A few new items in the Etsy shop. More to come. In the meantime, it has been quiet in Florida, or at least on Stone Island. Palm trees and rain. The weather moves in and out like a thief sometimes. This has been a fascinating summer.
I’ve been playing with a few new phone apps and will be posting some photos soon. For now, working on some designs and taking photographs of Stone Island and planning the big move. By end of year, I’ll have a wonderful announcement!! Stay tuned.
If you read my blog, you know I’ve been living in Central Florida, but also that this was never to be a permanent place for me. I was given a gift of a type of sabbatical, a gift for which I am utterly and profoundly grateful. The gift givers know this but I will say it again – I am utterly and profoundly grateful. Sabbaticals usually last up to one year. By my calculations, it’s time to begin planning my return to California.
You also know that this year has involved my recovery from open heart surgery – a surprise and shock both to me and the gift givers. This has come with numerous adjustments to lifestyle and the necessity to re-think “it all“. (not so serious, so follow the link….) So, I will be returning to California somewhere around the end of this year, give or take a month or two on either side of the 2013/2014 bridge. “Give or take”. I find this an interesting phrase. Let’s face it, we never know what’s coming up. We only know what’s behind us – and then, we only know our version of that and it might not even be true – and then we think we know where we are at any given moment. It’s all fairly up in the air, isn’t it….
The only point to all of this: Years ago, as I was traveling around the country having a fine time and living in wonderful places (New Orleans, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Los Angeles….I even lived in Bend, OR for a while for goodness sake), I joked and said there were two places I’d never go – ever – no matter what. Ever. One was Minnesota (no reason other than it seemed dreary and dank) and the other was Florida. People raised in New York (like me), tended to retire here and everyone just aged, turning into orange leathery things and wearing socks with shorts. Yes, I said socks with shorts. People do that. Ugh. But here, in this crazy, humid, Republican, gun oriented, lack-of-any-real-good-organic-food-ingredients, redneck mecca, I have found some truly incredible friends, continue to develop my iconography skills :), have once again fallen totally in love with trees, and will continue to take notes and one day write something about why never saying never is really a good idea. I am truly blessed.
……was so beautiful, that I am reminded of this quote…………….
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” ….Aristotle
Today, the rain is hovering and blowing about……we will see what comes after the storm.
It’s all there. Everything we need. All the ideas. All the money. All the love. Everything. Sometimes we just need to change focus, to look a bit deeper – or maybe not – maybe one particular time we need to stop trying so hard, to lighten up and let go. Maybe one time we should just say “to hell with it” and breathe deeply, listen, look with a different focus and see what comes to us…sometimes we need to remember that this is an adventure we’re on and not a contest. It doesn’t matter what other people think. What matters is being alive and learning to see in a way that makes our soul smile. It’s about being in love with everything, including ourselves – especially ourselves - because we are the lucky ones. We have choice.
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
Here we are nearly in June of 2013, and there is all this possibility.
Endings and beginnings, all in the same week. It’s been a busy but productive time.
I’ve completed my 12 weeks of cardiac rehab. Wonderful program and wonderful staff. So, what now?
Other than cardiac rehab, tweaking my eating plan along with general reflection and healing, I’ve been playing around with metal again. I’m also writing. JEWELRY! Finally…….It’s so nice to be back in the game of making art.
In the meantime, Stone Island continues to be a truly wonderful place to recuperate. Enjoy the photos.
“There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” Henry Moore
“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”
Saul Bellow, Herzog
“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”
“The artist is the only lover; he alone has the pure vision of beauty, and love is the vision of the soul when it is permitted to gaze upon immortal beauty”.
© jacqualine-marie baxman 2013
April 8, 2013 marks three months since my heart valve replacement surgery. I am a lucky gal, indeed…
The way we see miracles
Is not to look at all
The eyes through which we see
Are often tainted with ideas
Archaic and dead
Like the leaves of another season
What beckons us is Love
The willingness to be silent
For silence is the color of all Seers
The intention to control
To filter our Light
Is the only sure road to darkness
Let everything go through you
Grasp only the heart
The gate we wish to enter
Is without a key
Keys are puzzles for the wingless
We, however, can fly
© jacqualine-marie baxman 2013