Wordless Wednesday

This weekend will be spent at a retreat.  Guiding others into community and silence.

This weekend will be spent at a retreat. Guiding others into community and silence.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

Love Cycles

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

I am not sure exactly when I started following the blog SouleMama. But I can say that is one of the blogs that I read religiously. So when I see a post that includes a piece of my artwork, well…I get a little giddy.

You see, the Cycles print was one of the most challenging for me. The work that I do for Taproot Magazine is generally tied to a story. So I read the story and interpret it into a block. Carve. Print. Send. I knew the image that I was going for but it was coming out of me as easy as some of the others. I simply love that it is one of the most popular of my prints. It just goes to show that we, as artists, need to step back to really appreciate our work sometimes.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy for yourself, CLICK HERE.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

10 Days

So, I took a leap and decided that I would participate in the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). I have only missed one to date and we are 10 days in. That seems survivable. I felt certain that it was going to be so much easier to get a post in on the weekend. Boy was a sorely mistaken. Time, as always, is an issue. Today was a trip to the zoo, some lunch, shopping and a trip back across town to home etc. etc. So, my apologies for the brief post. Tomorrow should be easier.

Digging Deeper

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So, it has been said by more than one person that attended the Squam: Taproot Gathering that it has been difficult to write about or share about. I feel the same way. The slogan of Taproot Magazine is Living Fully, Digging Deeper. Apt slogan for the magazine and for this gathering. There was a LOT of digging deeper happening.

Saturday night was going to be a contra dance and then turned into open mic night. But, the open mic night was more about sharing from a class. Earlier that day I had written something with the hope of sharing. Here is that writing:

What is this place? Appearing like a post card,
straight from a dream, a dream now reality.

There is a sacredness here, to this thin space.
Sometimes the scenery seems familiar to home.

Perhaps that is why we are here.
To dig deep and discover what home truly is.

What is it that calls us home?
What is it that makes a home?

Home is where your soul has connection.
A connect to the people, loved ones, friends, old or new.

Home is where your soul feels free.
To be that authentic version of yourself that perhaps lies hidden.

What a special place, a new home,
that allows you to crack wide open and be.
And be, with your whole heart and beautiful soul.

pure. sacred. magic. love.

(C) Michelle Kroll 9/14/13

Sneak Peek

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Here is a sneak peak of what will be in the upcoming issue of Taproot Magazine RECLAIM. In September I had the honor of attending the Squam Art Workshops: Taproot Gathering. At the Gathering I had the opportunity to meet Jason Miller and Amanda Blake Soule. So much of the submission process happens virtually. It was such a delight to meet them in person and be able to share in the joys of being a part of the magazine. I even helped out at the Taproot booth for a little while during the art fair on Saturday night during the Gathering. Several contributors attended the Gathering. It was so nice to be able to put faces to some of the names.

I so completely appreciate the opportunity to be a contributor. It has gotten me more in touch with myself through my artwork, bringing forth various art forms that were…lost for awhile. My guess is you will see some samples of that soon as well. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for the next issue.

Be well. Create. Inspire.