26 October 2014

help a kindred spirit


the lovely solange came to me because her blog is currently down and she needs our help.

though currently living in france, solange and her family hail from africa. and some of them still live there. the ebola crisis is a horrifying one and after seeing a program on german tv last week, she wanted to find a way to do something positive.

her goal is to raise money to donate to doctors without borders/medicins sans frontiers so they may build a medical laboratory and treatment center in sierra leone. 

she will donate 10% of the sale of any beads in her etsy shop to the cause. a little background on the beads - they are beautiful and some are very old. some have been passed to her from her grandmother. in her culture, these beads are heirlooms to be treasured. 

one small gesture of kindness
and generosity
has the potential to grow into something much more. 

our words and actions 
are like seeds planted,
ripening in time and showing us
the impact of our choices. 

there are times when only action makes a difference.

in the end we are but a story.
thankfully we get to create much of the content
not as victims but as champions 
taking what life throws at us 
and using it to make us more than we could have ever imagined.

let's face it, 
we wouldn't necessarily walk into the fires
that we find ourselves overtaken with. 

these are moments of opportunity where we get to 
define ourselves.
while we may not choose the moments, 
we can certainly choose our response to them.

thank you for reading and considering if this resonates with you. 
our little planet faces many crises,
together we can ease some of the pain
and perhaps a bit of the struggle .



11 October 2014

inspired by warriors of peace

small metal pieces - 2014 mjd

we live in a troubled world
we live in a beautiful world
we live in a world where each one of us makes a difference. 

some people do it quietly
some people forcefully
but all do it courageously. 

find your way.

we notice the light most 
when it's dark.

we notice peace most
when there is chaos and unrest.

but each should be constant
however else the conditions might be. 

simple things can carry great impact. 

i try to hone my pieces so that messages 
are clearly stated
and the wearer will feel 'more' for having them.

i have this hope that my physical act of making marks in metal
sends the message out into the ether
like a chant in hammer strikes.

the new addition of scallops 
represents the way things can radiate - 
all those good things we can choose to put
out into the world. 

the shining sterling orbs
are physical representations 
of light and self realization.

peace, love, kindness, compassion, grace
coupled with accountability
abstract in nature,
but ever so real 

and ever so needed now. 

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the recipients of the 2014 nobel peace prize were announced yesterday - 
one is the youngest ever. you can read about them and be inspired here

and might i share these words with you
that come from young holocaust victim  etty hillesm

ultimately we have just one moral duty:
to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves,
more and more peace,
and to reflect it towards others,
and the more peace there is in us,
the more peace there will be in our troubled world.



06 May 2014

mjd - 2014 - fragile strength talisman pouch - moonflower

it is no mere coincidence that the moonflower blossoms at night. 

it requires darkness 
and the silvery light of the moon
for the creamy white bloom to open.

reverse - fiddlehead

there are things that grow in the dark night of the soul
that, quite simply,
would never come to exist in any other way.

these gifts are meant to come to you in times of struggle or sorrow.

don't miss them because you are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel -
be in the tunnel -
and be aware that surely they are present there along with you.

fiddleheads in the yard 2014


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