CioTToLiNa Xue

Love, nurture, kindness, satisfaction family…love…peace.

Nativity flower garden? Tiny arms reach up from a red flower’s ovary. Petals wrap around the little body forming a circle of safety. A maternal figure extends a hand in response. Another flower’s center hold two small bodies tenderly caressing and comforting each other. The third flower tilts to form a chair with a nurturing youth holding an other in it’s lap. Three corners of the garden display caring and kindness. One corner sits a lonely child. The landscape on which he sits is hard, looks cold and the flower looks like it just spit out the child to be on his own. The dejection is palatable. In the center music flows from the keys of a piano. Come and to visit this passionate installation by CioTToLiNa Xue

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SINFUL RETREAT PRESENTS: EMERGENCE

THE ART OF GABRIENNA SCOTT REDROSE

Friday July 31, 2020 from 7-9pm slt

You are cordially invited to attend the opening of
“Emergence” The Art of Gabrienna Scott Redrose!

A talented and skillful artist, Gabrienna’s work will make you lament the sunrises you have missed, pine for the goals you did not pursue, and smile in spite of yourself in sweet reminiscence of childhood. Calamitous forms bathed in color remind one that even in the darkest times, a brighter future may lay ahead.

Join us, as she unveils her burgeoning talent upon this virtual world of plenty.

With live performances by Jesie Janick and Holly Giles to provide a gorgeous musical back drop to Gabrienna’s flashes of color and form, this is a show not to be missed.

Warm Regards,
Chuck Clip
Owner of Sinful Retreat

Mysti-June 28

Had to get a tiny bell collar to be able to keep up with Mysti. She can climb to the top of our cabinets and dressers and everywhere.  She crawls into drawers and under any space she can find.  The bell helps us figure out where she is in case we need to rescue.

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Glamping at Roan Mountain

We did it! We went and returned and it was wonderful.  All great except the fact that I was so sick I barely remember the trip. Not that I don’t remember, but it was like a dream. I was determined NOT to let this virus destroy the opportunity to spend time with Chuck. I purchased cold medicines.  One for cough, one for congestion, one for fever, one for sinus, one for aches, one for headache, and so forth.  You get the idea? I took them all and I willed my body to move.  We did have a  great time and it was beautiful.  I had no idea the cabins would be as equipped.  All cooking items, toaster, coffee maker and they brought wood each day for the wood burning stove.  And now I am still trying to recover from the ‘bug’ and hope I can feel good enough to celebrate bringing in a New Year.

Wisdom

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

― H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

Remember this, we each battle the evil of this world

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Words of Wisdom

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Family Camping

Back to the camping spot last weekend.  My Soul went one night ahead and prepared the most amazing camping spot.  He alone built a table out of string and wood.  Cut enough firewood for 24 consistent hours of burning and created a cooking area on the fire circle, built a blind and dug a hole for our bathroom needs and had everything ready for us to come the next morning. This time it was my Soul, my son M. and his friend D. Oh, and we took the two dogs. Clearly, M and D was not ready for camping. The work to keep wood and prepare for rain or whatever can happen on a camping trip was NOT in their plan.  We had to continually remind them to gather, saw, clean, pick up things to keep us safe.  This ‘secret’ place is well known for bears and everything must be kept in the car and sealed.  Then, the rain came.  My Soul sat by the fire in the rain for hours keeping it going for us.  He is quite amazing.  I am amazed, astonish, astounded and happy that my Higher Power allowed our paths to cross.  He is wise beyond his years, interesting, smart, witty, and he is all mine. He is a wonderful man. He has been in our lives, mine and the kids a short few years but the difference he has made to this family is astounding.  We have two teens and it has not be easy.  They are adopted and have many layers of baggage. I see many more camping experiences in this family’s future. It is good to be away from TV, digital games and the blasted cell phone.

Date Day

Had the best day. Went out with just my guy.  Just my love and me without the kids. Doing nothing together is doing something special. Did a little shopping and then ate at Mellow Mushroom but the best time was driving to the National Forest to look for out of the way…way out camping spots. No cell service, just the sound of the small creek and insects buzzing.  We saw the biggest turkeys I have ever seen.  I was so excited. We laughed a lot and smiled a lot.  It was a wonderful day.