What is a Mandala?

Mandalas have always mesmerized me. I love the repetition and detail in the patterns of most mandalas.  The beads above are glass beads that I sculpted in the flame with Mandalas in mind. The work “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit.  It is loosely translated to mean “circle”.   A mandala is…Read more »

Filling out College Applications with my teen: My epiphany

I have another daughter leaving the nest next year so we are in the process of visiting colleges and filling out applications.  So the questions of the day in our community are: Where are you applying? What are your SAT or ACT test scores? and How many AP classes have you taken?  The culture in…Read more »

Opportunity of a Lifetime at the Corning Museum of Glass

I just returned from an opportunity of a lifetime.  I attended a week long flame work intensive  class taught by Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.  Kristina is a flame worker with 25 years of experience in artisan glass and made the beads below. Do you see all those…Read more »

What happened in Charleston needs to stay in Charleston

If there is one thing that both Conservative Americans and Liberal Americans can agree upon, it is that the horrific shooting that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina should never be repeated.  In the aftermath of this shooting that killed 9 innocent people and destroyed any threads of innocence that we had left about mass shootings,…Read more »