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February 2011

Terra Art & Frame

  • Quality Custom Framing
  • Acid-free & conservation mats, backings and glass
  • Thousands of frame and mat choices
  • Samples can be viewed in your home or office
  • Re-framing art to coordinate with new décor OR to up-date to conservation materials
  • Commissioned art
  • Art hanging and rearranging

To set up an appointment for framing, call Deborah at 314-544-2555

Terra Decorating Services

  • Color Consultation
  • "Use what you've got" make-over.
  • An "idea" visit
  • Shopping for your home décor needs
  • Room Accessorizing, art hanging and rearranging
  • Re-upholstery and window treatments
  • Real-estate staging for quick home sales
  • Event décor for a family party, a house tour, a home wedding or event

Call Deb to set up a consultation appointment for your room make-over or for any of your decorating needs 314-544-2555.

Dear :

When I closed my retail store almost four years ago, what I was craving more than anything was silence and solitude. I considered the idea of going on a silent retreat, but never followed through on it. I always felt there were other things I needed to take care of first… so, the retreat never happened.

At the time I thought my desire for silence and solitude had to do with years of being “on call” for my children, my employees, my customers… But, as time goes by I realize that I have lots of opportunities for silence and solitude in my current life: I work from home, generally by myself; I have quiet time to journal and to meditate almost every day; customers no longer show up when it’s convenient for them, but now, we both check our calendars, and make appointments. Also, my adult children are not around much: one lives out of town and the other is in college, and quite busy. Why then do I still yearn for solitude and retreat?

Recently, a long held desire/ fantasy/ “bucket-list” dream has surfaced: to walk an ancient pilgrimage route: El Camino de Santiago de Compostella (the Way of St. James of the “Campus of the Stars”) across Spain. The “Camino” route I want to take begins in France, crosses over the Pyrenees into Spain and then follows the ancient pilgrimage trail across northern Spain… a journey of about 500 miles.

I first read about El Camino about fifteen years ago in a book by Shirley McClain. I was transfixed. I knew I wanted to make this pilgrimage walk. I have never stopped wanting to do this. I have read every book I could find on El Camino, on other pilgrimages, on related topics like the Knights Templar. I don’t really understand the source of my fascination… perhaps it’s a past-life thing… BUT… I have finally decided: I am going!

The pilgrimage may be the retreat I have desired. As I walk, I will have times of quiet and solitude, perhaps some loneliness, and plenty of time to meet and get to know other pilgrims from around the world. I’m certain I will grow in ability to trust myself. My guess is I will reduce the amount of life-fears I have, and generally, be a happier, healthier, and more self-confident person when I return. It excites me to imagine what I will learn on my “Camino”… about myself… about life… about my connection to Spirit…

Happy February! May the dark and wintry days be the rest and renewal that we need,


P.S. For a few more thoughts about “El Camino,” and a way you can be part of the pilgrimage too, go to the last tab “The Reasons…”

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