another sumi ink sketch! so, i've been at my parents house for an extended easter visit. and on every trip home i read the same book. its called "simple abundance" and it is a collection of 365 daily chapters about some small way to enjoy and rediscover the simple beauties of being a woman. it was given to my mother years ago by a wonderful, eccentric friend. it somehow wound up on my bedside table and every time i pick it up and flip to the day it is in the calendar it, almost uncannily, sheds light on exactly what i needed to hear at that moment in time. if i'm stressed about not accomplishing enough and then i open the book that day's chapter is magically about "going easy on yourself and rejoicing in each small accomplishment" or, on the anniversary of a loved one's death the chapter will explain how "memories only truly take form and become beautiful once we have lost someone and how we should take heart in knowing that through loss we gain powerful memories" seriously it always works. until..... I was all excited to flip to today's entry and see if it would provide some life-affirming insight into this juncture in our collective existence and then turn that wisdom into a blog post. and, of course, today's chapter was a total throw-away. it would be. typical. experiment failed, theory disproved. it was titled "the art of fashion accessories" haha. BUT, then i remembered i'd just sketched a sumi shoe and had been wondering what i'd write about when i posted it! and realized that the karma of the book was still at peace. it was just telling me that today was the day to share my sumi shoe with you all. what a relief. see, always works. go buy this book if its still in print. its by sarah ban breathnach and it will make you smile.