This long awaited next installment starts with a truly beautiful kindred spirit from California with a name as lovely as her art, Elke Glenndenning. She and I "met" when I received a very thoughtful email from her inquiring about a crochet covered stone that reminded her of the sand dollars she and her pa would collect by the ocean. Last year Elke's life was completely immersed in one of the most beautiful expressions of love for a father or parent I have ever seen. She created an art journal and also a surface shrine to guide her through her father's illness and then ultimately his death. The "sand dollar stone" became part of this. It would be difficult for you to read this and then not spend hours and hours reading Elke's blog or viewing her fantastic flickr stream but I can tell you now it would be worth it.
A coincidence that this beautiful small box arrived while I was in the midst of dealing with my mom's last miles of her marathon run, I think not.
Did you notice something in the little box nest??
Thank you so very much Elke for being so kind, thoughtful and so freely expressing in your art and life what so many of us have great difficulty with. As I am writing this and reflecting on your art I realized I had my own surface shrine set up on the porch in December. It is melting and the ache within my heart is lessening.
Parts XV, XVI, XVII and XVIII to follow.