Summer Highlights

Now that summer is winding down, I want to share some of the highlights I’ve experienced in the last three months. I had a show of mermaid mirrors I made at Old Neptune’s Bookshop in Pocomoke City MD. They’re called “mermaid mirrors” because their heart shaped frames are made mostly from shells I’ve collected over the years while beach combing.

Old Neptune's Bookshop

In July, my husband, Bruce, and I met with his family in Shenandoah National Park for lunch at Big Meadow Lodge. The lovely restaurant serves locally grown organic food and wine. Later in the week, we hiked the Rose River trail, which has a number of waterfalls on it. We saw a big black bear about 20 yards away while on the trail. However, I was too nervous to get a photo. We also saw deer and many birds.

Rose River Trail

On the lighter side, I got to spend an afternoon picking St John’s Wort to make a tincture. St John’s Wort, Hypericum Perforatum, is known for its ability to lighten the mood and lift the spirits. It’s also good to take if you suffer from lack of sunlight in the winter.

We got “rained out” on the day we tried to go canoeing, so spirit blessed us with a rainbow in our backyard.

Rainbow

In August, we traveled down east Maine to visit friends. We stopped at Jasper Beach. And yes, the beach is made of chunks of jasper. Jasper’s healing properties brings tranquility and wholeness in times of stress. A large piece placed in a room absorbs negative energy.

Jasper Beach

We stopped outside of Boston to visit Bruce’s sister and her family. In the morning, a wild turkey came onto the driveway to raid their bird feeder.

Wild Turkey

But the hardest thing for me this summer was hearing that my dear friend, Rufus, died in an accident. In the 19 years I knew him, he always expanded my world. He was a visionary, a caretaker of the earth, an artist, a healer and a pilot who inspired everyone he met. His presence on the planet will be truly missed.

His untimely passing said to me. “This is it! This moment. Now. Live it fully. Express your love. Don’t hold back. Have wild adventures. Keep in touch with people. Buy yourself what you want to have. Be generous. And do what you love.”

Rufus

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