Past & Present / Calmness, Mindfulness & the Knowledge of “Okay”.

Water Lillies Claude Monet, 1907. I must admit: prior to owning an Apple Watch - I've only attempted meditation once. I used the Headspace app for nine days in a row, and then I gave up. It wasn't that meditation isn't a great habit to cultivate, it is. I just didn't know what the entire point of it…

Past & Present / You are the Sun, They are the Orbits.

Road with Cypress and Star Vincent van Gogh, 1890. A little while ago, I was on an emotional low - I've been quick to jump to the worst conclusions and stayed within the realms of anxiety and stress, unwilling to leave. It wasn't that I wanted to stay - I probably didn't think I could get…

Past & Present / The Dead Parts of Me.

Still Life with Bouquet and Skull Adriaen van Utrecht, 1642. I've talked and written about death maybe more than a handful of times. It's a sensitive topic to talk about, as it fills the atmosphere up with a thin veil of morbidity, despair, and an acute awareness of how we're all ticking down. However, I've…

Past & Present / Sunshine, Rain, and Individual Blooms.

Sunflowers (F453) Vincent van Gogh, 1888. As the rain and the gloomy weather finally resigned to the sun, I began to learn - maybe not learn, but make peace with something along this odd path. I am powerless over controlling the physical - the weather given to us by mother nature, but I hold complete…

Rise from the Ashes.

The Burning of the Gaspee Charles DeWolf Brownell, 1892. I've been burning lots tributes these days as a part of tradition and ritual from my origins and culture. I don't mind it at all, other than the environmental repercussions - of course, I just think that the nonstop, drowning raindrops serve as an extreme oxymoron…