My Birthday Inspirations for You

December 8, 2020

Today is my birthday and I wanted to thank everyone for your presence that I have felt throughout the year. You have applauded art and that makes me happy.

I would like to celebrate my birthday by sharing a few things that have inspired me this year.

A great read by my good friend, Elizabeth Musser


The Promised Land (about the Camino pilgrimmage)

“Four pilgrims on a journey toward change (…) Each individual has their own reasons for the pilgrimage, but together they learn that the Camino strips you bare and calls you into deep soul-searching that can threaten all your best laid plans.”



Devotionals – My daily readings








  • Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)
  • A Diary of Private Prayer (John Baillie)
  • Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton


An ambitious archival project of the work of Leo Marchutz, my mentor. I’m really excited about this!





Leo Marchutz Catalogue Raisonné Project – Preserving the artistic legacy of German-French painter and lithographer.

A new fund-raising campaign has just been launched to preserve the art of Leo Marchutz. For more on the project and the campaign, go to the project website.


Beautiful music by talented women


The Pryor Band – A friend from Camp Desoto, great painter amazing singer and beautiful person. Check her and her sisters out on Spotify.




Babette’s Feast: A classic film that I’ve rewatched and seen with new eyes

Babette’s Feast – If you get a chance to watch this – do it!! This is a film in which “… old wrongs are forgotten, ancient loves are rekindled and a mystical redemption of the human spirit settles over the table.”




Sorrow Acre, short story

After watching the movie Babette’s Feast, I wanted more by the same author, Isak Dinesen. I came upon Sorrow Acre and listed to it as an audiobook. I love how Dinesen creates a whole world in such a short story. It raises so many questions and make you think.



A podcast recommended by a good friend to me, and I highly recommend to you!


Turning to the Mystics Podcast – Hosted by Jim Finley, who was mentored by my spiritual mentor, Thomas Merton.

… a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.




I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Carl Olson his podcast, The Artful Painter.

My Interview – Dance with Nature

Suzie Baker – I learned so much about how women artists are navigating their careers and supporting each other.

Dan McCaw – love his purple tree idea and vision

Cynthia Rosen – wonderful palette knife approach

Lillian Ansley – in creating the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, she has brought the top plein air painters of America to Atlanta, GA


Homilies from my church in Aix-en-Provence (stories about Saints, church history, and spiritual messages)

If you want to practice your French, my priest, Frère Daniel Bourgeois has been giving weekly homilies that are available on YouTube.

One week, his homily was inspired by my painting The Good Shepherd Keeping Watch.






This should get you through the rest of the year – just a few ideas that I hope you enjoy!




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