Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

It is another growing season and this is how the planting looks at the front of the house. The neighborhood children's favorite plant is the trimmed boxwood that they have named "The Slider Tree"

"The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility."
_____ Swami Rama

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

This bench is reserved for anyone who enjoys the daily inspirations and would like a peaceful spot to ponder them.

"Relaxation and concentration go hand in hand. But too much concentration defeats itself. If you are truly relaxed, and allow the body and the unconscious to do their share, instead of working the conscious mind overtime, concentration can become effortless effort."
_____ Joe Hyams

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday's Message

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."
_____ Lao-Tzu

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

"When we are not bored with here and longing to be there, when the life of things is breathed in and breathed out with every breath we take, when we live with the past of our world and into the unborn future without desiring to undo what is done, or avoid what must be, then we live in a timeless life now, a placeless life here."
_____ R.H. Blyth

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tatting, Robbery and Inspiration

I am so glad I have tatting in my life. I have been so busy with physio and dealing with the robbery, that with the few spare moments I have I've been tatting and it is wonderful how it takes me away from all stress and makes me focus on how I can make nice things to give to others and put a smile on there face. Here is a picture of my progress with the doily I am working on.

A word of advice, Don't get Robbed. I just cannot believe how much work is involved after it has happened to file reports, get quotes, try and find receipts and then deal with the feelings of shock, violation, anger and loss of security. There is also the major inconvenience of not being able to use our back door so you have to go around the house to do anything in the backyard.

Our new door is on order because it is a weird size it has to be custom made. I sure hope it gets here fast.On to better things here is your inspiration for today.

"Careful! Even moonlight dewdrops, if you're lured to watch, are a wall before the truth"
_____ Sogyo

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

"For a deed to be totally pure, it must be done without any thought of reward, whether worldly or divine."
_____ Thich Thien-An

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

"You should withdraw inwardly and search for the ground upon which you stand; thereby you will find out what truth is."
_____ Yun-men Wen-yen

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday's Inspiration

Palm Fronds

"In Spring, hundreds of flowers; In Autumn, a harvest moon. In Summer, a refreshing breeze; in Winter, snow will accompany you. If useless things do not hang in your mind, any season is a good season for you."
_____ Mu-Mon

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gem Stone and Weekend Inspiration

Gregg and I are collectors of Semi-precious stones, fossils, crystals. If you came to our house you would find them in display cases, on tables, window sills, floor displays in other words just about everywhere. I am going to share about some periodically and today's is fluorite. As you can see this mineral gives off beautiful coloured light when lit with different light and fluoresces when placed in ultraviolet light. It comes in many colours.

"Vow to achieve the perfect understanding that the illusory body is like dew and lightning."
_____ Hsu Yun

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

It is the start of another gardening season and we are getting ready to prepare our meditation area.

"The sage looks at unity which belongs to all things,
and does not perceive where they have suffered loss."
_____ Chuang Tzu

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday's Inspiration

This is a dove carpet bed that was done in one the cemeteries.

"Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stone. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral."
_____ John Burroughs

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

Coastline of Molokai, Hawaii.

"Many lifetimes of misunderstanding come from distrust, hindrance, and secrets of confusion that we create in a scenario of isolation"
_____ Hongzhi Zhengjue

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Yes, this is Clyde- The Mad Tatter's blog. For the last couple of days when I go to compose my blog they are advertising new layouts for your blog. Last night I decided to have a look at them and if you are in the mood to jazz up your blog it is great. There are 100's of pictures, layouts, patterns and then you can customize the colours and it is really easy and fast. Have a look I think you will be tempted.

"From the passions arise worry, and from worry arises fear.
Away with the passions, and no fear, no worry."
_____ Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday's Inspiration

Usually when you see picture of trillium's the flower is nice and white not in our garden, this is a picture of some trillium's in our back garden they have a variegated leaf of green and silver and a bloom of yellow that is somewhat fragrant.

"My mind is my own church."
_____ Thomas Paine

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Weekend Wisdom?

Gregg and I like to grow unique and unusual plants in our garden. Have you ever seen a fern with fronds that look like this?

"It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, 'Go away, I'm looking for the truth,' and so it goes away. Puzzling."
_____ Robert M. Pirsig

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday's Inspiration

"Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great."
_____ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

This is another Mosaic sculpture that I wrote about yesterday. Yes it is all plants and was called Mother Earth.

"My mind remains wide, so my place is naturally remote."
_____ Tao Yuan Ming

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mosaic Sculpture and Tuesday's Thought

This is a Chimera Mosaic Sculpture that my partner Gregg helped create for the Mosaic in Montreal show. This sculpture is made entirely of plants which which I found amazing, for more pictures and details just go to here.

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else.
You are the one who gets burned."
_____ Buddha

Monday, June 7, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

"Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward."
_____ Achaan Chah

Tuesday, June 1, 2010