Saturday, March 17, 2018


Going Within

*Inner Time Capsule

What is yours?  Does music take you back to your younger self?  Movies?  Art work? Writing?  Social Life?  "Where were you when?"  Mind Games~ 

The Great Escape

Many paintings/sketches begin and sometimes end with "leftover paint."  No paint left behind as the palette is cleaned and paint of various colors is brushed at random on a waiting blank canvas.  This one started and finished as castle ruins, just a round pile of ancient rocks.  I stepped back, and noted "There is a cat shape jumping out of the castle!"  Look approximately where the three wooden bars point into the painting.


At that time we had recently acquired a rescue cat who had been homeless on the streets for 1 and 1/2 years in a different location than our home.  We brought him into our lives.  I felt like, Orange, our cat was "escaping" his former life in this picture.  The painting stands completed "as is," in Orange paint accents.

** "Too real to be real," Eben Alexander, M.D.

Recently a friend and I romped through our nearby quaint community just for an afternoon.  Another "great escape" with fun filled moments.  We felt free, like on vacation, we walked ***narrow streets of cobblestone...." very uneven pavement underfoot, lovely shops awaited us!  Everything in view was so clear, colors, light, vision, focus, adventure~ like a video unfolding

First we visited The Olive Cart and sampled various olive oils, with cheese combinations, and savory concoctions, toppings for crunchy crackers.  The antique shop was next with lace and glass I recognized from my childhood.  Best of all, a saw record LP's from bygone eras.  I picked up some of the Simon and Garfunkel, and Elton John classics.  Time rewound itself to "way back then...."

Next (breathe) we enjoyed lovely Brown Cow Cheesecake at The Chocolate CafĂ©.  The fresh dark chocolate cheesecake, not too sweet, was absolutely luscious with additional chocolate and white chocolate guache swirled about.  The forks tines were covered in thick melted milk chocolate.  I tasted real cream!  I remembered Gimbel's big store in Ptitsburgh Pennsylvania and the Swiss recipe milk chocolate chunks melted in your mouth.  Coming back into the present, dark chocolate was drizzled over the entire presentation in front of us....awe and wonder.

Taking time out of our overdrive worlds, we felt refreshed.  Like walking through a window into a another dimension, another space and time of ourselves.  

Next the Forever Books store was waiting!  Classics, new, informative, visionary, every book and format a treasure by itself.  Touching a book, leafing though the illustrations, I felt most at home in the children's section.  Animals and legends jumped out at me.  There was even a book for children to learn Tai Chi forms based on Crane, Snake, Leopard, Dragon and more.  Adventure and color at our fingertips! 

Fast Forward/Rewind

Jumping back into the "real world" we could easily feel  **** "Now is the moment that never ends..."

No Stone Unturned

Light and Time

Living in the Light

Pick One:  Minute Minder Reset
1-2-3 write:  3 pages of anything, spontaneously, no corrections, shred or keep

1-2 write: 1 page complain, I page gratitude, shred

1-2-3 sketch draw anything quickly without thought, keep or discard

Knit, crochet, weave, bead or other craft, 5 minutes, choose a fast and easy project, free of thought, agenda, or schedule of finishing.

Sing/Dance, 5 minutes

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* The Healing Self, book, Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D  Topics include: Time Capsule, great memory recall improvements happened when people heard, sang,  explored and shared events from their younger years. Other topics are Getting Out of Overdrive, and Stand Walk, Rest, Sleep.

** Eben Alexander, M.D. Quote from The Dr. Oz Show (March 2018), Physicians experience near death experiences.  Books:  Living in a Mindful Universe, Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven

**** chopracentermediataion, various programs for free and for purchase, explore yourself, "Now is the moment that never ends," Deepak Chopra, M.D. 

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*** Narrow streets of cobblestone," quote from Simon and Garfunkel's song The Sounds of Silence.  

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Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Castle Sculpture, by Rob, photo by Dahlis

The Great Escape, Orange, our cat,  jumps into a new life, painting by Dahlis (jumping cat image is about 2/3 of the way upward on the castle).  

Light and Time, ancient ruins of St Aubert's Abbey, Normandy, detail of sunlit painting by Dahlis

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Waking up in the middle of the night, I heard and felt words/vibrations whispering "Physical Reality." 

estless Silence, "You said it."   (chuckle)

I have  been sifting through endless archives of physical photos, taken with real film and printed out.  A whirl of future/past simultaneously appeared in black and white, sepia, shades of grey, and living color:  family, friends, vacations, pet parades, and paintings flashed before my eyes all at once in a blur of light yet crystal clear.

The next day, I viewed a poem, a beacon of insight!

*Selfie by Jeffrey Danner

Life is a selfie in earthly disguise,
For a loving Divinity's sky-blue eyes.
I mean, "Here We Be," all radiant and free,
Right here where thick opaque earth seemed to be.

All that drama, that heavy, dimwitted sight
Are now nowhere to be found.
Except in memory, in stories time-bound,
Meant to occlude the Truth of the Light.

Did I take Life for granted, and drain it of Chi?
Only in my wildest imagineered  swoons.
Brilliant, Shimmering, Source of the We,
Beyond this magical Tapestry of Forms.

Can I see you all in a big Selfie Smile,
Wherever I look, as long as it's in?
Three-sixty vision in all nine dimensions,
No ceiling, no flooring, no walleyed denying,
No limits all freedom all radiant hymn.

Reflections from Selfie: 
* "....For a loving Divinity's sky-blue eyes,...."
The Blue Ray of Truth and Communication comes into mind.

* "....Except in memory, in stories time-bound...."
I felt photos, lives sifting through my hands in timely and timeless stories and visions, hopes and dreams, achievements, and celebrations.

* "....Beyond this magical Tapestry of Forms....,"
the visible and invisible fabrics we weave.  What colors and patterns will we choose? 

*  "No ceiling, no flooring, no walleyed denying,"
Once I had a great meditation image of a home filled with large glass windows radiant with  with bright white-gold sunlight.  Golden blond wood flooring brushed the floors with solidity. 

Better yet, the house had nothing in it!  No furniture, no nothing...."I" was just passing through.  "I" sat on the shiny floor, looked out the huge windows and felt deep peace. (smile)

I am my memories....still frame and motion, physical, digital, and beyond.  "Now" I am writing and enjoying an electronic scrapbook.

* "No limits all freedom all radiant hymn"

Light Speed

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*Selfie, Contributed poem by Jeffrey Danner, printed with permission

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Tai Chi and Qigong:
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Images by Dahlis

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Thursday, February 8, 2018


I am getting weary of winter white:

grey upon grey....

Snow Cat~ 

The snow leopard cub's face says it all....

Years ago I became fascinated with cats, large and small, and many other animal friends.

Finally I saw snow leopards!  Real furry ones, then I was able to draw, paint, and pencil them in various ways.  Long and sturdy,  a very thick furry coat and tail, eyes narrowed to reduce snow glare, snowshoe paws, and black lip lining with extra dark hairs to shield from UV sun rays all paint an animal built for survival in very high altitudes of 10,000 feet or more.


Drawing the Line~

Ruff, The Great Furry 

I am amazed how animals and people adapt to all kinds of climates and altitudes.  I love watching a cat or collie grow a think winter coat, just like magic!

"Snow on snow on snow, In the Bleak Midwinter long time ago."

A Collage of Colors Paint Winter: 
yellow ochre light,
cobalt blue,
brunt umber,
burnt Sienna,
titanium white,
Payne's gray

Winter Wolf~ 

"It's Snow Joke~ "

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Thursday, January 25, 2018


*Moon Dancers, oil painting by Zoe

**Lunar Eclipse, a poem by Isabel Jackson

The dark of the moon is grey,
just visible under the half halo;
all the moon's light drains
into this melon rind of glowing white,
growing smaller as blurred blue spreads.

It rises higher over the trees,
moves at the rate the shadow moves;
pale orange, burnt orange, shifting to red
gathering all the sunsets and sunrises
from all around the world into itself.

The rim of light disappears
and the moon is my eyeball on an x-ray;
moon's eye pulsing with blood;
stars prickle the sky.

A long slow sunset

*** Zoe Meditating, acrylic painting by Ivy

"....and the moon like a white rose shone,"  W.B. Yates

Blue Moonset

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* Moon Dancers, oil painting by Zoe, photo by Zoe

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Saturday, January 6, 2018


Ruff Sketch

Road Blocked 

My creativity vanished into a misty sea of nothingness.... Why?  I had streamlined my household tasks so all flowed smoother and easier, but the "time" to create still escaped until, at night, just too tired to draw or paint I'd put it off until tomorrow....
tomorrow never came.

Always a daylight painter, one day a young friend suggested, why don't you switch your online time at night for reading and recreation into the afternoon, even in bits and pieces?  Then try this, at bedtime, during a quiet time of rest and music, as part of a pre bedtime meditation, take a sketch pad and draw just three quick drawings, of anything, in any style and without thinking or looking at something.  Best yet, sketching, is a no prep, no clean up type of artwork.

"Do something easy!" 

"I want easy, I want it now!"

* Interestingly, I had recently read from several sources that drawing, painting, sketching, coloring, and even knitting, beading or other relaxing crafts could aid in relaxation, enjoyment, and gentle stimulation of the hippocampus area of the brain.  This helps to gently store memory and improve over all function.  Even 2 hours a week, a little at a time, can show improvement in mood and a more positive enjoyment of life: "pride of accomplishment."    

Why not try night vision sketches, even in very low light?  Just start drawing 3-5 minutes of anything.  The first night I already had a feeling of gentleness and success at bedtime.  The second night I got a big surprise!  Without planning I waved the pen over the paper.  Little ears appeared, and as I drew I knew the cat coming in from nowhere was Ruff, our "big furry" now in full winter coat, complete with a tan fluffy sweater around his neck.  The gesture drawing technique is full of action and essence, the pen flows quickly without actually leaving the paper,"simple yet contoured." 

The above sketch is definitely Ruff!

So now I had at least four avenues of instant creativity, stimulation, and relaxation:
1-2-3 writing, three small pages of "anything at all" spontaneous writing

1-2-3 night sketching at bedtime

1-2-3 gratitude, What highlighted your day?  Even 3 easy words like  "love, joy, freedom" or other positive statements can add feelings of contentment and only takes a few seconds.

Easy knitting or craft projects, real easy, no set pattern or agenda!

No need to do every project in the same day.  Mix it up a bit.  Zoe, my friend, also added get a blank calendar and write in possible days for creative minutes or longer projects "as needed" to spur action.  Flexible and Fun.

Dream CATchers:

Dream #1: Enter the Dream
It was October and scattered golden leaves were wind blown in my dream.  Rob opened the front door and in ran Ruff, the black and tan cat in the above sketch.  He carried a skein of medium weight yarn in his mouth.  It was fully wrapped in its store package.  The yarn was mustard color.  Ruff carried the yarn to me and dropped it at my feet. Then I woke up.

And so I went looking for the dream yarn at a store.  There was a "mustard" colored yarn, but too light and yellow, not at all like the darker mustard hue in the dream.  I found instead a skein of self striping yarn, the colors of Ruff, in various shades of cream, ochre, red brown, chocolate, and dark brown.

"I'll try it!"

I designed an easy pattern, no not right.  Rip out and begin again.  Next came a "Stonehnge" scarf of rock-like block effects.  Not!  Rip again.  **I saw on the Knit Show with Vickie Howell that people were knitting "Frankenscarf" patterns including mixes of yarns and colors in spontaneous designs on wide ranges of needles, even sewing some swatches together in unique  ways for colorful wall hangings.  

Begin again, this time with garter stitch, real easy and all knit on short wooden needles.  we'll see what develops~ Knit breaks during the day help me relax and reset my energy.

Dream #2

**Yon and Mu come to life! 
Yon and Mu are cartoon cats in Junji Ito's Cat Diary book.  Every cat owner can relate to the challenges and surprises.  Yon is a short haired white cat with black spots and Mu is an adorable Norwegian Forest cat.  The art work is amazing in realism and fine detail while highlighting emotions and situations with believability.

I have a copy of the book!  I put it on my night table. One night while I was asleep and dreaming, Yon and Mu came alive in cartoon form and jumped out of the opened book and onto my bed!  I knew it was a dream at the time, but it was wonderful to have night visiting cats all the same!

I still marvel at Yon and Mu's similarity to our Orange and Ruff: Best Buddies

And today, on Jan 6, Epiphany, three years ago, Ruff arrived on our back porch, a kitten freezing and homeless in a blizzard.  Then, we took him into our home and hearts.

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* Dr. Daniel Amen, book and programs  Memory Rescue 2017
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*** Yon and Mu, Junji Ito's Cat Diary, ..."a series of hissterical [sic] tales....despite being a dog person J-kun finds himself purrsuaded [sic] by their odd cuteness and thus begins his comedic struggle to gain the affection of his new feline friends."  A must read for cat owners.
"The most striking appeal of Junji Iyo's work is his artwork."  Kodansha Comics

Deepak Chopra: chopracentermeditation  change your life

Meditative Exercise improve memory, strength, and flexibility:
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Song of the day, Scarborough Fair Canticle by Simon and Garfunkel

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Images by Dahlis
Ruff Sketch, pen on paper

Knit Easy photo, self striping yarn

Best Buddies, Orange and Ruff, photo