4th of July Celebration, Creativity, Debra Hadsall, Sara Winters, Uncategorized, Young Women

Art and a Hill Country 4th of July Celebration

 

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Two years ago I was seeking refuge in an art gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.  The whole 4th of July joy for me was being reduced by all the tourists who frequent the Berg on holidays and the downtown area was packed, even in the Texas heat. It all seemed a little overdone and commercial.  So I slipped into a beautiful little oasis at an art gallery.  The gallery describes its purpose to be: Graceful Discoveries. Finding something special that satisfies your senses, speaks to your soul, and fills your heart with joy.  My husband and I found that to be true There I met a local artist, Sara Winters.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because I posted about it on the 4th in 2015.  Some things are worth repeating.

The change of pace and the feel of the gallery was noticeable.  We landed at the right place to reframe the celebration of our country’s independence.All this freedom we enjoy was better displayed for me in the artwork, including Sara’s little painting which is shown above (it’s since been sold).  I found this piece to be simple and nostalgic in a meaningful way.  More authentic, simple,  and colorful in a perfect way, than the  commercialism flash and noise usually associated with the 4th.

I think I love her painting even more because she is such an interesting person and she spent time with me showing some of her other pieces.  Sara stands out among the other artists to me because she is a young woman with small children and is self taught.  Her studio is not in town, but out in the country where barns have multiple uses.

To have art placed in the gallery where we met, the artist has to be really good at what she or he does.  So, my amateur art appreciation opinion of Sara’s work is validated by experts.

Happy 4th and I thank Sara for the afternoon that has led to us still being in touch off and on for the last two years.  Our visit even inspired me and some other women to go with a group of middle school students to the gallery.  It was an amazing experience for everyone.

I see the afternoon in the gallery with so much art about nature and people as the way we truly are in the United States in our normal day-to-day living.  The story of freedom, and all that we are offered were apparent to me that afternoon.   We have the freedom to pursue our dreams.   It doesn’t have to be all noise and splash to be enjoyable.  It can be found in a small painting and a conversation with someone who is new to us and may have abilities we don’t have, but can enjoy and appreciate.

Happy 4th of July.

 

 

 

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4th of July Celebration, Creativity, Debra Hadsall, Sara Winters, Uncategorized, Young Women

Art and a Hill Country 4th of July Celebration

 

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Having an author’s blog feels like a luxury.  My other blogs and websites are targeted for a specific purpose. This one is my go-to place when I experience something personal that touches me and is so special that I sense others might like to share the experience.

This post is celebrates our annual 4th of July holiday. It’s about how a quick stop to a local art gallery can remind us all about the beauty of our country, and the amazing talent of our artists and business owners.

My husband and I were escaping the summer heat (and the added holiday tourists blocking Main Street) in Fredericksburg, Texas. We stopped by Whistle Pik Galleries during the city-wide monthly Art Walk. The Fredericksburg area attracts a lot of artists and those who appreciate art. Whistle Pik’s tagline is: Graceful Discoveries. Finding something special that satisfies your senses, speaks to your soul, and fills your heart with joy.  We found that to be true.

Going to an art gallery is a great alternative to the normal 4th of July activities.  There is also an added bonus in Fredericksburg because the galleries offer complimentary sampling of wines from the local wineries along with amazing artwork.  Often the artists are in the galleries and we met one, Sara Winters, who spent time telling us about her paintings which are being showed in this lovely gallery. We learned about her huge painting titled Wimberley.  Please click here to view a photo of this interesting piece of art.

The Wimberley painting is 48″x60″.  For those of us who aren’t artists, it is hard to imagine painting something so intricate and large. The logistics of working with such a big surface are pretty interesting. Sara is an accomplished self-taught artist.  She is also one of the youngest artists I have met on our visits to galleries.

The painting is stunning and feels very Texas Hill County. Now it is also a part of Texas history. Wimberley is one of the small and very charming towns in the Hill Country which was literally swept away recently by the Blanco river. The water rose quickly creating a fierce flood that flowed with great speed and power without consideration for anything in its path.  Lives were lost, homes destroyed, and the beautiful trees which seem so rooted and grand in Sara’s painting, are now broken and damaged.

Sara’s stunning artwork is one reminder of what was.  The photos she showed us of how the trees look today are the reality of what remains.

This 4th of July, I celebrate artists, art galleries, and the Texas Hill Country.  I celebrate a painting which not only captures the unusual strength of old and strong trees, but serves for all times as a striking visual reminder of a beautiful spot in Wimberley, Texas,  as it looked before the river roared through.

Sara had a smaller painting titled The Fourth and Flowers which you may view by clicking here.  It seems appropriate to give you an opportunity to enjoy this too on the day we celebrate our freedom and independence!

Enjoy!

Creativity, Shared Values, Uncategorized, world peace

A Common Enemy, The Uniting Force

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My dad had a sharp wit and some interesting observations about life.

When our son was born, I remember Dad looking at me and saying, “Well is it true having a child brings a couple closer together?” He had the joke smirk on his face so I said “Well why would you ask that?” to which he replied “Because now you both have a common enemy.” He was just kidding, but there is truth in that little witticism.

Watching the news has me thinking about his comments. Countries all over the world who ordinarily can’t get along about anything, have been bound together by a common enemy and are beginning to work globally to find a solution to the terrorism and violence of our times. I see old enemies trying to work together to conquer one new common enemy who manages to offend everyone. There might be something it that idea that having a common enemy brings us closer together.

Time will tell, but I am hopeful.

Author, Creativity, Uncategorized, Women and Money

If you won $5,000 a week for the rest of your life…

One morning this summer I pulled up my emails and noticed an interesting challenge by my friend, and author, Rosemary Augustine.  She is always thinking, writing, and journaling.  This is what I read.

Here’s a fun contest for the end of the summer.  If you won $5,000 a week for the rest of your life, what would you do with it? Really think about this please, beyond “buying a house and a new car” …  

Send me your response in 100 words or less.  What does the winner get?  Maybe $5,000 a week for the rest of your life or two tickets to the movies… it depends on what you write.   Hit reply and send me your 100 words (or less).  Deadline is August 28th.

 Thanks for participating.  

 Rosemary Augustine – Author and Publisher

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This really made me think.  I knew whatever I wrote had to be concise.  It was a nice exercise and one which encourages those taking the challenge  to just take a breath and really focus.

My response to her was pretty short, but said a lot.

I would…

Finance the Women’s Financial Connection so we reach 9.3 million women and girls with basic financial literacy, including an emphasis on investing.

Team with Senator Elizabeth Warren as she pushes for radical reform in the financial services industry.

Team with Sallie Krawcheck as she continues to develop the new investing model of Gender Lens Investing, a catalyst of change to improve the status of women at the highest levels of business in the male dominated investment community.

Enjoy the explosion of transformational change in the lives of millions of women as these top down and bottom up approaches connect.

So, what would you do with $5,000 a week for life?

 

 

Creativity, Debra Hadsall, Legalized Marijuana, Making Money, Uncategorized, Women and Money, Women in Commerce

My Monkey Mind- Women in Commerce and Shades of Nancy Botwin

This is reposted from my blog about women and money, http://www.ffptalk.com.  I find the creative community often appreciates my monkey mind postings more than  most of my regular readers.  Please enjoy.

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My monkey mind postings relate to Buddha’s description of the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, and carrying on endlessly. These postings come from my monkey mind.

Yesterday my monkey mind connected Nancy Botwin (a fictional character), ways to improve financial lives by making more money, and women in commerce in the legal pot industry in Colorado.  I am not posting about whether or not legalized marijuana is appropriate, only about where my monkey mind took me recently.

Colorado has legalized the growing and sale of recreational marijuana, with limitations.  I lived in Colorado for most of my adult life and have family and friends there.  Recently I was staying with my  adult son and he opened the freezer, took out a small bag of marijuana, and asked if I wanted some.  Then we laughed.  Pot has never been my deal or his. The bag has been there for six months.  The humorous part was he was having this conversation with his mother and all of a sudden that which was forbidden and usually hidden, was now OK (limited amounts of course) and out for all to see.

He and I have our mother and son bonding over cable TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Nip Tuck, and my all-time favorite, Weeds.  If you don’t know, Weeds is the  fictional story of Nancy Botwin, a widow with two children and a big need for big income.  She is not a perfect person and her decision to deal weed is one of love, violence,  greed, corruption, survival, decisions, sex, and commerce.  It is also the story of a woman in an industry run by men and a mother’s concern for providing for her children.  Quite an interesting combination.

The last episodes show how over time she made the jump from being a criminal dealing drugs to a woman of commerce with a chain of very successful stores selling pot edibles.  How did this happen?  The story line put her in a world where weed had been legalized.  I loved the ending since it showed Nancy as the owner of a very large, very legal, and  very legitimate business.  My son didn’t share my enthusiasm.  I suspect he was looking for the crazy violence prone Nancy to rise again.  Instead it was a story of  closure and commerce .

This week I did a posting titled Three Ways to Improve Your Financial Life.  One of these ways to make more.  I am always fascinated by how we as women find ways to make more for ourselves and our families.  So, when CBS This Morning did a segment on women in Colorado who are in the  legalized marijuana industry, are making money, reaching out to each other, and getting a piece of the action, I thought of Nancy Botwin and the idea of making more money.

In the  CBS video, a woman is shown in a commercial  kitchen  preparing pot goodies.  She is not a Food Network star or a well-known chef, the way most women in kitchens come to us via our television.  I doubt that she is highly paid or wealthy…yet.  She is a woman doing commerce in the legalized pot industry in Colorado. I thought, finally a way for women who can cook and/or grow things and also run a business to make a real living. This is big business and one where women are already finding a way to connect with other women to define the industry and benefit financially from their efforts. The segment can be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/making-the-marijuana-business-women-friendly

I remember that after I viewed the final season of Weeds, I mentioned to my husband that maybe I should get into the pot business some day when it is legalized more widely.  He laughed and reminded me that most plants I care for die and that although I make amazing cookies, my long-term ability to whip up delicious pot treats doesn’t exist.  So I will just watch from the sideline as those pioneering Colorado women lead the way.

Until next time.

Debra Hadsall

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BooK Clubs, Books, Creativity, Hairdresser, Reading, Texas, Uncategorized, Writing

Grand Story -Hairstylist Reigns Over Reading Empire

I love inspirational stories about women who stay close to their passions, survive, thrive and encourage others to learn and have fun along the way. 

This article from the magazine published by the Texas Co-Op Power, our local service provider.  If you are in a book club, you will see the concept taken to a new level.

Such a great story from an unexpected source.   Please click below to link to it.

Texas Co-op Power Magazine – Texas Stories: Bound & Determined – An Online Community for Members of Texas Electric Cooperatives.

Enjoy

Debra