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Friday, July 29, 2011

Kingfisher

Most mornings on my way to work, perched above the road in a rather unexpected area, sits a Kingfisher. I was quite surprised when I first noticed him and was delighted to see him the next day and the next. And loved that he stayed with me.

the gentle Compassion that rises up within… filling me.

the flowing River that encompasses and sustains…carrying me.

the fragrance of Gardenias on a summer evening… breathing me.

the Kingfisher perched above the circle of the earth… watching over me.

God is.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Book Now Available on Amazon

My Heart Leaps: A Book of Graphic Psalms is now available on Amazon.com.

There are two editions of the book available. There's the "standard" edition which is a perfect bound paperback (8.25"x8.25", 96 pages) Each graphic psalm is formatted on two pages with the image on one page and the text on the facing page. ($22.99)

The other edition is the more compact "devotional" edition which is a perfect bound paperback (9.6"x7.4", 56 pages) Each graphic psalm is formatted with both the image and text on the same page. The image is slightly reduced but the content is the same. ($17.99)

The "My Heart Leaps: Graphic Psalms Journal" is the same size and binding as the "devotional edition" (9.6"x7.4", 54 pages) It is an accompanying journal for the book. It contains 40 journaling pages, one for each of the 40 graphic psalms included in the book. The journal can be used with either edition of the book. ($8.50)

These links and additional information can be found on my website: myheartleaps.com

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Holy Longing

I attended an artist workshop this weekend taught by Doug Walton. It's always an adventure to paint with Doug. This time we were invited to bring our own travel compositions to paint (usually we have models or subject matter he brings from his world travels).

The Benedictine Monastery in Pecos, NM became very close to my heart during my month there this summer, so that was my chosen subject matter. I worked on three paintings this weekend, two were of the monastery building. Of those, one is "eh" and the other I haven't finished yet. The one I haven't finished yet has some dead tree branches in the foreground (like the ones on the wind swept bluff above the monastery)...the instructor liked my tree branches so much that he suggested that I leave the monastery out of the painting..."I don't think so!"

The only one I finished is a painting of the wonderful life-size statue called "Hosanna Madonna". The statue is carved out of a dead tree on the monastery grounds along the Pecos River. Here's a photo of the statue:



Here's how it feels to me:


I love this imagery...not just in celebration of new physical life but also new spiritual life. I see that God is always in the process of bringing forth new life in me which I need to gratefully embrace and celebrate.

Revisiting my time in Pecos, made me feel a bit homesick for the place. One of my fellow classmates described the experience this way:
"The silence and prayer remain with me like a little monastery within and I have a holy longing to return to the quiet." (Ray McCracken)
I am grateful for my "little monastery within" that calls me to return to the quiet.


Monday, August 25, 2008

Tending My Feminine Soul


I leave on Wednesday for vacation. I'll be in Georgia for a couple of days then will drive down to St. Augustine, Florida with my sister to spend a WEEK with the women folk of the family. This is an annual event and open only to the women in the family. Normally, no children are allowed, but this year we've made an exception for my sister's 3 month old nursing daughter who is the most adorable, well-behaved baby ever (otherwise, we may have voted her off the island).

My dad died of cancer almost 4 years ago and less than a year later, my mom was diagonosed with breast cancer. After 2 rounds of chemo, a mastectomy, radiation, and now ongoing "anti-hormone" therapy, she's holding her own. After going through all that, she decided there's no time like the present for enjoying life. This annual week at the beach together is one of her priorities...last year she asked us to promise to come this year even if she weren't still around. Thankfully, she is still around and we look forward to good laughs, margaritas, sitting on the beach watching the sunrise, walking in the surf, key lime pie...


I'll check in when (if?) I return. : )