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Another Spiral of De-Cluttering...

Two Tuesdays ago
it was my turn for my good friend Dr. J
to come and help me spiral into
decluttering some of my tangled spaces...

There were lots of places in our house to choose from that needed attention, but what I wanted the most was to turn my upstairs office and writing space into a more functional area...

This meant finally getting to THE BOX 
of labyrinth papers and articles
that has been haunting me for eight years...

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So we lit a candle of intention and clearing...

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And began by rearranging what was in my file drawers...

We wrote out the names of the content of each
of the seven drawers...

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This simple act of first rearranging the cards for each drawer, helped me to see how best to rearrange the actual contents of the drawers... I went from seven drawers to six. And now have an empty drawer to grow into... the flow of these drawers, even though they are in three separate groups and areas in my office, make more sense and give better functionality, and makes filing a simple task, instead of being tossed into an ever growing box...

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While cleaning out my supply closet...
I rediscovered the full size body drawing that I did in my first year of graduate studies in my expressive arts class... I am going to try and find the original slides that I gave to my professor of my process of making this art piece. The piece I turned in, in 1993, was of my bones, I believe inspired by Frida Kahlo and her portrait of Luther Burbank...

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Over the four years of my graduate studies,
I worked on this piece, filling in the flesh,
sometimes with paint, sometimes with wet clay,
and finally draped my body with a scarf in 2002
before rolling it up and putting it away...

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This art piece was made ready to let go of, as well as with some other pieces of paper that were ready for a ritual fire of transformation...

But first, Dr. J had no idea that part of her assisting me in decluttering entailed shoveling 91 wheelbarrows of mulch that was delivered in the middle of our sorting out my office!

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Thank you Dr. J!!!!!

Michelle, Lynnette, and I were most grateful for this extra help!

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And so was the meadow!!!

At last, after we let go of so many containers and drawers on wheels that will now find new homes, Dr. J and I lit the ritual fire and let pieces of the past go... (Tesa, do you recognize that candle????)

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Dr. J was momentarily distracted by the sounds of birds and the scent of flowers wafting over us from the meadow and the blossoming garden...

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But the flames brought our attention back,
and what had been,
transformed...
rising in a spiral prayer to the heavens...

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and our task for this time was complete...

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Coincidently... this post today, coinsides synchronistically with my dear Kimberly of Ariadne's Thread and her spiral post, Spiralling Onward...

I'll be away until next week and wish you all well, I will be by soon to see what you've been up to and as always, love to receive your comments when you stop by...