I speak to your picture and know that you will always be with me Jen. You
have forever changed me with more gifts than you realized and for that
I will always be grateful. It has been a privilege to dance with you. A hole is left in the universe and we all weep. The heavens opened up its heart and wept with us for you as it poured all day in Portland. You will always dance with me in my heart and soul. You are the person that held up a mirror to me to remind me that I had forgotten that there was always a "Y" at the end of my name and I just could not see it. You help me give birth to myself and gave me JOY!
Yesterday I was blessed with the wonderful healing energy of the beautiful women in my yoga class. At the end of class Belle asked me to come into the center as I was surrounded by this wonderful circle of women. They all chanted OM for me and sent me their good wishes for a successful surgery and swift healing. It was difficult to allow myself to RECEIVE I must admit, but I felt so blessed to have these people in my life. This was followed by an offer from Janice to do a healing prayer for me and for Belle. Her hands were so hot as they hovered over my head and I felt her powerful healing prayer energy as well. On Sunday, after a wonderful dance, especially connecting in such a tender way with Teresa, she offered to come over after the surgery to do some Reiki on me and share Craft magazines. Last week Nes (baby Leyla too of course!) and HsiYi also offered to come over for tea and company after the surgery. I feel so rich as I enter into this very frightening surgery tomorrow, knowing that I am not alone. I fear the pain of the surgery, but mostly I fear that the surgery will not work. I am trying with much difficulty to be optimistic and just trust and allow. It is time to surrender with hopefullness~~~~~~~~~
Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.
I hope everyone can do their part however small, and the only thing that is small is doing nothing, to help the victims of the turmoiland tragedy that the Hurricane in Haiti has caused. Whether you can send a donation big or small or just a prayer (that's both free and priceless), please do something!!
"We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate
in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied
by millions of people, can transform the world."
I am a collaborator with nature, often using found objects in my clay sculpture. My greatest inspiration is my motherhood and nature. Working with clay is a tactile, spiritual interaction. It's a dance as the image emerges and takes on a life form of it's own. The story gradually reveals itself and not always upon completion of the piece. It is a gradual unfolding.... "What the caterpillar thinks is the end of the world...the butterfly knows is only the beginning!"
I keep my spirit vitalized by creating mixed media sculpture, sculptural drawings, exploring narrative photography, writing, participating in collaborative art projects, volunteering for various Portland organizations, walking in the woods and along the Oregon coast collecting the next sculpture inspiration that nature offers me, enjoying the solitude of the Lake in Washington, kayaking, camping, snorkeling in Hawaii, making my voice heard as a quiet activist for various humanitarian issues, appreciating live theater and music in Portland and enjoying the vastly rich life that Oregon has to offer me, but especially spending time with my family. I am savoring my new journey as I explore the middle road of Buddhism. I try to live an "intentional life" every day with "Jo Y"! I feel like a square peg who has finally found her square hole!
I am an artist/partner of The AIR Gallery