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Things that go Round


circles prominent...paint...

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun


and stencils in the journal

There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done


snap peas popping up in our new community garden

There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found


flowers in the garden

But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round


photoshopping images to play with...

It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all


mother earth

Through despair and hope
Through faith and love


bike wheels spinning 'round...finally

Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle

The Circle of Life

lyrics by Tim Rice from the Lion King

Curious Flora and Fauna


I was so very inspired by the show at the Museum of Art and Design in NY and the concept of the cabinet of curiosities... which in Victorian times was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world and paved the way for modern Natural History Museum displays.  

So many ideas buzzing around my head and it was this that was my focus as I foraged through the various shops we visited.  Only the most delicate did I carry home with me...the rest are soon to follow.

oh so many ideas......

In the City


Whirlwind travel to Philadelphia and NYC with Karen and we are racing through the Lincoln tunnel with unheard of ease...

the color of the city...magical purple...

and pink sunset on the highline

a quick stop at the magic garden...

and the amazing and inspirational show, Dead or Alive at the Museum of Art and Design has this girl very curious...incredible works from artists all over the world that work with organic material such as feathers, bones and insects in thought provoking and often humorous ways.

Also at the museum it was a treat to see the beautiful bike designs of Longmont native Sacha White.

Engaging the guard in conversation so we could sneak pics at the Maira Kalman exhibit...fabulous to see this work in person.

walking two by two...


meeting up with Elizabeth in her neighborhood for some flea marketing, great conversation, food and drink...


and hours spent digging for treasure at CJS and Mettaliferous.

Thank you Karen for being the most gracious hostess and adept city get some rest.

No Place like Home

Settling in to a beautiful skies vying with amazing storm cloud skies...every shower bringing more bloom and green to the Mango Studio

lazy evenings...drawing from life


and book projects...I may hold some sort of record for publishing blurb books.  This one to chronicle memories of the transition of our little home, you can peek in here...

while there is no place like home its always fun to go away visit new places, see old friends

I'll be back with tales to share

In the Pink

Our cool wet spring has brought us the most beautiful flowering trees I've ever seen...a pink backdrop for new growth on creeping vines.

new varieties in the garden...thistiny dusty gray green succulent with rose-like foliage looking pretty against the pink flagstone.

storm clouds gathering...glowing pink before they shed rain and a bit of hail


these perfect beauties captured in the new garden journal....

hope this finds you in the pink



The first beautiful day....sun is shining, flowers were planted in assorted pots, seeds planted in the neighborhood garden.

a bike ride this morning through the flooded St Vrain bike path...wish you weren't stranded in FL

Happy Anniversary dear Mr R


My Day


Just a quick post to say Happy Mothers Day to all you Mothers out there :)

This Mother's Day found me sharing the morning with Tess and Mr R before starting the last day of the studio tour...

a little bit of time to journal....

all the Mother's in my, my mom and my sister.

Hope you enjoyed YOUR Day! 

Our Story


It weighs heavy on my heart...the direction that Arizona has headed in regard to the debate over immigration.  A local program, Welcoming Colorado, is trying to gather people to share stories of how they and their families landed in this country in hopes of humanizing this issue and seeing that immigration is something we all share.

My own family came to this country from mostly Eastern Europe and Russia to escape persecution, sometimes certain death and a hope for a better life.  Mr R's family came from the mountains of central Mexico also in search of giving their children this chance of making more of themselves.  Our daughter has a history rich in this mixed heritage and will now add her voice to the texture of our country. 

What is your immigration story?