Charmed Living

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Cancelled and Postponed

Swing wide you heavens.

Take courage friends. Hold on.

Sadly I have to announce a cancellation and postponement.

The Hawkeye Community College June watercolor painting class is canceled and Patti Stockdale’s book signing is postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Hoping to reschedule both in the future.

Hang tight; we will make it through this time of isolation.

xo

Felecia Babb
Artist, writer, speaker who mostly gardens and paints during social isolation

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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:

pray
lament
meditate
dream
dance
create
love
hope.

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

grieve
rejoice
mend
dream
dance
create
love
hope.

Workshops

Cancelled

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.

Magic Tricks

A couple of weeks ago I noticed water in the pond wasn’t moving in gale force winds. I walked over to investigate. The pond was icing over. I watched for a long time, trying to catch ice crystals forming. Like all magic tricks, I couldn’t catch it happening. Transformation everywhere; little miracles on the periphery of attention.

What We Find in Novemeber

November asks us to learn “to live peacefully in the cold and silence. It’s said that in such a place certain revelations may be discovered. That what the spirit reaches for may be eventually felt, if not exactly understood.” Mary Oliver

Holding On

Sometimes I want to hold on to a moment, other times I hurry through the moments.  It’s  hard to welcome and release each moment; to be fully present. Recently I learned about the Welcoming Prayer by Father Thomas Keating and have been practicing it each morning.

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God’s action within. Amen.

A moment ago hill and vale were alive with crimson and gold. The next moment begins. Welcome prayer helps me ease into the harder beauty of November. A  beautiful, simple and very, very hard prayer. Welcome Monday, welcome new week, welcome cold and snow, welcome dark days.

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