Tag Archives: Living

Art with a Soul

Rows of lush paintings and intricate sculptures dot the walls, while carefully arranged collections of jewelry, textiles and avant-garde creations grace the elegantly draped tables. A fashionable woman dressed in a chic, off-the-runway look bustles back and forth simultaneously tending … Continue reading

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Reluctant Reflections and Non-Resolutions

Around the end of the year, we Americans feel compelled to look at the past 365 days and decide what we can do to make the next 365 days better. I was never one to get all excited over New … Continue reading

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Ravi Shankar and Me

“Ravi who?” My face twisted into a quizzical look as I posed the question to my friend, Jane who was jumping up and down. Her shiny black hair danced in the sun with each bounce. “Ravi SHANKAR!” She screamed. In … Continue reading

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In an Instagram—An Artist’s Journey

I sit here with a watercolor brush in my hand, running my fingers through the bristles. How long has it been? Ten years? Fifteen? Twenty? In the 1980s, I was a prolific painter. I worked in oils, and painted mostly … Continue reading

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Finding World Peace through a Kaleidoscope of Music

When my son was only a few weeks old, I decided that a good mother should soothe her baby with lullabies. So, I attempted to sing one—well, not actually sing—more like hum. And the song was not a lullaby, but … Continue reading

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Thirty-nine Trips Around the Sun

I can not believe that since our wedding day, my husband and I have made 39 trips around the sun on Planet Earth together. The memories of this voyage float around my brain like pictures taken from an orbiting spacecraft. … Continue reading

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Shady Leaves on a Family Tree

I was drowning in a sea of dead relatives. My cousin had sent me the link to one of those online ancestry sites where she built a family tree that rivaled the reach of Jack’s beanstalk, and had branches that … Continue reading

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