August 30, 2014
Mona Brooks wrote the book, Drawing with Children in 1986, where she discusses why and when children stop drawing.
She sites that every child draws and loves coloring, but at a certain age they stop, either because they see other people do it better or because they are not encouraged to be creative. She further states that when we stop drawing a certain part of our brain shuts down and remains stagnant. It is that part of the brain that creates and invents. Continue reading The Creative Being in You!
In today’s stressed out world where we are all trying to multi task, I thought I would take the opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of self love, self care and doing everything in your life with intention. Continue reading The Importance of Daily Meditation
50 Shades of Depression/50 Shades of Suicide
Need Help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
Unfortunately, we all judge each other. We hate in others what we despise in ourselves. I found I had to go through a process to come to terms with the recent event of Robin Williams suicide.
Depression is a common illness that creates feelings of isolation and although it is devastating, it is always good to learn that we are not alone in our struggle.
Millions of people suffer from depression in one form or another. Every form should be taken seriously. There is help available. Continue reading Robin Williams
August 11th, 2014
In Pursuit of the Great American Lotus Flower
Growing up on a four-lane busy street in the City of Chicago didn’t provide me with much exposure to the flora and fauna of the Midwest. During my first spring in Lombard, (tree town or lilac village), Illinois, I was captivated as I drove through the town on my regular errands.
During my early years in the city of Chicago, I might have seen a lilac bush poking through a fence, in an alleyway or caught a glimpse of a limb of a crab apple tree extending from the backyard. Sure, I knew about fall foliage and would frequent the Morton Arboretum, in Lisle Illinois, in autumn, but at the age of 25, I was unfamiliar the purple redbud tree that blooms for just a few weeks, in the spring, before becoming ordinary. There are at least four to five giant magnolia trees bursting with their enormous hardy buds on every block that eventually provides a carpet of powdery pink petals. The town is literally littered with pink, burgundy and white crab apple trees, you know, the kind that Bambi got his antlers tangled in when he met Faline for the first time? Continue reading The Great American Lotus Flower
Part IV, The Flood Story In My Journey
It has been two weeks since I last wrote about the flood story. I am ready to give you an explanation as to why I had to stop.
I struggle with my expectations of friends and family and how it pertains to the “Golden Rule” of “do unto others and you would have others do unto you,” and more succinctly how everyone has his/her own interpretation of that rule.
When I last left off, I had fired my brother-in-law, Frank, from doing my tile job. It hurt to be reminded of the situation because I have a strong sense of loyalty to my friends and family. If I can help you in anyway I will, without a doubt I am happy to do it. I am happy to see people succeed and encourage them to do so whenever possible. I’d like to lift up the whole planet and save the world if I could, but that is not an option. This is my rule, and how I interpret it. So firing my brother-in-law felt disloyal, but I didn’t feel like I had another option.
Life is a series of lessons, and if you do not learn the lesson you will be presented with it again and again until you do. Continue reading CEREBRAL