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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Conversion; First Step

The house is finished inside and out, so we began by measuring the opening, drilling a starter hole in the siding, then using a circular saw to cut through the first layer. Our next step was to pull out the yellow fiberglass insulation. After drilling yet another starter hole, we used a scroll saw to cut through the inner wall board. We had to guess where the 2x4's were located.

If I didn't mention earlier, the person who helped me with project was a dear friend. He is ninety-five years old and the best carpenter/woodworker I know. He spent sixty years as a scout master so makes an excellent teacher--very patient with me. I gave him the pictures and specs for the dog house and he drew up plans and pre-fabbed much of the work in his wood shop at home. Did I mention he is AMAZING? Due to age he is physically challenged yet mentally astute. For me, he is the gentle reminder of the wisdom we, as a culture, have yet to tap.


Blogger Cheryl St.John said...

I agree. Many young people are too cool to spend time with their elders, who are incredible mentors. I learned so much from the elderly ladies who were my mentors years ago, and I have always been thankful. I remember them fondly and think of them often.

September 9, 2009 2:09 PM  

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