Finding Beauty in Unexpected Places

Lately I have been inspired by Eastern aesthetics and ideas. I really resonate with the idea of wabi sabi, a Japanese philosophy that finds beauty in imperfection. This dovetails nicely with my thoughts on Kintsugi, an ancient method of repairing broken pottery with a mixture of epoxy and precious metals like gold and silver. Rather than trying to conceal the cracks and flaws, this art form seeks to emphasize them, lending an ethereal beauty to the finished piece. 

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
— "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

The art of golden joinery, pictured here, proves something I have suspected for years: it is our flaws that make us beautiful. Our mistakes and missteps have much to teach us, when we are able to humble ourselves enough to learn from them. Now is the perfect time to take stock, fix things that are broken, and be honest about our flaws. 

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When we are brave enough to face the cracks, the imperfections, and the ravages of time, we become wiser and stronger than before. It takes courage and skill to repair something broken, and make it more lovely than before. This ancient art no doubt inspired Paige Bradley's masterful sculpture, Expansion, shown below.

Let the Light In!

Molly J. Anderson

Program Director

Cooking Class: 5 Layer Dip

Today, we had our first of many cooking classes! Our clients made a 5-layer dip inspired by this one on pinterest

We did improvise some of the ingredients however, we picked up everything at our local Dollar Tree.

5 Layer Dip

2 cans refried beans
1 package of guacamole
1 jar of salsa
1 tub of sour cream
1 large package of shredded cheese
1 bag of tortilla chips 

Here are our results!

See You Next Time!

Tea and Sympathy

Good things take time. Whether you're brewing a cup of your favorite tea or battling bureaucracy, patience is not just a virtue- it's a necessity. Adults with developmental disabilities are often asked to be patient while waiting for paperwork to be processed, for funding to come through, for services to be approved. They quickly become well-versed in waiting.

The next time you feel yourself growing impatient, consider this... Growing a tea plant from seed can take up to three years, before the leaves are ready for the first harvest. Tea fields, like the ones found in the Moc Chau hills, shown here, are often terraced to decrease erosion and make farming methods more effective. Following harvest, the tea is dried and processed. This, too, takes time. 

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.
— Catherine Douzel

Tea travels to your mug from all over the world. Herbal and fruit teas are a nice alternative to the classic black tea. Still want a little kick of caffeine? Try green tea- it's loaded with antioxidants, and has less caffeine than black tea. There are many health benefits to drinking green tea; studies have shown it can improve brain function, increase fat burning and improve physical performance.

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

My own informal research suggests that conversation over a cup of tea is a great way to connect with someone. There is a certain calmness that accompanies the ritual of brewing, serving and sipping your favorite blend. Taking a moment to fix a cuppa at home helps me start my morning right, and it's a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

Tea is the elixir of life.
— Lao Tzu

Whether you're sipping a spicy chai in your favorite tea shop or snuggling up at home with a good book and a mug of chamomile, taking the time to do something small for yourself is important. Good self-care is one of the keys to living a well-balanced life. Pausing for a moment to make a cup of tea is a tasty way to take a break from your daily cares- meditation in a mug!

Brewing Inspiration Daily,

Molly J. Anderson

Program Director