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beautiful new england
writer/creative omnivore/passionate gardener/tarot & oracle geek
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I am equally thankful, Nancy. Your support means the world to me. The more we get to know each other, the luckier I feel. I don't know why, but I could not post this as a reply that would notify you I responded. I will just tell you what I said in an email.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2023 on a new experience for me at ciao
Last night, two of my YouTube friends hosted an hour long video focused on my channel and the life's work that inspired it. Of course, our shared love of The Cards insured that part of my introduction to their subscribers included the story of how tarot first became an inviolate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2023 at ciao
Cardinal Flower/Lobelia cardinalis is an eye-catching addition to a wildflower garden and pollinator corridor. I introduced this lovely native species to the side pocket gardens during our second spring in this place. For years it flourished and then vanished without a trace. I've missed its energy, but stayed connected to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2023 at ciao
ego first, because I've always found it best to give such a troublesome muse its due, and then move beyond the 'that's all' status it holds. I understood my last retreat from blogging was something permanent in that I would never go back to 'blogging' in that way again. Thus,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2023 at ciao
Intro Posts that discuss supplies and different ways of working getting things together: low-fi/level-up supplies to have on hand selecting papers keeping things manageable Creating a Pamplet Stitch Workbook for your 30 collages examples from my collage practice to serve as inspiration 3 ideas for personalizing the range of your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2023 at Nichobella
All the flowers above have been successfully processed. The dandelions and blue violets were air dried for inclusion in healing and strengthening oils. The white violets will be rehydrated in an oil diffuser for ritual and meditation purposes. I also preserved both white and blue violets in sea salt. Imagine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2023 at ciao
Today I located some white felt that's about a third as big as it was at one time. A corner of what remains was unceremoniously hacked-out at some point I don't remember but there's still room for me to organization some thoughts and ideas. Have had this image set aside... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2023 at Nichobella
I really love this one and am allowing myself the emotional attachment. The image was only a bit too small, so I didn't want to bulk things up with a background paper. I'll make red-violet swipes with matte acrylic paint and/or colored pencil. used part of a brayer-cleaning paper for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at Nichobella
During my self-neglect induced suffering version of a four day holiday weekend, I succumbed to couch life and YouTube videos. I was watching deck-flips, at first, and then people's various tarot study/journal keeping routines. Then I watched a seven part series in which a professional card reader altered a tarot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at Nichobella
The official chakra dive program completed itself with the recent new moon. The only 'good' re-balancing framework related to the insurrection, so far as I can tell, was that it put the dive program on a two week time pause in order to facilitate individual and group-wide processing...processes... that likewise... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Nichobella
Widget's growing up! still can't wrap my head around the PNW being 22-25 degrees hotter than New England. Was just reading about the record breaking overheated temps of water and core in the Arctic as well. I don't know why I thought this would be a great time to grow multiple types of delphiniums and plant them everywhere with next year's blooming in mind...
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2021 on #47 bind a book at bee creative
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emissaries of continuity. like the hollyhock ...
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2021 on sentient cooperation at ciao
All pictures showcase the volunteer Foxglove that appeared at the base of the Flowering Quince. The two plants intermingled to create a very special kind of intensely female vibration. This portrait was taken two days before the solstice. The lede image is the front-face of the sideways flower stalk that's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at ciao
I'm still planting things out in the field in small manageable batches, in the aftermath of our heat spike. A couple of times I heard myself saying out loud to the landscape and plants 'this is the new New England. We're all figuring out what it means together.' The heat elongated the mating season of the tree frogs by three weeks. I enjoyed them hanging around well past memorial day but none of it yet feels truly normal. Trying to keep Widget calm should be fun ...
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2021 on #45 document at bee creative
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Some of the really subtle color saturation differentials, petal to petal, really remind me of the way color forms in eco dyeing.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2021 on earthstar connection point at ciao
I notice once they're in the house, I'm more inclined to draw them.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2021 on home/body mode at ciao
This morning I spent some time with the flowering Angelica archangelica. Was interested to note the bottom portions of the flowers were systematicaly pollinated and had begun to set seed while the top of the flowers' globes shapes were still oozing nectar. This flower smelled amazing when I photographed it.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2021 at ciao
we touched each other profoundly.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2021 on something that happened today at ciao
peak truffling up for the first zinnia bloom featured in a previous post. Right now there are a number of Zinnias blooming. Some of the plants are clearly setting their sights towards 'riotous' in another month or so. In the past few days, the new moon in gemini has more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2021 at ciao
it was quite a write, as well...
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2021 on something that happened today at ciao
It would very much depend on where you lived, I think. We live in a 'non-representative' part of the state, and that skews how I see the experiential over-view of the entire country at times. Nutty people like that MGT women are giving a lot of other nutty people all sorts of "ideas" and the repercussions seem to be popping up here and there. I might have to curtail focus on looking for connection points. It's not very good for me mentally or spiritually.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2021 on something that happened today at ciao
Yes. The entire experience was a heart-center opening, and I instinctively ended it with a visit to this flower. Only put together the color significance when I took the pics.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2021 on something that happened today at ciao
3-11-84 Jimmy looks like a man with a plan, doesn't he?? Literally rubbing his hands together. loosely germane because I wore the crown of flowers all day and the more dignified part of the evening. Also Mo asked for pictures after I wrote about our wedding day some time back.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2021 at Nichobella
Widget probably wasn't involved even if she was, right?
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2021 on #27 see opportunity at bee creative
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