Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


Expressions of Love Exhibit-Handworks Gallery of American Craft

I took a leap this month and entered one of my Ornimals into an exhibit. I haven’t entered any art into an exhibit in over a year due to some less than favorable experiences. But the exhibit at Handworks came at the right time.

The Expressions of Love exhibit focuses on art made out of love. Love for a family member, a friend, an acquaintance. Someone or some event that represents love in its many forms. Each piece is accompanied by a story. Some are funny. Some bring tears to your eyes. All are heartwarming.

I entered an Ornimal I created in honor of our first cat, Ren. We adopted Ren shortly after getting married and moving to Massachusetts. She was a beautiful calico who traveled with us to five homes and brought us years of joy.

Ren (1985-2010)

Ren (1985-2010)

Ren Remembrance Ornimal(Amy Crawley, 2013)

Ren Remembrance Ornimal
(Amy Crawley, 2013)

Here is the story I wrote to accompany this piece.

I caught your eye at the shelter as I rubbed the cage door. “Take me home” I said. And you did. I cried all the way to my new home.

We lived in a couple of apartments. You let me play in the sink water and sit on top of your fish tank. I told you I was a good hunter.

I cried when you tried to keep me out of your bedroom. You gave in and I slept on your head. From then on we always snuggled at night, keeping each other warm.

Sometimes you would take me on road trips to visit your family. Remember the time I sat on your lap and stared into your eyes while we waited to pay the toll? You got the message.

One day we moved into a big house and I had more places to run and hide. That other cat you adopted scared me. But I forgave you and still slept on your bed.

I got older and my body changed. Some things inside weren’t working right. You found a nice doctor and he tried to make me better.

You were good at giving me shots and feeding me whatever I wanted. But over time, it wasn’t enough. My body was telling me something. It was getting close to my time to leave.

When the end came, you held me close and that nice doctor gave me a shot. My fur felt warmer and my breathing relaxed. And then you helped me cross to a place where I run freely, catch fish in a big tank, and wait to snuggle on your bed again.

Ren Ornimal & Story

Ren Ornimal & Story


The Expressions of Love exhibit at Handworks Gallery is on display February 2-24. The opening reception is Sunday, February 3, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. If you’re in the area, stop in to see all the great pieces.

Note: Pieces in the exhibit are not for sale.

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Monday Reflection: Open Up To Life


When you open yourself to the continually changing,
impermanent, dying nature of your own being and of reality,
you increase your capacity to love and care about other people
and your capacity to not be afraid.
You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open.
And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression.
You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds,
from now until the day you die.
And you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities
to start doing things differently.

-Pema Chodron
excerpt from “The Pocket Pema Chodron”


Daily Tarot: The Lovers

I was in high school when I bought my first deck of Tarot cards.  Though I can’t remember the name of the deck, I can still see the original packaging; a box with yellow trim and an image of a card on the outside of the box.  I don’t think it came with a book explaining the cards.

For me, exploring Tarot cards, reading fantasy, black magic and occult based fiction, and using the Ouiji board were not only acts of rebellion against the Catholic church and Catholic school but also ways to learn about earth based religions and understand our own connections to the spirit world.

One time a friend created a portable Ouji board and brought it to school so we could use in during breaks.  Imagine our surprise when one of the nuns stuck her head in the empty classroom where we were sitting and said “Oh, a Ouiji board huh?”  That was the extent of her reaction, along with an impish smile.  (Come to think of it Sister Jan did remind me of an elf with her short black hair and slightly devious smile.)

I don’t know whatever happened to that original deck of cards.  At some point all those things you explore in high school are put aside and college, career, and adult life take over.

Last year, after having an aura/chakra reading, I found myself buying angel cards, vibe cards, and soul coaching cards.  And yes, I bought a beginners Tarot card deck.  I didn’t do anything with the Tarot cards initially, other than shuffle them and look at each card.  Recently, however, I noticed Tarot cards were being mentioned more often in conversation, friends and I had Tarot card readings, and another person I know mentioned using them for artistic inspiration.

Maybe it was time to bring out that beginner’s deck and to start learning more about my Tarot cards.

In order to become familiar with the cards, I first went through the major arcana and chose cards that I was attracted to.  “Major Arcana” means “great or big secrets” and represents fundamental energies of life.  The major arcana consists of 22 cards representing archtypal influences at work in the individual and in society at large.

For the next 22 days, I plan to draw one card per day from the major arcana.  This will give me the opportunity to work with the card throughout the day, contemplating its meaning and what it represents.

Today’s card is The Lovers

The archtype of The Lovers asks you to think about what you personally mean by love and to take responsibility for your choices.  Love is different things to different people.  This card also suggests that you be more aware of who you are and the values placed on love relationships.

The Lovers represent the power of love and how we deal with it.  Here we are seeking wholeness, fulfillment through a relationship, being true to our values and knowing what is right and wrong for us personally.  This particular card shows the lovers surrounded by water which is symbolic of the world of our emotions.  Here the lovers represent the harmony of combined polarities, male and female, the perfect union expressed through love.

The Lovers show us that love of one creates compassion for others.

The Lovers zodiac affinity is Gemini.