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Cause and Effect

“For centuries women have been muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue — that I had to do the job myself.” ― Anaïs Nin

Little Star – private collection 2010



Creative Bug

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with
the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”   –  Hugh MacLeod

Being Here Now

Years of practice and I can still only do what I’m doing while I’m doing it.

Writing this post thinking about walking bootless dogs, getting the towels out of the dryer and mourning the loss of bagels … must be the gluten … seriously they could have come up with a better word.

Could have listened to Ram Dass, in eighth grade, when he wrote … “Now is now. Are you going to be here or not?”

Being in a moment is an interesting place and from what I can tell, while I’m in and out of consciousness, it’s very relaxing, it doesn’t cost anything to get in, it’s really quiet and the doors never close.  

aha moments
Syracuse, NY Sidewalk A-ha Moment © Mara Lee
Insert Favorite Quotes by Ram Dass here - have a different moment I have to get to.  :)-

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ― Ram Dass

In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.” ― Ram Dass

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”  ― Ram Dass

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”  ― Ram Dass

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” ― Ram Dass

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” ― Ram Dass

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.” ― Ram Dass

“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”  ― Ram Dass

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” – Ram Dass

and a personal favorite … “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.” ― Ram Dass

howdy do
we’re here! – grand canyon

Moments Matter Thursday

putting the pieces back together

 matilda’s birdland – circa 2011

A $5 thrift store mirror, a gifted box of glass & porcelain birds, a bunch of vintage china, ceramic tile, gold glitter tile, mirror tile, glass gems, found objects and glue.  what a beast.

mosaic tile projects

mosaic tile projects


mosaic tile mirror
tough to photograph


done and done. happy. happy.
love you
thank you, miss tilly xoxo

last week with jake and charlie

the boys have been very patient (and bark free) with the shop opening. here’s a photo recap of last weeks events from behind the closed-door. happy saturday!

p.s. don’t forget that the shop is OPEN this WEEKEND! Sat 10-4 & Sun Noon-4

reached our final destination

“The world is quiet here.” — Lemony Snicket

la la land
a wink and a smile © mara lee

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dizzy sick

organizing all my web stuff and i  haven’t been around these parts since last October.  could it be that the last thing I sat down to create was the mosaic tile mirror I made for Alice’s birthday?  How can that be?

time waits for no woman and I have to minimize my distractions to focus on the feeds my soul part. Mosaic TilePlenty of tile and glass and …



At Home With Andrew and Renee

The shop was closed, again, so Renee knocked on the side door and said, “we’ve been here before … you were closed and we see that you’re closed again but … I just have to have one of the pieces in the front window … can we please come in?

They were both like little kids in a candy store and then Renee said, “I must have a piece of your art because I can feel all of the love and the light shining through.”   Me too.

Touched beyond belief and all I can say is that this big beautiful universe, wearing a straw hat, is hard at work on my behalf.

Thank you, Andrew & Renee! You made my day;)

the porthole of love © mara lee 2014

Remembering my dad, on Father’s Day

Fathers Day
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland


My father owned a business that allowed him the luxury of coming home, once in awhile, around 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

We would park ourselves at the kitchen table and watch the Mel Jass Matinee Movie …. munching on Ritz crackers with peanut butter and watching “The Duke.” I cherish those memories … just me and my dad.  All was right in the world.

John Wayne was a man’s man and so was my father, Eddie. How ironic that they both died on June 11, 1979. (There must be some kind of symbolism, in there somewhere)

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my dad and it’s funny the things that you remember the most …

  • The love he had for my mother.
  • His strong forearms.
  • How handsome he was.
  • Laughed until he cried … mostly at his own (half told) jokes.
  • His phonetic spelling.
  • Teaching me how to play Craps … he loved Vegas!
  • Always threatening my mother that he was going to buy her a baby elephant for the backyard.
  • Hiding my sister on the top shelf of the linen closet (during a game of hide and seek) and forgetting her there.
  • Scaring the sh*t out of my mother by donning a wig and a butcher knife, (while she was showering) after they saw “Psycho” for the first time.
  • Standing a full-size lady mannequin in front of the kitchen sink and leaving it there for my brother who was way past curfew. Bet my brother still has a scar from falling over himself running out of the house like a crazy person.
  • His Mickey Mouse jeans.
  • Throwing change over the deli counter (onto the ledge) at the Boulevard Del.
  • His white patent leather shoes that he wore until they were dead.
  • His temper. Might be why I learned to run so fast.
  • Ripping the kid’s phone line out of the wall when it would constantly ring at dinner time.
  • Losing a two ton safe (that was a gift from a client that owned a building in old downtown Minneapolis) off the back of his truck on the highway. The mystery of the safe was in the Star and Tribune newspaper the next day. (you didn’t think he could stop and try to pick it up, did you?)
  • He made the world safe.
  • He loved us the best way he knew how.

I love you, Dad!


Father's Day Poems...You Never is an unknown author.

You Never

  • You never said I’m leaving
  • You never said goodbye
  • You were gone before I knew it,
  • And only G-d knew why
  • A million times I needed you,
  • A million times I cried
  • If Love alone could have saved you,
  • You never would have died
  • In Life I loved you dearly
  • In death I love you still
  • In my heart you hold a place,
  • That no one could ever fill
  • It broke my heart to lose you,
  • But you didn’t go alone
  • For part of me went with you,
  • The day G-d took you home.

Father’s Day
Over the years
As we grow old,
We remember our father
So brave and bold.

In the garden,
Leaning on the plow,
He would listen to me;
I see him now.

He would give advice
And understand;
He was always there
To lend a hand.

God made fathers
Strong and firm,
For he knew our lives
Would have great concerns.

So he gave us fathers
To teach us to pray,
And guide our lives,
And show us the way.

So on his day
Let’s take the time
To say “Thanks, dad.
I’m so glad that you were mine.”
Mary Frances Bogle


The End

All in the same boat. THE END was a constant fear growing up and It kept me up at night with worry. Sadly, my mother thought it was nonsense and would tell me to go back to bed.

Maybe she was scared too.

I still notice minor bouts of unknown mind terror … which obviously makes it a constant, never knowing what each new day will bring. Yoga helps.

But this time it’s different … It’s a universal announcement that puts us all in the same boat of unknowing and for once in a lifetime … your ego can’t help you get past it. Stop kidding yourself.

Just goes to show you how effective an egotistical state of mind really is. Or not.

When my life flashes before my eyes, I hope to relive all of the amazing, wonderful, loving, beautiful, tragic, joyful, shocking, stupid, sad, terrifying, surreal and excellent adventures that I have been blessed to experience, in this amazing life of mine.

Overwhelming love to my beautiful children, my glorious grandchildren, my true friends and sistas, family (I know you’re out there), all of the 0/2/4 legged creatures that have graced my path and then there’s Rob … my best friend, my one true love and the better half of my life, who shows me everyday what true friendship, kindness, fun and unconditional love really means. My cup runneth over.

To all of you and the powers that be …
I LOVE YOU and THANK YOU for everything! It’s been a blast!

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. ~Henry Ward Beecher

P.S. If we’re here tomorrow … I still love and thank you!