The Glass of Refreshment

            Going public through blogging is far more difficult than imagined. I have not posted for over a week and struggle to decide what to share. I rationalize that life goes into closets at times, when one seeks retreating from public viewing. Like the intermittent pooling of a rushing mountain stream, I draw away from routines in order to rejuvenate soul.

            This past weekend’s retreat up in the picturesque Napa Valley Wine Country proved invaluable for refreshment. I breathed in the aroma of crush still lingering in the crisp fall air. Memories of these times of harvesting grapes for making wine waft back into mind. I lived in the picturesque Napa Valley over twenty years ago.

            This weekend I hung out a van window capturing the bedazzling sights of vineyards transforming into autumn hues. A day of pampering at one of the natural springs soothed body and mind. While floating in the mineral pool and enjoying a massage, I mused, “Who lives like this?”

            Normal life pales in comparison to this weekend’s delight. Personal retreats space too far apart in my normally driven life. Today I peek out from behind my winepress; a personal “crush” of plucking private, serene moments and images for sharing. I will sip on this new wine of visual and personal connection in the weeks to come. This refreshment will take the sting off of life until I drain the glass once again.

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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