Hello, Mystery

I spent last weekend in Fernie with my guys.

While Jacob hit the mountain bike park on Saturday afternoon, Stephen and I strolled the sidewalks and checked out the shops. I spent a wonderful half hour (or more) in an art coop looking at local art. Stephen spent five minutes inside and the remaining time people-watching from a bench outside.

(The perfect holiday — something for everyone!)

I was particularly drawn to the work of Karen Tamminga-Paton. I wish I could have come home with the painting, but made do with a beautiful card that spoke to me.

She calls this, “Hello, Mystery.”


On the back of the card, Karen writes:

No one who has gained wisdom wishes to be young again.

In these between years of elderly parents and fledgling children-no-longer-children, we stand in a marvelous and unique place. We have finally accepted the fact that pain and suffering are unavoidable, but in it, we find mystery, too. We have learned to recognize the presence of joy and love, even there.

The Friesian horse — a creature of near mythical stature — stands as the figure, Mystery. May we have the courage to lean into it.


You can check out Karen’s work here. Please do.

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6 Responses to Hello, Mystery

  1. Yvonne says:

    Such a beautiful painting and such beautiful words. Thank you Maxine!


  2. Candy says:

    I look so forward to your musings and perspectives, I got the ” feels”. Beautiful find!

  3. Lorien says:

    So beautiful and poignant. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • maxinespence says:

      I guess that’s why we artists continue to create, hey Lorien? In the hopes that somewhere somehow someone will be touched by our creations. And maybe that’s WHY we need to keep creating. So keep writing, my friend. Keep writing!

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