A Contemplative Life = The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing – A Refrigerator Message

Weeks ago I cleaned off my refrigerator of all but a few items that were held up by various styles of magnets. After opening the refrigerator to see what was on the menu to make…I closed the door and glanced at the side of the refrigerator. There was this typewritten copy of “The Twelve Principals of Attitudinal Healing”. I sat down and read them through. (Say, this is just what I needed to read.)

The paper had been there for years. Where I found it, I couldn’t tell you. However for this post I looked up its origins and provided a link below to the international organization responsible for the principles of attitudinal healing. Let’s dance and sing together! Just follow the music.

There was a shift in the atmosphere inside me. I listened to music, which I hadn’t had the time or patience to do for ages. The rhythm of the music got me to my feet and I went on a cleaning jag in the kitchen.

Enjoying the sounds of music gave me energy, enjoying the cleaning and dancing a few steps as I went, it was clear that music was so much a part of what made me inspired. (How the heck did I forget that?) After cleaning, I took everything out of the refrigerator that I would need for preparing a soup.

Once the soup was started I began to look for a typeface for “The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing.” To make a copy to share with people. I included a photo that my niece made on a recent family vacation of her boys with a friendly local dog, which they named Oreo. I hope my niece doesn’t mind…it seemed to fit in with the day’s message.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a good week wherever you may be in this world.


From The Twelve Principals of Attitudinal Healing

From The Twelve Principals of Attitudinal Healing International

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A Contemplative Life = De-Accession Phase -German Shepherd Portrait Completed

Since I have the task of going through all my stuff, I have visited the past through my collections of Artwork mostly and photographs. I have too much stuff. Artwork, letters and photographs, and gifts are floating flotsam on the river of memories. Each item marks some event or shift in the continuum of life.
There was a time where everything I owned fit into a small backpack. Is it hard for you to believe?

As I perform the sifting through my life, it occurs to me to do something a friend did some years back. She burned all her diaries and writing because she didn’t want anyone to read them. She is an excellent writer. Would you believe it? I was dumbstruck when she told me. Yet, in the moments that followed, I understood her feelings.

I find myself entertaining the same thought as I de-accession books, ideas, things, cooking pots, clothing, that is, get rid of it! All the hours of dedication and work spent creating are uncountable.

With a goal to sell some of my art, a friend is going to help me with putting together a marketing plan. For which I am very grateful to her for offering help. A guide will be a great help. Introversion is a good thing for creativity…but it can lead to mental constipation and no action!

Just finished!

Knox German Shepherd Dog Autumn Light – © CKatt 7-9-22

Just finished this dog portrait commission.

Knox is an enormous fellow with a bark that vibrates the front door of his owners’ home. He’s a sweet boy and a wonderful rescue dog, who loves his treats and chases the animals in his yard. He has one ear that is flopped. That doesn’t take away from his elegant presence in this pastel portrait. The Autumn setting and the late time of day, highlighted the red in his coat.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a pleasant rest of the week wherever you may be.


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Composition with Bees = Garden Blooms & Bees Boom

The Lake Harriet Rose Garden is bursting with summer’s return and the bees are zipping around the flowers. One of the tiny bees settled on my phone as I tried to capture all the busy bee-ness. Hello! It was about the size of a very small ant. My friend the robin flew in to briefly greet me as I stooped to catch images of the bees. By now everyone knows how precious bees are for our lives…they help humans live and enjoy the outdoors.

Lilies are in bloom too!

Lake Harriet Rose Garden has many visitors – 7-3-22

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a good day wherever you find yourself.

Tiffany Rose –


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A Composition in Purple – Iris Time in the Lake Harriet Park Garden

It was June 5, 2022. The Iris flower season was just beginning in the Lake Harriet Gardens.

A storm came through the garden.

Irises were battered.

Weathering all the changes

Delicate brief expressions of spring

Announced the roses will soon arrive.

My friend the robin appeared

Proudly heralding his return.

A sign of reassurance for me

This resurgence of a blooms, birds and bees

Bursting with renewed force

A reminder of

Life’s sheer beauty!

Purple Iris – Lake Harriet Rose Garden

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Have a good day wherever you are.


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“Just a little green, like the color when the spring is born.” ~ Joni Mitchell, e.e. cummings = Nostalgia in song & poetry

By E. E. Cummings



in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and


balloonMan          whistles


over night came

to the city

of Minneapolis.

The winter was grey, grey, grey.

Relief and nostalgia courses through the air.

Today is here. Look and listen to the birds’ joy!

A true Awakening of Spirits and an innocent delight in rebirth of nature’s storms and splendors made me venture out to take a few photos.

Peace to everyone wherever you may find your self.

The Heart Sutra Mantra:


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