“Release” for Inner Peace

“Release” – chalk graffiti on the drawbridge in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, WA.

A Sufi proverb says, “When the heart weeps for what it has lost,                                           the spirit laughs for what it has found.”

Today look at how far you have come during your everyday journey in A Season for Peace and Non-Violence.  Release the weight of your past, judgments of yourself and others, and the idea that world peace is not possible by acknowledging that you do make a difference.

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Heavenly Marshmallows at the Fremont Sunday Market

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Heaven.  Lime ginger was my pick from Mallow Artisan Marshmallows at the Fremont Sunday Market on Easter.  The marshmallows melt in your mouth as the flavors delight your senses.

On Easter Sunday Paul and I went to the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington to stroll through the Sunday Market.  We got their early and were able to stroll through the booths of art, jewelry, food, antiques, and even some hats before the crowd picked up.  There were many different food vendors, but I think our favorite one was Mallow, the artisan marshmallows.  Yummy!

After going to the market, we stayed in the neighborhood for a few hours checking out the parks and shops.  We found a wonderful used bookstore, Ophelia’s Books, next to Jive Time record store.  Across the street was Pie, where you could find the perfect morning, afternoon, or evening snack of – pie!  Dream caught my attention with their window display.  Inside I found candles, accessories, and versatile sandals that I liked.

I was disappointed that Bitters was closed.  It’s an eclectic store with artisan crafts from around the world.  I also read about some of the specialty items they carry, which included items made from recycled glass.  Suggested by an artist that it be on our list of destinations in Seattle, we were able to look inside through the windows and found it to be beautifully merchandised.  We will make it there on our next visit to Seattle.

After wandering past the library, which is located in an historic building next to a park with a water reclamation sculpture.  From their we walked under the highway and back toward the market.  We passed the Fremont bus stop, which had a sculpture of people waiting for the bus located next to the bench.  It was Easter Sunday and someone had decorated the people in the sculpture with bunny ears and tails, streamers, and marshmallow Peeps.

We both enjoyed our tourist stop in the Fremont neighborhood, even more than our visit to Pike’s Market in downtown Seattle.  Fremont has a wonderful feel to it – artsy, eclectic, and diverse.  It reminds me of the Willy Street neighborhood in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Painting the Big Picture

“Actually I think Art lies in both directions – the broad strokes, big picture but on the other hand the minute examination of the apparently mundane. Seeing the whole world in a grain of sand, that kind of thing. ”  Peter Hammill

“The Art of Patti Lewis” is all about painting the big picture.  In just a few months – a few months during winter in southern Utah, she was able to start and finish a very large mural project for the Kane County Office of Tourism.  When I approached her about the project, I gave her a list of things to incorporate into the mural, from Mormon pioneer history to dinosaur fossils to “The Wave” to movie history, photography, hiking, rock climbing, ATV riding, etc – all the reasons that tourists visit Kane County.  The list was long and not only did she incorporate everything, she added more.

Although I my 90-day term ended before she finished, a local resident sent photos of the finished mural to me, which included an addition to the project that had the fingerprints of Patti Lewis all over it – a cut out of a car loaded with luggage.  I do not doubt that it was her vision to extend the road into the landscape rock – a road she painted in the mural.  The car is planted in the rock to look as though it is driving to the office of tourism.  Classic Patti.

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There is no project too big for Patti Lewis.  In fact, I think some projects are just too small for her.  When she was sketching the rendering, I noticed she seemed to struggle a little.  She wanted a bigger canvas to work on – the sketchbook didn’t seem to be large enough.  Patti Lewis has the ability to see the big picture in life, especially when it comes to tourism marketing and promotion in the southwest – it’s what she’s passionate about.

When I went back to visit in April, it was a pleasant surprise to not only see the project just days before it was finished, but also to hear the positive feedback from local residents and business owners.  It took patience and a little time for them to see what Patti saw all along – “The Big Picture” of all the beautiful, amazing, and historical reasons that make Kane County a special place to visit.

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