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THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN MAY

All of my precious friends are like beautiful flowers in a garden and May is the wonderful month when I get to be with many of them. The month started off wonderfully with an invitation to a LA Phil event held in the loveliest private home. The custom wood details in...

VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL

A world of thanks to Debra Beadle for inviting me to this amazing event. Yes, "The Arts Heal L.A." Bravo for the Music Center's 43rd Annual "Very Special Arts Festival" held at the Jerry Moss Plaza. There were ten different art making workshops and I'll share a few...

FOOD, FLOWERS AND FUN!

I absolutely love going to Prosecco Trattoria, the charming Italian restaurant in Toluca Lake. As one of the reviewers said, "Prosecco is filled with kindness, warmth and delicious food!" I have so many wonderful memories through the years but mostly it’s because,...

EASTER JOY

Dearest Izabela and Wayne delivered a touching Easter blessing with these beautiful flowers. That really inspired us to begin creating little gift bags for everyone who would be at delightful Carol Soucek King's Easter gathering. Along with the boxes of Nan Rae Fine...

A MAGICAL EVENING

...began the month of April thanks to Lenore "Nino" Wong, Head Docent in the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. There was a lovely reception for ''A Garden of Words," the second part of "The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan." Here's yours truly with...

MORE MARCH JOY

And what could be more joyful than the privilege of giving the Meditation for dear Carol Soucek King's "Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life". The theme for March was "Possibility" with three visionary sculptors speaking about their work. Brilliant Tolanna began the...

HALFWAY THROUGH MARCH

I'm continually amazed and delighted with all the wonderful things that continually happen. Considering that, I thought it would be best to have two blogs for March starting with a talk I gave to the Zamorano Club on "Understanding Chinese Painting Through Western...

A MONTH OF LOVE

February is over almost before it began being the shortest of months. No matter, it was jammed packed with Love! Bravo Tammy Huang-Anacleto, President of the East Meets West Parent Education Club on your 2022 Lunar New Year Gala "Rejoice & Reconnect" fundraiser on...

THE GIFT OF A NEW YEAR BEGINS

January was here and gone way too fast. Korean dramas were put on the back burner in order to watch every single James Bond Movie from Dr. No with Sean Connery to the 27th Bond film, No Time to Die with Daniel Craig. It was equal to doing a 'Evolution of Man' Master's...

THE GIFT OF A NEW YEAR…

...began at the Peninsula Hotel. Thanksgiving was so delightful there so I booked another Villa for New Year's planning on having a small party in the suite. Well, the best made plans...covid seemed to be in charge so the party plans were cancelled but not the stay....
IT’S BEEN SO LONG…

IT’S BEEN SO LONG…

The weeks and now months have flown by and it's hard to realize I haven't blogged since September....or was it October? I'd like to recap, if only for myself to look back on what was actually a wonderful time in the midst of upheaval. So before I begin that, permit me...

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SEPTEMBER WAS MADE QUITE SPECIAL…..

SEPTEMBER WAS MADE QUITE SPECIAL…..

...as Carol Soucek King asked me to be the guest speaker (for the third time) for her Salon for the Creative Arts. Carol had heard a talk that I gave to the China Society of Southern California in January and she thought it would be perfect for September's Salon topic...

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WAS THERE AN AUGUST?

WAS THERE AN AUGUST?

The most thrilling thing for me was discovering these three figs on a tree that was planted years ago on the side of the house. Apparently they take a long time to produce fruit and this minuscule crop was enough to send me to the moon. I immediately harvested one,...

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I MISSED JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

I MISSED JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

Part of the reason is switching over my blog from Blogger to Wordpress where I've had to learn a whole new way to create a post....still learning! The new blog is livejoyfullywithnanrae.com and I trust it will express more fully the importance of greeting each day...

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I PRETTY MUCH MISSED JUNE…

I PRETTY MUCH MISSED JUNE…

but how could it ever match up to May and the wonderful birthday greetings I received.  I love looking at the ZOOM gathering Clara surprised me with and seeing everyone again. How cute is this photo I took from the ZOOM of student Brian Foster, owner of...

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THANK YOU MAY FOR THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER

THANK YOU MAY FOR THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER

What a perfect way to begin my birthday!  A drive-by love greeting from the Papazian's, beautiful Amy and the lovebirds Eliza and Tyler.  This was such a surprise and I'm just grateful I wasn't in my PJ'S.  Sweet Alyssa agreed with me that birthdays are...

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APRIL IS SO YESTERDAY….

APRIL IS SO YESTERDAY….

...I'm pretty sure it contained Easter.  That was on a Sunday but then...most days feel like Sunday. We've gone fully online live and in person both for Instagram, Facebook and most importantly...classes. It all started in early April when we began making videos...

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REMEMBRANCE OF OUTINGS PAST…

REMEMBRANCE OF OUTINGS PAST…

It was great fun supporting awesome Eliza Krpoyan when she moderated "What She Said' at the 'W' Hotel in West LA. Hundreds of women, and some guys too, turned out because of Eliza! Didn't I say it was great fun!  Here with Lovely Marine, Eliza's precious sister!...

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

A dinner at Valerie Foster Hoffman's is never just a dinner.... Lovely Valerie greets Carol Soucek King... Oh my, so many tasty bits....Everything's better with bacon...right? Love the caviar topping.... There was also an amazing cheese treat but I was too overwhelmed...

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EXCITING EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

EXCITING EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

....had to begin with receiving pre-publication copies of my book 'What If...We Have The Power to Change Our Lives' from my publisher, 'Laughing Elephant'! I started inscribing copies... catching up on back-orders! As for the rest of February, it was quite amazing...

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WELCOME…

to my personal blog where I’ll be sharing adventures and how I determine each day to live joyfully as an Artist, Teacher, and Author. My latest book “What If… We Have the Power to Change Our Lives” an inspirational book that hopefully will empower you to live your best life! You can find me and my work at nanraestudio.com My hope is that this blog will inspire you to find joy everywhere and in everything and that is what I wish for you!

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