January 10, 2008


Zorba, joy necklace, photo by Shelba,Canon Rebel XTI

Shelba sent this photo to me yesterday of her daughter wearing a superhero necklace. Not only was I delighted to see something I had made in such a gorgeous photo, I was moved by the pure absolute joy in this child's face. I thought it was a great image to celebrate our Mondo Beyondo lists and the brand new year. Let's all call in more joy!

More things that brought me joy recently:
Ben saying "Uh oh..." when he drops something.
Swirly starting a brand new blog called Sparkletopia. Check it out!
Being asked to teach a workshop in September at an artist retreat in New England (more exciting news to follow on this)
Being photographed by Boho a few weeks ago.
Shooting a bat mitzvah in Puerto Rico with a dear friend this spring. Adventure!
Reading your Mondo Beyondo lists.(Keep em coming!)
Your awesome support with my book dream. Whee!
Ben taking two wobbly, drunken sailor steps toward me this morning before he carefully squat on the floor.

Posted on January 10, 2008 08:35 AM

Just tried to comment and lost it.
I'm just here, saying hi.
I read you often and yet don't often comment.
But know that I am here reading and always grateful for you what you share here. your voice is so refreshing, authentic, unpretentious and filled with humanity.
From one superhero to another, you ROCK. :)
And I don't know what you're book will look like or involve or be, but best to you as you begin, take this risk, and live with abandon.
much love.

Posted by: bella at January 13, 2008 01:58 PM

Just stopping in to say hi, and that I do read you here, even though i do not comment much.
Your voice is refreshing and authentic and unpretentious and full of joy. And I wish you all the best with your book, whatever that looks like or means.
From one superhero to another, you rock!

Posted by: bella at January 13, 2008 01:54 PM

"Zorba" is a great superhero name!

LOL @ 'drunken sailor steps'. :)

Posted by: Elise at January 12, 2008 08:44 PM

your mondo beyondo list sounded so yummy i've decided to give it a whirl! thank you for the inspiration!


Posted by: Ruby at January 12, 2008 07:43 PM

The mondo beyondo is such a wonderful idea. I did one last year, and have made some big changes, including the decision to return to school and making it a point to have more outdoor adventures, including camping AT LEAST once every summer, which makes me so happy! Thanks for being inspiring, always!

Posted by: Molly at January 12, 2008 03:37 PM

This is a great photo!

I have been sitting on the whole Mondo Beyondo idea, but a train ride alone finally gave me the time and space to put it all on paper. Now it's on the blog. Thanks for the impetus.

xo Jena

Posted by: Jena at January 11, 2008 01:42 PM

oh....pure joy for sure. how cute is this girl.
if only we could take this on into adulthood.
i did mondo beyondo this year, for the first time. i need to get part ii up on my blog! but it is coming.

happy joyful friday girlie.

Posted by: kelly at January 11, 2008 10:44 AM

What a beautiful picture, always makes me smile when you see kids just so happy they can't contain it! She looks as if she is bursting with joy. I think she loves the necklace ;)

Posted by: stacy kathryn at January 11, 2008 08:55 AM

I lurk, and lurk and today is the day to say hello!!
May I say I love you work so much... and this photo to me is the essence of sheer bliss :)

I did mondo beyondo pt.1 a couple of nights ago and it was one of the hardest things I had ever done in my life.
BUT... I can feel a change deep within from just releasing the heaviness and the hardships, and embracing the warmth and the light.

Today I will blog pt.2 and let you know how it went!

Thank you so much for such an incredibly freeing exercise.
Hopefully the crud is purged and it's onward and upward!!!

bless you!!!

Posted by: joan at January 11, 2008 07:37 AM

I love that face she's making! Also love the photos of you, where did you get your sassy red shoes? I love them!

Ann Marie

Posted by: ann marie at January 10, 2008 09:30 PM

Ooh, puh-lease keep us posted about the retreat you are teaching at in New England - I live in that area and would love to attend!

Posted by: Piper at January 10, 2008 06:18 PM

what a precious little face.

she's feeling the joy all the way to her fingers!

i have always said that children are our gurus.

Posted by: meesh at January 10, 2008 04:46 PM

Pure, pure joy! 2008 is certainly clearing the way for you, isn't she? Blessings to you!

Posted by: Lisa at January 10, 2008 01:23 PM

oh, i love your comment on ben saying 'uh oh' when he drops something. my friend's little girl, caelan, would say an exaggerated 'ohhhh nooo' everytime anything would happen...dropping something, someone else dropping something, even if it was on tv, if she dropped a piece of macaroni while she was eating it, etc. i always got the giggles, which in turn made her say it more. it was adorable.

Posted by: celisa at January 10, 2008 12:04 PM

what a sweetie pie! love that picture. and yay for joy in 2008! you'll totally get a book deal--i just know it.

Posted by: nicole at January 10, 2008 11:46 AM