Charmed Living

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The Magic of Kindness

Without kindness we go sour. Kindness forces us out of our narrow concerns, usually about ourselves. Kindness reminds us that self is rather narrow and constricting. When we escape the confines of self into something bigger like family or community or a cause, we spring ourselves from self’s prison.

Kindness isn’t extravagant or showy so we often miss it blooming. It’s the invite from the neighbor for a cup of coffee, the timely message of care and concern from a friend, your spouse doing your “chore”, a nodded hello to a stranger.

A friendly, tender or well-disposed effort on behalf of others makes both giver and recipient happy. Kindness leaves a trail of goodwill in its wake.

I keep a daily gratitude journal as a way to practice noticing. I recommend the practice, if, like me, you tend toward nursing grudges rather than gratitude. Documenting gratitude lightens your psyche. This month, I kept a kindness journal. Kindness stuns in its regularity and diversity.

Kindness isn’t going to radically change the world, even if it makes everyone’s life a titch easier. Practicing kindness doesn’t deliver particular or extraordinary results. Some days kindness just lets us happily hang out.

Kindness isn’t magical, it’s magic.


Transformative Power of Water

Water comes in many forms from solid to gas to liquid just as our emotional lives transform according to experience and circumstance.  Here’s a mini-exercise to allow you to explore the transformative power of water. 



Sue and Felecia

Summer Power

We are amongst the lucky ones in this week’s powerful storm. We have power. Which means we have refrigeration and water. We can cook and gas pumps work.

Phone service, both landlines and cell are spotty and 911 service is down across much of Iowa. Internet was restored this morning in my small city.

Last night I learned big chunks of the East Coast are still without power , a week after Hurricane Isaias.

This morning I listen to the cicada symphony. Their pulsing symphony a lament for all those without power in a world where we take our dependence on the electric grid for granted.

And yet, all across the land, neighbor helps neighbor. Replacing one kind of energy with another. May you experience the energy of connection today.

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.


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