Contemplative Photography · Creativity · Prayer · Spiritual Journey

Benediction of the Trees

Profoundly impacted by the lyrics and vocals of “Benediction of the Trees”,  written and performed by Derek Dibbern, I share his music and also images of trees I’ve taken through the years in different seasons and from various states and countries. Derek and I met at St. Benedict Center several years ago and our paths… Continue reading Benediction of the Trees

Creativity · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

The Door is Open

“…the doors to the world of Wild Woman are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn… Continue reading The Door is Open

Creativity · SoulCollage · Teaching

Why I Teach

In honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday February 7,  1867, I share a previous post, “Why I Teach.” Childhood Dreams As early as kindergarten, I identified teacher as a potential occupation in my “School Years” book, a collection of elementary school memories. My kindergarten-self chose nurse, teacher, model and mother as possible career and life… Continue reading Why I Teach

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · SoulCollage

My word for the year is…

You know how spiritual gurus encourage you to pick a word of the year, something profound and inspirational to help you navigate a new year? Well, I found mine the other day. I had contemplated some lofty sounding words, but I don’t even remember them now because when this word fell on me, I knew… Continue reading My word for the year is…

Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

Yes and No: The Seasons of Life

“Are you doing okay?” a friend asked me. “Yes and no, ha,” an honest reply.  “Why yes?” Hmmm, I think.  “Good question…yes, because of faith and hope. Many blessings.” This might not be the typical are-you-okay-what’s-wrong? line of questioning one might expect, but good friends know what’s behind your “yes and no” already.  Sometimes the… Continue reading Yes and No: The Seasons of Life

Books · Creativity · Family · Memories · Teaching

You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.

My dad, Tom Blazek, had a dream to write a book about his hometown, Valparaiso, Nebraska—to create a timeline of its history and to share stories of growing up in a small town. Passionate about history, he would devour a book on a topic he loved—about World War II, the Civil War, the history of… Continue reading You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.

Creativity · Dreams · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

Wherever God Dwells in My Heart

God can speak in so many ordinary ways, but, if one does not intentionally take notice, a lesson will surely be lost. For me, listening to my dreams and expressing myself creatively is when I am most aware of God’s presence.   Recently, I had a dream that I was pregnant. I was not in… Continue reading Wherever God Dwells in My Heart