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“There’s never an easy route to the things that matter.” ― Charles de Lint

“I have walked around the same streets so many times, and then seen a place that had been hidden to me. I now know the sites in a way that makes me think I could have made better use of the connections between place and snowball.” — Andy Goldsworthy

An old mentor of mine taught her students to never, not ever, start an introduction with the word “I.”  The reason, she said, was that when you meet people, it is better to hear their stories first.  That advice has served me well over the past 15 years, and it fosters a deeper listening relationship with those around you.

If you feel inclined to do so, share a story with me.  Then, when you have finished, learn a little about me.

First, trying to define who I am is a daily process.  There are aspects that do not change like marriage and being a parent, while certain parts are more mercurial than the weather.

My “tribe” consists of: 1 husband, 4 kids (3 girls, 1 boy), 5 cats, 1 dog, and whatever wild things appears from the forest behind us.  We live in a small house, on a small plot of land (2 acres), somewhere near Louisville, Kentucky. Our life is as simple as it can be, and we do not engage or allow lifestyle dogma to rule our decisions.

For fun and profit, I’m an award winning artist/artisan and writer.  Since those are “get rich very slowly” career choices, my side job is teaching workshops and classes in various creative subjects.  Nope – not anymore – on a professional sabbatical. Just writing now, and most recovering from the “professional” art world. I’ve returned to my roots as a storyteller and fiber artist. In 2017 I’ll be teaching a few crochet classes at the local library — hope to see you there!

Just so you know up front, I’m prone to take off on flights of fancy. They are fun, and everyone is always nice there.

Back in the day when everyone else was doing it, I was a full-tilt crunchy mama. Now I’m just kind of accidentally green, with a side of being vegan, loving nature, and playing drums.

Daily routines in my life are almost always of a deeply spiritual nature, but I really do not align well with organized faith systems.  Meditation and prayer are an integral part of my world.  My walk in the Spirit World does tend to walk a little into the Mystical, with a dash of Magic, and quite a bit of study in Metaphysics.

Life runs better for me when I’m dreaming.  Dreams for me are more than just pictures going along in the brain. Instead it is a way for the natural world, the Divine (of your choice), and your own mind to speak in metaphors or direct images.  While we think our dreams are forgotten, they are all right there…waiting…and they will keep showing up until we listen.

While I believe that we all have our own abilities and gifts, some of us get a little more/a little less.  As Sonia Choquette said, very eloquently, we all have the ability to play basketball…but not all of us can play like Michael Jordan.  This is true in all walks of life.  Her words have become one of the family favorite mantras.  This gets applied to all things I read on the Internet.  Mostly because I’ve yet to meet an Official Expert of Everything.

Thank you for being here in my little virtual Home on the Web.  Grab a cuppa, take a moment out of your day, and spend a little time on yourself.

Much love,
~ Kim aka Yarn and Zen

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