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Tuesday Tales – Breathe


Breathe

Breathe

As I look back on 2013 (how did it end so soon?) I see that I have posted about 100 times, with 45 of these being Tuesday Tales. That’s quite a step up from the meager 5 posts from last year! I have really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and artwork with my growing WordPress community and I cherish the connections made here and all the new blogs I now follow and love. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all my followers for coming along on this journey. I will strive to make it a worthwhile one to share. And I would like to wish you all much joy, love, laughter, adventure and creative fun in 2014!

My final offering for the year is this small piece titled Breathe. It is an image of my daughter taken at a time of change and crossroads for both of us. I know a new year is something we all approach with mixed emotions. Thoughts of the past year, with all its ups and downs, mingle with hopes and determinations for the new one. In all this frenzy of thought and emotion I encourage everyone to take a moment and breathe. Rest in this moment and feel all the beauty of this life you are living. Namaste!

Breathe, right side

Breathe, right side

Breathe, left side

Breathe, left side

                                                                                                                     Breathe, a 6″x8″x1.5″ photopolymer gravure etching on paper collaged onto board, is offered this week at $60. Please contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com to purchase of for further information.


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Music Mondays – Born To Sing


Today’s offering is a hauntingly beautiful song by singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey who bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Ann-Margret though her voice is more reminescent of Judy Garland‘s. She is definitely born to sing!

The video for Born To Die is quite intriguing and includes some beautiful filming at the Palace of Fontainbleu in France. I received the cd of the same name for Christmas and have been enjoying it immensely. Hope you enjoy this song too!


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Tuesday Tales – Ornamental Wood


Ornamental Wood

Ornamental Wood

Every once in a while on a walk or run I will come across a small tree in the woods that has been decorated for the season. I marvel at the generosity of the person who has provided this beauty for all to enjoy, in total anonymity.

I saw this little fir on a cold January day in Prince George a few years back. It warmed my heart so much that I had to risk frost bitten fingers to capture a photo of it. I suppose you could call it a selfie for you can just barely make me out in the shiny ornaments on the tree. It’s more clear in the image below.

Winter in Prince George

Winter in Prince George

Another photo of the decorated tree is below.

Winter in Prince George 2

I offer up these images to you all as my Christmas greeting and wishes for a joyous holiday season!

Chiarina


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Music Mondays – Gesu Bambino


Today will be the final Christmas song of the year, Gesu bambino (Baby Jesus). It is not only my favorite but one I think really captures the emotion, joy, anticipation and spirituality of the holiday. Pavarotti’s voice is once again magnificent and in the third act it combines with the choir to sublime heights!

Wishing you all the greatest peace and joy this Christmas!


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Winter Solstice – Lighting the Way


Sandcut Sunset

Sandcut Sunset

              For the earth turns
While the dark night sings to the dawn

                          Too long December

Today is the winter solstice. It marks the day when the earth tilt begins to bring it closer to the sun, starting the lengthening of our daylight hours once again. As we move out of the darkness our spirits lift with the brighter days. For many this is a solemn moment in the year to be celebrated. It is no coincidence that Christmas falls around the winter solstice, for Jesus is worshipped for bringing light and hope to a troubled world. While I am not a religious person I do embrace spirituality, for I feel it is our path to an enlightened life. And I do believe that the light is there within us, wanting to be brought forth.

A few years ago I wrote a post around the winter solstice. It was a difficult piece to write, and when I reread it, it still brings tears to my eyes. Whenever the winter solstice comes around I am reminded of it, of how it resonated with so many, but also of the charge I laid on myself then to live life fully and true to myself. I think I am about waist deep in the sea now.


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Photo Fridays – Winter Blues


Winter Berry

Winter Berry

It’s been a dark, slushy day here today, with the rain melting last night’s snowfall, so I thought I’d post a colorful close-up of a small, winter berry, shrivelled but still beautiful.

Great weekend to all. Hope it’s not all frantic shopping. Find room for some quiet contemplation of beauty.

ps, with the heavy snowfall and ensuing rain my car was so shiny clean I hardly recognized it in the mall parking lot!