What are you Reading?

What are you reading?
Since March 2020, I have been among those who lost their FT job. So I have been home, distancing and taking precautions.  I’ve been actively looking for another job and have had interviews.  
In the meantime, I set a weekly schedule of exercise, going for walks, etc. 
One thing I found I have time for is doing some reading.I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series.  I had started to read Harry Pottery before, but then got busy with work, family, etc. I’ve enjoyed getting the time to read. I’m on the fourth book.  
Reading gives one a chance to play in our imagination.  It gives us a different point of view to be in in the moment. 
That’s a good and welcome thing to have in our lives.
Quoted from the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, “Read, read, read” 

Best. LG

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Art  News

The Horse Gift
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Day by Day

“Day by Day”


The non-profit I work Full time for has not yet opened back up.
I work with disabled adults and they are high risk. So planning and evaluating have
been going on in upper management.
I attend the weekly staff meetings on Mondays and check email for news and
information.
I’ve had moments, as i’m sure a lot of us have, of feelings like we’re just going
through the motions every day.
I get up, exercise, make breakfast, do errands and etc.
Yet there are ways to find joy in any moment too.
We’ve driven to the beach to watch the sunset.
We’ve gone on a few hikes to take in a different view point.
We found a new game to play in the house, Funnel Pong.
I have been taking some time to do figure drawing and hone my skill.
I did finish writing and illustrating my book. It’s off to publishers to review.
It felt good to finish a project.
Staying creative is a must.
Steady onward,
LG


Art News


Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on
the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as
see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!


Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits
for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring
Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help
spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have
sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org

Marvel of Life

Sharing a poem and thoughts.

“Marvel of Life”
We witness nature. We witness days and nights. We witness seasons.And the cycles of life.
There is birth and death.Rain and sun.There is blooming and aging.
Life cycles continue on. 



A Journal note:
May 1, I went for my daily walk around  our neighborhood.  Within a mile of our house is an elementary school and playing field.  As I walked by the playing field I saw a yellow bird on the fence.  I identified it as an American Gold Finch.  When I finished my walk, I excitedly created a checklist of birds on ebird.com mobile app.  I told my daughter what I saw.  About an hour or so later, My daughter noticed the American Golden Finch in our yard at our feeder.  She got her camera and took a picture of it.  
We live in a city and don’t expect to see many unique birds.  Yet we have seen some.There are a pair of Wild Turkeys in our neighborhood.We noticed a lot of Robins in our area.  One pair is nesting in a neighbor’s tree.  
Our earth is filled with amazement and awe.May we be inspired by nature and how is perseveres. 
Best, 
LG





 
  
  
  
  
             Black Capped Chick-A-Dee 
 



Art  News

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

At Home


“At Home”

During this unprecedented time, we must stay close to home to be safe.What does this look like to you?

For me, it’s been a time to:
Spend time with my immediate family. My Hubby and my 2 daughters. 

Talking, hiking, baking together.Taking walks out in nature. 

I do my exercise routine, which includes a walk outside around the neighborhood.  It’s good to be out, seeing the trees and sky.

Bird Watching:  I enjoy bird watching.  I have  a bird feeder and a suet holder.  We have a few different birds that show up  at our feeder: House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, a male and female Cardinal. I enjoy seeing the birds.  

Connecting with people on the phone or online.  We’ve touched base with family and friends.

Gardening:  I bought some seeds and  started some plants inside.  I’ve felt grounded seeing flowers and greenery about.  Our Daffodils bloomed and I noticed tulips coming up.  

Creativity:    I’ve had time to get more work done on my book project.  I’m working through creating the illustrations.  

So, though it’s a tough time, We’re managing.  
My mom used to say “When the Going gets tough, The Tough get going.”

Take care,Lisa G.



 
  
  
  
  
 Art  News

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Happy 2020

The Year 2020

Clear vision

2019 was a full year, which included ups and downs.  Some little ripples, and some big ripples. 

I left one part-time job to then start a full time job.  

I then chose to put time into my book project, a dream to fulfill.

I’ve had experiences that made me realize how important it was to have time doing things to take care of myself.  One idea was to take time to be grounded and have a moment of peace with myself. 

Our lives can feel so busy.  We need to take time to be calm and still to rejuvenate.

I enjoy going for walks in the morning or evening… although  I go without headphones or music.  I do that so I can be in the present and notice nature around me on these walks. 

I also have taken the chance to participate in a Tai chi class on Thursday at my workplace.  The movements are slow and fluid.  The movements make me feel good.  They are calming.

I have loved horseback riding my whole life.  There’s a movement and flow of energy that goes between a rider and their horse, as they move together in rhythm.  

In times of change we can feel unbalanced or thrown off.  Thus a we need to find a balance, and to feel grounded.  Practicing techniques to ground oneself/body can empower one.

Years ago, I took riding lessons each week.  Over time my riding did improve.  

During one ride, I was told by my riding instructor to canter in a two point position, like a hunter rider.  I had done a two point position at walk and trot many times before. 

I asked for a canter.  I was just off position a little and sat back in the saddle.  My instructor said, “Again” confident I could do it.

I continued at a canter and adjusted my feet to the right place.  My horse looked back at me as if to say, “when you’re ready let me know.” I gathered a little mane in one of my hands, to fill a little security.  I felt, “I’m in position.”

Then we went. We galloped down the long side of the ring.  

I was steady as I ever was.  I was “Just right” in my position.  So much so that I felt empowered and strong.  Halfway down, I noted I’m still good, so I let go of the little piece of mane I had.  We continued on. As we got near the corner of the arena, with light hands and steadiness,  I asked my horse to adjust for the turn. We went smoothly through.  

It must have looked as good as it felt. 

My instructor and a student watching cheered me on.  “Go Lisa, Go!”  

It was so good.  

That steadfast feeling and strength made me feel like nothing to knock me over.  

I was truly steady amidst movement.  

Best, 

Lisa G.

Art  News

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Happy Autumn

I’m back writing on my blog after dealing with tech issues. It’s good to be back.

Happy Autumn


“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” -John Burroughs

Growing up in the Northeast, I’ve always enjoyed Autumn.
Cool crisp winds blow. Leaves turn colors from reds, yellows and oranges to earthy brown.
A brilliant display before the coming of winter.

We gather in the bounty during harvest time.
Closing and storing for the coming winter.


So what do I have to harvest in my mind?
Experiences that I cherish.


I share a funny sampling from my past experience with horses.


Enjoy
LG



Art News
Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!


Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Resilience

“Resilience”

March,

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”

Typical weather for the month of March. March started with windy snowy days. Next were days of warming up and melting of snow. Then it turned cold again. Once that was done, weather warmed up again.

We got a good amount of snow, that took a while to melt. Once it melted, I saw some Crocuses come up. They are the first flowers to come up between the end of winter and the beginning of Spring. They come up during a time when the weather can be cold and snowy one day, then warm and sunny the next . Though they only bloom for a short time, they show their beauty and resilience of life.

For living things to survive and thrive, they must be adaptive and resilient. It’s part of life. Sometimes we have winters in our lives, where we must step up and persevere through whatever we’re facing.

There are spring and summer’s in our lives too. Whether it’s seeing a situation through, a project or goal, the spring/summer in our lives is when we can celebrate our successes and achievements.

Those warm, sunny days can make us feel fully alive and joyous.

Where ever we are in our life, we must rise up and meet the season.

We can do it.

Love, LG

Art News

Le Cadeau du Cheval“ Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits:

Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.” For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org

Kid Inside

“Kid Inside”

There is that time when we move from youth to adulthood.

My first full-time summer job was in the big city of Boston, the capital of Massachusetts. I was moving into the working world. I remember thinking, “This is serious. I must take on the role of being an adult.

This was a big step.

I remember being in the office working and feeling serious. My boss noticed and would say things to make me smile. I thought that was nice. Later a new secretary came to work with my boss. We found we had similarities. She was older and she had quite a sense of humor. We would talk and laugh a little.

I see now that felt more whole to me. We don’t have to be serious all the time. In fact there’s a kid inside of us just wanting to bounce around.

I remember the first time meeting my cousin who was physically and mentally challenged. I was a teenager then. I was excited to have a younger cousin. I had been the younger cousin in our family circle. I wanted to play with her. I showed her each one of my toys. Yet the odd thing was that she just sat with a blank stare on her face. She was somewhere in her own world.

The next morning my mom had given her a pad of paper and a pen. I saw her sitting in the corner seat . I was excited. I said to my aunt, “So she likes to draw”. My aunt’s answer seemed to have that touch of dealing with this situation all the time. She replied, “Yes, but she doesn’t quite draw, she scribbles”. I had a light bulb moment. “Drawing, scribbling, what’s the difference?” I sat down next to my cousin. She stopped drawing and withdrew a little. I wasn’t surprised. I picked up the pen. Nothing happened. So I drew a smiley face in the corner of the pad of paper. In that moment my cousin looked at me with the biggest, brightest smile. Wow. I felt, “Nice to meet you”. It was amazing.

Over the years when we visited, we would spend hours drawing together.

It turned out that was a pivotal moment in my life.

I’m now helping others who are challenged getting through each day. I have one participant that welcomed me to collaborate with him and his drawing. I come up with four characteristics for each drawing. I love the interaction and creative challenge.

It’s playful. And I enjoy not having to be serious all the time, like I thought I would have to as an adult. I have a silly, giggly side. I see things in different angles and ways. It’s fulfilling.

It’s about being whole.

Love, LG

Art News

Le Cadeau du Cheval“ Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits

Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.” For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

New Chapter

“New Chapter”

“The only Constant is change”

We’re in 2019. Last June I moved into a full time job working as a Direct Support Professional. I work for an art and music based day program with disabled adults. I’m in the School services department. I’m enjoying the work. I have 2 regular participants twice a week. There’s a bit of collaboration and open talking, which feels rich.

This was a change from working a part time job at an elementary school. I felt the change was in an upward direction.

I’ve also been teaching my 16 yr. old to drive now. Though sometimes a little hair raising at times, there’s also been progress.

Looking back at last year, there were a few transitions and changes. One was leaving the part time school job. Then taking on this full time job.

Another was my Mom passing away.

A 3rd was noting that I didn’t have the amount of time to volunteer as much with horses. In adjusting, I noticed I felt a loss, even where I had some gain in some areas of my life. I needed to fill that void. So I have decided to take on a past dream of writing and illustrating a book. A big project. I don’t know where the road will twist and turn. Yet I know if I don’t go, I’ll regret not putting in the effort. So I take a step forward. OK, a little hint. It has a horse in it, of course. The little girl who loved to draw and loved horses hasn’t lost her dreams.

Any suggestions, feedback, information is welcome.

I don’t intend to walk this road alone.

Best, LG

pastel portrait
Pastel

Art News

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits:

Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.” For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

“Season of Light

“Season of Light”

One of my favorite parts of this “Season” is the lights.
For instance, I love lighting the Hanukah candles. I buy the small candles in many colors.I love placing a rainbow of different colored candles on the Menorah, then carefully lighting each one as we say the prayers. The sight of them lit always makes me feel warm inside.

We also love driving around the area to see the Christmas lights. The last two years we have driven around to see Christmas light displays at different houses throughout the
Providence area. Often times the displays had computer regulated lights that synchronized
to music. So cool!

True that you can search and view different locations on Youtube, yet if they are close enough to you, they are so much more enjoyable to see them in person. Just note where in your neighborhood they are. Then go visit them. With Google maps it is as easy as pie!

Have a warm, healthy, fun Season.
Best,
LG

“Candle Light”, scratch board

Lisa’s Art & Horses

Art  News

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.