Here is a journal entry from last week. Unfortunately life has been getting in the way of regular entries, but I hope that things will be easing up by the end of January. In the meantime, here are some galls for your viewing pleasure.
I am a freelance writer/illustrator and regular contributor to the Wildlife in North Carolina magazine. I also do portraits of children, and teach weekly nature journaling classes in and around my studio in the woods. I teach seasonal workshops on Nature Journaling at our public garden, Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve. In the past I have led workshops for all ages, from elementary to college classes, from young adults to retirement groups.
I live with my husband, two dogs Daisy and Duke, and two cats in a house called Middlewood. The house is surrounded by my perennial garden, a little grass, and acres of forest. I love wandering in the woods, or hiking on the pipeline that runs near the house (see pic below). I work in a small studio nestled in the trees behind the house.
"Open your arms to life! Let it strut into your heart in all its messy glory!" Deborah Wiles
"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." Thoreau
"Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there." Gary Snyder
"What grace a few moments of seeing bring. Such a fine gift: this wind, these eyes, this Earth." John Caddy (see: www.morningearth.org)
"You cannot use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou
"I slept on the beach last night and saw the new moon over the dunes at sunrise, a crescent coasting above a casual slurry of pink and blue, like God got up late and slung color over his shoulder before stumbling off to make coffee." Roger Pinckney
"Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with the eyes of love."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"Life cannot give you any more than you are willing to put into it." Yogi at yogisays.com
"Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." Henry James
"The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." Morrie Schwartz