Artist's Way

Hope for Lily

This is baby Lily Kealaokamaluhialani Dahl who needs to have open heart surgery with her mother Lokelani Dahl.

Greetings fellow travelers,

A friend in my Artist’s Way Circle had begun posting links about her baby granddaughter Lily Kealaokamaluhialani Dahl who needs open heart surgery. Lily is Native Hawai’ian related to the Ha’o family.  Lily’s Hawai’ian name is…”Pathway-of-heavenly-peace. ” They’re fundraising goal is $10,000 towards the baby’s heart surgery.  Lily’s fundraising page is at

Each time I saw my friend reposting her links for her baby granddaughter, my heart ached because I knew she was not close enough to meeting her fundraising goal. I thought about it for some time. All I could offer was my Heart Mandala artwork and some experience creating the Hope for Lily group to share about how to come up with prayers and fundraising ideas.

I believe in the power of prayer towards any endeavor. So I took the time to write this prayer on the onset of the Hope for Lily group.

Dear Great Creator,
My name is Wabun Anung (Morning Star)
I come to you to ask for prayers for Lily.
Lily needs great healing in her heart.
Fundraising is needed.

We need people to come together here
to come up with new fundraising efforts.
We ask to know your will
and the power to carry that out.
Please walk with us.
To all my relations,
Wenona “Buffy” Gardner
Artist's Way

Looking for Hope

Heart Mandala by Wenona “Buffy” Gardner made of markers.

Greetings fellow travelers,

On Wednesday August 8, 2012 I found out that I lost 12 pounds while on “The Writer’s Diet” by Julia Cameron. I was overjoyed to see that I have made some progress. That with the work that I have made I am seeing some results. While the Artist’s Way tools have been familiar to me for a long time, going on The Writing Diet as a whole have been new to me. Meeting with my face to face group The Sparkling Path Walkers each week I find a circle of women that share support that keeps me moving on this journey. In addition, I have the encouragement of The Artist’s Way Circle. With these two loving circles around me I feel that I am not alone on this journey. I look forward to walking this path of healing. Mon August 13 marks the beginning of week 6.

This past week I struggled with some outside challenges this week which impacted my writing. I was able to write two out of seven days in my Morning Pages. Despite the challenges I was able to reach 39,000 words in my memoirs during Camp NaNoWriMo.

Instead of going to a restaurant and taking a picture of a meal that I ate, I have been helping a friend who is in my Artist’s Way Circle to receive prayers and support for her baby granddaughter Lily Dahl who needs open heart surgery.  I helped create a group called Hope for Lily where people can come together to share kind words, prayers, and brainstorm ideas to help fundraise for the cost of the heart surgery. A Heart Mandala I made using markers the grandmother wanted to use as the artwork for the Hope for Lily group which I am truly honored. It’s basically provides food for thought. I will write an additional post today to go into more details on how to help Lily Dahl and her family.

I was able to walk two 10 minute walks. I am trying to make more choices to increase water intake. One time I reached for a bottle of water and I took a big drink when all of a sudden there were these bubbles tickling the inside of my mouth. I looked closer at the bottle and discovered I purchased was actually Sprite Zero. At least my intentions to drink more water were good.

An issue came up a couple times this past week of when I was both extremely hunger and tired at the same time. I wasn’t sure which to satisfy first. I imagined going to bed with a long submarine sandwich. At which a friend laughed and remembered when George from Seinfeld would eat a Reuben sandwich in bed when he made love. We both laughed.

Warm regards,