Looking for the Light
Just a couple of weeks ago, we experienced the shortest day of the year, and I am looking forward to more light. The winter solstice is that wonderful pivot to more light. With the darkness of these days, there is plenty of time to reflect on what has transpired and what will come to be. Since happiness is rooted in being present and feeling gratitude for being given the gift of life and consciousness, I am very much appreciating all that winter brings in the moments of these days: skating in the moonlight, fresh snow, wood stoves to fight the cold, a great horned owl calling, and loving friends and family to name a few details of a good life.
Much has been said about the political changes that are rocking our country and, indeed, the world. When I am asked by the young people in my life about what can be done in these confusing and troubling times, I respond with the following: fight for and defend what you love and care about, help people who are in need, and remember to be present to the beauty that surrounds us in every moment. I once asked Dana Meadows if she thought there was enough time left to create a sustainable world and she said she thought there was just enough time.
This past year, I have had the pleasure and privilege to engage in community service in the Upper Valley, lead classes at our local high school, and co-curate the SculptureFest here in Vermont. I hope you enjoy the related articles and photos in this edition of my newsletter.
If you like what you see, I encourage you or your school, organization or business to invite me to lead a workshop or give a talk
in 2017. These can focus on expressive mask making, reconnecting to nature, stilt walking, local agriculture and community,
and much more. For others, I encourage you to buy one of my art pieces - a painting
- or my book, A Little Farm Story.
May we all continue to find light through our dark times,