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August 15, 2014


Sharon Tomlinson

Praise be! It is so good to hear your voice. Don't worry about the dust. We can't see it when you are not here and don't even look for it when you are here. I don't even think you have to worry about catching up. You just did. Your sharing from the heart always has been so special to me and I have missed reading your words so much. It makes me happy today. As alway, I enjoy all the visual that you share to.
ps....will miss you in September!


You are such an inspiring soul, Misty. Thank you for writing about, photographing, and sharing your life story. I check in here every so often to see how you are doing, even though we've never met. But there's something comforting about seeing a new post from you. Best wishes as you transition and grow into your new surroundings. : )

Tina Gilmore

Sending tons of good wishes and luck to you and yours, love your pottery and your new finds xxx


Aww Misty I wish you and your family the best as you transition into your new life after the move. I'm so sorry to hear about your bees. I recall how excited you were about them as you shared with us in class at Art and Soul. Glad to see you are back on your blog. Warm Regards, Patti

wanda miller

PITTER PATTER; your little feet coming back
SLAM DUNK; I'm caught up (knowing, there is wayyyy more in the in betweens)
PITTER PATTER; thrilled to see ANY of your work
SPLISH SPLASH; it's so good to look back and see our floundering times (part of the journey)
PITTER PATTER; so oft you have been on my mind, just about every time I jump off the cliff in my art/heart
SCREAM and SHOUT; she's back and OUT...you've been sorely missed <3 heart


hi stranger…
welcome to transition hell. been there, done that and doing it again... so i totally understand!!!



Big changes, uprooting is not easy and yet full of new possibilities... go gently... xxx


The upheaval sounds intense! Hope the settling in, finding your way, making the new normal is filled with ease and joy.

P.S. Welcome back to this home.

Francesca Di Leo

i thought i was dreaming when i saw a post from you in my feed. stay positive, change is a new door for you to walk through and explore. how exciting the new things you'll discover. can't wait to hear all about it.
btw, i too am working on a website... trying to decide which platform and template to use. Hoping to launch it in the next couple of months. xoxo

K Brasfeild

I have been rereading your book, going through class lessons...& then, I checked here...and there you were. Hoping for many blessings for your whole family in this time of transition! -k.

Wendy B

Angel blessings to you and yours dear beautiful soul. Xo

Tia Tuenge

I periodically check in to see if you've posted anything new and I'm happy to read that your back and embracing the future.
So sad to hear about your bees ;-(…

Joanie Hoffman

Welcome back here!

Chris Meissner

Nice to see you're back Misty! Life certainly is uncertain.

kyrrha sevco

Nice to see you blogging again. Sorry to hear of about your bees. I hope you like Pittsburgh. I'm from Hershey, PA and currently living in Cali.

Heidi Guenther

Thanks for sharing from your heart! You can be sure that many of us periodically check in to see what you're up to. Sending best wishes as you (and family) adjust to your move and tick off more items off your list! :)


Good to hear from you. I think of you often and was hoping all was well. Wishing you ease with your transition and the creation of a new home. Knowing you, it will be spectacular.

Susan kettner

Thank you for the beautiful post. I'm very sorry to hear about your bees. You have had many challenges and are making your way through them very thoughtfully. Keep on moving through them, as you are. I have you in my heart.


From a student down under I have loved your full Circle workshop
my Mum would say "This to will pass"
Thanks for sharing your gift Julz New Zealand

kim beller

love! love it all…your honesty, your work, and your attitude! enjoy the journey, wherever it takes you. i'm sure it will be awesome! sending you big love :) missing you ~

Mandy van Goeije

Your story is mine...the exact same thing happened to us...as did the sulking, the anger, the mourning... We're 3,5 years on now and I can say that only now I'm beginning to sink into this place as home again. It takes time. And a few challenges lengthened our sense of being afloat and "home"less. And I still swallow away tears when I visit my old town, knowing I will have to leave the friends I'm about to visit again... But even that gets better...time does heal...and life does become whole again...and when it did for me, I could say that however involuntary it was, the move helped me grow in a way I couldn't have done without it... Wish you all the best!

Jennifer W.

I guess change is inevitable .. for all of us. This one will bring new challenges, new adventures and possibly a new angle on self-discovery for you. I've taken guidance from you with your relo to VA, your words of encouragement that it will take time for me to feel "at home" in a new part of the country. I'm sending that back to you now as you encounter these feelings once again. Take comfort in knowing that you are wiser, smarter, more worldly now that it's been over seven years since your move to VA .. you now know more than you did back then, and can work your magic at helping Jade, India and Kevin make their transitions too ... and my love Jazzy. I miss you ... hopefully in the next several months our paths will actually cross, whether on the West Coast or the East Coast... Love you and sending you my love.

Jennifer W.

P.S. Waiting patiently for the site that will house your pottery and dreaming of new pieces to add to my teacups. xo


I just realized how much I missed your posts. So glad to read your voice again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and honest thoughts and photos and art. Right after reading your post I was going to listen to a show at NPR and came across this post..... I wish I could say that those eloquent words below were mine. But of course who better than Mary Oliver to speak the truth....However, I felt they rang so true and thought I share them.... Good luck with everything. ~Jenny Schneider
An Invitation to Heartbreak and the Call of the Loon
Heartbreak is an inevitable and painful part of life. But there are at least two ways for the heart to break: it can break open into new life, or break apart into shards of sharper and more widespread pain.

A brittle heart will explode into a thousand pieces, and sometimes get thrown like a fragment grenade at the perceived source of its pain — there's a lot of that going around these days. But a supple heart will break open into a greater capacity to hold life's suffering and its joy — in a way that allows us to say, "The pain stops here."

The broken-open heart is not restricted to the rare saint. I know so many people whose hearts have been broken by the loss of someone they loved deeply. They go through long nights of grief when life seems barely worth living. But then they slowly awaken to the fact that their hearts have become more open, compassionate, and welcoming — not in spite of their pain but because of it.

So here's a question I like to ask myself: What can I do day-by-day to make my heart more supple?

In the poem below, Mary Oliver invites us into heartbreak — not because she wants us to wallow in suffering, but to help us become more open and responsive to a suffering world.

I spent last week in a part of the world where loons like the ones Mary writes about make their summer homes. If ever there were a sound that could break your heart open, it is the cry of a loon late at night on a moonlit lake.

P.S. I'm convinced that heartbreak is a powerful political as well as a personal experience, which is why I titled the prelude to the new paperback copy of my book, "The Politics of the Brokenhearted," which you can read for free here.

by Mary Oliver

Here is a story
to break your heart.
Are you willing?
This winter
the loons came to our harbor
and died, one by one,
of nothing we could see.
A friend told me
of one on the shore
that lifted its head and opened
the elegant beak and cried out
in the long, sweet savoring of its life
which, if you have heard it,
you know is a sacred thing.,
and for which, if you have not heard it,
you had better hurry to where
they still sing.
And, believe me, tell no one
just where that is.
The next morning
this loon, speckled
and iridescent and with a plan
to fly home
to some hidden lake,
was dead on the shore.
I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that it break open and never close again
to the rest of the world.

Fran Rees

Thank you for shariang your heartfelt relocation story and how your life has been impacted. Transitions are hard -especially when they are "unwanted." You are a role model artist for me, and I love to see your work - whatever you decide to blog about or post will be appreciated by me! Best wishes in your new location, and please keep doing your art (for your soul!)…..

Peg Englishman

love your art, photography and blog! very genuine :)


all will be well. it's all good. xoxox

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