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Dr. Hans Laetz – Catrien Ross Obon Letter:Cucumber Horse, Eggplant Cow & All Our Memories

August 16th, 2015 - No Comments

Dr. Hans Laetz Obon with Catrien Ross, 2015

August 13-16, 2015
Obon Letter for Dr. Hans G. Laetz from Catrien Ross

Dear Hans:

In Japan, it is Obon, the August 3-day festival of the dead.

So I am grateful for this unusual way to honor your returning spirit.

I especially want to observe this first Obon since your death last year – your so-called nibon.

At the front door, a lighted fire points the way, welcoming and guiding your spirit here.

Cucumber and eggplant have been picked fresh from the garden and your spirit animals stand ready.

The cucumber horse serves to carry your spirit here as swiftly as possible.

Your departure on the eggplant cow is meant to be much slower, a reluctant leaving when Obon is over.
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Catrien Ross on Dr. Hans G. Laetz’ Death, Owl As Messenger of Transformation

December 14th, 2014 - 2 Comments

Owl Visits Catrien Ross after Dr. Hans G. Laetz Death

Hans – Dr. Johann Gottlieb Laetz – died on September 23, 2014.

On December 2, 2014, I experienced a mysterious encounter with an owl.

At about 8:30 am, a short-eared owl flew directly down into my kitchen window and fell to the ground.

I immediately ran out to cradle the stunned bird in my hands.

When the large orange eyes closed I thought the beautiful creature might be dying.

Stroking its neck and feathers, I murmured, “Don’t die, don’t die.”

But the owl was not dead – it suddenly energized and sat up along the thumb and index finger of my left hand.
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Catrien Ross Japan Art Show at Buddhist Temple

May 3rd, 2014 - 2 Comments

Catrien Ross Glints Series I, Nos.1-5

Honkohji, a Buddhist temple in Japan’s heartland, will present Catrien Ross latest paintings in a solo art show titled Soul Journeys, or Tamashii no Tabi in Japanese.

With some 1,600 years of history, Honkohji is a Nichiren Buddhist temple in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

I am delighted that more than 40 of my acrylic on canvas paintings already hang throughout Honkohji, including the main hall.

Catrien Ross solo art show Soul Journeys will feature my 2014 Glints Series artwork, new in 2014.
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