Category: International Influences

Flower Mandalas

Flower mandalas are a botanical version of the ancient spiritual form that reminds us of the organization of the universe, and our connection to the infinite, within and without. Buddhist priests make yearly trips to Kansas City to create exacting geometric mandalas … Continue reading

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Kava Head

Lateral kava roots, soon to be kava tea, are what you see in the picture above. The “tea” from kava root is far and away my favorite drink. I typically have a kava drink in the evening a few nights a … Continue reading

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Humble Plants: Their Secrets

Art and science often cross paths. I recently uncovered a TED talk given by the president of an African country in which she shows how art, science, culture and health are intertwined. The talk is given by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, biodiversity scientist … Continue reading

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BASE KC and Some Gratitude

Some gratitude (in the form of art cards) for the Business Alliance for a Sustainable Economy in Kansas City (BASE KC), the speakers and organizers of The Climate Event held at the end of September. The founding principles of BASE … Continue reading

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Art and an Indigenous Religion

The Freer Gallery of Art on the national mall  in D.C. houses one of the most outstanding collections of Asian art in the U.S.  It was a highlight of my trip to that area this fall. Seeing art from the … Continue reading

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Papaya

Papaya. It’s native to the Americas and is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. When I visited Negril (Jamaica) a few years ago, I noticed the gorgeous leaves everywhere. I brought a plant press with me and did … Continue reading

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