Thursday, February 22, 2007

Miss Ruthie

Today is Miss Ruthie's birthday. We worked together at Hobby Horse Montessori Childcare Center before it closed. She has since come to own her own center, Teacher's Pet. She has been my expert on children and animals for the past 17 years and I would credit her with much of my success in both those arenas. She lives on a farm and through the years we had a steady stream of different animals; goats, sheep, puppies & kittens come to visit.
One day Miss Ruthie was walking out to the barn and saw a sweater lying by a mud puddle. But when she walked over to get it, it wasn't a sweater! It was a newborn lamb. So into the house it came and back and forth to school. The bankteller at the drivethru gave her a dog biscuit when she saw the lamb in the seat next to her. Of course she would think it was a dog. Who would have a lamb in the front seat? Miss Ruthie, of course.
Another time Miss Ruthie received a phone call from a telemarketer. When she replied, "I'm fine today. How are you?" The telemarketer burst into tears and poured out a sad story about an unexpected pregnancy. She had called the right person. Miss Ruthie gave her just the assurance & support she needed, without buying any office supplies.

I've learned so much from Miss Ruthie. I think one of the greatest gifts she has given is KINDNESS:
Kindness even when you don't feel it.
Kindness even when you don't think the other person deserves it.
Kindness when it's not appreciated.
Kindness even when it's mistaken for a lack of intelligence.
Kindness JUST's the right thing to do.
THANK YOU, Miss Ruthie for your kindness and friendship through these years. I LOVE YOU.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Guns 'n' Chocolate

Nothing says "love" like chocolate...and guns? Happy almost-V-Day. ;-) H.

Heart Labyrinth Seminar

We did the walk completely in the dark, with nothing but glow-in-the-dark labyrinth lines to light our path. Try as I did to photograph the labyrinth glowing in the dark, I got nothin'; so no post-worthy pictures. We walked to Elaine Silver's BEAUTIFUL Fairie Goddess CD. LOVE & THANKS to all who came & made it such an en-JOY-able evening! :-) H.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

" If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give." ~Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Friday, February 9, 2007


Hurray! The sun is rising! This is how I start my day. Usually I'm settled in with my cup of tea with the dogs sleeping at my feet. There's a symphony of geese that starts with the first glimpse of light. Today, the bay is mostly frozen and there's a bitter wind. It is COLD, but BEAUTIFUL. Here's wishing you a gorgeous day. :-) H.

Monday, February 5, 2007

EBay Update

If you search "Purple Cow Labyrinth," it pops up. :-) Yey, me! This is my dog Remi modeling the labyrinth.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Purple Cow Labyrinth

I got some pretty purple parachute fabric when I was at the fabric store, so I played with a smaller labyrinth. This one measures 5 X 6 1/2 feet & is a variation on the Yoga East labyrinth. The lanes are 8 inches wide and it has a separate entrance & exit for multiple walkers.
Purple is my favourite colour. I used gold metallic paint and then had some extra space so I put a drawing of a purple cow in there for fellow purple cowgirls, poetry, & Seth Godin fans. And then! I did a layer of glow-in-the-dark paint, which doesn't really translate for the photo. I just created an eBay account & listed it. And it doesn't pop up under searches for "purple cow", "labyrinth" or the obvious "purple cow labyrinth" Hehhhh... and then I had to go through a labyrinth (ha ha except I'm not kidding & it would be funny except it's not) just to reach the "contact us" button. So when I find my listing, I'll add a link. Bidding starts at $25....

Yoga East Labyrinth Finished

TA DA!!! Here's the labyrinth complete with logo and a few descriptive words....Yoga East, truly a place of PEACE. :-) H.

Saturday, February 3, 2007


One of the tasks of adulthood, in my view, is to look at what has been laid down in our brains early on and decide whether we want to keep that as part of our worldview. Certainly anything that got programmed as limitation of our possibilities needs to be examined and consciously kept or ejected. ~Ellen Burstyn

We can update...upgrade...outgrow those patterns.... :-) H.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Heart Labyrinth

I've had a creative week of labyrinth designs, and I'm almost finished with my new CD script for Labyrinth Path to the Heart. And this is a rendition of my heart labyrinth design. I'll have a new floor canvas of it for the seminar at Yoga East on Sat. Feb. 10th.

From Dungeony basement to art studio

This is a belated but v. sincere THANK YOU to my mother for helping me create an art space to paint my labyrinth canvases. As we started, we found an open window. Before you read the next bit, imagine Mum sounding like Mary Poppins. OK, here's the dialogue:

Me: A snake could come through an open window.
Mum: Snakes are hybernating right now.
Me: They only hybernate because it's cold and they freeze. The basement is warm and toasty.

[And THEN! Just as I say that, I see a snake in the corner!]

Me: See? Here's a snake!
Mum: It's not. It's just the skin. [She picks up this petrified, black THING]
Me: Mum, you can see the spine. LOOK! Right there! THIS [pointing to wispy-dangly strand] is the skin!
Mum: Well! It's not alive!
Me: What gave that away? The fact that it's petrified into a permanent "S" or that it's missing its head?
Mum: Oh, shut up.

I could not & would not have tackled the basement without her. THANKS, MUM. I LOVE YOU.

P.S. And thanks to Terry for installing dehumidifyers & sump pumps to keep things dry & warm. :-) You're the BEST, Jerry!