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Monday, March 29, 2010

A Mala for Creativity, Strength, and Low Stress

Garnet, Bloodstone, and Rutilated Quartz Wrist Mala

A special customer asked me recently what kind of stones would be helpful with creativity, strength, and reducing stress. I did some reading and came up with a list of stones for each quality she wanted, and she chose these three. Garnet helps with creativity, bloodstone with stress, heart and courage, and rutilated quartz aids with strength. You can't see it very well in photos, but the quartz has thin rods of rutile. The colors are very low key and deep. A silk tassel finishes it and it's strung on stretch cord.

Bloodstone is interesting because in a strand of beads you will find reds, greens, and greens with red specks.

The way colors come together in malas is always surprising. I try to stay open for these surprises.

Be well, be happy!

Monday, March 8, 2010

A Special Lady

Mom and me—2006

These past three and a half years I've had the privilege of helping my mom with the things she couldn't do on her own. As she aged and succumbed to physical difficulties and illness, I got to help her with her lists of things to do. Usually it was the laundry, lunch together, an errand, a doctor's just never knew. Sometimes I'd get tired and just want to hang out with her, but she was a pretty goal-oriented person. So we enjoyed the time together, doing things.

In the past six months my mom became very ill. I wrote about it a little here. It was such a journey to watch her go through it as a family, all of us doing whatever we could. Finally, her time was up. Last Friday, March 5th, she died. It was peaceful and she was surrounded by love. I am eternally grateful to the hospital staff for their kindness and sensitivity. She showed dignity and strength, compassion and hope, up through the very end.

She was my mother, my friend, my mentor. She taught me design rules when I was little. She taught me about plants and fairies, about music, singing in harmony, and how to dance. My smile comes from her.

I am so grateful to be her daughter. My sister, father, and our entire family will miss her but keep her in our hearts.

To all mothers and daughters out there, rejoice in your love for each other. Enjoy your time together.

I'm sure my mom's on her way to a good place. Your prayers are welcome.