Charmed Living

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Live Workshop!

Join Us Live and in Person 

For EarthWhispers NEW Class: Air

 Hawkeye Community College is sponsoring EarthWhisper’s newest class: Air on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 9 pm at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Click here to register.

Registration deadline is Thursday. Ready to sign-up?
If you are a creative person, or longing to rediscover your inner creativity, join us for this exploration of the element of air.

This mini-retreat will help you connect to your creativity, or discover the you who got lost in the journey:

You’ll discover it’s a heart journey developing your authentic voice

  • A retreat focused on your ideas, interests, goals, passions
  • Builds confidence and trust that you’re on the right path
  • Allows for personal evolution over time, the retreat is just the jumping off point
  • Feels easy, natural and fun
  • Takes you to the next level of creativity.

We hope you’ll join us!


Click here to register.

Free Mini-Worshop

Looking to Recenter Yourself?

The enforced narrowing and slowing this year forces us to reconsider life as we know it.  Sue Schuerman and Felecia Babb invite you to recenter yourselves in your relationship with Earth in this three-hour mini workshop 

Workshop held in the garden with opportunity to tour the gallery  to see Scott Robert Hudson’s Effigy Mounds exhibit interplay of art, Earth and our creative selves

Call the Hearst Center, at 319.273.8641 to register. Class limited to 20. 



Monday morning.

Lately small moments grab my attention and won’t let go.
This slightly wrecked peony with morning light filling the vase on my studio work table held my utter attention for 20 minutes this morning.
Look carefully. You’ll see the whole world here: loss, promise, grief, joy, hope, redemption, fear, fragility.


Betwixt and Between

We hover in the very definition of liminal space. The time between “what was” and “next.”

Our stark reality, the “next”, as we conceive tomorrow, won’t happen for all of us. This is true now and always has been thus.

How do we react when we come hard up against the inescapable recognition of our own fragility?

Do we find meaning in clean closets, taking a walk, calling friends and family?

And what is meaning? Is it a search for purpose, connection, beauty or truth? Our search for meaning in the face of death leaves us like a new cosmos, floating alone as impenetrable centers of our own universe.

Faced with our mortality, and perhaps even more frightening, the mortality of those we love, there is hope.

Hope looks for the difference we make. Hope sees others’ courage: nurses, doctors, EMT’s, police and those stocking shelves, checking out our needed purchases. Those, in this moment, whose work is essential for the rest of us to survive. Hope is the sewers sewing masks from home for hospital workers. Hope is the call from a friend, the pleasant diversions at home. We pause in this self-emptying moment, this void.

Simone Weil says, “Grace (hope) enters and fills the empty space wherever there is a void to receive it.”

A prayer for the void of liminality:

Hope’s Contours

Let us rest and play
Make art and love
Let us listen deeply.

Let each of us,
according to our nature:


Once danger passes
let each of us,
according to our nature:




Watercolor for Beginners:

Three Wednesday’s 6-8:30 pm. NOW June 10-24, $89

Would you like to paint in watercolor but don’t know where to start? In this class, you will learn basic watercolor techniques that will help you create your own paintings. In this three session class, Felecia covers color mixing, application techniques and fun watercolor effects.
Sign up here. Classes at Hawkeye Community College, Main Campus, Black Hawk Hall, Room 254

Author Book Signing

April 20, 10 to noon.

Meet the charming Patti Stockdale and hear about her debut novel Three Little Things. This WWI historical romance novel is inspired by the her grandparent’s love story. Patti will have books available for purchase or get them here. Date: Monday, April 20, 10 till noon. Address: 191 Pershing Road Waterloo, IA

Check out Patti’s website for more information on her, her book and upcoming events.

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