“word to the wise” wednesday — ted kennedy watson

Ted Kennedy Watson Vashon Island Guesthouse

My advice about handing art:  You, the owner, must like it.  Period.  You are living with it each day.  Keep moving it around until it makes your heart sing.  Then you are done.

Ted Kennedy Watson (as quoted in Better Homes and Gardens, September 2014)

Do you need art that makes your heart sing?  At tonight’s Grand Opening, Lisa Mende and I will be delighted to share gorgeous work by Julie Robinson, Lucy Williams, Harrison Blackford, Alexis Walter and many more amazing artists.  Can’t make it to the Grand Opening?  Enter to win fabulous prizes by making a donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island … and come visit us in person another day!

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Photo by Benjamin Benschneider for The Seattle Times of the Vashon Island home Ted shares with his husband.  Be sure to order your copy of Ted’s new book, Style and Simplicity.  It is one of my new favorites!  

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sundays with joy: participate in the sorrows

Participate Joyfully in Sorrows Joseph CampbellI’m not sure I fully grasp this concept.  There are so many problems — so many issues — that are so much bigger than we are … and how on earth are we supposed to “participate joyfully” in those?  For the moment, I’ve chosen to define my participation as doing what I can, when I can, to alleviate those sorrows.

Lisa Mende Traci Zeller Ronald McDonald Business Office Rendering FINALRonald McDonald Houses around the world keep families together to help kids heal and cope better.  If you’d like to support Lisa Mende’s and my work at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, please consider a donation toward RMD-LI’s valuable work.  You could also win some fantastic prizes!

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