art · Uncategorized

Buy Art and Support Public Schools

I recently received an email from Reynolds Gallery┬áin Richmond, VA, explaining a special campaign for the month of February. The gallery is donating 10% of sales proceeds generated in February to support Richmond Public Schools. The gallery announced, “We want to do our part to improve the lives and education of our city’s children.”

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Reynolds Gallery was founded in 1977 and emphasizes a connection with local artists. That, along with the promise of donating 10% of February’s sales to public education, is a convincing reason to check out their offerings and see if there is any work that you’d love to own.

The contemporary pieces featured in the gallery are great for every collector, from the novice to the expert. I like Robert Stuart’s “From White to Red” (2017) and Andras Bality’s “Monhegan Sunflowers” (2017).

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I also found Doug Gray’s “Guthrie Theater Lobby Oct 1977 Minneapolis” (2017) enchanting. It gives Piet Mondrian vibes, no?

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Check out the online shop and see if there’s anything you’d like to get for your own collection! Remember, a portion of the proceeds will go to supporting a better educational environment for Richmond Public School students.


Government Shutdown 2018

Guess what, friends?





I’m officially FURLOUGHED! Yes, I’m a federal government employee that is affected by the shutdown.

However, I’m in a great position. I always save for a rainy day and I’ve been prepared for possible shutdowns since back in 2008/2009. I was affected by the shutdown in 2013, and I distinctly recall getting so much done and enjoying some much needed time at home.

Basically, I’m not hurting. That being said, I know that there are a lot of American citizens that are negatively affected by these events. They have my deepest sympathy, because I know (from personal experience) that nothing is quite as uncomfortable as uncertainty. For their sake, I hope that the feds are up and running again soon.

But me? I’m feeling fine and making the most of this downtime. Let’s see how much I can get done while I’m off!


To Our Perpetual Success . . .

May this year hold everything we’ve ever dreamed of: love, success, friendship, adventure, peace, and anything else we desire.

May we be abundant beyond measure and constantly delighted by the events of our lives.

May our metamorphoses be full of ease, grace and joy.

May our troubles and challenges be brief and few, teaching us what we need to know without belaboring the point. And may we get the point quickly, so the lesson feels no need to linger.

May we cultivate the qualities we need to live our best lives.

May we cherish this journey and appreciate every moment.

May we be blessed to enjoy this year and many more in peace and satisfaction.



Photo courtesy of Pixabay

life curation · Uncategorized

Taking Time for Me

One of the gifts I’ll give myself for 2018 is a social media fast. I’ll still maintain the Instagram account related to this blog, and I’ll also be sure to continue doing my daily posts (as I have for months now).


Truly carefree : this is how I’m living (photo from Shutterstock)

But I’ve grown weary of people “living” on social media and not taking advantage of life OFFLINE. Worst, I don’t want to become one of those people.

I’m excited to spend this self-imposed hiatus taking care of all of the things that I want ticked and tied before I jump headfirst into my big goals. This break is overdue and much needed.

Don’t forget to take time for YOU as this new year begins.

Love and blessings to you all!


Let It Snow!

Happy Saturday, snow angels!


A Snowy Evening (cue Robert Frost)

I can’t remember the last time that snow fell this early in central Virginia, but I must admit, I’m loving it. If we keep getting this authentic winter weather, maybe we’ll have a white Christmas (a true rarity in this area)!

I had planned on meeting up with a friend and going out to dinner today, but as soon as the snow began falling yesterday, I decided to stay in and relax instead.

Sometimes, nature nudges us to slow down and take it easy. Snow is a perfect excuse for staying inside.

Did it snow where you are? Let me know in the comments below!