Category Archives: Questions

365, Day 77: Nuance

Underneath the solid layers of “I know” in my life are countless not so solid layers. Whispers, suggestions, and breathless possibilities beckon and offer themselves to me. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 74: New Horizons

It is a time of new horizons for me. I suppose this is always the case, really. New horizons can be exciting and filled with anticipation. They can also be unsettling and slightly (or not so slightly) terrifying. The horizon … Continue reading

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365, Day 68: Waterfalls

It occurred to me again this morning that I have not been able to sing since the near drowning in September of 2014. I also found myself possessed by the need to paint a waterfall. Initially there was a bridge … Continue reading

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365, Day 67: Reflections

I don’t really know what to make of today’s painting. It’s so unlike all the others in many ways. For the longest time it seemed to actively resist the addition of any reflections of the trees in the water. I … Continue reading

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365, Day 65: Rule of Life

My friend, artist Martha Kelly, will be the artist-in-residence at the Memphis Theological Seminary this year and has asked me to write up a little about this spiritual practice of daily painting so she could use it in the seminary … Continue reading

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365, Day 59: Water

I have a love-hate-love relationship with water. Water, in a sense, gives life. It can also take it away. Last fall, I almost drowned on my first canoe outing. The face to face encounter with my own mortality rocked my … Continue reading

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Die Kinder

  I have a friend who refers to my cats as “the children”. This is Isabella, also known as (depending on who is speaking and upon the particular circumstances) as Bells, Izzy and Beelzebub…           …and … Continue reading

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Structure & Space: Observation and Creativity

Nurturing the art and skill of observation can have a powerful effect on how we move through our lives. Learning to observe what is without believing in our thoughts and judgments about those observations is part of learning to become … Continue reading

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Intrinsic Value

Question, and not necessarily a rhetorical one: Does anything have intrinsic value? Does anyone? Or is value something assigned? Bestowed upon by another? Is value the product of a relationship of some sort? Take this dead leaf, for instance. If … Continue reading

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