....thank you!

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
Alan Cohen

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
-- Cicero

Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. 
 Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. 
 Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is.  
Appreciating small victories.
Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human.  
Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. 
 And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know.  At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing
 is reason enough to celebrate.
Meredith Grey

If you can't be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.

-- Author Unknown

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
-- Albert Schweitzer

May my feet rest firmly on the ground
May my head touch the sky
May I see clearly
May I have the capacity of listen
May I be free to touch
May my words be true
May my heart and mind be open
May my hands be empty to fill the need 
May my arms be open to others
May my gifts be revealed to me
So that I may return that which has been given
Completing the great circle.
The Terma Collective

Wishing you a wonderful day of thanks...

......come and see us

Please, please come and see me...
This is one great show.  Great food, music, and phenomenal art.  
We can debate the difference between art and craft, 
but the work at this show is both.....
just wonderful. 
 I am honored to be part of it.


The show is for a good cause.  
A fund raiser for 
Free Speech Radio
94.1 fm

They take no corporate advertising money.  And in this economy they are struggling to keep meaningful programs on the air.


I 'm going to be sharing a booth with extraordinary digital artist  joyce Whycoff.

 The two of us in San Francisco for 3 days.  
We will be at the show two of those day but we will be free in the evenings to explore that beautiful city and have some amazing food.  

I do hope you'll'll like it...
and if you know you are going to be in the area and want to attend,
 I have 2 tickets to give away...
contact me.


....the tide is turning

Borrowed from Running 'Cause I Can't Fly

.....11/11/11 dream for warriors everywhere

...seems so obvious

"When you become wise,
your life is controlled by your 
not your head.''

Don Miguel Ruiz

....kpfa crafts show

This is the show I am getting ready for now...
I was fortunate to jury in again this year...loved it last year.  
Met many really nice people 
and sent a few of my Spirit Figures out into the world...
This year I will be sharing booth space with joyce Wycoff...amazing digital artist.

I hope you'll put the date on your calendar and come to the show. 
It is such eye many wonderful artists and craftspeople...
the clothes, oh my.  Great place to holiday shop for unforgettable gifts. 
ps...I'd love to see you...met you...
and it's for a good cause...the show benefits Free Speech Radio


Image: Demonstrators converge on the Port of Oakland, Calif., during a general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement

Well, here I am....I want to blog...I do...but I want to blog political stuff a lot and this is not a political it?'s about an artist, me...but then I am also a citizen.  I vote and pay taxes..I am one of the 99%...and it is impossible for me to ignore what is going on in the world...I think we, are dancing on the Titanic..and I am deeply concerned.  

I spent some time in Berkeley recently...
I was there during the first week of Occupy Oakland.  

 On Wednesday evening, of that first week, I took BART into downtown Oakland with my daughter and our friend Shane.  We planned  to visit with a young friend who was camped out in front of City Hall, and to see what was going on...get a feel of the energy.  And there was a strong and steady hummmm of was dinner time and many were lined up to eat, there were groups making signs, people were bundling trash...there were makeshift clothes had rained hard for two days...There was an info booth. a first aid center, a kitchen, and porta-potties had just been delivered..
a donation from a local hip hop artists.  

This was an assembly night, the first assembly.
People where talking about what Occupy Oakland was about.......the air was filled with excitement....
 kind of a cross between a refuge camp and a company picnic....
There was a feeling of hope...
hope that change could be brought about through civil disobedience...

We made our way to the amphitheater....
my interest shifted to who was there...
Who were the people who were camping, and who were the people filling the park to see what Occupy had to say?

 Yes, there were people there who looked like life had beaten them pretty hard.
A few were homeless no doubt
Drug Addicts maybe
People with medical conditions and maybe even mental problems...
and why shouldn't they be part of Occupy?  
They are the ones the cruel side of the system has failed most miserably....
There were families too.....

Most of the people looked like you and me.
The signs told me they were teachers, nurses, veterans, community activists.
lot's of young people who aren't liking the looks of the world they are being handed....
they were people who care about what is going on in government and wanting their voices heard by a government that has become deaf to us...the People.

Some of the people were very articulate about what needs to be done to turn things around...and others not so much.
But they all seem to realize that we are hanging on by a thread...
the American Dream has nothing to do with reality.  

Oakland 2011

A really good article about the Occupy movement.....

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