R.H. Blyth was a fascinating guy.


An Englishman who went to Japan before the war and never left, Blyth was largely responsible for introducing us to haiku.



Zen in English Literature is his masterpiece. It’s an enlightening introduction to Zen for us Westerners.

Want to find Zen another way?

Make some art with a friend.





Recently I went to Karen Rossi’s studio.  She’s a blizzard of joy. Her studio is so infectiously upbeat, it’s shanti for the soul.


This is one pizzazzical playground!


Dear Friend Sue and I come to make a glass mosaic. And what a perfect storm of pleasures we find.  Uncluttered by the usual busyness of the mind, the state of No-Mind takes over as we examine shards of glass and rifle through bits of stone and broken dishes.  I think what begins to appear on our tiles is a reflection of muse-inspired minds running free.



Some people take the sun and make a yellow spot out of it ; An artist takes a yellow spot and makes the sun out of it.

 Pablo Picasso

See Sue channel the peerless Pablo.  Nirvanic. IMG_0870


The project is pure spiritual tonic.  We’re captivated, immersed in the moment, thanks to our enlightened Zen master, Karen Rossi.



People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.   -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author


Art is so liberating, popping up into the random mix we call life, reminding us to take it easy.

We’re all stuck in this together, in this mind-maulingly intense time. What to do?

Be kind. Share. Relax a little, make something that makes your heart leapfrog. You know, like a preschool scribble on the fridge.

Thanks, Karen Rossi, for taking us to Heaven in your little rowboat.   :clap: :clap:

Toni 7/18/16


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