I don't want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.
Enchanted Forest of Light
La Cañada Flintridge, California
through January 8th
It's New Years Eve, and it was a tough year for a lot of people. There was a lot of pain and loss in the world this year, and personal losses and heartbreak, as well. But there were moments to treasure and gifts for a lot of us to be grateful for. For those who's loss is unbearable, we hold them in our hearts and send them light and prayers.
This was something I'd been wanted to do for years. I've been to Descanso Gardens in the spring to see the flowers bloom, for the camellias and the lilacs, but not for their Enchanted Forest of Light. It was a cool night, (for Southern California) with a chilling wind, and the ground was soggy from the rain, but it was a beautiful mile long walk amongst the lights ...
Every day I feel is a blessing from God.
And I consider it a new beginning.
Yeah, everything is beautiful.
If only life could be a little more tender
and art a little more robust.
As you walk around the base of the trees and over the lights, they change color ...
By the little lake there are the light wands that change there patterns and colors, dancing in the dark ...
You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.
Below, was something that was so magical but almost impossible to photograph with an iPhone. Millions of tiny points of light that reminded me of energy, or of the earlier, magical part of Avatar before it turned into an action film.
The opposite of love is not hate,
You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
~A man who has no imagination has no wings.
Time is a precious thing.
Never waste it.
Change comes from listening,
We must always take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourage the tormentor, never the tormented.
A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music,
or a book can a difference. It can change the world.
Karen and I at Descanso. I love that she's up for anything!
Bowie by Lucille
(done before Bowie's passing)
Kids' views are often just as valid as the teachers'.
The best teachers are the ones that know that.
Bowie, by Finnan in 2013
Bowie and Finn
Bowie on Stage, by Veronica, age 5
Bowie was Veronica's favorite. She came to class on her birthday wearing silver pants. A birthday she shared with David Bowie.
Prince, by Eleven, age 15
A strong spirit transcends rules.
Sweet Keya and her portrait of Bowie from 2015
There have been so many portraits over the years of Bowie and Prince, Muhammad Ali, R2D2 and others, that I didn't have photos of or couldn't find, but I find these very moving.
I'm blessed to work with these little sparks of light and that I have so many great people in my life. I was going through photos of this past year and it was good to focus on the positive and be grateful for the good things that happened. Some of the good just sort of "happened" and then some of those things were things I made happen.
So ... there's that. ;)
End of year slideshow ...
I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.