HER-story:

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

Saturday, April 30

fly

"You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?” - RUMI

Friday, April 29

from my journals

soy guerrera de otros siglos



soy reina desde antes



soy gitana bailando



soy esa que grita su verdad en silencio



soy mujer

Thursday, April 28

dancing to the rhythm of rain

recojo la rosa olvidada




y colocándome pétalos en pecho



al ritmo de lluvias y truenos



comienzo a bailar

Wednesday, April 27

reina el arte de casimira

"In every woman there is a Queen.  Speak to the Queen and the Queen will answer." - Norwegian Proverb

my art is my queen, my expression is my noble ruler

from my journals, the mixed media is from a series

Tuesday, April 26

the snake

"He wanted a friendly pet, and one that would amaze audiences, but he was looking for a reptile, something that has no knowledge of friendship...The snake is your animal-soul.  When you bring it into the hot air of your wanting-energy, warmed by that and by the prospect of power and wealth, it does massive damage.  Leave it in the snow mountains.  Don't expect to oppose it with quietness and sweetness and wishing."
- RUMI

Monday, April 25

king of pain


the snake dressed in orchid petals
with a parasol to protect from rain
she set off to find the king of pain

he would recognize her by her crown
he would baptize her and make her his queen
Queen of the Snakes...

excerpt from a short story published in 2007

Sunday, April 24

bigger than oneself

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
- Joseph Campbell

Saturday, April 23

if a tall welcoming tree could smile


His face appeared to have been carved from ancient stone. His voice was a faint whisper. The Native American Medicine Man passed on these commandments:

Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.

Remain close to the Great Spirit.

Show great respect for your fellow beings.

Work together for the benefit of all mankind.

Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.

Do what you know to be right.

Look after the well being of mind and body.

Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.

Be truthful and honest at all times.

Take full responsibility for your actions.

a true story originally published in 2007

Friday, April 22

mother earth

"Forget not that the EARTH delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." - Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, April 21

blessings

"Earth Mother teach me of my kin,

Of Hawk, and Dove and flower,

Of blinding sunlight, shady knoll,

Desert wind and morning showers.

Teach me every language of

The creatures that sing to me,

That I may count the cadence of

Infinite lessons in harmony.

Teach me how to honor

The Sacred Spaces of all,

Gently melding with the whole,

Answering the whippoorwill’s call.

Steamy tropics to glacial ice,

To thundering ocean tides,

In every grain of desert sands,

Your beauty forever abides.

Oh, Mother of every kingdom,

Let me claim my family’s love,

From the whales of deepest oceans,

To the Winged-ones, high above.

Expand my limited vision

Until I can truly know

The missions of my Relations

And the blessings they bestow."

-Jamie Sams © 1994

Wednesday, April 20

a clear message

"Be patient.  Respond to every call that excites your spirit.  Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back toward disease and death." - RUMI

Tuesday, April 19

in truth the soul

"Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul.” - RUMI

Monday, April 18

believe

do you believe in prayer? do you believe in miracles? do you believe in love? not just romantic love, not just physical chemistry, but unconditional love?

do you believe in forgiveness?

do you believe?

I'll believe for you today...

Sunday, April 17

madre luna

mother moon guides, in all her fullness...

madre luna, madre mia...

Saturday, April 16

machista infidelities

La princesa guajira quería venganza.

El indio malcriado la había traicionado con otra – otra quien no merecía nombre.


excerpt from fictional short story about machista infidelities, originally published in 2007

Friday, April 15

betrayal

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

Thursday, April 14

are you in touch with Her?

Venus: a planet, a goddess, an energy close to the sun and bright as the moon...daughter of heaven and sea, love and sensuality...

Are you in touch with your inner Venus?

Wednesday, April 13

let light shine

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

- Marianne Williamson (b. 1952)

I woke up with this quote in my thoughts, from my dreams perhaps...

Tuesday, April 12

from my journals


lleva olas del mar en sus caderas, lleva luz de luna en sus sonrisas

Monday, April 11

what do you see? what do you feel?

mixed media by my 2-year-old

"I have a feeling that in art the need to understand and the need to communicate are one."
- Hedda Sterne (1910-2011)

Sunday, April 10

toddler art

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Saturday, April 9

gratitude, miracles & celebration


"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

today, let us be grateful for every single miracle


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

Friday, April 8

rain dance

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
- Roger Miller (1936-1992)

...join me in a little dance under raindrops...

Thursday, April 7

dreaming

"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." - Gloria Steinem

Wednesday, April 6

secret of living

"Make each day a magnificent adventure.  Accept the challenges that come your way.  Seize each opportunity that you find, without concern for what others might say.  Experience each day with open arms, savoring both victory and strife, welcoming the good and bad together, for only then will you know the joy of life." - Anonymous

found amongst old letters this morning

Tuesday, April 5

dream

...living in a luxurious chateau in France....André Breton came to visit and we discussed my art, my writing...


Words make love with one another.
- André Breton (1896-1966)

excerpt from a dream

Monday, April 4

casimira: irreplaceable

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."
- Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971)

Sunday, April 3

casimira: love & beauty

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." - RUMI

Saturday, April 2

casimira: Marilyn Monroe


"I'm very definitely a woman and I enjoy it." - Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962)

Friday, April 1

yes

I want to know if you will risk looking like a FOOL for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive... - Oriah Mountain Dreamer