Artist-in-residence, Denise Cordner is a dear friend of mine, and as you will see from her photography that is featured here and on her website, she has a keen eye for what is beautiful and moving in the world.  When I am with her, she finds beauty in unlikely places that I had just passed by without a thought.  We’ll be walking somewhere, and I’ll be chatting away, and suddenly notice that she’s nowhere to be found.  I stop, turn around and go search her out.  Inevitably, she’ll have discovered something wonderful!  The quiet space between tree limbs where the sunlight reaches through, perhaps.  Or black silhouettes of winter trees against a fluorescent sunset.  When I’m with her, beauty opens up to me.  I am more aware of it’s presence.  I hope you’ll love her work as much as I do.




November 7, 2016

During times of political strife and high tension, when we are polarized as a nation, and even friendships may feel strained, we can find solace in the simple goodness of our natural world.   This is our home.  We belong here.    In the words of Mother Teresa: “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”.         Love someone today.  Tell them that you adore them.  Take your mother to tea and tell her she is important to you.   Look your child in the eyes and let them know that you love them unconditionally, no matter what.   And no matter what, let us not forget that we belong to each other.  After all,  we share this home we call Earth. ~

(photo courtesy of Denise Cordner,