Archive for the Jan’s Blog, Front Row Seats Category

Take No More Than You Can Carry

Nov. 9, 2013   This morning we got up as usual – Seurat wanting and enjoying a tummy rub.   As usual. I made my bed and in readjusting the pillows discovered Seurat’s latest ‘pigs ear’ that he had hidden under the far pillow. I had given

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Much More Than Coincidence

Years ago New Mexico opened my eyes and life to the magic, the mysterious, the unexplainable. There my spirit came alive. I think there is no other explanation for the transformation that began over 20 years ago in the high desert of The Land of Enchantment. I

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From White Sands to the White Place, NM

We recently returned home from a 3 week trip to New Mexico. Frank was eager to see the geological formations I had talked so long about about as well as taste the culinary specialties in the state. New Mexican cuisine is neither ‘Mexican’ nor ‘Tex-Mex’. It is

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Painting Sunlight, Painting Moonlight

The subject was painting sunlight and moonlight – and the corresponding colors, hues, pigments and everything else that would come up during a demo on day 3 in the Española workshop. First we talked about one of my favorite handouts on how sunlight works when it hits

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We’re Building Again!

  Nearly 5 years ago I arrived in Costa Rica and set up my home in a run down old tico house with an amazing view over San Isidro. I had no idea how I would re-make this place. Luckily, some others did. Three women at my

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It’s Raining Lizards and Toads!

All is well at Casa de Corazon as we progress through our rainy or green season. I’ve been seeing a lot of comments recently on Facebook from newly arrived ExPats complaining about the rain and wondering when it will lighten up a bit. I felt the same

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Frank is in the kitchen!

Frank has been spending a lot more time in the kitchen lately. Now that Walter is on the farm managing the Volunteer program and taking good care of the volunteers, Frank has more time to do what he loves – experimenting in the kitchen!  And I’m the

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From The Elephant Whisperer

In writing about consciousness and interconnectedness I came across the book, The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence. In the book is an account of Anthony’s initial involvement with the rescued wild elephants who hated humans. The following exerpt tells of tentative outreach and the

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A Week in February in Costa Rica

Painting the Exceptional Colors of Costa RicaFebruary 2012 It began like they do – every year – my 1 week workshops near my home in San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica. This February there were only 6 students. A couple had dropped out from the usual

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Morning Shower and Unintentionality…

April 8, 2012 I began this morning with what is becoming a ritual – walking outside just at sunrise to shower in my new outdoor stone shower aka Accidental Altar. It was still dark outside as I turned the dials still trying to figure out how to

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