For Jennifer Golick, Christine Loeber, and Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba with the Pathway Home at the Veteran’s Home of California in Yountville, California, and for all of the good people who continue to work with our veterans who need healing after serving. “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few…” (Matthew 9:37), drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.



Lax what do

“what-do-?-love” words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.


Maple leafs floating in a stream design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

What-do-?-love card

Sumi-e, the dominant style of painting during the Kamakura Era (1185-1333) blended samurai aesthetics of simplicity with Zen, utilizing black inks of varied shades from grey to black… these designs infill the black with a colored pattern so that there is no black. Sumi-e, noted for its purity and simplicity, reflects the eternal nature of the subjects with minimalism that is relevant for the Lax word-picture and the internal pattern evokes the energy of a favorite trade with bead motif.


A haiku prayer from Issa…

January 19, 2018

We love bats because they are so important in our world and are saddened that so many died recently in the Australian heatwave.

bat haiku

Haiku by Issa: “Hot night – bats dangle at the river’s edge” with design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.