hospitality and the abdomen


The human abdomen can be so lovely.  The Crucifixion Bas Relief, Clay with wax resist. April 13, 2019. Preparation for Good Friday firing. Charles LaFond, Potter We, each of us, have a human body.  We can all agree to begin there. It may be young or old, sick or well,...

Two friends


Holy Week has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Purple. Thorns. Blood. Sins.  Covered crosses, Presto-chango revealed crosses. Glum faces as if they are hearing the story for the first time and there has been no spoiler alert. (In the end Jesus is just fine and all.)...

On resilience and Peace


Funeral urn with turquoise filial We become what we do.  This is one of the primary learnings of neuroplasticity – how we are able to develop a return to peace after adversity. But if religion tells us that what we do is evil and naughty then how shall we find...

Silence and Healing


Living, as I did, in an abusive parental system, I found my refuge in books even at four and five years old. Part of the way through my large, beloved lap-book of Sleeping Beauty, or perhaps it was Snow White, there was an illustration which so terrified me that I...

Lectio Terrestria: Reading in the Cathedral of the Earth.


The stream trickles and flows, pours and swirls; God wears the shimmering wet like a diva between banks. The lily wears white, the yellow of a lemon, the red of a woodpecker; God wears her clothes, even with a red hat, yellow chiffon, white gloves. The black rose and purple...

Imperfections


Our imperfections make us gorgeous. Wabi-sabi is a “word-view” from Japanese aesthetics which centers on the willing acceptance of transience and imperfection.  It is often used in ceramics when something “goes wrong” but, actually makes the pot stunning precisely because of the “mistake.”  The notion comes from the Buddhist teachings...

Gentle Defiance


One definition of “Defiance” is “contempt of danger.”  The Latin root of the word is disfidare and is a combination of two words: “away” (dis) and fidus “faithful.” The word came from a 12th century attempt to make a new word which shifted belief or fidelity from danger to engagement;...

Purring


New Mexico Sunset glaze, cascading, Cone 6, Oxidation, Stoneware, 2018 The constellations of colors created by just two glazes on this urn – one poured over the other – in this few inches tell me everything I need to know about that entity we call “God.”  The sister vase to...

A new kind of Epiphany


“Do you see this woman?” says Jesus in Luke’s version of this story of the anointing of Jesus’ feet. Epiphany comes from the word for manifestation, not brightness. Can we see the making manifest of beauty or do we just look for sin? Of course they see this woman.  She...