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I am a wife, mother, artist, teacher - seeking the extraordinary in the everyday moments.
Interests: my favorite things... travel, yoga, bookstores, red wine, harry potter books, airports, kai's laugh, my grandma's voice, snuggly kitties, limone gelato, conversations with dear friends, aromatic baths, sunrise light, blank canvas, paige's beach house and our times there, my great grandmother's poems written on paper bags, my mom's patience & love, flagstaff az, spicey food, warm sand, firenze, cafe, catching up with long lost friends, the smell of ice-skating rinks (lots of years growing up on one), the beach, fitness, silence, fresh flowers, twilight, savannah ga, j's bad jokes, memories of taking photos with my dad, "morning's house" that we found in hs in marietta, my father's voice, new places, j's friendship, my beautiful boys
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what i notice around me lately... a beautiful package sent (and treasured) from a dear friend the layers of sweaters or jackets becoming less and less plans being made for summer adventures alchemy brewing from a small deck of cards... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at sperlygirl
the rain falls gently on the skylight above me, my fingers are covered in gesso and paint. there are so many beginnings to be had here, choosing one can sometimes be the challenge. a candle flickers softly from the corner,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at sperlygirl
happy easter to you too!!!
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2016 on gathering goodness for march... at sperlygirl
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spring brings treasures in her colors and blooms. her light lingers longer, stretching the evening a bit, reminding us of the beautiful palette she casts come twilight. her warming temperatures lure us all back outside under her fragrant trees. gathered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at sperlygirl
these days, i am trying to carry my sketchbook with me. while i am never without a camera and i do love to compose images with photography, i am feeling the need to slow down connect more, presently. to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at sperlygirl
the sakura are beginning to blossom here. the trees are peppered with buds ready to burst with color and flower. japan has a long tradition of celebrating the cherry blossom blooms. long ago, their blooms announced the upcoming rice planting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at sperlygirl
still today, whenever i am moved by a song or piece of music, i know it because i am figure skating to it in my mind. figure skating was my youth and it is something i carry with me still...a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at sperlygirl
strung all throughout the city were paper lanterns. some red, some pink, some yellow. the streets were full of people and vendors. the air was perfumed with the tempting aromas of various foods. the festival converged in several areas, we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at sperlygirl
this project (a text to your first interesting to read what others shared) moving honesty from an inspiring artist bill murray what a super cool idea since high school, she always had stellar taste in super cool tunes and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at sperlygirl
ten things i know to be true.... the stories we each hold and carry - when shared with an open heart, can be a gift to another the healing natureof love is powerful - even more so in the difficult... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at sperlygirl
sometimes there is just so much noise in life and it is difficult to hear the essence above it all. it is there, this i know. but it can become muffled with the busyness of everyday needs, expectations, worries/concerns, plans,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at sperlygirl
seems it has been the storm of the century here in our town in japan, these last few days. we are dealing with snow and very cold weather. so we are hibernating in the warmest room in the house and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at sperlygirl
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." ~ Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at sperlygirl
in this slurry of new beginnings of a new year, i always try to lay groundwork. in addition to that this year, i have the opportunity to set-up a new art space in our new house. unpacking and sorting through... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at sperlygirl
marked my first run of 2016 this weekend and noticed a couple of things. first of all, i have been using the c25K app as my running has been anything BUT consistent these last few months since settling here. and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at sperlygirl
today is a day for ritual. i clean up the stagnant clutter from around the house. i smudge, light candles, and place essential oils around our home to move energy and lift spirits. i listen for a guiding word that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at sperlygirl
here's what i have learned over the last year....big change is big. it's hard. it has pockets of ease, but overall, it is hard. and that is ok. i am finally acknowledging this rather than thinking 'at this point' all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at sperlygirl
presently, i point my days to notice something beautiful around me (can you believe that sky this morning? wow!) presently, i am forgiving myself for not living up to my own unrealistic expectations presently, i am thinking of 'my tribe'... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at sperlygirl
i have been trying to reconcile my feelings from this last week. and like many, wind up with questions over answers. my world view and experience is more expansive than some and yet narrow as compared to others and this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at sperlygirl
Image's a word we throw around a lot these days, but i think it's one that's worth its weight. by viewing life through the lens of gratitude, we conjure the capacity to shift, expand, and to evolve in rather profound... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at sperlygirl
this is the reoccurring theme in my world as of late. it is a profound lesson that i keep being reminded of. as i began my running routine again this week, this time with an app to keep me honest,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at sperlygirl
there's something about fall that reaches deep inside and nourishes a deep part of my heart. maybe it's the changing of the season, the anticipation of the hibernation of the winter months ahead, the array of gorgeous colors, the crispness... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at sperlygirl
all day, i have been mulling over a recent prompt from michelle's course and carrying it with me. my task was simple, to create a list. but i found myself coming back to the essence of my list throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at sperlygirl
Ohhhh, safe travels and ENJOY! I look forward to your images!!!
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today is gray and rainy. the streets are wet, the sky is darkening, the neighborhood sings it's song of evening as traffic returns home for night and the day winds down. i am reminding myself that transition takes time...for each... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at sperlygirl