- To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge
- A container or shelter made by a bird out of twigs, grass, or other material to hold its eggs and young
- A snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home
Every spring new mama birds build nests in the nooks and crannies around my house. I am always wowed by these beautifully woven structures. I have amassed a good collection of abandoned nests over the years.
Sometimes I use the nests, or inspiration from the nests, in my own work.
These amazing structures inspire meditations on themes of love, nurture, liberation, loss, and rebirth.
At this time of year, images of madonna and child are everywhere. (No, not THAT Madonna.) For me, the power of this image is not in its religious context, but rather in the context of the many years I spent working in foster care. Those of us working in foster care are always hoping for a beautiful, loving connection for each and every child.
Here are some madonna and child images from around the world.
Japan: Sadao Watanabe, 1991
France: Pablo Picasso 1921-22
Ethiopia: Artist Unknown, ca1450
England: Henry Moore, 1943-44
India: Artist and date unknown
Italy: Andrea Della Robbia,16th Century
France: Henri Matisse, 1949