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Blessings on your weekend . . .

I made it onto this list of 100 Blogs That Will Inspire You to Be a Better Person under the “Being Happy” category.  There are some interesting links there, so check it out. Tomorrow night (Saturday, November 8th) Kathleen Norris will be speaking at the Seattle Art Museum on the theme of “Remembering, Waiting, Hoping: Reclaiming the Countercultural Pursuits of Christmas.”  I’ve never heard her speak in person, so I am excited for the chance, maybe I will see some of you there? I admit it’s a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but I also admit that this

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Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath. Breathe in firemen and rubble, breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds. Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields. Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees. Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact. Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud. Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers. Make soup. Play music, memorize the words for thank you in three languages. Learn to knit, and make a hat. Think of chaos as dancing raspberries, imagine grief as the outbreath of

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Altar of Remembering

On Saturday a wonderful package arrived in the mail. It was a commission I ordered from artist Marcy Hall (see her Sacred Artist Interview) of my two beloved animal companions — Duke who died over two years ago and Tune who is of course alive and well.  When I discovered Marcy’s delightful art, I knew she would be the right person to create an icon to honor the role that canine wisdom plays in my life.  I also adore the tree of life in the center with crows and the full moon. In front of the altar are various seasonal symbols I have gathered

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Sacred Arts Ring

Time for another lap around the Sacred Arts Ring to see what new treasures are scattered there.  Read on for a few selections.  First, welcome to the newest member — Tom Delmore at Crow’s Perch. Tom is a poet and fellow Seattleite.  Carrot Top Studio shares some Lenten book recommendations.  Tandaina at Snow on Roses shares a moving Lenten poem.   Sally at Eternal Echoes reflects on reclaiming Mary as the feminine face of God. Jacq’s Fibers shares some funky fiber postcards.  Kate at Thru My Lens Lightly offers some lovely images from her travels.  Kazi Dolezal at Circle the Divine writes about

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Sacred Arts Ring

I am pretty exhausted from a weekend full of teaching a wonderful group of students, so I share here a small selection of offerings from the Sacred Arts Ring: Gifts of poetry at Snow on Roses and Pilgrim Path.  Lisa shares some of her inspiring SoulCollage cards here.  I love this piece from Kate.  Melissa always takes beautiful photos of her daughters, my favorites are the two in the middle reflected in the glass.  Bette shares an image accompanied by poetry of luminaries. Blessings on the week ahead! -Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts

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Call for Art Submissions and Art Marketing Conference

Call for Art Submissions  For the last two issues of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction I have been serving as the Interim Art Editor.   It has been a lot of fun, so I have now accepted the job on a more permanent basis. For each issue of the journal (published quarterly), my task is to find visual artwork that complements the subject of each article as well as a cover image.  I am especially encouraged to find a wide variety of media (not just photos) as well as art from the global community (all inhabited continents). So I am using my readership here to put out a

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