Wednesday, September 30, 2009

wings...

"Find the wind that takes you where you want to go and your wings will take you there." -Arturo Mancheno (a comment on facebook)
i have been working on feather-inspired angels this week...this is the progress of the trio...these are part of my spiritual explorations as i believe the artist is a spiritual explorer...these angel paintings and prints will be available in my etsy shop soon...

hope (detail) - 2009 12 x 23-1/2" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

faith (detail) - 2009 12 x 23-1/2" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

love (detail) - 2009 12 x 23-1/2" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

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i just had to share this morning's sunrise with you...it was magical...the colors divine...these and the angel paintings will be available in my etsy shop soon...






lila tueller is having a fab giveaway here... one of her jelly rolls...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

be fearless today...

BE FEARLESS TODAY "We're afraid of failure and we're afraid of success. We're afraid of dying young and we're afraid of growing old. We're more afraid of life than we are of death." -Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

it is a time of reflection for me each morning as i walk by the sea...i don't believe that i am afraid of much anymore...perhaps being homeless...i have not been afraid of dying since i was 23 and broke my neck...death was very near last year when i developed pneumonia while teaching in north carolina...the doctor said, "30 minutes later and we would not have been able to save you."...yet i am here....and have time for reflection as i walk and breathe by my beloved ocean...

the times are exciting now...each day brings a surprise...as i am clearing away years of belongings i am remembering and cherishing each one for what it is...a memory...and then letting go...

yesterday i launched a new blog...artist needs cash...today! where i am:


I lost my main source of income 16 months ago…and these lovingly-collected items cannot go with me when I close my studio doors for the last time in October of this year…these supplies need creative hands to transform them into the works of art I once envisioned… So it is with great joy that I release them to your creative hearts to fashion the art you now envision… and, if your spirit were so moved, I would love to see photos of the art you create with these treasures... I am deeply blessed and eternally grateful that your purchase will help me move on to the next creative adventure in my life’s journey… With a loving heart I wish profound success to the work of your hands…

so stop by artist needs cash...today! and see if there is anything you might fancy...prices are really low...the stuff is really wonderful...please tell others about it...for i do need cash today...


Friday, September 18, 2009

this little feather...

this is a peek into my creative mind...how my imagination works and where it takes me...

i found this little feather on the beach tuesday....


it gave me ideas and when i held her up to the sun, she danced...i was smitten...

this is what i saw...


this is the creative result...



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

you can't fight fernandina beach city hall...

well that is just about what i am going to do...on august 22, 2009 i went to the main beach of the city of fernandina beach, florida and parked in this space...




and this is what happened to my car, plus the parking and interior lights no longer work.....





i called the city on the august 24...this is the parking space on august 26, 2009 after the city fixed it on the 25th....




now the city's insurance company is giving me the run around....and all i want is my car fixed...the insurance company states, "you must sign a release before we will fix your car. any unseen damages will be fixed by us,,,no problem." Yeah, right!!! the insurance appraiser stated three times that he is sure they will find something else wrong once they get the bumper off...yet he put nOTHING to that effect in his written estimate...which is where the $630 figure comes...

i am having a real problem with the release, especially the part that says it is a "doubtful and disputed claim" ...i am suppose to believe that the last paragraph (blue) is to protect me for any unseen damage found by repair shop when repairing the car...all 3 repair shops have said it will cost substantially more than $630 to fix the car...so if i sign this release, they will send me a check for $630 and that will be the end of my ability to negotiate...would you sign this piece of paper BEFORE you car is fixed???


RELEASE FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE ONLY (MOTOR VEHICLE)

THIS INSTRUMENT is executed this_____ day of _________ 2009, by Rebecca Parsons, (herein called "Releasors].') By executing this Instrument, Releasors acknowledge being of lawful age and of sound mind, and hereby fully and completely release and discharge City of Fernandina Beach, Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust and Preferred Governmental Claims Solutions, (herein called "Releasees") from any and all motor vehicle property damage claims, rights and actions whatsoever, for which said Releasees are legally or equitably responsible.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the sum of $630.39 (Six Hundred Thirty and 39/100 dollars), in hand paid to the Releasors/Lienholder(s) by or on behalf of Releasees, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Releasor(s) agree as follows:

Except as noted below, Releasor(s) hereby and for their heirs, executors, administrators, successors, subrogees privies and assigns do release, discharge, acquit, defend and hold harmless Releasees, and their heirs, executors, administrators, insurers, insureds, successors, privies, assigns, associations, partnerships, agents or representatives, in their individual and official capacities, of and from any and all property damage claims, actions, causes of action, demand, rights, damages, costs, loss of service, liens, expenses and compensation whatsoever, which the Releasor(s) now have or which may hereafter accrue on account of or in any way growing out of any and all known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen, motor vehicle property damage and any consequences thereof resulting or to result from the accident, casualty or event (hereinafter "incident')which occurred on or about August 22, 2009, at Main Beach Parking Lot, Fernandina Beach in the State of Florida,

It is understood and agreed that this settlement is the compromise of a doubtful and disputed claim and that the Payment made is not to be construed as an admission or liability on the part of the parties hereby released, and that said Releasees deny liability therefore and intend merely to avoid litigation and buy their peace.

This Release is freely and voluntarily executed by the Releasor(s) after having been apprised of all relevant information and data furnished by their agents, contractors, consultants and/or attorneys. The Releasor(s) in executing this Release do not rely on any inducements, promises or representations made by the Releasees or any of the Releasees' representatives. Furthermore, no promise, inducement or agreement not herein set forth has been made to the Releasor(s) and this Release contains the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and the terms of this Release are contractual and not merely a recital.

Further, that the Releasor(s) has or will discharge or indemnify, defend and save harmless the Releasee from any and every property damage claim, right, action, demand, lien, known or unknown to either party hereto of every kind or character which may ever be asserted by reason of or in relation to the instant property damage claim.

Throughout this agreement, the "singular' and "plural" are interchangeable in order to properly reflect the identity of the Releasor(s) and of the Releasees. Additionally, this Release shall apply to the heirs, successors, agents, employees and representatives of the parties.

It is specifically understood and agreed that this Release shall not operate to release Releasees from liability for any other claim for other types of injury or damages, (except property damage) including any alleged bodily injury, personal injury or otherwise that may have occurred to Releasor(s) arising from the above-referenced incident. Further, this Release will not apply to any supplemental hidden property damage caused by the above described incident, provided said supplemental or hidden property damage is discovered and reported, in writing to Releasees within ninety (90) days of the signing of this Release. Any payment for supplemental or hidden damage will be made directly to the repair shop/contractor, unless otherwise specified.

RELEASOR(S) HAVE READ THE FOREGOING RELEASE AND FULLY UNDERSTAND IT.
don't you just hate to be held over a barrel by insurance companies...it is a no win situation for me...all i want is my car in the condition it was in on august 21, 2009...

Friday, September 11, 2009

come sit with me by the sea my love...

come sit with me by the sea my love

in the rays of the dawning sun

and I will read to you softly, passionately

our minds, our hearts as one….



each morning I go to the beach…my beach…to walk in meditative prayer…often I find this couple who arrive before sunrise with coffee mugs and a book…she reads aloud to him as he gently holds her hand…when the sun begins its assent over the water, they pause and watch in silence…as most of us do who choose this special time of day to visit the sea…


note: this was my submission to somerset studio's life images magazine...the magazine has ceased publication...sad this won't be published now...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

making peace with my today will improve my future…

vultures after my spirit

for some time now i have felt as if vultures were after my spirit...it seems that they are coming from every direction...yes, it seems that way....

Making Peace with My Today Will Improve My Future... It may sound odd, but the fastest way to get to a new-and-improved situation is to make peace with your current situation. By making lists of the most positive aspects you can find about your current situation, you then release your resistance to the improvements that are waiting for you. But if you rail against the injustices of your current situation, you hold yourself in Vibrational alignment with what you do not want, and you cannot then move in the direction of improvement. It defies Law. In every particle of the Universe, there is that which is wanted - and the lack of it. - Abraham

Excerpt from from Abraham Hicks, The Vortex Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships

so i make peace with my today...and i will do it again tomorrow if necessary...and each day that follows for my spirit still shines...it cannot help but shine as i choose to live fearlessly and consciously...and love...

may our collective lights shine brightly today....

"Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." -Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

9/9/9 ...

this must be a special day...

sunrise for francina

this is my dear friend francina's birthday...it will probably be a sad day for her...because of this...

she is one of the most spiritual people i know...to be near her is to be blessed...so i hope this photo gives her comfort on her life journey...much love my friend...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

those i call friend...


my life is so richly blessed by many amazing people....my love and spirit is magnified by those i call friend...

"Theology is knowing truth about God. That's important, but not as important as knowing God; just as knowing things about your friend is not as important as knowing your friend." -Peter Kreeft, Prayer: The Great Conversation
my journey this past two years has been challenging, paradoxical and, at times, painful... oftentimes vexing and formidable...when i was flying very low and alone...it took a Herculean effort to remain my friend...to watch the path on which i walked each day...

and those who chose to stay and lead me through the fog...who took the head winds when i did not think i had the strength to fly....encouraged me to try when i wanted to retreat into myself...


have come to really know ME...the raw, unabridged, burdened me...not the persona...just me...the authentic me...

i stand today because my friends cared enough to listen when i needed to talk...to comfort me when all i could do was cry...to feed me and care for me when i could not do it for myself...to form a cocoon around me so that i could heal...


and start to soar again with them....


so that someday soon i will be strong enough and sure enough to soar myself once again...


Lord i see you through the love of others....and this is my wish for you my friend:
magnificent sunrises for your eyes to see...warm smiles when sadness intrudes...much comfort on difficult days...rainbows to follow the storms of life...laughter to kiss your lips with joy...sunsets to warm your heart...long hugs when your spirit sags...lasting friendships that brighten your being...faith to believe...confidence when you are in doubt...courage to know yourself...patience to accept the truth...enduring love to complete your life....

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