Posted in Artists, crafting, Inspirational, motivation, Raku Pottery

Inspirational Quotes


Just a quick post today. I just read a quote on another blog that struck a chord with me, so I decided to share. It comes from the blog “The Alchemist’s Studio” (

“Transitions are a part of life, allowing for perpetual renewal. When you experience the end of one chapter, allow yourself to feel the emotions of loss and rebirth.

A bud gives way to a new flower, which surrenders to the fruit, which gives rise to a seed, which yields a new sprout. Even as you ride the roller coaster, embrace the centered internal reference of the ever-present witness.”

-David Simon

I LOVE this! The past year and a half has been incredibly rough for so many of us. I think that it helps to keep things in perspective. This quote reminds us that life is a series of transitions or phases. As much as we’d like for things to always go smoothly, we’re bound to encounter rough patches.

Now that there are several coronavirus vaccinations available and countries are working hard to get them distributed to their citizens, we find ourselves in another transition period. We’re not out of the pandemic woods yet, but we’re inching our way closer to the day when our lives can start returning to “normal”.

So, hang in there everyone!

~ H. S. Contino

PS– Please, check out the original blog. The Alchemist’s Studio specializes in raku pottery. They often name their pieces off of characters from mythology and then share the stories (and photos of their pottery) on their blog. It’s fun reading about the antics of the ancient gods while viewing their latest creations. The blog can be found here:


I'm a combination writer and crafter. My books include "Shipwrecks of Coos County" (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), “Shipwrecks of Curry County” (Arcadia Publishing, 2017), and "Paw Prints" (Create Space, 2013). I'm also the owner of "Reprieve's Corner: Handmade Crafts" ( I live on the southern Oregon coast.

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