And then today…

Finally!  A new year, a new resolution, a new burst of energy, a new priority list and A NEW RECKONING!

This will be the year of my  75th birthday and I know I’m running out of time to do all the things I want to do and to accomplish my goal of peace in the world!  It is a hard pill to swallow along with the daily cocktail of blood pressure and other medications (more explanation on “other” another day) but the reality check is causing me to get back to work!

Earlier I wrote of THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron class I took at Mayslake.  I considered it to be my specialized twelve step, twelve chapter adventure into a new way of thinking and courage to get out of my comfort zone.  In a nutshell, it involved weekly meetings, writing morning papers and an artist date.

Soon I will begin a new twelve week follow up with WALKING IN THIS WORLD by the same author.  I look forward to a new burst of creativity as well as the energy surge.

I am presently taking an art journal class and writing the layers of memories of my fifteen years creating and selling soft sculpture “people” under my business name of Marli Originals.  Because the public was eager for my nudes, I often call it my “soft porn” years.

I now am looking like these ladies myself!

I am finishing up my continuing education classes for selling real estate for at least another year, maybe two.  Last year was a successful year in real estate transactions over 3 million.  More important than the money is the trust and satisfaction in  helping friends and neighbors through trying times.

I look forward to a new Goofy year.  Time is running out….

Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2015


do green, do good” is the theme of this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show.  We were there yesterday to get a “fix” for Spring, and it was quite stimulating with lush gardens and aquascapes.  However, my favorite part was the display of a variety of masks created by Women’s Journey in Fiberoriginated by Janette Gerber.  I’d sure like to meet her.  Different artists created different masks with a theme offered in a written note displayed to the side of each.  The above photo of Mother Earth by Jeanne Reed was accompanied by an essay ending with this line:

Isn’t it time that all people everywhere in the world worked together to conserve, share, and preserve the resources of Mother Earth?

I agree.