Parents As Teachers: Learning By Instinct And Experience

Mother loon in a teachable moment.

The loon parent looks serene in my photo, but she’s teaching her fledgling a lesson in survival. What you don’t see is her juvenile loon hiding under the pine trees along the shore as a big, hungry eagle looks on. I’m compelled to write about how this mother loon used a teachable moment to save her baby. It taught me that the sentient nature of an animal, regardless of the species, will fight for her child and teach them how to survive in the big, wild world. Continue Reading

Hope For Renewal: The Need For Creative Self-care

Creative self-care is like your personal cloud, an oasis floating in a sun-energized sky. Daydream.

Celestial events, like the recent solar eclipse, are an awe-inspiring phenomenon that reminds us of our connectedness to the cosmos. For a few hours, when Earth aligns with the Moon as it shadows the Sun, creative and spiritual sensations are awakened. The circadian rhythms of all living creatures and plants are effected by the change to darkness when the normal cycle is lightness. Daytime dims and the air cools. We witness a change in energy at the planetary level. It’s a shock and a shift. We can only be present and respect this universal force. Wherever we are and whatever we are doing when it happens, an eclipse is a moment of wonderment. Continue Reading

Remembering Norman West: A Jewel Of An Artist

Ogunquit Beach by Norman West

The spirit of a loved one who has passed from our living world, lives on in stories and remembrances. Storytelling is a creative medium for expressing deep grief and feeling the kinship of love. Creativity is a life-giving medium. When we tell the stories of the people we love, that love lives again. This post is in memory of Norman E. West – artist, teacher, mentor to Art HOPE, and loved friend. Continue Reading