HER-story:

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

Tuesday, May 31

serving the goddess


"...Inside the temple are lovely priestesses, chosen for their elegance and grace, who spend their lives serving the goddess, singing and dancing to her glory..." - Mary Olsen Kelly

Monday, May 30

La Madre Nicaragüense

30 de Mayo, Día de La Madre Nicaragüense

Felicidades Nicaragua

remembering and honouring every Nicaraguan mother

Sunday, May 29

enjoy it

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

Saturday, May 28

exciting projects

"I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them."
- Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Friday, May 27

Salvadora Debayle Sacasa de Somoza Garcia

Mama Yoya, I paint you in blue and sing you in red
celebrating your roots in Nicaragua, France and Spain.

Abuelita Yoya,
I dance with your wisdom and strength.

Salvadora
I honour you.

Salvadorita
I love you.

Yoyita
I understand and thank you....

excerpt from a series of poem-prayers

Thursday, May 26

an artist, a mother

I feel blessed to have the privilege of staying home and caring for my son.  I have never traveled without him.  Since he was four months old, he accompanies me to my art exhibitions and shows.  My son inspires me to continue being a full time artist who happens to be his mother...he is my greatest teacher.

Wednesday, May 25

to live from the heart of yourself

“…Passion…that is what a calling is. It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you're supposed to be, doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. And that is what I want for all of you and hope that you will take from this show. To live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living; I understand that. But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world." - OPRAH

Tuesday, May 24

open your eyes

"Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold...

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?"

- Bob Marley (1945-1981)

Monday, May 23

casi mira

Paul Gauguin said he closed his eyes in order to see.

I close my eyes to go deep inside where I gain wisdom and strength.

I close my eyes and quiet my mind.

I close my eyes and breathe.

I close my eyes to open my soul.

Sunday, May 22

pearls of the goddess

some of my pearls waiting to become a CASIMIRA
patient pearls of wisdom, patient pearls of light
the goddess handed them to me in a dream last night...

Saturday, May 21

thoughts

"Recognize that what you think about, EXPANDS.  Monitor your inner dialogue, and match your thoughts to what you want, and what you intend to create." - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

peace and light surround me
balance and stability empower me
joy fills my heart

Friday, May 20

praying through dance

"Dancers are the messengers of the gods." - Martha Graham

Thursday, May 19

goddess talisman

One of my earliest memories is that of sitting on the majestic throne-like lap of beloved Grand Mother and kissing the Pre-Colombian eagle goddess pendant suspended from a long gold chain reaching her solar plexus. The shiny hammered talisman glowed in the sunlight, becoming warm in my hand, silently transferring ancestral wisdom.

originally published in 2007

Wednesday, May 18

be humble, be noble

los santos de la Yoyita en mi altar
Be humble for you are made of earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.
- SERBIAN PROVERB

Tuesday, May 17

let us contemplate and celebrate tonight's full moon





















he had a dream
she invited him in

from the depths of mother earth
ancestral spirits emerge

open hands receive
the sacred sound bathed in warm breath

Monday, May 16

stop worrying & enjoy the power of NOW


You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.

- Janis Joplin (1943–1970)

She worries about what others might say.
She worries about how family may judge.
She worries she has gained three ounces.
She worries she will be single all of her life.
She worries she will be childless all of her life.
She worries she may want a divorce.
She worries he will leave her for a younger woman.
She worries her daughter will become sexually active at thirteen.
She worries about her adult-middle-age-almost-senior-citizen children.
She worries about worries...

WOMEN - STOP WORRYING...
BREATHE and ENJOY the POWER of NOW...

originally published in 2008

Sunday, May 15

growth through silence

I love how the grass grows tall and proud despite the concrete
"See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls. "

- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Saturday, May 14

remembering

dressed in deep oceans and skies, swimming between memory and dream

me visto de mares y cielos profundos

nado entre recuerdos y sueños

me pierdo y me encuentro en tu mirada


remembering Mimi

Friday, May 13

floating on positivity

"Thoughts are like drops of water. When I think the same thoughts over and over again, I am creating this incredible body of water. First, I have a little puddle, then I may get a pond, and as I continue to think the same thoughts over and over and over again, I have a lake, and finally an ocean. If my thoughts are negative, I can drown in a sea of my own negativity. If my thoughts are positive, I can float on the ocean of life. I dwell on positive thoughts." - Louise L. Hay

Thursday, May 12

from my journals

I dreamed I was made of coral, turquoise and crystal...I dreamed I was one with Mother Earth

Wednesday, May 11

casimira: Martha Graham

"Our arms start from the back because they were once wings."

- Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Tuesday, May 10

madre diosa

mother goddess energy surrounds us, guides and protects us
madre nuestra

madre diosa

madre majestuosa

madre tierra

madre naturaleza

Monday, May 9

birthing the goddess


Divine Motherhood involves fertility, yet it requires neither egg nor sperm. Fertility is a juicy readiness to produce and sustain growth – the soul’s growth. Divine Motherhood honors one’s body, nurtures one's spirit and gives birth to one’s soul over and over. I am pregnant – again – with my Self, birthing the Goddess within...

originally published in 2007

Sunday, May 8

madre de picasso

Mi madre un día me dijo: "Si te haces soldado, serás General; si te haces monje, terminarás como el Papa." En cambio, me hice pintor y ahora soy Picasso.

One day, my mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you will be a General; if you become a monk you'll end up as the Pope." Instead, I became a painter and now I am Picasso.

- Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Saturday, May 7

my 2-year-old picasso

at the museum today, he told me that he had painted every piece on exhibit...my 2-year-old picasso certainly shares the master's confidence...

Friday, May 6

dreaming with Picasso


excerpt from a series of writings featuring Pablo Picasso; the stories always come to me through Spanish dreams


un día de sol
Palo de Limón
se enamoro de Rosa Linda

con sus espinas ella le saco el jugo
con sus perfumes lo hipnotizó

después de mucho tiempo
con un poco de azúcar negra prestada
el finalmente la conquisto

una noche de luna
vestido de Toro-Cura
Picasso los caso con pluma, oro y luz

de esta unión
nació Pez-con-Alas-de-Mariposa

tu crees en estas cosas?
son maravillosas...son milagrosas



one sunny day
Lemon Tree
fell in love with Rosa Linda

and her thorns began to squeeze his juices dry
while her perfumes hypnotized him

after some time
with a bit of borrowed brown sugar
he finally won her over

on a moonlit night
dressed as Bull-Priest
Picasso married them with feather, gold and light

from this union
Fish-with-Butterfly-Wings was born

do you believe in such things?
marvelous and miraculous things...

originally published in 2007

Thursday, May 5

she looked for answers within the stars

La princesa Maya buscaba la respuesta en las estrellas. Una noche de luna, ella por fin sabia lo que tenia que hacer. Comenzó a subir la pirámide hasta llegar a la luz...

excerpt from a short story

Wednesday, May 4

sons & daughters of Life's longing for itself


I held my babe against my breast and said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Tuesday, May 3

diosa

my grandmother, truly a grand mother
first born daughter
the essence of
father and mother

priestess of earth
blessing the planet
with your birth

goddess divine
i honour you
grand mother and muse of mine

Happy Birthday Beloved Mimi

Monday, May 2

pace of mother nature


in between meals, laundry, play dates and laughs, I am working on an exciting series of projects whenever my adorable toddler allows...I am learning to be more patient and flexible with each breath...enjoying every blessed moment of this divine wild dance of motherhood...

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

Sunday, May 1

mothers: women who nurture & give unconditionally

May belongs to Mothers.  May I celebrate you for 31 days?  I sing to you and give you praise. May of Mothers...for women who nurture and give unconditionally...