KAIROS: A Rededication

I have decided to become crafty again.

Having felt like a bit of a nomad for the last 3 years I have now successfully landed in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This involved relocating my horse, Pearl, and buying a tiny home. I have furnished it and landscaped as best as you can in the desert! I am hoping the master gardener class I am taking will help me understand this climate and growing environment better.

KAIROS ARTS, the blog, will now get more attention from me as will my Etsy store. The latter is still under reconstruction but will be populated by my creations. I will continue to explore different avenues. The main criteria for my efforts will be my curiosity and interest in experiencing kairos… or opportune moments. I will write more about this in future posts as it has become the unifying theme of my life and spiritual growth.

Craft means “an art requiring skill … often manual.” I believe it demands attention to detail and personal touch. I want to set an intention with whatever I create that it honors kairos and that I fully celebrate the process, mindfully focused, in awe, and grateful for the surprises and connections that emerge!

I have struggled for many years with the notion that I should choose ONE medium – whether it be collage, writing, photography, or any of the forms to which I have been drawn. This has been a barrier. The learning once again is “Beware of the Shoulds” and “Let Them Go!” Very liberating.

So my art will be the kairos experience of whatever attracts me!

My first offering will be this rock I painted honoring Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead.

This is a festival and Latin American holiday honoring All Souls’ Day in the Catholic calendar. This is big in New Mexico, my new home. “Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos, celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties and activities the dead enjoyed in life.” This tradition recognizes death as a part of our experience – a continuum of birth and life. Calaveras, or skulls, are a symbol of the festivities.

My hospice work and life-calling continues to emerge and surprise!

January 2019

I love a new year… the fresh start, clean slate feel. I am resolved to savor New Mexico and strengthen my confidence in independent southwest living in this year of 2019.

I am finding that living small is quite satisfying and creates a nice balance for the Cancer sign in me that likes to nest and for the sense of adventure I am always seeking. My horse, Pearl, and the ever-present Border Terrier, Kiwi, seem to be thriving as well. I am sad the cat, Lily, never survived the casita chapter for I think she would have been a contented queen of the tiny house community.

Yesterday’s 65 degree weather and delightful desert trail ride is replaced today by high gusts of blowing sand with a bone chilling effect. New Mexico has proven to have just as dramatic weather changes as Colorado….only it seems more stark here. It is the rawness of this country that holds such an attraction for me.