Brown Moments

My entire life I have loved colors. When picking markers for school, or adulthood, give me the classic or bold sets. No pastels, no muted tones. I want emerald, azure, raspberry. Give me the vivacious reds, purples, yellows. I want strong statement colors. I never liked the brown, tan, peach or gray. Neutrals often felt…

Mess before Masterpiece

Before the lovely comes the mess..While I take photos for my profession, I love to play at various forms of art. And here is the thing I have found to be uniform across almost all mediums. The process is messy..Block printing-messy, wood carving-messy, chalk art, writing, watercolors-messy, messy, messy. Before the reveal of a finished…

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus A small and powerful reminder that there is still hope and growth in the cold, dark seasons, just as there is in the warm, bright seasons. I guess it makes perfect sense that it blooms at Christmas time. A time when we remember: In the soft infant skin, in the wonder-filled infant…

Treasures Among Trash

 If there was a collective attribute given to 2020, I believe it would be something like disappointing, unpleasant, grueling. Hopes set in 2019 dissipated, goals became unachievable, dreams faded as weariness set in..  All the plans we laid out were run over like a soccer ball on an interstate.  “Mask up”, “In this together”, “Six Feet Apart” and “Ability…

Armed With a Playlist

As the bread ran low and our fruit drawer held a solitary lemon, I knew the time had come. The store is in my sights and I wonder if needing a musical distraction makes me weak.  Is it fighting or hiding?  Is it brave or pathetic?  The thoughts turn in my mind as I turn…

Perspective

The clouds of COVID have been my teachers lately. Every afternoon, in the typical Colorado-spring fashion, cumulous begin to form.  Wisps turn into billows, white turns to dark gray.  I see them creeping over the Rockies and warn my kids, “20 minutes until we need to go inside”. Cumulonimbus are soon at my front door….

Another

I search my playlist for something upbeat.  I need something to transcend the monotony of the daily routine.  I scan for a soundtrack to imitate the spices I am adding to my potatoes. “This Kitchen is for Dancing”.  The sign hangs over my head. I haven’t felt like dancing much lately.  Too much routine, too…

A Most Important Fight

The life journey mothers and daughters have, in all the ups and downs, is full of important memories and lessons.  For me, these became even more valuable the day my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  While the old memories were sweet,  I was bound and determined to also make amazing new ones, and make…

Table-Influence

When I think of “Influence” or “Success”, what do I see?  What do I envision? I see a stage in front of a large group of people being inspired.  I see a book with its millions of copies, changing the world.  I see a individual with a face-mic and thousands of followers nodding in agreement. I…

Jesus Loves You

“Jesus finds us waiting at The Well Because he knows how many years We have been trying to fix ourselves Searching for love in the most dangerous of places.” – Amena Brown   Do you know you are loved?  Do you know you are deeply, passionately, sacredly loved?  You are loved by the God who…