Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Hello! Welcome to my new Blog! I'm very excited to have this space to share my thoughts and inspirations with whomever cares to see. Please stay tuned! 

Friday, July 15, 2016
          I have just finished re-reading an essay by Tennesee Wiliams that was published in the New York Times on November 30, 1947. The essay is called "The Catastrophe of Success" and was written on the third anniversary of the Chicago opening of "The Glass Menagerie". I had been thinking about a quotation I remembered from this piece, which I came across many years ago, went on Google and, voila!, there it was.
          The quotation that I was looking for is: "It is only in his work that an artist can find reality and satisfaction, for the actual world is less intense than the world of his invention and consequently his life, without recourse to violent disorder, does not seem very substantial. The right condition for him is that in which his work is not only convenient but unavoidable."
          To this end, I am giving my home a thorough going over as described in meticulous detail in the astonishing book by Marie Kondo: "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up". I am letting go of anything superfluous... purging, purging, throwing away, shredding, giving bags and bags of clothing and odds and ends to Value Village. This is a wonderful cleanse!
          I want to creat Zen-like domestic order and serenity. I want to keep only the things that I need or that are beautiful and spark joy. I want to create a place for everything and have everything in its place. I want to create an environment for my art work, writing and piano playing so that, as Williams says my "work is not only convenient but unavoidable".
          At the end of his essay, Williams wrote: "William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. "In the time of your life --- live!" That time is short and it doesn't return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, and the monosyllable of the clock is loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition."

Monday, July 18, 2016
          Since I discovered the writings of Henry David Thoreau in the 1960's when I was a Roman Catholic nun, I have always been a great fan of his. There is something in my soul that responds deeply to his words and ideas. It is like a longing fulfilled. It was while I was studying English Literature as an extension student at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, that I first read Walden. His imperative assertion "Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!" really hit me between the eyes, as I was living under a complex system of minute rules for every second of the day and walking around in ten pounds of black wool and white linen. I'm still working on the "Symplify" idea.
          This morning, I looked up a Thoreau quotation about "improving the nick of time" that I used long ago on the frontispiece of my limited edition volume of poems and drawings called "Moments" that was published in 1976. The Thoreau quotation goes like this: "In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line." Great, eh?
          For me, these words are the key to joy, happiness and contentment. If I make it a practise to let go of the past and future and keep coming back to the present moment, "now, now, now", I have a chance for a peaceful and productive day. There is something about awareness of the now that embodies acceptance and surrender.
          So, let's do our day! Let's LIVE!!!!