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Jan’s Story

Jan grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba, Canada. Farm life was a special kind of freedom to discover and appreciate nature. She found great pleasure with her animals, nature hikes, music and agriculture. Welding and plasma cutting became he passion after learning to construct focal points for her garden. Jan taps into her rural roots, love of archeology and spirituality to create magical results. A belief that a rock or a tree has something else inside of them to be released, brings to light metal creations formed from interesting shapes with the same potential.

One of Jan’s favorite pieces is an early creation called “The Helix”. With no beginning master plan, a concept came together to create three gothic spirals. These spirals have a place for light, candle and casts an amazing shadow. Not knowing what a piece of metal might have been in its former life is an advantage to Jan. This allows for no preconceived notions thus allowing the metal to develop into a myriad of possibilities.

Jan’s studio is near Lockport, Manitoba, Canada. If you are interested in discussing Jan’s metal art, you can reach her at her email address dornianj@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.steelyourartaway.com. You might also like to check out #9 Rural Craftspeople of the Prairie Farm Report 2008-2009 season, to view her work.

The video below is Jan’s story. It is a story about the journey of her soul, soul purpose and the song her soul sings. I want to thank Jan for sharing her story and also  Mona for “the connection” and video assistance. The Universe truly works in wonderful ways.


3 R’s, 3 C’s and 1 T

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.” – Paulo Coelho

Reading, writing and arithmetic. The 3 R’s of basic schooling worldwide begins early in life through our interactions with family, our environment, ourselves. These basic learning tools enable us to interact in our world, secure meaningful employment, define our intellectual abilities, our place in society , our view of this world and the people in it. The 3 R’s are vital to success, mastery, independence and survival. While everyone learns differently, some more visual, auditory or sensory than others, we all must learn.  In some countries the 3 R’s are taken for granted. In others they are a precious gift that must be fought for against all odds.

Compassion, creativity and calm are some of the 3 C’s required for healthy living. Compassion is defined as “an understanding of the suffering of others and a willingness to help or alleviate that suffering.”(Dictionary.reference.com). Creativity is defined as “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships and then create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, etc.” (Dictionary.reference.com)  It is the ability to see the world in new ways. Calm as a adjective is not showing or feeling nervousness, anger or other emotions. As a verb it is to make someone tranquil or quiet, to soothe. The 3 C’s are also required in order for us to interact with people, society and ourselves. Everyone is born with the capacity for all 3 but where does the teaching begin, how is it nurtured and valued by our families, is it modeled by our teachers whoever they might be. How do we teach our children to discover their creativity, demonstrate compassion to others,  provide guidance to assist them to calm and quiet when they feel overwhelmed and are surrounded by the chaos of everyday living. Do children have the tools such as yoga, meditation, loving kindness, art and music as part of their learning day.  Perhaps it is teaching through the tiny insect you find inside your home. Do you stomp and kill it out of fear or do you  gently capture and release it back outside. At the dinner table do you ask your children, what did you learn today or instead ask, what great question did you ask today? What wonderful thing did you learn about yourself today or how did you show compassion and love to others today? I wish I would have asked my children, how do you see the world and what would you do differently? I could have learned so much about the world through their innocent eyes. I am sure you, my readers, have many other questions and great ideas to inspire the 3 C’s in your children. The 3 C’s along with the 3 R’s can make a difference in our societies and world, beginning with what we value in generations to come.

I cannot forget the 1 T for technology.  Without it I would never be able to blog for readers worldwide, yoga at home, watch videos about watercolor painting, photography, communicate.  Can we survive without technology today, our cell phones, tablets, Smart TV’s, drones, robots and cameras.  I think not. Technology is part of our present, our future and it is evolving  along with humanity. There are positives and negatives with everything in life. It is simply finding the balance of continuing to find ourselves rather than lose ourselves. Continuing to focus on others, helping, compassion, using technology for our good and the good of others, keeping the ego at bay.

Combining the 3R’s, 3C’s and 1T . Imagine the possibilities.  Imagine the outcome. Create ways to make it happen.

Teach your children that strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from what overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. – Facebook/A Fine Parent