Author: toriseandthrive

11/30/16 Strong Roots and Limbs In starting this blog, it is my desire to explore not only the idea but also the practical realities of how we as artists survive — in what I think is going to be the biggest change our society has seen in more than two generations. Already, since Donald Trump has become the President-elect, we have seen a rapid rise in hate crimes. All this hate and divisiveness is not good for the fabric of our nation. While others are still exploring how we got here, I am more interested in how we survive it. This is especially a problem for the artist and the spiritual soul, which in my way of thinking is one and the same. It is hard to be an artist if there isn’t a spiritual being lighting up your craft. So as I was editing some of my pictures yesterday, I came upon an image of a tree I took this summer. It was a beautiful maple in a Japanese garden. After I had gone …

11/25/2016 So where now The other day, I had a very strange experience: During a discussion with a friend, I found I was being belittled and spoken to in a very demeaning way. Our political discussion changed from one of ideas to my being personally attacked. After trying to bow out, the personal attacks went on. I had no choice but to unfriend her on Facebook. Our country is in a very strange place. We have become very fractured. Everywhere we turn, hate seems to be coming out of the very walls. People are filled with fear. We must change this but how: kindness and living within the feminine principles. When I was growing up, my family seemed to be in two camps – those who kept tons of “stuff” because they might need it someday and those who were more Zen in their possessions. I became over time one of the more Zen members. I found more happiness if I only kept things that served me well within the seasons of a calendar year. …