an artist reflects on living ~

critters83Bird in the tree outside overlooking deck

I love watching the birds and nature and reflecting on how it all makes so much more sense than any societal creation. There is balance in the wilds and yes, perhaps, it is the ‘survival of the fittest.’ In many ways this is true of society.

Right now, though, everything feels out of balance in our society from the top down. Nature continues its way ~ yet ~ if something isn’t done about climate change there just might be no one surviving. I go day by day and make some future plans personally. I have stopped ‘being on top’ of the ‘craziness’ as I do believe it will play itself out and am trusting that ‘our best and brightest’ will fix it.

I am on the ‘downward spiral’ of my life and not a lot of time left. So I am always trying to discern what is the best use of my time. Of course, if I don’t take care of myself, then I will not be able to take care of anyone or anything else.

Healthy selfishness, I suppose, you could describe it. Have found it to be a ‘truism’. So I am being responsible to myself which is all anyone can do. Responsible  ~ the ability to respond ~ grateful that I have the ability to choose how I respond. Not always accurate responses but all part of the human condition. Mainly, ‘to do what is right for me and for the highest good of all concerned.’

Imagine how lovely life could be if everyone found their niche like this little bird in the above photo and lived peacefully with each other. I can only hope.

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DO TAKE A MOMENT TO COMMENT ~ THANKS, CAROL

 

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Returning ~ to Reflect

 

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Returning in my ‘vintage truck’ to continue further reflections on life.

Been Awhile ~ this blog has been sorely neglected as ‘life happens’ ~ So here I am sailing on to continue reflecting. What am I reflecting on today? How to live life well and to do  my best. Perhaps, some of you have reached that stage of ‘the other side of the hill’ and wonder what to do with time, which is the gift we have been given. We start aging at ‘birth’ and then in a ‘blink’ time has flown by and now it is the ‘final act.’ How to best play it out. Anyone at this time of life? I wonder what you are doing and hope you are healthy and able to do, as well as be ~ in a much more mindful and gentle way. Would love to hear what you are doing each day ~ each week ~ partnered or alone? Grand children or not?  Will return tomorrow with some more reflections. xox

As for me ~ I am healthy, walking with my dog, Zoe, meditating, doing yoga, journalling writing haiku, doing photography, some painting, seeing friends, family (very small) and taking care of the house which always needs attention, enjoying nature and reflecting on what else I might be doing to enhance my creative soul. Maybe I am doing enough and need to ‘be’ more? ~ Namaste. Carol

 

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Fall pumpkins at local apple orchard. One of nature’s gems.

 

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My ‘gem’ Ms. Zoe ~ little adventurist on the beach ~ one of our favorite places.

Hope to hear from you soon ~ enjoy ~ xox

 

An Artist Reflects This Week

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Through the lens I find time to waltz to the beat of life. ~ carol
‘Trying to hide before another snow storm arrives on Cape Ann MA.
Because she will start shoveling again and I will have to help. Brrr’
for B and W Wednesday link.

 

haiku for Haiku Diem Kai link
‘Signs of Spring’ ~ Crocus coming up ~ Hope they survive this Cape Ann MA wintry weather. More cold weather arriving on Wednesday. for Rurality Blog Hop link.

 

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seeing gentle buds
eyes popping, flowers budding
 new season begins.

~ carol l mckenna

O ~ Overwhelmed at the sight of Crocuses coming up through the ice on Cape Ann MA.
  For Alphabe Thursday link.



Cape Ann MA sky pre winter storm for Sky Watch Friday link.

 

We wish you the best in each day. xxx

 

Your posted comments continue to delight us. Thanks.

 

QUOTE TO PONDER: ‘ Love is a friendship set to music.’
~ Joseph Campbell

Reflections of An Artist

Through the lens I see humor ~ carol

Oh No! ~ More of that stuff on Cape Ann MA again for Camera Critters link.
‘Feeding Frenzy’ on Cape Ann MA during recent snow storm for Saturday Critters link
Lovely reflections seen at Cape Ann MA local hospital for Carpe Diem Haiku link.
Also Haiku My Heart link.
Macro shot of handcrafted wall hanging for I Heart Macro link.
Asian style’ ~ brush sketch for Sunday Sketches link.
Sunlight reflecting on Cape Ann Harbor after the storm for Post Cards from Paradise link.

Your posted comments are a treasure to us. xxx

 

We wish you the best in each day ~ ^_^

 

 

QUOTE TO PONDER: ‘Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.’ ~ Lao Tzu

 

Through the Lens Weekend

postpudNew England in all its Wintry Glory ~ Hardy souls live here and thrive in all kinds of weather. Even the little Yorkie has her ‘bomber jacket’ for our brisk walks.


shadsun14Spirit resting here,

shadows fall ever gently

with warmth and loving.

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Reflecting through meditation helps with the ‘monkey mind.’ If I reflect too long during the daily activities I have lost the ‘now’. My aim is ‘to be here now.’ ~ not in the past or into the future. My daily meditation and journalling seems to help me focus and remember my aim. Then I am reminded that I need to ‘get out of my head’ and move into my heart when taking photos. The above photo, I think, is a wonderful example of hearing the humor, the universal chuckle in my heart, the inner child in my heart. Play is so good for the inner soul. 

Come back again ~ we love visits and comments and you can even bring a ‘biscuit’ ~ I might even give you a kiss. ^_^

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Through the Lense Week

 
Keeping warm on my deck ~ he/she comes frequently and in the summer sits on the peak of the roof ~ Critters are so fascinating ~ Enjoy ~ carol, xxx

Keeping warm on my deck ~ he/she comes frequently and in the summer sits on the peak of the roof ~ Critters are so fascinating ~ Enjoy ~ carol, xxx

Winter allows one to see the strength of the trees and the years of survival. What an example for us humans ~ Ya think? xxx

Winter allows one to see the strength of the trees and the years of survival. What an example for us humans ~ Ya think? xxx


I read recently that haiku is like a prayer ~ I certainly find it meditating ~ what do you think?

I read recently that haiku is like a prayer ~ I certainly find it meditating ~ what do you think?

Looks like a bear or dog to them. Does it remind you of anthing? It is Ice.

Looks like a bear or dog to them. Does it remind you of anthing? It is Ice.

One of my daily sketches and sharing with another artist as motivation for both of us.

One of my daily sketches and sharing with another artist as motivation for both of us.

Although she is suppose to be my assistant ~ She thinks she is the boss dog.

Although she is suppose to be my assistant ~ She thinks she is the boss dog.

Wishing you the best in the week. xxx ~ carol

Your posted comments are a treasure to us ~ thanks ^_^

We are linked with the following blogs:

creative everyday

our world tuesday

alphabe thursday

rurality blog hop

sky watch friday

haiku my heart

haiku friday

QUOTE TO PONDER: ‘ Out of clutter, find simplicity,’ ~ Albert Einstein

MORE REFLECTIONS

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haiku lends itself to reflection, contemplation and obviously creative expression. For several years I had this idea that I had to ‘paint’ the ‘Spirit’ in order for people to see the spiritual in art or any creative expression. I stopped trying to do that; I let go and it was amazing what happened. My artistic expression became freer and I began to paint in a way that I had learned about several years ago. It was an Asian type brush painting and in its simplicity to me is very beautiful. I wonder or reflect (LOL) sometimes how that will fit in on ‘Cape Ann’ , land the ‘realist painter’ ~ ocean painter ~ boat painter ~ fishermen and on and on. I let go of that also and now am just working on expressing my spirit within and time will tell.  haiku is another Asian way of expressing brief poetry. I have decided I better listen to myself ~ I love simplicity! How about you?

Hugs and namaste,

An Artist Reflects

Reflections on Life

REFLECTIONS:  This little one in the photo is my constant companion and provides me with much ‘food for thought’ ~ ideas to reflect on. She helps me to realize I need to ‘keep it simple’ ~ My ‘monkey mind’ loves to ‘come in’ and make life much more complex than it needs to be ~ How human of me.  Yet, there is an ‘animal’ part to all of us and needs to be monitored and directed. It is my life and I am responsible for it. Live well each day. Ride the waves of life as there is no ‘flat surface’ to life that is very interesting anyway. Enjoy.

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snowing, snowing now

white flurries swirling in air

nature moving on.