Another year has past and winter in all its beauty and quiet is upon us. Today marks the return of the sun and, paradoxically, the beginning of winter when dark days and long nights prevail. Every year Mother Nature offers her seasonal gift, a time to look within and find comfort in our own skin. Of course this is a challenge with the joy and craziness of the holidays all mixed up together. Maybe a “both-and” approach is called for and “Quiet Craziness” will work just fine. What do you think?
November 12th, the birthdays of my son Terance Olaf Skjersaa ll and his dad Terance Olaf Skjersaa, was celebrated at Anthony’s. Ten Skjersaa’s were around the table celebrating this grand and fun day. Wishing both Terrys a great year to come.
Forum in Terrace Lodge
Tuesday November 13th – 10:00 to 4:00
I hope you can join me, along, with many other artists, for a one-day art show at Bend’s Touchmark Lodge. It is located adjacent to the Bend Athletic Club, just below the Century Dr. and the Mt. Washington Dr. roundabout. I look forward to seeing you there.
I will be showing framed work plus many hand painted holiday cards. Originals and prints are available.
Below are a few samples.
Cards are available at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Originals $15 – $25. Prints $2. – $4.50
Happy Holidays to Everyone
I’d like to send a few lines from a verse I learned from Kermit the Frog, a valued mentor.
I don’t know if you believe in Christmas,
Or if you have presents all around a Christmas tree
But if you believe in love
That will be more than enough …” ribbit.
May we all know peace in our hearts, happiness in our days,
silence a few times each minute, and fun when we most need it.
Around 8:23 AM today, Dec. 21, the Sun begins its long journey toward longer days. Nevertheless, today will be the shortest day of the year, a traditional time of turning within, rest, and contemplation.
It’s Christmas morning and 5 degrees above zero. The mountains pink and inviting reflected in the sunrise.
Wishing us all a day of peace, joy, and understanding.
This year Christmas decorating took back stage to the cleaning/showing routine I’ve fallen in to. Our house remains UNsold, although it showed last week for the 31st time. No greens or reds or Christmas colors can be found inside, but that which nature is offering OUTSIDE cannot be outdone. Yesterday as the sun was setting I discovered just outside my window a beautiful flocked tree with tiny lights nestled amongst its branches.
This morning as the sun came up over the ridge, there is was more flocking and my tree gleamed brilliant with new light.
BLESSINGS TO ALL ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE DAY.
Yesterday’s ice is hiding under new snow, and east of the mountains a white Christmas is on the way.
Wishing everyone the little gifts of life that are so often, as Rumi implies, closer than breathing in and out.
Lighting a candle is a long-held practice in many cultural, family and faith traditions. The practice is common across international borders and societies. Lighting candles can bring serenity, focus and comfort, and peace. Breathe, relax, and light a candle for peace within
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,