good stuff

spring finally arrived






and this happened






My work is featured in the summer issue of Artful Blogging Magazine.  Whole lot of gratitude to Shawna Lemay for the writing prompt.  Her blog is always so thought provoking.   This beautiful publication, reads more like a book than a magazine and it’s chock full of wonderful inspiration.  Happy to be in the company of such talented people. Kind of a dream come true.


speaking of inspiration and dreams


The lovely and amazing Kelly Ishmael turned me on to this gorgeous book – Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai.  Photos by Michele M. Waite.  All about growing, harvesting and arranging seasonal flowers.  Wonderful information and the photos are to die for.


How sweet is this??



Even Mozart was impressed!

Chloe Lemay is an art student at Sheridan College, soon to be majoring in cartoon/animation.  She did this adorable image of Mozart and I just love it!  He will be appearing at the end of each blog post from now on.  You may view more of Chloe’s wonderful, whimsical work HERE.   Word is that she will be doing commissions this summer if anyone is interested.


I’ll leave you with these beautiful words found on Calm Things a while back.

Wishing you all good stuff!


“The Monk Manifesto: Seven Principles for Living with Deep Intention by Christine Valters Paintner.

The Monk Manifesto 

  1. I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.
  2. I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.
  3. I commit to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits along the path, soul friends with whom I can share my deepest longings, and mentors who can offer guidance and wisdom for the journey.
  4. I commit to cultivating awareness of my kinship with creation and a healthy asceticism by discerning my use of energy and things, letting go of what does not help nature to flourish.
  5. I commit to bringing myself fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, holding a heart of gratitude for the ability to express my gifts in the world in meaningful ways.
  6. I commit to rhythms of rest and renewal through the regular practice of Sabbath and resist a culture of busyness that measures my worth by what I do.
  7. I commit to a lifetime of ongoing conversion and transformation, recognizing that I am always on a journey with both gifts and limitations.

25 thoughts on “good stuff

  1. Oh Susan, you are such an inspiration. The manifesto is getting printed out and pinned in a prominent place… somewhere to start my day! Thank you for that.

    …and congratulations for all the well-deserved recognition you are receiving.

  2. Susan you know I love all of your post but this one goes to the top of the list…Your photo’s are gorgeous, as always but the magazine article in Artful Blogging is wonderful. I’m so happy for you. I will pick up my copy tomorrow…the little cartoon of Mozart is so awesome…I’m trying to think up a logo for my new blog…to commission. Last but not least, the Monk Manifesto is just terrific…
    Spring is here for sure…and you continue to inspire but now, from a higher platform…thanks for sharing..

  3. I love everything about this! I will have to grab a copy of the magazine! This is so well deserved Susan! Thank you so much for your inspiration. And that manifesto is so good.

  4. Congratulations, Susan, on getting published in such a beautiful magazine/book! You must be thrilled.
    Hope you are having a lovely spring.

  5. Congratulations and well deserved, Susan. I love how you celebrate others along with your accomplishments. Beautifully presented images. Sigh, what a pleasure to read and to end on the Monk Manifesto….perfect.

  6. Wonderful Susan-like images. You have developed this lovely light-filled personal style which says a lot about you! Fantastic to see you honoured with this magazine article full of your photography. I love all your photos here, but the bike with the basket of three pink daisies in the basket does it for me. It makes me want to live in the countryside again and go for endless bike rides with a picnic in the basket, like when I was a teenager!

  7. Congratulations! Your photos are always so beautiful so they deserve to be in all kinds of beautiful publications. I love the Monk Manifesto too. Happy Spring!

  8. Hi Susan, Congratulations on being published in Artful Blogging. Your photography is so beautiful. And I love “Selfless Selfies.” What a great title! Your photographs always make me feel so warm and relaxed. Like a warm summer breeze on a lazy afternoon. 🙂

  9. So beautiful! And how wonderful – I’ll have to see if I can get myself a copy of The Artful Blogger. Oh, yes, and Chloe’s adorable drawing of Mozart and the Monk’s Manifesto … words to definitely live by! XX

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