"Choose to be in close proximity to people who are empowering, who appeal to your sense of connection to intention, who see the greatness in you, who feel connected to God, and who live a life that gives evidence that Spirit has found celebration through them."
- Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940-2015)
"Expand your reality to the point where you pursue what you love doing and excel at it. Involve yourself in high-energy levels of trust, optimism, appreciation, reverence, joy, and love when you engage in every activity in your life."
- Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940-2015)
"If you want to find a deeper meaning in your life, you can't find it in the opinions or the beliefs that have been handed to you. You have to go to that place within yourself."
“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else's heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
“Le parecía tan bella, tan seductora, tan distinta de la gente común, que no entendía por qué nadie se trastornaba como él con las castañuelas de sus tacones en los adoquines de la calle, ni se le desordenaba el corazón con el aire de los suspiros de sus volantes, ni se volvía loco de amor todo el mundo con los vientos de su trenza, el vuelo de sus manos, el oro de su risa. No había perdido un gesto suyo, ni un indicio de su carácter, pero no se atrevía a acercársele por el temor de malograr el encanto."
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014)
snapshot - an unintentional selfie of my shoulder...
"There are so many words by Rumi that melt me straightaway into the heart pine floor. This particular line of words is so powerful and free of prediction that first it freezes me, forcing my eyes closed, and then instantly it infuses me with a kind of sweet slow burn that reminds me that I am so alive and so willing to take another chance on another new day. If this line had been spoken at Emmanuel Methodist Church when I was a girl in South Carolina I would not have been bored and scribbling bad poetry in the margins of the church program. I would have been mindful, engrossed, bowed, a devoted girl shepherd — imagining the future.” - Nikky Finney
-- “The way you make love is the way God will be with you." - RUMI --
"How nice, I remember thinking. It will be so much fun to have Barry as a friend. I certainly didn't think we were going to fall in love...
Our relationship was unique from day one and quite unexplainable...I was overwhelmed by the way he loved me...gave into me, trusted me blindly, and loved me unconditionally...Never, ever, even for a second, under any circumstances, has he not been there for me. And that's pretty amazing.
There was passion between us; love, support, honesty. There was never anything forced between us...the way he loves me is true and unique."
- grandmother's linen tablecloth and napkins (yes, I ironed them)
- little sterling silver spoons from the San Telmo flea market in Argentina
- antique English bone china tea cups and saucers collected throughout the years
- a sterling silver and crystal three-tiered stand with somebody else's engraved initials, given to me on my wedding day
- pastelitos de piña (hechos por mi)
- overpriced macarons (from a French bakery)
- miniature chocolate chip cookies (courtesy of Nestle Toll House ready-made dough)
- pink spray roses in a small crystal vase
- a vintage cut crystal triangular tray topped with homemade tea sandwiches (egg salad, pâté and cucumber)
I began collecting beautiful tea cups, linen handkerchiefs and sterling silver accessories when I was just a teenager...
I rarely use any of these lovely things.
The tea cups need to washed by hand and chip quite easily. The sterling requires polishing, and I would rather do something else with my precious time.
The crystal I use as often as I can - for flowers, beads, fruit, and even to eat olives and hummus off of. I do enjoy my crystal.
The linen tablecloths and napkins I could try to use more often, but I would need a dining room table (I got rid of mine two years ago and stayed with a small round café-sized table)...and the mere thought of washing and ironing bores me...
I had not purchased white bread in years and was simply shocked at the price of the bite-size macarons (almost two dollars each and probably around a hundred calories - my Nicaraguan pineapple pies are tastier).
My gorgeous mother arrived promptly at half past four this afternoon. Billie Holiday serenaded us. We sipped a special blend of delicate (caffeine-free) herbal tea.
Should I get rid of the lovely things I rarely use? I am sure we would also enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony...
"I can't spend time with people that I don't enjoy. I can't do it anymore as theater. I make choices, and that's a beautiful thing about growing up, learning to say no. In a nice way, but you say no...
...I have this friend of mine...And we, you know, we parted. We just went different ways in our lives.
Once he came back to me, he said, '...you don't like me anymore.'
And I said:
'No, it's not that I don't like you. We've chosen different styles of life. I still have these beautiful souvenirs of all the things we did together and how close we were and so on. But the truth is, it's not that you bore me, but I don't enjoy talking to you anymore. And I don't want to fight with you, but you know...there's nothing in common between your life and mine nowadays.'
...I said the truth...growing up has a bit to do with that, to be able to tell the truth, to show who you are even if it hurts."
CASIMIRA grew up surrounded by art and storytelling with music and poetry playing a part of everyday life. She developed a fascination for textiles and clay since early childhood.
An educational background in art history and romance languages served as inspiration when CASIMIRA began creating poetic wearable pieces from wire, vintage beads and objets trouvés. She has studied in Europe and Latin America and is continuously diving into studio art courses. Private collectors may be found in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States.
She believes in the healing power of nature, meditates under moonlight and wishes upon stars. She treasures old love letters, dreams of publishing her mountain of journals and of one day living by the sea...
When not painting, sculpting or writing, CASIMIRA is reading, playing with crystals and stones, practicing yoga, volunteering for favorite non-profits and dancing dreams into realities with her best friends and soul mates - her husband and their young children.