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by Gisele Theriault August 30, 2016

It's been two weeks since I left the Toronto studio for a pilgrimage to my birth place that I proudly call the fabulous Maritimes. Where the rivers and lakes meet the ocean frequently and powerfully and the glorious ocean meets the deep hearts of the people. Where you can be nowhere and with nothing and be full of love and gratitude. The overtone of the trip was nurtured the question "what matters?"
 
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I had the honour to exhibit at the Buckland Merrifield Gallery as part of the Saint John August Gallery Hop. Shannon Merrifield believed in me and carried my creative life for 10 years which made meeting with collectors very special, even humbling.. that matters.
 
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From there I went on to Nova Scotia to spend a brief weekend with my sons that university has captured for the last three years. I've not set eyes on them since Christmas so I could have eaten them, if they weren't 6 feet tall.  I missed them so much I sat through a UFC boxing championship with them.. kinda! ;-O Opportunities to love and cherish, laugh and cry with family.. that matters.
 
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Celebrating friends and sisters you may walk a hundred journeys and lifetimes with whether with sheer joy or support.. that matters. Sharing meditation, contemplation and re-creation.. that matters.
 
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Now the return journey to the studio for our busy season begins. I am so inspired with vision and a sense of purpose that I am imagining the 18 hour drive will be the final percolating vessel. The feeling of being grounded by nature, the Atlantic, space, noble silence and community. These will nourish us all behind the scenes at the Mindful Necessities studio and I would wish nothing less for you my friend.
with a lotus and a smile, Gisele
 
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