
Thank you God for blessing me with the promise of a New Year.
As I moved through this day, I asked myself how can I make a difference in 2017.
I came across this quote by Catherine of Siena: 
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” 
Oh that sounds like a wonderful quest to discover who God wants me to be in 2017.
Perhaps you might decide to focus on that too.
I decided it will be the focus of my blog posts from now until next December.
Praying for everyone reading this post that 2017 brings you Peace, Love and Joy and the greatest of course... LOVE.



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

.~ Bear With Me. ~



I have just started blogging again and it appears my posts that are showing up in your email box are repeating themselves.  I apologize for that.  Please bear with me as I try and unlock the mystery of why this is happening. ~TSM

Monday, June 6, 2016

.~ Creative Thought . ~

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose because before he can do so he has to forget all the roses that have ever been painted.

                                                                                ~  Henri Matisse
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse
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There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/rose.html
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/rose.html
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/rose.html
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

.~ A Life Decision .~

Nothing goes to waste on the journey of life. Both good and bad experiences shape your mind and heart for what is to come.

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Nothing goes to waste on the journey of life.
Both good and bad experiences shape your mind and heart 
of what is to come.
                                                                                                      ~ Leon Brown

I am struggling with a transition.
I feel the time is ripe, however there is a fear of letting go of the familiar.
The words simply surrender resonate to me.
But the question is do I simply surrender to the flow of the transition?
Or simply surrender that I am to fearful to let go?

This conundrum that I am in reminds me of the line from the movie Shawshank Redemption:
Get busy living or get busy dying.

When put like that, it the answer seems apparent.
So why I am I struggling?

Nothing goes to waste on the journey of life. Both good and bad experiences shape your mind and heart for what is to come.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
                                                 ~ Albert Einstein

It is interesting to me that "white animals" appear whenever I am in a deep sadness.  One year a white horse, a white heron and a white cat showed up out of nowhere in my yard in a week's time.
I heard some news the other day that made me very sad.
The white animals started to appear again.
First a flock of white birds appeared and then the white cat.
Mind you, I do not see this white cat on a regular basis.

Not sure what it all means, but I am very intrigued by it all.