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June 17, 2006



Wowee!!!! Your Website and blog are the most beautiful colours and artwork!!! Your name is lovely..it just rolllls off the tongue!!! ha! As lately my synchronicity is off the charts..I came across your site and when I read your "About" ....the words were an icredible validation for me and my art....I have been making baby steps and in he past few weeks the steps are bolder! THank You for your WORDS!!!! Pam


..........Ah, the dreaminess of travelling

I've had some wonderful trips...

I had an Ireland obsession for a while. I was there on and off over a period of 3 years, soaking up the simpler atmosphere, the wonderful scenery and the music. Picture me playing fiddle with the locals in a pub.

Went on a fabulous walking tour in the Cotswalds. It was so amazing to get to where you're going on foot. We would walk through pastures of grazing sheep, see a picturesque town in the distance and then walk to it. We walked past castles and visited historic sights. We dined and slept in lovely B & Bs. The whole thing made me feel like a kid, being outside and on my feet all day.

Went to London, Paris, Vienna, Budapest too. Was amazed at the scale of some of the edifices and how many of the older buildings had gold trim. Lots of history and art.

What works for me is to live in a place that I am comfortable in and that is conducive to doing well with my career, and in this environment I earn the money to travel anywhere I want, whenever I want. It works well for me.

The past few years I haven't really felt like going anywhere. Lately though, the urge has been coming back, just because I want to go to where the interesting art workshops are :)

Anahata Katkin

Aaaahhhh...See feeling better already. Walking. That sounds great. I never considered it as a trip. So many cool things to do...


Turquoise water???!!! LOve to seeee that! I haven't been out of the country, I have a longing to go to Greece for some reason, I'd love to go back to New Mexico! Just was there for a night and day in Sante Fe


I have alot of wonderful moments from my travels. Here is one of my favourites:

The first July 4th after 9/11, I was in Missoula, Montana. It's a beautiful little city-the entire city is immaculate. I never saw a single piece of garbage on the street. The people are friendly and the scenery is breathtaking. It truely is big sky country.

It was my very first 4th of July experience. They closed down a portion of the parking lot at the local mall and people gathered there with blankets and lawn chairs. A big band was playing Sousa marches and traditional patriotic songs till it got dark enough to do the fireworks. The fireworks were set up to coincide with the music being played, all of which was American themed rock songs, with snippets of sound bites from things played on the news on 9/11 and the days following which was extremely moving. I was there with my son who was 10 at the time. There was a light breeze blowing and it was just such a beautiful night and so poigninat in the face of all that had happened. It just felt so good to be alive.

2 years later I would make a special trip to NYC to meet friends who had lost their son in the WTC and they took me to Ground Zero. It was am amazing feeling to be standing in that place, the place that I had seen on tv and watched as the world changed forever. Standing there, it was as if time stood still and as incredibly sad as it made me, it was also a very beautiful and sacred moment.

For me, travelling is alot about the ways in which you learn about the world, the experiences you have, that you carry with you, that change you. I think there are places you go that you are destined to see. It's like following the map of your soul.

I hope that no matter now old we get, we always hunger for those adventure and that knowledge.


I have terrible wanderlust too... it's like an ache actually! Belize looks so dreamy, even the clouds look like they long to dip in the water!


I hear ya. You MUST read the book "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert if you're in that kind of mood. It is absolutely fantastic!!! I was wondering if you had any good wanderlust books you would suggest? I'm almost done with this one:) Let me know at artsy_mama@hotmail.com

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