Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Rose By Any Other Name ...

A ROSE by any other name would be just as sweet, according to Shakespeare, but this seemed particularly true when my daughter transformed the fragrant flower into a lovely little umbrella getting splattered by luscious raindrops. She also turned the petals into rosy ruffles for a tiny tutu worn by a ballerina fairy that she sketched.

I considered how the umbrella and ballerina might one day fit into my BC Fairies collection.

I am always a happy recipient of my daughter's creative endeavors but this recent combining of real, artistic and imaginary put my mind in a whirl.

Suddenly I had the urge to wade into the backyard garden where snippets of fluttering lavender appeared.

That is when I knew I had found the perfect fairy wings for some fanciful future project in my world.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Focusing On A Positive Picture Of Life

PEOPLE undergoing a CT scan at the new Jim Pattison Outpatient Care Centre in Surrey are treated to an imitation sky that can produce some genuine optimism. Up there the sun is always shining and there is never a dark or gloomy day.

The calming scene over my husband’s head when he had a scan there recently was a pleasant surprise that gave him feelings of contentment … so much so that he was inspired to call me in to take a photograph of the magical ceiling.

What images and thoughts have been swirling through your mind lately? Bomb blasts at community events, a meteorite (large enough to have its own moon) hurling too close to the earth, tornadoes, killer diseases, and all sorts of heart-wrenching personal stories start each news day. This steady diet of disaster told through visuals can drain the joy right out of life.

I don’t want to bury my head in the sand but, on the other hand, there is something to be said for taking time to soak in the scenes that are serene in our world … whether by getting immersed in the tranquil skies at a medical facility or at Crescent Beach where my husband and I later enjoyed a walk.

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