|At home with Tibbs, a surprise gift of Hellebore seedlings dropped off by a friend, my daughter in her room, doing class work remotely, and an experimental dragon fruit — it was pretty but rather bland. :)|
Hello there, my friends around the world. I hope this note finds you in your safe, cozy sanctuary — and remember, we can ALWAYS go to this place of sanctuary in our minds. It is always available to us, a thought away.
That said, suffering is real, and it is an acute part of life for many, many people right now. We are frightened about the future, we are worried about family, friends, our healthcare workers and first responders, those still working to supply us the goods that allow us to continue our daily lives our world — we in fact fear for our very livelihoods. But to this I want to add: Without suffering, there cannot be happiness. As zen master Thich Naht Hanh reminds us, out of suffering, a lotus flower of happiness can open.
|Take a Deep Breath card by Elizabeth Zaffarano|
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AnnouncementI am working on new, downloadable images for coloring at home — positive, uplifting, encouraging images with messages of hope to keep and to share. I anticipate that they will be in the shop early next week. Some of our new images are going to directed towards our healthcare workers specifically, as we are deeply indebted to them. I am going to donate the proceeds of the healthcare-specific images to supplying gift cards to healthcare workers — one of my best friends is a nurse and is overseeing this effort. I will report back when I have more information!
And now.... speaking of messages of hope, let’s see what our designers have been working on this week. They always succeed at adding great joy to our hearts and a feast for our eyes....
Stacy Morgan | Orchids Rock
Leslie Miller | Perched in the Orchids digital
Barbara Walker | Orchid Cascade digital
Gloria Stengel | Loving Tulips
Christine Okken | Wild Ruffled Orchids digital
Broni Holcombe | Wash Your Hands digital
Ahhhhh — bask in the beauty!! Thank you, thank you to our powerhouse of designers, each one a beautiful soul helping to spread positivity and beauty and kindness.
Be well, friends. XOXO