Linda Lawrence Hunt

Soul Space Stories October Newsletter

Welcome back!

During late summer and early fall, a talented web designer has been refreshing my author website.

This led to our pause in communication, so I am delighted to be back in touch!

One of the best additions is that we can now connect directly if you’d like to give responses or have ideas to share.

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Food for the Soul: A Stunning Artist and Exhibit

There’s an extraordinary opportunity to see an art exhibit
by internationally acclaimed Japanese American painter Makoto
Fujimura at Gonzaga University. His paintings, on display at the
Jundt Art Museum, are an exquisite combination of Abstract
Expressionism and the traditional Japanese painting style known
as Nihonga. Stunning!

If you can’t travel to Spokane, he is also a prolific
writer and his book Culture Care: Reconnecting Beauty for Our
Common Life shares his belief in the creation and conservation
of beauty as an antidote to cultural brokenness in the world. He
also explores his intriguing journey into the Christian faith in
his recent book Silence and Beauty.

Below are two of Makoto Fujimura's paintings.
The one on the left is Consider the Lilies. 
          The one on the right is Tears of Christ.           

Life on the Land

When our son Jefferson came from Korea at 4 years old, he
seemed to love the shimmering wonder of the shapes and colors of
autumn leaves that fell in our garden. As a young boy, he instinctively recognized the beauty of this visual feast of ambers, coppers,
greens, and chestnut. So we often decorated the kitchen table
with their splendor, a tradition I continue to this day!

There’s a Japanese concept of “shibui” that I shared in my
TEDx talk. When referring to gardens, if one becomes attentive
in nature to the extraordinary beauty in the ordinary, such as
moss growing on a stone or fall leaves floating in a pond, it
can encourage a spirit of “energized calm.” So we have placed
benches and chairs throughout the gardens that invite guests to
pause, observe and find the calm so needed in the midst of
stressful days.

The Kitchen Aromas

Soul Space News

The leader of TEDx Spokane happened to read Soul Space and was absolutely convinced I should audition to present the ideas to their broad audience.

After being selected, it took months of preparation before sharing my perspectives that address “how do people find inner strength and resilience when facing harsh life experiences?”
What does it mean to “give attention to the soul?”
Hundreds came to the Bing Crosby Auditorium on October 26, but the BEST part of the experience was the surprise visit from Boston of our daughter Susan and granddaughter Quinlen! To be honest, it proved to be a significant challenge because they require the 15-minute presentation be given from memory, rather than using my typical cue notes. Not easy at 79 and when on chemo! They also video these for a permanent presence on the web…should be available in around six weeks.

Great News on the Cancer Front

We received absolutely incredible news after a PET scan!

My 4th stage metastatic breast cancer (my third bout with aggressive cancers) is now in remission!
This was such a surprise, we felt as exuberant as this Chihuly glass sculpture at the Seattle Center. The oncologist is clear this is not a “cure” and I need to remain in major treatment each month, but it’s beautiful news to us! We celebrated with an overnight trip to a lake lodge with dinner by a genuine crackling fire. So grateful for the faithful prayers of so many!

Hope you enjoy soul-stirring moments
in the weeks ahead, 

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