January 30

“Bring in your scattered parts,” writes Howard Thurman, “…this is the time of togetherness.”

2013 – My son, Paul, and I participated in the Vacation Bible School of Luz Divina and Luz de Paraíso en Márquez, Perú. During our time in Peru we also visited Machu Piccchu. The rainy season was just beginning.

Completed Lord’s Prayer mural designed and painted by the children, on seven panels


We also often learn how to serve from our mentors in life. One of my all-time faves would be my mom! Below is a photo of her, my daughter and me during a Mother-Daughter retreat at which I was speaking.


The above photo is from a visit to a rainforest park in El Salvador before the 2016 Mission of Healing. Sometimes our mentors are more-than-human.




created during a Dreama Tolle Perry online course

2020 – Here’s the haiku and what I wrote in 2020 about the photos below:

Last night’s offering,

more beginning, more seeing.

We all start somewhere.

I’ve included the photo inspiration. Often it’s helpful for me to see the images side by side. And I trust that in time I will mind the gap. That’s where the work is for me.


“There is an inner insistence toward wholeness and it is this that the moment, the experience of quiet, announces. It is a fearful announcement: ‘BRING IN YOUR SCATTERED PARTS, BE PRESENT… THIS IS THE TIME OF TOGETHERNESS.’” —Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, p. 30

“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

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