HER-story:

With words and images, I am telling my story. Through art, through sculpture, I am remembering HERstory...
CASIMIRA

Thursday, September 30

may the RAIN wash away worries

may the SUN

bring you new energy by day,



may the MOON

softly restore you by night,



may the RAIN

wash away your worries,



may the BREEZE

blow new strength into your being.



may you walk gently through the world

and know its beauty all the days of your life.



- APACHE BLESSING

Wednesday, September 29

amantes que se traiciónan

el perdón y la memoria


amantes que se traiciónan



forgiveness and memory

lovers who betray each other



- excerpt from a series of writings from 2008 and 2009

Tuesday, September 28

y soy feliz

me regalo plumas y rosas

bailo al ritmo de mi alma

y soy feliz...

Monday, September 27

focus on the fun


"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere." - Dr. Seuss

let's focus on the fun in the rain today...let's play...let's sing...let's celebrate


Sunday, September 26

excerpt from a dream

...I dreamed with her last night...again. There was a basket of enormous fruit and she was making frescos from it...The fruit was gloriously huge, colorful and ripe...


excerpt from Dream Journal , October 26th, 2006 which may be included in "Conversations with Fruit" a series in progress

Saturday, September 25

Friday, September 24

celebrating life's colors

dance in color, live in joy

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” - John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Thursday, September 23

oxygen of the soul



Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.
- Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)


let us breathe...

Wednesday, September 22

autumn equinox



the drumming begins. we dance under the full moon. we dance in prayer, in gratitude, in celebration. a new year, a new cycle begins with longer nights to nurture the seeds of the soul planted in fertile imagination and held in perfect balance and harmony. let us harvest ALL the gifts the universe bestows upon us.

from my prayer journal

Tuesday, September 21

be strong & forgive


“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” - Gandhi

Monday, September 20

her secret



Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


I am learning to be more patient and more compassionate with myself and others.

Sunday, September 19

amethyst foundation



And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; / The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

- Revelation 21, from the Bible

I usually don't quote from the Bible, but I simply adore this description.

Saturday, September 18

treasures


I discovered a box of ancient letters today...what do you treasure?

Friday, September 17

remembering and forgiving



An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

remembering and forgiving

Thursday, September 16

strange & extravagant


"Break the Monotony. Do something strange and extravagant!"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

I opened the book and the message flew into my hands...strange and extravagant

Wednesday, September 15

Nicaragua




Con lagrimas te sueño

Con lagrimas te extraño

Con lagrimas te baño

Bautizada amada NICARAGUA


Con lagrimas te siento nacer de mi vientre

Con sangre y orgullo

Con grito de guerra y fuego del mar

NICARAGUA...Con dolor hoy te pinto


for my noble Father and his Motherland
Julia Casimira Sacasa de Checa

originally published in 2004

Tuesday, September 14

decide


decide to be healthy, decide to see beauty and feel joy, decide to love

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

Monday, September 13

Tia Nena's moon



last night's brilliant crescent moon seemed to be smiling and lighting the way home

remembering beloved Tia Nena

Sunday, September 12

journey


She placed earth's gifts around her neck and began the journey...

Saturday, September 11

embajador del planeta

my beloved grandfather would have been 102 today
nació un 11 de septiembre
del vientre de venus
con alas de mariposas
y plumas de pavo-real

el sol
la luna
las estrellas
te celebran
hoy y siempre

amado abuelo
embajador del planeta
en mis sueños nos vemos

remembering my Popo on his birthday

Friday, September 10

gratitude & celebration



today, let us be grateful for every single miracle

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

today, let us celebrate every single moment


PHOTOGRAPH: from a series taken at the nursing home in Rivas during dance lessons organized through Future of Nicaragua Foundation's cultural programs

Thursday, September 9

another corner of my soul



where is your haven?

"My home is my retreat and resting place from the wars. I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner of my soul." - Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592)

Wednesday, September 8

new moon


may tonight's NEW MOON gift you with NEW IDEAS and NEW BEGINNINGS

Tuesday, September 7

new eyes


I opened the book and received this message: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922)

Monday, September 6

with spirit


when we are in touch with our spirit, there is simply nothing to fear

"Go on with the spirit that fears nothing!"
- Homer (c. 8th century BC)

Sunday, September 5

our temples


our bodies tell a story

where we have been, where we are headed

every curve is a blessing...our bodies are our temples

Look at me and tell me if I don't have Brazil in every curve of my body.

- Carmen Miranda (1909 – 1955)

Saturday, September 4

rich by spending


Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

- Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)
How do we spend ourselves?

Are we rich in life and energy?

Friday, September 3

mother nature's child


Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother's face, her aspect and her attitude.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Thursday, September 2

where is your focus?


watch your words today
observe your thoughts
where is your focus?

Wednesday, September 1

man-goes


It was a lazy Sunday morning. Tumbling out of bed, I made my way to the grocery store in search of tulips and mangos. The sun was gloriously hot – summer was near.

While contemplating what color of tulips to get, red, pink, white, maybe striped...I suddenly sensed something and looked up. Clad in vintage aviator Ray-Bans, a mane of luscious locks swept back – it was him – HIM...

Ducking behind the roses, my heart and mind began a marathon. Why could I not take 5 minutes to shower...2 minutes to comb my hair...had I even brushed my teeth...PANIC. Could HE see me? Why had I not followed my parents’ cardinal rule – be ready to see anyone and be seen at all times?

He looked freshly showered, impeccable as always, but still maintaining the signature rugged manly appeal for which he was famous. I was dressed in yoga gear – black cotton lycra – UGH. Lip gloss was the extent of my beauty morning routine.

Snatching a bunch of tulips, I took advantage of the fact that he was selecting organic tomatoes. I seized my mangos and sprinted to the check-out...

originally published in 2007 and yes I had brushed my teeth