An Evolving Life. Holding On.

An Evolving Life. Holding On.

Holding On

In the midst of February, I was lucky to get away to one of my favorite places in Costa Rica. For the third year in a row, my husband and I travelled to a small resort in Nosara on the northwest Pacific coast.

Popular for surfing and yoga, it attracts humans from around the world who want to escape the stress yet stay active and soak in nature. It’s a place where monkeys howl in the trees, iguanas scurry here and there, and Mahi Mahi is plentiful on your fishing line as well as your plate.

Although we don’t surf, each morning we popped up early before breakfast, followed the surfers through the jungle, and strolled along the crescent beach watching them ride the rhythmic waves. Finally, we slipped into the warm, welcoming Pacific—so different from our challenging Atlantic waters.

As I meditate on this morning ritual back here under gray skies in freezing temperatures, I wonder how long I can keep that warm, relaxed Latin energy flowing in “real life.”

I’ve vowed to find an indoor pool to swim and to walk more often on the nearby beach with my dog during winter. But more immediately, I painted this watercolor called Sola.

Time and again art is my panacea. The best way to hold onto a feeling, an experience or a state of mind...

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Sola

Warm Seas.     An Evolving Life  is a Hummingbird series in which Meryl Spiegel shares her journey to become the creative person that was hidden within herself for so long. Meryl chose this image,   Warm Seas,   from her  SPLASH  series, to represent  An Evolving Life.

Warm Seas.

An Evolving Life is a Hummingbird series in which Meryl Spiegel shares her journey to become the creative person that was hidden within herself for so long. Meryl chose this image, Warm Seas, from her SPLASH series, to represent An Evolving Life.

Editor's Note

I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years.  We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for.  I also knew her as a writer.  Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work.  When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process.  They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too.  In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights.  Sandra Novick

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