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Hey, folks. There has been nothing but radio silence from me lately! So I thought I’d share a quick note about what I’m up to.


festival-bound


A few months ago, my dear friend Khaet pitched the idea of selling our art together at The Wild Goose Festival. It was one of those ideas that just felt right. So, with delightful anticipation, we had beautiful and deep and giddy discussions about our vision, cracked open the application, and began word-crafting.


Oh, and I lit my beloved Mary Oliver votive candle (the visage of the late mystical poet painted by the incredible iconographer Kelly Latimore) to accompany our process, because that just felt right, too.


Our application was accepted, we rejoiced, and then it dawned on me: oh, wow. I have a lot of work to do.


And a lot of work is what I’ve been doing. And also some good, good rest as well. I can’t wait to share with the online world some photo evidence of my efforts, but that will have to wait until after the festival.


If you are planning to be at Wild Goose this year, please come find Khaet and me! We will be at our 10’ x 10’ oasis of art, vibes, tea, and some fun stuff for you to create as well (if you want; no pressure).


If you’ve never heard about or been to Wild Goose before, I’d highly recommend checking it out for next year. It's a super cool festival centered on spirit, justice, music, and art, and the location in Hot Springs, NC is, in my humble opinion, unbeatable.


and (drumroll?) a new product!


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me working on some 5” x 7” fabric collages over the last months...okay, honestly, almost a year.


AND OH MY GOSH, I’ve created something with them. Here’s a picture with practically no explanation:



I’m so sorry to tease you like this, but I promise I will write an entire email about what they are and how they can serve as a beautiful hands-on tool for contemplative prayer and meditation. Suffice it to say right now, I’ve created something that I think many of you will vibe with, and I’m very proud of myself and the art I’ve made. Can’t wait to tell you all about it very soon.


a blessing on your way


That’s all from me today. I hope you are all finding some flourishing, rest, and ease in this time of year that is so busy for so many.


Because it feels appropriate—I’ll leave you with Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese,” because I swear this poem has something new for me in it every time I return to it. Be well, friends.


 

Wild Geese


You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.


– Mary Oliver


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