About Brenda

I currently reside in a small rural community in Wyoming. I find myself questioning the path of choices that brought me to this small farming community – 3,500 people in the county – as I have had the opportunity to live in San Diego, California; Des Moines, Iowa; Newport, Rhode Island; Jacksonville, Florida; and Sydney, Australia.  Karma?

My parents were living in a lumber town nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when I entered the world as a “second born” and embarked on a life journey as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, niece, and grandmother.

My career as a therapist has included working with individuals who present with concerns associated with substance abuse, domestic violence, grief and loss, trauma, as well as “severe and persistent mental illness.” Since completing my Master’s degree – so many years ago – I have been drawn towards Bowen’s Family System and Biddhist Psychology. I’m excited about the readings that unite neuropsychology with schools of Buddhist thought.

Photography has served two purposes within my life: 1) validation of one’s life and of the emotional connections between people and 2) a visual means to communication beyond the limitations of words. This is especially meaningful as my parents were deaf.

the mari sisters

Art has been a private interest, a individual endeavor, that had it’s beginning within a healing environment created by a well-defined, compassionate therapist. Art is a powerful meditative as well as contemplative tool.

Within all of us there are powerful emotions within our souls that remain voiceless and silent until they are conveyed through imagery and symbols. It is through creative endeavors – drawing, cooking, writing, painting, gardening, poetry, child rearing, photography, weaving, reading, work – that a woman may be able to give “voice” to that which words cannot convey.

All forms of art provide a means to help a woman externalize that which silently moves her, to re-acquaint her self with self, to re-create a new awareness of self, to communicate about herself with others, and to meet her own wondrous feminine spirit/guide.

It is my hope that as you journey through the words that build my blog, A Meditative Journey with Saldage*, you return again and again to the wisdom within the Kalama Sutta. If you find that my words, images, and/or cited quotes trigger any discontent within, please abandon them. If you find that they lead to an easing of discontent, please accept my written thoughts as a gift from me to you.

Please note that all images included in this blog have been created by me if not otherwise noted.  If you wish to share please make a notation of this source.  Thank you.

*The word “saldage” and its spelling and meaning was introduced to me through readings of eastern medicine. Recently a blogger shared with me that “saldage” was in fact spelled “saudade”.  Saudade is a unique Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English. In the book In Portugal of 1912, A. F. G. Bell writes: The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.  (cited in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade)

69 thoughts on “About Brenda

    • Thank you. Yes the mari sisters is one of my drawings. The word saldage was introduced to me as a Brazalian word translated, “homesickness for a place that cannot be”. A powerful word that describes a lot for me.

    • Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. As I was watching an art educational video, I realized spontaneous creativity requires an understanding and respect of all the art materials being utilized – an effective guiding principle to generalize into the choices I make on a daily basis. :)

  1. You are a truly a gifted person and a gift to us. I like the word “saldage”. It’s hardly use and I am glad you are resurrection this word. Pax Tecum, Seeker

    • thank you . . . recently a blogger informed me that saldage is misspelled … should be saudade. I’m going to keep my misspelling :)

      • It sounded right to me and I’ve check the only dictionary. Your blogger friend is right. That’s ok, I’ll stick to this misspelled word since nothing last forever.

  2. I am from Wyoming, and wanted to get out as soon as I could when I was a kid. Now, I find myself missing it sometimes! Your pictures of it are beautiful and I’m so glad to see them! Thanks for sharing! :)

      • It’s truly inspiring walking into your world, so here I am at it again :) And thank you for visiting too (you might prefer my Photos & Poetry blog though, link on the right side)

      • Yes. When written or spoken from a deep eternal inner that doesn’t preach or judge, but simply appear as they are, open and honest with no pretense. Those words opens us by pointing towards something that can be truly sensed. And the gift of those words let the listener quietly be and thereby leaves it up to each to take with them that which resonates. I find your words and photos coming from this “place”.

  3. ..far, far away….past the demons….past the righteous….past the angels….past the sinners….perhaps even past the creator…..there is a field…..i hope to meet you there sometime….
    you have a fabulous blog here….!

  4. Wow…
    Thank you for following my adventure:)
    I was just checking out your blog….It’s incredible….I am so grateful that you through this special blog are connecting with my journey! Thank you:)

    • thank you for the visit … for a very short 2 years I was given the opportunity to live in Sydney … super memories that have a “recall” power. :)

      • Yes Sydney is a Beautiful City I am glad you have such great memories. I will think of you as an Honorary Australian


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  6. “Within all of us there are powerful emotions within our souls that remain voiceless and silent until they are conveyed through imagery and symbols. It is through creative endeavors – drawing, cooking, writing, painting, gardening, poetry, child rearing, photography, weaving, reading, work – that a woman may be able to give “voice” to that which words cannot convey.” Yes :-D

  7. Whether it is spelled saldage or saudade, what a beautiful heart-felt sentiment behind the word… thank you for sharing this idea, I love it! :-)

  8. Hello Brenda,

    Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog :)

    I really feel great to find your beautiful blog here and clicked the following button as soon as I read the About page :)

    Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts and the incredible images here, have a great time :)

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