Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

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& the Sacred Essence of Joy

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Beauty Blooms Everywhere

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So much Beauty Being Expressed

When I first saw this video, my heart spoke to me and said, Imagine: there is so much beauty being expressed in this world that you are currently unaware of.

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A Walk With The Imagination

IMG_1989This summer, The Mad Potter of Martha’s Vineyard, Bill O’Calloghan and his wife Robin Tuck created a story experience at Polly Hill Arboretum It was enchanting.  I visited twice. 

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I’ve long been a fan of Bill’s, and decided to carry some of his magic further afield, by hiding one of his dragons  in a stone wall along a walk near our home.  That gave me so much secret joy, that I soon began hiding a few other bits of magic…

 

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Only those who look will ever be able to see…

My husband says that I am very eccentric… to which, I say….well, I shall always be amused.

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I am reminded, for some reason, of this wonderful exhibit I once saw in San Diego, called “A Palace for Wenesday.”  I hope this brings you delight in the creative imagination; in eccentricity; in the dance we all have with the unseen world.

New Journals, and an inspiring quote

In love with color, I’ve sewn together limited editons of 8 different journals… Visit here to see them all.

This one is called Pensive, and is from a painting by my Great Grandfather, Arthur Spear.

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THIS INSPIRING QUOTE WILL FEED ME FOR MY LIFETIME:

“You can’t say to a person, “Your cynicism is destructive.
You have to show them the way of delight, the way of joy, the way of poetry –
and let the chips fall where they may.”
Robert Aitken Roshi

In love with color

In the Wintertime on Martha’s Vineyard,
We have this:

Why, so ungrateful, do I want this:

full of winter fantasy, I find this:

At my desk and seeking color, I fall in love with this:

Looking around my living room, I find this:

I thank local photographers for images like this:

(Vineyard Colors)

and in the studio I play with papers, to make things like this:

I can be here now much better, when it looks like this:

And if you came for tea, we’d drink with cups from this:

Love That Is A Lamp

Here is a poem about Love; married love; enduring love….
from my book,
What Holds Us.  (photo credit unknown)

Love That is a Lamp

Give me a story
with a gorgeous
ebbing shoreline
a few green fields
a modest house
a garden
and enduring love
not the
ravishing
heat that could
burn a village
down
but a love steadfast
faithful
aware of its own
good fortune
love that is
a lamp unto itself
trusting
willing
longed for
and held
an inner ember
glowing
triumphant
in its knowing
told and retold
perhaps simply
offered
given
received
and
understood.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
from the Book What Holds Us

all that we behold

Dreams like Swans