june 28, 2014

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“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
~ Mother Teresa

 

om of the Virgin's ceiling crystal
om of the Virgin’s ceiling crystal

 

While working on Lori-Lyn’s sacred spaces I came across this image. I think it might be my favorite so far. It speaks of peace, faith, tranquility, goodness and harmony; things important in our daily lives to ensure happiness and everlasting peace.

 

niece love
niece love

 

Outside, Lori-Lyn has a Mary Garden. Recently, her nieces, whom she keeps during the summer months, created a painting. When she asked them where they’d like to put it, they placed it in the Mary Garden. Not only is it a beautiful painting, but it’s perfect for the Mary Garden. It’s refreshing to see such love and joy spring from two young people.

june 25, 2014

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“Ever since happiness heard your name,
it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”
~ Hafiz

 

Mary's prayer
Mary’s prayer

 

One of the sweetest souls I’ve ever met is Lori-Lyn Hurley. She’s an artist and writer, a Reiki practitioner, and seeker of God in everything she does and everyone she meets. She allowed me to photograph the various sacred spaces around her home and garden this evening. Words really fail to describe the wondrous energy that surrounds Lori-Lyn. There’s little surprise to find the same is true for the home she shares with two pugs, Woody and Rocky, and Tracy Hawkins whom you may remember as one of my sweetest friends in all the world (October 27, 2012 and March 14, 2013).

 

Rocky the Rock Star
Rocky the Rock Star

 

Besides her kindness, perhaps the thing I appreciate most about Lori-Lyn is her religious variety. Her spaces combine the various belief systems she has explored. Buddha sits near the Virgin Mary. And with a bowl of crystals at her feet, a stack of rosaries and spirit cards lay nearby. There’s even a fairy alter in the kitchen. All of this swirls together and creates a palpable positive experience. The openness is engaging; intriguing. I could spend hours talking to Lori-Lyn or just looking at the beauty she creates around her. She is a true blessing to many people, and I’m so thankful to be one of them.

 

the ease of faith
the ease of faith

september 12, 2012

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Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.” ~ Shirley MacLaine

looking for heaven (snapseed)

Mamaw would have been 100 today. She almost made it, too. On my way to work this morning I noticed the crucifix on the Catholic Newman Center. It’s exactly like the crucifix that hung in her kitchen. We’re not Catholic. After the tornado, I found other Catholic-esque stuff she had squirreled away, like pictures of Jesus with a milagro heart and the Virgin Mary. Did I mention we’re not Catholic? I find it uplifting to view Jesus in more tangible ways, like love thy neighbor, do good deeds, feed the poor, that sort of thing. But these iconic symbols brought Mamaw great comfort. I’m grateful she had them. The fact is, we humans take comfort in a multitude of ways, both good and bad sometimes. It’s not a one-size-fits-all affair. So, from now on, I think I will write Mamaw a birthday card. That will bring me comfort on her birthdays when I miss hugging her sweet neck and hearing, “Grandmaw loves you to the bone.”

the ghost of birthdays past