Ecuador – Sept. 21, 2013 – Not only is the sun straight overhead at high noon on the equinox, but today is also World Peace Day. Even if you didn’t mark the sun’s placement in your part of the world, and even if you didn’t make an outward (wear white) statement for world peace, please take a moment to reflect on where we are as a collective whole. Continue reading
“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain” Thoreau
Mindo Ecuador – My friends and I walked part of their property this past week, and we noted a clematis-like vine that sprawled along a damp ditch and climbed across anything in its path. Stopping to inspect a butterfly with delicate glass-like wings, we discovered a treasure of insects we might have otherwise missed. Continue reading
County Line Road of Loxahatchee, Florida advanced to the finals of the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam! They are one of seven who made the finals, and they are presently in the #2 spot! Ya-hooooo! Thanks everyone for helping, and if possible keep up your support here: VOTING for ROUND 2
I am in Mindo Ecuador and am helping friends settle into their new property. We are half an hour from town in a very beautiful area. In another week we hope to be wired for the internet. Thanks all of you for your beautiful support of my last post; presently – if I reply to your comments, I will miss my ride back to my friends’ property!
See you later in the week, and thanks again for helping County Line Road reach the finals!
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge showed an image of rebar – called ‘varillas’ in Latin America, and it reminded me of a project from the past two weeks. Last week I was given a great lesson in construction in reverse fashion.
Because of pending regulations in the maritime zone of Nandayure Costa Rica, I had to tear down the thatched-roof rancho in order to move forward with a concession for new construction. In four days, workers demolished a property that held almost ten years of Zeebra memories. Continue reading
We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather around us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer perhaps even a fiercer life because of our quiet. (William Butler Yeats)
Instead of babbling about art tonight, I’d like for everyone to gather ’round and absorb a bit of the serenity that often floats through the I Can Do This sessions. Peer over our shoulders and experience the essence of calm! Continue reading
Some of you have been kind to help with votes for County Line Road in the Pepsi Gulfcoastjam. They reached the Reverbnation #1 spot for Country Rock and have been inching forward from 8 to 6 to 4 and are now in the #3 spot for Pepsi’s search for the “First ever Southern Original.” Chris Cardman, the lead guitar player for County Line Road, is my friend, and we were neighbors at Playa San Miguel in Costa Rica for many years. I am so happy to witness the band’s climb to fame!
Over 2000 acts applied for this event, and CLR is one of 48 that made the finals, and they did well! Darryl Worley, who presided over the Tallahassee playoffs, had several remarks to Chris that made me smile: “Hey man… play that guitar….” and “… That rock and rollin’ guitar man makes us smile and wanna drink more Pepsi!” Continue reading
The world’s spotlight continues to shine on Ecuador, that lovely jewel of a country that so captures the hearts of first-time visitors and continues to burn long after that first imprint on the soul. Often listed as one of the most attractive relocation areas for retirement, it has many jewels in its crown.
but there’s trouble in paradise… Continue reading
I devour nature ceaselessly. I exaggerate, sometimes I make changes in the subject; but still I don’t invent the whole picture. On the contrary, I find it already there. It’s a question of picking out what one wants from nature. -Vincent van Gogh
Working from nature marks our drawings and paintings with an original freshness; instead of drawing the forest or the tree, draw a leaf; admire the details in a cluster of bamboo or the delicate tendrils of a vine. Instead of drawing the entire scene, focus on a small area and edit the parts that seem too cluttered or too boring…
Don’t get discouraged; YOU CAN DO THIS!
Today’s Daily WordPress Prompt is I Am a Rock , and my immediate response was the classic line from the Beatles’ song, “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends…”
The past week has been quite demanding of my time and energies – physical as well as emotional, and as soon as this merry-go-round slows long enough for a longer post, I’ll expand on this theme.
All’s fine, but it’s been a full few weeks. I am especially grateful for the support of many of my friends who have pitched in to help turn lemons into lemonades. Have you missed me?!!!!
(Are you curious?!!!)