Monday, December 31, 2012


BLOGGING TO COMPLETION IN CALIFORNIA. #Reverb12 ends today! Hurray! I have succeeded in blogging consistently every day in December--even during my winter holiday in California in a gorgeous cabin in Carmel Valley. This photo was taken of me unaware by my adoring professorial husband who was outside taking photos as the day came to a close. I am GRATEFUL to him for all his for love me, his boundless curiosity, and deep appreciation of nature.
#REVERB12 (Day 31) Happy New Year Pilgrims! For my lost blog entry in 2012, I will be brief and GRATEFUL! 

Hallelujah for LIFE, a TRIBE of creative bloggers, all of you PILGRIMS out there! 

Blogging and drawing every day has heightened my presence here on this glorious Earth! I feel thoroughly REVERBERATED! I wish all of you like-minded SOULS out there a joyous celebration as you conclude 2012 and welcome in 2013.
FULL MOON GRATEFUL. Our last nights in California were illuminated by the fullness of the moon, filling us with a strong sense of fullfillment as we complete 2012.
As my Chiboogamoo and I leave Carmel Valley today, I want express my GRATITUDE for the animals that we encountered here in their natural environments.
LIFE RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR CABIN. What a great way to conclude a montH and a year by being out in nature and observing animal wonders. This mule deer crossed our path as we were descending a hillside near our cabin. (all photos by my Chiboogamoo)
THIS LOVELY ANIMAL WAS CLOSE TO US TOO. This bobcat holds magic for me. When we startled this large feline near the barn on the Hastings Reserve, it nestled in amongst the firewood. This cat's power has already become a new symbol in my drawings! How exciting it is to see such a beautiful animal in its natural environment--one that I am also inhabiting!

A SINGING MOUSE.  I am FORTUNATE for being surrounded by researchers who engage themselves in the study of nature. We learned that one young researcher here at the Hastings Reserve discovered that mice like these "sing." Although they create song at a frequency that older ears cannot detect, their music can be measured by the right equipment. Currently, their songs are being interpreted for intentional communications.
PECK PECK PECK. The acorn woodpecker's industrious behavior can be heard every where in our surroundings here at the Hastings Reserve. This intelligent bird works continuously at drilling holes in trees and buildings here on the Reserve to cache its acorns for future use. I am GRATEFUL for the abundance of this creature and the dizzying amount of holes they succeed in making! Peck. Peck. Peck.
BLENDING IN WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. Following an animal trail along a creek here in the valley, we spied this rabbit which waited very patiently behind some grass while we stood and observed her. I am GRATEFUL for seeing how animals can "disappear" in their environments just by being still. If we hadn't seen her moving, we wouldn't have seen her there at all.

THANKFUL FOR GREAT FRIENDS.  Hallelujah for friendship over the years. I am so GRATEFUL  for my friend Sandy, whose energy, love, keen intelligence, and athleticism I strongly admire. She and her husband Vince hosted and took good care of us during our stay out here in Carmel Valley. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Special thanks to Kat at "I Saw You Dancing," for managing #REVERB12. You have done a magnificent job! Congratulations! It has been delightful being connected with you during this blogging month of December, as well as Blogtoberfest in October. I feel nurtured and propelled forward by you!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 30): What can you celebrate now? BEING HERE NOW

MOTHER OF THE NOW, VISCERAL CONNECTION TO THE UNIVERSE.  Announcing my ARRIVAL at the intersection of the past, present, and future--NOW! (Art by Hallelujah Truth)
 #REVERB12 (Day 30) PROMPT: For a moment, take a close look at who you are NOW. See what you can declare. Merge the past, present, and future into one big ARRIVAL. Describe joyously and in great celebration the BEING that you ARE.

HALLELUJAH for being here NOW! Journeying through this month of blogging every day I have arrived at a most productive and joyous intersection of my creative work! I proclaim that I am the MOTHER OF NOW! And I am celebrating!
NOW LOOKS LIKE THIS! I imagine the NOW beating, thumping and electrifying our SOULS. (art by Hallelujah Truth)
 In 2012, I journeyed into FULL PLANETHOOD. 
JOURNEYING. In the past year, exploring my creativity daily has taken me into a vast universe of self and unity--NOW. I discovered symbols to speak "heart" and transform ideas and feelings that needed an alchemical route such as making art to change, heal, grow, and illuminate. The image you see here speaks of the unification of my feminine energy with my animus. If we are to travel into our SOULS and live our daily practical lives we need both energies with their respective strengths. (Art by Hallelujah Truth)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 29): What word will you choose to guide you through 2013? MOTHER!

DREAMING MOTHER (art by Hallelujah Truth)
#REVERB12 (Day 29) PROMPT: What word will you choose to guide you through 2013? What do you hope it will bring into your life?

Hallelujah for mile markers, anniversaries, counting the revolutions of the Earth around the Sun, and other various ways of measuring and honoring our time on this glorious planet! 

Hallelujah for acknowledging the emergence of a new year with its promising bundle of hopes, plans, and dreams to be fulfilled in 2013. The guiding word I have selected for my journey this year is MOTHER. 

The cycle of life for we women folk is tri-fold: MAIDEN, MOTHER, and CRONE.  I lingered in maidenhood for more than four decades (marrying at the age of 46), and when I turned 50, without ever having given physical birth, I attempted to jump into being a CRONE....  

Friday, December 28, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 28): How did you overcome fear in 2012? HOWLING AND FRIENDING THE FEAR

#REVERB12 (Day 28) PROMPT: Think of three things that daunted you in 2012: how are you going to work towards overcoming them in 2013?
LURKING FEARS ARE LIKE WILD ANIMALS. Hallelujah for wildlife like this bobcat that my Chiboogamoo and I saw crossing our path yesterday (December 27) at Hastings Reserve in Carmel Valley, California! What a beauty! Our fears dash around in our peripheral view just like these wild animals that want to be left alone to thrive. Yet our fears, unlike wild animals, must be observed, perhaps caught, named, and dealt with. (photo by Chiboogamoo and photoshopped by Hallelujah)

Hallelujah PILGRIMS, Hallelujah for the CREATIVE JOURNEY and all of its WILD BEASTS that howl and scream! I am reminded of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are. For me, the book and then the 2009 movie especially were all about engaging with our fears, some from childhood, some acquired along our journey, and others just plain old PRIMAL FEAR and expressing them, reveling with them, and BEING them (see my blog, Howl: Where the Wild Things Are).
JOURNEYING INTO THE SOUL. The walk we take into our creative selves, means confronting our fears--those mongering saboteurs who tell us we can't meet the challenge we see before us, we aren't talented enough or don't have a viable idea. Can you see me in the center of this photo?(photo by Chiboogamoo on the Hastings Reserve)
For three years since I started this blog, I have "efforted" (as my Korean English language students say) in battling my FEARS. I love my beastly fears and monster saboteurs because they are part of the JOURNEY of the Spiritual Art Pilgrim. When "THEY" are surrounding me and chanting and beating drums, I howl with them and lift my feet in rhythm with theirs! I become the FEAR with them!

I belly howl, 
I be the howl, 
I see the howl, 
I hear the howl, 
I hop the howl
...and then...

I have become the FEAR EXPERT. I can name them and in doing so, I can ask them to leave or join me on my journey. 


That is Coffee with HOWL-a-lujah! Soul blog with me and tell me about your FEARS and what you think about my FEAR FRIENDING system. 

A GOOD MARRIAGE STAVES OFF THE WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUL. (photo by Sandy Voegeli in Carmel Valley, Hastings Reserve, Poison Oak Trail)
 A BEAUTY IN NATURE. I wish I can dance with this bobcat my Chiboogamoo and I spotted on the Hastings Reserve! (photo by Chiboogamoo)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: As always, thanks to Kat at "I Saw You Dancing," for managing #REVERB12.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 27): How did you make time for creativity in 2012? LIVING HALLELUJAH'S MANIFESTO!

LIVING HALLELUJAH'S MANIFESTO. If not NOW when? NOW is the TIME for ALL of us to delve into our CREATIVITY! If you have time to drink coffee in the morning, you have TIME to kneel at the altar place of your imaginative soul. (Hallelujah NOW made for Elyse Voegeli by Hallelujah Truth)
#REVERB12 (Day 27) PROMPT: How did you make time for creativity in 2012?

I became clearer about BEING and having coffee with Hallelujah Truth by developing this MANIFESTO for CREATIVITY!

Celebrate the miracle of each moment! Be in the NOW.
Re-soul each day by having coffee with Hallelujah (15 minutes of creativity every day.)

Elaborate and expand the spirit by drawing, painting, singing, dancing, and laughing daily.
Acknowledge and accept gifts from others with awe and gratitude.
Tee-hee instead of Boo-hoo, knowing that joyfully managing hardship and hurts is way better for the spirit and body.
Engage with other like-minded souls and build creative communities (by teaching, taking classes, participating in art groups (ACN and WCAGA), blogging and participating in blogging events like Blogtoberfest, Worthiness Wednesdays, and #Reverb12--thanks Kat McNally).

THAT'S COFFEE WITH HALLELUJAH! Soul Blog with me and tell me how you made time for creativity in 2012. How will you make time for creativity in 2013? Will you follow Hallelujah's Manifesto?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 26): How will you make time in 2013? 15 Minutes of Creativity Every Day!

STAR INFINITY SPIRAL. The spirals in my work symbolize infinity and repetition of that infinity throughout time. I think of spirals in 3-dimensions. A spiral is not flat as you see it here but has height and depth. As we move forward in our lives, we repeat behaviors and feel similar emotions (this is the circular part of the spiral), but we have gained experience and cultivated knowledge (this is the height and depth part) which help us process who we are at any particular stage of our lives. (art by Hallelujah)
#REVERB12 (Day 26) PROMPT: How do you intend to carve out more time for the things that are the most important to you in 2013?

TIME! I continue to play with TIME in order to allocate some of this precious resource to making ART. I began this blog, Coffee with Hallelujah, three years ago to honor TIME + CREATIVITY

I proclaimed that if you have 15 minutes to drink coffee in the morning, you have 15 minutes to be CREATIVE, to honor your SPIRIT


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 25): How will you be vulnerable? MAKE ART

SYMBOL CHART FOR HALLELUJAH'S VULNERABILITY. Currently, I am charging forward like a Knight on Arthur's round table, drawing and wearing the insignia of my SPIRIT. Today, I share with you the symbols of my pilgrim's cosmos. Here is the open door to my Achille's heel, for I am VULNERABLE to criticism; at the same time, I welcome curious visitors. It is the questions of the curious who keep me vibrant.  (art by Hallelujah Truth)
#REVERB12 (Day 25) PROMPT: How will you be vulnerable?

MERRY CHRISTMAS dear pilgrims! Today is the day that Christians celebrate the birth of the GOD-CHILD, baby Jesus, who is both GOD and a newborn HUMAN! Just think how VULNERABLE this GOD-CHILD is! We all share this VULNERABILITY because of this clashing duality of SPIRIT (GOD)and BODY (HUMAN).

In answer to today’s #Reverb12 prompt, I will proclaim that as a SPIRITUAL ART PILGRIM, I am already fiercely VULNERABLE. I explore my LIFE, going into the MYSTERY, often feeling confused, falling, bumping and scrapping my knees (literally and metaphorically), recovering, discovering, and making ART to document this courageous JOURNEY.

Monday, December 24, 2012


MY FATHER REMEMBERED. (photo by Lynn Schowalter Schreiner)
Hallelujah for our fathers and the legacies they leave us. Although my father, Edward R. Schowalter, died nine years ago, his heroism lives on, not to mention a daughter's love--mine--Hallelujah's!

Today, Christmas Eve, is his birthday, and he would have been 85. Just three days ago, his memory was honored at Ft. Benning, Georgia, when they named a building after him that is serving the purpose of training military leaders. It has been named "Schowalter Hall."

MY PROUD MOTHER.  My mother attended the dedication ceremony of Schowalter Hall along with my sister Lynn, her husband, George, brothers Bill and Ned, and his daughter Katherine. (photo by Lynn Schowalter Schreiner)
The heroism my father displayed during his military career won him many medals, among them being the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award a soldier can receive.

LOOKING TO THE PAST AND FUTURE. My brother Ned who is named after my father and an army Colonel, sits next to my mother at the dedication ceremony.(photo by Lynn Schowalter Schreiner)
I grew up the daughter of a war hero. It was a life filled with honor and a strong love of country. Peering into the future, I ask myself what is the legacy of heroism my father left to me. 

I know one answer: I must live my life with courage as he did.

That's Coffee with Hallelujah! Happy Birthday Dad! You are remembered.

#REVERB12 (Day 24): What important habit will you cultivate in 2013? GRATITUDE!

GRATITUDE. (photo by Hallelujah Truth taken at The Sacred Place)
#REVERB12 (Day 24) PROMPT: What is the single most important habit you intend to cultivate in 2013?

Hallelujah for new beginnings and cultivating practices that make our lives delightful! In 2013, I fully intend to cultivate habits that perpetuate movement, voice, and fulfillment! However, the single most important habit I intend to practice is GRATITUDE!

I will practice my GRATITUDE by blogging once a week for what I am thankful for. Today, I will begin by posting California photos taken with my Chiboogamoo during the first week of our winter holiday.
HASTINGS RESERVE, CARMEL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA. I'm thankful for the opportunity to visit with good friends during this holiday season at the setting of their new home. Our cabin is a 5-minute drive down a winding road from their home. (photo by Halllelujah Truth)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 23): What excuses are holding you back? LOVE OF POWER!

THE POWER OF LOVE! I am a SPIRITUAL ART PILGRIM in search of MYSELF, the NOW, and PEACE. My dear friend, Lisa Graye, lovingly insisted that I visit The Sacred Space, during a visit with her in Santa Barbara, California. This photo was taken there by me.
#REVERB12 (Day 23)PROMPT: Name three excuses -- stories you tell yourself that are holding you back -- that you are going to let go of in 2013.

Hallelujah for an opportunity to revel in EXCUSES! As a spiritual art pilgrim journeying joyfully, I primarily focus on the practice of positive imaginative thinking. Yet there is an important place in our lives for acknowledging and naming the EXCUSES that anchor us to OLD WAYS OF BEING.

In this vast universe, I am searching for ME, the NOW of EXISTENCE, and PEACE. What are my stories or excuses that keep me from achieving this SACRED SPACE? Let's look at three of them...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 22): What was the greatest gift you received in 2012? COLLABORATION!

COLLABORATION IS ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS! Here I am with my Chiboogamoo and Paleontologist Barbie on the Georgia Coast! The three of us COLLABORATED on exploring important scientific topics in the PALEONTOLOGIST BARBIE INTERVIEWS.
#REVERB12 (Day 22) PROMPT: What was the greatest gift you received in 2012? What was the greatest gift you gave? What do you intend to give yourself in 2013?

Hallelujah for the GIFT of COLLABORATION! My life has been gifted with talented people who share and toss ideas around playfully like joyful children!

COLLABORATION IMPROV ESL. In 2012, Lesly Fredman gave me the bestest GIFT ever in collaborating on the creation of the IMPROV ESL class at the Georgia Tech Language Institute! (see the blog I started)
COLLABORATING WITH STUDENTS.  Creating this IMPROV ESL class established a way to interact with my students in new and exciting ways. They collaborated in the teaching and learning by bringing themselves to class and actively participating in making things up, taking risks, and saying YES!

As 2012 comes to a close and the beginning of 2013 looms, I will continue to cherish the GIFTS of COLLABORATIONBefore I say good-bye for today, I want to thank Ron Shaklee and Sandy Voegeli for the COLLABORATIVE work we did to make the publishing of The Misadventures of Maria the Hutia happen this past July!


Friday, December 21, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 21): What items did you tick off your dream list in 2012? CALIFORNIA FRIENDS AND IMPROMPTU ART EXHIBIT!!

MAJOR DREAM ACCOMPLISHED! Visiting former neighbor and friend Kiona in Carpinteria, California, and her bookstore, Curious Cup, for which I designed the logo! See above! (photo by Chiboogamoo)
#REVERB12 (Day 21) PROMPT: What items did you tick off your dream list in 2012? What other, unexpected, dreams came to fruition? What are the top three items on your dream list for 2013?

Hallelujah for sumptuous DREAM FRUITS in our LIVES! 2012 was an awesome year for ticking items (picking DREAM FRUITS) off of my dream list! However, today, I want to write about just one event in which three wonderful ones culminated!

My Chiboogamoo and I traveled to California to visit our longtime friends the Voegelis at the Hastings Reserve in Carmel Valley, which then enabled me to have these three unexpected experiences: 
  • Visit a former Decatur, Georgia, neighbor in Carpinteria and see her bookstore, Curious Cup
  • Get reacquainted with a close college friend I hadn't seen in 30 years, and
  • Give an impromptu art exhibit in California!
ARRIVAL AT CURIOUS CUP! I have been wanting to visit Kiona at her bookstore, Curious Cup, since she opened it two years ago! Hurray! What a beautiful store! (photo by Chiboogamoo) 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 20): What was lost in 2012? What do you intend to find in 2013?

LOST CERTAINTY IN 2012.  I am no longer sure of what IS and what IS not! (photo by Chiboogamoo at Hastings Reserve and artified by Hallelujah Truth)
#REVERB (Day 20) PROMPT: What was lost in 2012? What do you intend to find in 2013?

Hallelujah for NOT KNOWING. 2012 offered me a skyfall into UNCERTAINTY. Who I am and what I mean to others fluttered away this past year, like butterflies migrating to a distant land thousands of miles away. POOF, GONE, LOST...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 19): How did you nourish your beautiful body in 2012? DANCING WITH THE FLOWERS!

MY BODY ASKED ME TO MOVE, PERCHANCE TO DANCE! In 2012, I earnestly returned to my body to listen to her needs. "MOVE," she exclaimed! (art by Hallelujah Truth)
#REVERB12 (Day 19) PROMPT: How did you nourish your beautiful body in 2012? What self-care practices will you take with you into 2013?

Hallelujah for our most tenacious SPIRIT! Yet without our BEAUTIFUL BODIES to house our SPIRITS we would be star dust! As all of you pilgrims know, our BODIES are sources of great pleasure or great pain. In 2012, my BODY groaned and creaked like an ancient mariner's ship upon a slow moving sea as a result of the hours I spend HALLELUJAHING (making my art expressed as "Coffee with Hallelujah").
ATTENDING TO THE SPIRIT BUT NOT THE BODY. This is a typical position for my body as I execute the visions of my SOUL during my Hallelujahing (HOWL-a-LUJAHING). In 2012, I began to listen to the muscles and sinews of my BODY--they were asking for MOVEMENT! (photo by Chiboogamoo)
Fortunately, for me, I am acquainted with the DANCING FLOWERS FOR PEACE! And as I expressed my quandry about a fun and loving way to address the yearnings of my BODY to MOVE, they responded--COME DANCE WITH US!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 18): What colour best represents the year you had in 2012? What colour would you like to invite into 2013?

GOLD for 2012! For me the past year has been filled with illumination in a soft gentle way that GOLD shines. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
#REVERB12 (Day 18) PROMPT: What colour best represents the year you had in 2012? And why? What colour would you like to invite into your life in 2013?  Be as literal or metaphorical, clever or crazy, or just plain off-the-wall with this as you choose!  

Hallelujah for ALL COLOURS of the RAINBOW and for the way we human beings can attribute symbolic meaning to them! Hallelujah for #REVERB12 which provides the opportunity to reflect about the meaning in our lives and how a specific colour might embody the previous 12 months!

For me, Hallelujah, this is the equation for 2012:


Monday, December 17, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 17): Did you make a difference to one person in 2012? How?

THE ETERNAL WHEEL OF HOPE.  I know that we as individuals make a difference in each other's lives. For Day 16 of #Reverb12, I wrote about people who inspired me (see this blog). At the same time, I pray that I make a difference in other people's lives like YOURS but will leave it to YOU to acknowledge the gifts I have given YOU. (See the blog I wrote lessons learned regarding mentoring.) I HOPE that my art and musings have impacted YOUR lives in some positive way!(art by Hallelujah Truth)
#REVERB12 (Day 17) PROMPT: Think of one person whose life you made a difference to in 2012. What did you gain from this? How will you continue to make a difference in 2013?

It is my MISSION as a joyful ART PILGRIM BLOGGER to connect and share my ART and reflections with LIKE-MINDED SOULS like YOU. If you are here reading this entry today, perhaps I have made a difference in your life. If so, let me know how. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

#REVERB12 (Day 16): Who inspired you in 2012? Why?

INSPIRED. Meet my Chiboogamoo, who infinitely inspires me. BIG LOVE and GREAT APPRECIATION.(this photo was taken by me, Hallelujah Truth, along our beloved Georgia coast.)

#REVERB12 (Day 16) PROMPT: Who inspired you in 2012? And why? What gifts did they give you? And how will you carry these forward in to 2013?

Hallelujah for INSPIRIATIONAL others who live their lives with AUTHENTICITY and COURAGE! Fortunately for me, I can list many who have inspired me in 2012 with the choices they made and the actions they took that were GENUINE and BRAVE. Here they are:

(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
I am inspired by ELIZABETH SCHOWALTER, my sister-in-law, who traveled this past fall to the United Arab Emirates to teach fifth grade boys math and science. She ventured to Abu Dhabi, not knowing anyone but was prepared to manage a new culture, different school system, and being away from her longtime home in Hawaii. Her CURIOSITY supported by her BRAVE disposition knocks my socks off!

(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Then there is LESLY FREDMAN, creativity coach extraordinaire, who continues to be JOYOUS, PATIENT, and CURIOUS in all her CREATIVE endeavors. During our coaching sessions, Lesly’s high emotional IQ sifts through my soul and assists me in mining the treasures of my own being. At the same time, I witness her celebrating her own life with LAUGHTER and JOYOUS action planning workshops, teaching improv, and managing Theatre on the Prowl! This past year we successfully collaborated on the development of an English as a Second Language Improvisation course at the Georgia Tech Language Institute. As a collaborator Lesly’s intensity, clarity, and respect were inspirational beyond words!

(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Daily life with my CHIBOOGAMOO (aka Tony Martin), husband, author, professor, paleontologist, and big cat daddy is magnificently inspirational. He wakes up HAPPY, is always ready for an adventure whether it be trying a new cuisine, traveling, or meeting any of my fellow artists or international students. Chiboogamoo loves to LEARN and enthusiastically reads, listens, and shares all the riches that he gathers each day. This past year his ADVENTURESOME nature supported by DILIGENCE and CREATIVITY brought him a literary agent and a contract for a new book due to be completed by September 2013. His book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast, is due to be published by Indiana University Press in these waning days of 2013. My dear Chiboogamoo arises every day between the hours of 5:00 and 6:00 AM to write for several hours before his day job of teaching! WOW! He inspires me by his dedication and profound love of writing creatively about science.

Oh dear readers, I could go on acknowledging many others in my life who inspire me…

(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Karen Tucker, director of the GT Language Institute, who listens to her instructors (including me) and continues to help us cultivate and deepen as teachers. Her LISTENING inspires me to be a better listener.

(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Andy Rindsberg, colleague of my Chiboogamoo, but friend of both of us, who continues to do his paleontological investigations and writing while expanding his instructional skills as a professor at the University of West Alabama in Livingston. Seeing him CREATE and ESTABLISH the life-style he desires, inspires me to keep strive for the one I crave.

(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
I am inspired by fellow SPIRITUAL ART PILGRIM Cecelia Kane, who succeeded in “digging her hole” this past summer in Vermon (see her blog The Interwoven Heart to read about this project). The dedication she exhibited in fulfilling her vision has become forever emblazoned in my heart, mind, and creative soul. Thank you SEE SEE!

(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Matt Huffman has inspired me in 2012 in many ways. I got to know him better by helping him establish his blog, Cold News: Putting the Real in Really. Formally a pencil to paper writer, he entered the ethersphere and became a “netizen” this year—a giant leap! Then through an explosion of his collage art, which I scanned and embellished on photoshop, I was pulled into the power of Matt’s creative vision and to visualizing the world in a new way. Thanks Matmal!

Liam Herringshaw, who I met in St. Johns, Newfoundland, and became acquainted with on a fieldtrip into the Ediacaran. He knows how to write about complex paleontological things so non-paleontological people can understand. See his blog, Old Lost Sea. I continue to aspire to writing for the public about the experiences I have with my paleontologist husband, Chiboogamoo.

In the past year, I had the great good fortune to meet Marlene Creates and go on a “boreal walk” with her (see my blog). I am inspired by her VAST CREATIVITY and love of the ENIVRONMENT. See her website; it is dazzling. I wish we could all manifest our love for MOTHER EARTH as expressively as Marlene.

Thanks to Elise Helfer for her SINCERITY while searching for the ANSWERS; to Judith Barber for the JOY she exhibits in all that she does; to Jesse Merle Harris for knowing what she needs and being the GREAT CONNECTOR. And many others! Hallelujah for inspiration! Your actions and the way you live your lives will carry me into 2013 with the COURAGE and AUTHENTICITY I am dedicated to living my life with!

That’s Coffee with Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and tell me who has inspired you in 2012. Why? Big love to you all!
TRANSFORMATION.  I am closing this blog entry on people who have inspired me with a toast to a former student. Hurray for Varadraj Vernekar and the transformational changes he is making in his life as he adapts to life beyond graduate school. Thanks for becoming a friend and sharing your heart, soul, and mind with me. I am INSPIRED! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: As always, thanks to Kat at "I Saw You Dancing," for managing #REVERB12