Bird of Paradise the Wingless Bird of Surrender

I'm captivated by the Birds of Paradise that grace my garden. These lovely flowers hold special significance for me. They remind me to surrender lofty aspirations in exchange for blessings that come from living an everyday life in an attitude of surrender. Like the Bird of Paradise, the wingless bird of surrender, life plucks our …

Freedom Walkers: Living with Both Feet on the Ground

There are those gifted with wings, mighty successes that soar on currents of notoriety, and then there are freedom walkers, people who live with both feet on the ground, those who stumble through the ordinary. We freedom walkers cheer for American idol contestants while our guitars sleep in coffin-like cases, tucked away in closets. We …

Surrender: Bird of Paradise

Yesterday, I awoke with the desire to create. What a magical moment it was when the muse returned. You see, lately I’ve struggled with finding a place for my personality. I’m certain a contributing factor was the abrupt ending of my career as a classroom teacher. In June, I applied for and was hired as …

Bird of Paradise: Finding Contentment through Art

Paradise does not exist in some vague, distant place.We discover contentment by being present in the here and now and making something beautiful from the real stuff of life. Today, all I want to be is an artist—an oil painter and collage artist. Yes, art has sufficiently seduced me. Will I ever leave words? No! …

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