Published September 19th, 2014 by

Sam_JeanThis Sunday is The NJ Storyteller’s Festival and I’ll be on a stage at 4pm. Me and stages have had a comfortable relationship thruout my life. I’ve been on them many times, for many reasons, with groups and solo a lot, too. But, this time, it feels really new and different and scary/exciting…….

I’m telling a personal story that my parents might seriously disapprove of. But, I am soon to be 65 and they are both, long gone as is everyone that I know of in their generation. I am the elder now……daunting.   And, this story did indeed impact my life in ways that are so much clearer today.

This is a photo of my mother and Uncle Sam, her brother, who was a favorite uncle until he disappeared from my life.

Being a Scorpio, life can be a mystery to me much of the time.  Being born in a family that had ‘secrets’ fueled my curiosity in ways that continue even today.

If you’re in or around the Grounds for Sculpture in NJ (a fabulous backdrop to the day!) come and hear some stories…….  maybe you’ll get inspired to tell your own?


Published August 25th, 2014 by

Here’s the chart for the Monmouth County Shore Area….Long Branch, Asbury Park, Neptune, Belmar areas.    It occurs at 10:12 am this morning.  That means that we should all take advantage of the remaining hours left of the Balsamic Phase to rid ourselves of whatever toxic waste, (ama) we have collected since the last New Moon.  Capishe?

more later……    review the posts on Balsamic/New  Beginnings & Endings.     The search bar is over there on the right….scroll down.


Published August 21st, 2014 by

Three things cannot be long hidden:

the sun,

the moon


the truth.

Gautama Siddharta (563-483BC)

Astrologia, is a greek word that refers to the study of stars.  The earliest document available in our western libraries is believed to be from 668-626 BC and it referenced things like: astronomic observations, eclipses, and predictions.  The oldest known surviving  horoscope ( a chart cast for a human being as opposed to a chart for a city/state/organization) is believed to be from 410 BC.

The largest collection of astrological writings and manuscripts are held in the Vatican.

more later.

Published July 28th, 2014 by

On Jan 2, 2014 I set into motion my new year’s resolution to “draw something” everyday.

That same afternoon, I sat with my 6-year old granddaughter and together we drew pictures, or doodles, or whatever we wanted to do. I explained to her that I was going to draw a picture in this ‘book’ everyday. Recently when we visited in June, she asked to see my ‘book’ and was delighted to see I had continued what we had started together.  In looking thru my sketchbook it’s stunning to see what happened from late May thru June!  You don’t need to be an art therapist to see that something interrupted my ‘usual’ flow.


The underlying intention for me with this practice was to let go of any ideas of good drawing, bad drawing, and just try to let something come through that wasn’t………………………words. You see, I don’t draw. I write. I play music. I have other creative talents, but I have never really focused on drawing/painting etc. Except maybe when I had to take a couple of architectural drafting classes in college. I loved that kind of drawing. The ruler, the compass, the straight edge, and all those wonderfully sharp pencils & fine point pens, all were tools of delight.

Today, I am completely obsessed with my drawing practice. It’s the most pleasant, calming thing I do, excluding of course yoga, music practice, and playing with my cats. (who was it that said if your work is your passion then you never really ‘work’ a day in your life. ?)

I’m carefully watching my process and my progress with rapt attention ribbondoodlecropped I continue to practice what I surprisingly learned during May, 2014, and that is a ‘new’ found drawing/meditation technique known as Zentangling. ( I thought I was onto something ‘new’ myself, having come to the website quite by accident.) Anyway, I’m onto my second sketchbook, in record time,  and recommitting to my new years resolution of a drawing a day, or as it’s looking right now, ” A Doodle A Day” !

One of life’s synchronicities showed up when I recently opened Kripalu’s Fall catalogue. Right there in the first few pages on the upper right corner was an ad for the upcoming weekend with the founders of Zentangle at Kripalu! Life gets tangled up, you know and there’s more to this story than I care to write about right now.

But, it is revealing and interesting to look back at all the pictures since January and see the (artistic) representations that have developed. It’s easy to see. It’s visual. be continued.