The Choice in the Joyney

If given directions or a recipe, do you follow it exactly as written every time or is it a guide to help you find your own way?

For me, I look at many recipes and sets of directions as guides. I make changes to suit the needs of those who gave the directions/recipe and for myself as well. But it is different for each situation. As some situations, the direct following of the directions/recipe is vital for the outcome.

I see this as freedom to pursue happiness. We all have to find our own way and purpose in life. Every which way we choose, there are mountains and valleys. Each a lesson. A step. A dance. No two paths are the same. Many of our friends and family are with us just a short while. Each with their own set of blessings to share in our joyney with us.~pharris2013

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Pie Dough…recipe has been passed down through the years.

Pies are great to bring you on your Joyney and also are great to have in the comfort of your home.

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Pie Dough Recipe

 

3 Cups flour  plus 2 Tbsp

1 tsp salt

1 ½ cups shortening

1 egg

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

½ cup cold water

 

Combine flour and salt.  Cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas.  In another bowl, beat egg, then add vinegar and water.  Sprinkle over above mixture with fork until dough holds together.  Shape into 3 balls and divide each roll to 1/8” thick.  Line pie pans.  Fill the various fruit fillings and top with crusts.

 

Yield 3 – 2part crust pies or 6 piecrusts

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Lillies and Pads in a Pond

Photo taken by Pauline Harris in Kansas

Photo taken by Pauline Harris in Kansas

The Creation of Phoenix Embroidery

 

Drawn and digitized by Pauline Harris

Drawn and digitized by Pauline Harris

 

 

An idea started the whole process of creating this phoenix embroidery.  The Firebird is found throughout time and a variety of places.  Phoenixes are loyal to those who are loyal to them.  They will heal those loyal to them.  When Phoenixes die, they are reborn to their lives in order to expand into who they are meant to be.  This passionate process of the lives of phoenixes enlightened me to create a representation to carry on.

 

In beginning of creating the firebird embroidery, I began with looking through the many images of phoenixes through the years.  The historical phoenix is represented in my rendition of the eye-head.  The eye-head allows the viewer to see and observe, then to allow what is learnt to be incorporated into the whole.  Within the wings are depictions of mountains representing the many paths we take each day on our journey through life.  Flames shaded, here in two colours, express the choices we make each day.  The arrow in the center indicates the balance and path we follow leading back to the eye-head.

 

 

 

Note:  The drawing for the Phoenix was made in the late 1990s.  The embroidery was made between 2005-2007, there were many versions of the embroidery as it grew into being.

 

Rain Drops Oneness

Rain Drops…

the pitter patter of

each drop reaching

from a distant

land to drop just

here and there…

something borrowed from

another time and place…

brought here

to fill our minds and bodies

with grace…the pitter patter

talks of days gone by…

and allows for newness to arrive…

bringing a sense of growth…

Oneness felt within…

together we begin…

sharing…learning…caring…

giving…inspiring…and loving

oneness anew…

hear the sound pitter patter…

listen intently pitter patter…

here we are…together

on a journey

with raindrops as

one guide to oneness.~pharris2013