“Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open.”
― Stephen Russell, Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the Tao: A Spiritual Handbook for the Urban Warrior


making snowflakes

My daughter and I are ready for snow. Since we haven’t been seeing any fall in our Roanoke area, we decided to make a few snowflakes of our own. They were super easy to make (6 sheets of typing paper) and we have them hanging now in a few of our doorways, making us smile as we pass under. 12376821_10207971427066175_3837703055795848982_n-2

Happy New Year!

Wishing a very Happy New Year to each of you wonderful souls! ❤
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa7499_10208025068687182_798039336222237058_n-2

Nutcracker Auction

I was honored to be asked again this year to paint a nutcracker to auction for Southwest Virginia Ballet’s annual fundraiser. This is where my daughter dances and it is an organization that I will love and support always.

I wasn’t sure of a theme at first. My previous nutcrackers for auction in year’s past had been a fox king and before that a Galileo. I finally settled on A Sunny Day in Prague as we had gone with the Southwest Virginia Ballet over the summer to that lovely city and had a most wonderful and unforgettable time. It was a joy to create this guy and I was happy to learn that a family that I adore purchased him.
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