This morning we spent time with two teachers who have never visited Dawes Arboretum before. The are in preparation for a two hike out West. Dana is a playwright and professor at Otterbein College while his wife Sue just retired from the music program at the Bexley middle school. They are building up in their training because they have another exquisite hike planned for two weeks in Scotland. We quietly walked under the Whispers in the Trees before the skies opened up with a slow, gentle rainfall. Little by little the drought is testing the strength and persistence of the hard working naturalists and landscape architects nurturing these peaceful grounds. I also ran into my favorite group of visitors...the Community Connections adults were on hand and I promised them I will return on 8/7/12 to paint with them. The herb gardens in wheel barrels are growing by leaps and bounds. They were making basil clippings and the air was filled with clean fragrance. The lessons from the earth never cease. I am quilting tonight and trying to complete a large work for a possible national competition. I have been entering "art exhibits" for the last couple of years but I need to stretch my wings and see if other fiber artists see the work and value it enough to include it in this exhibition. I am listening to my invisible voices and letting the invisible hands guide my soul. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart
p.s. Don't you just love David's handsome smile? I will see him in two weeks! Have a great week!