I have a handful of friends for whom life has been pretty steady, but for the rest of us, life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns. The older I get, the easier it is for me to see that the people who not only weather the storms, but get better because of them, are people who say yes. They might be as afraid as everyone else, but as my friend, Kim Worlow, says, courage doesn’t mean you don’t have fear; having courage means you have fear and you go forward anyway. You say yes to the opportunities that come your way, knowing that you can always pivot in a new direction if it doesn’t work out.
That pretty much describes our Marvelous! Woman in this issue, Madeleine Litton. She has pivoted many times in her life, not without struggle, to be sure, and because she said yes each time to a new runway on which to walk through life, this former model has a lifetime of experiences and learning that have made her truly marvelous. I hope you enjoy her story, and I hope you have a chance to get to know her or to own one of her paintings.
Betty Dykstra’s life has also been full of learning. The daughter of Methodist missionaries, she grew up on the other side of the world, surrounded by various cultures and world religions. Music was always a big part of her life, but it wasn’t until her family was grown and she and husband Peter had retired to Mountain Home in their fifties that Betty fully realized her musical talent.
We take you home with Betty to the spacious music room she built herself where family, friends, and clients have played music, sung, and danced for decades.
Our Grand Prize winner in the Marvelous! 5th Anniversary Makeover contest was Sandy LaBahn. We show you what a wonderful day she had. Sandy is living proof that a little investment in yourself can boost your confidence in marvelous ways.
When we think of art in Northwest Arkansas, it’s only natural to think Crystal Bridges. Lindsey Hardin takes us on a girlfriend getaway to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market (where you can make a mandela out of fruits and vegetables!), to Arsaga’s for lunch, and and to Fayetteville Underground to see art up close and personal. On your next trip to Fayetteville, see art in a new light.
The bowl full of fresh, brightly colored vegetables you’ll prepare when making the Asian Noodle Salad Estella Tullgren shares with us in Bella’s Table will take your breath away as much as any work of art. You could make your own mandela with them before tossing with the dressing! And then you get the added pleasure of eating it afterward!
Jeanne Roth writes our Marvelous! Voices essay in this issue about her roundabout route to realizing her dream of being an artist. It doesn’t really matter how long it takes, or what it looks like in the end, the satisfaction that comes from expressing ourselves through the creation of something beautiful is worth it no matter when it happens or what it looks like.
Say yes to your creative spirit. Say yes to learning something new. Say yes to life. M! June/July 2016
Love and peace,