...a tiny tour

Out my window..a gray day.
A little sprinkling of rain in the very dry CA. foothills.

What keeps me warm.

A gift.

A thought.

Self portrait.

On the wall.

A start.

In the cupboard.

A resting place...

Something to do...

She has something to say...


A stack of inspiration....

My nest...

The Trickster...with wings
photo by artist joyce Wycoff.

Someone To Tell it To
Almost done..

My divine muse...


Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air,
 is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. 
~Erich Fromm 

What a weekend it was...snow, rain, hail, gale force winds, downed trees and 18 hours without power, which here means no water.  
But yesterday I stepped outside and noticed that like magic these lovely dandelions had appeared...
Have you ever had dandelion wine?

It is spring, and today is as lovely as yesterday..
.and when I step into the sun and look at the land turning green
 after such a long dry, very, very cold winter 
I feel like I can breathe again.  
I feel like the things that have held me in such deep doubt
 about the future are going to clear away. 
 Dreams will materialize or become something new.  
On this day I am reminded to breathe. 
 To stop holding my breathe...holding the stuff in....
Breathe...inhale the new, new hope for you, me, and the world...
Exhale all the thoughts and feelings and wants that no longer serve...
Breathe in blessing that abound 
Exhale thoughts of lack or fear, thoughts that restrict...
I will breathe.

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
 ~Mary Oliver  

Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. 


If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. 
 ~Andrea Boydston

A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action.  
You must act as you breathe.
~George Clemenceau

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. 
Then, there's another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity. 

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike  

On the table...

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. 
~Eileen Elias Freeman,


I want to give you this gift...a blog
Shine the Divine, Creativity is a Spiritual Practice..
It is a place I can't describe to you in words 
that will do the woman who shares her life with us  justice....
she is courage, heart and inspiration personified.
I hope you will go and read what she shares..

...32 questions

Where does that fear come from that locks us in place?
What if today was a beginning and end?
What if we cut those ties that are so tight we have to remind ourselves to breathe?
What if we silenced those voices from within and without 
when they say, 
can't, won't, shouldn't, couldn't?
What if we release the pain that has become a comfort, and a safe place to hide?
What if stepped away from the judgement and disrespect of others?
What if we no longer let another's vision for us keep us from our authentic selves?
What if we stopped self-sabotaging?
What if we put our toxic waste in a box, tied it up tight with string
 and buried it for the last time? 


What if we made room for the inspired?
What if stepped away from the path that no longer calls to us?
What if we painted the picture we want to step into?
and stepped into it barefooted?
What if we took our long buried dreams out from their hiding place
 and held them to the light?
What if we danced with them?
What if we embraced the gift of them...?
What if we believed?
What if we relaxed?
What if today was the day we pulled up the words from deep within
 and spoke our truth to one and all?
Or just one?
What if we honored ourselves?
What if we asked for what we need?
What if we reached out to each other in support?  
What if as a tribe we chased away loneliness and fear?
What if we embraced our true and loving hearts?
What if we forgave?
Not just them, but ourselves.
What if we loved unconditionally? 
Not just them, but us? 

What if we really stepped into life?
What if we chose to live?
What if I did it today?
And what if we don't? and the misogynists

I am aware there is a war against women's healthcare going on in this country...I'd heard the disrespect with which access to healthcare is joked about by men like Rick Santorum's backer Foster Freisstalking.  I heard him talk about the good old days when he said, ''You know, back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. Then gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly.''

But I had no idea the war had turned so unbelievably slimy until I heard Rush Limbaugh repeatedly attack the charactor of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who had testified before congress regarding a woman's right to contraceptives as a part of health insurance coverage. She was not asking for the government to pay for contraceptives, she wants employers and universities to offer health insurance that includes contraceptive coverage...

There is a growing movement to deny reproductive healthcare for women of every socioeconomic group even though access to birth control has a huge impact on state governments. A study by the Brookings Institute shows that every dollar Medcaid spends on expanding family planning programs save a a state $5.62 by reducing unintended pregnancies.   But nowhere in Flukes testimony did she discuss anything personal or even contraceptives for limiting unwanted pregnancies.....
She limited her testimony to contraceptives that are prescribed for things like excessive bleeding, debilitating cramps, cysts, irregular periods, etc..

Limbaugh..."So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal," he said. "If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch." 

Rush Limbaugh has a history of making misogynist remarks but I was still stunned when I watched and heard the 50 plus times he attacks Sandra Fluke.. It appears that today there are still many people who believe a woman who wants access to affordable reproductive care is a slut, a prostitute...that she wants to have.. "repeated, never-ending, as often as she wants it sex." That she is a slut for having sex, and a prostitute for wanting her insurance company to provide coverage for her birth control...

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was arrested not long after she opened the first birth control clinic 100 years ago...When the judge sentenced her he said that a woman did not have..''the right to copulate with a feeling of security that there will be no resulting conception.''  It seems that in we haven't come very far, when women are still being vilified for asking for the freedom to be in control of there own bodies.

Limbaugh..."What does it say about the college co-ed Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex?" Limbaugh asked on his show last Wednesday. "What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex, she can't afford the contraception. 
She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

Limbaugh.....''Folks, for all the hilarity that’s contained in what’s going on here . . .
here’s a woman exercising no self-control. 
The fact that she wants to have repeated, never-ending, as often as she wants it sex''

Rush's ugliness

No matter where you fall on the issue his rabid attack on her is stunning...
jaw dropping...
not only because he obviously never listened to her testimony, 
but it seems his rage is caused by idea of a woman having consensual sex..
Might it be something he's never experienced?
These kind of attacks are about silencing women...
Who will want to speak up for women next...who dare?

Sandra Flukes response

49% of large group health plans do not routinely cover birth control
97% of large group plans cover prescription drugs, but only 33% of those plans cover oral contraceptives, which are the most popular method of reversible female birth control in the country
A paltry 15% of large group plans cover the five most common forms of birth control: oral contraceptives, diaphragms, IUDs, Depo Provera, and Norplant
Women age 15-44 pay 68% more for out-of-pocket healthcare costs than their male counterparts, largely due to the cost of reproductive healthcare


...dream a little dream...or a BIG one!

They can be hard work, they require nurturing, and protection from naysayers.
I have a few dreams....not for cruises or diamonds. 
 Not for material wealth...
however having my physical needs met is important.

My dreams for myself revolve around my art, and my emotional needs.
They require attention and effort these dreams...
and constant cheerleading, positive thoughts...
and a willingness to step into them fully...
be all in....
and there must be the belief that they can actually come true.  
So many times I hear my little voice saying, ''what makes you think that is possible?''  ''you're not smart enough, determined enough, worthy, not creative enough, not....''
well you know....
let me not leave out the ole karmic debt...
my voice often says I haven't paid near enough on my karmic debt...
or learned the lessons of the past....

And the voices of the naysayers often pick up when my own doubting inner voice takes a break...

I cannot tell you how many times I've heard that what I want isn't realistic..
how I live in LaLa Land..
.....and I do admit to living there as much as possible.

I avoid the naysayer voices......
don't share much with them, even though some of those negative words come from the people closest to me...
the ones I want to share my dreams with as they come true.....
So I do my best to surround myself with people who believe, people who have their own dreams.  The ones who do think I'm smart and talented.   I let them help drown out those who just can't get past their narrow vision of what life can be....
those who believe what it is, is all that it can ever be...
the voices of the ones who are scared to step into their own dreams seem to be the loudest.

 And yes, there are times when I will start to think the voices are right and I should tamp down my dreams,
 or move on from them because they just aren't going to happen in this lifetime...
because I'm not smart enough, young enough, 
creative enough,
 lovable enough...
I start to believe it when they say be happy with what you grateful.

 I understand wisdom of being grateful for what I have, the advice to stay in the moment. 
 I even practice both.  
Staying in the moment is one of the reasons I'm able to hold on to my dreams.  
When I am in the moment, and I am living bits of my dreams that have already manifested,
 the high is so good that I want more...
so I keep taking these tiny steps forward....
believing that the Universe has led me here, to this place in time for a reason.

The presumption, julie, at all times and under all circumstances, should always be that you are good enough, worthy enough, and lovable enough. And that you are exactly the right kind of person, in the right place, at the right time. Otherwise, you wouldn't have been instilled with such dreams in the first place.
Love you, 
The Universe

There are no sane reasons to limit a dream, julie.
After all, you don't have to deliver it. I do. 
The Universe

Quotes from


....Owl will want to watch this full screen...

thank you Bettina..

"I am Owl,
Swift creature of the dark night,
Guardian of the Spirit's flight,
Herald of new direction,
Ancient wisdom in reflection,
Nature's shy and silent one,
Who sees beyond the setting sun,
I am Owl"

Thanks and love to Beth Owl, the author

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