Eats Shoots and Leaves
Maize and Bees
Golden Flower of Unani
“I can’t remember a time before I began to express my creativity through the arts. I attended public school before the arts programs were decimated by budget cuts. In hindsight it seems as if the arts were all around us. We all participated in visual art, music–both choral and instrumental, creative writing and drama. My parents arranged for additional lessons in music and dance. We regularly sang in church. In my pursuit of higher education I was fortunate to attend a liberal arts college where I was able to explore other areas of artistic expression such as textile design, calligraphy and sculpture. As a young adult I found the martial arts which led to my 30+ year practice. Through the martial arts I discovered a passion for my current path of Chinese healing arts, and study of the Asian brush.
On a visit to the Anasazi Museum in Chaco Canyon, NM, I found the words of the Diné Blessingway ceremony, excerpted here, which continue to resonate,
“Today I will walk out, today everything evil will leave me, I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body. I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me. I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me. I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me. I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful. In beauty all day long may I walk. Through the returning seasons, may I walk. On the trail marked with pollen may I walk. With dew about my feet, may I walk. In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk. In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk. My words will be beautiful.”