November 15, 2014


Thich Nhat Hanh Hospitalized

Thich Nhat Hanh Hospitalized for Severe Brain Hemorrhage

 Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

One of my favorite teachers, a wise and gentle monk. Many times his words have appeared here with my offerings. Somehow they are always exactly what I would say were I able to find the words within…

“To be beautiful means to be yourself.
You don’t need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

I ask you to remember him in your meditations, your prayers, and visualize him healing in body and spirit.

Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Namaste, my friends…

The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Photo from:
Plum Village Meditation Center

Plum Village-Autumn-Leaf

“In April, we cannot see sunflowers in France, so we might say the sunflowers do not exist. But the local farmers have already planted thousands of seeds, and when they look at the bare hills, they may be able to see the sunflowers already. The sunflowers are there. They lack only the conditions of sun, heat, rain and July. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they do not exist.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

branch acrylic on canvas

November 6, 2014


Painting My Within and Without

watercolor painting

Watercolor, 22×30, 140lb cold-pressed Arches

I‘ll be honest with you, dear readers…

Between my health and my un-health, there are many phases of gray.
A good deal of physical pain I cannot avoid if using my computer, no matter what, where or how I place it. Ergonomics be damned.
Today a new DESKTOP Mac arrived… We shall see. Farmer is happy! Having discovered Ekornes chairs this week following a fated dental visit, I can see a little light shining on ANOTHER possibility. {as I ponder when to extract my failing molars}

For now…

I’m back to old-fashioned books and reading, painting, resting, fall gardening chores, meditating, pondering, walking… lots of walking the meadows.
Seems, like it or not, an online life is limited for me.
And while I’ve fought a good fight… Please Continue Reading

harvest-2014-grapes flowing

October 26, 2014


Chardonnay Harvest ~ 2014


Sonoma County Chardonnay Harvest

While recovering from a very hectic harvest season
{and dreadful shingles virus & it’s “cure”},
I’ve wanted to share these photos of the actual harvest.

They are self-explanatory, methinks!
And thank you for your kind well-wishes. I think I am on the mend!


Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

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October 17, 2014


Eye of My Mind

acrylic painting

“Eye of Mind” acrylic on canvas, 2010

I began meditation practice decades ago. While it sustains me, I admit there’s been times when I’ve let it go. Always I see how much it sustains me when I forego the practice. In meditation nowadays, I breathe. I watch. Being ADD, many thoughts pass by but over time, they drift into the mists.

I am well aware of my brain’s proclivity toward monkey mind. I’ve come to realize that seems to be part of having one. It likes to think, ponder, wander… However just because “it” likes to do those things, who is in charge?

“The Truth is realized in an instant; the Act is practiced step by step.”
— Zen Master Seung Sahn



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