Sunday, December 20, 2009

Peace and Goodwill

Photograph by Werner Bischof, Courtyard of the Meiji Temple,
Tokyo, Japan, 1951

My Christmas card, 2009

"Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks
wrote so many years ago: to tame the
savageness of man and make gentle the life
of this world." --ROBERT F. KENNEDY
speaking in Indianapolis, April 4, 1968 after the
assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Another Father Christmas, handmade, 24" tall

Say that I was
a drum major
Say that I was
a drum major for justice
Say that I was
a drum major for peace
Say that I was
a drum major for
-----Martin Luther King, Jr.


Deborah said...

Festive yet elegant. I enjoyed your quotes and the Father Christmases.

ArtPropelled said...

I'm admiring your Father Christmases, Donna. So beautifully made and I love the christmas card. Peace and Goodwill to you too.

Lisa said...

Inspiring post Donna...your home is so serene and elegant. Beautiful handmade dolls and Holiday Card. I've made many Christmas and Halloween dolls for my home too. The Gandhi quote is one of my favorites.

SusuPetal said...

Have a peaceful and beautiful Christmas, Donna.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

It seems to me that everything is possible with Peace.

And peace be with you.

A beautiful post.

Tilzhaven said...

Donna, this is such a beautiful post!! It is a Christmas treat to look back through the past months at your blog. I hope the new year will bring peace to you and your family...many blessings!!

jo horswill said...

Thank you lovely Donna, for this Christmas post...and a beautiful blog too.
I hope you and your family have a very peaceful Christmas. Look forward to seeing you here in 2010. Jo xx

Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely sentiments. Beautiful post. Your Father Christmases are just fabulous, Donna! Warm wishes and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Poetic Artist said...

Lovely post..I love your father Christmas.

Ian Foster said...

Thank you for your lovely seasonal post and for the sentiments expressed, I wish you and yours a peaceful Christmas and a successful New Year.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

I love how warm and inviting your house feels with all the beautiful decorations. Your photography too is much improved and everything flows so very nicely.

The zen garden now all covered with snow is in itself very poetic and a wonderful contrasting balance to the the beauty within the house.

Thank you for sharing your privacy with us.

Warmest regards this holiday season to you and your family,

M said...

As always I enjoy your quotes. I can't imagine how you find them. You must be a quote gatherer. I feel so at home just looking at the various snapshots of your Christmas decorations and how they fit in your house. I'm half expecting you to hand me a cup of tea through the monitor.
Have a happy, peaceful Christmas, Donna.

Caterina Giglio said...

a beautiful and peaceful post. thank you for bringing us into your home again. happy holiday to you and yours.

Unknown said...

Beautiful meaning and beautiful presentation!

Kim Hambric said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post with your readers. I've enjoyed reading your blog for the past few months and am looking forward to what you will create and share with us in the new year.

nancy neva gagliano said...

all clearly exemplified in this post:


Laura Haviland said...

Thank you for sharing Donna, just lovely "fits".
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Again just stunning.
Love your blog.

herhimnbryn said...

Beautiful Christmas card.
Happy Christmas to you.

Mary Buek said...

Donna, I love the little twig trees standing by your incredible Father Christmas. Is there anything you can't do? Thanks for sharing your home and your thoughts. Have a wonderful holiday and let's hope for a successful new year.

Coffee Messiah said...

Really like your card.......

And Thanks and our Best to you and yours also!


Suz said...

In the gathering of your treasures
there is peace
in the sharing of them
there is goodwill
and stillness
in both

what a lovely home
thanks for sharing

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Donna, Your beautiful card, home and charming Father Christmas...all goodwill and peace...thank you for this post.
Mary Ann

Seth said...

Thought filled and beautiful post. Thank you for sharing these gems!

Anonymous said...

Stunning posting, Donna. The layers of image and meaning are wonderful. It's interesting to see how you've extended your art out into your environment. Enlightening; and have a happy holiday and festive year!

Amelia said...

Oh such true and inspiring words!

Wishing you a very merry christmas and fun festive period with lots of peace . . . .


Gaby Bee said...

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year.

Hugs, Gaby

Laura Haviland said...

Donna your blog is such a pleasure to visit, I enjoy it so much.
Love it !!!!
Thank you for visiting my blog.
You have such a "talent" gift.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Big Hugs, Laura. xoxx

shayndel said...

I love your Christmas Card.
Beautiful touches of the season's magic.
Joining you from Japan in wishes of PEACE,
xo and a Merry Christmas,

Illuminated Manuscripts Workshop said...

Hi Donna:

Loved all the quotes... there is something very peaceful about your work and I loved seeing it come out in your Christmas decor... thanks for being sensitive about the paper give-away. Would love to know where you get your Japanese papers...

Just stopped by to say Merry Christmas and all things bright and meaningful in the New Year!


prashant said...

Wishing you a very merry christmas and fun festive period with lots of peace . . . .

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Anonymous said...

I appreciate the confidence with which you place the papers for the temple collage.

Always love new quotes to be inspired by as well.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful art Donna - gorgeous card and so many Santas, standing proudly. Festive greetings.

John M. Mora said...

You fill your home and life with serenity and beauty. Merry Christmas - I am so glad we have best.

Sondra said...

The images on your blog are wonderful. Thank you! I really loved your Christmas card and the RFK quote, such a loss. I wish that he was able to do what he wanted to do, he would have been a great change agent.
It is difficult to pick a favorite image.....I enjoy the images accompanied by quotes....they add so much more meaning. Great blog.
Positive energy to you.

mansuetude said...

Thank you for what is truly deeply human. Human is rare and yet all around us.

thank you.
Happy Peaceful New Year, and Love to your heart of Hearts== not that It needs it, but we ...

Yvette said...

what a beautiful blog you have!
I found you by Petrus and am impressed.

love and a happy new year


magpie said...

what a generous, exquisite gift - the post and your blog.
peace and a joyful and wondrous new decade to you and yours.

rivergardenstudio said...

This is a lovely post, and your home is a work of art. Wishing you peace and goodwill as well, and that your life during the new year is filled with beauty and light. roxanne

shayndel said...

This post feels new and fresh as a new snowfall when I see it now for a second time!

To connections and inspiration,
hope you are enjoying the first days of 2010,

Anonymous said...

it is always such a tremendous treat to me when you share photos of your home with us. i adore every little nook and cranny and often spend a very long time enlarging your photos to see everything in the background.

i adore the piece above your mantle -- that is so gorgeous! and the two statues -- magnificent. your tree and father christmas are wonderful too!

happy new year!