Wednesday, August 24, 2011


…..was founded in 2004 by Dr. Richard King, Dr. Joan Marques and Dr. Satinder Dhiman with the mission of ‘transforming the workplace by adding more humanity to the bottom line.’

Although I am not a member, my dear friend Carol Soucek King was going to be a speaker so I marked the date down as ‘not to be missed!’

Joan Marques, a staggeringly prolific writer of great substance opened with her talk on our interconnectedness and our place in the universe.  It was a sobering yet meaningful discussion on the serious, structural imbalance in the world and what we as individuals can do to shift our paradigm.

For more on this insightful talk:



Here’s a link on Joan’s talk:

Carol followed with the most amazing talk that moved the entire audience to their core.  The day prior to the meeting she had a life changing experience and I’m not going to spoil it by an explanation.  Just do yourself a favor and read her talk on ‘The Interconnectedness of Everything and Everyone’ in the link below:


Here’s a link on Carol’s talk:

Richard King had a perfect way of wrapping it all up in a practical, everyday, here’s how to do it style.  His great advice is linked below:


Here’s the link to Richard’s talk:

For More Information:

Dr. Joan Marques:

Dr. Carol Soucek King:

Dr. Richard King:


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There is no avoiding the pull of the internet, the blogs, the YouTube imaginings. It's as if we're all 'On the Road' with Jack Kerouac each in our own world of meanderings. When we tell someone to 'get a life' it might be a bit difficult when you're dragged into other people's 24/7.

I've come to realize two foundational principals, there are no accidents and everyone has a purpose. More and more I'm desiring everyone to come into a full realization of their purpose as we all find our way on this little jewel of a planet.

For me, as a professional 'Western style artist', I stumbled into Chinese Brush Painting after a trip in 1980 to Monet's home/garden. Seeing all of his collection of Japanese woodblock prints was an ahh haa moment for me and when I returned to the States I started painting in the Chinese manner and never looked back. The first year was extremely painful for me as I felt that I should be able to master the technique since I was a 'trained' artist. Not a chance ... that just gets in your way.

Now, after teaching close to 3,000 students and having my book 'The Ch'i of the Brush' published by Watson Guptill, I can say that every one of my students does better their first day than I did my first year! Why? Because I insist that they leave their critical parent outside and just enjoy the journey, respecting the work that they do. I never let anyone throw anything away because that just ingrains frustration and defeat.

We really only begin to learn when we stop and figure out how to 'save' a painting. It works every time.I am so proud of my students, their receptivity and eagerness to express themselves is a continuing blessing for me.So, back to finding your purpose. Perhaps it starts with realizing 'it's not about me'. It so easy to want our needs met and to filter everything thru this attitude. When we realize that we're here to be of benefit to every life that we touch the universe really provides the ways and means.

The best part is that it's really exciting to not have yourself on your mind all the time!I'm re-reading a wonderful book about authenticity and in my next meandering I'll tell you about it. In the meantime I'd love to hear about your journey and am here to answer any and all questions about Chinese Brush Painting.