300 for 300

Sometimes I feel so small, insignificant & invisible

A drop of water in an ocean readying itself, becoming a tsunami

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Waylaid by a misconception(s) of matter(ing)

this wave your wave  of particles sweep me unwilling unwanting helpless into

becoming one with all that I reject

So fatuous for considering an offer my offer could quell the force your force determined to wreak havoc wrath revenge terror

SOMETIMES dreams grand illusions of believing belonging to Being something surpassing this this (Love lack of)

That dreams intentions & actions equate to an energy enough to thwart this  this (Love lack of) danger perceived

for real Love I feel in my heART comes to me

through me offering

an offering

my gift

my love

my trade

300 beads for 300 girls

One heart bead prays at a time

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Higher Powers

the perfect transparency

of my beautifully

lived life available

to all with free

wi-fi and a working currency

the goddess of exchange

the goddess justice

they are weighing

the immaterial

there are no more souls

to balance and damn

no heaven to acquit

no purgatory to rectify

debt and I have derived

myself from my parents

and all I took

unwitting in

my skin “alive

with mouths”

I fed for years

on bad air and lotions

modern potions

for capturing

what I wanted

o slave o me

self-traded along the oceans

of I want I want

but not to desire

is to die

or to reach

enlightenment

as the eastern

as they used to call them

sages said

~Maureen N. McLane, as found in NY Times Magazine: A Picture and a Poem

Sunday, November 10, 2013 Free Giveaway!!

and the winner is… Jill Conway.  Congratulations Jill!

I’ll be doing a drawing Sunday, November 10, 2013 for a FREE PAIR OF EARRINGS for one lucky winner!  Enter between now (as many times as you like) and midnight Saturday, November 9, 2013 for a chance at winning this pair of beautiful turquoise and brass earrings.  Retail value $66.00!!  Just fill in the CONTACT information on this page for your chance to win!  (Shipping is free)

These beads are ethically sourced and hand made in Nepal by the economically deprived tribal groups from the Himalayas including Tibetan refugees living in Nepal. I support the Dalia Lama, Buddhism, and the Free Tibet campaign. A friend of mine imports these beads, and she is directly involved not only with the craftspeople but also with many charitable projects in Nepal including building the first and only library in the remote Rasuwa district. Your purchase sets up a positive chain of causation directly affecting Tibetan refugees as well as the wider Himalayan region.IMG_2150

Rest assured, your information will never be given away, sold or otherwise used for any purpose other than sharing news, events, or promotions for Tej Designs.

Fundraising Auction Charleston Tibetan Society Saturday, November 9, 2013

Geshe Topgyal

Geshe Dakpa Topgyal

Charleston Tibetan Society

12 Parkwood Avenue (near the Citadel Stadium)

$10 donation, 12 & under are FREE!

Join us the evening of Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6-9pm, for a fun-filled evening to raise monies for The Charleston Tibetan Society, which will use it to support Geshe Dakpa Topgya, resident teacher and spiritual advisor, in continuing to provide Buddhist teachings in the greater Charleston community, as well as other projects sponsored by the Society.  There will be a silent and live auction with many wonderful items to bid on, including jewelry, scarves, quilts, yoga, furniture, dinners, tours and vacation accommodations.  Sermet will be serving the delicious Mediterranean food from his restaurant, Sermet’s Courtyard, that he does every year, and there will surely be music and other entertainment, and there will be a fire pit out back.

I have donated the following items for the silent auction:

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Striped agate, turquoise & brass. Large Tibetan prayer wheel. Strung on nylon thread. Value: $240

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Flourite, moonstone, amythest. Strung on nylon coated steel wire. Value: $140

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Sandalwood, riverstone, bodhi seed. Strung on elastic for easy wearing on wrist or around neck. Value: $108

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Small Tibetan prayer wheel strung on African beads. Value: $80

Trunk Show at Utopia Boutique Friday, November 1, 2013 5:30-8pm

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STOP BY AND ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A FREE PAIR OF EARRINGS!

Come join us at Utopia Boutique,  for my holiday trunk show – introducing a NEW collection in the Himalayan Line.  Long and short necklaces, earrings and more.  Charleston’s Art Walk happens at the same time!  Stop by and visit , have a glass of wine, and get your Holiday Shopping List all wrapped up!

These beads are ethically sourced and hand made in Nepal by the economically deprived tribal groups from the Himalayas including Tibetan refugees living in Nepal. I support the Dalia Lama, Buddhism, and the Free Tibet campaign. A friend of mine imports these beads, and she is directly involved not only with the craftspeople but also with many charitable projects in Nepal including building the first and only library in the remote Rasuwa district. Your purchase sets up a positive chain of causation directly affecting Tibetan refugees as well as the wider Himalayan region.

Utopia Boutique  27 Broad Street, (between Church & State), downtown Charleston

(painting by Beki)

Saturday, November 9, 2013 – Columbia Museum of Art – Artisans Fair

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Himalayan Collection

Himalayan Collection

 

I’m just thrilled to be accepted into this juried show!

Kicking off the holiday season in style, the Columbia Museum of Art Museum Shop hosts its annual Holiday Artisans Fair and Sale with a dazzling array of handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles, pine needle baskets, scarves, gourd birdhouses, ornaments and more in a wide range of styles, designs and pricing.

Museum members receive an additional five percent off their regular Museum Shop discounts during the event and all purchases support the exhibitions and education programs at the Columbia Museum of Art. Memberships can be purchased here.

For more information, call the Museum Shop at 803.343.2159.

Quote ‘o the Day

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies… . A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

“It doesn’t matter what you do … so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching… . The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451

Rock ‘n Roll Roots

This morning while I was running, I felt the urge to publish some of my favorite rock bands I listen to while I’m working out –  running, lifting weights, kundalini yoga.  It’s like, the rhythm of the music aligns with the rhythm of my heart.  Maybe it’s the other way around.  But the way I experience it, it’s as if the two become one.

Crosby Stills Nash & Young "De ja Vu"

Crosby Stills Nash & Young “De ja Vu”

CSNY – This was the first album I ever bought, sometime in high school.   It remains one of my very favorites.  The songs on it remind me of the ideals of peace and love and rebellion and free thinking… and just makes me feel good when I hear it.

Van Morrison "Wavelength"

Van Morrison “Wavelength”

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Van Morrison “Astral Weeks”

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Van Morrison “Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl”

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Van Morrison “The 1967 New York Sessions”

Van Morrison

Wavelength was the second album I ever bought.  It was a favorite then and it’s a favorite now.  In fact, Van Morrison is without question my absolute very favorite singer/songwriter/musician.

Janis Joplin

And somewhere in between, or around that time, I was rocking out with Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits on 8-track, in my dad’s convertible Cadillac.  She was so rockin’ rebel blues-y and who could have known back then, that I would become a southern girl myself, all these years later.  (And driving an old 1985 Mercedes Benz!)

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Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits Album

Annie Lennox "Medusa"

Annie Lennox “Medusa”

Annie Lennox – Medusa album.  This album really keeps me running!

Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"

Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon”

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Talking Heads “Little Creatures”

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Talking Heads “Best of Talking Heads”

David Bowie "The Next Day"

David Bowie “The Next Day”

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Led Zepplin “The BBC Sessions”

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Led Zepplin “Led Zepplin I”