*****9/27/12.. One day after posting this, I received heartbreaking news ... my dear blog friend, Richard T Swaim Herrington/ alias Old Fool at Old Fools Journal,
had passed away from a stroke on Sunday Sept.23,2012.
So suddenly, so unexpected... He was so full of life-giving energy... This Post is dedicated to him, for if anyone knew how to find joy and to Love his whole Life, it was him. Funny, intelligent, caring, inventive, full of good common sense.
I Miss You Old Fool.... RIP my Friend.
Look who we found when we were stacking winter firewood a couple days ago.
The bottom layers of the woodpile had sat on the ground for the past year and it had to be re-stacked... When I lifted a fairly big piece, there he was all curled up under a concave section of it. It was damp and cool there, just what he liked.
He was very well fed too from the look of him.
There were so many earthworms, grubs and slugs hiding under there, it was a Salamander's paradise.
They can live up to 20 years.
His skin seemed very thin and delicate, bluish-black and moist.. with two stripes of asymmetrically placed vibrant yellow spots.
His eyes were big... better to see in the dark.
He had 4 little toes on his feet and was about 7"-8" long from nose to tip of his tail, which he kept slightly curled.
He was such a gentle little thing.
We didn't keep him out of his moist environment for very long... just time enough to take these pictures...
then sat him down by the woodpile again, out behind the house...he quickly climbed back into a new hiding spot.
He was really quite striking.
and we felt very lucky to see him up close and hold him in our hands.
...Max Ackerson took all the photographs.... That's me in the work gloves.... from up on the bluff at Desideratum Art Studios overlooking St. Martins and the Bay of Fundy.
*** 2018/19 - The SABBATICAL - Time to explore ***
After 25 years of creating our whimsical Desideratum Art Jewelry, we are taking a Sabbatical. Yes, indeed... we have waited a long time for this. The freedom to explore and experiment with abandon and to indulge ourselves in the many fields of creativity that have been simmering away on the back burner.
John will be centering himself in his Painting studio... Oil painting to be specific. I will have my hands in sheep fleece, textiles, drawing, gardening etc.... and we will occasionally make some jewelry pieces in limited and one-of designs,of course. The prospect of the coming year is Exhilarating to say the least. Things will be humming here.
Thank You so very much to Everyone, Individuals and Shop Owners, who have followed our work all these years... we dearly appreciate it... we hope to have lots more things to share in this next chapter of our lives.
Go Placidly Amid The Noise And Haste and Remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; And listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; They too have their story...
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you will become vain and bitter; For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans...
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism...
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass...
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself...
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul...
With all the sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.......