Caring and the Arts

 Inside all things that live are 

beauty and possibility 

Inside all things that live are beauty and possibility

I have found that works of art often evoke feelings of caring within me. 

This can provide the impetus for my own expressions and actions.  

You will find on this website blog writings and illustrations by myself 

and others ... 

In this September 2018 edition of the site I bring forward four sections  ... 

a wellness checklist, a song of caring, an illustration from a story 

and a piece of nature craft art.

These  works are all for your perusiing and using .... and always free .

Wellness Checklist

This guide incorporates Eastern and Western approaches to help one deal with  our stressful reactions to current situations. In doing so  one is assisted to live a more meaningful and competent 

Caring Education and Acceptance Commitment Therapy have been my main areas of study and practice for building wellness, while as a teacher and beyond.  

The main tool is a 12 step checklist of 4 sections with 3 discussion points within each.  It follows a natural progression as to what may happen in a real situation. This tool can be used on ones own or in a  small group  facilitated by a peer. Here is the basic checklist

The main tool is a 12 step checklist of 4 sections with 3 discussion points within each.  It follows a natural progression as to what may happen in a real situation. This tool can be used on ones own or in a  small group  facilitated by a peer. 

The content of the basic checklist is shown in the "How to" section  on the top of this page.

What a Wonderful World

 The song was written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss. Thiele was a producer for ABC records, and Weiss was a songwriter who helped create the hit version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”Armstrong recorded this for scale, accepting only $250 to make sure the orchestra got paid.

The Wikipedia description says the song is about appreciating the beauty of our surroundings. It also says ... This is the song most associated with Louis Armstrong, but it does not represent the body of his work, which consists mostly of jazz.

In America, this song became a beloved standard, but when it was first released in 1968, it barely dented the charts. It was more appreciated 20 years later when it was used in the Robin Williams movie Good Morning, Vietnam.

The song also reminds me that smiles beget smiles which I do  with children and persons of all ages 

The words

I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom for me and you

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces of people going by

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do

They're really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow

They'll learn much more than I'll never know

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

There are a number of versions that one can find through your record store and on itunes or youtube.

A drink offered Siegmund by Sieglinde

In the opera "Die Walkúre" by Richard Wagner, Sieglinde brings the exhausted Siegmund a drink. He has just fled from a storm.

A main theme of Richard Wagner's 4 opera Music Cycle of which Die Walküre is the third installment, is the compassion and lack there of by main the characters.

The tale is populated with Gods, Part Gods, and Mortals and other beings. It is the strong human like characteristics that make them so easy to understand and identify with.

In the end, goodness and compassion triumphs over negative thoughts and actions. With Wagner's beautiful music, we are swept along in this very human drama. This is certainly a tale of "caring as expressed in the arts" I have been long enamored as to how life's lessons can be observed and learned from in Richard Wagner's works. If you wish more materials on his philosophies and works, I encourage you to contact me at

The drawing from 1910 is by Arthur Rackham, who was born in 1867 and died 1939. Of English nationality he was known for Children's literature and illustrations. His works are in the public domain 

and can be downloaded from Wikimedia

Fragrant Onion Flower or Potpourri

I do much work in creating art from nature. Here is a description of my work with one of them.

I have seen the beauty of a slice on onion. I have also smelled and tasted the sweetness of cooked onions in a soup. So I experimented by placing a thicker onion slice on the rack of the oven with only the pilot light on … and waited.  

Not only did the resulting onion piece smell sweet  It looked vey pretty as well.


Slice onion about a quarter inch at either end.

Dry with on an oven rack with the pilot light 

on. If you have no pilot light, find another source. Sunshine or a slight breeze can help.


At desired dryness remove the onion slice.

Avoid over drying for it turns brown from 

burning. Avoid under drying – the center 

stays moist longer


It looks nice in a bowl as part of a potpourri.

For a corsage put florist tape near the bottom.

On a hat, experiment on how you adhere the pin.You can keep it in a not humid place. 

Note it's beauty and sweet fragrance.

I often weae an onion flower on my lapel. People often say "what a nice flower." When they come 

closer or smell it they realize it is an onion 

with a sweet fragrance."